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There is nobody in the world who knows so many stories as Ole-Luk-Oie, or who can relate them so nicely. In the evening, while the children are seated at the table or in their little chairs, he comes up the stairs very softly, for he walks in his socks, then he opens the doors without the slightest noise, and throws a small quantity of very fine dust in their eyes, just enough to prevent them from keeping them open, and so they do not see him. Then he creeps behind them, and blows softly upon their necks, till their heads begin to droop. But Ole-Luk-Oie does not wish to hurt them, for he is very fond of children, and only wants them to be quiet that he may relate to them pretty stories, and they never are quiet until they are in bed and asleep. As soon as they are asleep, Ole-Luk-Oie seats himself upon the bed. He is nicely dressed; his coat is made of silken fabric; it is impossible to say of what color, for it changes from green to red, and from red to blue as he turns from side to side. Under each arm he carries an umbrella; one of them, with pictures on the inside, he spreads over the good children, and then they dream the most beautiful stories the whole night. But the other umbrella has no pictures, and this he holds over the naughty children so that they sleep heavily, and wake in the morning without having dreams at all.
~ SH.C. Andersen in his book Ole Lukøje

The Sandman is a deity who lives in Dutch, German, and Scandinavian folklore. He is described as a myth sprinkling magical sand on children's eyes when they go to sleep at night in folklore.

Folklore

In many children's stories, the character is described sprinkling dust or sand on the eyes of children before they go to sleep.

Adoptions

Silly Symphonies

The Sandman appears in the short, Lullaby Land. Near the end of the short, the character puts the baby to sleep.

Sandmannchen

In the German animated TV series, the character appears in the 1959 long-running bedtime TV series. It is revealed that Sandman has survived through the end of the Iron Curtain. His character is based on HC Andersen's character.

The Santa Clause

The Sandman makes his first appearance at a meeting of the Council of Legendary Figures. He is asleep for most of the meeting but is woken up by Mother Nature to vote on a name change for the Tooth Fairy, on which he votes no, apologizes, then goes back to sleep.

The Sandman's role is expanded a bit in the sequel. Sandman attends an emergency meeting of the Council, where Jack Frost is accused of trying to upstage Santa, sleeping through most of it.

Later, he accompanies Santa to pick up his in-laws, Bud and Sylvia Newman, posing as Santa's business associate, Sandy. After they get into an argument, he throws sleeping dust on them because he couldn't listen to them arguing, then he goes to sleep in a chair after Santa tries to get him to help him get Bud and Sylvia out to the car.

Later, he is summoned to the North Pole by Charlie to finish making all of the toys in time for Christmas. He watches Jack Frost reform, turning good after a hug from Lucy Miller.

2012 Dreamworks Film

The Sandman as he appears in the 2012 animated film by Dreamworks.

Main article: Sanderson Mansnoozie

The Sandman is a recurring character in the 2012 animated film, Rise of the Guardians. In this action-adventure film, his name is Sandy. Sandy has no speaking dialogue, but he communicates through his head. Sandy later gets captured by the bogeyman (Pitch) and is thought to be killed, according the Jack Frost and his immortal guardians. It is revealed Sandy is imprisoned by Pitch Black. Sandy is able to bring gossamer animals to fight the evil army of nightmare horses.

Family Guy

The Sandman appears briefy in the Family Guy episode Baking Bad when Stewie Griffin hires him in a failed attempt to help get to sleep.

The 7D

The Sandman appears in the episode In Yer Dreams, Pal of animated TV series The 7D. His name is Sandy again, he was tasked to ensure that anybody can have a good night's rest by spreading sleeping sand around Jollywood.

Hotel Transylvania: The Series

The Sandman is a minor character in the American animated TV series Hotel Transylvania: The Series. He casts a spell on the hotel.

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