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But, by any other standards than those of the juvenile audience, the film is so far beneath the level of Mr. Disney's famous fantasy that, out of charity, we wish we did not have to make the comparisons demanded by professional responsibility. If it were only possible to soften the blow by suggesting that the second feature cartoon automatically loses the novelty-value of the first, we should be cushioning our typewriter with the excuse right now. But it is far more than novelty that "Gulliver" lacks: it is the wit, the freshness, the gayety and sparkle, the subtlety, the characterization and, for that matter, the good drawing that are the trademarks of the Disney factory.
Pointedly enough, the best parts of the Fleischer show are those which are most reminiscent of Disney: the comet-like course of the lamp-bearing town crier of Lilliput when the first sight of Gulliver sends him rocketing through the city to spread the alarm, the Lilliputian methods of repairing the human giant's wardrobe, the music-box effect of the harmonic snores of King Little and other members of his court. And pointedly, too, the worst parts of it were Disney stumbling blocks also: inability to make a little Prince and Princess anything but expressionless dolls, to crease a natural human face into a smile or frown without the lines and shadows performing a square dance.
For comic cartoon purposes they have used only the roughest outline of the Jonathan Swift satire about Lemuel Gulliver, the shipwrecked sailor who came ashore in Lilliput, where the folk were only thumb-high but just as cantankerous and warlike as full-grown members of the race facetiously known as human. That is the beginning and virtually the end of the synopsis since animators have material aplenty just in the notion of a working crew of Lilliputians trying to capture a man seventy times their size but, for good measure, they have tossed in the Prince of Blefuscu and the Princess of Lilliput whose wedding is called off, and war declared, because King Little insists that his anthem, "Faithful," be sung at the wedding and King Bombo is adamant about the singing of his anthem, "Forever."
Some parts of it are amusing enough to adults, even by Disney standards. The capture of Gulliver, with block and tackle and monumental Lilliputian energy, is chuckling fantasy; the behavior of Bombo's three spies is good burlesque in the Three Stooges tradition, and we enjoyed the sequence when Gabby the would-be Dopey of "Gulliver" is blubbering about his indigestibility, his wife and kids "millions of em." The score is fair enough, thanks to Lee Robin and Ralph Rainger and to Jessica Dragonette and Lanny Ross, who sing their tunes; but even the score is familiar, a blend of "Snow White" and "The Wizard of Oz." The children, of course, won't be so critical: whether it's Disney, Fleischer or Mervyn LeRoy, fantasy in picture-book form is just what they want for Christmas. --The New York Times
Looks like Visionvideo copied a vhs onto a dvd. Poor quality!!! I ordered several as backups for the developmentally delayed blind daughter and she cannot "skip" or use... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Carol
Adorable cartoon! Great introduction to Johnathan Swift's classic. My children love it!Published 11 days ago by Dubliner
great movie for kids and adults, wonderful cinematography animation for an old version of this story but excellently done.Published 12 days ago by Rod
Movie too heavily edited to enjoy. It is to eliminate some very mild violence, and not only doesn't make sense, it chops up the plot line.Published 21 days ago by JOANNE R. FLANNERY
I fell asleep while watching on Amazon but I can recall from my memories...it was a very exciting movie. Read morePublished 27 days ago by learning.4.ever
Who wouldn't love this classic? It's for our grandson :) haven't watched this DVD yet though, so can't say whether it's a good conversion or not...Published 1 month ago by T. Watson