Luke Thorne’s review published on Letterboxd:
Co Hoedeman’s Oscar-winning stop motion animated short fantasy comedy drama. On a sandy desert, a man made of sand concepts other sand persons assist to create a fantastic sand castle for themselves.
The Sand Castle is the fable of the Sandman and the beings he carves out of sand. Under his supervision, they make a castle and rejoice the accomplishment of their new home.
The direction from Hoedeman is excellent because he allows the facial expressions to be seen to a strong effect throughout, while also keeping a pleasant atmosphere happening as well.
The movie is really easy to follow and creates some humour too, meaning the movie never take itself too seriously. But even when the movie isn’t funny, you can still understand what is happening, because the narrative is definitely there from beginning to end.
The camera and music stand out best in terms of the technical aspects, because the camera makes very good use of the locations, especially with the sunny weather and also captures the funny occasions well, which get the edge-of-the-seat status; the music is enjoyable to listen to.
The Sand Castle won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short, while it also got a BAFTA nomination for Best Short Fictional Film.
Overall, The Sand Castle is an excellent animated short stop-motion fantasy comedy-drama, due to the story, direction, pleasant atmosphere, some humour and cinematography.