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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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
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There are two video game adaptations of this movie. One is a typical run-and-jump 2-D side-scrolling platformer with levels based on the movie, where the goal is to collect all of the missing pages from books to get the best ending. The other is a PC point-and-click adventure game that adapts, and vastly expands the story from the movie, especially the Fantasy section that now includes Olympus together with gods and creatures from Greek mythology, parts of Wonderland from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and an area with several classic fables including The Three Little Pigs. This game also features Frankenstein's Monster, a popular character that was present in the book, on which the movie was based, but cut from the final movie. See more »
One of the books Richard looks at while inside the dragon is "Alice in Wonderland". The exact name of Lewis Carroll's book is "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland". See more »
[First lines during the opening scene]
[offscreen; in bed]
Alan, every ten-year-old is afraid of something.
[offscreen; in bed]
The kid's afraid of tuna-fish sandwitches.
Mercury levels in the tuna.
Alan, the world is a frightening place to him right now. I think we could be a little more supportive.
Supportive? I'm the most supportive father on earth, but I'm running out of supportive things to do. I signed him up for Little League, he drove everybody crazy with statistics about how you...
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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 »
Just because something is part of my childhood doesn't mean it's good, and this movie is really not a great animated film. It's got a nice message, and it looks good, but the premise of jumping from storybook to storybook gets tiring by the end.
Richard Tyler (McCaulay Culkin) is a scaredy cat who's always getting picked on. On a stormy night he gets stuck in a library, and ends up animated with several book friends. He meets Fantasy (Whoopie Goldberg), Adventure (Patrick Stewart) and Horror (Frank Welker), and he goes through many famous books. The plot is very slim, and kind of just jumps around from book to book, but it actually works very well. This also has a great musical score and it manages to make the movie sad at times. Unlike many animated films, you actually come to like the characters by the end, and that's hard to do.
"The Pagemaster" is a very underrated, good animated movie that will appeal to kids and will amuse adults.
My rating: *** out of ****. 70 mins. Rated G
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