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YMMV: Gulliver's Travels

The book

  • Alternative Character Interpretation - Why should we listen to the Houyhnhnm? They're horses, who gives a crap?
    • Gulliver's misfortunes are intentional and he prefers being In Harm's Way. He secretly loves his arduous trips, hence why he spends very little time at home before he leaves for sea, intending to be shipwrecked again.
    • Or maybe he just hates the missus.
  • Anvilicious: Swift isn't shy about hiding his contempt for the English society of his day, or for human beings in general. However, what kind of society he advocates as a better alternative (or even whether he thinks a better alternative is possible) remains hotly contested.
  • Applicability: Certainly relevant here.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: Many, particularly if you're inclined to Swift's unique blend of comedy.
  • First Installment Wins: Everyone's heard of Lilliput, few of Brobdingnag, only anime fans of Laputa, and almost no-one of the Houyhnhnms (the coinage yahoo, meaning "ill-mannered cretin", comes from the fourth voyage).
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Part two describes Brobdingnag as being located in a part of the world which was not known to Europe at the time. Now we call it Alaska. It's certainly big enough...
    • Also, the invention from the Monkeys on a Typewriter entry - again, a device that randomly combines words so that "the most ignorant person, at a reasonable charge, and with a little bodily labour, might write books in philosophy, poetry, politics, laws, mathematics, and theology, without the least assistance from genius or study". Today, we call this Wikipedia.
  • Mary Suetopia/Dystopia: The Houyhnhnms, again based on the reader's interpretation.

The Max Fleischer animated movie

  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Faithful Forever, enough to where the song even got an Academy Award nomination!
  • Dork Age: This film is considered the beginning of the end for the Fleischer Studios.
  • Ear Worm: "Alls Well", "Its A Hap-Hap-Happy Day", and "Bluebirds in the Moonlight".
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: A damn good portion of the movie is spent emphasizing on David and Glory's love for one another and their wedding, and they barely even get any real screentime or non-singing dialogue! Their wedding is LITERALLY only in the beginning to start up the conflict, but the thing is Glory and David have no personality beyond loving each other and don't get to really talk till the very end of the movie, so the whole wedding plot comes off as this super contrived just to shoehorn in a reason for war.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: "It's A Hap-Hap-Happy Day" is extremely similar in melody to the Snow White song "Whistle While You Work." Compare them both here and here.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: The romance scenes between Glory and David.

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