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Gullivers Travels [Animated] [1939]

Director:Dave Fleischer
Willard Bowsky
Writer:Cal Howard
Dan Gordon
Edmond Seward
Izzy Sparber
Tedd Pierce
Composer:Ralph Rainger
Songs:Ralph Rainger
Length:77 minutes
(1 hour 17 minutes)
MPAA Rating:UR
Sorting Category:Family
IMDB Rating:6.8/10
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Synopsis: A shipwrecked sailor finds himself in the middle of a cibilization of Liliputian proportians. Hey, wait...

Reaction: As usual, this tells only the portion of the story where Gulliver is in Lilliput. But it is enjoyable enough.

Personal Rating: 7/10

Dave Fleischer => Director
Willard Bowsky => Director
Cal Howard => Writer
Dan Gordon => Writer
Edmond Seward => Writer
Izzy Sparber => Writer
Tedd Pierce => Writer
Ralph Rainger => Composer / Songs
Jonathan Swift => Novel
Jack Mercer => King Little (uncredited)
Jessica Dragonette => Princess Glory (singing voice)
Lanny Ross => Prince David (singing voice)
Pinto Colvig => Gabby (uncredited)
Sam Parker => Gulliver (uncredited)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Apart from their songs, Prince David and Princess Glory never speak except for the Princess' single line at the end.
  • The first American animated feature from a studio other than Disney.
  • One of the few pre-1948 sound features currently owned by Paramount. Paramount sold this to television distributor U.M.&M. in 1956, with their short subjects. The U.M.&M. library ended up in the hands of Republic, which Paramount recently took over.
  • An early plan was to have the role of Gulliver written for Popeye.
  • The world premiere of this film was on November 18, 1939 at the Sheridan Theater in Miami Beach, Florida, because the [?] Max Fleischer Studio was in Miami, Florida. The New York City trade-showing premiere was two days later, and the national release date followed that by two days.
  • To produce this feature film, the Fleischer studio had to nearly triple in size, from about 200 artists to nearly 700. [?] Max Fleischer had a 32,000-square-foot plant built in Miami to accommodate the new personnel, as well as to take advantage of that city's tax exemptions on film studios. (The fact that unionization had not taken hold in Florida was also a consideration, as there had been a long struggle to organize the Fleischer animators, culminating in a strike in 1937.)
  • Writer Cal Howard served as the live-action model for Prince David. He recalled that he had to have padding on his legs because they were so skinny.
  • The song "It's a Hap-Hap-Happy Day" was used extensively in the scores of subsequent cartoons by Famous Studios, Fleischer Studio's successor.
  • 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.
  • After viewing it, Walt Disney reportedly said, "We can do better than that with our second-string animators."