Sunday, June 16, 2024

Before War, Ukraine President Zelensky Co-Created Kids’ Film Based on Gulliver’s Travels– Release in August


Volodymyr Zelensky, wasn’t always defending his country against annihilation by the Russians.

With three collaborators he created an idea for an animated film based on “Gulliver’s Travels.” It’s called “Gulliver Returns.” Shout Factory will release it on video in August. It’s hoped that Zelensky will still be with us by then, although I doubt there will be a red carpet premiere.

This guy is amazing, no?

According to a press release, Shout! Factory will be donating a portion of the net proceeds earned from the distribution of the movie from year one to World Central Kitchen, a non-profit organization that provides fresh meals in response to crises, which is currently active in Ukraine and surrounding countries providing meals for as many people as possible at border crossings, shelters, and other locations. 

Here’s the synposis:

Gulliver receives an urgent letter from the people of Lilliput, who ask for his help. Seeing that remarkable changes have taken place on the island, Gulliver and his friends find themselves in a whirlwind of extraordinary events: The gang encounters crafty enemies and breakneck chases in their adventures…but together, they can overcome any obstacle because friendship and love always win!

Here are the credits:

Directed by Ilya Maksimov General Producer, Oleg Khodachuk Screenplay by Michael Ryan Original Idea by Volodymyr Zelensky, Borys Shefir, Serhiy Shefir, Andriy Yakovlev Produced by Evgen Yarmilko, Igor Nikolaev, Andriy Yakovlev, Serhiy Shefir, Borys Shefir Inspired by “Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift Music by Dmitro Shurov, Yuriy Melnychuk, Andriy Golovan Art Directors, Sergei Andrievskii, Serhiy Mohylnyy  Editor, Alexandr Synko Director of Animation, Tony Bonilla 

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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