The Sandman (1991 film)
|Producer||Berry, Batty, MacKinnon Productions|
Cosgrove Hall Productions
|Distributor||Channel 4 Television Corporation (1991) (UK) (TV)|
|Released||May 1, 1991|
|Runtime||9 minutes, 13 seconds |
The Sandman is a 1991 stop-motion animation film, animated and directed by Paul Berry (1961–2001) and nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film in 1993. The storyline is inspired by the E.T.A. Hoffmann's version of the European legend of The Sandman.
Late on a moonlit evening, a young boy is sent up to bed by his mother. He walks through the darkened hallway of his house and ascends the long, narrow flights of stairs alone, becoming increasingly paranoid that something is following him, until he reaches the safety of his bedroom. As he's drifting off to sleep, he sees a face appear in the crescent Moon outside his window.
At the bottom of the stairs, a monstrous, bird-like man appears. It begins to clamber upstairs, slamming doors and creaking floorboards all the way to let the boy know of its impending presence. Frightened, the boy accidentally knocks over his oil lamp—alerting the monster to exactly what room he's in. The boy hides under the covers, as a figure opens the door and approaches his bed. It's revealed to be his mother, who retrieves the broken lamp and tucks him in for the night. As he falls asleep, feeling safe once more, the monster appears in his room and begins to make noise, trying to rouse him. When the boy finally opens his eyes, the monster blows sand in them and snatches something from him before departing through the bedroom window.
The monster returns to its nest on the Moon, where its hungry children are waiting. it reveals the boy's eyes, which it plucked out, and feeds to them to its young. The boy, now blind, walks helplessly among a crowd of children who've been victimized.