Animation – Update and Mythological Research

Quick update on my animation progress! I have now been put back about a week due to a change in story. After having a chat with Alec I decided that there was too much going on and that it would be far too much work for me to get my ‘Remmy the Cat’  done in time for deadlines. Sooo… I am going to change my story to something  much simpler. I also have a new member to my solo squad, Clare McMurray who I am more than happy to work with. I think she will marvel in the story idea and research. 😀

As I would still like to try modelling and animating a quadruped I have decided to base my story around a flying horse AKA ….Pegasus. This is definitely going to be a challenge but I would like to challenge myself at some point this year. I haven’t rigged a thing thus far and haven’t modelled anything worth including in a showreel. So time to get to work!

I am going to look into various cultural myths and legends surrounding the winged horse, hopefully it might inspire my story.

Dictionary definition for BRAVE :- Ready to face and endure danger or pain; showing courage. ‘A brave soldier’ , ‘he put up a brave fight before losing’, ‘he was very brave about the whole thing’, ‘it was a time to remember the brave’ – Oxford Dictionary


Image Courtesy – Wikipedia

Myths and Legends – I am going to look into various cultural myths and legends surrounding the winged horse, hopefully it might inspire my story as I haven’t got one yet…mainly just images floating around in my head which make no sense! Hopefully some inspiration might come soon.

Pegasus in Greek Mythology


Pegasus is a winged stallion derived from Greek mythology. Although there aren’t many stories with Pegasus therein, there are many variations of winged horses depicted in various myths and legends. Firstly I will look into the Greek side…

“He was captured by the Greek hero Bellerophon near the fountain Peirene with the help of Athena and Poseidon. Pegasus allows the hero to ride him to defeat a monster, the Chimera, before realizing many other exploits. His rider, however, falls off his back trying to reach Mount Olympus. Zeus transformed him into the constellation Pegasus and placed him up in the sky.” – wikipedia

After helping the Greek hero Bellerophon defeat the Chimera, Zeus transformed him into a constellation and gave him a place in the sky……hmmm this phrase gave me some inspiration on how to start my story!

-Pegasus is also considered to have been the bringer of thunderbolts to Zeus at Mount Olympus.

-According to legend, everywhere the winged horse struck his hoof to the earth, an inspiring spring burst forth….interesting!

Here is a play on the Pegasus story, animated by Disney… I remember watching this when I was younger!

Ahhh more good memories from Disney’s Fantasia (1940) … scene with some Pegasus.


The sister of He-man…She-ra was a princess who rode a flying unicorn which looks very similar to a pegasus. I included this here as I love the artwork! ‘By the power of Greyskull!’




Chinese Mythology

Similar to Pegasus in Greek mythology ,Tianma (meaning heavenly horse) was a wingless flying horse in Chinese folklore.

(天馬 Tiānmǎ, “heavenly horse”)


Description of this Chinese mythological icon taken from “Encyclopedia of beasts and monsters in myth, legend and folklore” …. “In Chinese folklore, living upon Horse-Success Mountains is a creature known as the Tianma meaning celestial horse. It is described as looking like a white dog with a black head and when it sees people it takes to the air and flies away. Although it doesn’t resemble a horse it is referred to one due to the cries it makes.” 

Islamic Mythology

“In Islamic tradition, Haizum is the horse of the archangel Gabriel. It is a white, flaming, spiritual horse that has a pair of wings like that of a pegasus and can fly swiftly from one cosmic plane to another in a second. Haizum was God‘s gift to Gabriel for pleasing Him.” – wikipedia


Anthony Pontrello (Italo-American, b. 1950)

Turkic Mythology

In Inner Asian Turkic languages the term “Tulpar” refers to winged horses. These horses appear in many Inner Asian legends and myths. So interesting how winged horses are such a huge part of myths and folklore! It is believed that the Tulpar first originated as a symbolic combination of a horse and a bird of prey. The tuple is so symbolic in Central Asian culture that it appears in the state emblems of both Kazakhstan and Mongolia.


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Oxford Dictionaries | English. (2017). English Dictionary, Thesaurus, & grammar help | Oxford Dictionaries. [online] Available at: [Accessed 20 Nov. 2017].

Bane, T. (n.d.). Encyclopedia of beasts and monsters in myth, legend and folklore. (2017). Haizum, the Stallion of Gabriel. [online] Available at: [Accessed 20 Nov. 2017].

Hood, N. (2017). Top 10 Mythical Horses – [online] Available at: [Accessed 20 Nov. 2017]. (2017). Pegasus and Bellerophontes, the myth of Bellerophontes and Pegasus who killed Chimera. [online] Available at: [Accessed 20 Nov. 2017].

Pinterest. (2017). She-Ra. [online] Available at: [Accessed 22 Nov. 2017].

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