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The Pagemaster [1994] (1 disc)

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Director:Joe Johnston
Pixote Hunt
Writer:David Casci
David Kirschner
Ernie Contreras
Composer:James Horner
Length:80 minutes
(1 hour 20 minutes)
MPAA Rating:G
Sorting Category:Kids
IMDB Rating:5.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:18%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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  • Fantasy
  • Kids
  • Cartoon
  • Comedy
  • Action
  • Family
  • Suspense / Horror
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Synopsis: 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.


Reaction: Not a great film, but far be it from me to overly criticize a movie that tries to tell kids the virtues of reading. The story's basic and the characters are simple.


Personal Rating: 5/10

Select Cast and Crew
Joe Johnston => Director
Pixote Hunt => Director
David Casci => Writer
David Kirschner => Writer
Ernie Contreras => Writer
James Horner => Composer
B.J. Ward => Queen of Hearts (voice)
Christopher Lloyd => Mr. Dewey / The Pagemaster
Dorian Harewood => Jamaican Pirates (voice)
Ed Begley Jr. => Alan Tyler
Ed Gilbert => George Merry (voice)
Fernando Escandon => Pirate (voice)
Frank Welker => Horror (voice)
George Hearn => Captain Ahab (voice)
Jim Cummings => Long John Silver (voice)
Leonard Nimoy => Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde (voice)
Macaulay Culkin => Richard Tyler
Mel Harris => Claire Tyler
Patrick Stewart => Adventure (voice)
Phil Hartman => Tom Morgan (voice)
Richard Erdman => Pirate (as Dick Erdman) (voice)
Robert Picardo => Pirate (as Robert Piccardo) (voice)
Whoopi Goldberg => Fantasy (voice)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Christopher Lloyd's character, Mr. Dewey, resembles to Charles Dickens as a reference to the great writer from XIX century.
  • This is one of two animated films Whoopi Goldberg voiced in 1994. The other is The Lion King.
  • Producer David Kirschner lost a story and screenplay credit in WGA arbitration.
  • Frank Welker and Leonard Nimoy appear together in this movie. This is the third time they have appeared together, but the only time that Frank does not take over as Nimoy's character. They would later work together again in the sequel Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
  • Frankenstein's Monster does not appear in the film, but is seen in the sneak peeks, trailers and TV spots for the film's theatrical and home entertainment releases around the world from 1993 to 1995, deleted scene. behind the scenes and video games.
  • This movie stars four regular cast members from various Star Trek television series: Patrick Stewart; Leonard Nimoy (Dr. Jekyll has Vulcan shaped ears); Whoopi Goldberg and Robert Picardo. As well as this movie featuring four Star Trek regulars, it also starred two actors who have Star Trek connections: Christopher Lloyd, who played Klingon Commander Kruge in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, and Ed Begley Jr., who played Henry Starling in two episodes of [Star Trek: Voyager] namely {Future's End: Parts 1 and 2}.
  • The film took almost 3 1/2 years to complete.
  • Whoopi Goldberg and Patrick Stewart recorded their dialogue together.
  • Christopher Lloyd's character, Mr. Dewey, is named after the Dewey System, a system of organizing books in a library.
  • Whoopi Goldberg, who provided her voice for the film, was at one point in a relationship with actor [?] Ted Danson. Macaulay Culkin starred with Danson in Getting Even With Dad in the same year.