Joseph the Dreamer (Hebrew: בעל החלומות, translit. Ba'al Hahalomot) is a 1961 stop-motion animated feature film, the first directed by Yoram Gross. The first animated film ever made in Israel, it tells the story of Joseph from the Bible.
The movie was made with home-made puppets from a script by Gross' brother. Part of the budget came from the Israel Film Commission. Gross later recalled:
We had a crew of five people. We receive permission from the municipality to use a storage room as a studio, but in those days the studio lights were so hot that we couldn't film during the day. It was so hot we could only shoot at night, with open windows and doors.
The movie screed at the Cannes Film Festival.
According to Yoram Gross, the film was widely seen but because the majority of the audience were schoolchildren, who only paid a quarter of the normal children's ticket price, he could not recover his exhibition costs.
It was re-released in Australia in 2002 dubbed into English. The Hebrew title was Ba'al Hahalomot.