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Gulliver's Travels (1939)

Gulliver washes ashore on Lilliput and attempts to prevent war between that tiny kingdom and its equally minuscule rival, Blefuscu, as well as smooth the way for the romance between the ... See full summary »

Director:

Dave Fleischer

Writers:

Jonathan Swift (based on immortal tale), Edmond Seward (story adaptation) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jessica Dragonette ... Princess Glory (singing voice)
Lanny Ross ... Prince David (singing voice)
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Storyline

Gulliver washes ashore on Lilliput and attempts to prevent war between that tiny kingdom and its equally minuscule rival, Blefuscu, as well as smooth the way for the romance between the Princess and Prince of the opposing lands. In this he is alternately aided and hampered by the Lilliputian town crier and general fussbudget, Gabby. A life-threatening situation develops when the bumbling trio of Blefuscu spies, Sneak, Snoop, and Snitch, manage to steal Gulliver's pistol. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Out of the Book...On to the Screen See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

As Viagens de Gulliver See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$700,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,128,600
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Fleischer Studios See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The character of Gulliver was "rotoscoped"--a method devised by the Fleischers where the drawing was achieved by tracing over the movements of a live actor. See more »

Quotes

[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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Alternate Versions

The newly restored version omits Gaby the Town Crier's entire first sequence where he first encounters Gulliver on the beach, including the song "All's Well". See more »

Connections

Spin-off King for a Day (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Bluebirds in the Moonlight (Silly Idea)
(1939) (uncredited)
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
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WONDERFUL!!!
18 May 2001 | by KatmissSee all my reviews

"Gulliver's Travels" is one of the great animated features of its' time. It was made as a response to Disney's wildly successful "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs". Today, "Gulliver's Travels" is not accorded the same respect as the Disney pictures and is pretty much forgotten.

Why? This is as good as "Snow White". After all, it was made by the Fleischer brothers, contemporaries of animation and in my opinion, geniuses. They made the 17 classic Superman shorts that still spellbind people today, including myself. They made those classic 20 minute plus Popeye shorts. Betty Boop, Grampy, Screen Songs, Little Lulu, Gabby (spawned from this feature) the list goes on. Famous Studios was one of the most prolific animation studios of its' time.

While purists may complain that it doesn't stay faithful to the book, I think the changes are appropriate. What kid would understand Swift's social satire? What adult would really want to see a wholly faithful cartoon of the book. Besides, we have the 1996 epic film with Ted Danson to go to with accuracy.

The songs are surprisingly great considering how some can be overkill in a film like this. The characters are endearing and the story is solid and involving. What more could you ask for?

**** out of 4 stars


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