Clawed and Sally
                        

Clawed and Sally

a short animated film script by Roger Blonder FADE IN: INT. THEATER STAGE - PITCH BLACK A spotlight FADES IN on THE STORYTELLER. He looks into the camera and commences his poetic tale: STORYTELLER I'm here with a story to expound on the glory of life in the most bewildering of times. And it is the wish of my heart, And you must know from the start, That I am but a vessel for the rhymes. For how could a man as simple as I, in a manner so blessed and awed, speak words of honey that flowed through my pen, by the will of my good friend named Clawed. Upon reciting the word "Clawed", the storyteller extends his right hand and contorts it into a claw, fingertips towards the audience. As he rotates his hand downward, it transforms into CLAWED THE BRONTOSAURUS: his middle finger becomes the neck and head of the dinosaur, his other fingers become the legs. A tail peels up from the back of his wrist. The brontosaurus hand speaks: CLAWED Greetings my friends from a time that once was, I am Clawed, the hand of pre-history. It is I who compose this river which flows with the heavenly light of an eternal mystery. I'm a sort of a prophet with nothing to lose for in a sense, as you know, I'm extinct. So let's get on with the show, for there's no place to grow, but into the light of a wisdom so clear and succinct that I have little doubt it will evolve your view of the meaning in life and what you can do to heal the wound in the heart of the world Prepare yourself for a journey of wonder - Unfurled! At "unfurled" the walls and floor of the theater stage fall away and Clawed the dinosaur hand is thrust forward through the blackness. The Storyteller trails behind his outstretched dino hand, waving in the wind. CLAWED (CONT'D) First we need to set the stage Take me out of this place It feels like a cage! A gateway of light opens up in the darkness. The Storyteller dissolves away as Clawed passes through, falling into the sky above a lush garden paradise. EXT. GARDEN SKY - DAY Clawed glides through the sky in a controlled fall. CLAWED I want to be free in a world without walls with flowers and mountains and tall waterfalls. He dodges a flock of birds, CLAWED (CONT'D) A place where white birds soar through lavender skies scatters a swarm of butterflies, CLAWED (CONT'D) with crystal blue lakes and pink butterflies. poofs through a cloud, and approaches a Great Tree in the middle of a garden meadow. CLAWED (CONT'D) A Garden I need to tell you this tale - with a tree - in a meadow, beyond the veil. EXT. GARDEN / TREE - DAY On the ground beneath the tree, a female brontosaurus, SALLY, arranges a pile of leaves into a bed, singing as she works. Clawed flies past the tree, stirring a wind that rustles the branches and carries up and away some of the leaves in her pile. Sally looks up at the source of the wind. She sees nothing. Clawed looks back to see her receding into the distance. He looks forward again to the surprise of a grove of trees on the bank of a river fast approaching. He attempts to alter his course, but it's too late. He loses control and crashes through the branches of a moss covered tree, draped in vines. EXT. GARDEN / RIVER - DAY Two large boughs break off and plunge with him into the rapids of the river. He churns in the water for a moment and then surfaces, tangled in vines, righting himself on the boughs like giant water skis. He gains his balance and skis the rapids with some agility. Quickly approaching a giant waterfall, he intentionally cuts out on a huge rapid and crashes down on a lush embankment, shaking the earth. EXT. GARDEN / TREE - DAY Sally the dinosaur stands alone under the great tree in the garden putting the finishing touches on her bed. The earth shakes, again rattling the leaves in the bed and on the tree. She looks up quickly, alarmed. EXT. RIVERBANK - DAY Clawed rolls over, gets up, and shakes himself off. In the crater that he gouged out, a trove of diamonds embedded in a broken lava tube sparkles in the sunlight. He admires his excavation with joy. EXT. GARDEN / TREE - DAY Seeing nothing, Sally sighs. The branches shake again. She looks up. SALLY Clawed. Is that you? Another rustle in the branches. SALLY (CONT'D) Clawed? The SERPENT drops down in right in front of her, causing Sally to jump back in fright. SERPENT Hello, Sally. SALLY You scared me! SERPENT To set the mood. SALLY Oh, spare me. SERPENT My intent, precisely. She begins to turn away, but the serpent eases forward, allowing his body to slip off of a large glowing fruit. It catches Sally's eye. She stops in her tracks, stunned. SALLY It glows. SERPENT Yes. Isn't it sweet. She cranes her neck to see the fruit. Her eyes