The Daydreamer (film)

This article is about the 1966 Rankin/Bass film. For the 1970 French comedy, see Le Distrait.
The Daydreamer

Cover of the 2003 DVD release.
Directed by Jules Bass
Kizo Nagashima
Produced by Joseph E. Levine
Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Larry Roemer
Screenplay by Romeo Muller
Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Based on Hans Christian Andersen
Starring Tallulah Bankhead
Victor Borge
Patty Duke
Jack Gilford
Margaret Hamilton
Sessue Hayakawa
Burl Ives
Boris Karloff
Hayley Mills
Paul O'Keefe
Cyril Ritchard
Ed Wynn
Ray Bolger
Robert Harter
Music by Maury Laws
Cinematography Daniel Cavelli
(live action sequences)
Tadahito Mochinaga
(Animagic sequences)
Distributed by Embassy Pictures
Release dates
  • June 1, 1966 (1966-06-01)
Running time
101 minutes
Country United States
(live action sequences)
(Animagic sequences)
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. The film's opening features the cast in puppet and live form plus caricatures of the cast by Al Hirschfeld.


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

  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
  6. "Luck to Sell" - Chris
  7. "Happy Guy" - Thumbelina, Chris and Chorus
  8. "Isn't It Cozy?" - Three Bats and the Mole
  9. "Luck to Sell"- Chris
  10. "Finale (The Daydreamer)" - Chorus


Additional voices



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]

Tales referenced


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


  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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