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Gulliver's Travels

Gulliver's Travels(1939)

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In the opening sequence of the film, the credits are superimposed over a three-dimensional sailing ship. The song "Faithful Forever" is not listed in the onscreen credits, but is sung in the film. According to a news item in Motion Picture Daily, the success of Walt Disney's 1937 film Snow White motivated the Fleischer Studios to produce this animated feature at a budget of $700,000. This was Max Fleischer's first feature-length-Technicolor animated feature. It only used one episode from the Jonathan Swift book. Modern sources note that the figure of "Gulliver" was rotoscoped throughout the entire film. The movements of actor Sam Parker were traced from live action film to become the figure of "Gulliver." The rest of the characters were represented through animation. Modern sources also add that 500,000 celluloids and twelve tons of paint were used for the 115,700 composite scenes in the film. Ralph Rainger and Leo Robin's song "Faithful Forever" and Victor Young's original score were nominated for Academy Awards.
       Several live action films were based on the Swift novel. In 1960, Columbia produced The 3 Worlds of Gulliver, directed by Jack Sher and starring Kerwin Matthews, and in 1977, EMI produced a British-Belgium co-production titled Gulliver's Travels, starring Richard Harris and directed by Peter Hunt. An animated IMAX version of Swift's story, directed by Ian Pearson and Scott Speirs, completed production in late 2003 but, as of spring 2005, it was not scheduled for release.