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 Trekker groups thanks to it's all-Trek cast. It's also a favorite film among the small group of library lovers and bookworms.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The movie arguably 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.
  • 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."