On a dark night, as the clock strikes eight, a mother sends her child upstairs to bed with only a candle for light. The child is wary, then frightened. The child hears something climbing ... See full summary »
THE SANDMAN tells the story of Nathan, a young student in the city who struggles to forget his childhood trauma at the hands of the serial killer dubbed "The Sandman." Nathan killed The ... See full summary »
In the Russian countryside, a family lives next to a railroad track. A boy remembers when he and his parents had a cow, living off its milk and using it as a beast of burden. The cow has a ... See full summary »
On a dark night, as the clock strikes eight, a mother sends her child upstairs to bed with only a candle for light. The child is wary, then frightened. The child hears something climbing the stairs. We see a birdlike man, his head like a crescent moon, stealthily then noisily approach the child's room. Mother appears to kiss the child good night. Has the sandman been a figment of the child's imagination? Then, he appears in the child's room and, as the child sleeps, leans over and takes something, leaps to the window, throws open the sash, and flies to a nest where two hungry fledglings cry. What has the sandman brought them? Written by
The source material comes from the short horror story "Der Sandmann", written by E. T. A. Hoffmann (best known for writing the novella "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King", on which the famous Tchaikovsky ballet is based.) In it the protagonist has an aside conversation with an old woman, who relates details about the "real" Sandman's nature and habits that diverge sharply (and ghoulishly) from the character as he is traditionally depicted in European folklore. Her description of the Sandman appears as the antagonist in this animated short. See more »
Late one night, a child is sent to bed by his mother and is visited by a strange, feathery, hook-nosed man who creeps into his darkened bedroom at night. To say anything more would be to spoil the nasty sting in this short's tail as The Sandman (1992) is a deliciously dark and amusing slice of animated horror.
That the style and execution of the piece resembles The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) is no accident as the director and animator Paul Berry worked on both this film and the later Tim Burton production James and the Giant Peach (1995). His death at the tragically young age of forty has robbed us of the chance of seeing his work as a fully mature artist. On the strength of this film alone I'm sure it would have been very special indeed.
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