The Phantom Tollbooth

Overview

Master animator Chuck Jones has created this full length fantasy, his first since being name director of MGM's animation department. A young boy (Butch Patrick) is bored with his life in San Francisco and finds himself in a fantasy land where letters and numbers are at war with each other. He drives through the Phantom Tollbooth and into an animated fantasy land. The voices of Mel Blanc, June Foray and Daws Butler are featured in this story taken from the book by Norton Juster. The boy tries to rescue twin ...
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Overview

Master animator Chuck Jones has created this full length fantasy, his first since being name director of MGM's animation department. A young boy (Butch Patrick) is bored with his life in San Francisco and finds himself in a fantasy land where letters and numbers are at war with each other. He drives through the Phantom Tollbooth and into an animated fantasy land. The voices of Mel Blanc, June Foray and Daws Butler are featured in this story taken from the book by Norton Juster. The boy tries to rescue twin Princesses Rhyme and Reason, who have been banished to a castle suspended in mid air above the kingdom.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The first full-length animated feature for both Chuck Jones (as a director) and MGM, The Phantom Tollbooth is a mostly faithful adaptation of the classic children's novel by Norton Juster -- but one that lacks the book's unique tone and spirit. The Juster original had an understated, quirky quality which added to the enjoyment of its complicated and entertaining wordplay. The film settles for a more conventional "cartoon" tone, going for easier laughs, softening some of the character design (of Milo in particular) and treating the story slightly too conventionally. The creators also opted to include some very poor Norman Gimbel-Lee Pockriss songs that do little more than slow down the story. While the voices are fine and certainly professional, they are not as special as the material demands. All of that said, the movie still has a number of pluses, not the least of which is the enormously clever original source material. The abundance of puns, fascinating concepts, and delightful ideas ensures that the movie has plenty of surprises. The animation, while not up to "Golden Age" standards, is well done, and obviously influenced by the then-current "psychedelia" craze, and Butch Patrick is very appealing. Not the enduring classic it could have been, Tollbooth will still entertain its target audience.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/16/2010
  • UPC: 883316298978
  • Original Release: 1969
  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 18,063

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Butch Patrick Milo
Mel Blanc Voice Only
Daws Butler
Candy Candido
Hans Conried Voice Only
June Foray
Patti Gilbert Voices Of
Shepard Menken
Cliff Norton
Les Tremayne
Jon-Mikl Thor
Technical Credits
Chuck Jones Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Abe Levitow Director, Co-producer, Producer
Jones Levitow Director
Dave Monahan Director
Edwin Aardal Animator
Hal Ambro Animator
Carl Bell Animator
George W. Davis Art Director
Ed de Mattia Animator
Dean Elliott Score Composer
William Faris Editor
Jim Faris Editor
Norman Gimbel Score Composer
Les Goldman Producer
Henry W. Grace Set Decoration/Design
Charles K. Hagedon Art Director
William Littlejohn Animator
George Nicholas Animator
Maurice Noble Score Composer, Production Designer
Charles R. Pierce Set Decoration/Design
Lee Pockriss Score Composer
Tom Ray Animator
Phil Roman Animator
Philip Roman Animator
Sam Rosen Screenwriter
Lester Shorr Cinematographer
Irven Spence Animator
Jack Stephens Cinematographer
Richard Thompson Animator
Paul Vance Score Composer
Lloyd Vaughan Animator
Ben Washam Animator
Xenia Animator
Alan Zaslove Animator
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2004

    I want it!

    i saw this video in fourth grade and after forgot about it. when it showed up in my sixth grade reading book i remembered and now i want it. i remember it was very good i highly recommend it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2003

    chuck jones is a god!!!

    I find as a hardcore movie goer you tend to run into alot of bad movies, but I found this one to be my favorite since forever.....Ive watched this movie ever since i was about 6 y/o

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2003

    great movie

    this movie rocks, its a classic that few people have seen, it is an enjoyable film for all ages , something you can watch over and over they should have it on dvd

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2003

    Funny but not as good as the Book

    If your going to get this get the book to.

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