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The Phantom Tollbooth (1970)

Milo is a boy who is bored with life. One day he comes home to find a toll booth in his room. Having nothing better to do, he gets in his toy car and drives through - only to emerge in a world full of adventure.

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Chuck Jones (screenplay), Sam Rosen (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Butch Patrick ... Milo
Mel Blanc ... Officer Short Shrift / Dodecahedron / Demon of Insincerity (voice)
Daws Butler ... Whether Man / Senses Taker / Terrible Trivium / Gelatinous Giant (voice)
Candy Candido ... Awful DYNN (voice)
Hans Conried ... King Azaz / The MathemaGician (voice)
June Foray ... Ralph / Faintly Macabre / Princess of Pure Reason (voice)
Patti Gilbert Patti Gilbert ... Princess of Sweet Rhyme (voice)
Shepard Menken Shepard Menken ... Spelling Bee / Chroma The Great (voice) (as Shep Menken)
Cliff Norton Cliff Norton ... Kakofonous A. Dischord / Tollbooth Speaker (voice)
Larry Thor Larry Thor ... Tock The Watchdog (voice)
Les Tremayne ... Humbug (voice)
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Storyline

Milo is a boy who is bored with life. One day he comes home to find a toll booth in his room. Having nothing better to do, he gets in his toy car and drives through - only to emerge in a world full of adventure.

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It's an Alphabeautiful Mathemagical New Musical Movie!


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G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Adventures of Milo in the Phantom Tollbooth See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

MGM's first full-length animated film, and the last film the studio released to include live action and animation. MGM's animation studio closed soon after this film's release. See more »

Goofs

During the live-action portion at the start of the film, as the kids run out of the school, the camera operator's shadow is briefly visible on the bottom right corner. See more »

Quotes

Word Salesman: Step right up! Fancy, best quality words right here! How about you young man? How 'bout a nice bagful of pronouns? Or maybe you'd like our special assortment of adjectives!
Milo: [choosing 'Upholstery,' 'Flabbergast' and 'Quagmire'] Boy, wait till Ralph hears me use these. How much are these, sir?
Word Salesman: [doubtful] And were you thinking of using all of them in the same sentence?
Milo: Why, yes sir.
Word Salesman: Well, I'll tell you what lad, why don't you take a bagful of 'Happys' and 'Goods' to start with. Very useful for '...
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits, set immediately after the prologue, revolves around Milo (Butch Patrick) walking from school into various places before he heads home. The text is white, upper-cased and hand-written, while the title itself is purple and in two lines, with the "THE" at the top-left position. See more »

Connections

Featured in Jambareeqi Reviews: The Phantom Tollbooth (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Rhyme and Reason Reign
(1969)
Music by Lee Pockriss
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Performed by the Cast
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When I was a kid, I LOVED this movie
25 September 2005 | by pheenabSee all my reviews

Growing up I thought the movie was fascinating (HELLO! He goes into another WORLD that is CARTOON!). The songs are awesome too, and the whole film is a mystery. Now that I am older I am noticing how very clever the movie is too, including the use of language (you'd have to see it to understand). I also find a bit creepy now that I'm older, it gives me the willies. May it's the old animation, I don't know, but some of the scenes are really scary! It's a good show, watch it with a ten year old...and enjoy! You could also watch it with a 7-11 year old too. Like I said, it's a great show for kids. Especially if they're at that age where they want to be a little creeped out.


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