Guillver’s Kingdom, Japan, was a theme park inspired by Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift. It was built near Aokigahara Forest, Japan’s infamous “suicide forest,” and left abandoned in 2001 due to lack of visitors.
“The story concerns a homeless boy named Ricky, or Ted in the original Japanese version. After seeing a movie about Gulliver he meets Professor Gulliver himself in a forest. Gulliver is now an elderly, space-traveling scientist. With Dr. Gulliver’s crow assistant, and Ted’s companions, a talking dog named Mack and a toy soldier, they travel the Milky Way to the Star of Blue Hope, which has been taken over by robots created by its former inhabitants. The king and princess ask for help in reclaiming their planet, and Ted and Gulliver do so. Then, Ted wakes up on the street once again, happy from this amazing dream.
Gulliver’s Travels Beyond the Moon––sometimes called Space Gulliver––was one of the first Toei animated features to depart from Asian mythology, though, like Toei’s previous animated features, it is modeled after the Disney formula of animated musical feature. By borrowing elements from Hans Christian Andersen, Jonathan Swift and science fiction, it was hoped that this film would attract a large international audience. However it proved to be no more popular than Toei’s previous, Asian-themed films. After the failure in the U.S. of this and Toei’s previous animated feature, this was the last Japanese animated feature to be released in the United States for over a decade.
Not yet the internationally popular electronic music composer he was later to become, Isao Tomita contributed the original Japanese score. However, for the American edition, songs were composed by Milton and Anne Delugg.
In one of his earliest animation jobs, a young Hayao Miyazaki worked on this film as an in-between artist. His contribution to the ending of the film brought Miyazaki to the attention of Toei. The screenplay was written by Shinichi Sekizawa, the writer of the first Mothra (1961).
In a contemporary review, the Monthly Film Bulletin reviewed an 85-minute English-language dubbed version of the film, and described it as a ‘charmless animated feature.’ The review described the animation as ‘mediocre’ and with ‘little variation or invention and a noticeable lack of perspective.’”
i read that marvel wanted Emily Blunt to be Black Widow at first. is that true?
Emily Blunt was originally Black Widow. She had officially signed on for the role and was set to film her part in ‘Ironman 2′. However, as part of her contract for ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ FOX could choose any one production of theirs and she would have to star in it, and they chose ‘Gulliver’s Travels’. Worst part is they chose it after she had already been cast as Black Widow. It created scheduling conflicts and she was forced to drop out of a multiple-movie deal with the MCU to star in one movie for FOX that flopped.