The Sandman Netflix: Announces Bonus Episodes ‘A Dream of a Thousand Cats’ and ‘Calliope’

A Dream of a Thousand Cats and Calliope, two fan favorites, are adapted in the two-part show.

Open Netflix and get up! A brand-new, two-part bonus episode of The Sandman Netflix is available online right now! This is a “surprise drop for fans who have been eagerly expecting further stories from The Sandman universe,” claims Netflix. Two issues from The Sandman: Dream Country are adapted in the two-part bonus episode. There is a live-action version of “Calliope,” as well as an animated version of “A Dream of a Thousand Cats,” which features the voices of actors including David Tennant, James McAvoy, Sandra Oh, and Neil Gaiman. Naturally, Tom Sturridge returns to the Dream character.

If you binge-watched The Sandman and are eager for more episodes, here they are: But Netflix is happy to help! The streamer recently revealed that a special bonus episode is presently available for viewing, even though they haven’t officially renewed the show for Season 2. The two-part episode will follow Dream (Tom Sturridge) as he takes care of his realm as various animals cross over into other universes. It will follow a different storyline from the Sandman comic book series.

The Sandman Netflix: Announces Bonus Episodes 'A Dream of a Thousand Cats' and 'Calliope'
The Sandman © Netflix

The two-part bonus episode will include the short stories Calliope and A Dream of a Thousand Cats. The former, in which a Siamese cat loses confidence in people after witnessing a horrific murder, is one of the most well-known tales from the Sandman universe. She then meets Dream, who shows her an incredible new world. The story was written by the series’ creator, Neil Gaiman. The protagonist of “Calliope” is a frustrated novelist who wrote a best-selling book but is presently unable to write a sequel. Then he strikes a deal with an entity in an effort to reawaken his creative spirit.

The animated cat tale will feature a stellar cast, including Michael Sheen from the Twilight Saga, Tom Wu from The Cat in the Hat, Sandra Oh from Killing Eve, Rosie Day from Living the Dream, David Gyasi from Interstellar, James McAvoy from the X-Men film series, David Tennant from Doctor Who, and David Gyasi from Interstellar (Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw).

The episode’s animated part was directed and produced by Hisko Hulsing, who also contributed to the lovely sci-fi animation series Undone on Prime Video. Hulsing detailed the plan for the The Sandman episode in a statement made in writing that was made public:

“We tried to use the magic of genuine oil paintings on canvas to make the animated version of ‘A Dream of a Thousand Cats’ as fascinating and seductive as we could. In order to create a surreal environment that feels both grounded and dreamlike, we blended the paintings with traditionally drawn 2D animation based on realistic 3D animation of telepathic cats. The stunning 3D animation of the cats was produced in London by Untold Studios. At Submarine Studios in Amsterdam, the fantastic 2D animation, oil paintings, and stylizing were all created.”

Along with Melissanthi Mahut from “Calliope,” other actors in the cast include Derek Jacobi, Arthur Darvill from “Legends of Tomorrow,” Kevin Harvey from “Hidden,” and Amita Suman from “Ackley Bridge” (Gladiator). Nina Wadia (EastEnders), Souad Faress (Dune), and Dinita Gohil (Our House) reprise their prior appearances as the Fate Mother, Fate Crone, and Fate Maiden, respectively. Louise Hooper is in charge of it (Flesh and Blood). Hooper and Hulsing, who worked together to direct the eighth entry in the main series, are no strangers to The Sandman.

The Sandman is based on Neil Gaiman’s critically acclaimed and widely popular comic book series, which he began in 1989. It was believed to be challenging to adapt for decades before Netflix (She Season 3) took on the project with Gaiman, David S. Goyer (Batman Begins), and Allan Heinberg (Wonder Woman). The live-action series premiered on August 5 to thunderous praise from the reviewers.

Below is a link to the Season 1 trailer: