The Phantom Tollbooth the way you always wanted to see it

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Classic kids' fantasy novel The Phantom Tollbooth is illustrated with amazing line drawings. But these color-saturated concept designs by Lizzie Nichols bring the novel's crazy places to life - and you'll wish there was a movie based on them.

The Phantom Tollbooth is about the adventures of an extremely bored boy named Milo who receives a very strange package - a build-it-yourself tollbooth that becomes a gateway to a strange adventure through cities made of books and numbers. With his faithful watchdog (a dog with a watch embedded in his body), Milo barely escapes the Doldrums to Digitopolis and Dictionopolis and ultimately an escape into adventures that prevent him from ever being bored again. Above you can see her take on Digitopolis.

You can see more incredible concept art by Lizzie Nichols on her blog.

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The dangerous castle that Milo and his companions escape from to the city in the sky.

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Dictionopolis

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The Doldrums

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The Numbers Mine in Digitopolis

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The book is deeply a favorite of mine, and I enjoyed the Chuck Jones movie (it's Chuck Jones, how can one not?), but I wouldn't mind seeing a new take on it like this.

One question — is this concept art for a proposed movie? I followed the link to her blog, and scrolled down until I found all of her posts related to this, but I didn't see any further information in any of them saying what she had done these pieces for — whether they were done for her portfolio to show what she can do, or whether they were done for an actual proposed movie. Did I just miss a reference that would confirm that there may be a movie in the works?