This multi-million dollar television adaptation of the classic Jonathan Swift allegory was first transmitted on television over the Easter weekend in 1996 and drew critical acclaim and massive audiences. The story follows the adventures of Dr Lemuel Gulliver (Ted Danson) as he discovers strange and wonderful new lands after a shipwreck. He visits Lilliput, where he is a giant, Laputa where he is tiny, a flying island and a land of talking horses and yahoos. His recounting of his journey is interwoven with his fight to escape an asylum where no-one believes his tales. An all star cast and top production values attempt to faithfully translate the essence of the book, while featuring all of the islands that Gulliver visited in the original text (something usually ignored in adaptations).
Ebulliently imaginative and far more cleverly presented than you would expect from a TV miniseries, this adaptation of Gulliver's Travels
succeeds by never pandering to the lowest common denominator. Closely based on Jonathan Swift's 1726 classic
, it is enhanced by dazzling special effects from Jim Henson Productions and a superb, multi-ethnic cast. The biggest surprise is Ted Danson in the title role--one of his best performances, even if he is the only person in England with an American accent. He conveys amusement, amazement and intelligence as he travels from one strange country into another. Not that anyone back in Blighty believes Mr Gulliver's tales of little people or giants. The story is told in flashback from an insane asylum, where he is forcibly confined. This far outshines several previous adaptations of Swift's satirical novel. --Rochelle O'Gorman, Amazon.com
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