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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

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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1.85 : 1
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The film took almost three and a half years to complete. See more »

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When Adventure got burnt by a dragon and Horror blew out the fire on the mustache, he says "Happy Birthday" but his mouth doesn't move. 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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References The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) See more »

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Soundtrack available on Fox Records
Marketed and Distributed by Arista Records
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I honestly don't understand the 4.8 rating, for I thought this movie was terrific!
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The Pagemaster in my opinion, was a wonderful film, and I do think the 4.8 rating is too low. I have seen much worse movies, that are rated higher than that. Sure it's not Disney, but it is a good family film that I guarantee if you give it a chance that the whole family will love. The animation is not so bad, perhaps a little dated and rushed, but I've seen worse, and the dragon was excellent. The music by James Horner was beautiful, very fitting with what was going on on screen, very reminiscent of Land Before Time and Once Upon a Forest, and Whatever You imagine was amazing. The story tells of a young boy named Richard, who is serious and fearful of everything, until an unexpected visit to the library changes his life forever. I loved the story and the clever and diverse references to the literary giants, like Treasure Island, Jekyll and Hyde and Moby Dick, and the message of the film about facing your fears that doesn't preach. Macaulay Culkin is excellent here as is Christopher Lloyd, and Patrick Stewart (rousing and witty), Whoopi Goldberg (sugar and starch) and Frank Welker (in a fine Igor impression) expertly bring the snappy screenplay to life. I loved the witty banter between Adventure and Fantasy, and the librarian's rant about the different literary genres. And I don't think it is Macaulay Culkin or Christopher Lloyd's worst film, Culkin's was Richie Rich, Lloyd's was My Favourite Martian. All in all, a terrific film, with a 10/10. Bethany Cox


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