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The Daydreamer


Action / Adventure / Animation / Drama / Family / Fantasy / Musical

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Hayley Mills Photo
Hayley Mills as The Little Mermaid
Jack Gilford Photo
Jack Gilford as Papa Andersen
Patty Duke Photo
Patty Duke as Thumbelina
Margaret Hamilton Photo
Margaret Hamilton as Mrs. Klopplebobbler
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906.32 MB
English 2.0
24 fps
1 hr 38 min
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1.64 GB
English 2.0
24 fps
1 hr 38 min
P/S 2 / 2

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by MartinHafer7 / 10

A cute but somewhat dated Rankin-Bass film for kids.

"The Daydreamer" is a full-length film by Rankin-Bass, the same folks who brought us Christmas classics such as "Santa Claus in Coming to Town" and "Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer". The pair were very prolific and made a bunch more...though today most, aside from the Christmas specials, has been forgotten.

The story seems to be set in some difficult to determine time in Europe long ago. The cobbler's son, Chris, is a dreamer who has many adventures after he meets the Sandman. With the Sandman's urging, he goes off on some dreamy adventures...all of which are based on the stories of Hans Christian Andersen. During the course of the film, Chris dreams of The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina, The Emperor's New Clothes and the Garden of Paradise (which is essentially a retelling of the Garden of Eden from GENESIS). And, in most of them, Chris is kind of a selfish jerk!

So is it any good? Well, the animation is exactly what you'd expect from Rankin-Bass...very cute and a bit old fashioned. There's also the obligatory singing...most of which seemed like padding, though I liked "Does Anyone Have Some Luck to Sell?". Overall, a good film with tons of interesting voice actors but also one that I am afraid today's kids might not enjoy as much as we did long ago. Worth seeing...and on YouTube.

Reviewed by michaelRokeefe4 / 10

Fantasy fare for the little ones.

Just perfect for rugrats and pre-schoolers. Several Hans Christian Anderson tales told by way of live action and stop motion puppetry. A diverse cast donated time and talent to this somewhat dated film. The cast features Ed Wynn, Ray Bolger, Patty Duke, Boris Karloff, Burl Ives, Margaret Hamilton, Tallulah Bankhead and Paul O'Keefe.

Reviewed by moonspinner554 / 10

The Rankin/Bass team working with the best of intentions...

Despite a terrific "Emperor's New Clothes" episode, I'm hard-pressed to recall anything in "The Daydreamer" which really works, and that's a shame because the team of Arthur Rankin and Jules Bass are obviously working with love and sincerity. Plot concerns a young Hans Christian Andersen who runs away from home and meets up with all the fairy tale characters he'll someday write about. Live-action prologue and epilogue are cringingly awkward, animated middle not nearly as bad but certainly not magical. Top vocal talents abound, however they're weakly used (Hayley Mills voices the Little Mermaid, yet when it's Hayley's turn to sing, we are instead treated to some kiddie variation on Marni Nixon). "New Clothes" segment is funny and better paced than the rest of the film, and is certainly helped by Ed Wynn as the delightfully egomaniacal Emperor. ** from ****

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