The Adventures of Gulliver

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The Adventures of Gulliver
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Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes17
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera Productions
Original network ABC
Original releaseSeptember 14, 1968 (1968-09-14) – January 4, 1969 (1969-01-04)
Related shows The Banana Splits And Friends Show

The Adventures of Gulliver is a 1968 television cartoon produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions. The show is based on the novel Gulliver's Travels . The show aired Saturday mornings on ABC-TV and lasted for one season in its original broadcast. [1]

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Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc. was an American animation studio. It was founded in 1957 by former Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer animation directors and Tom and Jerry creators William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, in partnership with film director George Sidney.



While on a boat trip with his father, Gary Gulliver and his dog Tagg end up shipwrecked on an island. On this island is the kingdom of Lilliput, [2] where its inhabitants have a height of only a few centimeters. Gary and Tagg are caught by the Lilliputians while they are recovering from the shipwreck, but afterwards they become great friends. With the help of the Lilliputians, Gary continues searching for his missing father (a subplot in the series involves a map that Gary's father left to him after secretly putting it inside Tagg's collar before the shipwreck (without Gary knowing about it)). The villain of the series is the evil Captain Leech who, in the adventures, is always attempting to steal the map from Gary.

Lilliput and Blefuscu fictional island

Lilliput and Blefuscu are two fictional island nations that appear in the first part of the 1726 novel Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift. The two islands are neighbours in the South Indian Ocean, separated by a channel 800 yards (730 m) wide. Both are inhabited by tiny people who are about one-twelfth the height of ordinary human beings. Both kingdoms are empires, i.e. realms ruled by a self-styled emperor. The capital of Lilliput is Mildendo. In some pictures, the islands are arranged like an egg, as a reference to their egg-dominated histories and cultures.

Broadcast history

17 episodes were produced and were originally broadcast on ABC in the fall and winter of 1968-69. The episodes were rerun through the summer of 1970. In 1971, the show became part of The Banana Splits and Friends Show , the syndicated version of The Banana Splits Adventure Hour. [3] Toys had been produced in Germany by Heimo.

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Heimo was a German producer of handpainted toy figurines and accessories. The company was headquartered in Germany. The traditional market for Heimo products had been Mainland Europe, with half their sales in Austria followed by Germany, Italy and Spain.

Voice cast

Jerry Dexter was an American actor and voice actor best known for playing teenage boys and young men in animated television series for Hanna-Barbera Productions from the late 1960s to the 1980s.

John Winfield Stephenson was an American actor, most active in voice-over roles. He has also been credited as John Stevenson. Stephenson never gave any interviews and was rarely seen in public, although he did make an appearance at BotCon 2001.

Herb Vigran American actor

Herbert "Herb" Vigran was an American character actor in Hollywood from the 1930s to the 1980s. Over his 50-year career, he made over 350 television and film appearances.

List of episodes

No.TitleAirdateProduction code
AG-1"Dangerous Journey"September 14, 1968 (1968-09-14)36-1
AG-2"The Valley Of Time"September 21, 1968 (1968-09-21)36-3
AG-3"The Capture"September 28, 1968 (1968-09-28)36-2
AG-4"The Tiny Vikings"October 5, 1968 (1968-10-05)36-8
AG-5"The Forbidden Pool"October 12, 1968 (1968-10-12)36-4
After managing to escape from Captain Leech, Gary and Tagg drink water from a forbidden pool and shrink down to the Lilliputians' size. Now it is a race against time as they, along with Bunko, Eager, Glum and Flirtacia must get to the spring before Leech finds them.
AG-6"The Perils Of The Lilliputs"October 19, 1968 (1968-10-19)36-5
AG-7"Exit Leech"October 26, 1968 (1968-10-26)36-7
AG-8"Hurricane Island"November 2, 1968 (1968-11-02)36-6
AG-9"Mysterious Forest"November 9, 1968 (1968-11-09)36-9
AG-10"Little Man Of The Year"November 16, 1968 (1968-11-16)36-10
AG-11"The Rescue"November 23, 1968 (1968-11-23)36-11
AG-12"The Dark Sleep"November 30, 1968 (1968-11-30)36-12
Leech makes a deal with Malagar to put Gary in a deep sleep with a potion so he can steal the map. However, Flirtacia saves him and falls victim to it instead.
AG-13"The Runaway"December 7, 1968 (1968-12-07)36-13
AG-14"The Masquerade"December 14, 1968 (1968-12-14)36-14
AG-15"The Missing Crown"December 21, 1968 (1968-12-21)36-15
AG-16"Gulliver's Challenge"December 28, 1968 (1968-12-28)36-16
AG-17"The Hero"January 4, 1969 (1969-01-04)36-17

Additional series credits

Charles Kenneth "Ken" Spears is an American television editor, writer, and producer; the co-founder with Joe Ruby of television animation production company Ruby-Spears Productions.

Joseph Clemens Ruby is an American animator, television editor, writer, and producer; the co-founder with Ken Spears of television animation production company Ruby-Spears Productions.

Charles August "Nick" Nichols was an American animator and film director.

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