It’s a Hap-Hap-Happy Day: Fleischer Studios’ First Cartoon Feature Gulliver’s Travels in 35mm IB Technicolor

The Auditorium at Northeastern Illinois University – Building E, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave
General Admission: $5 • NEIU Students: $2

Gullivers_600Wednesday, July 15 @ 7:00pm
Directed by Dave Fleischer • 1939
Poor Gulliver’s Travels. Trailing behind the success of Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by two years, the Fleischer Brothers’ first animated feature, funded and released by Paramount, did well at the box office but eventually fell into the public domain, realm of dupey 16mm TV prints and Walmart’s bargain DVD bin. (At least some of us remember VHS copies of the film so bad that even the finest VCR couldn’t track them properly.) No matter, we’ll be showing a beautiful 35mm IB Technicolor print in an effort to restore the film’s dignity after years of floundering. A good deal weirder and a little creakier than its Disney counterparts, Gulliver’s Travels used rotoscoping to animate the titular Gulliver and differentiate him from the adorable Lilliputians, who steal the show. Said the Los Angeles Times: “It is Gabby, the town crier, who carries the burden of fun on his tireless shoulders. He is, I should say, all Seven Dwarfs rolled into one …” (JA)
76 min • Fleischer Studios • 35mm Technicolor

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