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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:
... Richard Tyler
... Neighborhood Kid (as Canan J. Howell)
Alexis Kirschner ... Neighborhood Kid
Jessica Kirschner ... Neighborhood Kid
Guy Mansker ... Neighborhood Kid
Brandon S. McKay ... Neighborhood Kid (as Brandon McKay)
Stephen Sheehan ... Neighborhood Kid
... Alan Tyler
... Claire Tyler
... Mr. Dewey / The Pagemaster
... Adventure (voice)
... Fantasy (voice)
... Horror (voice)
... Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde (voice)
... 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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All the adventure your imagination can hold.


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23 November 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El guardián de las palabras  »

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Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$13,670,688
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Trivia

Third of three movies released in 1994 to feature Sir Patrick Stewart. The others are Gunmen (1993) and Star Trek: Generations (1994). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Fantasy: You know this short story?
Richard Tyler: He's Adventure.
Fantasy: Honey, that's what they all say.
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The original VHS release of the film contained a sneak preview of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie prior to the film. See more »

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Referenced in Spy Hard (1996) See more »

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Dream Away
Written by Diane Warren
Produced by David Foster
Performed by Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds (as Babyface) and Lisa Stansfield
Babyface courtesy of Epic Records
Lisa Stansfield courtesy of Arista Records, Inc. and BMG Eurodisc Ltd.
David Foster courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corporation
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Get away from the computer and read a book, gosh darn it!
3 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

"The Pagemaster" may have been the only really good movie that Macaulay Culkin ever did. Playing accident-obsessed youngster Richard Tyler, who goes to the library and gets transferred into a world of horror, fantasy and adventure, he makes the most of the role. Patrick Stewart (a pirate-like book named Adventure), Whoopi Goldberg (a fairy-like book named Fantasy) and Frank Welker (a maladroit book named Horror) show themselves to be as adept in these kinds of movies as they are in their normal roles, as does Christopher Lloyd (the librarian and the Pagemaster).

All in all, this movie really shows you how much there is to read. I think that my favorite scene was the whole Jekyll and Hyde sequence - although the dripping painting was also pretty impressive. A very well done movie. Also starring Ed Begley Jr., Mel Harris, and the voices of Leonard Nimoy, Dorian Harewood and Phil Hartman.


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