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The myth of Pegasus and the chimera - Iseult Gillespie

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Shielded from the gorgon’s stone gaze, Perseus crept through Medusa’s cave. When he reached her, he drew his sickle and brought it down on her neck. From Medusa's neck sprung two children. One was a giant wielding a golden sword; the other was the magnificent, winged horse, Pegasus. No bridle could contain him— until one fateful day. Iseult Gillespie details the myth of the hero Bellerophon.

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  • Director Karina Forero, Lucy Animation Studio
  • Educator Iseult Gillespie
  • Narrator Susan Zimmerman
  • Storyboard Artist David Hernández, Jorge Pico Porras
  • Animation Supervisor David A. López
  • Animator Johanna Benavides, Isabella Giraldo Paredes, Ana María Martínez Vélez, Nathalia Oviedo Lozano
  • Compositor Jorge Moyano, Jefersson Vargas
  • Line Producer Daniela La Rotta Jiménez
  • Art Director Cristina Achaui , Omar Penagos
  • Layout Artist Santiago Grillo Revelo , Sophia Prieto
  • Background Artist Santiago Grillo Revelo , Sophia Prieto
  • Character Designer Cristina Achaui , Omar Penagos, Santiago Grillo Revelo , Sophia Prieto
  • Composer Stephen LaRosa
  • Sound Designer Stephen LaRosa
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Producer Anna Bechtol
  • Associate Producer Abdallah Ewis
  • Editorial Director Alex Rosenthal
  • Editorial Producer Cella Wright
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Pegasus is one of the most magical and famed beings in classical mythology: the offspring of the snake-haired Gorgon Medusa who sprang from her neck after Perseus beheaded her. You can learn more about the birth of Pegasus here, and read about the origins of Medusa and her fatal encounter with Perseus here. Pegasus’ brother was Chrysaor, who is alternately described as a winged boar or a giant bearing a golden sword. The figure of Pegasus, in contrast, remains clear: a spectacular horse who can fly through the air, create streams with the stamp of his foot, and remains immortalized in the stars. The British Museum has over 2000 objects related to or depicting Pegasus, which you can view here.

With the help of Athena, goddess of horses, it was Bellerophon who briefly tamed Pegasus. On the surface, the prince of Corinth and heir to the throne, seemed to have it all. But he craved thrilling battles and heroic glory – and for that, he needed a trusty steed who would help him excel in his adventures. You can learn more about his story and his family here. Bellerophon and Pegasus also make appearances in Homer’s Iliad, Pindar’s Olympian, and Apollodorus’ Library

Together, Pegasus and Bellerophon defeated the Chimera – an ancient monster who refers, today, to a range of hybrid creatures – as well as bands of fearsome warriors. Buoyed by his successes, Bellerophon’s sense of hubris reached new heights. But like others before him from Icarus to Phaethon, he was mistaken to believe himself invincible, and plummeted to his death. Ultimately Bellerophon’s story is a tale of inflated heroism – but it is Pegasus who ultimately surpasses the foibles of human nature. 
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Meet The Creators

  • Director Karina Forero, Lucy Animation Studio
  • Educator Iseult Gillespie
  • Narrator Susan Zimmerman
  • Storyboard Artist David Hernández, Jorge Pico Porras
  • Animation Supervisor David A. López
  • Animator Johanna Benavides, Isabella Giraldo Paredes, Ana María Martínez Vélez, Nathalia Oviedo Lozano
  • Compositor Jorge Moyano, Jefersson Vargas
  • Line Producer Daniela La Rotta Jiménez
  • Art Director Cristina Achaui , Omar Penagos
  • Layout Artist Santiago Grillo Revelo , Sophia Prieto
  • Background Artist Santiago Grillo Revelo , Sophia Prieto
  • Character Designer Cristina Achaui , Omar Penagos, Santiago Grillo Revelo , Sophia Prieto
  • Composer Stephen LaRosa
  • Sound Designer Stephen LaRosa
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Producer Anna Bechtol
  • Associate Producer Abdallah Ewis
  • Editorial Director Alex Rosenthal
  • Editorial Producer Cella Wright