Gulliver's Travels

1939

Action / Adventure / Animation / Comedy / Family / Fantasy / Musical / Romance

57
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 67%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 53%
IMDb Rating 6.8 10 3139

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23.976 fps
1hr 16 min
P/S 4 / 8

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Reviewed by Robert Reynolds 8 / 10

Visually beautiful film with some flaws in its sub-plots

This is a feature-length animated film loosely based on the Swift novel and produced by Fleischer studio. There will be spoilers ahead:

Fleischer studio decided to follow Disney's lead after the success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and produce a feature-length film. They chose to do an adaptation of Jonathan Swift novel, albeit very loosely. Parts of the plot work very well and parts don't work well at all. What works is more or less the Gulliver material and some of the added characters (Sneak, Snoop and Snitch work well, for example). There's a romantic subplot which doesn't really work because it's under-developed with a couple of characters who are cardboard in Prince David and Princess Glory. The who war subplot is just silly, but it at least leads to some nice animation.

The musical score is very good, with several songs which are enjoyable, such as Faithful/Forever and It's a Hap Hap Happy Day. The animation is nothing short of breathtaking in spots, particularly in the opening sequence when Gulliver is swept overboard and winds up on the beach. The rotoscoping on Gulliver is beautifully done. The film comes to life whenever Gulliver is on the screen. The two best sequences are when Gulliver is being tied down and removed from the beach and later on when the Lilliputians make Gulliver a new outfit.

The single most annoying aspect of the film is a character named Gabby. He's the town crier and he's a whiny, annoying jerk and cry baby. Fleischer actually took the character and made eight shorts starring him and the character is still an annoying twit in those. End of sermon.

This film is available on a beautifully executed Blu Ray done by Thunderbean Animation and is well worth getting. Recommended.

Reviewed by John T. Ryan 7 / 10

Can You Say "ROTOSCOPE"?

HOT ON THE heels of Walt Disney's SNOW WHITE & THE 7 DWARFS, Disney competitor, Max Fleischer and his distributor, Paramount Pictres (who released the Fleischer Brothers Studio product), were eager to enter the new field of the full length animated feature film. SNOW WHITE had outperformed the predictions of all. Rather than causing nausea and dizziness to viewers (as was predicted about such lengthy a dose of "cartoons"), the only contagion produced was mass enthusiasm.

IN THEIR CHOICE of subject matter, Fleiscer and Paramount went with this classic story; which was almost as well known as the SNOW WHITE fairy tale. In much the same mode as Disney, adaptation was applied freely. Rather than attempting to bring the entire novel to the screen (a herculean task for sure*), this Fleischer/Paramount collaboration opted to feature only Gulliver's encounter with the Lilliputions.

THE ADDITION OF a central theme of a Royal Wedding's potential to unite the Kingdom of Lilliput with Blefuscu, the romantic involvement of the young Prince and Princess and the difficulties that arose between the prospective in-laws provided plenty of fodder to support a healthy proliferation of songs, snappy or otherwise.

THE RELEASE OF this GULLIVER film, though met with less than spectacular box office, was followed by MR. BUG GOES TO TOWN (aka HOPPITY GOES TO TOWN).

THE ONE TRUE legacy of GULLIVER was not really any sort of sequel; but rather the "discovery" of one of its characters. That character would be the town crier. Voiced by veteran Pinto Colvig, GABBY was promoted to his own series of cartoon shorts.

NOTE * Doing a literal adaptation of GULLIVER'S TRAVELS would take an effort as lengthy and ambitious as Abel Gance's silent NAPOLEON (French, 1927).

Reviewed by zardoz-13 8 / 10

The Fleischer Spin on Jonathan Swift

The second feature-length animated film "Gulliver's Travels" gave Walt Disney something to think about after the Mouse House had released the first animated feature "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." The imagination and expertise that the Fleischer studios poured into this 76-minute Paramount release is almost as good as Disney's Dwarfs. Indeed, the night watchmen and several other characters resemble the dwarfs with their bulbous noses. This adolescent adaptation of Jonathan Swift's classic tale substitute slapstick for satire. The scenes where Gulliver grasps the anchor lines and drags the navy away are fantastic. The musical numbers, some of which received Oscar nominations, are worthy of a Disney. The weakness of "Gulliver's Travels" is its anemic characters. The beautifully roto-scoped Gulliver is a bland character while most of the supporting characters behave in a goofy manner. Not only are the characters weak, but also you don't care that much about them. The war between two small kingdoms about to be bound in wedlock is restrained until the latter half of the action. Gulliver spends a great deal of time out cold allowing the natives to lash him down fast. Animation addicts who haven't seen "Gulliver's Travels" is missing a real treatment.

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