The Sandman: Netflix drops surprise episode

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Netflix has dropped a ‘surprise’ 11th episode of the new Sandman sequence – presently riding high in viewing charts not just within the UK but across the globe – and it’s an actual deal with for cat lovers and guide lovers.

Following on from the first ten episodes – which have received glowing praise from long-term followers of the comedian sequence in addition to newcomers and have gleaned top critiques from trade specialists – Netflix has unexpectedly released an 11th which has once more received an army of fans for its type and tale-telling.

Remarkably, one a part of the episode has taken the daring step of using full animation to tell the story of a kitten who learns of how cats used to rule the world and might do it again if only they dream it. The other is a lesson in what conjures up writers and the way one author’s want of securing a muse and imprisoning her to beat his writer’s block leads to a surplus of success, but in addition a disturbing consequence.

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The Sandman series, released on August 5 and starring a dizzying array of actors together with Tom Sturridge in the lead position of Dream, as properly as Jenna Coleman as Johanna Constantine, Gwendoline Christies as Lucifer, Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Death, Boyd Holbrook as The Corinthian, Stephen Fry as Gilbert and Mark Hamill as the voice of Merv Pumpkinhead, has already been hailed as a great success, remaining as the most watched Netflix collection in dozens of nations for several days.

While the writer of the comedian collection, British creator Neil Gaiman – who has been closely involved within the new TV series – initially introduced there can be simply 10 episodes in the first collection, which had been based on the first two collected graphic novels Preludes and Nocturnes, and The Doll’s House, the streaming channel revealed late yesterday it was going to level out an 11th.

A bloody reminder of the phrase ‘be careful what you want for’ in Calliope, episode 11 of Netflix’s The Sandman
(Image: Netflix)

The tales – A Dream of a Thousand Cats, and Calliope – were taken from The Sandman’s third graphic novel, Dream Country, which at four comedian issues was the shortest of the entire graphic novel run.

What makes the bonus episode special?

‘A Dream of a Thousand Cats’ is the primary animated Sandman story. Award-winning Dutch animator Hisko Hulsing served as director and manufacturing designer for the episode.

“We endeavoured to make the animated model of ‘A Dream of a Thousand Cats’ as mesmerizing and hypnotic as we may by using the magic of actual oil work on canvas,” Hulsing explains. “We mixed the work with classically drawn 2D animation, primarily based on sensible 3D animation of telepathic cats in order to create a trippy world that feels each grounded and dreamy on the identical time. Untold Studio’s in London created the breathtaking 3D animation of the cats. The great 2D animation, oil work and stylizing were all carried out at Submarine Studio’s in Amsterdam.”

Rosie Day as The Tabby Kitten, David Gyasi as The Grey Cat in episode 11 of The Sandman

Rosie Day as The Tabby Kitten, David Gyasi as The Grey Cat in episode 11 of The Sandman
(Image: Netflix)

Who stars in “A Dream of a Thousand Cats”?

Tom Sturridge reprises his position as Dream, aka Morpheus, voicing an animated, feline version of himself.

‘A Dream of a Thousand Cats’” also consists of this star-studded voiceover cast:

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

Neil Gaiman is the writer/creator of The Sandman comics

Neil Gaiman is the writer/creator of The Sandman comics
(Image: Netflix)

James McAvoy as Golden-Haired Man
David Tennant as Don and Georgia Tennant as Laura Lynn
Michael Sheen as Paul and Anna Lundberg as Marion
Nonso Anozie as Wyvern
Diane Morgan as Gryphon
Tom Wu as Hippogriff

Executive producer Allan Heinberg offered the position to Oh — whom he’d labored with previously on Grey’s Anatomy — after they reunited for breakfast in London.

“She was actually fascinated in the present and was asking a lot of nice questions,” Heinberg remembers. “And so I mentioned, ‘Is there any part of you curious about voicing this unbelievable cat?’ And she was too intrigued to say no.”

David Tennant and Michael Sheen, who labored on Gaiman’s present Good Omens, additionally got here on board, as properly as their respective real-life companions, Georgia Tennant and Anna Lundberg. McAvoy got here from the Audible model of The Sandman.

Michael Sheen and David Tennant star in Sir Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman's 'Good Omens'

Michael Sheen and David Tennant star in Sir Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman’s ‘Good Omens’
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And Sandman fans will enjoyment of listening to creator Neil Gaiman as a speaking bird.

“He’s received one of the best voices,” Heinberg says. “Once we obtained into the sales space, there was nothing reticent about him. He actually needed to be extra crow-like and would flap his arms and fearlessly work for it.”

