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The Pagemaster
The Pagemaster
Actors: Macaulay Culkin, Christopher Lloyd, Canan J. Howell, Alexis Kirschner, Jessica Kirschner
Directors: Joe Johnston, Pixote Hunt
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Comedy, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense, Animation
G     2002     1hr 20min

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 fr...  more »

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Actors: Macaulay Culkin, Christopher Lloyd, Canan J. Howell, Alexis Kirschner, Jessica Kirschner
Directors: Joe Johnston, Pixote Hunt
Creators: Barry Weiss, Claire A. Glidden, David Kirschner, David Casci, Ernie Contreras
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Comedy, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense, Animation
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Animation, Whoopi Goldberg, Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Animation, Mystery & Suspense, Animation
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 05/28/2002
Original Release Date: 11/23/1994
Theatrical Release Date: 11/23/1994
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 20min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 2
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: G (General Audience)
Languages: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Reviewed on 6/5/2023...
More of a kid movie since it went from people movie to animated movie shortly after the movie was becoming alot of fun.
Kristine W. from DALTON, MA
Reviewed on 8/24/2012...
My two 8-year olds LOVED this movie. They loved the fact that it was in a library and talked about books.
3 of 4 member(s) found this review helpful.
Brad S. (Snibot) from DALLAS, TX
Reviewed on 8/21/2011...
This is a fun little movie that mixes The Never Ending Story (The first one) The Sword and the Stone, and likely provided a little of the idea to The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Christopher Lloyd is simply awesome, and it is always a pleasure to see him in movies, as soon as he steps foot on screen, he grabs and engages you into the story. Culkin's character was a little shallow to me until he goes into the cartoon world.

I really enjoyed this movie even though my first experience was as an adult with my son, it was nice to see all of the nods to the great pieces of literature, they left an appeal that had my son asking questions about the books, and he seems genuinely interested in reading them, which for a movie to encourage reading that is one of the greatest achievements I can think of, 5 stars for accomplishing that task.
3 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
Zachary N. from ASHEVILLE, NC
Reviewed on 11/8/2010...
Macaulay Culkin stars in this "coming of age" video about a young kid afraid of his own shadow who's adventures in a library build confidence in him.
1 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

This movie is for people who love books
M. Fisher | TX, USA | 01/25/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is the first movie I remember seeing as a kid. I LOVED it. It was my favorite. Then, I didn't get to see it again for several years (stupid Blockbuster!) When I finally saw it again, I STILL liked it. I like it as I write this very day. The music is good (the background music behind the movie that nobody really conciously listens to, but helps the mood anyway). The animation's good, too. And I ACTUALLY KNOW WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT! (How often does that happen?) See, what happens a lot of the time, is that people blame colors they don't like, or designs that are annoying, or WHATEVER on the animation. But it isn't the animation's fault! The way the thing on-screen MOVES is the only thing the animators do, mostly. So, if you really want to criticize the animation, look at how they MOVE, not what they look like. Do you see?
I think that, really, most of the reason that this is one of my favorite movies is that it is about BOOKS. When I was little, my dad read me "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" and "The Hobbit"; things like that. So, naturally, I loved books and stories. This is practically the only movie I've seen that encourages reading so much while still being sincere. It's obvious that the filmmakers themselves (or at least, a lot of the people working on it) actually like to read. THAT'S really why I like the Pagemaster.

So, if you like to read, watch this movie. If you don't (you utter nincompoop), stay away, and don't criticize what you have no comprehension of."
Teaching: A Great literature tool!
Melissa Valentine | Camdenton, MO USA | 06/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have been a reading specialist for two years and a classroom teacher for one. I found this movie a great asset to enhance the understanding of book genres. I also found it to be very interesting for those who have read or are familiar with many classics. There are so many references to the classics in this movie. It was a great visual tool for students to understand types of books and develop an excitement for books!
Wonderful Classic Movie
A | pine brook, nj | 03/13/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This movie I first watched when I was 6. My mom was a nanny for a boy and he brought it over one afternoon. We watched it, and I LOVED it. Over the years, I wondered what that movie was that I had seen and I have asked the boy, now a teen if he remembered it. He did, but didn't know the name. The only part I could distinctly remember was the change for real life to animation. I remember loving the entire film and parts of the adventure. One day, while scrolling around on, I discovered this film and I knew it was the movie. Well, I love it now, just as much as I did over 15 years ago."