My experience with Anime is minimal at best. I've seen all the classics and I do obsess over Ghost in the Shell, but generally speaking this is a genre that I don't have a lot of experience with. Recently, a friend recommended I check out the 1965 Japanese animated feature, Gulliver's Travels Beyond the Moon and I'm so glad I did. In many ways, Gulliver's Travels is one of the most atypical examples of the genre -- borrowing more from American (Disney) culture than Asian mythology. The Toei film was directed by Masao Kuroda and Sanae Yamamoto (and the early work of an uncredited Hayao Miyazaki) and is one of the first flicks to help define Japanese animation and children's space adventure.

Gulliver's Travels
Beyond the Moon tells the story of Ricky, a homeless boy who wanders the countryside alone. He partners up with a talking dog and a toy soldier and meets Professor Gulliver -- an elderly scientist who never lost his space wanderlust and has a crow sidekick. Together the motley crew travels the Milky Way and encounters a planet where the civilization is being overrun by ominous robots.

I'm a sucker for Moog and this soundtrack delivers, courtesy of Milton and Anne DeLugg. Mr. DeLugg has old Hollywood radio, film, television, and Broadway ties. Moody synth sounds combined with children's singalongs and jazz band beats makes for a delightful aural experience.

Check out a few clips after the jump and let me know if you dig this one as much as I do.
categories Movies, Sci-Fi