No, You’re Not Dreaming: Two New Sandman Surprises

If The Sandman has taught you something, it needs to be that generally fairly exceptional issues can occur whilst you sleep.

Just in case you haven’t but heard the information, The Sandman dropped a shock bonus episode final evening at midnight. And not simply any episode. This two-part standalone chapter kicks off by adapting one of the crucial common Sandman tales to emerge out of the unique comedian sequence: “A Dream of a Thousand Cats.” This story, instructed fully from a cats-eye viewpoint, means that as we speak’s established order of people maintaining cats for pets might not have all the time been the case. We don’t wish to say an excessive amount of extra in case you haven’t but seen or learn it, however know that “A Dream of a Thousand Cats” represents Neil Gaiman at a few of his most playful and imaginative. (Though as some individuals on social media have already identified, you may not wish to watch the episode together with your cats…simply in case it offers them any concepts.)

Netflix’s “A Dream of a Thousand Cats” is delivered to life by means of some exceptional animation that makes use of actual oil work on canvas. According to director and manufacturing designer Hisko Hulsing, the work have been mixed with classically drawn 2D animation that was based mostly on real looking 3D animation of the cats leading to a real feast for the eyes.

“A Dream of a Thousand Cats” additionally options some noteworthy actors voicing the cats and different creatures you meet all through the episode (together with a handful of people). Sandra Oh takes on the important thing function of “The Prophet,” whereas Rosie Day voices the central “Tabby Kitten,” James McAvoy embodies the “Golden-Haired Man,” David Tennant and Georgia Tennant voice Don and Laura Lynn, Michael Sheen is Paul, Anna Lundberg performs Marion and Gaiman himself cameos as “The Crow/Skull Bird.”

The bonus episode additionally adapts the standalone story “Calliope,” which reveals what occurs when an creator combating author’s block takes possession of one of many unique Greek muses. Unlike its previous story, the “Calliope” phase is stay motion and options Arthur Darvill as Richard Madoc, Melissanthi Mahut because the muse Calliope and the legendary Derek Jacobi as Erasmus Fry. “Calliope” additionally options the return of the three Fates and sure, Tom Sturridge as Morpheus.

Together, the 2 tales kind half of what’s The Sandman’s third graphic novel quantity, Dream Country. As followers doubtless know, Dream Country differs from its two previous volumes, Preludes and Nocturnes and The Doll’s House in that it’s a set of standalone tales moderately than one serialized narrative. Will we see its different two chapters tailored at first of a possible season two? The third story in Dream Country is the World Fantasy Award-winning “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”…so let’s hope so.

But should you don’t wish to go away your likelihood to find what’s subsequent as much as destiny (we all know how testy she will be), now you can learn the remainder of Dream Country, in addition to every thing that comes after it because the entirety of The Sandman’s core sequence has now been added to DC UNIVERSE INFINITE for the primary time. Now you possibly can learn all the comics that have been tailored for The Sandman’s debut season, plus later storylines like the exceptional Season of Mists (have been you questioning what Lucifer was cooking up in that closing episode 10 scene?) and A Game of You (which reveals what occurs to Barbie after she leaves the dishonest Ken). If you’re new to the comedian sequence, we do recommend ranging from the start and there’s by no means been a greater time than now. The first eight problems with The Sandman are free-to-read to anybody who registers for the location (you’ll want a subscription for the remaining) and you may talk about them with fellow followers proper now within the Official DC Book Club over within the DC Community. Many of the ebook membership members are studying The Sandman for the primary time as nicely.

Taken collectively, these two shock Sandman drops imply one really engaging factor—the dream’s not over but.

All eleven episodes of The Sandman, starring Tom Sturridge as Morpheus, are now streaming on Netflix. For extra goals, fables and recollections, go to our official Sandman TV web page.

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