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The Daydreamer (1966)

Unrated | | Animation, Family, Fantasy | June 1966 (USA)
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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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Sea Witch (voice)
Zenith (The Second Tailor) (voice)
Thumbelina (voice)
Papa Andersen
The Mole (voice)
Mrs. Klopplebobbler
Father Neptune (voice)
The Rat (voice)
Paul O'Keefe ...
Cyril Ritchard ...
The Sandman (voice)
Brig. Zachary Zilch (The First Tailor) (voice)
The Emperor (voice)
Robert Harter ...
Big Claus


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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June 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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 »


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 »


Music by Maury Laws
Lyrics by Jules Bass
Performed by Robert Goulet
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Profound and entrancing...
1 June 2001 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

The charismatic storyteller from Denmark was never quite like this, but it is none-the-less a profound and entrancing time capsule of fantasy spun with gossamer whole-cloth from the 1960's era. What it doesn't convey with staging and costume and storyline it equally expresses with what it leaves out from the whole of historical relation. The balance weighs it as entertaining, but it is also quite educational. Simply put, keep this one in your collection and pull it out when you feel like retreating into the younger years of a bygone age.

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