The Simpsons: Tales from the Public Domain (2002)

Season 13, Episode 14 (#283); English

Can be purchased for viewing on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3_nOraaoQs

This three-part episode of The Simpsons features perhaps the best known of all animated treatments of Homer’s Odyssey. Entitled “D’oh, Brother Where Art Thou?”, this seven-minute retelling begins with the ruse of the Trojan Horse and the sack of Troy. Of course, Homer Simpson takes on the role of the hero and the show’s well-known cast of characters are placed in roles that suit their personalities (e.g., Patty and Selma as the Sirens; Disco Stu as a suitor). As expected, the humor is clever and satirical, with jokes that are mainly intelligible to an adult audience, such as the band Styx’s song “Lady” playing as Homer/Odysseus travels through the Underworld, exclaiming “This truly is Hell!” The humor is also suggestive at times: the suitor “Discus Stu,” for example, appears to proposition Bart/Telemachus in a nod to the ancient Greek practice of pederasty. 

More: https://simpsons.fandom.com/wiki/Tales_from_the_Public_Domain

Styx (2007)

no dialog; 9 min; creator: Aike Arndt

A comic and clever story about crossing the River Styx and the challenges that Charon encounters as does the work of ferrying souls. Featuring a cute dog!

A German student-created animation project that was nominated for the 2008 German Shortfilm Award.

Persephone: A Story from Greece (2001)

Stop motion; 13 min.; Director: Sergey Olifirenko

From Season 2 of the Animated Tales of the World, an animated series that aired on HBO Family in 2001 and it contained several stories from around the world including Australia, Russia, England and Africa. The series had won two Primetime Emmy Awards in 2001 including Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation and Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for Peter Macon.

Oedipus (2004)

8 min.; stop-motion animation with a cast of fruits and vegetables!

Written, produced and directed by Jason Wishnow

World premiere at Sundance, winner of the Audience Award at the Seattle International Film Festival

You can also watch a behind the scenes video of the making of the film and a video of the storyboards used to produce the film here: www.wishnow.com

Thanks to Serena Witzke for sharing this with me.

Jason and the Heroes of Mt. Olympus [Jason et les héros de l’Olympe] (2001-2002)

One season of 26 episodes (22 min. each in length); French TV series produced by Night Storms Productions and Saban Entertainment.

From Wikipedia: “Jason is a twelve-year-old with fantasies of becoming a hero just like those in the mythological battles of the antiquity…His dreams become a reality when he climbs to the top of Mt. Olympus and fulfills an ancient prophecy. Jason is the “chosen one”: Jupiter, King of the Immortals, gives him the Belt of Orion which allows him to exist on Mt. Olympus and gives him control of the universe. The evil Dracchus seeks the all-powerful amulet and it is up to Jason to keep the belt and save Mt. Olympus!”

 

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