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The Daydreamer
The Daydreamer
Actors: Patty Duke, Tallulah Bankhead, Ray Bolger, Victor Borge, Jack Gilford
Director: Jules Bass
Genres: Classics, Kids & Family
NR     2008     1hr 39min

Join young Hans Christian Andersen as he daydreams his way to adventure through his most famous fairytales. In The Little Mermaid, everyone s favorite girl of the sea (Hayley Mills) must triumph over the evil Sea Witch (Ta...  more »


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Actors: Patty Duke, Tallulah Bankhead, Ray Bolger, Victor Borge, Jack Gilford
Director: Jules Bass
Genres: Classics, Kids & Family
Sub-Genres: Classics, Classics
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 05/13/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/1966
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1966
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 39min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 7
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

A little-known gem from the makers of Rudolph and Frosty!
Gregory Ehrbar | Orlando, FL | 01/27/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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 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."
Fascinating! Not your typical animated kiddie fare
Joseph Brando | NJ, USA | 12/05/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This film was produced by the wonderful Rankin/Bass team - best known for their holiday masterpieces "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", "Frosty the Snowman" and "Mad Monster Party", just to name a few. The wraparound story (which is live-action) deals with a young Hans Christian Anderson struggling to find The Garden of Paradise. On his journey, we are treated to four haunting stories, each filmed in Rankin/Bass's trademark stop-motion "Animagic". The stories are unusual in that they all end on a low note rather than a typical "Disney happy ending" - keeping true to Anderson's original tales. Included here are "The Little Mermaid", "The Emperor's New Clothes", "Thumbelina" and "The Garden of Paradise". Once again Arthur Rankin and Jules Bass have created a fantasyland of wonder and imagination filled to the brim with beautiful tunes."
Addition to my previous review
Richard J. Goldschmidt | Oak Lawn, IL USA | 02/15/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"With the DVD now in hand....Wanted to add that I was pleasantly surprised by the addition of 3 Black and White 1966 TV SPOTS for the film! These are really something! One is 60 seconds and the other two are 30 second commercials. The DVD was beautifully executed by ANCHOR hat is off to them! This is definitely RANKIN/BASS Eye candy! MOTHER GOOSE looks sharp too...THE WACKY WORLD OF MOTHER GOOSE DVD that is."
Ah, to daydream...
Nirmal Dil Manvinder | With mere bahut mithe pyaar, Bilungra Mukhra Singh | 02/10/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is another wonderful childhood movie, full of the joys and woes that come to a young boy who dares to daydream, perhaps a little to obsession. He gets into all sorts of adventures and trouble. What also trully shines is Ray Bolger as the pieman, who dances around like a playful kitten, darting about the rest of the cast with his armful of pies, and his humerous gestures. You also get to see a little Rankin/Bass version of Ray, which is equally as charming. Great movie, great to watch when you're bored, or with he family, all year round."