The Pagemaster

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The Pagemaster is a 1994 film directed by Joe Johnston and Maurice Hunt that stars Macaulay Culkin and Christopher Lloyd. It tells the story of Richard Tyler, a pessimistic 10 year old who lives his life "based on statistics," who faces his fears in an animated world with three books: Horror, Adventure, and Fantasy.

Richard Tyler[edit]

  • [repeated line] This is not good. Definitely not good.

Dialogue[edit]

Mr. Dewey: Welcome to the library, young man. Don't tell me, you're here for a special book.
Richard Tyler: Uh, Mister...
Mr. Dewey: Stop, stop stop, let me guess. I have a talent for guessing what people need. You're in need of... [starts speaking magically] a fantasy. Brave knights, mythical faeries, ferocious dragons.
Richard Tyler: Look, all I want is...
Mr. Dewey: [grabbing him and speaking excitedly] Adventure!! Of course, you're a boy who loves adventure, brimming with wicked demons, cutthroat pirates.
Richard Tyler: No, no. That's not it.
Mr. Dewey: Horror. [speaking scarily while creeping toward him] Ahh, horror. Evil demons, wretched monsters, haunted houses, graveya-a-rds. Yes, it's horror for you, boy. I'm sure of it. [back to normal voice] Your library card, please.
Richard Tyler: Uh, I don't have one.
Mr. Dewey: [makes a library card appear magically] You do now.

Adventure: I heard that! And I would let you know, I'm a Classic!
Fantasy: Mm-hmm, a classic misprint.
Adventure: Why, you old sea serpent! I'll rip out your pages, and use them for--! (slips off) OH NO! (falls to the ground) MAN OVERBOARD!
Richard Tyler: (really freaking out) Do something!
Fantasy: Hmm... (Gives you a blast of wand, then Adventure falls and crashed down) Oops. Ha, ha, I forgot my wand doesn't always work outside of the fantasy section.
Richard Tyler: You mean you can't wish us to the exit?

Fantasy: [notices the names carved on the wall of the gate] Dr. Jekyll? Mr. Hyde? (turns away) Must be a duplex.
Richard Tyler: Whoa!
Adventure: Go ahead, matey. I'm--I'm right behind ye. (Richard Tyler gasps, the trio walks onto the porch and stood behind the two doors of the house) [points the rope] Well, ring the bell.
Richard Tyler: (panting) [Reaches for the rope, and gives a yank, making the bell chime loudly]
Horror: [slipping off the roof of the house and falling down, making Richard Tyler, Adventure and Fantasy to look up] AAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!
Richard Tyler: [losing his balance on the stairs and falling back to the ground, while Adventure and Fantasy moves back] Aah! Aah! [Horror landed on the ground in front of Richard Tyler, Adventure and Fantasy, revealing his misshapen and hunchbacked appearance] (very frightened): AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!
Fantasy, Adventure: (also frightened) AAAHH!
Horror: [covering himself] (screaming) AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!
Adventure: [steps in front of Richard Tyler, drawing his sword] (serious) Stand back, boy! [points his sword at Horror] I'll give this hunchbook a taste of adventure!
Horror: [screams again, then climb up the rope, making more bell chimes] (still scared) SANCTUARY! SANCTUARY!! [hides in the moulding over the doors]
Adventure: [jabbing his sword, trying to reach Horror] Come on down, ya dog-eared scallywag!
Fantasy: [realizing Horror is not harmless and is scared instead] Oh, put that thing away! You're frightening him. [flies up to the top where Horror is hiding, while Adventure puts away his sword and Richard Tyler gets up] (musically) Come out, come out. Wherever you are.
Horror: [still hiding in the moulding, afraid] No! I know why you screamed. It's because I'm--I'm--h--horrible. I scared you.
Fantasy: Hey, do I looked scared?
Horror: [pokes his head out] (calmly) You're not scared?
Fantasy: (smiling) Course not. [offers Horror her hand] Come on down.
Horror: (becomes scared again) Na-uh! No! He wants to hurt me!
Fantasy: (looks down at Adventure) Him? (brushes Adventure off) That little guy can't hurt anyone but himself. Come on down.
Horror: (looks at Fantasy in concern, then calms down) Okay. [he comes out of the moulding and reaches for Fantasy's hand, but again slipped and fell down toward Richard Tyler and Adventure] Ohh! (screaming) AAAAAAAAAAHHHH!! [Richard caught him in his arms] Oof!
Richard Tyler: [looks at Horror, disgusted] Huh?
Fantasy: [flies back down to Richard] Good catch!
Richard Tyler: (a little scared) H--here, take it!
Fantasy: (blushing) Isn't he sweet? (makes kissing sounds) Muah-muah-muah-muah-muah.
Horror: [looks at Richard Tyler] (little scared) Oh, I scared you. I'm sorry.
Fantasy: You mustn't judge a book by its cover. [Horror makes a cheerful face]
Richard Tyler: (confused) Uhhh...
Fantasy: Look, he's smiling.
Horror: [makes a smile, showing only a few teeth on his gum] Ha-ha-ha!
Richard Tyler: (grossed out) That's a smile?

