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Upstairs, in the moonlit and empty room, a little boy scared of the dancing shadows, encounters a figment of his vivid imagination: the horrible Sandman.

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Paul Berry

Writer:

E.T.A. Hoffmann (short story)
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Upstairs, in the moonlit and empty room, a little boy is sent by his mother to bed with an old lamp in his hand and a pat on his shoulder. Scared of the dancing shadows in the empty room's corners, the boy tries to find refuge under the covers, nevertheless, as the eerie view of the crescent moon outside his window creeps inside, his mind begins to play awful tricks on him. Could the horrible Sandman have entered the boy's room, and if he has, what does the elusive intruder want? Written by Nick Riganas

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Release Date:

2 January 2001 (South Korea) See more »

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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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Referenced in Jeepers Creepers (2001) See more »

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good animation but freaky
29 September 2005 | by gina_roxybabeSee all my reviews

at my school we were doing studies on the sandman and i wondered what it is because i never heard of it before. My teachers said it was an animation and i thought it was going to be a sweet, innocent film, BUT...... until i watched it i was shocked i thought to myself animations aren't meant to be like this! what freaked me out was the Gothic presentation the way he moved, the way the music was played in it all squeaky and high pitched like a crow squawking. but overall i think the way they made it was rather interesting the shape of the sandman's head like a moon, the way he moved everything! all i say is u should see it but if you get nightmares easily don't bother going and seeing it!


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