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HOLLY    50' Cartoon: follow your dream

CHARACTER AGE RELATIONSHIP DISTINCTIVES
BEE      f 30 Stewardess   Clumsy
HOLLY    f 18 Wagon Driver Story Teller
LEONARDO m 18 Inventor
THESPIAN m 18 Actor

Summary: A gifted story teller risks all for a new career

EXT NIGHT WIDE: OUTER SPACE

(Scene: a starry sky as viewed from a fast-moving space ship.
Bumble Bee appears in the distance wearing stewardess uniform,
flies toward audience.)

                              BEE

Good Evening, ladies and gentlemen. My name is Bumble....

(Collides noisily with camera lens, spread-eagled, takes out a
handkerchief and wipes lipstick stains from the camera lens --
squeaky squeaky -- as she clears her throat and speaks
nonchalantly)

                              BEE

My name is Bumble Bee. Welcome to Time Travel Airlines. I
will be your flight attendant as we travel back in time. It will
take just a few moments to travel back a hundred years, so
here's some light reading to keep you occupied.

(Bee flies out of frame. Opening credits roll as Camera
approaches Earth. When camera skims over the ocean, Bee flies
into frame and leads the way, talks over her shoulder)

                              BEE

Please remain seated and keep your safety belts fastened
until we come to a complete stop.

(An ocean wave laps up and soaks Bee, who falls out of frame.
She reappears soaking wet, wiping herself with a handkerchief)

                              BEE

(nonchalantly) Follow me, please.

(Camera follows a few inches behind Bee as she flies over rising
and falling ocean waves. A barracuda jumps out of the water and
snaps at Bee, she dodges, camera follows. Moments later, as she
flies over land, a bird flies into frame and snaps at Bee, she
dodges, camera follows. Over flatland, mountain, valley, river,
farmland, down a dirt road. Bee and camera dodge cross-traffic
horse and buggy, horse rears up.)

                            DRIVER

(Out of frame) Crazy driver!

(We approach a small town and fly between two posts that hold an
overhead sign: "Welcome to HOMETOWN" and a small sign on one of
the posts: "No Solicitors". We fly under an all-wood water tower
with sign: "HOMETOWN". We fly down main street and rise to make
a U-turn over stores and houses, descend and slow beside a horse
drawn wagon. As we zoom in we see that its really a mouse at the
reins of four guinea pigs harnessed to a faded matchbox with
wheels and a peeling paper sign on the side: "Hometown Cheese
Company". Bee turns, stops, and hovers as camera approaches
wagon.)

                              BEE

I'd like you to meet...

(Bee collides noisily with camera lens, spread-eagled, takes out
a handkerchief and wipes lipstick stains from the camera lens --
squeaky squeaky -- as she speaks nonchalantly)

                              BEE

I'd like you to meet Holly. She's a very talented
storyteller. Watch.

(Bee flies out of frame as camera zooms in on the female mouse
in bib-overalls and a straw hat who is driving the wagon, then
zooms in on four guinea pigs pulling the wagon)



EXT AFTERNOON WIDE: DESERT

(all guinea pigs look tired, walk with heads bowed, speak with
female voices)

                            GUINEA1

I'm tired.

                            GUINEA2

You're always tired.

                            GUINEA1

Am not.

                            GUINEA2

Are too.

                            GUINEA3

For what it's worth I'm tired too.

                            GUINEA4

You always side with her.

                            GUINEA3

Do not.

                            GUINEA4

Do too.

                            GUINEA2

Could you please pull a little harder? I'm tired of
pulling your load.

                            GUINEA1

Will you listen to that?! This one hasn't pulled her
share of the load since the day she joined the hitch!

                            GUINEA2

You're just jealous.

                            GUINEA1

Am not.

                            GUINEA2

Are too.

                            GUINEA3

You really ought to show her more respect, you know.
She IS the most experienced one in the hitch.

                            GUINEA4

You are such an apple polisher.

                            GUINEA3

Am not.

                            GUINEA4

Are too.

                            GUINEA3

Am not.

                            GUINEA4

Are too.

                             HOLLY

Stop it all of you! We're all tired. It's been a long
week. We can do without all the bickering.

                            GUINEA1

She started it.

                            GUINEA2

Did not.

                            GUINEA1

Did too.

                            GUINEA2

Did not.

                            GUINEA3

Yes you did. You're always picking on her.

                            GUINEA4

You are such an apple polisher.

                             HOLLY

Hey, ladies! Can we please just get along?! We just
have one more load to carry and then you're out to pasture for
the whole weekend.

                            GUINEA1

Working is always more pleasant when you tell us a
story, Holly.

                            GUINEA2

Yeah, Holly, how about another story?

                            GUINEA3

Yeah, tell us a story.

                            GUINEA4

The vote is unanimous. You have to tell us a story.

                             HOLLY

(sighs) Alright. Let's see. The President was coming to
visit. And every wagon owner in town wanted to pick up the
president at the train station and parade him through town to
the hotel. But, they asked themselves, "How will we decide which
wagon gets the honor of carrying the president? A race. Yes,
that's it...."

EXT AFTERNOON WIDE: DESERT TOWN

(A bubble forms over Holly's head which contains a visualization
of the wagon race. Each match box wagon is drawn by four guinea
pigs and steered by a mouse. But the sound track is horses and
real wagons)

                             HOLLY

A race up to the top of Hickham's bluff and back to
town again. The wagons raced two at a time in the eliminations
and finally came down to the team from the saw mill and the team
from Hometown Cheese Company. Ready... Set... Go!

(The bubble over Holly's head grows larger as the race becomes
more intense, finally filling the screen. Holly's voice fades as
an English announcer's voice grows louder)

                           ANNOUNCER

And they're off and running! The two wagons are
neck and neck as the wagons leave the city limits and head for
Hickham's bluff. The pace quickens as the two teams vie for
position as the road narrows to a one-lane bridge over the
river.

