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The bonus episode of Sandman is now on Netflix and it’s split into two parts, the first being titled A Dream of A Thousand Cats. The animated short follows a community of cats who come together to hear the story of a cat who encountered Dream of the Endless. Director Hisko Hulsing spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk about his reservations ahead of its release.
A Dream of a Thousand Cats is an incredibly complex addition to The Sandman’s first season.
The animated episode tells the story of one particular cat whose kittens were taken from him and drowned.
Desperate to find out why humanity is acting so brutally, she went after Dream to find answers.
The aesthetically stunning episode was a huge hit with fans, but director Hisko admitted he was nervous.
He explained, “I was nervous about animating the cats, because I know you can’t film cats.
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“Usually I shoot the actors and you trace and merge those layers, I know I couldn’t do that with cats.
“I did it once and [the cat] just had to walk and jump and it cost me two days to film because cats don’t listen.”
However, he worked with some fantastic animators from the live-action version of The Lion King to produce an amazing end product.
“When I started doing the first shots I was so blown away and lost all my nervousness,” he said.
There was one particular element that he started to question before the episode went live.
The level of detail and unique style cannot be matched by CGI.
Hisko said he would like to work on a second season if it gets renewed as he had a lot of fun being part of the project.
Speaking about when he first got the call, he said: “I’ve never worked on anything where I had that kind of budget.
“I’m a perfectionist but now it was really possible, every shot is fantastic and I have no regrets.
“Sometimes there are a lot of little things you wish you could do differently, but they gave me a lot of freedom and I took responsibility to make it as beautiful as possible.”
The episode features a star-studded voice cast including Sandra Oh, Michael Sheen, David Tennant and Georgia Tennant.
Hisko said he was blown away by the big names on board, such as James McAvoy and Rosie Day.
He said: “I was very taken aback by this, Sandra Oh is a fantastic actress, I’ve known her for a long time.
“I didn’t expect it at all, I was very happy with the big names.”
The Sandman bonus episode is now on Netflix.