the three worlds of gulliver

My son and I are about halfway through our list of Ray Harryhausen’s films.

Today’s is The 3 Worlds of Gulliver (1960).

My son will go first:

Well, today we have The Three Worlds of Gulliver. This one was about a man who finds himself in three worlds: the normal world, a miniature world, and a gigantic world. In the second, he was a giant on a tiny island and the little people were having a war about how to crack eggs. My favorite part was when they explained why they had the war because it seemed ridiculous. My only question is, what if Gulliver got one of the giants from the third world and brought them to the second?  Would it be like Godzilla?

Rating wise, I would say 4.0 out of 5 awesome animations.

My turn:

I’ll be honest: this barely counts as a Harryhausen movie.  To the best of my knowledge, he only had a role in scenes involving the squirrel and the crocodile.

Both of those scenes were well done, the crocodile fight, in particular.  Very nicely animated and everything.

The rest of the movie involves a lot of big people/little people scenes.  Again, most of it is very well done.  Oftentimes seamless.  The model work surrounding big Gulliver is amazing, too.

The story itself … even though they only use two out of the four “worlds” in the original book, they manage to get many of the themes in: politics, war, science reason.  I will say that the first half, involving Liliput, is far more successful than the second half.  I believe that’s mostly due to the fact that the film tried to cram Gulliver’s fiancée, Elizabeth, into the story.  Once she’s in the plot, the film doesn’t work so well.

The Three Worlds of Gulliver … good visuals, so-so story.  3 out of five epic animations.


Next, Mysterious Island.