Divine Tragedy Anime: ‘I, Pet Goat II’ video

Here’s an interesting and provocative video by Heliofant, a new indy computer animation studio based outside Montreal. ‘I, Pet Goat II’ appears to be their debut piece of showcase work. Professionally done? -Check. Quality animation and soundtrack? -Check. Controversial? -Triple check, lol. Part horror movie, part divine play, I Pet Goat II considers what may lurk behind the tragic drama unfolding all around us. The Shock Doctrine meets animated featurette, with religion, war, profiteering, mass manipulation, tragedy, evil puppeteers and a host of dropped references and archetypes. Sort of like an instrumental atmospheric update of A Perfect Circle’s “Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums” video that blends in touches of North Carolina trumpetscape band Geezer Lake.

It’s a dizzying ride, with cultural tripwires galore. OBL wearing a CIA badge, an intensely meditating Jesus, W turning into BO, weapons as gifts to children, prisons, masks, exploitation and death; with layers of details spread through every frame. I wasn’t quite sure if I was supposed to feel hopeful for our species or not at the ending, but I think so. Maybe. There’s so much packed into the video, you pretty much have to watch it again and hit ‘Pause’ every few seconds to catch all of the details you missed on the first viewing. Someone could probably write a five page article on this; -as a matter of fact, there’s already a number of videos analyzing it on vimeo and youtube. The video plays a little smoother if you let it load ahead a bit first.

If generating discussion and actually penetrating people’s two-second attention spans for a response was a goal, this video should succeed wildly. The attention to detail, the CGI and animation and the largesse of the various subject matters all combine with a chilled out soundtrack that evokes a mood both mournful and inevitable. It will be interesting to see what else this company puts out and the discussion this video will generate.

Heliofant lists itself as creating challenging content through bringing together folks from all sorts of arts and expressive disciplines and “exploring the common ground that underlies many spiritual and philosophical traditions in a lyrical form.” Check ’em out…

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