Neil Gaiman Says ‘The Sandman’ Animated Voice Stars Could Return


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The surprise bonus episode of hit show Runaway The sand man sent waves through the community if only because it was so unorthodox. Not only was it a surprise, but the episode broke with the show’s usual ethos, as it was split into two parts and the first, “A Dream of a Thousand Cats”, was animated.

The episode featured big-name actors in voice roles and an interview with Weekly entertainmentcreator Neil Gaiman said part of the deal he made with some of the cast was that making the episode animated wouldn’t prevent them from returning later for the TV show.

“I had worked with David Tennant and Michael Sheen on Good Omens anyway, so it was a no-brainer. They’re both in The Sandman because they love The Sandman. The main thing was that we had to promise them both of them that if they lent their voices to this, that didn’t mean they couldn’t come back and perform on the Sandman show later. It wasn’t their only chance. They both needed to be reassured.

Tom Sturridge also reprises his role as Dream but as a cat in this version of himself. Other cast members include:

  • Sandra Oh as The Prophet
  • Rosie Day as Tabby Kitten
  • David Gyasi as the Gray Cat
  • Joe Lycett as the Black Cat
  • Neil Gaiman as Crow/Skull Bird
  • 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 Griffin
  • Tom Wu as Hippogriff

Executive producer Allan Heinberg said netflix that Gaiman also lends his vocal talents to the episode, as a talking bird.

“He has one of the best voices. Once in the cabin, there was nothing reticent about him. He really wanted to look more like a raven and clapped his arms and worked fearlessly for it.

Regarding the animation, Dutch animator Hisko Hulsing said the decision to make the episode look like a classic painting on canvas was intentional.

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

The bonus episode is now streaming on Netflix.


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