The Phantom Tollbooth
The Phantom Tollbooth (1970)

Chuck Jones made his feature-length debut with this animated tale about Milo, a young boy who travels to a strange world where numbers are at war with letters.

Rated: G
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Release Date: November 7, 1970
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More would have been acheived without the inclusion of the sappy pop songs, but the film still has infinitely more savvy than most of the Disney cartoons of the period.

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Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

The animation is clean, with enough pop to do Dictionopolis-and-company justice.

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Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times

[The film] has some wonderful ideas, but they're likely to be a bit above the heads of very young children. The rest should enjoy it, especially the bits with the great Mel Blanc, Toonville's greatest-ever voice.

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Paul Trandahl
Common Sense Media

Clever artistry fails to convey the book's depth.

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TV Guide

This fine adaptation of the children's book by Norton Juster was Chuck Jones's and MGM's first animated feature.

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Shane Burridge

Uneven but is interesting as an alternative to the dominant Disney features of the time

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
Now this feature length animated film is a real blast down memory lane, in fact I'm confident many won't have even heard of this. The film is an… More
Jennifer Xu
This was an enjoyable movie largely because the source material was so good. Instead of focusing on trash like Hancock 2 and Star Trek and Watchmen, why not… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
Great Chuck Jones animation. His style is unmistakable; with each character's wide-eyes. The colors are rich and the backgrounds are beautiful. The… More
Byron Brubaker
Chuck Jones and Mel Blanc of Warner Brothers animation fame were major players in this MGM production. Tock, the watchdog, reminded me in the way he moved of… More
Michael Gildea
A fun and seriously underrrated kids classic you've never heard of. Chuck Jones' animation is great and the story is in that category of late 60s out… More
William Goss
A childhood fave, with brisk pacing and decent animation.