Who stars in “Calliope”?

Melissanthi Mahut as Calliope
Arthur Darvill as Richard Madoc

Derek Jacobi as Erasmus Fry in episode 11 of Netflix's The Sandman

Derek Jacobi as Erasmus Fry in episode 11 of Netflix’s The Sandman
(Image: Netflix)

Nina Wadia as Fate Mother
Souad Faress as Fate Crone
Dinita Gohil as Fate Maiden
Kevin Harvey as Larry
Amita Suman as Nora
Derek Jacobi as Erasmus Fry

Actor Melissanthi Mahut, who auditioned for the titular role/Greek muse, was a revelation for Heinberg.

“With Melissanthi, we obtained her self-tape, her audition. And that was it. It was no person else,” he explains. “The fact that she’s of Greek ancestry made it much more good. I was not familiar with her work on the time, however I was absolutely blown away by her.”

Arthur Darvill as Richard Madoc, Melissanthu Mahut as Calliope in episode 11 of The Sandman

Arthur Darvill as Richard Madoc, Melissanthu Mahut as Calliope in episode 11 of The Sandman
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Heinberg was equally impressed with Arthur Darvill, with whom Gaiman had labored on Doctor Who

“Once Arthur was obtainable and sport, we didn’t look anyplace else. He was the Ric Madoc of our goals, and, in efficiency, even more so. I assume he reveals you this man’s soul and by some means makes him not a monster.”

And the addition of legendary actor Derek Jacobi rounded out the triumvirate. “That’s a tough position,” Heinberg says of Jacobi’s character, the sadistic Erasmus Fry. “His allure and wit and intelligence… we had been extremely lucky. This is a very difficult story. And I suppose the presence of these three actors made it actually compelling and human and deeply moving.”

How did the tales come about?

For his half Neil Gaiman previously admitted he struggled with story of Calliope. In certainly one of his many interviews with Hy Bender, writer of The Sandman Companion, a information to the award winning comic series, he stated that he wrote two variations of a story in regards to the hobgoblin puck earlier than throwing them away and starting Calliope.

He highlighted that across the time he started the quick story, he had learn a line from Dave Sim, creator of the ground-breaking comic sequence Cerebus the Aardvark, “Don’t abuse your muse or you’ll lose your muse”.

Melissanthu Mahut as Calliope in episode 111 of The Sandman

Melissanthu Mahut because the imprisoned muse Calliope in episode 11 of The Sandman
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The story also resonated with uber-Gaiman fan, the musician Tori Amos. In an interview in 1993 she mentioned the story of Calliope “really hit house for me.”

She stated : “I undnerstand what it was like for the author, Richard Madoc, not with the ability to write and the way he would do anything to find a way to write again. And yet, what’s your work value when you have no honour as a person anymore.

“I re-read the Calliope story so much as a outcome of it makes me remember why I do sure issues and where I stand with myself. It places me in line, as a end result of it makes me realize that I’m taking part in that game.”

By comparability, Gaiman stated A Dream of a Thousand Cats was “the quickest Sandman issue I ever wrote. I knocked off the entire 10,000 word script in a weekend and spent simply a few days on fix ups”. He added that “for years I was suspicios of t his story. Even although many readers mentioned they favored it, it came so quick that I did not suppose it could possibly be good. When I learn the story now (late 1990s) though, I actually cannot see any significant difference between it and the ones surrounding it.”

Explaining the goal of his story, Gaiman mentioned that he “wanted to do something about consensual actuality; and about goals being essentially superior to reality as a result of they create it and shape it. With that in mind I was driving at some point and saw a huge black cat by the side of the street that seemed like a patch of night time in the midst of the sunshine and it just hit me that that’s what the Sandman would look like if he was a cat.

Rosie Day as The Tabby Kitten, David Gyasi as The Grey Cat in episode 11 of The Sandman

Rosie Day as The Tabby Kitten, David Gyasi as The Grey Cat in episode 11 of The Sandman
(Image: Netflix)

“So, I though why not do a narrative about cats altering actuality… I determined it ought to be based mostly around the concept cats as soon as ruled the world – and whether that happens to be true or not, it’s the story cats tell different cats.”

The remainder of the short Dream County graphic novel gives a hint of what could are available season two of The Sandman as it contains the 1991 World Fantasy award-winning A Midsummer Night’s Dream which sees William Shakespeare – aided by Dream – put on a efficiency of his latest play on the Sussex Downs to the precise king and queen of fairie.

To date, the edition is the one monthly comedian in history to win such a literary brief story award and can stay so as the principles had been later changed to never enable such a win to occur once more.

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