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Nov 23, 1994 · Play trailer with sound 1:05 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.
- Pixote Hunt, Joe Johnston
- 1 min
The Pagemaster (4,691) 6.1 1 h 15 min 1994 G A timid boy overcomes his fears during an exciting journey through a magical library where various genres act as guides and the entire world of fiction is the terrain.
(Relativley short review) Like "A Troll in Central Park", "The Pagemaster" is a family movie that most will hate, but I actually like. I like the lesson, I like the characters and I like the plot....
- fantasy, kids & family
The Pagemaster is a 1994 American live-action/animated fantasy adventure film starring Macaulay Culkin, Christopher Lloyd, Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Stewart, Leonard Nimoy, Frank Welker, Ed Begley Jr., and Mel Harris. The film was produced by Turner Pictures and Hanna-Barbera and released by 20th Century Fox on November 23, 1994.
Nov 23, 1994 · Released November 23rd, 1994, 'The Pagemaster' stars Macaulay Culkin, Christopher Lloyd, Patrick Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg The G movie has a runtime of about 1 hr 20 min, and received a user score...
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- Pixote Hunt, Joe Johnston
- Extended and Deleted Scenes
- Box Office
- Critical Reception
Pessimistic Richard Tyler (Macaulay Culkin) lives life based on statistics and fears everything. His exasperated parents (Ed Begley, Jr. and Mel Harris) have tried multiple ways to build up the courage of their son, but to little success. Richard is sent to buy a bag of nails for building a treehouse. However, he gets caught in a harsh thunderstorm and takes shelter in a library. He meets Mr. Dewey (Christopher Lloyd), an eccentric librarian who gives him a library card despite Richard's protests he doesn't want a book since he's only there to escape the storm. Searching for a phone, Richard finds a large rotunda painted with famous literary characters. He slips on some water dripping from his coat and falls down, knocking himself out. Richard awakens to find the rotunda art melting, which washes over him and the library, turning them into illustrations. He is met by the Pagemaster (Christopher Lloyd), who sends him through the fiction section to find the library's exit. Along the w...
Live-Action Cast 1. Macaulay Culkin as Richard Tyler: A young 10-year-old boy who seems to have a fear of everything and runs his life based on safety statistics. Culkin is the only actor in the film to portray his character in both live-action and animation. 2. Christopher Lloyd as Mr. Dewey: The eccentric librarian and caretaker of a seemingly abandoned library. 3. Ed Begley, Jr. and Mel Harris as Alan and Claire Tyler: Richard's supportive parents. Alan considers himself a bad father due to his continuous failed attempts to help Richard get over his fears. Voice Cast 1. Christopher Lloyd as the Pagemaster: the Keeper of the Books and Guardian of the Written World. He is implied to be Mr. Dewey's alternate form. 2. Patrick Stewart as Adventure: A swashbuckling gold adventure fiction book resembling a stereotypical pirate. 3. Whoopi Goldberg as Fantasy: A fairy-styled lavender fairy tale book. She can be aggressive and hotheaded. 4. Frank Welker as Horror: A turquoise horror fictio...
"The Pagemaster" took three years to produce; the animation in the film was produced by Turner Feature Animation, headed by David Kirschner and recently spun off from Hanna-Barbera Cartoons. The crew included animators who were veterans of productions such as An American Tail (also produced by David Kirschner and composed by James Horner), The Land Before Time and Aladdin. This was one of the first films to feature live-action, traditional animation and CGI animation all together. One scene involving a computer-generated dragon made from paint was used, a challenge for the filmmakers. All of the fictional works featured in the film were created and first published before January 1, 1923, making them a part of the public domain in most countries. The theme songs to the movie are "Dream Away" (sung by Babyface and Lisa Stansfield) and "Whatever You Imagine" (sung by Wendy Moten). Many of the cast members have had roles in the Star Trek franchise: Patrick Stewart played Captain Jean-Lu...
The screenwriting credits for this film were the subject of a protracted legal arbitration with the Writers Guild of America (WGA) when its producer, David Kirschner, attempted to claim sole authorship of the screenplay and original story with no credit for its original screenwriter, David Casci. Typically, proposed credits are submitted to the WGA for approval well in advance of the release of a movie or the publishing of posters or novelizations on which writing credits appear. In the case of "The Pagemaster", the producers attempted to claim that, as the film was now largely animated, the WGA did not have jurisdiction to determine credits. Casci had written the screenplay under a WGA contract, as well as previous live-action versions for Disney Television dating back to 1985 (also written under WGA contract). These facts positioned the WGA to get involved, testing their tenuous authority over a feature film with animated elements. After a lengthy investigation and interviews with...
"The Pagemaster" is presented in an extended cut version. During the production, some original scenes were removed, both live-action and animation. The deleted scenes and characters can be still seen during the making of the film, trailers and TV spots, SkyBox International trading cards, books and other related products. They can be also seen during the sneak peek on the 1993 VHS release of Once Upon a Forest, the 1994 VHS release of Rookie of the Yearand in the promotional trailer of the VHS release of the film on the promotional demo/screener VHS copy in 1995.
"The Pagemaster" grossed $13,670,688 in theaters on a $27 million budget, opening at #8 at the box office & grossing $4,188,399 during its opening weekend.
The film received an 18% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times criticized the way the film's message came across, calling it a "sad and dreary film," adding that its message seemed to be that "books can be almost as much fun as TV cartoons and video arcade games." Brian Lowry of Variety said that the film's principal appeal for adults would be its abbreviated running time, and that it did not do enough with its famous fictional characters, noting, "A more inspired moment has Richard using a book, 'Jack and the Beanstalk,' to escape from the belly of a dragon. Unfortunately, such moments are few and far between." Rita Kempley of The Washington Post, however, gave the film a positive review, calling it a "splendidly original children's fantasy about the world of books." James Berardinelli of ReelViews gave another positive review, calling it a "clever, often engaging, and always fast-paced motion picture" that "uses the visual medium to encourage its viewers t...
The Pagemaster tells Rich to get back home, he must face three tests: Adventure, Horror, and Fantasy. Rich first meets Adventure, a pirate book, who agrees to help him. He also meets Fantasy, a fairy tale, who also will help him if Rich helps them get 'checked' out as well. Unfortunately each time a book is opened, the characters come alive.
The Pagemaster Did this review miss something on diversity? Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive, diverse representations in books, TV shows, and movies.
- Renee Schonfeld
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