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Faithmouse Cartoon

Postby Solomons Song » 17 Nov 2005, 17:49

Check out this cartoon by a blog called Faithmouse.

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I am not sure I have captured its meaning. Can someone who is savvy expound it to me?
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Re: Faithmouse Cartoon

Postby Karen » 17 Nov 2005, 17:54

Hmmm. Could this have something to do with the documentary March of the Penguins? Some Christian groups seized on it as an exemplar of "family values" because the penguins are monogamous (but only for a season!) and lavish great care on their eggs. I don't really get the cartoon either.
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re: Faithmouse Cartoon

Postby Leslie » 17 Nov 2005, 17:58

There is a Christmas movie with the penguins from Madagascar coming out, I believe. Maybe the cartoonist is saying that Aslan is better than penguins?
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Re: Faithmouse Cartoon

Postby The Bigsleep J » 17 Nov 2005, 18:07

Karen wrote:Hmmm. Could this have something to do with the documentary March of the Penguins? Some Christian groups seized on it as an exemplar of "family values" because the penguins are monogamous (but only for a season!) and lavish great care on their eggs. I don't really get the cartoon either.


I believe that is it, Karen. It would be a stretch to call "March" a Christian allegory (even though I haven't seen it, I know that nature is possibly too brutal to be Christian).
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re: Faithmouse Cartoon

Postby Solomons Song » 17 Nov 2005, 19:30

That's probably it. That guy who does those cartoons seems up on current events and does cartoons on them. Perhaps when someone said that the penguins behavior mirrored Christian behavior, someone mentioned how weak and "unliberated" that appeared. But what the cartoonist is trying to say, with Aslan, is that although Christ is often depicted as a fragile, vulnerable little lamb, but not to forget He is depicted as a lion as well.
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re: Faithmouse Cartoon

Postby The Bigsleep J » 17 Nov 2005, 19:40

I think so too. I can remember reading the blog of an atheist bozo who ridiculed the statement made by Christians about the movie. He didn't criticized it as much as tore the statement to pieces, going on to parallel some of the penguins abandoning their flock to the disciples leaving their families to follow Christ, etc etc. :rolleyes: I think the author of the cartoon is trying hard to show that there are better Christian allegories out there than March of the Penguins which is why Aslan is behind one character.

Actually, I quite like the cartoon. It certainly was to the point.
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re: Faithmouse Cartoon

Postby Solomons Song » 18 Nov 2005, 14:15

Bigsleep J wrote:I think the author of the cartoon is trying hard to show that there are better Christian allegories out there than March of the Penguins which is why Aslan is behind one character.


Good explanation!

Dan Lacey, the creator of the Faithmouse cartoons, e-mailed me. Here was his explanation. Makes sense to me...

Dan Lacey wrote:The March of the Penguins documentary which came out a few months ago was widely hailed by Christian groups as representing solid Christian virtues. Penguins will instinctively sacrifice everything to protect their egg, and thereby the next generation of penguins. Christians said that the documentary was a great allegory regarding Christian values, specifically the role of fathers. Non-Christian groups (for lack of a better term) immediately shot back with information about the decidedly non-virtuous habits of other species of penguins besides the emperor penguin...

The cartoon acts as a segway between two films which were/are/will be popular with Christians. Faith sits on Aslan like the penguin sits on it's egg, waiting for the event to 'hatch'.

If you google Google or Yahoo news, you should be able to some of the stories which were written about this at the time. These stories also made it to print media as well-I remember reading what I believe was an AP story in my local Minneapolis Star Tribune about Christians embracing the movie.

Because my cartoon is mainly aimed towards other Christians and/or conservatives I assume (sometimes wrongly) that my audience is wise to the reference. Sorry if the reference passed you by.
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