Gulliver's Travels (1939) - Animation, Adventure, Comedy

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A doctor washes ashore on an island inhabited by little people.

IMDB: 6.7
Director: Dave Fleischer
Stars: Jessica Dragonette, Lanny Ross
Length: 76 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 8 out of 57 found boring (14.03%)

One-line Reviews (30)

All in all, for its sweetness and wholesomely entertaining story line, this thing is STILL a treat for young and old alike.

" Overall, while Max Fleischer's Gulliver's Travels does have mostly strong animation, some enjoyable songs, and bits of entertainment value here and there, it suffers from a weak story, underdeveloped characters and a failed attempt to copy the success of Disney's timeless classic Snow White & the Seven Dwarves.

Most copies suffer from drab, faded colors-reddish brown.

While not one of the great animated features (it was only the second released in the United States, Disney's SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN Dwarfs in 1937 being the first) GULLIVER'S TRAVELS is an enjoyable film which should bring pleasure to uncritical viewers.

A charming film, wonderful for younger children, though perhaps a little gentle and slow for older ones.

The rotoscoping process used for Gulliver is also fascinating to watch both in terms of its historical significance and the interesting visual impression of realism it creates on screen.

Basically, the same bland, tame buffoonery, because here the team has to supply for everything and, though done with undeniable, commendable craftsmanship, 'Gulliver' amounts to a roller-coaster of gags and niceties—which is way less than the required.

The musical score is very good, with several songs which are enjoyable, such as Faithful/Forever and It's a Hap Hap Happy Day.

It's amazing that the crew crafted this film under an 18 month period, because the settings, backgrounds and environments look stunning and gorgeous to the eyes from their structure and colors.

The film has a certain innocence to it, it keeps a slow, steady pace rather than racing from one set action piece to another as modern films often do.

1940's style animation - (think Casper the Friendly Ghost), with a few entertaining musical numbers.

As another reviewer mentioned Swift's tale was satire (and a bit of farce) commenting on the social structure of the time, and the absurdity of the system's shortcoming immersed in suspicion and fear.

Still, there is certainly nothing objectionable here, the music is rather interesting, and the story is pretty upbeat - on the whole, it succeeds at entertaining, and is short enough not to be dragged down by its flaws.

The story is dull, the characters dull, the animation dull and the songs, SUPER-dull in comparison.

So, it is simultaneously lurid, enjoyable, and bland, tame, schmaltzy, derisory, petty.

It is so warm, entertaining and beautiful, and might I say I consider it timeless too?

My DVD - Marathon Music&Video - is not top quality, so the restoration doesn't do much to unfade original colors - but even with this taken into consideration, some parts are just too slow or pointless to me.

Gulliver himself is poorly animated and they often leave him out of shot as much as possible – just showing a hand etc.Overall a poor story, poor characters and poor dull songs.

Bland schmaltz.

The others aren't worth caring for, as they fade into the background and become boring and slow to even listen to.

THE ADDITION OF a central theme of a Royal Wedding's potential to unite the Kingdom of Lilliput with Blefuscu, the romantic involvement of the young Prince and Princess and the difficulties that arose between the prospective in-laws provided plenty of fodder to support a healthy proliferation of songs, snappy or otherwise.

At least then, Maltin says, "we could have had some of Jack Mercer's mutterings to liven up some of the slow spots.

None of the characters, for one thing, are particularly compelling.

The animation is often breathtaking here especially when it focuses on the fairytale like romance between Prince David and Princess Glory.

A few years later, he went on to direct the Superman cartoons, which are still held in high acclaim for their animation style and techniques of realistic movements and absorbing story lines.

The beautifully roto-scoped Gulliver is a bland character while most of the supporting characters behave in a goofy manner.

I'm not really sure about Sam Parker's play on Gulliver thought because he seems to be rather bland of a character.

It had scenes that were boring, some were for little kids.

I will admit, All's Well, It's a Hap-Hap-Happy Day and Bluebirds in the Moonlight are quite catchy and entertaining.

Otherwise, yeah, the kitsch is thick enough to be enjoyable—to be more than palatable.