(Holly stands with reins in a close-up and steps off the wagon
onto the rumps of the closest two guinea pigs)

                             HOLLY

Come on, ladies. Pull together! This is a team effort!

(Holly uses her own tail as a whip and cracks it noisily over
the heads of the guinea pigs)

                             HOLLY

Hyaah!

                           ANNOUNCER

It's the cheese factory wagon in the lead as the
wagons cross the bridge.

(the hump-back bridge launches both wagons briefly as they
cross)

                             HOLLY

That's it ladies, now you're pulling together.

(Yelps, cracks tail-whip)

                           ANNOUNCER

Once again the road widens and the team from the
saw mill advances on the leader as they enter the winding road
up to the top of the bluff. Now the saw mill wagon overtakes the
cheese factory wagon, and forces the leaders partially off the
road. They must slow down to recover and the cheese factory
wagon now trails the saw mill wagon by three lengths.

                             HOLLY

Come on, ladies, you can do this!

(Both wagons disappear to the back side of the bluff. Sudden
silence as the camera slowly rises over the tranquil crest of
the bluff, then after a few seconds, the deafening noise of
horse hoofs and wagon wheels, then both wagons come directly at
the screen and launch over the crest)

                             HOLLY

That's it, girls, show them what a team effort can do!

                           ANNOUNCER

It's now neck and neck as the two teams crest the
bluff and begin their descent back to town. It's saw mill and
cheese factory. Cheese factory and saw mill at breakneck speed.
This has to be some kind of record. These teams are both
throwing caution to the wind as they approach the one lane
bridge for the final time.

(Saw mill wagon swerves toward cheese factory wagon. Seedy saw
mill driver laughs fiendishly)

                             HOLLY

Oh, no you don't. You're not doing that again! Come on
ladies! Give it all you got!

(Holly yelps and cracks tail-whip repeatedly.)

                           ANNOUNCER

The teams are approaching the bridge now. And...
it's the cheese factory wagon who takes the lead and crosses
over the bridge, followed closely by the saw mill wagon.

(The wagon launches over the bridge, knocking Holly off her
feet, she lands face up on the wagon tongue between guinea3 and
guinea4, Holly holds her head and groans)

                           ANNOUNCER

Oh! The cheese factory team is in trouble. The
driver is no longer in control. And the saw mill wagon takes the
lead as they make the turn and head toward the finish line.

                            GUINEA3

Are you alright, Holly?

                            GUINEA4

Are you hurt?

                             HOLLY

Keep going. You're a team. You don't need me. You're
pulling together just fine without me! You can do this! Go!

                           ANNOUNCER

Wonder of wonders! The cheese factory wagon has
overtaken the saw mill wagon and the two teams are now neck and
neck as they approach the finish line. It's cheese factory and
saw mill. Saw mill and cheese factory. Both teams are giving it
everything they've got. At the wire it's... Cheese factory by a
neck.

(Holly's head pops up into view of the spectators as the racers
cross under the "Finish Line" banner. Crowd noise erupts.
Suddenly the story bubble breaks like glass, revealing Boss rat
in a brown suit, derby hat and a cigar in his mouth)

EXT AFTERNOON WIDE: CHEEZE FACTORY

                             BOSS

(shouts) Get to work! You've got one more load of cheese
to deliver before quitting time!

(slams factory door)

                             HOLLY

Yes, boss.

(camera pans to guinea pigs who are sweating and panting as if
they had been racing)

                            GUINEA1

That was a great race, Holly!

                            GUINEA2

We did good, didn't we?!

                            GUINEA3

What a team!

                            GUINEA4

Best in the land!

(Bee flies into frame as camera zooms out quickly to outer
space)



EXT MORNING WIDE: HOLLY'S YARD

                              BEE

Let's jump ahead in time to tomorrow. It's Saturday.

(Camera follows Bee in a fast zoom directly to the town
entrance, under the sign, over some buildings, by the water
tower, to Holly's house with peeling paint and some shutters
with broken hinges, through the picket fence gate with one hinge
broken, through the open front door, out the back door, between
two lines of hanging laundry, two rows of corn, two rows of
tomatoes, right turn, between two rows of grape arbor, to the
radishes and carrots planted beyond. Holly is on her knees
pulling weeds and dropping them into a square wicker basket with
a bow-handle. After a moment, she removes the broad-brim straw
hat she is wearing and wipes her brow on her sleeve. POV Holly
looks up a the hot sun. A red-headed woodpecker -- Woody --
falls gracelessly, flapping its wings frantically as it drops
across the face of the sun. Thud.

                             WOODY

(a child's voice, grunts, cries)

                             HOLLY

Hey, little fellow, you okay?

                             WOODY

No. (pants, cries)

                             HOLLY

You must be just learning how to fly, huh?

                             WOODY

(pants) It's too late.

                             HOLLY

Too late? Why?

                             WOODY

They're all gone.

                             HOLLY

Where did they go?

                             WOODY

Today is empty nest day.

                             HOLLY

Empty nest day?

                             WOODY

Yeah. Papa said (imitates) "Today, you either fly or
you die." I guess that means today I...

                             HOLLY

...Now wait a minute. You can try again.

                             WOODY

Papa says, "You only get one chance and then it's over.
You're cat food."

                             HOLLY

Well, I suppose that, under ordinary conditions, Papa
would be right. But Papa never had me for a friend. Come on.

(Holly dumps the weeds from the wicker basket and lifts Woody
into it. She lifts the basket with her tail and climbs the
nearby tree. When she finds the nest concealed in a hollow
between two branches she stands on the branch and lifts Woody
into the hollow)

                             HOLLY

Okay, here you go. Try again.

