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The Phantom Tollbooth [Remaster] (1970)

Butch Patrick , Mel Blanc , Chuck Jones , Abe Levitow  |  G |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Butch Patrick, Mel Blanc, Daws Butler
  • Directors: Chuck Jones, Abe Levitow, Dave Monahan
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: December 22, 2010
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004DS9UF6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,506 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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What could possibly be inside that gigantic, wrapped-and-ribboned box? A tollbooth, a toy car...and adventure! Ride with young Milo through the phantom tollbooth and into a world that combines the enchantment of Norton Juster's classic children's book with sheer visual joy spearheaded by animation immortal Chuck Jones. Bookended by live-action sequences and featuring a stellar voice cast, The Phantom Tollbooth engages youngsters' minds and imaginations in a magical musical tale of warring kingdoms (one favors words, the other numbers), fabulously weird creatures, demons, princesses and a tick-tick-ticking dog named Tock. He's a watchdog, you see!

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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Entertaining and Wise Film May 5, 2003
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
"The Phantom Tollbooth" is the magnum opus of all involved--that's saying a lot--considering it is co-directed by animator Chuck Jones and stars the very talented Butch Patrick (who was featured in "Pressure Point" and "A Child is Waiting"; as well as a regular on "The Munsters").
"Tollbooth" is not only a film for the whole family, but is actually GOOD for the entire family. Some features will teach children that academics are important, this piece of entertainment goes beyond that and teaches that being a human being is important.
Despite what some critics have written--the songs are awesome and the storyline is very entertaining!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A CHUCK JONES ANIMATION CELEBRATION! =-) June 20, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
What to say? Chuck Jones has created a real bona fide classic which ought to be shared by ALL age groups as well as cartoon fanatics like myself. (That is, whether or not you have kids in both the former and latter.)

Having first seen this at the age of 13, I must admit, I couldn't help feeling perplexed when I saw the first few minutes of the movie: bored, pessimistic little Milo making his way home from school, then finds a magical tollbooth popping up in his bedroom. Once he enters it, he finds out he's become a cartoon character, then wondering into an alternate cartoon universe with a crazy patrol officer constantly repeating the word "guilty" and little lethargic amoeba-like creatures called "doldrums". Since I was watching this on TV, so much of it freaked me out so bad I flipped to another channel. Now let's fast forward to the age of 26...

...and now I'm actually ENJOYING IT! Having been a lifelong Looney Toons fan myself, this movie IS a refreshing break from the usual fare of Bugs, Daffy, and Marvin the Martian. The unique style of animation as well as the psychedelic colors/Picasso-like backgrounds were BOTH timeless and way ahead of its time (especially since it was made in 1968). Besides, now that I've seen it in its entirety, it is pretty fun and enjoyable to watch as Milo embarks on a journey with Tock the Watchdog and the Humbug to rescue the princesses of rhyme and reason. Their disappearance has created nothing but confusion and despair over a magical land full of words, letters, and numbers coming to life.

The bottom line on the Phantom Tollbooth: if you want to see non-Looney Toons works of Chuck Jones and still enjoy classic children's TV/movies, like Captain Kangaroo, Electric Company,

Schoolhouse Rock, and Charlotte's Web, then THIS IS IT! :-)
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN UNFORGETTABLE MASTERPEICE May 16, 2001
By Rachel
Format:VHS Tape
I remember when I first viewed this movie, having never had heard of the book or such a concept. I guess I was young then and wasn't expected to know anything about it anyhow, but I did remember enough so that I was on a three year search trying to find the Phantom Tollbooth...finally I realized the magic of the Internet. The Phantom Tollbooth is not only an educational film, inbreeding knowledgeable information through adventures experienced with Milo in Digitopolis, Dictionopolis, the Land of Expectations and the Castle in the Air, but also it is enjoyable to watch and be submerged in. It definitely is on my top ten list of movies, and I think it always will be. Chuck Jones's masterpiece is really a movie everyone, young and old, should own and love.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mind-stimulating children's fare November 21, 1998
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
The Phantom Tollbooth is a wonderful flick that I always enjoyed as a child. Now, as an elementary school teacher, I constantly search for videos that differ from the standard Disney cartoon. I was concerned that the cinematic style of this picture would seemed too dated for 90s kids, but I was wrong. My class thoroughly enjoyed the animation and the songs. The characters appealed to the children's own experiences in fourth grade. They understood Milo's struggles with writng and divsion, and enjoyed seeing their schoolwork come to life in such a silly manner. It turned out to be a great way for kids to see why school is important. This movie isn't just smart, it's also a really good time. I can't praise it enough.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Movie to Remember May 27, 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This movie is a wonderful family film. A little boy named Milo that is bored with his life suddenly finds a tollbooth in his room. He heads through the tollbooth into a world where nothing makes any sense. He goes through the Doldrums where he meets a watchdog named Tock, goes to Dictionopilous, Digitopilous and the Mountains of Ignorance. Just like the book, the monsters are taken from some real-life people and attitudes. The songs could be better, but I look at them fondly. I remember watching this movie and taping it from the cartoon network, but they unfortunatley stopped showing it. When I saw I could buy it again, I had to tell everybody what a great movie this is.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
My husband and I adore this movie. I grew up on it and we hoped to have it around for our kids. Now our tape copy is wearing out and we find that a dvd isn't available! Please help send word to the studios that these types of family shows are exactly what people what today. And if you can, see this movie. I think you'll know why it is so special to us.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest Movie ever January 7, 2003
By Brian
Format:VHS Tape
This is a wonderful movie I am only 14 but this is probably my all time favorite movie and I like movies like american pie and Van wylder so its not like im only exposed to this genre. The movie is great while getting some education in on the side. It's also a good buy because you will want to watch it over and over again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A movie I have loved since childhood
A movie I have loved since childhood! My children love it too. Encourages you to get off your butt and try things and that using your brains can be fun! Read more
Published 1 day ago by Evergreen
5.0 out of 5 stars Still as good as when I first say it 20+ years ago
I love this movie as a kid and I would watch it every time it came on the Disney Channel. This movie has held up well. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Nikitalynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
thank you
Published 4 days ago by Merrie
2.0 out of 5 stars Which is wonderful, by the way
Just too unlike the book. Which is wonderful, by the way. My two older ones were really disappointed but not surprised. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Mhead
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This movie is amazing. I recommend buying this classic! Many years later and the life lessons from this movie are still phenomenal. Kids will love it!
Published 17 days ago by JILLIAN MCBRIDE
5.0 out of 5 stars Kids love this movie!
Loved the book, loved the movie! The movie is old but the kids I've shown it to have absolutely loved it! My niece has watched it about 20 times now and she's only 4!
Published 18 days ago by Teresa
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie!! My childhood favorite!
I loved this movie growing up and recently read the book to my second grade daughter who loved it. I highly recommend the book too. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lusciousice
4.0 out of 5 stars Still good with age!
I read the book to my third graders then we watched the movie to compare and contrast. They liked the movie but wish it held to the book more. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Celeste Ward
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved this since I was a kid
Love this. My special fave is the duldrums and letharges. :)

Was glad to be able to purchase and keep for my collection.
Published 1 month ago by MICHELLE KROGMAN
1.0 out of 5 stars DVD was Blank
Terribly disappointed to receive a blank DVD. A room of viewers sat mystified how Amazon could sell us a blank DVD. A true rating is actually -5 stars.
Published 2 months ago by anthony parascandola
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