YMMV / The Pagemaster

  • Awesome Art: The animation is considered the best thing about the movie.
  • Awesome Music: "Whenever You Imagine," played as they enter the Fantasy section.
  • Clueless Aesop: In response to the undermentioned review by Gene Siskel, Roger Ebert criticized the film for it ineptness in endorsing reading: it takes familiar stories from horror, adventure, and fantasy, but simplifies the content of those stories to the point where they resemble video games rather than literature.
  • Cult Classic: A favorite among certain Star Trek groups thanks to its all-Trek cast. It's also a favorite film among the small group of library lovers and bookworms.
  • Genius Bonus: You might assume the dragon in the film is a generic fantasy monster, but there are some references to indicate it is actually the self-same dragon from the first book of The Faerie Queene series. The biggest clue? The dragon appears in tale of Red Cross Knight. When Richard takes the shield and sword of a dead knight to fight the dragon with, guess what is painted on the shield.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The movie fared much better in Japan, if the amount of merchandise coming from the country back in those days are any indication.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Adventure calling Captain Ahab "my kind of guy" becomes quite funny once you realize that Patrick Stewart, his voice actor, later played Ahab in a TV movie version of Moby-Dick three years later.
    • Likewise, Fantasy calling out to Mother Goose when the latter flies by also becomes humorous once you remember Whoopi Goldberg later voiced Mother Goose herself in the nursery rhyme-themed episode of Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • My name is... MR. HYYYYYYDE !!!
    • I grin at thee, THOU GRINNING WHAAALE !!!
  • Nightmare Retardant: The original Hound of the Baskervilles was a glowing, eerie sight that could terrorize a man into running himself to death due to luminous paint, but it's just a normal dog (albeit big and snappy) in this film.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Captain Ahab's scene was a rather frightening one too.
  • So Okay, It's Average: A common complaint. The plot has potential and the animation is gorgeous, but the story never reaches beyond just being kind of interesting.
  • Squick: The PC game has Hyde as Zeus in the Fantasy section, complete with a toga.
  • Ugly Cute: Horror.
  • Vindicated by History: Despite being a box-office bomb, the movie saw strong sales when it was eventually released onto home video.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: This was Gene Siskel's opinion of this movie; while he wanted to appreciate its premise and aesop, he couldn't look past the lack of story and length.
  • The Woobie: "Horror always a sad ending."

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