(Note that my primary posts on Gulliver's Travels are spread out over four entries; this is an artifical division, and once they have all been posted, it will make more sense to read them together as a single unit.)
Title: Gulliver's Travels
Based on Jonathan Swift's immortal Tale (immortal is not capitalized)
Produced by Max Fleischer
Music and Lyrics
Created and Conducted
Singing Voice of Princess Glory
Singing Voice of Prince David
Directors of Animation
"It's A Hap Hap Happy Day"
Running time (of viewed version): 1:16:33
Synopsis: Big dumb man lays around, then numbly stumbles through petty land of tiny people.
Comments: I'm approaching this outside of the normal short numbering because it's a feature. The Fleischer's of course claimed the Popeye two reelers were features as well, but I counted those as shorts. This comes down to a subjective decision, ultimately, tho this particular subjective decision is generally followed by people who classify shorts versus features (except the Fleischers themselves, of course). The run time has an extra field in it compared to every other cartoon in the year, as it runs more than one hour; 7-10 normal cartoons. The opening has a 3D ship moving through clouds (and without water); I think it's live action tho, not (stop motion) animated. It's odd, there is a montage of images during the credits, with the one shot moving significantly. I think my hand is going to fall off transcribing the names.
Open on text (with flickering candle light illumination and lightning). Cut to white capped seas with a dark craft on it, made even darker by the dollar store DVD's print. The white caps look a bit Japanese, but they're not actually done particularly effectively. Muddy Gulliver on the shore, and cut to the high pitched and cartoony Gabby. They show his shadow, in traditional '39 style. And he sings a crappy little song, in animated feature style. Even Gabby hates it, in his minute and a half long walking sequence where nothing funny happens; nothing interesting happens until he comes upon a giant realistic hand (unless you want to count a low angle bridge shot which looks good). Gabby and Gulliver have five fingered hands. Gabby spends a long 30 second shot standing on that hand. A few funnyish things happen as Gabby races to the castle, things sucked into his travel vacuum and such. Such long unfunny sections. Of course, perhaps it's not trying to be funny. Like a Disney film. The he/she on the wedding cake is pretty awesome. Prince and Princess in silhouette; I want to say the Fleischer's chose to do it because it is the zeitgeist for the year, but I think it's because they're less creepy that way (and you don't have to lip sync). Bombo is animated with more face lines than would be common for a cartoon of the time (at least in his memories scene).