May 9 2009 11:00am

Saturday Morning Cartoons: “The Sandman” and “Sébastien”

The Sandman and Sebastien

A nightmare with a unicorn chaser*, both from viewer suggestions. (Thanks Carly Mazur and Tiffany Prothero.)

The Sandman: A truly scary bedtime story. Great expressionist backgrounds and lighting. I’d say it’s Tim Burton-esque but it was made before Nightmare Before Christmas. (9 minutes)

Sébastien: Flights of fancy are contagious. From the amazing french animation school Gobelins. (1.50 minutes)

The Sandman
Paul Berry

Geneviève Godbout, Carole Carrion, Mourad Seddiki, Samuel Wambre

More animation on the Saturday Morning Cartoon Index.

* unicorn chaser: Following a dark upsetting post with sweetness and light.

Richard Fife
1. R.Fife
My thanks to you, Irene, and to Carly and Tiffany as well.

Always fun to remember how dark the original fairytales were, such as the Tooth Fairy and the Sandman. Oddly, when watching it, I thought more Bettlejuice than Nightmare Before Christmas. Still, Tim Burton hardly holds a monopoly on Nightmare-scapes.

And the Unicorn chaser was fun. That's happened in my office before too. Silly, fun ideas are catching.
René Walling
2. cybernetic_nomad

Paul Berry did work as an animator on Nightmare Before Christmas

He was also animator on Truckers (based on Pratchett's book) and also did the visual effects for Monkeybones.

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