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The Pagemaster

Macaulay Culkin , Christopher Lloyd , Joe Johnston , Pixote Hunt    G (General Audience)   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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A blend of live-action and animation, this film centers on a fearful young boy (Macaulay Culkin) afraid to experience life because he's calculated the odds of an accident for every known activity. Chased by bullies, he winds up at the local library, where a bump on the head sends him into an animated universe, where his best friends are walking, talking books voiced by, among others, Patrick Stewart and Whoopi Goldberg. The Pagemaster (Christopher Lloyd) points the way to the exit, but the boy must first traverse the adventures of literary history, encountering everyone from Dr. Jekyll to Captain Ahab to Long John Silver. The animation is middling, but a worthy message makes this better children's entertainment than you'd expect. How can you fault a movie that encourages kids to pick up a book? --Marshall Fine

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Seeking refuge from a storm, timid Richard Tyler enters an empty library only to be swept away into the magical animated world of the Pagemaster. It's a timeless place of wonder and discovery where legendary characters from literary classics come alive. Richard meets the infamous "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hide" and comes face to face with the mighty "Moby Dick," the treacherous pirates on "Treasure Island" an a giant fire - breathing dragon, Guided by a trio of talking books - Adventure, Fantasy and horror - Richard must conquer his greatest fears before he can find his way home.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great Sept. 10 2010
By elfdart TOP 1000 REVIEWER
For me this is one of those films that every time it's suggested as a film to view I don't initially want to watch because I think it will be cheesy but then end up enjoying a lot.

The story is about a very cautious young boy who is afraid of just about everything he comes in contact with. His father, who wants both to spend some time with his son and help him get over his fear, is building him a tree house. His dad sends him out to buy more nails for said tree house, but Richard (the boy) gets caught in the middle of a rain storm on the way and runs into the nearest building for shelter, and this building happens to be a library. When he enters the library he is bombarded by a very passionate librarian who is more than willing to help him find any number of stories, but Richard is just looking for a telephone and goes on his way to find it. As he is walking through the stacks he comes across a huge mural on the ceiling of a rotunda. As he's admiring this mural the paint starts to melt off the ceiling and drop onto the floor, turning everything it touches into a cartoon. Richard of course runs away and this paint chases him until both he and the entire library have been turned into a cartoon. He meets up with three books, Adventure, Fantasy, and Horror, and with their help, face three challenges (found within some classic books from each genre) as they make their way to the exit sign.

This plot of this movie sounds so cheesy, like one of those direct to film movies designed to make a quick buck, but instead it's one of those hidden gems that encourage imagination and self- confidence. Christopher Lloyd plays the librarian as well as The Pagemaster, and I think he was one of the best actors for the job.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Fantasy June 4 2003
By A Customer
Macaulay Culkin plays a young man named Richard Tyler, who, thanks to his obsessive calculations of the statistics of accidents caused by anything and everything, is afraid of everything including heights, darkness, fire, etc.,etc. One day, his father (after falling off a short treehouse he made for Richard) assigns him to go and buy some new nails for the completion of the house. Richard protests at first, but eventually, regretfully goes. On his way he encounters kid "bullies" (too bad acting for their own good) and speeds off on his bike through a tunnel, and due to the darkness the storm creates, crashes into a tree. He then seeks shelter in an old, deserted (for the night) library where he meets the head librarian, slightly-mad (as always) Christopher Lloyd. who immediately tries to find a way to get Richard to check out a book. Richard says he doesn't have a card, but Lloyd, like magic, whips up a brand-new library card for him to rent books with. Richard then goes looking around the huge library, almost just to get Lloyd off his back about it, and after getting turned around, slips on a little puddle of rain water, leaking in from the roof of the library. He gets knocked unconscious, and is greeted afterwards by the greatest man in the world of books: the Pagemaster, who explains to him he will have to conquer his greatest fears with the help of 3 types of literature: Fantasy, Adventure, and Horror. When he meets these 3 books he faces each of his fears by conquering over literatures' greatest and darkest characters including Long John Silver, Moby Dick, Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde, and a haunted cemetery. When he awakens from his unconsciousness, he checks out the 3 books that helped him during his adventures and lives without any fears, firstly by sleeping in his new treehouse. A charming, wonderfully crafted, however dull it may be, children's fable that never fails to delight. And will definitely cause any viewers to want to read more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars KIDS WILL LOVE IT! July 5 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I am rating this a good family movie, because my girls loved this movie alot! They saw it on tv a few times, and I had to buy it for them. It about reading and magical lands and imagination, which is what kids should be all about. I thought it was cute,but Im an adult and this is a kids movie, but my daughters thought it was great! I think your kids wont be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome film for a literary person like me March 30 2008
By Frances L. Arsenault TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Like I said (a million times), I was shocked and surprised by the negative reviews I would see on the web, I thought it's a great film with a excellent soundtrack score by the James Horner (An American Tail,Krull,Titanic,Troy,etc), and a wonderful blend of live action and animation; And this film became one of my favorite live action/animated films along with Disney's Song of The South (and the new Enchanted), and Arthur and The Invisibles.

