I Pet Goat II: The Symbolic Meaning
It is not every day that something is released into the world with more meaning and information than even those who created it can comprehend. As is often the case in recent times, everything is created with a specific purpose, interpretation, or influence in mind. It is not often that you come across a piece of art-work that resonates with you on an almost unknown level, that sticks with and enlightens you, all while you are hardly scratching the surface of the possibilities of its interpretations.
It’s not often a short film like I, Pet Goat II, is released. Published by Heliofant, an independent computer animation studio out of Montreal, Canada in 2012, I, Pet Goat II, is truly a one of a kind short film, and nothing short of a masterpiece. Packed full of esoteric, occult, and conspiracy symbolism, the film has been a great point of controversy for many who have viewed it over the years. It comes to us from the incredibly creative mind of Louis Lefebvre, who began working on the project by himself in parts, sometime around 2005. In 2008 he took on the project full time, selling his house to get it off the ground, and bringing in freelancers, musicians, and even dancers to help put together this masterpiece. Lefebvre previously did work on The Lord of The Rings; The Two Towers, as well as Beowulf before moving to Montreal to work freelance.
Since its debut, the short film has won numerous awards, and its creator and director has been featured in many interviews for podcasts such as Extraordinary Year with Tim Bravo, and Alex Jones’ Infowars. Recently I, Pet Goat II has found itself in the spotlight once again as many have made a sort of prophetic connection between the film and the burning of the Notre Dame cathedral, but we’ll dive into that a bit later.
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So, after spending months diving into the deep depths of symbols and influences imbedded within this short film, I am going to try to give as close to an accurate analysis as I can. The thing is, this film was created to be openly and broadly interpreted. It all depends on the depth of your own knowledge and ability to think freely. There are literally hundreds of interpretations that can be found for this film online, but they all have certain common points or themes, and I’m going to hit on those here. We’re also going to get into the creators’ interpretations of it, to try to get a better understanding of his creative intentions.
“When I started the film I wasn’t, you know, that queued into a lot of different things. Keep in mind this was 2004 when I started, and I didn’t even know 9/11 was an inside job like I didn’t realize that at that time. At that time, for me, it was just such a significant event that I put it in there, and it was such a world-changing event. And for me, this film was a commentary on what I saw around me, but as I did this film, I kept discovering more and more and more things and just layering them in there. But also realizing that I had put symbols in the film that I understood on a certain level when I started, but my understanding of those symbols progressed as I went along. A lot of it came visually first and foremost. It was just like a beautiful thing, and a gut visceral, like an artistic process, like a painter or something like that. I would see symbols, and I would try not to censor what I was seeing, even if sometimes I found the symbols little shocking. Like the sexual imagery juxtaposed with the Christ figure was a little shocking to me honestly.”
The title I, Pet Goat II is thought to be a tribute to the children’s storybook The Pet Goat, which was read to George W. Bush by a class of children at Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota County, Florida on September 11, 2001. While listening to the children recite parts of the story, President Bush was informed by White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card “A second plane hit the second tower. America is under attack.” This was in regards to the second plane to this the second world trade center, as Bush had been informed of the first plane before appearing for the children. Following this revelation, Bush continued to listen to the children’s story for approximately 7 minutes. It was at a press conference which was scheduled for 9:30 AM inside the school that Bush announced the attack. Many criticize Bush for not reacting to this devastating event immediately, feeling that his reaction showed indecisiveness, indifference, and possibly even prior knowledge. Others think that the former president responded in an appropriate way as to not frighten the children, instead of taking cues from White House Secretary of Press to not say anything just yet.
After bumping into the shoe, the apple splits in half. From the seeds extend two stems which come together to form a lotus flower. The lotus flower is said to be related to Mary from the Bible, who is regarded as the queen of paradise. In this instance, the lotus is meant to represent unicity and oneness. The scene cuts back to Obama, looking worried with sweat running down his brow, he’s nervous because he sees this as the coming of a new consciousness. It’s a sign that humanity is waking up.
Outside the Classroom
The scene zooms back and out of the classroom to reveal the environment outside. Immediately you can see graffiti on the side of the schoolhouse. At first glance it looks like the graffiti says ‘Bombs’, but it says Psalms 23, a verse from the bible,
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He causes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.”
