The Phantom Tollbooth (1970, USA) A disenchanted young boy returns home one day to find a strange tollbooth in his house, he enters through to discover a strange and imaginative world.
After Warner Bros’ classic cartoon department closed, a now independent Chuck Jones created his own studio with a production deal by MGM creating The Grinch, The Dot and the Line, and a series of Jones-directed Tom and Jerry cartoons. For his one feature film Chuck Jones chose to adapt Norton Juster’s strange Alice in Wonderland-like fable of wordplay and idioms, The Phantom Tollbooth, using both animation and live-action to tell the story. Jones originally produced the film in the end of the 60′s, but due to management changes and eternal studio troubles at MGM it was dumped into kids matinees in 1970. Norton Juster himself hated Jones’ adaptation and was further upset when the film was well-reviewed.
Can I find this? Sure. Warner Archive has available Phantom Tollbooth on MOD DVD and their digital services, recently remastered from Warner’s archives. No Blu-Ray is planned at this time.
Have you ever heard the wonderful silence just before the dawn? Or the quiet and calm just as a storm ends? Or perhaps you know the silence when you haven’t the answer to a question you’ve been asked, or the hush of a country road at night, or the expectant pause of a room full of people when someone is just about to speak, or, most beautiful of all, the moment after the door closes and you’re alone in the whole house? Each one is different, you know, and all very beautiful if you listen carefully.
Pre-production layouts, mixed media on art board, 5″ x 11″, by Phyllis Graham for the 1970 Chuck Jones directed, “The Phantom Tollbooth”, his only feature film. Phyllis, wife of renowned art teacher and author, Donald Graham, produced hundreds of these beautiful paintings based on her reading of the Norton Juster-penned YA novel.
There is a new display up in the front of the library, courtesy of alumnae and former ReAD Club co-heads Amelia and Emily (both class of ‘16). It features some of their favorite books, from “The Phantom Toll Booth” and “The Graveyard Book” to “Song of Achilles” and “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened”. Check out this great variety. We hope you find something new to enjoy!
“And the days are not full enough And the nights are not full enough And life slips by like a field mouse Not shaking the grass.” –Ezra Pound
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