Animation Inspiration

Gulliver’s Travels

– Max & Dave Fleischer (1939)

In this animated tale, seaman Lemuel Gulliver (Sam Parker) is the sole survivor of a shipwreck on the distant land of Lilliput, whose people are no bigger than peanuts. Unaware of Gulliver lying on the beach, King Little arranges for the marriage of his daughter, Princess Glory (Jessica Dragonette), to Prince David (Lanny Ross), the son of neighboring King Bombo. Angered when King Little refuses to agree on the wedding song, Bombo declares war just as the villagers discover the giant Gulliver.

Based on the book written by Jonathon Swift

The Lorax

– Dr. Seuss (1972)

The Lorax came out of me being angry. In The Lorax I was out to attack what I think are evil things and let the chips fall where they might.”

The Lorax is a children’s book written by Dr. Seuss and first published in 1971. It chronicles the plight of the environment and the Lorax is the titular character, who “speaks for the trees” and confronts the Onceler, who causes environmental degradation. As in most Dr. Seuss books, the creatures mentioned are typically unique to the story.

The story is commonly recognized as a fable concerning the danger that corporate greed poses to nature, using the literary element of personification to create relatable characters for industry and the environment.

It was Dr. Seuss’s personal favorite of his books. He was able to create a story addressing industrial/economic and environmental issues without it being dull.

Duck Amuck

Merrie Melodies (1953)

Duck Amuck is an American surreal animated cartoon directed by Chuck Jones and produced by Warner Bros. Cartoons. The short film was released in early 1953 by The Vitaphone Corporation, the short subject division of Warner Bros., as part of the Merrie Melodies series. It stars Daffy Duck, who is tormented by a seemingly sadistic, initially unseen animator, who constantly changes Daffy’s locations, clothing, voice, physical appearance and even shape, much to Daffy’s aggravation and rage. Pandemonium reigns throughout the cartoon as Daffy attempts to steer the action back to some kind of normality, only for the animator to either ignore him or, more frequently, to over-literally interpret his increasingly frantic demands. In the end, the tormenting animator is revealed to be Bugs Bunny.

Food – Dinner

Jan Švankmajer (1992)

Food is a 1992 Czech animated short film directed by Jan Švankmajer that uses claymation and pixilation. It examines the human relationship with food by showing breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

An interior of a luxurious restaurant is shown. A wealthy gourmet sits at a table adding many sauces and spices to his dish, which is hidden by the sheer number of condiments (this is the scene shown in the film poster). This continues for a long time, and then we see him hammer a fork to a wooden left hand. He then starts to eat his own hand. In a series of short and violent scenes, we are then shown an athlete eating his lower leg, a woman eating her breasts (this is also shown in the film poster), and the last eater, who is about to eat his genitals. As he realizes the presence of the camera, the man covers his genitals and shoos the camera away with his hand.