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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Locations in this movie's fantastical "book world" are primarily based on three novels, "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" by Robert Louis Stevenson, for the segment set in Horror, and Moby Dick by Herman Melville, and Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, for the segment set in Adventure. The segment set in Fantasy uses various fairy tale tropes, but also the beanstalk from Jack and the Beanstalk. Some of the other books seen or used in this movie are "The Hound of the Baskervilles" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (the hound has a cameo in the movie when it jumps out of the book), "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" by Jules Verne (the giant squid is summoned by Fantasy) and Middle Eastern fairy tale collection "One Thousand and One Nights" (Fantasy summons the flying Magic Carpet from it). Also, the character of Horror (the anthropomorphic book) resembles Quasimodo, the tragic protagonist of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" by Victor Hugo. 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 »
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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