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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 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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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Adventures of Milo in the Phantom Tollbooth See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

CASTLE THUNDER: Heard at every mention of the Castle in the Air earlier in the movie and when the last five Demons of Ignorance merge to create the monster. See more »

Goofs

King Azaz gives Milo a yellow bag, but when he pulls it out later it's purple. See more »

Quotes

Awful DYNN: [singing] Did you ever hear an elephant tap-dance on a tin roof late at night? / That's noise, beautiful noise! / Did you ever hear a centipede crying because his shoes don't fit him right? / That's noise, beautiful noise! / Did you ever hear a hungry dinosaur hiccup on a windy day? / Did you ever hear a nervous butterfly nibble on a cheese soufflé?
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Featured in Jambareeqi Reviews: The Phantom Tollbooth (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Time Is a Gift
(1969)
Music by Lee Pockriss
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Performed by Larry Thor (uncredited) and Butch Patrick (uncredited)
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What's not to like?
13 May 2000 | by sngbrd39See all my reviews

I still don't get why so many people who have seen it dislike it so much. I first saw it when it was playing on Cartoon Network. I liked it so much that I had to get it on videotape. Granted, the moralizing was a bit heavy-handed, but all the same, I loved it when I was young and still find it entertaining now.

BTW: Those of you who did not like the movie may want to read the book. It is just as good, maybe better, but has things put better into perspective.


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