A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Observant kids may learn that there is a book called Gulliver's Travels.
The series features supportive friends and encourages persistence, but there aren't many overt messages here.
Positive Role Models
Most characters -- both heroes and villains -- are portrayed very stereotypically. The one girl Lilliputian ("Flirtacia") is of the admiring-cheerleader type.
Violence & Scariness
Characters are chased and imprisoned, but physical violence is only threatened.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some episodes' plots can include drinking as a way to put a villain to sleep or as outdated "humor" to make a character silly.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this vintage adventure cartoon is classic '60s stuff, with stereotypical heroes and villains, dumb sidekicks, and a token cheerleader-type girl. Adventures consist mostly of running from larger creatures or other people, and while there's some peril, ther'es little real violence or injury. There's also little or no link to the real Gulliver's Travels -- and certainly no educational or literary message.
Is It Any Good?
By today's standards, both the animation and the plotting of Young Gulliver are pretty lame. Characters are wooden and two-dimensional, and there's no real back story or sense of growth or relationships. It's classic three-commercial-break fare: The set up, the chase, the rescue/escape, the brief humorous moment followed by all of the characters laughing merrily together before the credits roll.
That said, young kids will accept the simplicity of it all, and for some it could be a welcome break from some of today's frenetic cartoons. Still, when all is said and done, Young Gulliver is devoid of any educational, social, or emotional value, making it nothing but a couch potato moment.
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