"Bambi Meets Godzilla" (1969)

        Click on the link to watch this short (1 minute and 29 seconds) animation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4s-_cZNAGs

        Can you identify the structuring binary oppositions?  You will notice quickly that, once you've gotten past the first binary, you have to think a little harder, more abstractly, about the "bundles of constituent mythemes" which are vertically associated with the first binary.  Once you have them stacked into privileged and privative groups, use them to decide whether this is a comedy, a tragedy, or a satire.  What does that decision tell you about the underlying "myth" or subtextual statement the animation communicates?  Why might that make this film a Counter-Culture cult favorite in 1969?  (Hint: what had the United States just experienced in 1968, and what was currently [still!] going on in Southeast Asia?)  This film, simple as it is, fulfilled Horace's dictum "to delight and instruct" its audiences because of the structuring myth it told beneath its surface features.