Monday, 17 November 2014

Frankie and Dino




A couple of pages out of a script written for a US kids' animation



EXT.DINOCAVE. DAY

DINO (pronounced Deeno) the young dinosaur is watching his
father (his hero), FRANKIE brushing his hair in the mirror.
Dad likes what he sees.
Next to the mirror is a photo of a dinosaur who resembles
Dean Martin.

FRANKIE
Did I ever tell you how your mom
and I came to name you, Dino?

DINO
(to himself)
Yes, dad it ...

FRANKIE
It was after that great dinosaur
singer, Dean Martinsaurus.

FRANKIE gives the photo a polish while he starts to SING.
DINO covers his ears.

FRANKIE (CONT’D)
When the moon hits your eye like
a Jurassic sky, that’s
Dinosauria”

With the singing over, DINO takes his paws away from his
ears.

FRANKIE (CONT’D)
Ain’t you excited? Heck! I know I
am. Me and my son in our first
trek into...
(Frankie sings this bit)
ta..ta. ta.ta..the Unknown
Forest”

FRANKIE looks at DINO.

FRANKIE (CONT’D)
Ain’t you even the slightest bit
excited?

DINO
Sure, dad but why do they call it
the Unknown Forest?

FRANKIE
It’s not the (Frankie uses rabbit
ears quotation marks with his
fingers) “Unknown Forest”. It’s
the
(Frankie starts to sing
this bit again)
ta..ta. ta.ta..the Unknown
Forest”

DINO
But why, dad?

FRANKIE
Because, it’s unknown and it’s a
forest.

DINO
But fathers and sons go there
every year. Don’t they know it
even a little bit by now?

FRANKIE
Dino, it’s not good to ask too
many questions.

DINO
That’s not what my teacher says.

FRANKIE
She’s doesn’t know what she’s
talking about, she’s just a
Microraptor.

DINO
She’s smart.

FRANKIE
She’s small. Small raptor, small
brain.

DINO
She says you’re the smartest man
in Dinosauria.

FRANKIE
She said that?

DINO
Sure did, dad.

FRANKIE
You must introduce me next time.

FRANKIE looks back at the mirror and GROWLS at what he
sees.

FRANKIE (CONT’D)
You monster!

FRANKIE winks at his reflection.


INT.PATH ON THE WAY TO THE UNKNOWN FOREST

FRANKIE and DINO trudge on. 
 
DINO
Are we there yet?

FRANKIE
We’ve only just left.

DINO
So we’re not there yet?

FRANKIE
No. Patience, my son.

DINO
Are we there yet?

FRANKIE
Can’t you do something? What about Eye-Spy?

DINO
Dad, that is so last ice age.

FRANKIE
Well what about that thing you’re carrying?

DINO
Oh, okay dad.

DINO takes a large shell he’s been carrying and puts it to his ear. DINO seems pleased.

FRANKIE
So what is that thing?

DINO
It’s a SyPod, dad. You can hear the sea. All the kids have got one.

FRANKIE walks on totally amazed.
FRANKIE
What will they think of next? Jeez...

FRANKIE and DINO reach the edge of the Unknown Forest. 
There is a long QUEUE of DADS and KIDS.

As FRANKIE and DINO arrive at the back of the queue, the rest turn.

ALL
HI!  

DINO/FRANKIE 
Hi. 

HERBIE, the Unknown Forest guide, is walking down the queue selling stuff from a basket. 

HERBIE 
(to FRANKIE)
Map of the Unknown Forest? 

FRANKIE looks at DINO who is looking back at his hero. 

FRANKIE
No thank you sir, we don't need a map of the
(Frankie starts to sing
this bit again)
ta..ta. ta.ta..the Unknown
Forest”

HERBIE
Whatever.

HERBIE starts to walk on, when DINO's back is turned. 
FRANKIE whispers.

FRANKIE 
(whispering)
Can I have a map, just in case?

HERBIE
Hey I ain't got all day, bud. 

FRANKIE hands over the money and HERBIE hands him the map. 
DINO turns around. 

DINO
What's that you got there, Dad?

FRANKIE hides the map behind his back.

FRANKIE
It's a surprise.  

The Queue moves 

DINO
Is it a free pass to all the rides in Dinosauria?

FRANKIE
Nope. Now looky here, the queue's moving. Let's walk.

DINO
Is it a lifetime supply of DinoCola? 

FRANKIE
Nope. Where do you get this stuff?

DINO sees it's just a map. 

DINO
It's just a map, Dad.

FRANKIE
It's not just a map. There's where you're wrong.It's a map 
to (Frankie starts to sing
this bit again)
ta..ta. ta.ta..the Unknown
Forest”

DINO
If you say so. (to himself) It's not that unknown, then.

FRANKIE and DINO are now at the entrance to the Unknown Forest. AVOLONIA is there to greet and meet. 

AVOLONIA
Hi boys! Aren't you two cuties. 

FRANKIE
I like to think so. 

AVOLONIA
So welcome to the  

(She sings
this bit)
ta..ta. ta.ta..the Unknown
Forest”


FRANKIE looks at DINO with 'I told you so' expression.  

AVOLONIA
If you two boys could just shuffle over to the Father/Son Welcome Area,
little old me would be real grateful.  

FRANKIE
Let's go son into the....

DINO
I know, Dad. 'Ta...ta...the unknown..'

 Excited FRANKIE is already way ahead.
 
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2014









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