The Pagemaster

1994, Kids & family/Fantasy, 1h 15m

19 Reviews 50,000+ Ratings

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A storm forces frightened Richard Tyler (Macaulay Culkin) inside a nearby library for shelter. Mr. Dewey (Christopher Lloyd), the librarian, sees that Richard needs an adventure and tries to give the boy a book, but all Richard wants is a phone. Before he can call his parents (Ed Begley Jr., Mel Harris), Richard slips on the floor, hits his head and passes out. When he wakes up, he finds himself in a fantasy land populated by famous literary characters.

Cast & Crew

Macaulay Culkin
Richard Tyler
Christopher Lloyd
Mr. Dewey and The Pagemaster
Mel Harris
Claire Tyler
Canan J. Howell
Neighborhood kid
Alexis Kirschner
Neighborhood kid
Jessica Kirschner
Neighborhood kid
Patrick Stewart
Adventure
Voice
Whoopi Goldberg
Fantasy
Voice
Frank Welker
Horror , Dragon
Voice
Leonard Nimoy
Dr. Jekyll , Mr. Hyde
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James Horner
Original Music
Kaja Fehr
Film Editor
Gay Lawrence
Production Design
Valerio Ventura
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Critic Reviews for The Pagemaster

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  • Jun 06, 2011
    Kids will like it and the animation is nice, plus some good acting, but overall its not the most memorable animated film made
    Michael E Super Reviewer
  • May 20, 2011
    (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. The humor wasn't funny, but apart from that it was good. Like always, we start with the bad. This movie had WAY too many book puns. What's worse? They weren't even funny and they got old VERY quickly. It would have been a better movie without them. Still this movie had good. It has a good lesson, that kids should face their fears and that when they do, they'll come out stronger. Kids will never apply it, but it's a good lesson. The main character is someone you can really root for. He's a nerd and a coward, but he has a lot of potential too be something more. You'll be rooting for him the whole way. The books were very interesting characters too, and Whoopi Goldberg did a great job as Fantasy. "Adventure" did a nice job too. Finally, the plot was very original. I think it's good that hollywood is getting kids too read. This is a very good introduction to some of literature's greatest classics. Overrall, a pretty good film. Not great, but good.
    Marc L Super Reviewer
  • Feb 22, 2011
    All The Adventure Your Imagination Can Hold. Not a great or horrible movie! The beginning of this movie is excellent with tremendous sound and some nice humor, but once the film changes into animation it quickly loses its appeal. However, although this film is mostly disappointing, not all is lost. The story, for all its flaws, wastes no time in getting started, and there is a certain nostalgia surrounding the film for the endless stream of, mostly mediocre, but still harmless, cartoons of the 90s, when computer-generated animation was yet to be exploited. Overall, just not memorable enough or able to compete with the great animated films of the last dozen years. This is the story of a young boy named Richard Tyler, who finds shelter from a storm inside a nearby library. Tyler 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.
    Manu G Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    A fantastic fantasy adventure for kids. Culkin gets turned into a cartoon and has to find his way back home from the book lands, and find his courage along the way. It's really a cool movie, and kids will love it.
    Aj V Super Reviewer

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