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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