In the hectic metropolis of Roseville City, children run wild. They go to bed late at night and wake up later and later every morning. At Sleeping & Waking Inc., the work gets tougher all the time and the employees quibble about who has it worse, the Sandmen, who battle to get the clients to sleep, or the Waking Fairies, who struggle to wake them up. Traditional fairy-tales have long been abandoned as an old-fashioned method of putting children to sleep. Unemployed storybook princesses, princes, dragons and big bad wolves kill time in the ice cream bar of an abandoned ship, complaining and dreaming of their days of glory. Into town comes Ogli, the last living elf of a forgotten forest, with his cynical friend, a blood-shy vampire bat Ray. Ogli gets a job as a Sandman's assistant. His innovative put-to-sleep methods work miracles, giving a real boost to the business. Ogli falls for Poppy, a unicorn-riding Waking Fairy who oddly resembles an elf. Jealous, Ray tries to lure his friend back to the forest, but his efforts are in vain. Ogli wants to impress Poppy and he goes wild with ambition. He manages to put the whole city to sleep. Chaos follows. But the real disaster is yet to come. The frustrated fairy-tale characters use the opportunity to put their secret, evil plan into action. They sneak into all the children's bedrooms and take their teddy bears hostage. Soon the desperate cries echo throughout Roseville City. The children simply will not sleep without their teddy bears. Now the Sandmen and the Waking Fairies really have problems. To solve the conflict, the resourcefulness of Ogli, Poppy and Ray is put to the test. But all is well that ends well. The teddy bears are returned, and a new form of cooperation is created: the fairy-tale characters perform bedtime stories to children to reduce the Sandmen's workload. Together they bring a good night's sleep back into the children's lives.
Partners & financing
Channel 4 in Finland, Finnish Film Foundation, AVEK, Buena Vista Int'l Finland