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 ...
Before the Little Mermaid, there was...
Did You Know?
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
Size doesn't matter...
Music by Maury Laws
& Jules Bass
Lyrics by Maury Laws
& Jules Bass
Performed by chorus
[The three minstrels sing the song to the Emperor when they are dressing him] See more