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Pagemaster [VHS]

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Product Details

  • Actors: Macaulay Culkin, Christopher Lloyd, Canan J. Howell, Alexis Kirschner, Jessica Kirschner
  • Directors: Joe Johnston, Pixote Hunt
  • Writers: David Casci, David Kirschner, Ernie Contreras
  • Producers: Barry Weiss, Claire A. Glidden, David J. Steinberg
  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, HiFi Sound, Live, NTSC
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • VHS Release Date: July 2, 1996
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (209 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6303394345
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,902 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Product Description

A tale of adventure and fantasy. A young boy seeks refuge from a storm, he enters an empty library only to be swept away into the magical animated world of the 'Pagemaster'. A timid Richard Tyler must conquer his greatest fears before he can find his way home. It's the 'Wizard of Oz' of the 90's.

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A blend of live-action and animation, this film centers on a fearful young boy (Macaulay Culkin) afraid to experience life because he's calculated the odds of an accident for every known activity. Chased by bullies, he winds up at the local library, where a bump on the head sends him into an animated universe, where his best friends are walking, talking books voiced by, among others, Patrick Stewart and Whoopi Goldberg. The Pagemaster (Christopher Lloyd) points the way to the exit, but the boy must first traverse the adventures of literary history, encountering everyone from Dr. Jekyll to Captain Ahab to Long John Silver. The animation is middling, but a worthy message makes this better children's entertainment than you'd expect. How can you fault a movie that encourages kids to pick up a book? --Marshall Fine

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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By M. Fisher on January 25, 2005
Format: DVD
This is the first movie I remember seeing as a kid. I LOVED it. It was my favorite. Then, I didn't get to see it again for several years (stupid Blockbuster!) When I finally saw it again, I STILL liked it. I like it as I write this very day. The music is good (the background music behind the movie that nobody really conciously listens to, but helps the mood anyway). The animation's good, too. And I ACTUALLY KNOW WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT! (How often does that happen?) See, what happens a lot of the time, is that people blame colors they don't like, or designs that are annoying, or WHATEVER on the animation. But it isn't the animation's fault! The way the thing on-screen MOVES is the only thing the animators do, mostly. So, if you really want to criticize the animation, look at how they MOVE, not what they look like. Do you see?

I think that, really, most of the reason that this is one of my favorite movies is that it is about BOOKS. When I was little, my dad read me "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" and "The Hobbit"; things like that. So, naturally, I loved books and stories. This is practically the only movie I've seen that encourages reading so much while still being sincere. It's obvious that the filmmakers themselves (or at least, a lot of the people working on it) actually like to read. THAT'S really why I like the Pagemaster.

So, if you like to read, watch this movie. If you don't (you utter nincompoop), stay away, and don't criticize what you have no comprehension of.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Valentine on June 7, 2005
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
I have been a reading specialist for two years and a classroom teacher for one. I found this movie a great asset to enhance the understanding of book genres. I also found it to be very interesting for those who have read or are familiar with many classics. There are so many references to the classics in this movie. It was a great visual tool for students to understand types of books and develop an excitement for books!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Liliana on August 8, 2002
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
My kids loved this movie and enjoyed it very much. It's about a kid who wont attempt most anything that a child does just for fun, just because statistics say the danger levels.
Something as simple as going to the store or climbing a ladder up to a tree house scare him very much. Then he slips & suffers a fall inside the library and looses conciousness, where he travels to dreamland and converts to an animation. Then he has to survive very dangerous situations; making him realize that he doesn't have to be afraid to try new things. Get this movie your kids will love it, and you as a parent will enjoy watching along with them. It will bring you back to childhood :)
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 4, 2003
Format: DVD
Macaulay Culkin plays a young man named Richard Tyler, who, thanks to his obsessive calculations of the statistics of accidents caused by anything and everything, is afraid of everything including heights, darkness, fire, etc.,etc. One day, his father (after falling off a short treehouse he made for Richard) assigns him to go and buy some new nails for the completion of the house. Richard protests at first, but eventually, regretfully goes. On his way he encounters kid "bullies" (too bad acting for their own good) and speeds off on his bike through a tunnel, and due to the darkness the storm creates, crashes into a tree. He then seeks shelter in an old, deserted (for the night) library where he meets the head librarian, slightly-mad (as always) Christopher Lloyd. who immediately tries to find a way to get Richard to check out a book. Richard says he doesn't have a card, but Lloyd, like magic, whips up a brand-new library card for him to rent books with. Richard then goes looking around the huge library, almost just to get Lloyd off his back about it, and after getting turned around, slips on a little puddle of rain water, leaking in from the roof of the library. He gets knocked unconscious, and is greeted afterwards by the greatest man in the world of books: the Pagemaster, who explains to him he will have to conquer his greatest fears with the help of 3 types of literature: Fantasy, Adventure, and Horror. When he meets these 3 books he faces each of his fears by conquering over literatures' greatest and darkest characters including Long John Silver, Moby Dick, Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde, and a haunted cemetery. When he awakens from his unconsciousness, he checks out the 3 books that helped him during his adventures and lives without any fears, firstly by sleeping in his new treehouse. A charming, wonderfully crafted, however dull it may be, children's fable that never fails to delight. And will definitely cause any viewers to want to read more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 12, 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This movie I first watched when I was 6. My mom was a nanny for a boy and he brought it over one afternoon. We watched it, and I LOVED it. Over the years, I wondered what that movie was that I had seen and I have asked the boy, now a teen if he remembered it. He did, but didn't know the name. The only part I could distinctly remember was the change for real life to animation. I remember loving the entire film and parts of the adventure. One day, while scrolling around on amazon.com, I discovered this film and I knew it was the movie. Well, I love it now, just as much as I did over 15 years ago.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Raina Ambaron on March 2, 2005
Format: DVD
this is my favorite movie of all time. the animation are simple, as is the plot, but its a wonderful story. it cute and entertaining, the music is beautiful, and it's just a lot of fun. i can't wait to get the dvd.
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