                             WOODY

I can't.

                             HOLLY

Sure you can. You're a bird. Birds fly. Therefore, YOU
can fly. Get it?

                             WOODY

No. I'm scared.

                             HOLLY

Let me tell you a story.

(A bubble forms over Holly's head which contains a visualization
of the soccer game as it unfolds. The aerial soccer game is
played at rooftop level by birds in flight in the rectangular
space enclosed by four houses. The slanted rooftops are filled
to capacity with row upon row of spectator birds of all kinds,
some with triangular flags with their team names and colors. The
reserve players sit on the rain gutters on the sidelines. The
goals are Holly's square wicker baskets that are wedged into the
rain gutters of the end houses. Crowd noise.)

                             HOLLY

It was the championship game. It was the blue birds
against the cardinals...

(The bubble over Holly's head grows larger as the game becomes
more intense, finally filling the screen. The birds all wear
numbered dickeys. Holly's voice fades as an English announcer's
voice grows louder)

                           ANNOUNCER

The game is tied three to three with just thirty
seconds remaining. It's a shot on goal! The goalie deflects the
shot! The ball bounces off the post!

(The goalie bats the ball with his wing tip. The soccer ball is
a dandelion gone to seed. When the ball hits the corner of the
wicker basket, it disintegrates into floating seeds. The
referee, a parrot in a black and white striped dickey
power-dives to the lawn below and cuts the head off one of many
dandelions in various stages of going to seed.)

                           ANNOUNCER

It's a corner kick for the cardinals and the
players in front of the goal vie for position. Here's the corner
kick, a perfect pass to the striker...

(a blue bird player slaps the legs of the striker just before he
receives the pass, causing the striker to bang his head on the
rain gutter. Then the striker falls out of frame. The ball is
kicked away by the defender.)

                           ANNOUNCER

But the striker is taken out of the play by a
bluebird defenseman and the ball is clear to the bluebird
midfielder. But there's a cardinal defenseman there who
slide-tackles the ball out of bounds.

(the referee blows his whistle)

                           ANNOUNCER

The referee has stopped the game. Let's go down
onto the field and get the call.

(close-up of referee)

                            REFEREE

(talks like a parrot) Brrrrrock! There's an injury on
the field. Brrrrrock!

(camera zooms past the crowd and the players to the lawn below,
where a cardinal player is sprawled out face up, grimacing)

                           ANNOUNCER

Apparently, during the last corner kick the striker
was injured just before the attempted shot on goal. This looks
serious.

(camera pans to the reserve players on the rain gutters, the
                             coach

wearing a jacket with "coach" emblem -- hovers left and
right in front of the cardinal reserve players)

                           ANNOUNCER

It looks as if there will be a substitution. But
the injured Cardinal was named player of the year last year.
Noone could fill this players shoes. It looks as if the
cardinals hopes for a second championship title is fading fast.
But who will the coach choose?

(coach points his wing tip at Woody)

                             COACH

You.

                             WOODY

(stands) Me?!

                           ANNOUNCER

This is incredible! The coach has selected a
cardinal who isn't even a cardinal! The coach has chose a rookie
woodpecker to replace the veteran all-star.

                             COACH

Get in there and win the championship for us.

                             WOODY

But...

                             COACH

You can do this. I believe in you. Go!

                             WOODY

Well, okay.

(Woody flies to the middle of the field)

                           ANNOUNCER

Ladies and gentlemen, this is unprecedented in
championship history! If this rookie looses the ball game, this
coach will be out of a job tomorrow. Here's the cardinal restart
from the throw-in from the side lines with less than ten seconds
remaining in the game. The throw-in goes to the midfielder, who
passes to the forward. Square pass cross field to the other
forward, centering pass to the rookie. The woodpecker flies by
one defender, then a second. Now only the goalie stands between
the woodpecker and a repeat championship. The rookie dribbles,
he shoots, he scores! And the cardinals take home the trophy for
a second year in a row! Unbelievable! That little woodpecker can
really fly!

(suddenly the story bubble over Holly's head breaks like glass,
revealing a bird's eye view of Mother Mouse holding a basket of
laundry)

                            MOTHER

Holly, dear, get down from there. You'll break your
neck.

                             HOLLY

Yes, mother.

                            MOTHER

Holly, dear, I need you to hang this load of laundry
on the lines for me. I'm lake for my pinochle game.

                             HOLLY

Yes, mother.

(Mother puts down laundry basket, turns back toward house)

                             HOLLY

(turns to Woody) Alright, Woody, do you remember what
the coach said?

(Holly moves her mouth but the coaches voice is heard)

                             COACH

You can do this. I believe in you. Go!

                             WOODY

I can do this.

(Woody jumps from his perch, flaps his wings frantically, drops
out of frame like a stone)

                             COACH

(voiceover) You can do this. I believe in you. Go!

                             WOODY

I can do this.

(Woody pulls out of his nose dive just in time, demolishing the
heads of two dandelions, then disappears into the blue sky. Bee
flies into frame as camera zooms out quickly to outer space)


INT MORNING WIDE: SUNDAY SCHOOL

                              BEE

Let's jump ahead in time to tomorrow. It's now Sunday
morning.

(Camera follows Bee in a fast zoom directly to the city
entrance, under the sign, over some buildings, by the water
tower, to Holly's little country church, through the double
doors, down the aisle, out the back door, down the basement
step, into the open door, down the hall, into the classroom.
Several tiny mice are sitting on the floor enraptured by Holly's
Bible story as she sits on a chair, gesticulating with her
hands)

                             HOLLY

(panicked) What are we going to do?! The Egyptian army
is coming. But we have nowhere to go except into the Red Sea.

