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On a dark night, as the clock strikes eight, a mother sends her child upstairs to bed with only a candle for light... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Paul Berry 
Produced by
Colin Batty .... producer
Paul Berry .... producer
Ian Mackinnon .... producer
Original Music by
Colin Towns 
Cinematography by
Joe Dembinski 
Film Editing by
Therese Lynch 
Art Department
Colin Batty .... puppets and sets
Ian Mackinnon .... puppets and sets
Richard Sykes .... puppets and sets
Sound Department
John Wood .... dubbing mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Kidd .... camera operator: rostrum camera
Animation Department
Paul Berry .... animator

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10 min

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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 »
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Wonderful Animated Short, 29 April 2007
Author: liveronastick from United Kingdom

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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