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Phantom Tollbooth [VHS] (1970)

Butch Patrick , Hans Conried , Abe Levitow , Chuck Jones  |  G |  VHS Tape
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Butch Patrick, Hans Conried, Mel Blanc, Daws Butler, Candy Candido
  • Directors: Abe Levitow, Chuck Jones, Dave Monahan
  • Writers: Chuck Jones, Norton Juster, Sam Rosen
  • Producers: Abe Levitow, Chuck Jones
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: MGM (Warner)
  • VHS Release Date: August 1, 1992
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6301971523
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,616 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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31 of 33 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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good but imperfect adaptation 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good movie! :)
Published 14 hours ago by Reyelene
1.0 out of 5 stars this movie is terrible. I loved the book as a kid and ...
Wow, this movie is terrible. I loved the book as a kid and wasn't even aware that a movie version existed until recently. Read more
Published 20 hours ago by Greg Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Still love this movie!
I bought this for my dad because it's one of his favorite movies. He said he couldn't find it on dvd anywhere so I went right to Amazon and had it mailed right to him. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Jonny84
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This movie kind of freaks me out! Even with the cute puppy, I think it's a bit disturbing.
Published 18 days ago by TiffyStone
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very prompt!
Published 26 days ago by Robin R. Harford
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the book (but we already knew that)
As is generally the case, the book was far better but this is still the wonderful movie you watched in your childhood. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Gasman
5.0 out of 5 stars Definate Hit!!!
Great entertainment. All my grandkids love it and the adults enjoy it too
Published 28 days ago by Bret Huggins
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
classic Chuck Jones
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best movie! I loved the book and I love the movie. SO happy I found this on DVD.
Published 1 month ago by Rachel Hurd
5.0 out of 5 stars Still great!
One of my favorite movies from childhood! My son and I read the book so I offered this at the end. It's a fun movie!
Published 1 month ago by Lauren F
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