A paranoid young boy is swept into the animated worlds of fantasy, horror and adventure when he trapped inside a public library. Guided by three books, he battles his way to the exit and conquers his fears along the way. Features the voices of Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Stewart, Leonard Nimoy and more.
Maurice Hunt - Animation Director
Macaulay Culkin - American actor, HOME ALONE, PARTY MONSTER
Ed Begley Jr. - American actor, ST. ELSEWHERE
Joe Johnston - Director/Visual Effects
Mel Harris - American TV/Film Actress
Mary Ellen Harris - American TV/Film Actress
Christopher Lloyd - Actor, TAXI
James Horner - Composer, COMMANDO (1985)
To escape a raging thunderstorm, young Richard takes refuge in a library where he meets Mr. Dewey, a strange librarian. Dewey turns out to be The Pagemaster, a wizard who transports Richard into a colorful cartoon world. There, Richard is guided by three large walking, talking books named Adventure, Fantasy, and Horror, who send the boy on journeys with classic literary characters, such as Long John Silver, Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, and Captain Ahab. But despite the fun Richard is having in this fantasy world, he must also find the "Exit" sign -- his only means of escaping back to the real world.
The film took almost 3 1/2 years to complete. Shot in DuArt; color by Technicolor. Animation Sequence Director: Glenn Chaika. Animation Supervisors: Robert Lence (story), Don Morgan (layout), Jim Hickey (background), Jeffrey Patch (editor).
"...A kid could do worse than to check out this colorful ode to classic storytelling." - 03/31/1995 Entertainment Weekly, p.71