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Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Symbolism, Allegory, and the Spiritual Journey

Louis Lefebvre is a gifted Canadian animator who recently released a remarkable animated allegory, I, Pet Goat II, from his animation studio, Heliofant.  Five years in the making, Lefebvre's video is full of complex and arcane symbolism culled from many sources, both modern and ancient.

I, Pet Goat II takes its title from the children's book, My Pet Goat, which President Bush was reading to school children in Florida when the Twin Towers were attacked on 9/11.

As Lefebvre explains in a 45-minute interview with Alex Jones, his animated allegory represents his own personal spiritual journey.  Alex Jones compares I, Pet Goat II to Disney's Fantasia as a tour de force of animation technique and storytelling.

Characters in the story include the titular goat, GWB (who morphs in Barak Obama), Alice in Wonderland, Osama bin Laden, the Illuminati, an evil sorcerer, a millenium child, a Christ figure, and many more.

Lefebvre provides his own clues to decoding the symbolism of the classroom scene and the Egyptian symbology, along with links to a pair of web sites in which other writers have offered their own detailed exegesis of the allegory:

      The Esoteric Symbolism of the Viral Video I, Pet Goat II by Vigilant Citizen

      The Hidden Themes of Heliofant's I, Pet Goat II by Xtraeme at AboveTopSecret.Com

I, Pet Goat II

An allegorical spiritual journey from Heliofant on Vimeo


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12:54 PM  
Blogger Moulton said...

I'm slowly beginning to bridge the gap between theory and story.

2:30 PM  
Blogger Moulton said...

At the end of the allegory, the Christ figure, who has been asleep all along, finally emerges from the Kafkaesque nightmare and wakes up.

Compare that moment of awakening to this actual video of a sleepy kitten waking up as the evidence of its senses alerts the kitten to what theologians metaphorically call "the fall."

Video: Meditation and Awakening

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8:38 AM  
Blogger Moulton said...

Back in 2007, I attended the Iowa Summer Writing Workshop, where I signed up for a week-long course entitled "10,000 Words" led by Carolyn Lieberg.

Here is one of the brief pieces I wrote during that week:

Hopes and Disappointments

Moulton had published essay after essay on his favorite subject — the dysfunctionality of the Western Civilization. Time after time, his rants were received with utter indifference at best and disdainfully dismissed at worst. If you could make money selling eye-glaze, Moulton would be a millionaire by now.

But it was not to be. Disappointment haunted all his dreams. Now he's a disbeliever that written words have the je ne sais quoi that poets and writers claim they do. Not his written word, anyway. Moulton might as well be writing in Urdu.

Montana Mouse tugged at Moulton's shirt sleeve and pointed to the video blog on the computer. "Animation is the way to go," he urged. "Forget words. They just get in the way. Do cartoons instead."

"Oh great," thought Moulton. "I spend a thousand dollars to come to Iowa in the heat of the summer to learn to write, and you tell me to do wordless cartoons."

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8:32 AM  
Blogger Moulton said...

I'm unclear as to why Tim Higley erased his comments, but they are viewable here on Google cache.

8:49 AM  

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