The scene continues to pan back to reveal an arctic-like landscape. A torn flag flutters past the screen, representing the destruction of the US. The scene shows two towers collapsing, and these are prominent representations of the twin towers collapsing. The next thing we see is a masked dancer, letting himself fall off an iceberg into the sea.
The scene then fades to fog, a boat with the head of Anubis at the bow. As the boat floats by, it reveals the legs of a figure standing in the boat. The scene then cuts to an iceberg shaped like a ship. On it is Osama bin Laden, who looks like he’s conducting an orchestra under a red crescent moon. The red crescent moon is a religious symbol for the end times. There is an upside-down flame on bin Laden’s beard, which symbolizes a soul still burning in the afterlife. He has black angel wings, making him the angel of death. He is also wearing a CIA uniform, hinting towards how the CIA funded al-Qaeda. Behind bin Laden is an army of missile soldiers.
In the next scene, it cuts to a drop of oil falling into the ocean, and in the background, you can see oil being mined. This is a tribute to the oil spills into the sea, along with sucking the earth dry for resources. Fading to an overview of the statue resembling Lady Liberty, but Heliofant’s website names her Lady Helotry. Under the surface of the water, you can see she’s standing on what looks like the Star of David. The torch falls from the Lady’s hand, symbolizing the end of liberty.
A fetus fills the screen in the next scene when the scene pans back it reveals the fetus is in an egg, and a snake is encircling the egg. A snake wrapped around an egg is known as an Orphic Egg, which represents the soul of the philosopher. There is a reptilian eye watching the egg via a monitor, overseeing its development.
The scene cuts back to the Anubis boat, revealing more of the figure this time including a burning heart. When it shows its face, there is a third eye on his forehead, symbolizing awareness. We can also see that the figure, which at this point we can tell is a Jesus figure, is wearing a crown of thorns.
Jumping back to the face in the monitor, which shows all of Draco’s face now as he looms over, and watches a young boy who Heliofant names Ludovic. The insert on the website for Ludovic reads, “In Latin, ludo means to play, and ovis (ovum/ovis) can mean egg. The egg is a symbol of the potential genetics and the soul. Ovis can also mean sheep in latin. But in reality, Ludovic comes from a Germanic name meaning illustrious in combat.” Draco seems to be controlling Ludovic, as stock market stats scroll past the young boys’ eyes.
The next scene shows an airstrike on a mosque, symbolizing the hostilities and violence in the middle east. Birds that look like their possibly Swallows fly out of the devastated mosque, symbolizing freedom and release. One of the birds turns into a butterfly and can be seen next fluttering around the hand of the Jesus figure before turning to flames at his fingertips. The butterfly acts as a messenger for what is happening on earth.
Again, we see the masked, dancing figure who some speculate is the Destroyer of Worlds in all its forms. Lefebvre revealed in an interview that it is supposed to be a Native American dancer. Quickly the scene cuts to that of an Arabic woman in all black, weeping over her broken and bandaged son while holding a vile of some sort. She has a halo around her head, and a mushroom cloud can be seen in the background. The Heliofant gallery names this image Pietà, which is an image in Christianity which depicts the Virgin Mary cradling the dead body of Jesus. In this case, the body she is cradling is that of her son, Aali. A scarab crawls across Aali’s face, representing regeneration.
The next scene shows a young African girl who has red-glowing robot-like eyes. She is holding a gun, as a faceless stranger pulls a ribbon off of her, and the lights in her eyes flicker out. This is a gesture horrible sex traffic trade that has overrun Africa and much of the world.
Next, we see another lotus flower as it flows down a green stream. The screen follows downstream to reveal Juan “Pepito;
“After years of economic exploitation and the environmental degradation, Juan “Pepito” has a decidedly sinking feeling.”
Juan is drowning in the green liquid with his sickle and hammer. Many believe this symbolizes the fall of Marxism and Communism.
In the next scene, it looks like we’re in a cave, on the ground there is a yin-yang symbol which merges, representing the lines between good and bad dissolving. A girl with a white flag is charging a line of tanks. The girl is named Sun-Sue, “Opposing courageously those who would enslave her.” She has several tattoos on her face, a heart on one cheek, an anti-toxicity symbol on the other and what look like Japan on her forehead. A skeleton hand is placed on her shoulder, and she turns around to face Skullduggery. In his shadow, she begins to worry and second guess her actions.
