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* SentientSands: The main character is a small sand golem.

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* ShootTheShaggyDog: The sandman is crushed in the factory, and falls out as a stream of sand grains through a drain into the water. The water, it seems safe to presume, finds its way into a bottle, which is eventually poured out onto the beach. After all that, the sandman finds himself right back where he was, on the beach, looking for water.

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* ShootTheShaggyDog: ShaggyDogStory: The sandman is crushed in the factory, and falls out as a stream of sand grains through a drain into the water. The water, it seems safe to presume, finds its way into a bottle, which is eventually poured out onto the beach. After all that, the sandman finds himself right back where he was, on the beach, looking for water.


* ThirstyDesert: The sandman's first problem, as a sandman in the desert will presumably dissolve back into regular old sand when he dries out.

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* ThirstyDesert: The sandman's first problem, as a sandman in the desert will presumably dissolve back into regular old sand when he dries out.out.
* TheWallsAreClosingIn: Eventually the poor sandman is crushed into powder by some sort of compactor in the NightmarishFactory.


* BookEnds: The film starts with the sandman rising up out of the desert.

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* BookEnds: The film starts with the sandman rising up out of the desert. It ends with him right back where he started.


* NightmarishFactory: The last place the sandman finds himself is a rather vague but ominous factory with lots of drills and grinding gears and the like.



* SmokeAndFlameFactory: The last place the sandman finds himself is a rather vague but ominous factory with lots of drills and grinding gears and the like.

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* FightToSurvive: It isn't spelled out, but it seems like the sandman is looking for water because he needs it to retain his form as a sandman.


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* TheQuest: The sandman's hunt for water.

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''Quest'' is a 1996 animated short film directed by Tyron Montgomery.

It opens with a shot of a desert, with some brown clumps of sand visible next to an empty bottle. The clumps of sand move and reveal themselves to be a sandman, lying face down in the desert. The sandman starts scrabbling at the sand, and suddenly he falls ''through'' the sand, only to find himself in a different world, this one made of paper. It becomes apparent that the sandman is looking for water, as he goes after a puddle of water he finds in this paper world, only to fall through the paper and find himself in a world of stone. The sandman finds himself falling into world after world, as he continues on a desperate quest for the water he needs to maintain cohesion as a sandman.

Compare ''WesternAnimation/TheSandCastle'', another award-winning animated short about an odd sandman creature.

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* BookEnds: The film starts with the sandman rising up out of the desert.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Sand needs to be wet to clump up, right? There's an empty bottle right next to the sandman when he arises from the sand. Hm.
* {{Golem}}: A sandman that appears to originate out of nowhere, until the ending reveals how he was created.
* MediumBlending: Although most of the film is stop motion, the shots of liquid water that the sandman finds towards the end appear to be live-action.
* MimeAndMusicOnlyCartoon: No dialogue.
* ShootTheShaggyDog: The sandman is crushed in the factory, and falls out as a stream of sand grains through a drain into the water. The water, it seems safe to presume, finds its way into a bottle, which is eventually poured out onto the beach. After all that, the sandman finds himself right back where he was, on the beach, looking for water.
* SmokeAndFlameFactory: The last place the sandman finds himself is a rather vague but ominous factory with lots of drills and grinding gears and the like.
* StopMotion: Photography of a puppet covered with sand.
* ThirstyDesert: The sandman's first problem, as a sandman in the desert will presumably dissolve back into regular old sand when he dries out.

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