The Phantom Tollbooth [Remaster]
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"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!
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! :-)
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Perfect movie! Exactly what I needed to go with my fantasy unit.Published 5 days ago by Rebecca Field
Cute movie and a tribute to Mel Blanc, one of the greatest voice actors ever born. Though I have to say it has more of a Wonderland feel to it and at some points I could attribute... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Sara Ellison
I loved this movie as a kid, even though some parts gave me the creeps. So, when I stumbled across it I wanted my family to see it. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Vanhooligan75
Phantom Tollbooth is a good movie to watch for aspiring writers because of the plot development on the main character's personality. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stella Carrier
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