1939 • USA • 76 MINS

Made by the Fleischer Bros. in 1939, Gulliver’s Travels was the first English language film adaptation of Jonathan Swift’s 1726 classic novel. Dave and Max Fleischer were animators who made some six hundred cartoon shorts and were best known for bringing Betty Boop, Koko the Clown, Popeye and Superman to the screen. Gulliver’s Travels was designed in the shadow of Snow White and features some of the same anthropomorphic figures and cute animals but also wonderful examples of ‘rotoscoping’, an animation technique originally developed by the Fleischer Studios. The process involved tracing live-action footage frame-by-frame; Sam Parker, the actor who performed the voice of Gulliver, also modeled as the character’s live-action reference.

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