Join us for a fun-filled cinematic centennial (plus one!) party as we celebrate the 101st birthday of legendary animator Chuck Jones (born September 21st, 1912), creator of everyone’s favorite Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies cartoons starring Bugs Bunny and the whole Looney gang! Featuring a rare theatrical screening of the 1970 animated/live-action feature film The Phantom Tollbooth (directed by Chuck Jones and adapted from the classic children’s book by Norman Juster) and a selection of classic Looney Tunes shorts before the movie! But that’s not all folks … Grab a slice of our Looney Birthday Cake (while supplies last) and enter our FREE RAFFLE to win a fabulous Looney Tunes BLU RAY box set!
In The Phantom Tollbooth, directed by Chuck Jones and Abe Levitow, and based on the classic children’s book by Norman Juster, a young boy named Milo (played by Butch Patrick, aka “Eddie” from The Munsters) is bored with his life in San Francisco. After driving his toy car into a gigantic, wrapped-and-ribboned box, young Milo passes through the Phantom Tollbooth and finds himself in an animated fantasy land where letters and numbers are at war with each other. Soon young Milo is hurled into a magical, musical adventure of warring kingdoms, fabulously weird creatures, demons, twin Princesses named Rhyme and Reason and a tick-tick-ticking dog named Tock (who happens to be a watchdog, of course). Bookended by live-action action sequences and featuring a stellar voice cast including Mel Blanc, June Foray and Daws Butler, The Phantom Tollbooth is a fun and imaginative tale filled with the wonderful animation that could only spring from the mind and hands of the masterful Chuck Jones. (Dir. by Chuck Jones & Abe Levitow, 1970, USA, 90 mins., Rated G) Digital