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The Pagemaster (1994)

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A cowardly boy who buries himself in accident statistics enters a library to escape a storm only to be transformed into an animated illustration by the Pagemaster. He has to work through obstacles from classic books to return to real life.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Canan J. Howell ...
Neighborhood Kid
Alexis Kirschner ...
Neighborhood Kid
Jessica Kirschner ...
Neighborhood Kid
Guy Mansker ...
Neighborhood Kid
Brandon S. McKay ...
Neighborhood Kid (as Brandon McKay)
Stephen Sheehan ...
Neighborhood Kid
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Alan Tyler
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Claire Tyler
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Mr. Dewey / The Pagemaster
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Adventure (voice)
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Fantasy (voice)
Frank Welker ...
Horror (voice)
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Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde (voice)
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Captain Ahab (voice)
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Storyline

This is the story of a young boy named Richard Tyler, who spouts statistics about the possibility of accidents. So much so, he is scared to do anything that might endanger him, like riding his bike, or climbing into his treehouse. While riding his bike home, Richard finds shelter from a storm inside a nearby library. Richard slips and is knocked unconscious while exploring a rotunda in the library. Upon awakening, he is led on a journey through conflicts and events that resemble fictional stories, keeping him from finding the exit from the library. Written by Anthony Pereyra <hypersonic91@yahoo.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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library | book | boy | journey | treehouse | See more »

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All the adventure your imagination can hold.


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 November 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Pagemaster  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$12,039,526 (USA)
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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film took almost 3 1/2 years to complete. See more »

Goofs

During the lighting storm when Richard Tyler (Macaulay Culkin) is riding his bicycle. Immediately, after he exits through the tunnel, you can clearly see the lights used in the lightning gag reflected in his bike windshield. See more »

Quotes

Adventure: How would you like to curl up with a good book?
[Fantasy wallops him]
Adventure: Ow, me binding!
Fantasy: In your dreams!
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Crazy Credits

The original VHS release of the film contained a sneak preview of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie prior to the film. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Troldspejlet: Ri¢hie Ri¢h (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Whatever You Imagine
Lyric by Cynthia Weil
Music by Barry Mann and James Horner
Produced by Keith Thomas
Executive Producer: Jay Landers
Performed by Wendy Moten
Wendy Moten courtesy of Thunderbird Records/EMI Records
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J'adore!
10 June 2010 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

  • It's in the middle, by the waterfall! - No, it's East.. by some
broccoli.

I'm sorry. But I absolutely love this movie! I remember it so well from when I was a kid, how I watched it over and over again, never getting tired of it. For years I have been wanting to see it again, but I couldn't remember what it was called. And when I Finally found it, I was a bit scared to actually see it. I mean, whenever you have had so high expectations on a movie (especially one that you've seen and loved as a child) you always in some way get more or less disappointed. But this time I have to say I didn't!

Sure, the colors and contrast isn't as powerful as it could be and the part where he gets chased by the color isn't half as realistic as I remembered it too be, but for a 4-yearold (which I was at the time this came out) it's more than enough to get the engines running! This movie is partially responsible for my massive interest and collection of fantasy-books and movies at home, as well as my ridiculous fear of thunder. I mean, come on, it's really nicely put together! It's got it all! Plus, even if they are only in there for a short period of time, you build up an interest for all the stories you come across throughout the story, like Moby Dick and Dr Jekyll. And that was the intention of the maker of this move, right? To get the children into reading. At least I remember asking my mum to read all those stories to me after seeing this!

Okey, maybe I'm letting myself get a bit carried away.. I'll be honest, If I hadn't seen this as a kid or had kids myself, I probably wouldn't think that much of it. It's a bit dated which we all can tell and with todays technology you could make this 10 times better . But setting that aside, this is a timeless story! And I hope that when I have kids myself, this movie will help them get their lazy asses away from the computer and into the library.

In the end I will not rate this movie from an adult living in our time's point of view, but from the heart of a little girl. And never the less, this adults heart still beats hard for this movie.


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