The Phantom Tollbooth G

Ride with young Milo through the phantom tollbooth 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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DVD Features:

  • Rated: G
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 30 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: November 16, 2010
  • Originally Released: 1970
  • Label: Warner Archive Collection (MOD)
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
  • Audio:
    • English

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Edited by
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Composition by
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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 10


User Ratings: 3,558
Rating: 65/100 -- The animation is clean, with enough pop to do Dictionopolis-and-company justice. Full Review
Film and Felt
Jan 20, 2012
More would have been acheived without the inclusion of the sappy pop songs, but the film still has infinitely more savvy than most of the Disney cartoons of the period. Full Review
Aug 4, 2014
Rating: 4/5 -- Clever artistry fails to convey the book's depth. Full Review
Common Sense Media
Jan 2, 2011
Uneven but is interesting as an alternative to the dominant Disney features of the time
Jan 1, 2000
Rating: 4/5 -- [The film] has some wonderful ideas, but they're likely to be a bit above the heads of very young children. The rest should enjoy it, especially the bits with the great Mel Blanc, Toonville's greatest-ever voice. Full Review
Radio Times
Aug 4, 2014
Rating: 3.5/4 -- This fine adaptation of the children's book by Norton Juster was Chuck Jones's and MGM's first animated feature. Full Review
TV Guide
Aug 4, 2014
The youthful viewer and his parents should overlook Phantom Tollbooth's flaws and concentrate on the film's underlying moral. Full Review
TIME Magazine
Feb 7, 2018

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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!

Product Description:

Looney Tunes director Chuck Jones lets his imagination fly with this full-length mixture of live action and animation based on the classic story by Norton Juster. Milo, a bored child (Butch Patrick) in San Francisco, takes a mysterious journey through the titular phone booth and arrives in an animated fantasy land run by feuding numbers and letters. He meets all sorts of peculiar characters and joins forces with a "watch" dog named Tock and a lovable old coot called Humbug. Together they must restore order to the Land of Wisdom by rescuing the Princesses Rhyme and Reason, who are being held captive in a midair castle. Along the way, they run into the Doldroms, Alphabet City, a strange giant/short/thin/fat man, and even a "point of view." It's a land of bizarre puns and symbols, and it's up to the child to concentrate, learn the lessons, and save the day. Mel Blanc, Dudley Moore, and Paul Henreid lend their vocal talents to this unique and successful blend of live action, animation, and songs.

Plot Synopsis:

An unfocused young boy discovers new interests when he passes through a mysterious tollbooth into an animated world where numbers are at war with letters. Accompanied by a "watch" dog and a Humbug, he visits Alphabet City and meets a giant/midget/fat man/thin man, among other things, before setting off on a quest to restore order to the Land of Wisdom. Mel Blanc, Dudley Moore, and Paul Henreid provide the voices while Chuck (Looney Tunes) Jones directs this educational blend of live action, animation, and song.


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