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The Phantom Tollbooth

  • 1969
  • Chuck Jones
  • 85 mins
  • U

Summary

Fantasy that mixes live-action sequences with animation. When a magic tollbooth appears in his bedroom, a young boy is transported to a fantastic world beyond the realms of his imagination.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Sesame Street was never like this! For this is what happens when Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck let Chuck Jones, their favourite artist, out on his own: he becomes a bit solemn and preachy. By and large an animated story, this has a live start and finish, but in between animates the adventures of a bored boy who passes through a magic tollbooth into a wondrous land where he has to rescue Rhyme and Reason from Ignorance Demons. Jones, teamed with Abe Levitow and David Monehan, has some wonderful ideas - especially a professor conducting a sunrise - 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.

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Credits

Cast

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MiloButch Patrick
TBCMel Blanc

Crew

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DirectorChuck Jones
DirectorAbe Levitow
DirectorDavid Monahan

Details

Available on
video
Formats
Colour
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