THE PAGEMASTER (Released to Theaters USA 1994)

Ben Meyers’ Rating: 3.5|5.0 Starsììì 

The Pagemaster—perfect example of a terrific story gone completely wrong—should have NEVER used animation to tell itself…it is ideally set up for a live action movie that could have easily attained classic status. Needs a remake so badly that it hurts. Its got complete audience attention until the moment Macaulay Culkin turns into an animated character. From that point forward it’s an undercooked turkey. The power of Macaulay Culkin lies in his visible, onscreen presence…to lose that in animation? What a shame. And, without him, a remake would be horrifically difficult to achieve the charisma necessary to pull this story through. Such a waste of potential. How it cannon-balled from its potential to a dud production is difficult to fathom. The director of this film, Joe Johnston, has directed some of our best movies (Jumanji, October Sky)…so its not his fault. Whose fault is it?

Film Poster Courtesy of Google Images 


In a library where he has taken refuge from a storm, a young boy meets a keeper of stories and is directed into a part of the library where some books take on a human-like form. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Joe Johnston and Maurice Hunt for directing effort. Thank you to Producers David Kirschner and Paul Gertz for making the film possible. Cast includes Macaulay Culkin, Christopher Lloyd, Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Stewart, Leonard Nimoy, Frank Welker, Mel Harris, and Ed Begley Jr. 

Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Maybe. Dumpster watch waiting for a new Macaulay Culkin and a director with the vision of a Jumanji film dancing in his head.

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