While it may lack the breadth and scope of Jonathan Swifts original work, the film maintains its own gently satiric story in its own more laidback way. The animated characters villains who all but twirl their mustaches, the pudgy soft-hearted emperor, the heroic councillor are irritably one-dimensional and so buffoonish they verge on the shrill. The behind-the-scenes political machinations are conducted with more ambiguity and cleverness than might be expected of the usual moral black-and-whites that inhabit kiddie animation.
The animation is flat and routine but the very act of placing the animation up against the live-action scenes involving Richard Harris manages to meld these shortcomings into a perfectly apportioned whole where neither the image of the courtly Harris and sketchily animated Lilliputians seem out of place. Harris, who has the unenviable job of reacting to an entire film that isnt there, seems not unexpectedly a little bewildered by it all but crinkles his eyes nicely, has some okay songs and performs gamely.
Director Peter Hunt was better known as an editor and sometimes second unit director, particularly on the Sean Connery James Bond films. He made his directorial debut with the James Bond film On Her Majestys Secret Service (1969). He made several action films with Shout at the Devil (1976) and Wild Geese II (1985) and one other genre film with the cute alien film Hyper Sapien: People from Another Star (1986)
Other versions of Gulliver's Travels are: George Meliess Gullivers Travels Among the Lilliputians and the Giants (1902); Segundo de Chomons Gulliver in the Land of the Giants (1903); a Russian version The New Gulliver (1934); Max Fleischers animated version Gullivers Travels (1939); The 3 Worlds of Gulliver (1960) from cult stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen; a Japanese anime version Gulliver's Travels Beyond the Moon (1965); a live-action Czech version in 1970; a live-action Hungarian version for tv in 1974: Gulliver in Lilliput (1982), a four-part BBC tv version; The Voyages of Gulliver (1983), an animated Spanish version; an American animated tv series Gulliver's Travels (1992); Gulliver's Travels (1995), a tv mini-series starring Ted Danson, the finest and most faithful of the adaptations and the only one to cover the entire book; and the modernised film version Gullivers Travels (2010) starring Jack Black, which plays the story as a comedy.
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