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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 (173 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004DS9UF6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,306 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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Customer Reviews

It would be great if this could be made available in DVD.
Laurel
This is a great movie for kids and adults, it's fun and educating at the same time.
Tameta
It is a great older movie and goes well if you are reading the book too.
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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Mark Ebert on 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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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Mr Groovy 70s on June 20, 2005
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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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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Rachel on May 16, 2001
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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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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 21, 1998
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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 By A Customer on May 27, 2001
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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 By Christina J. Tudor on April 23, 2005
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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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Cooper on June 3, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
The first thing to keep in mind is that the book was aimed at "ages 7 to 77," as the old slogan went, but the movie is aimed at ages 7 to 10, maybe, with only a few nods towards anyone older than that.

This is still a terrific film for its intended age group. It's not perfect; a few too many times thoughtful solutions to problems from the book were replaced with slapstick, the film stops dead every time it hits a song, and the ending was radically changed -- and that last was a huge, gasping mistake, because it removes the original story's catharsis. On the other hand, some of the visualizations are wonderful; the Lethargians and Digitopolis are drawn with wonderful insight.

I'd advise, though, presenting this movie to children as a companion to the book after they've already read it, not as a replacement and not by itself.

Additional note: freed from the yoke of established characters, Chuck Jones absolutely let his imagination run free here, the result sometimes approaching Tim Burton levels of surreality. Animation aficionados of any age should seek this film out for that alone.
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