- Arts, Biography, Culture, History, and Human Interest
â€œThe Phantom Tollbooth: Beyond Expectationsâ€ playfully explores the creation, creators, lasting impact and enduring relevance of one of the most universally beloved childrenâ€™s books of our time. Through interviews, animation and archival materials, the documentary traces the friendship between author Norton Juster and Pulitzer Prize-winning artist Jules Feiffer, and the wit and wisdom of the novel over half a century.
Starting with its opening sequence, featuring actor David Hyde Pierce narrating an animated sequence created for the documentary, the film introduces viewers to the hilarious world of The Phantom Tollbooth, along with some of the novelâ€™s more serious themes. Discover Norton Justerâ€™s word play, watch Jules Feiffer draw Tollbooth protagonist Milo for the camera, and hear childrenâ€™s author and illustrator Eric Carle reflect on the creative process and New Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnik share what makes the book a classic.
- Running time
- 56 minutes
- Hannah Jayanti ... Director, Editor, Writer, Co-Producer
- Prod. Co.
- Freckless Production
- United States
- Years of Production
- New York, Massachusetts, Washington D.C., Florida, Rhode Island
- Release year
- The New Yorker Festival
- Self-distributed through VHX and with Argot Pictures
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