In yesterday’s Podna and Podni, a garden paradise for animals was disrupted by a greedy rajah. In today’s How Tortoise Won Respect (“Animated Tales of the World,” 2002), from South Africa, a garden paradise for animals is disrupted by a greedy … rock?
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Oh look, another unreasonable ruler – in Podna and Podni (“Animated Tales of the World,” 2000), from Pakistan.
And another unreasonable ruler (there seem to be a lot of stories on this theme!), in Redhill (“Animated Tales of the World,” 2002), from Singapore.
The theme of unreasonable rulers continues with The Shoemaker’s Son (“Animated Tales of the World,” 2004), from Armenia. Don’t miss the twin peaks of Mt. Ararat in the opening shot.
The theme of unreasonable rulers continues with Elijah (“Testament: The Bible in Animation,” 1996). The music is from Mendelssohn’s Elijah Oratorio.
The irony of the Jehovah/Ba’al rivalry is that they appear, from most of the historical evidence, to have originally been the same god under different names, like Jupiter and Zeus, or Odin and Woden.
In popular culture, the name “Jezebel” is most associated with Frankie Laine’s song:
Back in the 1970s in San Diego, my grandmother once shared a cab with Frankie Laine. She only vaguely knew who he was, and he of course had no idea that this sweet little old lady was herself “a devil … born / without a pair of horns.” He gave her free tickets to his show, but she didn’t go. (It didn’t occur to her to give the tickets to, say, her daughter and grandson.)
A cruel and unreasonable king, a magic snake trick, and an exile into the desert. No, it’s not yesterday’s story of Moses, it’s The Tyrant and the Child (“Animated Tales of the World,” 2002), from Burkina Faso: