The Pagemaster (1994)
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A young boy overcomes his obsessive fears by discovering a love for books in this animated fantasy adventure. In a live action wraparound, Macaulay Culkin stars as Richard Tyler, an easily bullied, nervous wreck of a kid who's an expert on safety statistics. His mother and father (Mel Harris and Ed Begley, Jr.) don't know how to inspire their son to embrace life boldly. Barely able to leave the house, Richard ventures out one day, but he gets lost in a storm and ends up at a mysterious library.
Nov 23, 1994 Wide
May 28, 2002
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
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Built on a wispy premise better suited to the realm of TV, The Pagemaster plays like a slickly produced afternoon special.
A pallid film framed at the start and finish by live action and mostly composed of cheap-looking animation.
This clever, often engaging, and always fast-paced motion picture uses the visual medium to encourage its viewers to reach out with their imagination.
The film rests on its initial ingenuity and fails to develop the concept in interesting or surprising ways.
If you're looking for a movie that may inspire your children to read, ignore this one and lay your money down for The Princess Bride or The NeverEnding Story.
a nice starting point for an important conversation with your child about why so many cartoons think children are stupid.
The Pagemaster's problems can be easily traced back to the screenplay, which simply lacks anything remotely resembling wit.
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