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The Pagemaster
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Directed By
Joe Johnston, Maurice Hunt

Written By:
Ernie Contreras, David Casci, David Kirschner

Cast:
Christopher Lloyd, Whoopi Goldberg, Ed Begley Jr., Mel Harris, Leonard Nimoy

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The Pagemaster (1994)
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Movie Review by Misty
February 7th, 2007

Fantasy, Horror, and Adventure!

If this flick doesn't make your kids want to run to the library, I don't know what will. It's a mix of animation and live-action with a lot of imagination. The Pagemaster is about a boy who is very smart, but not very brave at all. He's got everything calculated into how likely it is for an accident to occur, making him afraid to do anything. When his dad sends him to the local hardware store to pick up some nails he encounters a band of biker bullies who chase him. Ending up at his local library in the middle of a pretty big storm just happens to change the boy's life.

He meets the librarian who points him toward a telephone, and warns him to look for the 'EXIT' sign if he gets lost. On his way through the maze that is the library he slips and falls, becoming unconscious. In his 'dream' he picks up right where he fell, but all the color starts to melt off of the ceiling and drip down the walls into huge waves of color. Running from the color proves to be pointless as it is coming from every angle and soon comes crashing down upon the boy, transforming him into an animated boy.

As an animation he meets a few new friends. Books by the names of Fantasy, Adventure, and Horror. The books just want to be checked out of the library and offer to help him find the exit in return for checking them out. The four unlikely friends set off to find the exit and encounter many obstacles along the way including many characters of books such as Dr. Jeykle/Mr. Hyde, Captain Ahab and the white wale, and even a dragon.

It's a very encouraging story that teaches us to face our fears and we may just find that they aren't as scary as we'd imagined them to be. I definitely recommend this flick to everyone. It's one of my favorites from back in the day and I still watch it from time to time.

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