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Tuesday, November 11, 2003

'The phantom of the tollbooth.'

O joy! My favorite children's book, The Phantom Tollbooth, is now a musical, with a script by Norton Juster, the book's author.

Copyright © 2003 by Philocrites | Posted 11 November 2003 at 5:05 PM

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dan g:

November 13, 2003 05:04 PM | Permalink for this comment

Last week's (11/16) NY Times Magazine ran a profile on Tim Burton that ended with news of a possible re-make of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, directed by Mr. Burton and starring Johnny Depp as W. Wonka. *That* will be something to see!

Hmm, what other kid lit could be transformed into a musical - How to Eat Fried Worms, perhaps?


November 13, 2003 05:59 PM | Permalink for this comment

Hey Dan! Loved that Tim Burton profile — especially this part:

"Different?'' Elfman said. ''Do you expect your baby to be . . . different?''

Burton shrugged. ''I just hope he's not popular,'' he said. ''At my 10-year high-school reunion, all the popular people, the good students, turned out to be unappealing. The so-called misfits all turned out to be attractive. So if you have a child, you should almost hope they're not popular in high school. You were beaten up today? Well, that's not such a bad idea. You don't like talking to anybody? You like sitting in your room alone? Well, we have nothing but hope for you.''

I never liked Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka, but Johnny Depp! Meanwhile, I'm dreading the Lemony Snicket movie. (How could you betray Beatrice like that, Mr Snicket?)

How about "Freckle Juice: The Movie"? That would tap into such primordial issues for me...

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