Horror: Can I have the olive? Whoa! [wine glass crashed] Uh-oh.
Adventure: Now look what you've done!

Horror: So, do I think I'm scaring it? He shouldn't swim right after eating you know, he'll get cramps.
Adventure: Where did he go?
Richard Tyler: Aaaahh! (The Whales movement)
Adventure: Row! Row for your lives!
Richard Tyler: [shrieking] AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! [he caughts with a Moby Dick]
Adventure: Abandon Ship--!
Richard Tyler, Horror, Fantasy, Adventure: [bites off the boat] Waa-hooooooh!
Richard Tyler: Aaaaaaaahhh--! [he fells down to the water and crashed] Me-me-me-me, me-me-me, me-me! [coughs in water] Guys! Where are you?!

Adventure: There goes me ticket out of here! Uh...
Crows Nest Pirate: LAND HOOOOO!!! LAND HOOOO!!!

Horror: [singing] Sixteen men on a dead man's stomach.
Fantasy: No, no! Chest! Chest!
Horror: Oh, uh, chest. Chest. Ah, hee, hee, hee, ha, ha, ha, ha! [singing] Yo, ho, ho! And a bottle of rum!
Richard Tyler: Aah! Aaaaaah...!
Tom Morgan: Evil spirits!
Horror: Hee, hee! [jumping off the tree with a vine] SANCTUARY!! [knocks the pirates down, then landed on the ground] Huh!
Richard Tyler: Horror, you are alive!
Tom Morgan: [using the gun with Horror] Not for long! Hee, hee, hee, hee, hee!
Horror: Aaaaaaaaaaah!

Richard Tyler: Wow! Look at this place!
Horror: It's so purdy. I could be misshelved here for a long time.
Adventure: Happyland.

Richard Tyler: [on seeing the Pagemaster again] Hey! How did you get here!?
Fantasy: [through her teeth] Quit it! We're in the presence of the Pagemaster!
Richard Tyler: I know who he is. He's the one who did THIS [gesturing along his body] to me!! Do you have any idea what I've been through?!
Pagemaster: Tell me.
Richard Tyler: I was nearly torn apart by a crazy doctor!! I was made a slave by a bunch of mangy pirates. And eaten--got that, eaten--by a fire-breathing dragon!!
Horror: He don't mean it, my Pagemaster. He don't mean it.
Richard Tyler: And not to mention being tossed, squashed, and scared practically to death!!
Pagemaster: Yet you stand before me.
Richard Tyler: Well, yeah.
Pagemaster: Think, boy! What kind of an answer would you've had if I brought you here with the turn of a page?
[hologram of Mr. Hyde appears, then morphs into Jekyll]
Dr. Jekyll: You prevailed over evil. [morphs into Captain Ahab]
Captain Ahab: Ah, you looked Moby Dick in the eye, boy. [morphs into Long John Silver]
Long John Silver: Ah, you had pirate stuff, me lad! An' don't no one speak any different.
Pagemaster: If I had brought you here from the start, you would've never had the courage to face your own fears. [hologram morphs into the Dragon] And in doing so, you triumph here... and always. [hologram shows Richard Tyler unconscious on the library's rotunda floor]

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