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The Phantom Tollbooth

Legendary animator Chuck Jones wrote and directed this 1970 cult film mash-up of live action and animation based on Norton Juster's classic kids' book. Butch Patrick (Eddie from "The Munsters") stars as a bored kid who vanishes through a magical toll booth and finds himself in an "alphabeautiful, mathemagical" land filled with adventure (and a bunch of songs). The lesson about the joys of learning is a bit didactic at times, but it is Jones' only feature-length film. 90 minutes G.