DVD - Max Fleischer's Gulliver's Travels

by - 4/02/2009

Max Fleischer's Gulliver's Travels 
Blue Ray Version

In 1939, animation pioneers Max and Dave Fleischer (Betty Boop, Popeye, Superman) made motion picture history when Paramount Pictures released their masterpiece, Gulliver’s Travels, the second feature-length animated film produced by a U.S. studio.

Their staff toiled for over two years, using twelve tons of paint and 39,000 pencils to create over 639,000 celluloids and 115,000 composite scenes. The “gigantic” titular character was animated using rotoscoping, a process which involves tracing live-action footage frame-by-frame – one of several innovative animation techniques developed by the Fleischers and Fleischer Studios. Popular songs composed for the film include “All’s Well,” “It’s a Hap-Hap-Happy Day” and “Faithful Forever,” all of which later became well-known standards.

By the late 1990s this animated gem had sadly fallen into disrepair, but thanks to a close relationship with the Fleischer family, North Hampton Partners and animation expert Dr. Thomas R. Reich were able to secure a long-lost 35mm source print. State-of-the-art technology enabled the film to be meticulously revived, removing years of dirt and restoring damaged portions of the frames. Gulliver's Travels was then color corrected using 100% historically accurate palettes at Technicolor and was re-mastered for the first time ever in 16x9 (1080p High Definition).

This entire process was done frame-by-frame without stretching characters or losing any image beyond standard vertical safe areas – and the use of proprietary techniques actually enables more picture to be visible on the left and right sides of the frame than ever before. Additionally, the original soundtrack was fully restored and supplemented by two newly enhanced sound options (Dolby Digital and 5.1) utilizing multi-track Foley techniques. The bonus Fleischer documentary “The Making of a Cartoon” as well as the two Gabby cartoons featured on the DVD and Blu-ray (“Swing Cleaning” and “King for a Day”) were also restored, making Max Fleischer’s Gulliver’s Travels a must-own for fans of classic animation and children of all ages.

And now - Digitally restored and re-mastered using state-of-the-art technology, Max Fleischer’s song-filled, 1939 masterpiece comes to life for the first time ever in awe-inspiring high definition.

Richly drawn from the timeless tale by Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels follows the legendary adventures of a shipwrecked sailor among the tiny people of Lilliput. In this strange land, Gulliver brings peace to two feuding kingdoms and reunites a prince with his princess before returning to the sea in one of the most “hap-hap-happy” endings of all time.

Featuring breathtaking, newly-enhanced picture and sound, this definitive edition of Gulliver’s Travels is a feast for the eyes and ears that your whole family will enjoy for years to come.

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