widen. SALLY What fate does it reveal? SERPENT Come. Have a lick - (correcting himself) - a look. SALLY I mustn't. Yet she continues staring, mesmerized. SERPENT Oh, come on - just a little peek. You must be curious. The temptation is strong. She eases forward. SALLY Perhaps just a peek... She moves closer, drawn in by the intoxicatingly enchanting crystal ball-like fruit. Her eyes widen in palpable anticipation, but just before she arrives at ecstacy, the serpent cuts up from below, blocking her view. The glow casts an aura around his head. SERPENT Just one thing. She backs off in surprise. SALLY (taken aback) What? SERPENT As you can sense, the vision is strong today. For your welfare I can only permit you to gaze if you make me one small promise. SALLY Promise? SERPENT If you believe your eyes, you will allow me to keep you safe from the terrible fate. She backs away SALLY Terrible fate? and looks around in desperation. SALLY (CONT'D) Clawed!! The cunning serpent eases in trying to soothe her by hushing SERPENT (hushing) Shhhh shhhhh shhhhhh. He teases her by allowing his body to slip on and off of the fruit as he glides towards her. His charming eyes are authentic, irresistible: SERPENT (CONT'D) I must confess that sometimes I watch you from my perch in the branches. I listen to you sing. You are truly the most graceful creature in all the land. My heart would break if your beauty would be lost to the world. SALLY (in a daze) Lost to the world.. She is held captive by the fruit and his charms. He lets his body slide almost all the way off of the enchanting fruit and beckons towards it with his humbled head. The glow intensifies. The temptation is too strong for her to resist. SALLY (CONT'D) Let me see. Let me see! SERPENT Promise. SALLY (weakening) Clawed. SERPENT Promise. SALLY (defeated) I Promise. The serpent bows out, pulling away from the fruit. Sally eagerly approaches. She stretches her neck close up and peers deep within the fruit. Inside, a miniature vision of the garden paradise in which they stand. Her POV becomes fully engulfed within the reality inside the fruit and PULLS BACK in space to an out-of-body experience: EXTREME LONG SHOT - GARDEN MEADOW - DAY The tree sits in the center on a perfect peaceful day. Sally is gazing into the fruit on the tree. The serpent lurks on a branch. A fiery comet breaks through the atmosphere heading straight towards the meadow. The comet violently crashes and explodes into the land. When the dust settles, everything is destroyed except for the great tree in which the serpent still rests. The scene disintegrates away, bringing us back to the conversation UNDER THE TREE Sally frantically shakes her head and gasps as she snaps out of the nightmarish vision. Suddenly, she remembers Clawed. Her head darts left and right. SALLY Clawed! She begins to run, but the Serpent glides down to a low branch and drops his head to the ground, cutting her off. SERPENT So, you believe? SALLY The eternal fruit can never lie. SERPENT Then you must let me save you. SALLY I must find Clawed. SERPENT For what purpose? SALLY We must save him. SERPENT I spoke nothing of the thing. I can only take one. I have chosen you. SALLY But not without Clawed. SERPENT You gave your word. SALLY I won't go without Clawed! SERPENT Promise? The serpent blows a thick cloud of smoke out of his lips. The smoke envelops Sally causing her to cough and gag. She fully disappears within the smoke. The serpent lifts his head and inhales the smoke through his nostrils. When it clears, Sally is gone. The serpent quickly slithers to the highest branch of the tree. He lifts his head up to an unripened fruit and exhales the smoke over it. The smoke swirls into the fruit, which begins to ripen and glow, revealing inside a miniature vision of Sally. Inside the fruit, Sally darts this way and that, bumping against the inner walls of her new prison. She runs up to her window upon the world and peers down into the garden and out to the ends of the earth. She WAILS in great distress, but NO SOUND ESCAPES her enclosure. From her aerial vantage point, we see Clawed prancing back towards the tree below with his tree skis dangling by a vine draped around his neck. CLAWED Hey Sally, I'm back! Arriving under the tree, out of Sally's line of sight, Clawed bends down his neck and drops his skis. He creates a small clearing in a pile of leaves and twigs with his foot. He then swings his tail around to the front. The end of his tail is tied up in a knot. The knot unties itself, revealing a perfectly round ring of shiny volcanic rock encrusted with shiny diamonds. Clawed slides the ring off of his tail into the clearing. He uses the end of his tail to carefully hide the ring in