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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 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)
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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>

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

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All the adventure your imagination can hold.


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23 November 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Grande Viagem  »

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Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$12,039,526 (USA)
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Frank Welker and Leonard Nimoy appear together in this movie. This is the third time they have appeared together, but the only time that Frank does not take over as Nimoy's character. They would later work together again in the sequel Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011). See more »

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During the scene in which the main characters first enter the cave/dragon's mouth, Adventure is overjoyed to find his sword. However, he never lost his sword in previous scenes. After Humpty Dumpty falls, you can see both Richard's glasses and Adventure's sword being carried by the pixies into the cave mouth. See more »

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Mr. Dewey: Welcome to the library, young man. Don't tell me. You're here for a special book.
Richard Tyler: Mister...
Mr. Dewey: Stop stop stop. Allow me to guess. I have a talent for guessing what people need. You're in need of a fantasy! Brave knights, mythical fairies, ferocious dragons!
Richard Tyler: Look, all I want is...
Mr. Dewey: Adventure! Of course! You're a boy who loves adventure, brimming with wicked demons, cutthroat pirates.
Richard Tyler: No, no, that's not it.
Mr. Dewey: Horror! Oh, horror! Evil demons, wicked monsters, haunted houses, graveyards. Yes, it's horror...
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Soundtrack available on Fox Records
Marketed and Distributed by Arista Records
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Part of my childhood
10 December 2007 | by (Long Beach, California) – See all my reviews

Just because something is part of my childhood doesn't mean it's good, and this movie is really not a great animated film. It's got a nice message, and it looks good, but the premise of jumping from storybook to storybook gets tiring by the end.

Richard Tyler (McCaulay Culkin) is a scaredy cat who's always getting picked on. On a stormy night he gets stuck in a library, and ends up animated with several book friends. He meets Fantasy (Whoopie Goldberg), Adventure (Patrick Stewart) and Horror (Frank Welker), and he goes through many famous books. The plot is very slim, and kind of just jumps around from book to book, but it actually works very well. This also has a great musical score and it manages to make the movie sad at times. Unlike many animated films, you actually come to like the characters by the end, and that's hard to do.

"The Pagemaster" is a very underrated, good animated movie that will appeal to kids and will amuse adults.

My rating: *** out of ****. 70 mins. Rated G


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