History WesternAnimation / GulliversTravels

3rd Jul '16 6:06:26 PM Doug86
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In an attempt by Paramount to have the film compete with Disney's then-wildly successful ''Disney/SnowWhite'', Swift's hard-edged story is made considerably LighterAndFluffier by the Fleischers, and his rather unattractive and wholly commonplace protagonist is transformed into a sort of all-wise [[MightyWhitey Mighty Biggie]] teaching the "silly little people" of Lilliput and Blefuscu a [[{{Aesop}} serious lesson]] about getting along (with WorldWarII about to explode in Europe, and having already exploded in China, perhaps a lesson in getting along was [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped what the nations needed]].)

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In an attempt by Paramount to have the film compete with Disney's then-wildly successful ''Disney/SnowWhite'', Swift's hard-edged story is made considerably LighterAndFluffier by the Fleischers, and his rather unattractive and wholly commonplace protagonist is transformed into a sort of all-wise [[MightyWhitey Mighty Biggie]] teaching the "silly little people" of Lilliput and Blefuscu a [[{{Aesop}} serious lesson]] about getting along (with WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII about to explode in Europe, and having already exploded in China, perhaps a lesson in getting along was [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped what the nations needed]].)
21st Jun '16 11:37:50 PM Adept
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''Gulliver's Travels'' is the second American animated feature ever made. It was produced by Max Fleischer and directed by Dave Fleischer, both of FleischerStudios for ParamountPictures, and released in [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1939]]. The film is an ''[[InNameOnly extremely]]'' loose adaptation of the "Lilliput" voyage of Creator/JonathanSwift's 1726 [[Literature/GulliversTravels classic]], keeping only the skeleton of Swift's story and sugar-coating whatever hints of harsh satire or topical allegory were remaining from the tale.

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''Gulliver's Travels'' is the second American animated feature ever made. It was produced by Max Fleischer and directed by Dave Fleischer, both of FleischerStudios Creator/FleischerStudios for ParamountPictures, and released in [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1939]]. The film is an ''[[InNameOnly extremely]]'' loose adaptation of the "Lilliput" voyage of Creator/JonathanSwift's 1726 [[Literature/GulliversTravels classic]], keeping only the skeleton of Swift's story and sugar-coating whatever hints of harsh satire or topical allegory were remaining from the tale.
23rd May '16 12:02:44 PM GargusSCP
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On a side note, Creator/TurnerClassicMovies aired a screening of this film, along with ''Film/MrBugGoesToTown'', on October 21, 2012.
30th Apr '16 6:29:58 PM DoctorCooper
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* AnimatedAdaptation

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* AnimatedAdaptationAnimatedAdaptation: Of Jonathan Swift's masterpiece, but has little real relationship with it.



* ShamingTheMob: Gulliver in the films ending. See TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.

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* %%* ShamingTheMob: Gulliver in the films ending. See TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.ending.
11th Apr '16 4:27:15 PM tropesinreadiness
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* TheTwelvePrinciplesOfAnimation: A result of the Fleischers trying to compete with ''Snow White'' was beefing up their animation considerably, as well as attempting to adapt to these principles. Unfortunately, much of the animation in the film is ruined by sloppy inbetween work and terrible inking, giving the drawings a mushy, floaty feeling to them. This was undoubtably a result of Gulliver's tight deadline for production, as well as the studio have a mix of East Coast and West Coast animators who were constantly at odds with each other and their approaches to animation.

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* TheTwelvePrinciplesOfAnimation: A result of the Fleischers trying to compete with ''Snow White'' was beefing up their animation considerably, as well as attempting to adapt to these principles. Unfortunately, much of the animation in the film is ruined by sloppy inbetween work and terrible inking, giving the drawings a mushy, floaty feeling to them.feeling. This was undoubtably a result of Gulliver's tight deadline for production, as well as the studio have a mix of East Coast and West Coast animators who were constantly at odds with each other and their approaches to animation.
7th Feb '16 7:14:35 PM Prfnoff
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'''''Gulliver's Travels''''' is the second American animated feature ever made. It was produced by Max Fleischer and directed by Dave Fleischer, both of FleischerStudios for ParamountPictures, and released in [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1939]]. The film is an ''[[InNameOnly extremely]]'' loose adaptation of the "Lilliput" voyage of Creator/JonathanSwift's 1726 [[Literature/GulliversTravels classic]], keeping only the skeleton of Swift's story and sugar-coating whatever hints of harsh satire or topical allegory were remaining from the tale.

