History WesternAnimation / GulliversTravels

10th Oct '17 1:53:19 PM CJO123
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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 Creator/FleischerStudios for Creator/{{Paramount}}, 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 Creator/FleischerStudios for Creator/{{Paramount}}, and released in [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1939]]. The animation directors for the film were Seymour Kneitel, Willard Bowsky, Tom Palmer, Grim Natwick, William Henning, Roland Crandall, Thomas Johnson, Robert Leffingwell, Frank Kelling, Winfield Hoskins and Orestes Calpini.

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.
3rd Oct '17 1:45:33 PM x_countryguy
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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 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]].)

The animation is an interesting blend of the rubbery East Coast cartoon style of animation associated with the shorts of the period, with the more realistic style that had been pioneered by ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'', which ''Gulliver'' was obviously meant to emulate. There are some extremely impressive sequences the binding of Gulliver by the little people is perhaps a stand-out and the backgrounds are sumptuous in color and detail, also helped by superbly composed layouts. A lot of the film's entertainment comes from the scenes involving King Little and King Bombo bickering and Gabby the Town Crier's antics, as well as Bombo's bumbling trio of spies, Sneak, Snoop, and Snitch, and the carrier pigeon Twinkletoes, who provide some much needed genuine comic relief. Gulliver also meets the StarCrossedLovers Princess Glory of Lilliput and Prince David of Blefuscu, whose separation forms the mainspring of the action.

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In an attempt by Paramount to have the film compete with Disney's then-wildly successful ''Disney/SnowWhite'', ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'', 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 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]].)

The animation is an interesting blend of the rubbery East Coast cartoon style of animation associated with the shorts of the period, with the more realistic style that had been pioneered by ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'', ''Snow White'', which ''Gulliver'' was obviously meant to emulate. There are some extremely impressive sequences the binding of Gulliver by the little people is perhaps a stand-out and the backgrounds are sumptuous in color and detail, also helped by superbly composed layouts. A lot of the film's entertainment comes from the scenes involving King Little and King Bombo bickering and Gabby the Town Crier's antics, as well as Bombo's bumbling trio of spies, Sneak, Snoop, and Snitch, and the carrier pigeon Twinkletoes, who provide some much needed genuine comic relief. Gulliver also meets the StarCrossedLovers Princess Glory of Lilliput and Prince David of Blefuscu, whose separation forms the mainspring of the action.
5th Aug '17 10:41:29 PM Shadowgazer
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%%* ShamingTheMob: Gulliver in the film's ending.

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%%* * ShamingTheMob: Gulliver in the film's ending.ending. He sees early on that David has survived the fall but he still lets them think that he died in order to show them the consequences of war and give them above mentioned TheReasonYouSuckSpeech where he calls them out on their pettiness and their readiness to fight.
18th Jun '17 9:47:52 AM nombretomado
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* OffModel: The animation can get really sloppy at some parts, and is rather mediocre overall. The most biting critique of this came from WaltDisney, who claimed "[[InsultToRocks We can make a better film than that with our second string animators.]]"

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* OffModel: The animation can get really sloppy at some parts, and is rather mediocre overall. The most biting critique of this came from WaltDisney, Creator/WaltDisney, who claimed "[[InsultToRocks We can make a better film than that with our second string animators.]]"
29th May '17 11:17:24 AM nombretomado
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Victor Young and Ralph Rainger provided score, and there are a number of catchy songs by Al Neiburg, Winston Sharples, and Sammy Timberg, including "It's a Hap-Hap-Happy Day" (which became something of an unofficial theme for the Fleischer Studios, rather as "Merrily We Roll Along" did for WarnerBros. cartoons) and the clever counter-point combination song, "Faithful Forever", formed from the two competing traditional marriage songs of Lilliput and Blefescu, and united at the end to symbolize the union of the happy couple and the now united kingdoms.

