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The Phantom Tollbooth (1970)

Milo is a boy who is bored with life. One day he comes home to find a toll booth in his room. Having nothing better to do, he gets in his toy car and drives through - only to emerge in a world full of adventure.

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Chuck Jones (screenplay), Sam Rosen (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Butch Patrick ... Milo
Mel Blanc ... Officer Short Shrift / Dodecahedron / Demon of Insincerity (voice)
Daws Butler ... Whether Man / Senses Taker / Terrible Trivium / Gelatinous Giant (voice)
Candy Candido ... Awful DYNN (voice)
Hans Conried ... King Azaz / The MathemaGician (voice)
June Foray ... Ralph / Faintly Macabre / Princess of Pure Reason (voice)
Patti Gilbert Patti Gilbert ... Princess of Sweet Rhyme (voice)
Shepard Menken Shepard Menken ... Spelling Bee / Chroma The Great (voice) (as Shep Menken)
Cliff Norton Cliff Norton ... Kakofonous A. Dischord / Tollbooth Speaker (voice)
Larry Thor Larry Thor ... Tock The Watchdog (voice)
Les Tremayne ... Humbug (voice)
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Storyline

Milo is a boy who is bored with life. One day he comes home to find a toll booth in his room. Having nothing better to do, he gets in his toy car and drives through - only to emerge in a world full of adventure.

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It's an Alphabeautiful Mathemagical New Musical Movie!


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G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Adventures of Milo in the Phantom Tollbooth See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Chuck Jones: In the opening segment as a man on a trolley car next to Butch Patrick. See more »

Goofs

When King Azaz is first seen (in long shot) his costume has the purple and blue colors of the Mathemagician, instead of the correct colors of orange and red. (Noticed by someone's seven-year-old daughter.) See more »

Quotes

Milo: Everything's a big waste of time. When I'm in school, all I want to do is be out. When I'm not in school, I want to be someplace else. If only something could happen sometime. What's the use of subtracting turnips from turnips, or carrying a three, or knowing how to spell 'Feb-uary?' 'Feb-RU-ary.' Everything seems so impossible. Everybody says it's such a big, wonderful world. How come it seems so small, and kind of empty? There's no rhyme or reason to any of it.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits, set immediately after the prologue, revolves around Milo (Butch Patrick) walking from school into various places before he heads home. The text is white, upper-cased and hand-written, while the title itself is purple and in two lines, with the "THE" at the top-left position. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Parks and Recreation: Canvassing (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Noise, Noise, Beautiful Noise
(1969)
Music by Lee Pockriss
Lyrics by Paul Vance
Performed by the Cliff Norton (uncredited) and Candy Candido (uncredited)
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A must-see for Chuck Jones fans!
22 January 2002 | by La GremlinSee all my reviews

I feel bad for a lot of underrated movies, mostly because the people who'd like them the most have probably never heard of them. I argue that Chuck Jones is the most important of the animation directors of the Golden Age of Cartoons, and this is his only full-length feature. If you like his cartoons, you should definitely hunt for this charming adaptation of Norton Juster's charming (if pedantic) novella.

Here's the interesting thing about "Phantom Tollbooth". Neither the book nor the movie strike me as a children's' story. Don't get me wrong, kids will probably like this movie, particularly older kids, but it's more for adults who can get the puns and such. Adult will also probably appreciate the psychedelic artwork from longtime Jones collaborator Maurice Noble. The amoebic Doldrums are a highlight as is the Awful DYNN, a manic crayon scrawl, and the cities of Dictionopolis and Digitopolis; they look like a riot at the Avant-garde Graphic Design class. Adorable and very, VERY sixties.


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