For the song often called "Day-O", see Banana Boat Song.
Written byBruce Franklin Singer
Directed byMichael Schultz
StarringDelta Burke
Elijah Wood
Carlin Glynn
Charles Shaughnessy
David Packer
Ashley Peldon
Fred Dalton Thompson
Music byLee Holdridge
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producerSteve White
ProducersBarbara Bernardi
Ira Shuman
Production locationsWilmington, North Carolina
Carolina Beach, North Carolina
Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina
CinematographyIsidore Mankofsky
EditorChristopher Holmes
Running time120 minutes
Production companiesWalt Disney Television
Steve White Productions
DistributorDisney–ABC Domestic Television
Original networkNBC
Picture formatColor
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseMay 3, 1992 (1992-05-03)

Day-O is a 1992 American made-for-television fantasy-comedy film about an imaginary childhood friend, "Dayo", played by Elijah Wood, of a woman played by Delta Burke.[1] The film aired on NBC as a presentation of Disney Night at the Movies on May 3, 1992.


The return of an imaginary childhood friend, Dayo, helps a woman named Grace Connors through various crises, Grace struggles against her timidity to save her grandfather's restaurant. The arrival of her imaginary childhood friend spurs her on to success.



Carole Kucharewicz of Variety magazine wrote: "Acharming, well-done telepic revolving around a frazzled Delta Burke, "Dayo" is full of Disney "magic" and above-average performances. Telefilm is enjoyable for adults who want some escape from "60 Minutes," but it's doubtful if children will glean much from the well-written script."[2]


  1. ^ Sherman, Fraser A. (2000). Cyborgs, Santa Claus and Satan: Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films Made for Television. McFarland & Company. p. 47. ISBN 9780786443413.
  2. ^ "Disney Sunday Night at the Movies Dayo". May 1992.