The Phantom Tollbooth (1970)

phantom tollbooth“Time is a gift, given to you, given to give you the time you need, the time you need to have the time of your life. ” – Tock

Number of Times Seen – 1 (6 Apr 2016)

Brief Synopsis – A bored kid is transported into a magical land after discovering a strange tollbooth in his room.

My Take on it – I remember reading this book in 5th grade and completely falling in love with it.

I loved how the writer Norton Jester was able to use linguistic and numeric phrases to create such a wonderful foreign land.

I have re read the book numerous time in the thirty plus years since then and did a paper on it for a linguistics class.

For some reason it never even dawned on me that they possibly made a movie of it until I happened upon it last week.

Unfortunately, the movie us no where near as good as the original source material and instead of intrigued, I was extremely bored throughout.

I had hoped that the wonderfully voice talented Mel Blanc would help this fantastical land cone to life, but instead the voices he used here were too similar to his regular Warner Brother characters.

I actually found it quite offsetting gearing the voices of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Yosemite Sam and Porky Pig on different characters.

The way this was done was so boring to me that I wanted to escape the doldrums the entire time.

Bottom Line – Terrible adaptation of the Norton Jester novel that I loved so much as a kid. Blanc is a great voice actor but here the voices are too similar to his Warner Brothers characters which is a bit off setting.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This film was actually made in 1968 but due to MGM’s financial problems and frequently changing management, the film was not heavily promoted. When it was released in 1970, it was not a box office success. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy


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