121 – Animal Companions

The Mythcreant Podcast

We all love our furry (or not furry) companions, but how should they be used in stories? What separates animal companions from traditional side characters? Is R2-D2 an animal companion? We answer these bold questions and more on this episode of the podcast – plus we decide that Spot is the superior animal companion of Star Trek. When will someone write us An Android and His Cat?

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Opening and closing theme: The Princess Who Saved Herself by Jonathan Coulton. Used with permission.

Show Notes:

Five Ways to Use Pets in Your Story – Without Killing Them

Samwise Gamgee

BB-8 and R2-D2

Astromech Spy, the story of R2-D2 with subtitles

Shadowfax, Gandalf’s horse

To Build a Fire by Jack London

Spot, Data’s pet cat

Fawkes, Dumbledore’s Phoenix

The Neverending Story

And, as a special bonus, Bella the rat. She’s totally an animal companion, and Lillian had to retrieve her from the recording space before Oren could start this episode.

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  1. Bellis

    I really like the scene with Atréju and Artax in the book! Artax does talk in the book, but still fits the animal companion role. Also in the book there is quite a lot happening in between Artax’ death scene and the Gmork (werewolf) confrontation. It must be structured differently. Have to rewatch the movie

    The book Neverending Story (as well as most Michael Ende books, like Momo) works really really well even for adults. At least for me, I’m probably weird in that I often prefer kids’ media to things that were made for adults because I can’t handle violence well. But anyway, I feel that for children’s books, Michael Ende’s works are really deep and full of meaning and metaphor. Those are my favourite kinds of stories anyway, the ones that are good for children AND adults! Not easy to pull off at all, but some authors do it very well.

    (oops sorry I got way off topic. but go read Michael Ende’s books I swear I’m not getting paid lol)

    • Cay Reet

      Well-written children’s books often also work for adults – the “Artemis Fowl” series is an example I’ve thought about recently, what with the abysmal movie.

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