Saturday, September 02, 2006

The Case of Missing Duckling

After this, we decided to raid the studio in order to see the filming of new and improved “Tom and Jerry” episode. But unfortunately, studio was completely sealed to outsiders, and so we could only sneak some hears into the filming. Since there are very few dialogs and almost entire time there is background music playing in cartoon, apparently shouting is allowed on set while filming is on, as long as it is the director who is shouting. In the glorious past [sic] “the shouts of the characters were also allowed and encouraged, as it is very hard to dub the shouts later”, an insider told us later.

We reached the studio to hear the director shouting at the lion, “What are you roaring for? Didn't you get the script? Just smile, you don't want to scare away the children. That's right...” After some time, he was heard directing Tom on his scene, “Why are you looking around the hall? You can't take a nap now, you lazy cat. Do you want our viewers to get lazy? Go ahead, start drinking your milk like a good boy, I mean cat.”

“Ok Jerry, come out of your hole. Why are you peeking like that? No, he won't pounce on you now, you know that. Come out and go to him. No, no kicking, and don't even try to sneak into the fridge. Tom will share his sandwich with you...”

At this point, we spotted a guard, and hid in shadows till he passed by. Next time we got there, we heard the director shouting, “Tom, leave the duckling alone... You are not supposed to eat it now. Jerry catch him, and give him some water. I told you Tom, you are not supposed to run there. Can't you see all of us holding thess big “NO” banners?” At this time, a voice (that was the cameraman, who was exasperated at the idea of shooting the scene again, we found out later) stopped him, “Can't we just keep the scene? I mean, it looked from here like they were both rushing to help the duckling.”

Again the guard, we lost almost 5 minutes again trying to hide. We got back to hear, “Hey, watch where you are landing. You ARE landing, not snatching the duckling, nor the mouse. Just land beside them, and offer your help. Remember your contract. Yes, yes, help them... You know, with power comes responsibility and all that stuff...”

This time, the guard spotted us first. We ran him a merry chase, and just came back in time for, “Tom, no stealing the eggs, remember? And Hen, you are not supposed to peck him. Leave that for your husband. Why are you calling him for? Oh, leave the pecking for later. And you Mr. Rooster, get your sleeves down, no bashing the cat, remember?”

We looked up just in time to see a full company of guards running towards us, and decided that whatever stuff we had till then was enough for the fans. We ran off, and watched from a safe distance Tom chasing Jerry into sunset, both laughing madly. Looks like at least something is going to be the same in new cartoons...

P.S. Apparently, Tom and Tom and Jerry signed their resignation letters (which were forwarded to the new producers along with the entire crews') just after the shooting, and the chasing scene was not a scene. “It was almost like we were filming in good old days” our insider source added later, wiping his tears...



The Great Eagle has spoken...

Quote of The Day:
The dirtiest book of all is the expurgated book.
- Walt Whitman

6 Comments:

Cuckoo said...

Good that they signed their resignation letters, it's just no fun this way. Tom & Jerry is my favourite cartoon show & I can watch it repeatedly all my life with all my children, grandchildren.
The people who call it violent, do they know the meaning of violence?

SiD said...

really what fun wud, watching Tom and jerry, be if jerry is not making tom run around.. tying a cracker to its tail. (and tom goes rocketing to the sky).. or tom planning various 'violent' techniques to catch Jerry...
with the naughtiness missing... i dont think even the target audience is going to like it... (considering every age group watches T & J)

tomorrow they may not like hanuman (in the popular animated movie) setting lanka on fire...
Will hanuman sit on a table eating fruits and discussing with ravan about releasing Sita????
I am wary of commenting!!!

niki yokota said...

Glad u guys were not caught by the guards lolllll
my fav american cartoon was Lambsy. u know??

Fleiger said...

@Cuckoo: Apparently, water guns and balloons are going to be banned from next year, because that teaches kids to shoot and lob bursting things at each other... That's the definition of violence for them I guess.

@SiD: Tom and Jerry are cat and mouse (born enemies). Of course they have to fight.
And Hanuman? I wonder how his "breast-splitting" act ever escaped censors... that might give children ideas you know.

@Nikichan: Thankfully we had "borrowed" some traps and other items which are commonly used by tom and jerry for exactly that.
I didn't know Lambsy by the name, but I had seen those cartoons. They are really funny...

Figo said...

that will be one horrible world to live in :-( reminds me of the video of "another brick in the wall"

anyways, what should they do to calvin?

Fleiger said...

@Figo: Calvin? I shudder to think...