The purpose in this activity was to choose and analyze an old movie trailer that is entered in the public domain. I decided to analyze the classic animated film “Gulliver’s Travels” from 1939.


What is the “Public Domain”?

Work that is in the public domain is either

  • not covered by intellectual property rights at all (copyright),
  • the intellectual property rights have expired or
  • the intellectual property rights are forfeited.

Therefore, everybody has the legal right to use media from the public domain.

Movie Trailer

Trailer Analysis

The analysis is based on the following questions:

  • What is the Name of the movie? Is this movie in the Public Domain?
  • Is there a movie poster for this film?
  • What is the approach to the trailer (Break down the use various shots, angles and camera movement taken from the film which are used to compose the trailer)?
  • At what point in the trailer are we told the name of the film? Why is this?
  • What type of film do we see? Are there different sorts of action throughout the trailer?
  • How are Title Graphics used in this trailer?
  • What clues does the music give us as to what type of film the trailer is advertising?
  • What can you say about the voices of the people that we hear speaking? What do they say? How does this help to build up an idea of what the story might be about? You should write down everything that is said and then try to develop a storyline for the film.

Movie Poster