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Victor Young and Ralph Rainger provided score, and there are a number of catchy songs by Al Neiburg, Winston Sharples, and Sammy Timberg, including "It's a Hap-Hap-Happy Day" (which became something of an unofficial theme for the Fleischer Studios, rather as "Merrily We Roll Along" did for WarnerBros. Creator/WarnerBros cartoons) and the clever counter-point combination song, "Faithful Forever", formed from the two competing traditional marriage songs of Lilliput and Blefescu, and united at the end to symbolize the union of the happy couple and the now united kingdoms.
28th Apr '17 9:09:18 PM IJVin
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** To a lesser extent, the spies Sneak, Snoop and Snitch and Twinkeltoes the Carrier Pigeon were popular enough to star in several of the Animated Antics cartoons Fleischer made; 2 for the spies, and 3 for Twinkletoes.

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** To a lesser extent, the spies Sneak, Snoop and Snitch & Snitch, and Twinkeltoes the Carrier Pigeon were popular enough to star in several of the Animated Antics cartoons Fleischer made; 2 for the spies, and 3 for Twinkletoes.



* ConjoinedEyes: Sneak and Snoop, but only in a brief, OffModel moment when they realize Snitch had accidently started a fire in their hideout.

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* ConjoinedEyes: Sneak and Snoop, but only in a brief, OffModel moment when they realize Snitch had accidently accidentally started a fire in their hideout.



* MeaningfulName: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin King Little]]; King [[HairTriggerTemper Bombo]]; [[{{Motormouth}} Gabby]], and well as the spies, Sneak, Snoop and Snitch.

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* MeaningfulName: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin King Little]]; King [[HairTriggerTemper Bombo]]; Bombo]] (as in bombastic); [[{{Motormouth}} Gabby]], and well as the spies, Sneak, Snoop and Snitch.



%%* ShamingTheMob: Gulliver in the films ending.

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%%* ShamingTheMob: Gulliver in the films film's ending.



* 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 '''"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.

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* 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 '''"THERE'S A GIANT ON THE BEACH!"''' into the minds of many animation fans forever. Its It's certainly a surprise that he was popular enough to warrant getting his own SpinOff series, short lived as it was.



* SpinOff: The short-lived ''Gabby'' cartoons. Sneak, Snoop and Snitch and Twinkletoes The Carrier Pigeon respectively make appearances in four shorts from the Fleischer short series "Animated Antics".

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* SpinOff: The short-lived ''Gabby'' cartoons. Sneak, Snoop and Snitch & Snitch, and Twinkletoes The the Carrier Pigeon respectively make appearances in four shorts from the Fleischer short series "Animated Antics".



* 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. 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.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: The whole quarrel between Bombo and Little would have ended as soon as it started if Gabby hadn't barge into Little's throne room to warn him about Gulliver, which causes Little's guards to mistakenly attack Bombo, making him change his mind about reconciling the feud.

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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. This was undoubtably undoubtedly a result of Gulliver's ''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.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: The whole quarrel between Bombo and Little would have ended as soon as it started if Gabby hadn't barge barged into Little's throne room to warn him about Gulliver, which causes Little's guards to mistakenly attack Bombo, making him change his mind about reconciling the feud.
15th Jan '17 1:28:02 PM Xtifr
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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 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.

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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 Creator/FleischerStudios for ParamountPictures, Creator/{{Paramount}}, 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.
14th Dec '16 8:05:27 AM Prinzenick
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* SlidingScaleOfAdaptationModification: The film is a Type 1 (InNameOnly) adaptation of the first part of Jonathan Swift's story.
10th Nov '16 7:01:15 AM Prinzenick
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* AdaptationalAlternateEnding: Besides only being a very loose adaptation of the the Lilliput section the book, the ending is overhauled. In the book, Gulliver is convicted of treason by the Lilliputians and is sentenced to be blinded, but with the assistance of a kind friend, "a considerable person at court," he escapes to Blefuscu. Here he spots and retrieves an abandoned boat and sails out to be rescued by a passing ship, which safely takes him back home. In the movie, Gulliver helps stop a war between the two nations and leaves in a giant boat build by both of them for him, leaving all of them on good terms.


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* CompressedAdaptation: The film only adapts the first part of the book (and loosely at that), where Gulliver winds up shipwrecked on Lilliput.
11th Oct '16 5:35:44 PM Prinzenick
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* ShooOutTheClowns: Gabby gets captured by Bombo's spies just in time for the climax, only to be released after Gulliver helps the two kingdoms make peace. Amusingly, the same spies willingly free him from the bag he's trapped in, but Gabby comically beats the stuffing out of them anyway.
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