(A bubble forms over Holly's head which contains a visualization
of the crowd of tiny mice, wearing tunics and sandals, pressing
in on Moses Mouse, wearing a black suit, a flat brimmed hat, a
white clerical collar, a full beard and long curly sideburns)

                             HOLLY

Moses raised his walking stick and shouted...

(Holly raises her arm)

                             HOLLY

Stand firm!

(The bubble over Holly's head grows, filling the screen. A
windblown Moses repeats)

EXT MORNING WIDE: THE RED SEA

                             MOSES

Stand firm!

(Moses turns, wades into the water, then holds his walking stick
toward the opposite shore)

                             MOSES

Let the waters of the Red Sea part and let the children
of Israel follow me on dry ground between the waters.

(The waters part in line with where Moses points. The sound of
wind and water increases. Moses walks toward the receding water
and the water piles up on both sides)

                             MOSES

Come children, follow me!

(the tiny children of israel follow moses through the Red Sea,
fish are seen swimming on both sides, while the thunder of hoof
beats and wagon wheels increases. Suddenly the story bubble over
Holly's head breaks like glass, revealing the Pastor who looks
remarkably like Moses -- except for the curly sideburns --
standing in the doorway)

                             MOSES

I'm sorry to interrupt, Holly dear. But the other
Sunday school teacher didn't show up this morning. Would you
please be a dear?

                             HOLLY

Yes, of course, Pastor. Bring the other class in here
with me.

                             MOSES

Thank you, Holly. You're a life saver. (exits)

(POV Holly's gaze moves from the closing door down to the baby
mice sprawled out on the floor, soaking wet, spitting water.
Flopping fish and star fish litter the floor.)

                             HOLLY

Now where were we. Oh, yes, we were marching through
the Red Sea...

(Bee flies into frame as camera zooms out quickly to outer
space)

EXT NIGHT WIDE: OUTER SPACE

                              BEE

Let's jump ahead in time to tonight. It's Sunday night.

(Camera follows Bee in a fast zoom directly to the city
entrance, under the sign, over some buildings, by the water
tower, to Holly's house, through her open second floor window.
Holly's sleeping. A bubble forms over Holly's head which
contains a visualization of Holly's dream. Spinning newspapers
stop spinning to reveal headlines. It's the Hometown Gazette.
"Home Town Girl Wins Award","Holly does it again!","Holly Sets
Attendance Record","Holly Wins Three Straight Awards". The
balloon shrinks quickly and disappears. Bee flies to Holly's
pillow and whispers into her ear. A chant begins faintly in the
background and repeats louder with each repetition: "It's time
to go." Holly sits up in bed.)

                             HOLLY

(gasps, holds head) There it goes again. I wonder what
it means. What am I saying? I know what it means. It means the
same thing as last time. I can't keep ignoring my dream. But I
can't leave. What will everybody say? They need me.

(Holly sighs, lays back and closes her eyes. A bubble forms over
Holly's head which contains a visualization of the wagon race
after Holly is injured.)

                             HOLLY

Keep going. You're a team. You don't need me. You're
pulling together just fine without me!

(The bubble image changes to the soccer game, where coach is
reassuring Woody)

EXT AFTERNOON WIDE: NEIGHBORHOOD ROOFTOPS

                             COACH

You can do this. I believe in you. Go!

(The bubble image changes to Moses at the windblown Red Sea)

                             MOSES

Follow me!

(The balloon shrinks quickly and disappears. But Moses' voice
continues)

EXT AFTERNOON WIDE: THE RED SEA

                             MOSES

Follow me! Follow me! Follow your dream. Follow your
dream!

                             HOLLY

(sits up in bed) I'll do it! I will follow my dream.

(Bee flies into frame as camera zooms out quickly to outer
space)

EXT MORNING WIDE: SKY ABOVE TOWN

                              BEE

Let's jump ahead in time to tomorrow. It's Monday
morning.

(Camera follows Bee in a fast zoom directly to the city
entrance, under the sign, over some buildings, U-turns around
the water tower, back to the city entrance. The back side of the
sign reads "HOMETOWN City Limit". Several dozen animals converge
as Holly, dressed in a dress and her Sunday straw hat and
carrying her suitcase, heads out of town. Mother, Boss and Moses
step into her path under the sign)

EXT MORNING WIDE: EDGE OF TOWN

                            MOTHER

Holly dear, be reasonable! You can't just leave town.

                             HOLLY

(stops, turns) I have to follow my dream, Mother.

                            MOTHER

But where will you go?

                             HOLLY

I've decided to go to Big City.

                            MOTHER

Big City?! Why Big City? What's in Big City that you
can't find here in Hometown?

EXT AFTERNOON WIDE: HOLLY'S YARD

(A bubble forms over Mother's head which contains a
visualization of her real fear. Mother bends over laundry
basket, pulls out a sheet, hangs it on the clothes line. As she
smoothes the sheet, she moves right. Looking beyond the end of
the sheet, she sees her neighbor at the fence.)

                           NEIGHBOR

You're late for Pinochle, Mildred.

                            MOTHER

I'm sorry, Ethel, I won't be able to make it today.
With Holly gone, I have noone to do the laundry or weed the
garden. Maybe next week, Ethel.

(Bubble disappears)

EXT MORNING WIDE: EDGE OF TOWN

                            MOTHER

Don't go, Holly.

(woody, perched on top of the city limit sign, flutters down and
hovers in front of Holly)

                             WOODY

Holly, this is empty nest day. This is your chance to
fly!

                             HOLLY

I don't really know what is in store for me out there,
Mother. But I think it's time for me to set out on my own.

                             WOODY

That's the spirit, Holly!

(flies out of frame)

                             BOSS

You'll never find a job in Big City. Big City will chew
you up and spit you out!

                             HOLLY

In my dream I made a good living from telling stories.

