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What influenced the piece?

MATT COPSON:
I was looking mainly at Jan Svankmajer animations as well as some shorts by Walerian Borowczyk. I was attracted to their moments of total stillness, a single frame of animation - followed by these eruptions.

Beast Epics is a popular genre in various literatures, consisting of a lengthy cycle of animal tales that provides a satiric commentary on human society. Although individual episodes may be drawn from fables, the beast epic differs from the fable not only in length but also in putting less emphasis on a moral.

The earliest European beast epics were in Latin, but vernacular epics in French, German, and Dutch existed in the late Middle Ages. Among the most famous are the 10th- and 11th-century cycles in which the hero is Reynard the Fox. The cycle includes the tale of the Fox and Chanticleer the Cock, the basis later of “The Nun’s Priest’s Tale” in Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. John Dryden used the beast epic as the framework of the poem The Hind and the Panther (1687), and Joel Chandler Harris’ Uncle Remus: His Songs and His Sayings (1880) derived many episodes from beast tales carried to the United States by African slaves. Animal Farm (1945), an antiutopian satire by George Orwell, is a modern adaptation of the beast tale.