The film starts with 10-year-old Richard Tyler who is scared to do anything that might endanger him, like riding his bike, or climbing into his treehouse. While seeking shelter from a storm in an old library, he is mystically transported into the animated "wonderful and quite unpredictable world of books." I love the main title sequence with the clouds that was awesome! and the mural in the library too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Pagemaster [1994] [Blu-ray] [US Import] July 21 2014
By Andrew C. Miller TOP 1000 REVIEWER
The Pagemaster [1994] [Blu-ray] [US Import] LIVELY! VIVID! APPEALING TO ALL AGE GROUPS!

Enter a magical world of adventure and fantasy! When Young Richard Tyler [Macaulay Culkin] takes shelter from a storm in an empty library, he is suddenly transported into the wondrous world of The Pagemaster! Face-to-face with some of the world's most fearsome literary legends - mighty Moby Dick, treacherous Treasure Island pirates and even a fierce fire-breathing dragon – Richard Tyler must conquer his greatest fears, or he'll never get back home! Co-starring Christopher Lloyd, and featuring the voices of Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Stewart and Leonard Nimoy, this live-action/animated adventure provides inspiration to the imagination and entertainment for the whole family!

Cast: Macaulay Culkin, Christopher Lloyd, Ed Begley, Jr. and Mel Harris

Voice Cast: Macaulay Culkin, Christopher Lloyd, Patrick Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg, Frank Welker, Leonard Nimoy, George Hearn, Jim Cummings, Phil Hartman, Ed Gilbert, B.J. Ward, Dorian Harewood, Richard Erdman, Fernando Escandon, and Robert Picardo

Director: Joe Johnston [live-action], Maurice Hunt [animation] and Pixote Hunt

Producers: David Kirschner and Paul Gertz

Screenplay: David Casci, David Kirschner and Ernie Contreras

Composer: James Horner

Cinematography: Alexander Gruszynski [live-action]

Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Audio: English: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Spanish: 2.0 Dolby Digital Surround and French: 2.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific film and a nicely done blu-ray transfer
This is pretty much just a brief review of the blu-ray release. I will say though that I absolutely love this film. Loved it as a kid and I still love it now. Read more
Published 7 months ago by C. Denison
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing kid memory
This was one of my favorite movie when I was a kid. I'm realy happy to have it in bluray. It's great that it's a bilingual version because my family speak french.
Published 9 months ago by Tommy Bouchard
5.0 out of 5 stars Pagemaster
Really good movie for children. A good lesson is said in it. It is important to conquert our fear, to fight for friends
Published 19 months ago by Ginette
1.0 out of 5 stars A terrible waste of talent...
...in terms of the actors and energy devoted to a potentially exciting idea, spoiled by lack of true imagination on the part of the writers, producers, and directors of... Read more
Published on Feb. 29 2004 by Dr. van der Linden
5.0 out of 5 stars this is not bad definitly not bad at all
I like the part where tyler gets anamated i recomend this movie for people who like live and anamation.
Published on May 8 2003 by Baruch Weiss
5.0 out of 5 stars The Pagemaster
This movie is great especially for kids with vivd imaginations. It takes them from the real world to the world of fantasy, adventure and intimidation. Read more
Published on June 26 2002 by Raquel Calveiro
3.0 out of 5 stars so-so movie
Richard Tylor is a timid little boy who is concerned with safety. He runs into a library when a strom comes up, and enters an animated adventure. Read more
Published on April 9 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars I Can't Wait!!!
Despite the poor reception of this movie, it is very good.
Richard Tyler is a boy who is afraid of almost everything until he is forced to flee into a large library due to a... Read more
Published on March 10 2002 by Glovely
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