Nilus the Sandman

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Nilus the Sandman
Genre Fantasy
Children
Created by Michael Fawkes
Written by Michael Mercer
Directed by Chris Delaney
Starring Rhys Huber
Britt Irvin
Voices of Long John Baldry
Ian James Corlett
Cathy Weseluck
Rhys Huber
Britt Irvin
Theme music composer Rick Fox
Composer(s) Rick Fox
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26
Production
Executive producer(s) Chris Delaney
Arnie Zipursky
Producer(s) Chris Delaney
Arnie Zipursky
Julie Stall
Running time 25 minutes
Production company(s) Cambium Film & Video Productions
Delaney & Friends Cartoon Productions
Distributor The Family Channel
Western International Communications
Broadcast
Original channel The Family Channel
Original run October 5, 1996 (1996-10-05) – November 23, 1998 (1998-11-23)
Chronology
Preceded by Nilus the Sandman: The First Day (1995)

Nilus the Sandman is a Canadian part-animated and part-live-action television series that originally aired on The Family Channel from October 5, 1996[1][2] to November 23, 1998.[3] The series was preceded by three Nilus the Sandman television specials broadcast between 1991 and 1995 on CTV.[4][5][6] The series was produced by Cambium Film & Video Productions and Delaney & Friends Cartoon Productions, and distributed by The Family Channel and Western International Communications (WIC).

The show features the Sandman, named Nilus (voiced by Long John Baldry), who helps children and teenagers through their dreams while they are asleep, with the dream stories being animated. The scenes at the beginning and the end of each episode are shot in live action in Vancouver, British Columbia. The show has a total of 26 episodes which aired over two seasons.[3]

Synopsis[edit]

Nilus the Sandman helps children with day to day difficulties through helping them achieve happier dreams. While the children sleep he sneaks in and takes sand out of his pocket and flicks it into the air, which leads the children into their animated dream. The children are first surprised with their new animated avatar-self and start a journey discovering Nilus's friendly acquaintances – a talking clam and a camel – who help him during his mission.

Cast and characters[edit]

Precursor television specials[edit]

Prior to the series' premiere, three Nilus the Sandman television specials were broadcast on CTV:

  • Nilus the Sandman: The Boy Who Dreamed Christmas is a Christmas special which premiered on December 1, 1991.[7][8][9]
  • Nilus the Sandman: Monsters in the Closet is a Halloween special which premiered on October 27, 1994.[5]
  • Nilus the Sandman: The First Day is a back-to-school special which premiered on September 3, 1995.[6]

Episodes[edit]

The series aired a total of 26 episodes over two seasons between 1996 and 1998.[3]

Season 1 (1996–1997)[edit]

No. # Title Original air date
1 1 "Carrotio" October 5, 1996 (1996-10-05)
Nilus and a boy named Gus who hates vegetables meet an opera-singing carrot named Carrotio.
2 2 "Rock-a-Bye Baby" October 5, 1996 (1996-10-05)
A boy named Todd finds it difficult to adjust to the fact that he has a new baby sister.
3 3 "Pirates of Pi" October 5, 1996 (1996-10-05)
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4 4 "The Bully" November 1, 1996 (1996-11-01)
A boy named Kevin Taylor is bullied at school and likes to read comic books about superheroes. He wishes that he was a superhero so that he would no longer be bullied and, while dreaming, he is given a chance to become one, thanks to Nilus and his friend Atlas.
5 5 "King of the Universe" November 8, 1996 (1996-11-08)
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6 6 "Cupid's Bow" November 15, 1996 (1996-11-15)
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7 7 "Chaos Rules" November 22, 1996 (1996-11-22)
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8 8 "The Day of Living Dangerously" November 29, 1996 (1996-11-29)
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9 9 "Game Over" December 6, 1996 (1996-12-06)
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10 10 "About Face" December 13, 1996 (1996-12-13)
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11 11 "The Music Lesson" January 24, 1997 (1997-01-24)
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12 12 "Next Stop" February 2, 1997 (1997-02-02)
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13 13 "Not a Happy Camper" February 7, 1997 (1997-02-07)
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Season 2 (1998)[edit]

