A documentary about the politics and science that animated The Phantom Tollbooth

Famous children's book The Phantom Tollbooth, about a listless young man named Milo who enters a bizarre world of word and number games, was the product of two neighbors — an architect named Norton Juster who was procrastinating on a book about urban design, and a political cartoonist named Jules Feiffer, who wanted to bring down the U.S. government. Now, there's going to be a documentary about the two men's friendship, and their social world that led to the creation of one of the strangest, and most memorable, children's books since Alice in Wonderland.

The filmmakers say: The Phantom Tollbooth turns 50 this year, and we've joined Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer, Milo and Tock, and a host of authors, critics, teachers and kids - to celebrate the classic 1961 children's book, by making the definitive documentary film about this beloved work of the American imagination . . . With conversations - and banter - from Norton and Jules, this documentary explores the educational, political and linguistic back-story and lasting impact of "one of the great works of fantasy in American Literature" (Leonard S Marcus, author of The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth).


You can learn more about the movie by visiting the film's official site, and if you like what you see, donate to the Kickstarter campaign. The project has already met its minimum funding goals, but could always use a bit more to complete the production.

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