With much(!) help from Geno Cuddy (who also made the title card), the VCR from Heck proudly presents this week-long look at the many VHS and DVD releases of Max & Dave Fleischer’s adaptation of "Gulliver’s Travels". One of the earliest full-length animated movies, its presence in the public domain has led to a slew of home video releases, culminating with this year’s fully-restored blu-ray/DVD release by Thunderbean Animation.
1984 - Goodtimes Home Video
1985 - California Video Distributors (Goodtimes)
1986 - Congress Video Group
The first scan is from my collection, while the other two are from Geno’s. (I scanned my own copy of the Congress tape last year.) I’ll be posting more “Gulliver” tape covers throughout the week. Till then, check out more of Geno’s work on the following links:
The Public Domain Chronicles (Blogspot)
Max Fleischer’s Gulliver’s Travels (Facebook)
“Gulliver’s Travels is a 1939 American cel-animated Technicolor feature film, directed by Dave Fleischer and produced by Max Fleischer for Fleischer Studios. The film was released on December 22, 1939 by Paramount Pictures, who had the feature produced as an answer to the success of Walt Disney's box-office hit Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs…. Gulliver was the second cel-animated feature film ever released, and the first produced by an American studio other than Walt Disney Productions.” —Wikipedia
STARTING THIS SUNDAY…
Thirty years’ worth of VHS, DVD, and Blu-Ray covers for an animated classic whose public domain status could have doomed it forever to the bargain bins (at least, until this year). This project is a collaboration with Geno Cuddy, who provided nearly all of the scans, notes, and screen captures. (Check out his “Gulliver’s Travels” Facebook page here!)
This October, the 1986-1990 kids’ series “Pee Wee’s Playhouse” will be available on blu-ray for the first time. The set will not only have new bonus material, but going by Shout Factory’s YouTube featurette, the restoration work done on the actual episodes is stunning. To celebrate this release, I wanted to revisit one of my earliest Tumblr posts, where I had complete versions for all of the public domain cartoons excerpted during the show’s “King of Cartoons” segments put into a YouTube playlist. This time, rather than risk YouTube (or its users) deleting selected videos, I decided to download the best (or rather, most decent) versions I could find of each cartoon (including some that are not on YouTube at all), renumber them (though I probably should have corrected some misspellings, too!), and upload them to a folder in Mediafire. Now you can download all 40 cartoons for yourself and watch them whenever you want! (Total running time: 4hr52min.)
Hi there I'm trying to find all the Elvis Presley VHS covers I can. Can you help?
I just purchased a Betty Boop VHS from a thrift shop the other day. I am unable to find it online anywhere. It is from 3G Productions. It has Betty Boop sitting on a moon, says Childrens Classical Cartoons in the upper right hand corner. Any idea what it might be worth? I can send a photo if needed.
Judging by my past entries, your cover is one I haven’t seen yet, but the art design sounds similar to one of the two Little Lulu ones in this previous entry: http://vcrfromheck.tumblr.com/post/50613398422/label-spotlight-3-g-productions-part-2-various The 3-G Betty ones that I *have* seen are the yellow one in my above entry, a purple one currently on Ebay, and a still-unscanned green one in my personal collection, all with the “childrens classical cartoons” line on a top banner instead of the right hand corner. The current value of these tapes ranges from $1 (when I find one at a thrift store) to $25 online (usually $5-15 for cartoons, with the higher prices going towards 3-G’s wrestling-related titles). I hope that helps. If you can send pictures of the box art, it would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance!
It’s been a long time since I’ve posted, and I knew it would be. Still, expect good things in the future. Maybe not next week, but likely next month. Thanks for your patience. In the meantime, here’s some crappy (sadly undated) cover art that I almost regret not purchasing from Ebay back in May. (NOTE: Daffy and Tweety appear on none of the cartoons listed here.)
Hi there :) I was just browsing your site and found that you actually referenced my old website (Dario's Reviews) in a post about an Embassy 2000 tape. I'm amazed that someone else actually found that site! Unfortunately, it's offline now, but my new project, the Public Domain Video Wiki (pdvideo.wikia. com) could really use a new contributor. If you have time, check it out and maybe add a new page for a company I missed! :) -Dario
Thanks, Dario! I would be willing to help out with the Wiki. I think I tried to add things to it ages ago, but couldn’t figure out how to use it. If you could PM me a quick guideline for that, I’d love to help out. Also, if anyone else wants to add any and all info or pics that they see on my Tumblr, please do. (A small credit somewhere is all I’d want.) Thanks for checking out my page! :D
When exactly are you doing "Gulliver's Travels Week"?
I ask myself the same thing! :-P
Seriously, though, and to make a long story relatively short: I got swamped with a massive and stressful work project in June, followed by a lot of theater (including a show that goes up in early August), and am hoping to post Gulliver week sometime in August. After that, I’ll need to find some way to celebrate hitting 200 followers (five months before I’d expected to!). I’m also considering opening a personal Tumblr page for my other interests, and maybe also returning to web videos as well. And if, for some crazy reason, those plans don’t pan out this year, my retirement from community theater next year will allow me some catch-up time. At the very least, I’ll be recording some cameos for others’ projects within the next month or so. My apologies for the delay(s)….