                             BOSS

Who would pay YOU to tell stories?

(A bubble forms over Boss's head which contains a visualization
of his real fear. Boss wears bib overalls but continues to wear
his derby hat and smokes a cigar as he guides the team of guinea
pigs to the front of a general store.)

EXT AFTERNOON WIDE: DESERT

                            GUINEA1

I'm tired.

                            GUINEA2

You're always tired.

                            GUINEA1

Am not.

                            GUINEA2

Are too.

                            GUINEA3

For what it's worth I'm tired too.

                            GUINEA4

You always side with her.

                            GUINEA3

Do not.

                            GUINEA4

Do too.

                             BOSS

Wo, you miserable guinea pigs! I don't know how Holly
ever put up with you. Wo!

(Guinea pigs stop. Boss jumps down from the wagon and walks
around to the tailgate as the proprietor comes out of the store)

                          PROPRIETOR

Hey, Thaddeus, you're two days late on this
delivery!

                             BOSS

I'm sorry, Mr Wilson. I lost my driver and noone else in
town will work for the miserable wages I pay.

(picks up two wheels of cheese)

                          PROPRIETOR

Sorry, Thaddeus, I had to find another supplier.
(returning to store) Go sell your cheese somewhere else.

                             BOSS

(groans, drops cheese into wagon) Rats! That's the third
customer I lost this week!

(Bubble disappears)

EXT MORNING WIDE: EDGE OF TOWN

                             BOSS

Don't go, Holly.

(group shot of four guinea pigs)

GUINEA PIGS -- Go Holly, go Holly, go Holly, go go go!

(zoom out to show a large herd of guineas)

GUINEA PIGS -- Go Holly, go Holly, go Holly, go go go!

                             HOLLY

Boss, if I've been given a talent for story telling,
I'm sure I can make a living from it.

GUINEA PIGS -- (cheer)

                             MOSES

Holly dear, before you take such drastic action, you
need to know what you're up against. Between here and Big City
are miles and miles of desert. How will you survive?

(A bubble forms over Moses' head which contains a visualization
of his real fear. Moses sits in shirtsleeves in Sunday School
reading a Bible story, as the young mice swarm, climbing on the
furniture, hanging from the oil lamp chandelier, pulling all the
books off the shelf, painting on the walls, one of them hangs a
"kick me" sign on Moses' back. The door opens, an adult female
mouse pokes her head in.)

                            FEMALE

Sorry to disturb you, Pastor, but the other Sunday
School teacher didn't show up today. Would you mind if we send
her children in with you?

                             MOSES

More?! You want to send more?! I can't even control the
children I have!

(Bubble disappears)

                             MOSES

Don't go, Holly.

BABY MOUSE -- You can make it to the promised land, Holly. We
believe in you.

(zoom out to show two dozen baby mice)

                             MICE

Go Holly, go Holly, go Holly, go go go!

                            MOTHER

Please, Holly dear, don't go.

(A bubble forms over Mother's head which contains a
visualization of Holly's smiling face)

                             HOLLY

Okay. I'll stay.

(the visualization freezes, the bubble remains)

                             BOSS

Please, Holly, don't go.

(A bubble forms over Boss' head which contains a visualization
of Holly's smiling face)

                             HOLLY

Okay. I'll stay.

(the visualization freezes, the bubble remains)

                             MOSES

Please, Holly dear, don't go.

(A bubble forms over Moses' head which contains a visualization
of Holly's smiling face)

                             HOLLY

Okay. I'll stay.

(the visualization freezes, the bubble remains. Camera zooms out
to include all three identical bubbles and the back of Holly's
head)

                             HOLLY

No. I'm leaving.

(all three bubbles shatter like glass, smiles turn to frowns,
the crowd cheers as Holly crosses under the city limit sign.
Camera rises and zooms out to show miles of desert and the big
city skyline tiny in the far distance. An eagle's scream is
heard in the distance.)

EXT AFTERNOON WIDE: DESERT

(Bee flies into frame, picture blurs as we move forward two
hours in time. Whoosh. Bee flies out of frame as Holly comes
into focus walking with her suitcase. The quick scamper of tiny
feet can be heard. POV Holly looks left, right, and behind her.
Scorpion is following.)

                             HOLLY

Good morning. Did you come to walk with me?

                           SCORPION

No. Go home

                             HOLLY

Well, that's not very nice.

                           SCORPION

I'm not very nice. Go home.

                             HOLLY

Why are you being so rude?

                           SCORPION

I don't have to explain anything to you. Go home.

                             HOLLY

You remind me of my team of guinea pigs. They couldn't
get along with one another until I told them this story.

(A bubble forms over Holly's head which contains a visualization
of the wagon race, except that scorpions are pulling the wagons)

                           ANNOUNCER

The cheese factory wagon has overtaken the saw mill
wagon and the two teams are now neck and neck as they approach
the finish line. It's cheese factory and saw mill. Saw mill and
cheese factory. Both teams are giving it everything they've got.
This will undoubtedly be a photo finish.

(Suddenly the story bubble breaks like glass, revealing a
close-up of the scorpion)

                           SCORPION

Forget it.

                             HOLLY

Why?! It's a good story!

                           SCORPION

Scorpions are solitary. Solitary means we like to be
alone. We don't team up. We don't cooperate. We don't even
socialize. Get it?

                             HOLLY

Oh. Well, it was still a good story. Don't you want to
know how it ends?

                           SCORPION

No. Go home.

                             HOLLY

I have just as much right to be here as you. YOU go
home.

                           SCORPION

That's what I been trying to tell you, lady. This IS
my home and you are trespassing. Go home.

                             HOLLY

(runs) No. I'm going to Big City and you can't stop me.