the leaves. CLAWED (CONT'D) Sally! Hey Sally, where you hiding? He jogs back out into Sally's line of sight. She yells from the fruit above, but he can't see or hear her. CLAWED (CONT'D) Come out, come out, whereever you are! Clawed searches and calls for Sally to no avail. The Storyteller narrates the scenes described. STORYTELLER (V.O.) Clawed searched under every boulder, scoured every canyon, peered over every cliff. Sunset came. No Sally. The next morning; no Sally. He called out to her as loud as he could, he cried out all day and all night, but she was nowhere to be found. Sally tries to get Clawed's attention as the Storyteller narrates: STORYTELLER (V.O.) (CONT'D) Like, Clawed, Sally yelled and jumped and jostled inside the fruit to attract Clawed's attention. But it was of no use. The serpent sits watching the scene hidden from both Clawed and Sally in the branches of the tree. The Storyteller narrates as Clawed grows weary, lays down, and disintegrates into a dinosaur sized pile of dust: STORYTELLER (V.O.) (CONT'D) After many days, Clawed grew very tired. He stopped eating and drinking. He had searched so long and far that he couldn't walk another step. One night, he laid under the tree and went to sleep. The next morning, he was nothing but a giant pile of dust. DISSOLVE TO: EXT. GARDEN - SUNRISE The pile of Clawed dust rests in the field beside the tree. Sally wakes up inside her fruit. She desperately looks out across the landscape. She focuses in on the pile of dust. She lets out what, based on the look of her face, must be a heart wrenching scream, yet trapped in her prison, it is silent to the world. The crystal shell of her enclosure CRACKS from the base of the stem and down over the face of the fruit audibly releasing her piercing WAIL into the world. INT. SERPENT LAIR - MORNING The serpent is roused from his slumber by the scream. He lifts his head, realizes what he is hearing, and races up and out of the lair. EXT. GARDEN TREETOP - MORNING As Sally's WAIL continues, the serpent blasts into the light of the garden. A great wind rushes up behind him. The wind tears down through the branches, across the land and over the pile of Clawed's dust, lifting it up into the air. We follow the dust blowing higher and higher up into the heavens, out of the atmosphere and into an empty pitch black space where each spec takes its place as a star in the sky. The brightest specs form into a dinosaur constellation. BACK IN THE TREETOP, The serpent arrives at Sally's fruit. At the point where the crack in the crystal touches the stem, the stem begins to turn black with disease. The disease slowly spreads up into the branch. SERPENT What have you done! The serpent eases along the branch in front of Sally's, watching the disease as it spreads up into the tree. SERPENT (CONT'D) You have shattered the natural order! Sally attempts to suppress her cries, but with each gasping squeal, the disease spreads further into the branch. Leaves and fruits begin to shrivel and fall. SALLY Clawwwweed!! Ohhh Clawwwed! SERPENT Stop your crying! You are killing MY TREE! SALLY Your tree? YOUR TREE! Shots of life around the tree: HUMMINGBIRD SIPPING FROM BLOSSOMS BIRDS NESTING SPIDER SPINNING WEB SQUIRRELS RUNNING IN CIRCLES MONKEYS SWINGING THROUGH BRANCHES SALLY (CONT'D) (fuming) You cruel, selfish, pathetic murderous worm! The disease spreads into the serpent's branch causing it to blacken and break. He crashes to the branch below. The nearby creatures scatter. The serpent regains his balance, looks up to Sally with fiery eyes, rears up, grabs her fruit in his jaws, rips it from the tree and hurls it to the ground. The fruit explodes upon impact. Sally, full sized, emerges from the smoke, coughing and gagging. The serpent menacingly approaches her, but she backs away, then turns and runs. The serpent chases her across the meadow, but she escapes into the forest. DISSOLVE TO: EXT. FOREST CAVE - NIGHT Sally lays at the entrance of a cave concealed by branches and vines. Her head rests on the ground just outside the cave, gazing into a sky full of stars. Her labored breaths slowly begin to take on a melody. She sings in a quiet voice. We follow her song up into the stars. SALLY Whatever happened to happily ever after? My heart cries to see you again. No matter how long or how far my soul travels, I know I will see you, but when? A constellation of stars in the shape of a brontosaurus grows brighter and begins to twinkle. She lifts her head to witness the wonder in the sky above. Suddenly, the serpent's head drops directly in front of her field of view. She recoils in fright. SERPENT Because of you, my end is near. SALLY What do you want from me? SERPENT From you, nothing. I