Daydreamer

Daydreamer

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Director: Jules Bass

Cast: Jules Bass, Cyril Ritchard, Paul O'Keefe, Jack Gilford

     
 

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Four stories from Hans Christian Andersen appear in The Daydreamer, a feature using the Animagic process that uses live action combined with stop-motion puppets. Included are "The Little Mermaid," "The Emperor's New Clothes," "Thumbelina," and "The Garden Of Paradise." Songs and dances compliment an international all-star cast of voices used for the characters.See more details below

Overview

Four stories from Hans Christian Andersen appear in The Daydreamer, a feature using the Animagic process that uses live action combined with stop-motion puppets. Included are "The Little Mermaid," "The Emperor's New Clothes," "Thumbelina," and "The Garden Of Paradise." Songs and dances compliment an international all-star cast of voices used for the characters. Ray Bolger, Margaret Hamilton, Burl Ives, Hayley Mills, Boris Karloff, Cyril Ritchard, Patty Duke, Terry-Thomas and Victor Borge join Ed Wynn in his second-to-last screen role. This was the last film in which fans would hear the voices of Sessue Hayakawa and Tallulah Bankhead. Director Jules Bass provided the lyrics, with Murray Law providing the music for this entertaining children's fantasy.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Arthur Rankin and Jules Bass carved a successful niche for themselves and their "animagic" stop-motion animation process in such television outings as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Their attempts at crossing over to the big screen, however, were less successful. The Daydreamer is not bad, but it's also not up to the level of Disney or most other studios attempting animation at the same time. By modern day standards, the animation is technically primitive, but even in comparison with other Rankin-Bass productions Daydreamer's "animagic" is a little sloppy (especially in those segments involving water). The live-action wraparound sequences are awkward and rather trying, and the film as a whole tends to drag. On the positive side, the "Emperor's New Clothes" section is quite good, helped enormously by Ed Wynn's marvelous Emperor and the thieves of Terry-Thomas and Victor Borge. The vocal talent throughout is of very high quality; rarely has an animated film boasted such a stellar line-up. The whimsical score is also a plus, with special mention going to the title song and the delightful "Isn't it Cozy Here," and the creators deserve credit for keeping intact the rather melancholy, downbeat air associated with Hans Christian Andersen. If they had also captured his magic, this might have been a special picture. Rankin and Bass would attempt one more feature production, the strange Mad Monster Party, a year later.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/13/2008
UPC:
0013131573695
Original Release:
1966
Rating:
NR
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:39:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commemorative booklet; Theatrical trailer; Still gallery; Poster

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cyril Ritchard The Sandman
Paul O'Keefe Hans Christian Andersen
Jack Gilford Papa Andersen
Ray Bolger The Pieman
Margaret Hamilton Mrs. Klopplebobbler
Hayley Mills The Little Mermaid
Burl Ives Father Neptune
Terry-Thomas The First Tailor
Victor Borge The Second Tailor
Ed Wynn The Emperor
Boris Karloff The Rat
Sessue Hayakawa The Mole
Tallulah Bankhead The Sea Witch
Patty Duke Thumbelina
Larry Mann Voice Only
Billie Richards Voice Only
Robert Goulet The Singer

Technical Credits
Jules Bass Director,Songwriter
Daniel Cavelli Cinematographer
Maurice Gordon Art Director
Maury Laws Songwriter
Joseph E. Levine Executive Producer
Tad Mochinaga Cinematographer
Arthur Rankin Producer,Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Daydreamer
1. Main Titles [6:23]
2. Chris and Papa [6:54]
3. Perilous Voyage [4:55]
4. The Haunted Sea [4:18]
5. Sea Witch [4:12]
6. Joy and Tears [8:16]
7. The Search Begins [4:27]
8. A Fitting Song [5:43]
9. His Majesty Commands [4:36]
10. Fruit of the Loom [5:02]
11. Out of the Frying Pan [6:23]
12. Like Son, Like Father [4:48]
13. Sailing Again [4:35]
14. The Rat [3:53]
15. Isn't it Cozy Here? [4:36]
16. Two Gardens of Paradise [4:38]
17. One Last Chance [5:51]
18. A High Price [5:52]
19. And They Lived... [3:03]

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