No. # Title Original air date
14 1 "If Dreams Die" September 6, 1998 (1998-09-06)
Nilus has to save Dreamland after Frantic steals Nilus's Dream Dust Hourglass. Meanwhile, Nilus accompanies a girl named Bonnie who learns about how misunderstandings can cause conflict.
15 2 "Shop Til You Drop" September 7, 1998 (1998-09-07)
Nilus accompanies a girl named Amy who loves to shop and who dreams that she is going on a shopping spree, but her shopping eventually goes too far.
16 3 "Otherwise" September 14, 1998 (1998-09-14)
Nilus accompanies a boy named David who frequently breaks promises and brags about himself. David's claims about himself are tested when he is forced to battle a monster.
17 4 "Speak Up" September 21, 1998 (1998-09-21)
Nilus accompanies a girl named Jennie who cares deeply about the environment, but is too shy to speak out about it.
18 5 "Loose Change" September 28, 1998 (1998-09-28)
Nilus accompanies a boy named Norm who finds it difficult to keep money and frequently borrows money from his friends. In his dream, Norm learns about the negative effects of greed on friendship.
19 6 "The Joker" October 5, 1998 (1998-10-05)
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20 7 "Weedworld" October 12, 1998 (1998-10-12)
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21 8 "The Dream Doors" October 19, 1998 (1998-10-19)
Nilus accompanies a girl named Bonnie who lacks confidence in herself.
22 9 "Someone Just Like Me" October 26, 1998 (1998-10-26)
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23 10 "House of Horrors" November 2, 1998 (1998-11-02)
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24 11 "Achy Breaky Bod" November 9, 1998 (1998-11-09)
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25 12 "The Wizard Is Ill" November 16, 1998 (1998-11-16)
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26 13 "Guilty" November 23, 1998 (1998-11-23)
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International broadcast[edit]

In the United Kingdom, the show featured on BBC One.

In Israel, the show featured on "הטלויזיה החינוכית" (The educational television) under the name "נילוס איש החלומות" (Nilus the man of dreams).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TV Book: Sept. 29 to Oct. 5, 1996". Brandon Sun (Brandon, Manitoba). September 28, 1996. p. 52. Retrieved January 29, 2015 – via NewspaperArchive.com. (subscription required (help)). Nilus the Sandman (Series Premiere) Eleven-year-old Gus dreams he and Nilus the Sandman meet Corrotio, an opera-singing carrot. 
  2. ^ "Nilus the Sandman (TV Series 1996– )". IMDb. Retrieved January 29, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c "Nilus the Sandman (TV Series 1996– ) Episodes cast". IMDb. Retrieved January 29, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Nilus the Sandman: The Boy Who Dreamed Christmas (TV Movie 1991)". IMDb. Retrieved January 29, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Nilus the Sandman: Monsters in the Closet (TV Movie 1994)". IMDb. Retrieved January 29, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Nilus the Sandman: The First Day (TV Movie 1995)". IMDb. Retrieved January 29, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Relax". Winnipeg Free Press (Winnipeg, Manitoba). December 1, 1991. p. A8. Retrieved January 29, 2015 – via NewspaperArchive.com. (subscription required (help)). 
  8. ^ "TV Scene". The Lethbridge Herald (Lethbridge, Alberta). November 29, 1991. p. 5. Retrieved January 29, 2015 – via NewspaperArchive.com. (subscription required (help)). 
  9. ^ "TV Listings, Nov. 28 to Dec. 4". The Carillon (Steinbach, Manitoba). November 27, 1991. p. 10B. Retrieved January 29, 2015 – via NewspaperArchive.com. (subscription required (help)). 

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