Again we see Jesus, who has had his eyes closed, or been asleep this whole time. The flame in his heart continues to grow as his boat travels. Back to Draco and Ludovic, the boy tries to fight off the sorcerer’s influence while Draco traumatizes him, showing how the powers that be try to keep the masses in line. Jesus’s boat is then seen, breaking from the 7th spiritual dimension to our world. Jesus’s boat is seen floating through a glacier cave, which looks like possibly both a heart and, or a brain. In this shot, his whole being is engulfed in flame, and a halo can be seen around his head. The cave begins to crumble around him.
We cut back to the masked dancer, for just a moment, who is now wearing a Kali mask. Next, we see fish jumping out of the water to land at Jesus’s feet inside the boat. This represents the souls that would be saved by Jesus.
In this next scene, we see a lone tower, over which a hand forms in the sky and shines a light. Inside the tower, we meet Madame Q, “Madame Q’s point of suffering is sex. Is it repression or indulgence? We don’t know. Yet there is shame there.” The old woman embodies the essence of Christianity, which has shut itself off from the rest of the world because of its dogmas. The naked, old, shriveled woman is meant to represent what Christianity has become. When the light shines on Madame Q, the period stain on her underwear disappear, a representation of the sins of her sex being forgiven. It is also possible that she represents womanhood, trapped by the church, and religions over the centuries, and set free by her savior.
We next see an army of smoke figures, all looking the same. Jesus comes up from the ground underneath and wipes them all out, symbolizing judgment, and destruction of the system. After this, we see the Draco monitor slithering away from Ludovic. The boy stands, his head and consciousness are clear and free. We see Skullduggery conducting an orchestra, a hint to death being the ultimate master.
Aali can be seen rising up into the sky dressed in white clothing, known as a traditional Sufi man-dress, which is a symbol of Islamic renewal and purity. Heliofant describes him as, “The whirling heart of Islam awakened to the one true God! He is free and needs no control.” The boy is whirling in the place of the mosque, which is situated in Jerusalem, where all Abrahamic religions come to intersect. This represents a connection and a new community of the whole world.
The masked dancing figure, who we know to be a Native American dancer, reappears, dancing around a fire pit. Heliofant names this character, “The keeper of the flame.” There is a glowing star on the keeper’s chest, and they’re wearing a new mask. This first mask resembles that of a frog possibly? It also slightly resembles a totem face, and as the keeper moves around the tower, he is in, faint waves rise up from the floor. The mask then turns into that of a bear, complete with large paws. They then become a bird of prey, with wings on their arms, and then finally there is no mask. The keeper looks free and happy as if having shed some burden.
We finally see Jesus leaving the collapsing cave, and there is a devil’s gargoyle head atop the cave entrance, which Jesus exits. As he leaves, he leaves a trail of blossoming lotus behind him; this is a symbol of enlightenment and awakening. As he rides off into the sunset, finally he opens his eyes! His eyes have a flame behind them, and his crown of thorns disappears. As soon as the crown is gone, the chapel, which stands in the background and held the cave Jesus was traveling through, begins to collapse. This signifies the breakdown of the religious and psychological barriers which hold us back.
The church collapsing in on itself is an incredibly symbolic image. Recently people have made connections to how the spiral on the cathedral of Notre Dame collapsed in a very similar way. There are many interpretations of what this scene truly represents. Some believe that this image depicts Jesus as the antichrist, which breaks down modern religion, society, and current ways of thinking. Others feel that this symbolizes Christ breaking free from the restraints of a corrupt church, and making way for a new world. Another widespread impression is that this signifies the end of old ideas and the ushering of a new era.
Moving forward into the sunset, Jesus leaves all previous structure behind him. We see a meteor hit a Pyramid in the horizon, the wake from the first collapse, then takes out the remaining pyramids. This is a representation of starting fresh in the new world.
This film is truly an occult masterpiece. Between the imagery, and the powerful music accompanying it, it is one of a kind. Not often is a film created with the purpose of being wily interpreted, and even the creator has said he is unsure about a lot of the imagery and symbolism embedded within it. It’s something you have to see for yourself to understand. Your understanding of this film will rely on your knowledge, and ability to think freely and openly. And it doesn’t matter how many times you watch it, and you will find a new angle each time.
Cachet is an early 20’s freelance writer out of the US Midwest. Along with a longstanding passion for writing, she has a great interest in the psychedelics, states of consciousness and the human psyche. Her main interests are in the different dream states, and their influences on the mind, as well as alternative pharmaceutical uses for certain psychedelics.
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