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The Daydreamer

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
Anchor Bay Entertainment
Release date(s) United States June 1966
Running time 101 min.
Country US
Language English

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.



Teen-aged 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. 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.

Songs: Does Anyone Have Some Luck To Sell? and Who Can Tell A Wise Man from a Fool?



A soundtrack album was issued by Columbia Records[1] 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.[2]

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