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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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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 »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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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

When Faintly McCabre offers Milo and Tock some cookies, Tock eats all of them, yet in the next shot they are back. See more »

Quotes

Tock: [sintging] Take a second to look around / See a sight, hear a sound / Take a minute to concentrate / Analyze, contemplate / Take an hour and change the fate of the world!
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Connections

Referenced in Lionpower from MGM (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Rhyme and Reason Reign
(1969)
Music by Lee Pockriss
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Performed by the Cast
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A happy surprise!
1 September 2000 | by kzoofilmSee all my reviews

I hadn't seen this film since I was a child and it was a happy surprise to find it on Cinemax last week. The movie and the excellent book of the same name were big inspirations to me as a grade-schooler and helped me understand the importance of language and logic. The Chuck Jones-directed animation is terrific and although the music is very 1969 middle-of-the-road (dreamy choruses and faux-Herb Alpert trumpet), it doesn't get in the way of a clever adventure story that celebrates using your mind to solve problems. This picture deserves a much bigger cult following.


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