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Gulliver's Travels Beyond the Moon
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Theatrical poster to the 1966 US release of Gulliver's Travels Beyond the Moon
Directed by Masao Kuroda
Sanae Yamamoto
Produced by Hiroshi Ogawa
Akira Onozaki
Written by Shinichi Sekizawa
Jonathan Swift (novel Gulliver's Travels)
Hayao Miyazaki (additional screenplay material; uncredited)
Starring voices: Herb Duncan (US)
Robert Harter (US)
Darla Hood (US)
Chiyoko Honma (Japan)
Masao Imanishi (Japan)
Seiji Miyaguchi (Japan)
Akira Oizumi (Japan)
Shoichi Ozawa (Japan)
Kyū Sakamoto
Music by Isao Tomita (Japanese version)
Anne DeLugg (US version)
Milton DeLugg (US version)
Studio Toei Animation
Distributed by Toei (Japan)
Continental Distributing Inc. (1966 US)
Release date(s) March 20, 1965 (1965-03-20)
Running time 80 min.
85 min. (US)
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Gulliver's Travels Beyond the Moon (ガリバーの宇宙旅行 Garibā no Uchū Ryokō, Gulliver's Space Travels), also known as Space Gulliver, is a 1965 Japanese animated feature that was released in Japan on March 20, 1965 and in the United States on July 23, 1966.

Plot

The story concerns a homeless boy named Ricky, or Ted in the Japanese version. Whilst seeing a movie about Lemuel Gulliver he is discovered to have entered without buying a ticket and he is thrown out onto the street. Ejected and dejected, he is then nearly run over by a truck, but is knocked unconscious when he is thrown against a wall. He awakes to find a talking dog and then the Colonel, a talking clockwork toy soldier who has been discarded in a rubbish bin. The dog suggests the trio amuse themselves at an amusement park that is closed for the night.

The trio enjoy themselves on the rides and in a planetarium but are pursued by three security guards. The boy, his dog and the Colonel escape on fireworks rockets that land them in the countryside. They meet Professor Gulliver himself in a forest. Gulliver is now an elderly, space-traveling scientist who has built a rocket ship. With Dr. Gulliver's assistant Sylvester the crow (named Crow in the Japanese edition), Gulliver and the trio travel the Milky Way to the Planet of Blue Hope. They discover the planet has been taken over by the Queen of the Purple Planet and her evil group of robots, who the inhabitants of the Blue Planet created to make themselves a life of leisure that turned into a nightmare when the robots overthrew the population of the Blue Planet and seized control. Armed with water-pistols and water balloons which melt the villains, Ricky and Gulliver restore the Planet of Blue Hope to its doll-like owners who regain life as human beings.

The boy wakes up in the street. He meets his canine companion who now is an ordinary dog who can not talk and discovers the non-talking non-living Colonel in the rubbish bin. The three walk down the street looking for a new adventure.

Staff

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, who had provided the song "Hooray for Santy Claus" for Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964).

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). Sekizawa also contributed screenplays to some of the most popular films in the Godzilla series from King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962), to Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974), including Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964).

In the English language version, former Our Gang star Darla Hood provides the voice of the Princess.

English soundtrack

Milton DeLugg composed the score for the English language version of the film. Milton and his wife Anne Delugg co-wrote seven songs, and their son Stephen providing the voice of "Ricky". The songs are:

  • "Think Tall"
  • "The Earth Song"
  • "I Wanna Be Like Gulliver!"
  • "That's the Way It Goes"
  • "Keep Your Hopes High"
  • "Rise, Robots, Rise"
  • "Deedle Dee Dum"
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