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E.T.A. Hoffmann (short story)
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A short animated horror film of foreboding nature. The Sandman proves that puppets can set the scene, however surreal. See more (16 total) »

Directed by
Paul Berry 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
E.T.A. Hoffmann  short story

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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A short animated horror film of foreboding nature. The Sandman proves that puppets can set the scene, however surreal., 12 May 2006
Author: termination_bliss from United Kingdom

For those who love the dark side of puppets, this is a must-see. One more ordinary night, a young boy is sent to bed with no more than a small candle to warn away the shadows that dance and play along the high walls. Will one odd-looking, despotic figure be able to turn this eerie night into something worse? While the film looks, at first glance, like something one would show to a child, it is far more. This is an ominous, foreboding piece, made effective with the fluent movement of the marionettes, well constructed scenery, expressive lighting, and perfectly suited music. Though this film is short, it leaves lasting prints on the mind through a fascinating, surrealistic twist on an old fairy tale.

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