46 user 16 critic

The Phantom Tollbooth (1970)

1:04 | Trailer
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.


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





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 ... Kakofonous A. Dischord / Tollbooth Speaker (voice)
Larry Thor ... Tock The Watchdog (voice)
Les Tremayne ... Humbug (voice)


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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


It's an Alphabeautiful Mathemagical New Musical Movie!


G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »

Did You Know?


Chuck Jones: In the opening segment as a man on a trolley car next to Butch Patrick. See more »


When they are traveling through the numbers mine, Milo says "Golly! And I used to think that numbers weren't important or valuable." The Mathemagician responds with " Not important! Not valuable! By the 4,827,659 hairs on my head, I'll tell you what's important! " The average head has between 100,000 and 150,000 hairs. Far below the amount the Mathemagician stated. See more »


Milo: [Wakes up to find himself in the Doldrums] I wonder where I am.
Lethargians: [Echoing voice] You're in the Doldrums!
Milo: The what drums?
Lethargians: [Lands on Milo's head] Welcome to the Dol... drums.
Lethargians: Allow me to introduce... ourselves.
Lethargians: [Splits into 2 more Lethargians] We are lethargians.
Milo: I'm very pleased to meet you.
Milo: Could you help me please? I think I'm lost.
Lethargians: Think? Don't say that! It's against the law to think in the doldrums!
Milo: That's ridiculous! Everybody thinks.
See more »

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 »


Word Market
Music by Lee Pockriss
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Performed by Hans Conried (uncredited)
See more »

User Reviews

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.

14 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 46 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.






Release Date:

December 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Phantom Tollbooth See more »


Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed