Playing a Princess, Emily Blunt felt this was her "girliest" role thus far in her career.
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Emily Blunt was originally cast as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow in Iron Man 2 (2010), but had to drop out as she was already contractually obligated to appear in this movie.
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Gulliver's putting out the Lilliputian castle fire by urinating on it was in the original Jonathan Swift novel.
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In the harbor containing all of the pun-named boats, the one to the far right is called Swift Passage, an allusion to Jonathan Swift, the author of the book upon which this movie was loosely based.
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Although critics and audiences disliked it for being too gross and childish, the part when Gulliver saves the King from the fire in the palace by putting it out with urine is actually taken directly from Jonathan Swift's book. However, in the original novel, the person rescued in this manner is the Queen.
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The text in the "newspapers" in the end credits is actual text from the original novel by Jonathan Swift, and mentioned some adventures that were not featured in this movie, but featured in the 1939 movie adaptation, like the encounters with the subhuman "yahoos".
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This movie gives no screen credit to Jonathan Swift, who wrote the book on which it was loosely based.
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The Lilliputian palace is, in reality, Blenheim Palace, which is where former U.K. Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill was born.
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The Blefuscian state motto seen on their banners, is "Rapio E Abfugio", which can be roughly translated as "Plunder and Run" in Latin.
This movie makes numerous references to the Star Wars film franchise. Several of the crew worked on the Star Wars prequel trilogy, notably Cinematographer David Tattersall and Production Designer Gavin Bocquet.
The stone jail where Lemuel Gulliver (Jack Black) is imprisoned was modelled after a natural formation of volcanic origin in the northeast coast of Northern Ireland, consisting of over forty thousand interlocking basalt columns of distinctive shape. Quite appropriately, its Irish name "Clochan an Aifir" means "the Giant's Causeway".
Director Rob Letterman felt it was important for "Jack Black to interact with the other cast members, and for those interactions to feel natural, as if they all really were in the same room." Thus, thanks to the use of the DualMoCo camera, which was used extensively for the first time on this movie, while Jack Black was in one area of the soundstage, performing against a greenscreen, the actors and actresses portraying the Lilliputians would be on another part of the stage, acting "opposite" Jack Black.
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Taylor Lautner was originally cast as Horatio, but was dropped after producers changed their minds and considered him to be too young. Jason Segel replaced him.
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The "island we dare not go to" is the book's second fantastic country, Brobdingnag, which was called Brobdingrag in one chapter. The giant "little girl" is called Glumdalclitch.
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Director Rob Letterman's first live-action directorial effort, after working on animated movies for DreamWorks, including Shark Tale (2004), where he worked with Jack Black; and Monsters vs. Aliens (2009), where he already had to deal with a giant character.
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In an effort to partly cut down on the overuse of expensive special effects, many of the dolls' house furniture and accessories found at the Dolls House Emporium in Derbyshire were used in this movie.
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Meredith Vieira's cameo was cut, but is still listed in the credits.
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With a six million dollar opening weekend, this was the lowest opening for a 3-D movie released in over two thousand theaters since My Soul to Take (2010). It only held that accolade for two months, however, with the subsequent release of Drive Angry (2011).
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Shipped to theaters under the title "Little Trip".
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In this movie, Darcy's last name "Silverman" was a reference to Saving Silverman (2001), in which Jack Black and Amanda Peet appeared.
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Sarah Michelle Gellar was considered to play Princess Mary.
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Two characters are named "Dan" and "Jinks", after Producer Dan Jinks.
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On an episode of the reality show, Survivor (2000), the castaways performed in a challenge, and part of the reward was getting to see an advance screening of this movie.
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This movie is a present day retelling or re-imagining of part of the classic Jonathan Swift fantasy novel.
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Jack Black appeared opposite Karen Gillan in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) and Jumanji: The Next Level (2019). Gillan played Nebula in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Emily Blunt was originally cast as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow in Iron Man 2 (2010), but dropped out to do this movie.
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