Max Fleischer's Gulliver's Travels (nominated for an Academy Award in 1939) is a gorgeous, weird, ethereal, and quaintly earnest thing—shipwrecked Gulliver helps two kingdoms of tiny, silly people avoid a tiny, silly war, shepherds a prince and princess toward true love, and gets his nails buffed by a miniature barber. The Grand Illusion is screening a collection of Fleischer's meticulous, pioneering animated shorts, including Betty Boop in Slumberland and Popeye Meets Ali Baba's Forty Thieves, followed by the full-length Gulliver. (Grand Illusion, 1403 NE 50th St, 523-3935. 7 and 9 pm, $8.)

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