(Bee flies into frame, picture blurs as we move forward two
hours in time. Whoosh. Bee flies out of frame as Holly comes
into focus walking with her suitcase. Holly looks back.)

                             HOLLY

Well, it looks like I lost him. What a rude creature.

(Holly resumes walking. A vulture's bleat is heard. POV Holly
looks left, right, and back.)

                             HOLLY

What was that?!

                            VULTURE

That was me.

(Holly looks up and sees the vulture soaring in circles
overhead)

                             HOLLY

Oh, hello. You'd better watch out for that grouchy
scorpion. He thinks he owns the whole desert.

                            VULTURE

I know.

                             HOLLY

Say, you're not going to tell me to go home too, are
you?

                            VULTURE

Oh, no. Take your time. Stay as long as you like. The
longer the better.

                             HOLLY

No, thanks. I have to keep going.

                            VULTURE

No, really. Sit down. Put your feet up. Relax. Enjoy
the desert.

                             HOLLY

No, thanks. I have to get to Big City. But I'm glad
you're here with me. It makes the trip a little more pleasant.
Would you like to hear a story?

(A bubble forms over Holly's head which contains a visualization
of the soccer game. Camera pans to the reserve players on the
rain gutters, the coach hovers left and right in front of the
cardinal reserve players)

EXT AFTERNOON WIDE: NEIGHBORHOOD ROOFTOPS

                           ANNOUNCER

It looks as if there will be a substitution. But
noone could fill this players shoes. It looks as if the
cardinals hope for a second championship title is fading. But
who will the coach choose?

(coach points his wing tip at the only vulture on the bench)

                            VULTURE

(stands) Me?!

                             COACH

Get in there and win the championship, boy!

                            VULTURE

But...

                           ANNOUNCER

This is incredible! The coach has selected a
cardinal who isn't even a cardinal! The coach has chosen the
rookie vulture to replace the veteran all-star striker.

                            VULTURE

Well, okay.

(Vulture flies to the middle of the field)

                             COACH

You can do this. I believe in you. Go!

                           ANNOUNCER

Ladies and gentlemen, this is unprecedented in
championship history! If this rookie looses the ball game, this
coach will be out of a job tomorrow. Here's the cardinal restart
from the throw-in from the side lines with less than ten seconds
remaining in the game. The throw-in goes to the midfielder, who
passes to the forward. Square pass cross field to the other
forward, centering pass to the rookie. The rookie flies by one
defender, then a second. Now only the goalie stands between the
vulture and a repeat championship title.

(Suddenly the story bubble breaks like glass, revealing a
close-up of the vulture sitting on the ground.)

EXT AFTERNOON CLOSE-UP: DESERT

                            VULTURE

Sorry to burst your bubble, deary. But we vultures
don't fly. We soar.

                             HOLLY

Oh. Well, it was a good story. Do you want to hear how
it ends?

                            VULTURE

No. I already know. The rookie singlehandedly wins
the championship.

                             HOLLY

Oh, I didn't know it was that obvious.

                            VULTURE

Yes, but it doesn't work that way here in the desert.

                             HOLLY

It doesn't?

                            VULTURE

No. Here in the desert, the good guys lose.

                             HOLLY

The good guys...

                            VULTURE

...Lose. Yes, why don't you have a seat and put your
feet up. It will all be over in a few hours.

                             HOLLY

You sound as if you want me to... What happens if I
lose?

                            VULTURE

You are my guest for dinner.

                             HOLLY

(turns and walks quickly) I don't like the way that
sounds. I'll just be on my way.

(Bee flies into frame, picture blurs as we move forward two
hours in time. Whoosh. Bee flies out of frame as Holly comes
into focus walking with her suitcase. Holly looks back.)

                             HOLLY

That vulture gives me the creeps.

(A rattlesnake rattle is heard. POV Holly turns, gasps. A
rattlesnake in close-up)

                          RATTLESNAKE

Oh, you don't have to worry about that vulture.
He's harmlesssssss.

                             HOLLY

Oh, hello. I've never seen a creature like you before.
What do they call you?

                          RATTLESNAKE

I'm a rattlesssssnake.

                             HOLLY

Oh! You're a snake! I read about you in the Bible!

(A bubble forms over Holly's head which contains a visualization
of Moses dropping his walking stick on the ground and
transforming it into a snake)

EXT AFTERNOON WIDE: EGYPT

                             HOLLY

Moses went before Pharaoh King of Egypt and transformed
his walking stick into a snake.

                          RATTLESNAKE

Very interesssssting.

(cut to the story of Moses at the Red Sea. The crowd of tiny
mice, wearing tunics and sandals, press in on Moses Mouse,
wearing a black suit, a flat brimmed hat, a white clerical
collar, a full beard and long curly sideburns)

                             HOLLY

Moses raised his walking stick and shouted...

(Holly morphs into Moses)

                             MOSES

Stand firm!

(Moses turns, wades into the water, then holds his snake-shaped
walking stick toward the opposite shore)

                             MOSES

Let the waters of the Red Sea part and let the children
of Israel follow me on dry ground between the waters.

(The waters part in line with where Moses points, and Moses
walks toward the receding water and the water piles up on both
sides. Fish are seen swimming in the water an both sides.
Suddenly the bubble breaks like glass, revealing Rattlesnake in
full close-up, ready to strike)

                          RATTLESNAKE

I think I look better as a snake than a stick.

                             HOLLY

But the story is not over yet.

                          RATTLESNAKE

Yes, it is.

                             HOLLY

(backs away) Wait a minute. You're just like that
vulture, aren't you?

                          RATTLESNAKE

Not exactly. The vulture has to wait for his
victim to die of natural causes. I'm not quite so patient.

                             HOLLY

(turns and runs)

(Bee flies into frame, picture blurs as we move forward two
hours in time. Whoosh. Bee flies out of frame as Holly comes
into focus walking with her suitcase. Holly looks back.)

