Wake up and turn on Netflix! There’s a brand new two-part bonus episode of The Sandman now streaming! According to Netflix, this is “a surprise drop for fans who have been long-awaiting additional stories from The Sandman universe.” The two-part bonus episode adapts two issues that were printed in The Sandman: Dream Country. There’s an animated adaptation of “A Dream of a Thousand Cats,” featuring the voice talents of folks like David Tennant, James McAvoy, Sandra Oh, and Neil Gaiman himself, and a live action version of “Calliope.” Tom Sturridge naturally reprises his role as Dream.
“A Dream of a Thousand Cats” is directed by Hisko Hulsing, who said of the production: “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.”
“A Dream of A Thousand Cats” has an impressive voice cast, including Sandra Oh as The Prophet, Rosie Day as The Tabby Kitten, David Gyasi as The Grey Cat, Joe Lycett as The Black Cat, Neil Gaiman as Crow/Skull Bird, James McAvoy as Golden-Haired Man, David Tennant as Don, Georgia Tennant as Laura Lynn, Michael Sheen as Paul, Anna Lundberg as Marion, Nonso Anozie as Wyvern, Diane Morgan as Gryphon, and Tom Wu as Hippogriff.
The second half of the episode is “Calliope.” This story follows a frustrated novelist names Richard Madoc who discovers that another writer, Erasmus Fry, has found success after kidnapping the Greek muse Calliope. Madoc trades a bezoar for the muse. Only Calliope has back up this time. She calls upon the witches known as the Furies or the Fates or the Three Who are One for help.
Guest stars in “Calliope” include Melissanthi Mahut as Calliope, Arthur Darvill as Richard Madoc, Nina Wadia as Fate Mother, Souad Faress as Fate Crone, Dinita Gohil as Fate Maiden, Kevin Harvey as Larry, Amita Suman as Nora, and Derek Jacobi as Erasmus Fry.”
The Sandman has been the #1 English-language show in the Netflix Top Ten for two weeks in a row. On Tuesday, Netflix reported that 196.98 million hours of The Sandman had been streamed. Looks like fans will have at least one more hour to watch this weekend.
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