Ratatouille: Fate, Destiny & the Hero’s Journey

I am very pleased to offer this series of self-guided audio workshops providing in-depth commentary on films, which I’ve used at CMED and other venues to teach about archetypes, symbolic language and spirituality.

“I know of no one else who could have created ‘Archetypes & Movies’. Jim’s knowledge of both film and archetypes is breathtaking, not to mention his entertaining style.”
~Caroline Myss, author of Sacred Contracts

RatatouilleA Journey of Fate or Destiny?
I’ve chosen to begin this audio workshop series with Ratatouille the 2007 animated film from Disney/Pixar. Ratatouille is a story about the hero’s journey and the choices that transform a fated life into a destined one.

A fated life is governed by unquestioning submission to the laws, beliefs, customs and values of the tribe (society). In order to achieve a destiny the hero must learn to choose intuitive guidance over the ego’s fear of humiliation and failure. This workshop examines these ideas along with a rich experience of Joseph Campbell’s seminal work on the archetype of the hero’s journey. Even if you’ve watched this film with me before, you’ll find that this course brings more insights and a whole new depth to the experience.

“A completely original, instructive, and inspiring look at the hero’s journey through the lens of our favorite super rodent. Don’t miss it.” ~Mark Matousek, author of When You’re Falling, Dive

Ratatouille-phone800px“Ratatouille: Fate, Destiny & the Hero’s Journey” a self-guided audio workshop

$34.99

What you will receive:
1) A self-guided audio workshop to use in conjunction with watching the film.
2) A free companion workbook which includes:

  • Instructions on how to use the audio workshop with the movie
  • Archetypal profiles of the main characters
  • A guide to the Hero’s Journey
  • Reflections & Study Questions
  • Supplementary information to enhance your experience of the course

You can download the course immediately after purchase.

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What you need for this self-guided audio workshop:

  • A copy of the 2007 Pixar/Disney film Ratatouille. A DVD is helpful to allow you to skip movie chapters, but you may also use digital stream or download.
  • A way to listen to the audio workshop file separate from the film such as a computer, iPod, iPhone, Android smart phone or other digital audio player.

“Jim’s take on film doesn’t just touch your heart and intellect, it also stimulates your soul.” ~Ellen Gunter, author of Earth Calling: A Climate Change Handbook for the 21st Century

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“Thanks for the Memories” was comedian Bob Hope’s theme song from the time he introduced it in 1938 until his death at the age of 100 in 2003. It played as comforting, entertaining musical background music throughout my childhood, adolescence and, even, through a great deal of my adulthood. The bittersweet undertone of the music and lyrics kept it from being nostalgic because, just below the surface, it addressed loss—irreparable loss. What had begun as a love song, over the course of at least a half-dozen wars—declared or not—became a kind of requiem.

Simultaneously, it became a hymn of thanksgiving. The memories being, sometimes, the only thing we had to sustain us through loss. For sixty years Bob Hope, regardless of his politics—barely remembered now—reminded us to keep the memories fresh, to keep them alive.

In 2003, four years before his death, the Hollywood-Burbank Airport was re-named Bob Hope Airport. Bob Hope Airport is still the airport’s legal name but in 2016, less than 20 years after Hope’s death, the branding name of the airport (whatever that is) is once again the Hollywood-Burbank airport. This news saddened me. Hope was a hero in our household.

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