have something for you. She turns away. SALLY I want nothing from you. The serpent bows his head so that the lava diamond ring encircling his body falls off and rolls towards the cave. SERPENT It is not from me. It is from Clawed. He brought it to you on the day... On the last day. She looks at the ring. The diamonds embedded within begin to sparkle. She lowers her head and closes her sparkling eyes. SERPENT (CONT'D) I don't expect your thanks or deserve your understanding, but as my end is near, because of you, I must speak my piece. With Sally held captive in the cave, the serpent continues. SERPENT (CONT'D) Since the beginning of time, I have been alone; the only creature forsaken a mate in the garden. My cunning tongue, a curse. My only purpose, to be the spoiler of eternal life and love. Sally moves her head, but still doesn't look at him. SERPENT (CONT'D) I did not seek to ruin your life. I merely thought that if I saved you, you would appreciate me - with your love. The serpent lowers his head. Sally looks up. A tear forms in her eye. In the distant sky, one by one, the stars in the dinosaur constellation begin to fall towards each other and coalesce into a singular heavenly body which disappears behind the serpent's head Her eyes squint as if trying to see through the serpent. The tear begins to fall. The light from the newly formed comet gleams off of her tear. The serpent looks down to see Sally staring (apparently) right at him. He sees the tear. Overcome by the assumed acknowledgement of his existence, he pulls back his head. His position shifts just enough to reveal the fullness of the approaching comet in the sky beyond. Sally's eyes widen. The serpent sees the reflection in her eyes. He jerks his head around to see the comet approaching. He tenses and turns back to her. SERPENT (CONT'D) It approaches! Come, with me, to the tree! SALLY There is nothing left for me at the tree. SERPENT But you can't stay here. You will die, surely die. Sally looks up to the comet. The flaming fireball is actually an eternally blazing Clawed, joyfully soaring and tumbling towards the garden, as in the opening scene. SALLY (blissfully) Eternal flame. The serpent stares perplexed at the hypnotised Sally. In her eyes, the twinkling glow of the comet grows brighter. He breaks his stare to look up at the fast approaching comet. It is heading straight towards the great tree. The serpent firms up with determination. He looks directly at Sally. SERPENT Not like this! He throws himself out of the tree and races out of the forest. Sally watches him speed off, looks back to the Clawed comet. EXT. GARDEN MEADOW - NIGHT The serpent races across the meadow towards the tree. Sally steps out of the forest into the meadow to watch. The Serpent arrives at the tree, spirals up the trunk and twists through the dying branches which break off as he climbs. Seconds before impact, the serpent launches himself from the top of the crown and begins to open his mouth wide. At the last moment, he sees that the comet is actually Clawed. Just as the smiling, glowing Clawed disappears into the stunned serpent's gaping jaws, rays of light burst forth from his scales causing an explosion that TURNS NIGHT INTO DAY and RESURRECTS CLAWED who comes crashing to the ground of the EXT. GARDEN / TREE - DAY He tumbles to a standstill at the base of the now healthy tree in the middle of the lush garden meadow. He lies motionless for a time, then shakes his head, slowly stands up and dusts himself off. He rises his head to see Sally 50 feet away, pools of tears welling in her wide eyes. The reunited lovers stare into each other's souls and walk, then run, towards each other. They rub their necks together. Clawed raises his front leg. Sally meets it with hers. They rise on their haunches, interlocking legs and wrapping necks in a loving embrace. Slowly PULL BACK as the Storyteller DISSOLVES IN around his hugging dinosaur hands and the background around him blurs away, placing him at the center of an ETHEREAL SPOTLIGHT STORYTELLER When all seems lost and the end is near and all the hope is lost in fear, Our faithful hands will rise above to resurrect eternal love. The background of the Garden comes into view as the narrator's dinosaur hands transform back into his human hands, fingers interlocked as if in prayer. STORYTELLER (CONT'D) To life, to joy, to love, to laughter, with a prayer for happily ever after. As the Storyteller dissolves away, his hands transform back into Clawed and Sally. They release their embrace and begin to walk towards the forest. Baby dinosaur COMET dissolves into the scene, frolicking around Clawed and Sally. The three of them jump and dance into the distant paradise. FADE TO WHITE.