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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.

Directors:

Pixote Hunt (as Maurice Hunt), Joe Johnston

Writers:

David Kirschner (story), David Casci (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Macaulay Culkin ... Richard Tyler
Kanin Howell ... Neighborhood Kid (as Canan J. Howell)
Alexis Kirschner Alexis Kirschner ... Neighborhood Kid
Jessica Kirschner Jessica Kirschner ... Neighborhood Kid
Guy Mansker Guy Mansker ... Neighborhood Kid
Brandon S. McKay Brandon S. McKay ... Neighborhood Kid (as Brandon McKay)
Stephen Sheehan Stephen Sheehan ... Neighborhood Kid
Ed Begley Jr. ... Alan Tyler
Mel Harris ... Claire Tyler
Christopher Lloyd ... Mr. Dewey / The Pagemaster
Patrick Stewart ... Adventure (voice)
Whoopi Goldberg ... Fantasy (voice)
Frank Welker ... Horror (voice)
Leonard Nimoy ... Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde (voice)
George Hearn ... 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.


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Richard Tyler: Hey! How'd you get here?
Fantasy: Quit it! We are in the presence of the Pagemaster.
Richard Tyler: I *know* who he is. He's the guy who did all THIS to me! Do you have any idea what I've been through?
The Pagemaster: Tell me.
Richard Tyler: I was nearly torn to shreds by a crazy doctor, I was made a slave to a bunch of mangy pirates, and eaten. Got that? Eaten by a fire-breathing dragon!
Horror: He don't mean it, my Pagemaster. He don't mean it.
Richard Tyler: Not to mention being tossed, squashed, and scared practically to death!
The Pagemaster: Yet you stand before me.
Richard Tyler: Well, yeah.
The Pagemaster: Think, boy....
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Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: The Illusionauts (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Dream Away
(1994)
Written by Diane Warren
Produced by David Foster
Performed by Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds (as Babyface) and Lisa Stansfield
Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds (as 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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this movie only has a 4.8? this movie was like, 70% my childhood!
25 January 2010 | by dead_pool09See all my reviews

I loved this movie as a kid, and hell, I STILL do. Some of the cgi doesn't holdup as well, but then again, this is 2010 and that was 1994, so I'll cut that some slack. Yeah, maybe from an adult's POV this movie isn't so incredible, but then again, this is a movie made for kids, and I liked it as a child. It was a lot of fun, and It's still, easily, my favorite animated (slash live-action) film of all-time. I knock it down from a 10 because of the running time (about 75 minutes) but other than that, I see nothing bad about this film. A fantastic ride from start to finish, this epic tale of a young boy who is way to afraid of everything who's path leads him to courage is one I'll never forget. A Truly underrated movie.

9/10


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Pagemaster See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,188,399, 27 November 1994

Gross USA:

$13,670,688

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,670,688
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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