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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...


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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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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Runtime:

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

Simply Wonderful
(uncredited)
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]
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Delightfully charming!
28 February 2002 | by ghosthost7See all my reviews

Delightful musical feature with thought-provoking lessons for both children and adults alike. A magical opening with Ritchard's "Sandman" sets the tone for an equally magical adventure through the mind of Hans Christhian Anderson. A memorable all-star cast accompanied by a whimsical score (who could resist "Isn't It Cozy Here!!"??). Not as good as Rankin/Bass' classic Christmas specials, but a winner, nonetheless.


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