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Jonathan Swift (based on immortal tale)
Edmond Seward (story)
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Release Date:
22 December 1939 (USA) See more »
The Amazing Characters in Jonathan Swift's Immortal Fantasy Come To Life ! See more »
Gulliver washes ashore on Lilliput and attempts to prevent war between that tiny kingdom and its equally-miniscule rival... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more »
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Swift's Satire Becomes Children's Fantasy See more (51 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Jessica Dragonette ... Princess Glory (singing voice)
Lanny Ross ... Prince David (singing voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pinto Colvig ... Gabby (voice) (uncredited)
Cal Howard ... Prince David (voice) (uncredited)
Jack Mercer ... King Little (voice) (uncredited)
Sam Parker ... Gulliver (voice) (uncredited)
Tedd Pierce ... King Bombo (voice) (uncredited)
Livonia Warren ... Princess Glory (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Dave Fleischer 
Writing credits
Jonathan Swift (based on immortal tale)

Edmond Seward (story adaptation)

Dan Gordon (screen play) &
Cal Howard (screen play) &
Tedd Pierce (screen play) (as Ted Pierce) &
Izzy Sparber (screen play) (as I. Sparber) &
Edmond Seward (screen play)

Produced by
Max Fleischer .... producer
Original Music by
Victor Young (atmospheric music created by)
Cinematography by
Charles Schettler (photography)
Art Department
Louis Jambor .... scenic
Robert Little .... scenic
Shane Miller .... scenic
Erich Schenk .... scenic
Sound Department
Maurice Manne .... sound effects (uncredited)
Animation Department
Robert Bentley .... animator
Willard Bowsky .... director of animation
Orestes Calpini .... director of animation
Ben Clopton .... animator
Roland Crandall .... director of animation
Shamus Culhane .... animator (as James Culhane)
Joe D'Igalo .... animator (as Joseph D'Igalo)
James Davis .... animator
Nelson Demorest .... animator
Ted Dubois .... animator
Frank Endres .... animator
Al Eugster .... animator (as Alfred Eugster)
Otto Feuer .... animator
George Germanetti .... animator
Arnold Gillespie .... animator
Reuben Grossman .... animator
Thurston Harper .... animator
William Henning .... director of animation
Winfield Hoskins .... director of animation
Thomas Johnson .... director of animation (as Tom Johnson)
Frank Kelling .... director of animation
Abner Kneitel .... animator
Seymour Kneitel .... director of animation
Robert G. Leffingwell .... director of animation (as Robert Leffingwell)
Joe Miller .... animator
George Moreno .... animator
Steve Muffati .... animator (as Stephen Muffatti)
Grim Natwick .... director of animation
William Nolan .... animator (as Bill Nolan)
Joseph Oriolo .... animator
Tony Pabian .... animator
Tom Palmer .... director of animation
Graham Place .... animator
Stan Quackenbush .... animator
Edwin Rehberg .... animator
Lod Rossner .... animator
Edward Smith .... animator
Frank Smith .... animator
Irv Spector .... animator (as Irving Spector)
Sam Stimson .... animator
William Sturm .... animator
Nick Tafuri .... animator (as Nicholas Tafuri)
Dave Tendlar .... animator (as David Tendlar)
Harold Walker .... animator
Lou Zukor .... animator
Gordon Sheehan .... animator (uncredited)
Music Department
Ralph Rainger .... lyrics and music
Leo Robin .... lyrics and music
Victor Young .... conductor: atmospheric music
George Bassman .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Charles Bradshaw .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Fletcher Henderson .... music arranger (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Johnny Burks .... technical advisor
Cal Howard .... live action model: Prince David (uncredited)
Sam Parker .... live action model: Gulliver (uncredited)
Livonia Warren .... live action model: Princess Glory (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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76 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Finland:S | Netherlands:AL (original rating) (1940) | Portugal:M/6 | Spain:T | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #02172) | West Germany:o.Al.

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The development of Gulliver's Travels began in the spring of 1938 and it had to be ready for a December 1939 release, which meant that it had to be produced on a timetable that was one-third of that of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), which took three and a half years to complete. Additionally, Gulliver's Travels had to be made at a budget of $700,000, which was almost half of that of Snow White.See more »
[first lines]
Gabby:[singing] All's well, what's a rainy day? / Never mind that cloud, behind that cloud you'll find a golden ray.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Castle in the Sky (1986)See more »
It's a Hap Hap Happy DaySee more »


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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Swift's Satire Becomes Children's Fantasy, 27 May 2005
Author: Ron Oliver ( from Forest Ranch, CA

Shipwrecked by a storm in 1699, Dr. Lemuel GULLIVER'S TRAVELS would bring him to a strange island inhabited by tiny little people.

While not one of the great animated features (it was only the second released in the United States, Disney's SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN Dwarfs in 1937 being the first) GULLIVER'S TRAVELS is an enjoyable film which should bring pleasure to uncritical viewers. Technically it is well made, with Technicolor animation of a generally high quality. The movie's main drawback is that none of the characters really have any 'heart' - they don't come alive on the screen in the way Jiminy Cricket would a year later in PINOCCHIO.

However, it is ultimately unfair to compare the Fleischer Studio output with that of Disney. Max & Dave Fleischer had their own star to follow; their contribution - and it would be a considerable one - would be in the realm of the one-reel cartoon. With their POPEYE and BETTY BOOP series they created alternate realities as viable as any produced by other cartoon studios. GULLIVER was their first foray into feature length animation (HOPPITY GOES TO TOWN would be their second in 1941), and eventually they would expend their energies again on the cartoon short subject, including the highly acclaimed SUPERMAN series which would commence in 1941.

GULLIVER'S TRAVELS is of course based on the classic novel by Jonathan Swift (with a little nod to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet) focusing only on the section dealing with the minuscule kingdoms of Lilliput and Blefuscu. In place of Swift's irony is a great deal of slapstick, but such is the nature of the animated cartoon. The personalities of the royal youngsters, one from each of the rival nations, is left completely unexplored and their romantics is at the expense of more screen time with Gulliver, as are the exploits of the three incompetent Blefuscu spies. The film's main character is actually night watchman Gabby, who isn't very appealing (yet not too repellent to spawn a few further cartoons featuring his exploits). The film is at its best when it de-emphasizes plot for the visuals, as in the binding & transportation of the giant, or when the rotoscoped Gulliver tows the entire hostile fleet from Blefuscu up onto the beach by the ships' anchor chains.

Jack Mercer, famous as the voice of Popeye, here speaks for silly King Little. Pinto Colvig (best known as the original voice of Disney's Goofy) provides the vocals for Gabby. Gulliver is voiced by Sam Parker, while Jessica Dragonette & Lanny Ross sing for Princess Glory and Prince David.

The film has some pleasant songs including 'All's Well' and the Oscar nominated 'It's A Hap Hap Happy Day.' The two national anthems, 'Faithful' & 'Forever,' are fine romantic tunes which deserve to be rediscovered.

It is unfortunate that the Fleischers' remarkable Stereoptical Process, which could produce beautiful 3-D effects, is only glimpsed for a few moments during the opening credits.

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