The Daydreamer (film)

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This article is about the 1966 Rankin/Bass film. For the 1970 French comedy, see Le Distrait.
The Daydreamer
The Daydreamer DVD cover.jpg
Cover of the 2003 DVD release.
Directed by Jules Bass
Produced by Joseph E. Levine
Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Larry Roemer
Written by Romeo Muller
Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Hans Christian Andersen (stories)
Starring Paul O'Keefe
Jack Gilford
Ray Bolger
Margaret Hamilton
Burl Ives
Hayley Mills
Music by Maury Laws
Cinematography Daniel Cavelli
Tadahito Mochinaga
Distributed by Embassy Pictures (1966, original)
Release date(s) June 1966 (USA)
Running time 101 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2 million[1]

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.

Musical Numbers[edit]

  1. "Daydreamer" - Robert Goulet
  2. "Overture" - Maury Laws
  3. "Wishes and Teardrops" - The Little Mermaid
  4. "Simply Wonderful" - The Emperor and His Three Minstrels
  5. "Who Can Tell" - The Pieman of Odense and Big Claus
  6. "Luck to Sell" - Chris
  7. "Happy Guy" - Thumbelina, Chris, & Chorus
  8. "Isn't It Cozy?" - Three Bats and the Mole
  9. "Luck to Sell"- Chris
  10. "Finale (The Daydreamer)" - Chorus



A soundtrack album was issued by Columbia Records[2] 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.[3]


The Daydreamer has been released on DVD twice; in 2003 by Anchor Bay, and recently by Lionsgate in 2012 via as a MOD (Manufacture On Demand) disc.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Stephen Jacobs, Boris Karloff: More Than a Monster, Tomohawk Press 2011 p 468
  2. ^ "The Daydreamer Soundtrack Castalbumcollector". Retrieved 2009-12-02. 
  3. ^ "Percepto Records The Daydreamer". Retrieved 2009-12-02. 

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