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The Daydreamer (1966)

Unrated | | Animation, Adventure, Drama | 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."

Director:

Jules Bass

Writers:

Hans Christian Andersen (stories), Romeo Muller (additional dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tallulah Bankhead ... The Sea Witch (voice)
Victor Borge ... Zenith (The Second Tailor) (voice)
Patty Duke ... Thumbelina (voice)
Jack Gilford ... Papa Andersen
Sessue Hayakawa ... The Mole (voice)
Margaret Hamilton ... Mrs. Klopplebobbler
Burl Ives ... Father Neptune (voice)
Boris Karloff ... The Rat (voice)
Hayley Mills ... The Little Mermaid (voice)
Paul O'Keefe ... Chris
Cyril Ritchard ... The Sandman (voice)
Terry-Thomas ... Brig. Zachary Zilch (The First Tailor) (voice)
Ed Wynn ... The Emperor (voice)
Ray Bolger ... The Pieman
Robert Harter 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El soñador aventurero See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Thumbelina: Size doesn't matter...
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Soundtracks

Who Can Tell
Music by Maury Laws
Lyrics by Jules Bass
Performed by Ray Bolger
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Big budget, feature-length Rankin/Bass effort falls flat
19 April 2001 | by thomandybishSee all my reviews

Those among us who treasure Rankin/Bass' annual holiday specials like RUDOLPH THE REINDEER and SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN undoubtably have wondered at some point or another why the production company never tried any full-length feature efforts. Well, they did, with mixed results. The most ambitious effort of several was THE DAYDREAMER, Rankin/Bass' live action/stop-motion animation effort that was apparently supposed to be their masterwork but didn't quite deliver. Sure, it's a children's musical fantasy, and it's cast with a plethora of then-famous movie and television stars, but the whole thing just doesn't work. The story concerns an adolescent Hans Christian Andersen, learning life's lessons as he dreams himself into adventures(the animated sequences)that turn out to be several of the beloved Danish storyteller's famous stories, like Thumbelina, the Little Murmaid, etc. What really puts one's teeth on edge are the live-action sequences with Paul O'Keefe and Jack Gilford as Chris and Papa Andersen. Despite their distracting Brooklyn accents, what really spoils the mood is the degree of disfunction in this family. Papa Andersen is indecisive and easily put-upon by his harpie customers. Chris is selfish and is easily swayed into abandoning many of his new-found friends. Several of the animated sequences are atmospherically dark with less than happy resolutions. The songs are not on par with most of the television offerings, and the film drags intolerably so that, by the time it does end, you really don't care if Chris does get back home. As an adult, I found it hard to sit through, and I can't see a child today(or in 1966)watching this with any degree of sustained interest, with the exception of Tim Burton. And surely, the decision to have Robert Goulet sing the film's theme song was the kiss of death . . .


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