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Gulliver's Travels (1939)


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Release Date: Dec 22, 1939 Wide



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Impressed by the success of Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Paramount Pictures ordered the studio's resident animation producer Max Fleischer to come up with a feature-length cartoon of his own. Utilizing an expanded staff and new production facilities in Miami, Florida, Fleischer and his brother Dave Fleischer spent six months mulling over story properties before deciding upon Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels; 20 months later, the film was completed and ready for release. Only the

Mar 10, 2009

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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (4) | DVD (7)

Dated animated adaptation, with some cartoon violence.

September 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Classic 1930s animated tale. Fine for kids.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Very impressive, gorgeous, funny, inventive and hugely entertaining.

March 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

It doesn't make for a masterpiece, but it can be compelling at points, especially for those interested in this era of animation.

March 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page
Sci-Fi Movie Page

Paramount's uneven attempt to challenge Disney in the feature-length animation department.

March 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

...most notable for the signature Fleischer touches: comic violence; irritable, oval-eyed characters; a general preference for anarchy over order.

December 16, 2008 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm

Cheesy but well-drawn

December 15, 2004

A classic of early animation.

June 19, 2003
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

The first feature-length Fleischer cartoon still has its delights

August 21, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Gulliver's Travels

It is everything you would expect from a heroic story. A man named Gulliver is stormed onto new land, where he meets a valley of small Gnome-like people who are in every way, afraid of him. After being passed out for half of the film, he awakes and declares himself to be on their side. This is a nice little story that is definitely worth telling, and the lessons learned are great for kids of all ages. The cartoon work is incredibly drawn and the characters are just as great. "Gulliver's Travels" is not just a great kids film, but it can touch the hearts of adults as well. It's great!
September 5, 2012
KJ Proulx

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A good, light hearted film.
August 17, 2009

Super Reviewer

One of the most treasured animated movies of my childhood. I remember my father bought this movie on vhs for me and my sisters and we watched it so many times. The animation is fantastic considering that it was made all the way back in 1939, and I still remember and treasure the characters (especially the ones from Lilleput). This is truly a classic that I will always remember.
June 8, 2011
Naughtia Nahazhina

Super Reviewer

I guess I can appreciate it for the time it was made, but it wasn't my cup o' tea and I wouldn't watch it again.
February 7, 2011

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