                             HOLLY

Good, I lost him. Maybe it wasn't such a good idea
crossing the desert after all. Maybe I should have listened to
Mother and my boss and the Pastor. No. No, I made the right
choice. I'm going to stick it out. I'm going to make it to Big
City. I just need to take my mind off of all these unpleasant
creatures. Yes, that's it. I'll make up a story. Once upon a
time there was this... Mouse. Her name was Holly and she had a
talent for telling stories....

(Bee flies into frame, picture blurs as we move forward two
hours in time. Whoosh. Bee flies out of frame as Holly comes
into focus staggering with her suitcase. The sun is larger than
life in the background. There's a story bubble over her head
that is identical to her real life exhaustion.)

                             HOLLY

And Holly... lost all hope... of making it... to Big
City.

(The real Holly and the Holly in the bubble stumbles, recovers,
drops her suitcase and flops over backward. Blackness. And
silence.)



EXT AFTERNOON WIDE: DESERT OASIS

(dark, all female voices)

                           BUTTERFLY

Is she dead?

                            SPIDER

I think so.

                          CATERPILLAR

She's dead.

                           BUTTERFLY

She's not dead.

                          CATERPILLAR

Touch her and find out.

                           BUTTERFLY

I'm not touching her. You touch her.

                          CATERPILLAR

You're older. YOU touch her.

                           BUTTERFLY

I'm not touching her!

                            SPIDER

What if she died of a contagious disease?

                             HOLLY

(moans)

                            SPIDER

Did you hear that?! She's alive!

                          CATERPILLAR

I told you she was alive.

                           BUTTERFLY

You said she was dead.

(POV Holly opens her eyes looking up at palm trees blocking the
hot sun)

                             HOLLY

Where am I? What am I doing here?

(Butterfly flies into frame, hovers)

                           BUTTERFLY

Are you alright? Can I get you anything?

                             HOLLY

Where am I? Am I back home?

                           BUTTERFLY

No, you're in the desert.

                             HOLLY

The desert? There aren't any trees in the desert.

                           BUTTERFLY

This is an oasis in the desert. You know, a place
where the water comes out of the ground and green things grow
around it.

                          CATERPILLAR

(out of frame) Be careful, Mama. She might be
like that snake or that vulture. She might eat you.

(POV Holly turns her head to look at Caterpillar)

                             HOLLY

You're a caterpillar.

                          CATERPILLAR

(backs away) Oh, oh, we're in trouble now!

                           BUTTERFLY

Don't worry, baby. She's a mouse. Mice don't eat
butterflies, they eat cheese.

                          CATERPILLAR

But how do you know?

                            SPIDER

Silly caterpillar, a mouse past through this oasis
just before you were born this morning.

(POV Holly swings her head opposite to look at Spider)

                             HOLLY

And a spider.

(wide shot of all four animals, Holly sits up)

                             HOLLY

What are all you city creatures doing out here in the
desert?

                            SPIDER

We work here.

                             HOLLY

You work here?

                            SPIDER

Yes. We give refreshment and encouragement to the
dreamers who try to cross the desert. Are you a dreamer?

                             HOLLY

Yes. Yes I am. But how did I get here? There was no
oasis where I passed out.

                            SPIDER

(points up) She brought you here.

                             HOLLY

She?

(Bee flies into frame from above, flies in front of Holly's
nose)

                              BEE

Hello. Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Bumble
Bee. Are you ready to get started again?

                             HOLLY

Wait a minute. YOU brought ME here?

                              BEE

It's a little hard to explain.

                             HOLLY

Try me.

                              BEE

I work for the Dreamgiver. If you trust the Dreamgiver,
you can do almost anything.

                             HOLLY

Say, you look familiar. Have I seen you before?

                              BEE

Well, I tried not to make myself conspicuous.

                             HOLLY

So, I HAVE seen you before. Back home.

                              BEE

I'm the one who gave you your dream.

                             HOLLY

So, that wasn't just my imagination gone wild?

                              BEE

No. Your dream is from the Dreamgiver.

                            SPIDER

That's where your talent comes from too.

                              BEE

The dreamgiver gives you a dream that will use your
talent. Are you ready to get started again?

                             HOLLY

(stands) Yes. Which way to Big City?

                           BUTTERFLY

Why do they always do that?

                             HOLLY

Do what?

                              BEE

Your dream won't come true in Big City.

                             HOLLY

It won't? But...

                           BUTTERFLY

People just assume that Big City is where they were
meant to fulfill their dreams.

                             HOLLY

But it's not?

                              BEE

Well, it is for some people. But not for you.

                             HOLLY

Well, where am I supposed to go then?

                              BEE

To "The Woods".

                             HOLLY

To "The Woods"?

(Bee hovers in front of Holly's nose and points to the side,
Holly turns and sees distant dark green mountains)

                              BEE

To "The Woods".

                             HOLLY

Oh. That looks scary. What if I decide to go on to Big
City instead?

                           BUTTERFLY

Oh Oh.

                            SPIDER

You don't want to do that.

                             HOLLY

Why not?

                              BEE

Well, you could go to Big City and use your talent there.
And you would probably do pretty well at it there. But the
Dreamgiver has a much bigger dream for you... in "The Woods".

                             HOLLY

How could it be bigger than Big City?

                           BUTTERFLY

It's bigger than all you could ask or imagine. But
to get it, you have to trust in the Dreamgiver and give up your
own plans for Big City.

                             HOLLY

(swallows hard, paces) I don't know. I've heard a lot
of things about Big City. There's lots of opportunities there.
But I've never even heard of "The Woods".

                              BEE

It's up to you. But if you want the very best, you'll
have to give up your own plans and trust the Dreamgiver.