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'''''Gulliver's Travels''''' ''Gulliver's Travels'' is the second American animated feature ever made. It was produced by Max Fleischer and directed by Dave Fleischer, both of FleischerStudios for ParamountPictures, and released in [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1939]]. The film is an ''[[InNameOnly extremely]]'' loose adaptation of the "Lilliput" voyage of Creator/JonathanSwift's 1726 [[Literature/GulliversTravels classic]], keeping only the skeleton of Swift's story and sugar-coating whatever hints of harsh satire or topical allegory were remaining from the tale.
7th Feb '16 3:10:14 PM nombretomado
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'''''Gulliver's Travels''''' is the second American animated feature ever made. It was produced by Max Fleischer and directed by Dave Fleischer, both of FleischerStudios for ParamountPictures, and released in [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1939]]. The film is an ''[[InNameOnly extremely]]'' loose adaptation of the "Lilliput" voyage of Creator/JonathanSwift's 1726 [[Literature/GulliversTravels classic]], keeping only the skeleton of Swift's story and sugar-coating whatever hints of harsh satire or topical allegory were remaining from the tale.

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'''''Gulliver's Travels''''' is the second American animated feature ever made. It was produced by Max Fleischer and directed by Dave Fleischer, both of FleischerStudios for ParamountPictures, and released in [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1939]]. The film is an ''[[InNameOnly extremely]]'' loose adaptation of the "Lilliput" voyage of Creator/JonathanSwift's 1726 [[Literature/GulliversTravels classic]], keeping only the skeleton of Swift's story and sugar-coating whatever hints of harsh satire or topical allegory were remaining from the tale.
21st Oct '15 5:36:53 PM nombretomado
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* {{Expy}}: Twenty years after ''Gulliver'', King Hubert in {{Disney}}'s ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' would bear an interesting resemblance to King Bombo, including threatening King Stefan with war over an imagined slight while planning the marriage of his princely son to the other monarch's princessly daughter. (Hubert and Stefan, however, compose their quarrel almost immediately.)

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* {{Expy}}: Twenty years after ''Gulliver'', King Hubert in {{Disney}}'s Creator/{{Disney}}'s ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' would bear an interesting resemblance to King Bombo, including threatening King Stefan with war over an imagined slight while planning the marriage of his princely son to the other monarch's princessly daughter. (Hubert and Stefan, however, compose their quarrel almost immediately.)
4th Sep '15 4:16:49 PM mlsmithca
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This film also spawned a short lived SpinOff theatrical cartoon series: ''Gabby'', starring the eponymous Town Crier from the film. Another Fleischer short series, ''Animated Antics'', have at least four shorts featuring characters from the film, two centered on the spies Sneak Snoop and Snitch, and two on Twinkletoes the Pigeon.

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This film also spawned a short lived SpinOff theatrical cartoon series: ''Gabby'', starring the eponymous Town Crier from the film. Another Fleischer short series, ''Animated Antics'', have at least four shorts featuring characters from the film, two centered on the spies Sneak Snoop Sneak, Snoop, and Snitch, and two on Twinkletoes the Pigeon.



* LeitMotif: An instrumental version of "I Hear A Dream" for Gulliver.

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* LeitMotif: {{Leitmotif}}: An instrumental version of "I Hear A Dream" for Gulliver.



* MadnessMantra: Gabby during the scene where he wakes up the whole town to tell them '''THERES A GIANT ON THE BEACH!'''

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* MadnessMantra: Gabby during the scene where he wakes up the whole town to tell them '''THERES "'''THERE'S A GIANT ON THE BEACH!'''BEACH!'''"



* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Given by Gulliver to the dueling kingdoms after Prince David is apparently killed saving Gulliver from being shot, but it ends on a high note:
-->"Poor foolish little people, look what you've done. Now go ahead, break your nutshell heads over your song. But did you have to break Glory's heart, King Little? Because you were thoughtless and selfish...and you, Bombo, oh mighty warrior...what have you won? You were too stubborn to think. Too busy quarreling to land dear to the harmony that might have been yours. But now in your sorrow and despair, perhaps you'll listen to your songs as they might be sung." ''(cue "Faithful Forever")''



* [[ShamingTheMob Shaming The Nations]]: Gulliver in the films ending. See TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.
* SillyReasonForWar / DisproportionateRetribution: One of many changes made from the original story is that instead of a holy war over which end of an egg should be broken, King Bombo declares war on King Little for ''not playing the song he wanted to play at Glory's wedding''. When David and Glory tell Gulliver whats going on, he [[LampshadeHanging notes with irony]] how silly the whole quarrel is.
* SmallAnnoyingCreature: Gabby. No bigger than a pin, has an obnoxiously shrill voice, and a personality as lovable as a mosquito, he has permanently etched the word '''"THERES A GIANT ON THE BEACH!"''' into the minds of many animation fans forever. Its certainly a surprise that he was popular enough to warrant getting his own SpinOff series, short lived as it was.

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* [[ShamingTheMob Shaming The Nations]]: ShamingTheMob: Gulliver in the films ending. See TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.
* SillyReasonForWar / DisproportionateRetribution: SillyReasonForWar: One of many changes made from the original story is that instead of a holy war over which end of an egg should be broken, King Bombo declares war on King Little for ''not playing the song he wanted to play at Glory's wedding''. When David and Glory tell Gulliver whats what's going on, he [[LampshadeHanging notes with irony]] how silly the whole quarrel is.
* SmallAnnoyingCreature: Gabby. No bigger than a pin, has an obnoxiously shrill voice, and a personality as lovable as a mosquito, he has permanently etched the word '''"THERES '''"THERE'S A GIANT ON THE BEACH!"''' into the minds of many animation fans forever. Its certainly a surprise that he was popular enough to warrant getting his own SpinOff series, short lived as it was.



* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Given by Gulliver to the dueling kingdoms after Prince David is apparently killed saving Gulliver from being shot, but it ends on a high note:
-->''"Poor foolish little people, look what you've done. Now go ahead, break your nutshell heads over your song. But did you have to break Glory's heart, King Little? Because you were thoughtless and selfish...and you, Bombo, oh mighty warrior...what have you won? You were too stubborn to think. Too busy quarreling to land dear to the harmony that might have been yours. But now in your sorrow and despair, perhaps you'll listen to your songs as they might be sung."'' (cue "Faithful Forever").



* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: No matter what Gabby does, he's bound to screw it up somehow and in the end he '''ALWAYS''' loses!
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: Whether it's trying to help out the fire department or clean King Littles castle, Gabby will go his own route in doing the job and always screw it up royally, then he usually takes a punishment (usually a beating) at the end. Pretty much the only time he's ever been competent was when he was a constable ([[UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode though certain laws at the time might've been the reason for this.]])
* PublicDomainAnimation: all 8 cartoons have entered the PublicDomain.

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* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: No matter what Gabby does, he's bound to screw it up somehow and in the end he '''ALWAYS''' '''always''' loses!
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: Whether it's trying to help out the fire department or clean King Littles Little's castle, Gabby will go his own route in doing the job and always screw it up royally, then he usually takes a punishment (usually a beating) at the end. Pretty much the only time he's ever been competent was when he was a constable ([[UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode though certain laws at the time might've been the reason for this.]])
this]]).
* PublicDomainAnimation: all All 8 cartoons have entered the PublicDomain.
4th Sep '15 4:09:11 PM mlsmithca
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''Gulliver'' was a success at the box office, but not quite enough to cover the overhead[[note]] This was due to Paramount deliberately discounting the money received for the film in Europe before the war had broken out, where Gulliver had also achieved box office success[[/note]], resulting in the Fleischers immediately starting work on [[MrBugGoesToTown their next and last feature...]]

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''Gulliver'' was a success at the box office, but not quite enough to cover the overhead[[note]] This was due to Paramount deliberately discounting the money received for the film in Europe before the war had broken out, where Gulliver had also achieved box office success[[/note]], resulting in the Fleischers immediately starting work on [[MrBugGoesToTown [[WesternAnimation/MrBugGoesToTown their next and last feature...]]
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