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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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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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Before the Little Mermaid, there was...


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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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Who Can Tell
Music by Maury Laws
Lyrics by Jules Bass
Performed by Ray Bolger
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Frustratingly Disappointing
26 January 2007 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

I'd wanted to see this rather badly for years - maybe that was the reason, when I finally got my hands on the DVD, that it was a let-down. Too-high expectations. It's nice to see the Rankin/Bass team NOT cashing in on a holiday, of course. We're treated to an all-to-brief bit of Jack Gilford's "imitation of a pot of pea soup coming to a boil" that was one of his signature pieces, early in his career. The vocal talents are, for the most part, a delight: Tallulah Bankhead as the Sea Witch has a field day with the little she has to work with; Ed Wynn, as the unclothed Emperor, is very funny, though at times he sounds like he's reading from the script, while Terry-Thomas is perfect as the first tailor; Victor Borge, though, seems a bit subdued as his partner; Boris Karloff, perfect as the Rat, makes full use of his mellifluous voice and long experience in radio and voice-over work.

But those are the real hi-lights. The rest sort of fade out of memory. There are some extremely effective sequences - the Little Mermaid's journey to the lair of the Sea Witch, for example, would have had me under my seat, if I'd seen it in the theater as a child - but many of the other voice actors (well, all of them really) seem wasted in their roles. The performances are fine, but it's like being at a buffet where you only get a small taste of the delicacies - you want more.

I think that's part of the problem here. Another is the number of Anderson stories drawn upon - none of them has the time to build any depth, and none of them provides a real sense of resolution. Added to that is the parade of stars. Ray Bolger as the Pieman - the point of this was... what? He doesn't get to do much of what made him a great performer.

All of which is to say that THE DAYDREAMER isn't a bad little film - but it isn't a very good little film either.


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