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The Pagemaster (1994)

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A cowardly boy, who buries himself in accident statistics, enters a library to escape a storm, only to be transformed into an animated illustration by the Pagemaster. He has to work through obstacles from classic books to return to real-life.

Directors:

Pixote Hunt (as Maurice Hunt), Joe Johnston

Writers:

David Kirschner (story), David Casci (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Macaulay Culkin ... Richard Tyler
Kanin Howell ... Neighborhood Kid (as Canan J. Howell)
Alexis Kirschner Alexis Kirschner ... Neighborhood Kid
Jessica Kirschner Jessica Kirschner ... Neighborhood Kid
Guy Mansker Guy Mansker ... Neighborhood Kid
Brandon S. McKay Brandon S. McKay ... Neighborhood Kid (as Brandon McKay)
Stephen Sheehan Stephen Sheehan ... Neighborhood Kid
Ed Begley Jr. ... Alan Tyler
Mel Harris ... Claire Tyler
Christopher Lloyd ... Mr. Dewey / The Pagemaster
Patrick Stewart ... Adventure (voice)
Whoopi Goldberg ... Fantasy (voice)
Frank Welker ... Horror (voice)
Leonard Nimoy ... Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde (voice)
George Hearn ... Captain Ahab (voice)
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Storyline

This is the story of a young boy named Richard Tyler, who spouts statistics about the possibility of accidents. So much so, he is scared to do anything that might endanger him, like riding his bike, or climbing into his treehouse. While riding his bike home, Richard finds shelter from a storm inside a nearby library. Richard slips and is knocked unconscious while exploring a rotunda in the library. Upon awakening, he is led on a journey through conflicts and events that resemble fictional stories, keeping him from finding the exit from the library. Written by Anthony Pereyra <hypersonic91@yahoo.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

All the adventure your imagination can hold.


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Pagemaster See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,188,399, 27 November 1994

Gross USA:

$13,670,688

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,670,688
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Whoopi Goldberg, who provided her voice for this movie, was in a relationship with Ted Danson. Macaulay Culkin starred with Danson in Getting Even with Dad (1994). Leonard Nimoy also directed Danson in 3 Men and a Baby (1987). See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie, Richard's mom takes his glasses and doesn't put them back. See more »

Quotes

Richard Tyler: [after being wash by the rotunda art, and becomes animated for the fist time] I... I'm a cartoon.
The Pagemaster: you are an illustration.
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Soundtracks

Whatever You Imagine (Montage)
(1994) (uncredited)
Lyric by Cynthia Weil
Music by Barry Mann and James Horner
Produced by Keith Thomas
Executive Producer: Jay Landers
Performed by Wendy Moten
Wendy Moten courtesy of Thunderbird Records / EMI Records
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I honestly don't understand the 4.8 rating, for I thought this movie was terrific!
31 August 2009 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

The Pagemaster in my opinion, was a wonderful film, and I do think the 4.8 rating is too low. I have seen much worse movies, that are rated higher than that. Sure it's not Disney, but it is a good family film that I guarantee if you give it a chance that the whole family will love. The animation is not so bad, perhaps a little dated and rushed, but I've seen worse, and the dragon was excellent. The music by James Horner was beautiful, very fitting with what was going on on screen, very reminiscent of Land Before Time and Once Upon a Forest, and Whatever You imagine was amazing. The story tells of a young boy named Richard, who is serious and fearful of everything, until an unexpected visit to the library changes his life forever. I loved the story and the clever and diverse references to the literary giants, like Treasure Island, Jekyll and Hyde and Moby Dick, and the message of the film about facing your fears that doesn't preach. Macaulay Culkin is excellent here as is Christopher Lloyd, and Patrick Stewart (rousing and witty), Whoopi Goldberg (sugar and starch) and Frank Welker (in a fine Igor impression) expertly bring the snappy screenplay to life. I loved the witty banter between Adventure and Fantasy, and the librarian's rant about the different literary genres. And I don't think it is Macaulay Culkin or Christopher Lloyd's worst film, Culkin's was Richie Rich, Lloyd's was My Favourite Martian. All in all, a terrific film, with a 10/10. Bethany Cox


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