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  • Actors: Jessica Dragonette, Lanny Ross, Pinto Colvig, Cal Howard, Jack Mercer
  • Directors: Dave Fleischer
  • Writers: Cal Howard, Tedd Pierce, Dan Gordon, Edmond Seward, Izzy Sparber
  • Producers: Max Fleischer
  • Format: Animated, Colour, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Winstar
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Feb. 2001
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000JS6T
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 221,483 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Walt Disney said of this film, the first non Disney animated feature to hit theaters just 2 years after Snow White (the first animated feature), "We could have done better than that with our second unit of animators". Well, that may or may not be true, depending on how one looks at the film. True, the animation overall, but particularly of the incidental and secondary characters, is a bit on the crude side. Also, the character designs, as a whole, seem a bit more dated than the earlier "Snow White". Still, one of the things I have always loved about the Fleischer Studio is that they were the one studio that never tried to be Disney. MGM, Universal and even early Warner Brothers tried to emulated the lush quality of Disney cartoons and, for the most part, always fell short because by the time they got to where Disney was, Disney was already far ahead of them. But the Fleischer cartoons were always different. They developed a kooky but brazen quality all their own. There is no mistaking a Fleischer cartoon from the 1930s to around 1942. They have a unique, eccentric look and way of movement that no other studio had. A quirky, imaginative, jaunty quality that was bold, innovative, and unashamed. Once the studio was taken away from the Fleischers and changed over to "Famous Studios" all that changed and the studio output became more mainstream. But, during the great Popeye, Betty Boop and Superman era, the Fleischer cartoons remained origina and uniquel. And even with the rather "rubbery" Prince and Princess and the somewhat stiff Rotoscoped looking Gulliver, this feature embodies all the wonderful Fleischer qualities of their shorts, pushed up a notch for a feature and embellished with lavish backgrounds and dimensional sets or "setbacks", great songs and a wonderful rich score by Victor Young. Don't miss Gulliver and, if you like that, check out "Hoppity Goes to Town", (the second and final Fleischer feature). It is also very enjoyable. --By "Loopydloop" (Los Angeles, CA United States)

Lemuel Gulliver, the shipwrecked one, ends up in Lilliput. Its inhabitants are the Lilliputians--miniature people. To them, Lemuel is a giant, and they suspect that he is an enemy. So, while Lemuel Gulliver is sleeping, they tie him up. Upon awakening, he breaks free of the bonds, and shows the Lilliputians that he is their friend. The Lilliputians then love him. But some enemies of the Lilliputians do not. They plot to kill him. They manage to steal Lemuel's flintlock pistol, and set it up as a "cannon". In time, they deploy it in order to fire at him. In a battlefield scene, Lemuel Gulliver is dodging the miniature rocks hurled by the slingshots of the miniature-people enemies of the Lilliputians. Lemuel has no hostility to these people, and, in fact, wants to effect a reconciliation between them and the Lilliputians. He is completely unaware of the "cannon" set to be fired at him. I will not spoil the ending by informing the reader what happens to Lemuel Gulliver as he stands helplessly within sight of the barrel of the "cannon". --By Jan Peczkis (Chicago IL, USA)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By mapl on 16 Feb. 2009
Format: DVD
Fleischer Studios' 1939 feature "Gulliver's Travels" are nowadays in public domain which means there are many different DVD versions out there. I have of course not watched every one of them but if you want to be sure that you get a good print of the movie, buy this one. It might not be the cheapest version, but considering how bad a bad print really are, I'd recommend to pay a little extra to get this one.

The picture quality is great and it is as far as I know a complete version of the film, including both the Paramount titles and Gabby's first scene (which I think's missing in some prints). And don't be worry about the text on the front cover about the "5.1 soundtrack with new sounds and effects" - you CAN choose the original mono track instead without any of those new sound effects.

Extras:

- 5 minutes documentary about the Fleischer Studios in Miami (part of the Popular Science series from the 30's)

- Two short films by Fleischer Studios featuring Gabby: "King for a Day" (1940) and "Swing Cleaning" (1941)

- Restoration demonstration of a Superman short
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Houston on 3 April 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
i don't know why anybody hasn't reviewed this wonderful old classic Gulliver's travels, it may of been made in 1939 but, it,s brilliant humour and a brilliant story is for all ages. believe me get this cartoon classic you won't regret it, it,s wonderful
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C Robinson on 18 April 2013
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My grandaughter wanted to know more about Gulliver after going on a ride in an Adventure Park. She is 4 years old and loves this DVD, would thoroughly recommend it
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By DEC Normington on 21 Jun. 2004
Format: VHS Tape
Shipwrecked sailor, Lemuel Gulliver finishes up on the island of Lilliput, a little country inhabited by tiny people no bigger than his thumb. When Gulliver learns of a petty conflict between the Lilliputians and their equally tiny rivals, he attempts to settle things peacefully before war breaks out.
A great film for kids and sadly underrated, possibly because it first came out at the same time as Disney's Snow White.
The animation, which is chiefly 'rotoscoping' for the title character, may seem archaic in today's market, but considering that this film was made in 1939 this was a major achievement.
The sequence where the Lilliputians were trussing up, hoisting and carting a sleeping Gulliver to their king's palace was very well thought out and this film is well worth the watching if only for that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By QM1 on 9 Aug. 2013
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When I was about seven years old (A very, very long time ago!) my local cinema srarted a Saturday morning Junior Club.
The programme consisted of cartoons a serial and ended with a feature film. This was the feature film shown at the very first Junior Club. This feature cartoon is equal to Disney's and it hasn't dated at all Good story and music very well restored. Highly recommended..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By marmaric on 2 Dec. 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Great to get our old video replaced!
Delivered promptly in good condition. Pricey, but worth it to have a copy of this classic on DVD.
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By Mr. William Caulfield VINE VOICE on 30 Oct. 2014
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I saw this film in 1941, when I was aged eight. Its liveliness and its songs enchanted me -not as soppy as "Snow White".. It has never reappeared, to my knowledge, in the cinema or on television. It is vastly more entertaining than remakes and should make a fine Christmas for children of all ages (except, perhaps, teenagers).
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This animated story created in the 1930's as a competitor to Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs is a masterpiece of drawing skills and humour designed to delight adults and children alike. My 3 year old grandson has watched it time and time again delighting in the characters and storyline. Well worth the money
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