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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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)  »

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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 Little-Known Gem from the Producers of Rudolph and Frosty
8 February 2003 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

Award-winning animation producers Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Jules Bass, fresh from the success of the now-classic TV special RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER, aimed extremely high for this ambitious live-action/animated musical fantasy. The story is a fictionalized account of the young life of Hans Christian Andersen, with Paul O'Keefe (Patty Lane's brother on the PATTY DUKE SHOW) as "Chris" and Jack Gilford (COCOON) as his Papa. Chris enters the animated stories of THE LITTLE MERMAID, THE EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES and THUMBELINA. There are also references to other Andersen tales like "The Garden of Paradise," "Big Claus" and "The Ugly Duckling." Even though some of the production values betray the fact that Executive Producer Joe Levine expected Mary Poppins but only provided a Tom Terrific budget, there is a lot to like in THE DAYDREAMER: a star-studded, perfectly selected voice cast, impressive AniMagic stop-motion art direction, and a knockout score by Maury Laws (check out "The Cartoon Music Book" on amazon.com) and Jules Bass. Fans of the late AL HIRSCHFELD will want to see the caricatured opening sequence; fans of THE WIZARD OF OZ will enjoy Margaret Hamilton's feisty cameo, fans of THE LORD OF THE RINGS will have fun comparing this to the Rankin/Bass production of THE HOBBIT released 11 years later and how far they had come since. Even Oleg Cassini designed the Emperor's New Clothes! The live-action sequences were directed by Ezra Stone, who starred as Henry Aldrich on radio and by that time was directing THE MUNSTERS. If you visited the 1964 World's Fair, look for the Denmark pavilion doubling for the streets of Odense.


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