YMMV / Gulliver's Travels

The book

  • Adaptation Displacement: Most people are more familiar with the watered down adaptations of the story that reinterpet it as a childrens fairy tale. Many people aren't even aware that the famous Lilliput voyage that most adaptations focus on only makes up the first 50 pages of the story, that there are three more voyages, and that the original story was a hard edged Satire and most definetely not a childrens 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.
    • The surreal events of the book combined with Gulliver's increasing misanthropy raises many questions about his mental health and how reliable he is as a narrator. There has been some speculation regarding how much of the story actually happened and how much is just in his head.
    • Whether the Houyhnhnms are meant to satire the Enlightenment of the 18th-century or they really are Swift's idea of the perfect society has been debated by scholars for years. Given the theme of the rest of the book, it's most likely the first one.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Funny Moments: Many, particularly if you're inclined to Swift's unique blend of comedy.
  • 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...
    • The invention 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.
  • Values Dissonance: In the second part, Gulliver describes how he saw an execution by beheading. His eight year old "nanny" was brought along. Back then, it was perfectly fine to have children watch justice being served even in much gorier ways than simple beheading.

The Max Fleischer animated movie

  • Awesome Music: The whole Soundtrack is beautiful and quite catchy.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: David storming across the plain and jumps the spies before they can shoot Gulliver in the back.
  • Cult Classic: For all of its faults, the film was popular in its heyday and still an enjoyable cartoon romp today, and it's remembered fondly enough to be considered a legitimate classic. It helps that the film is one of the very few animated features to be in the Public Domain, thus making it an easily accessible staple of classic animation.
  • Dork Age: This film is considered the beginning of the end for the Fleischer Studios.
  • Ear Worm: "All's Well", "It's A Hap-Hap-Happy Day", and "Bluebirds in the Moonlight".
  • Nightmare Fuel: The shot where Gabby stumbles across Gullivers enormous hand, and where he runs away and sees the giant form in the distance.
  • 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.
  • Tear Jerker: The exhausted look of Gulliver as he is cast up on the beach, he's so tired from his ordeal he cant even stand.
    • Gulliver's obvious home-sickness. The Lilliputtians are nice, but Gulliver just doesnt belong there.
    • David's Disney Death.