Netflix’s The Sandman Dropped A 2-Part Bonus Episode Pulled From The Comics

Netflix's The Sandman Dropped A 2-Part Bonus Episode Pulled From The Comics 3

The Sandman is a Netflix original that landed earlier in the month based on a comic book series by Neil Gaiman, and surprisingly Netflix gave fans another 2-part episode for dreaming pleasure.

Sometimes Netflix hits the mark on a adaptation that was originally a different medium. This is the case with the series released on August 5th titled The Sandman, which faithfully reproduced a cult-classic comic book by creator Neil Gaiman, which focuses on an immortal named Dream (the titular character played by Tom Sturridge) who reigns over, well, dreams.

Netflix'S The Sandman Dropped A 2-Part Bonus Episode Pulled From The Comics
The Sandman. (L to R) Tom Sturridge as Dream, Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Death in episode 106 of The Sandman. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022

Like The Witcher before it, Netflix portrayed the series with careful detail, assuring the source material would be worked with on the adaptation, sometimes even echoing lines from the original comics. The newly released 2-part episode does just this, as Netflix released an article explaining the 11th episode titled “A Dream of a Thousand Cats/Calliope,” which envelops issues 17-20 of the comic, the Dream Country arc.

As the only animated episode in the series — The Sandman has yet to be confirmed for a renewal — Dutch animator Hisko Hulsing served as the Director and Production Designer for the episode, declared his inspration for the episode:

We endeavored to make the animated version of ‘A Dream of a Thousand Cats’ as mesmerizing and hypnotic as we could by utilizing the magic of real oil paintings on canvas.

We combined the paintings with classically drawn 2D animation, based on realistic 3D animation of telepathic cats in order to create a trippy world that feels both grounded and dreamy at the same time. Untold Studio’s in London created the breathtaking 3D animation of the cats. The wonderful 2D animation, oil paintings and stylizing were all done at Submarine Studio’s in Amsterdam.

Hisko Hulsing, Netflix
Netflix'S The Sandman Dropped A 2-Part Bonus Episode Pulled From The Comics

Not only did the new 2-part episode decide to reproduce The Sandman‘s Dream Country arc, Netflix pulled out all of the stops to fill the episode with talent, as there is an absolutely loaded cast, with other Gaiman work Good Omens actors David Tennant and Michael Sheen making appearances. Neil Gaiman even appears himself as a talking crow.

Fans can read the full Netflix article from their website, and can flock to the dream world of The Sandman exclusively on Netflix, including the 11th episode now.

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