God Calls Moses to Mt. Horeb

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“3 Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.
“2 And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.
“3 And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.
“4 And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.”
–Exodus 3 King James Version (KJV)

Written Designed Directed Animated Produced etc. by Nina Paley. ninapaley.com
Music: excerpted from “Moses Supposes” (music by Roger Edens, lyrics by Comden and Green, vocals by Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor) from the motion picture Singin’ In The Rain.
Many sound effects from the wonderful freesound.org:
wind: freesound.org/people/medialint/sounds/11863/
fire: freesound.org/people/kingsrow/sounds/181562/
stick: freesound.org/people/davilca/sounds/159494/
thumps: freesound.org/people/FlatHill/sounds/211450/

Director’s note:
Obviously I took a few liberties here.
This is a work-in-progress and may be modified for the final film, Seder-Masochism. Stay tuned for the immediate next scene, where the burning bush gives instructions to Moses!


Author: Nina Paley

Animator. Director. Artist. Scapegoat.

3 thoughts on “God Calls Moses to Mt. Horeb”

  1. I feel an emotional disconnect when watching it… like, the music is all happy and everyone is dancing, but they seem to be dancing for no reason at all, so I’m just left feeling awkward and uncomfortable. Why am I supposed to be emotionally invested? What’s my justification? The lively music isn’t enough of a reason without anything to back it up.

    Maybe this is more clear within the context of the film (though I’m not sure how it could be), but that is my impression from watching just this one scene.

    The livestock noises at the beginning are a bit repetitive.

    The patterns and designs in the animation are good and inventive. The music is also really good (even though I couldn’t feel the justification for it).

    (Why am I here? Because I loved “Sita” and the finale of “Seder-Masochism”; I was recently researching Creative Commons licenses, stumbled across an old post of yours and decided to see what’s new…)

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