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Experience one of Rankin Bass' best-loved theatrical movies, filmed in an enchanting combination of live-action and stop-motion animation, as young Hans Christian Andersen daydreams his way to adventure through his most famous fairy tales. In 'The Little Mermaid' everyone's favorite girl of the sea (Hayley Mills) must triumph over the evil Sea Witch (Tallulah Bankhead) with a little help from Father Neptune (Burl Ives). In 'The Emperor's New Clothes' a pair of villainous tailors (Victor Borge and Terry-Thomas) create a surprising new outfit for a gullible king (Ed Wynn). The fun continues with Patty Duke as Thumbelina, Ray Bolger as The Pieman, Boris Karloff as a sinister rat, Margaret Hamilton as the mean Mrs. Klopplebobbler, and much more in this timeless kids' classic.
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Not only does the incurably sleepy Hans "Chris" Andersen dream in full color, this future storyteller also dreams in "Animagic." From the award-winning team that delights youngsters annually with their 1964 classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass), The Daydreamer blends animated, roly-headed puppets with live-action talent including Jack Gilford (Cocoon) and Margaret Hamilton (The Wizard of Oz). A hunger for knowledge sends young Chris Andersen searching for the elusive Garden of Paradise. But the Sandman (a wavy shadow, voiced by Cyril Ritchard) casts Chris into a magical puppet world where he breaks a little mermaid's heart, humiliates an emperor, and causes big trouble for tiny Thumbelina. Screen favorites like Hayley Mills, Tallulah Bankhead, Burl Ives, and Boris Karloff lend their voices to the fantasy. Best suited for sentimental Rudolph fans and kids who adore lengthy song-and-dance classics like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, this visual candy store runs 99 minutes. (Ages 6 and older) --Liane Thomas
My fault actually. I thought I was ordering the soundtrack, which has some really beautiful songs. But since I ended up getting the movie instead, I watched it, and it was pretty... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bev Kaufman
grew up with these movies and have been looking for more Rankin & Bass to pass down to the next generation
had this on VHS it is so nice to finally have it on DVDPublished 5 months ago by Charles Finn-neuendorf
A hard to find classic but a must have for those who love claymation animation I saw this and remember how much I wanted to find this on dvd so this was a great find at a great... Read morePublished 6 months ago by irma rodriguez
The cover is done brightly colored, but the movie was in black and white. This was very disappointing. The actual movie would be fabulous but it is very deceiving with the cover.Published 7 months ago by Mary J. Servia
When I was a little girl, my grandfather and I would watch this. Thank You so much for having this movie. Very nostalgicPublished 12 months ago by Cynthia L Taylor
I give 5 stars as long as the item is in great condition or the condition expexcted anyway and as long as it shows up like it should. I'd buy again.Published 16 months ago by Jacob Le Doux
The Daydreamer is a film for anyone who enjoys the tales of Hans Christian Andersen. Patty Duke is fun as Thumbelina, and gets nice support from Paul O"Keefe who played her brother... Read morePublished on August 27, 2013 by K. Nolting