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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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rain | thunder | lightning | bicycle | bike | See All (63) »

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All the adventure your imagination can hold.


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is one of two animated movies Whoopi Goldberg voiced in 1994. The other being The Lion King (1994). See more »

Goofs

During the lighting storm when Richard Tyler (Macaulay Culkin) is riding his bicycle. Immediately, after he exits through the tunnel, you can clearly see the lights used in the lightning gag reflected in his bike windshield. See more »

Quotes

Richard Tyler: Do I click my heels or something?
Fantasy: You're in the wrong story, honey.
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Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Ri¢hie Ri¢h (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Whatever You Imagine
Lyric by Cynthia Weil
Music by Barry Mann and James Horner
Produced by Keith Thomas
Executive Producer: Jay Landers
Performed by Wendy Moten
Wendy Moten courtesy of Thunderbird Records/EMI Records
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Get away from the computer and read a book, gosh darn it!
3 May 2006 | by lee_eisenbergSee 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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