The Daydreamer (film)
Cover of the 2003 DVD release.
|Directed by||Jules Bass|
|Produced by||Joseph E. Levine
Arthur Rankin, Jr.
|Written by||Romeo Muller
Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Hans Christian Andersen (stories)
|Music by||Maury Laws|
|Distributed by||Embassy Pictures (1966, original)|
|Release date(s)||June 1966 (USA)|
|Running time||101 min.|
The Daydreamer is a 1966 Rankin/Bass stop-motion puppet animation and live-action musical fantasy film. Directed by Jules Bass, it was written by Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Romeo Muller, based on the stories of Hans Christian Andersen. It features songs by Jules Bass and Maury Laws.
A teenaged Hans Christian Andersen daydreams instead of studying for school. He runs away from home. Whenever he falls asleep, he dreams that he is in strange adventures with tailors, a tiny girl no bigger than a thumb, a mermaid, a devil boy in Eden, and others. In reality, as well as in his dreams, Hans is searching for the Garden of Paradise, which in reality, does not find. The dream sequences are puppet animation, complete with a puppet version of himself. These dreams become the basis for his fairy tale fictions, which he writes as an adult: The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina, The Ugly Duckling, The Emperor's New Clothes and The Garden of Paradise.
- "Daydreamer" - Robert Goulet
- "Overture" - Maury Laws
- "Wishes and Teardrops" - The Little Mermaid
- "Simply Wonderful" - The Emperor and His Three Minstrels
- "Who Can Tell" - The Pieman of Odense and Big Claus
- "Luck to Sell" - Chris
- "Happy Guy" - Thumbelina, Chris, & Chorus
- "Isn't It Cozy?" - Three Bats and the Mole
- "Luck to Sell"- Chris
- "Finale (The Daydreamer)" - Chorus
- Paul O'Keefe as 'Chris' (Hans Christian Andersen)
- Jack Gilford as Papa Andersen
- Margaret Hamilton as Mrs. Klopplebobbler
- Sessue Hayakawa as The Mole
- Patty Duke as Thumbelina
- Boris Karloff as The Rat
- Hayley Mills as The Little Mermaid
- Burl Ives as Father Neptune
- Tallulah Bankhead as The Sea Witch
- Victor Borge as The Second Tailor
- Ed Wynn as The Emperor
- Ray Bolger as The Pieman
- Cyril Ritchard as The Sandman
- Terry-Thomas as The First Tailor
- Robert Harter as Big Claus the game warden
A soundtrack album was issued by Columbia Records featuring all of the songs and the partial score from the film. In 2006, the album was reissued on CD by Percepto Records in a limited edition release that included four bonus tracks.
The Daydreamer has been released on DVD twice; in 2003 by Anchor Bay, and recently by Lionsgate in 2012 via Amazon.com as a MOD (Manufacture On Demand) disc.
- The Daydreamer at the Internet Movie Database
- The Daydreamer at AllMovie
- the daydreamer at Rotten Tomatoes