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The Daydreamer (1966)

 -  Animation | Family | Fantasy  -  June 1966 (USA)
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An anthology of fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen: "The Little Mermaid," "The Emperor's New Clothes," "Thumbelina" and "The Garden of Paradise."

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The Sea Witch (voice)
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Zenith (The Second Tailor) (voice)
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Thumbelina (voice)
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Papa Andersen
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The Mole (voice)
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Mrs. Klopplebobbler
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Father Neptune (voice)
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The Rat (voice)
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Paul O'Keefe ...
Cyril Ritchard ...
The Sandman (voice)
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Brig. Zachary Zilch (The First Tailor) (voice)
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The Emperor (voice)
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Robert Harter ...
Big Claus
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Storyline

A fictional account of a teen-aged Hans Christian Anderson. In this film, young Hans runs away from home and each time he falls asleep he experiences in his dreams the different characters he would later write about including The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina and The Ugly Duckling. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Before the Little Mermaid, there was...


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El soñador aventurero  »

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Was filmed on location at the site of the New York's World Fair, with LaGuardia Airport being so close it caused trouble with the filming because of noise from the planes. See more »

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As the live-action Chris floats downstream in his boat without rowing, the black flippers of a diver propelling the boat from underneath can be seen breaking the water. See more »


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Daydreamer
Music by Maury Laws
Lyrics by Jules Bass
Performed by Robert Goulet
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A Real Charmer from Rankin/Bass!
12 April 2000 | by (New England) – See all my reviews

This most obscure Animagic production from Messrs. Rankin & Bass is a creaky but interesting pastiche of live-action and puppet animation, charming in spurts but overall somewhat lost. The all-star cast gets turns both as puppets and as Al Hirschfeld cariacatures. Hayley Mills does voice service as "The Little Mermaid". A nice Maury Laws score, including some snappy tunes that are almost as punchy as his subsequent TV work. Yet other songs stop the film dead in its tracks. The Robert Goulet theme song is great, however. 1967's MAD MONSTER PARTY? was a wild departure for Rankin/Bass, yet it was also their last feature. The genius behind the Animagic technique is Japanese animator Kizo Nagashima. This film features some gorgeous, simplistic set design and wonderful pastoral landscapes that evoke a strange nostalgia for lost, pure childhood memories. The villain of the piece is a monster frog! Film ends up in a wild, bizarre Garden of Paradise, a sublime place ruled over by a creepy devil kid. Weird, beautiful and tedious at turns, a most odd duck from an odd-duck company.


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