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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 (based on stories by), Hans Christian Andersen (based on characters by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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

It's 1801 in Odense, Denmark. Teenage Chris lives with his father, Mr. Andersen, the town's poor cobbler. In addition to getting little respect from his customers, Papa Andersen wants Chris to gain knowledge to grow up to be more than just a poor, abused cobbler, telling him in the process that all knowledge can be found in the Garden of Paradise. With the Sandman as his guide, Chris sets off to find the Garden of Paradise. Often daydreaming along the way, Chris gets into one adventure and misadventure after another, most often only in his daydreams, encountering and befriending along the way a Little Mermaid who lives under the sea, an Emperor, unhappy with what he has, commissioning a new set of clothes from a pair of Parisian tailors who aren't quite what they seem, a duckling who has lost his way from the rest of his family, and Thumbelina, a little girl no bigger than his thumb. Chris' quest to get to the Garden of Paradise is unrelenting as he believes the world will be his ... Written by Huggo

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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

With the second set of opening cast credits shown during the live action sequence, it is stated the actors' name are listed in alphabetical order. However, Sessue Hayakawa is placed before Margaret Hamilton. See more »

Quotes

Thumbelina: Size doesn't matter...
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Soundtracks

Luck to Sell
(uncredited)
Music by Maury Laws & Jules Bass
Lyrics by Maury Laws & Jules Bass
Performed by Paul O'Keefe
[Chris sings the song after Claus has captured him]
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A Little-Known Gem from the Producers of Rudolph and Frosty
8 February 2003 | by wonderproductionsSee 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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