                             HOLLY

I don't know. I've already risked a lot. (stops)
Alright. I'll do it. But can you tell me what to expect up
there?

                              BEE

Sorry. The dream for you is so big that if the Dreamgiver
told you everything, you wouldn't believe you could do it. You
need to trust him one step at a time.

                             HOLLY

Alright. I'll do it. I'll start out for "The Woods"
first thing in the morning.

                           BUTTERFLY

Oh, oh.

                             HOLLY

What's the matter?

                            SPIDER

The Dreamgiver wants you to leave now.

                             HOLLY

But it's late. It will be dark by the time I get there.

                              BEE

It's up to you, but...

                             HOLLY

...But if I want the best my dream can offer, I need to
do it the Dreamgiver's way.

                           BUTTERFLY

Exactly.

                             HOLLY

Okay. (Picks up suitcase) Here I go.

(Holly walks toward Mountains, camera rises, zooms out, an eagle
screams in the distance)





(Bee flies into frame, picture blurs as we move forward two
hours in time. Whoosh. Bee flies out of frame as Holly comes
into focus walking with her suitcase through low bushes in
darkness except for a few fireflies)

EXT NIGHT WIDE: THE ABYSS

                             HOLLY

It's so dark I can hardly see. I wonder why the
Dreamgiver wanted be to get here after dark. Oh, well...

(Holly screams as she drops into the abyss. Her suitcase snags
between a rock and a sapling, she dangles on the side of the
cliff holding desperately to the suitcase)

                             HOLLY

Help! Help!

(Holly's cries echo off the walls of the abyss. Suddenly, Bee
flies into frame, grabs Holly's shirt with her hind legs, lifts
her out, deposits her gently on a boulder.)

                             HOLLY

Wo! I was lucky you were nearby.

                              BEE

Luck has nothing to do with it.

                             HOLLY

Oh. Of course.

                              BEE

My job is to protect you until you fulfill your dream.

                             HOLLY

Well, it looks like my dream ends here.

                              BEE

Not really.

                             HOLLY

But "The Woods" are on the other side of the ravine.
How am I going to get over there? There's no way...

(Bee hovers in front of Holly's nose and points to the side,
Holly turns and sees a fallen tree trunk which spans the abyss)

                             HOLLY

Oh.

(Holly picks up her suitcase and hurries to the fallen tree,
steps up)

                             HOLLY

Listen, Bumble, if I fall, you promise you'll catch me?

(Holly turns to talk to Bee, but she's nowhere in sight)

                             HOLLY

Bumble? Where did she go? (turns one revolution) Hello?
Hello?

(Cat approaches Holly out of the shadows from the other side of
the abyss while Holly's back is turned.)

                              CAT

Welcome! You're just in time for dinner. And YOU are the
main course.

(Holly gasps, turns away, loses balance, then recovers, runs
away, sees a hollow log and dives into it, sees two eyes glowing
in the darkness.)

INT NIGHT WIDE: HOLLOW LOG

                             HOLLY

Oh oh. Who's there?

LEONARDO MOUSE -- You tell me. Who's there?

                             HOLLY

You answer first.

                           LEONARDO

You answer first.

                             HOLLY

Are you a cat?

                           LEONARDO

No. Are you?

                             HOLLY

No. I'm a mouse.

                           LEONARDO

Me too.

(a third set of smaller eyes appears over Leonardo's shoulder)

                             HOLLY

Oh oh.

                           LEONARDO

What's the matter?

                             HOLLY

There's somebody in here with us.

                           LEONARDO

Oh oh.

                              BEE

It's okay. It's just me.

                             HOLLY

Me? Who's me?

                              BEE

It's me, Bumble Bee, your protector.

                             HOLLY

Where was my protector when the cat was about to eat
me?!

                              BEE

You're still alive, aren't you?

                             HOLLY

Oh, okay.

                              BEE

I brought you a gift.

                             HOLLY

What gift?

                              BEE

(raises voice) Come on in, fellows.

(several fireflies fly into the log and light it up)

                             HOLLY

Thank you, Bumble.

                           LEONARDO

My name is Leonardo.

(offers hand)

                             HOLLY

My name is Holly.

(shakes)

                             HOLLY

Were you named after that Italian artist?

                           LEONARDO

Yes. He was also an inventor.

                             HOLLY

They said at the oasis that another mouse came through
before me. Was that you?

                           LEONARDO

Yes.

                             HOLLY

Are you a dreamer?

                           LEONARDO

A dreamer?

                             HOLLY

Have you had the same dream several times?

                           LEONARDO

Yes. You too?

                             HOLLY

Yes. Are you a storyteller too?

                           LEONARDO

No.

                             HOLLY

Oh. Rats. I thought maybe you were the one.

                           LEONARDO

The one what?

                             HOLLY

Bumble Bee told me that my dream is too big for me
alone. I thought maybe you were part of my dream. What is YOUR
dream?

                           LEONARDO

I'm an inventor, like Leonardo Davinci. In my dream,
I start a big company and my inventions benefit millions of
people.

                             HOLLY

What kind of things do you invent?

(Leonardo opens his suitcase and pulls out a movie camera)

                           LEONARDO

I invented a special camera that take several
pictures per second.

                             HOLLY

What will you do with all those pictures?

(Leonardo takes out a stack of pictures)

                           LEONARDO

I call it a motion picture camera because it takes
pictures of things in motion. Look.

(Leonardo riffles the pictures with his thumb. The pictures show
Butterfly from the Oasis flapping her wings and flying)

                             HOLLY

Wow! A motion picture camera!

(Leonard removes a tablet from the suitcase and shows a sketch
of a movie projector)

                           LEONARDO

I also have plans to build a projector.

                             HOLLY

A projector? What's that?

                           LEONARDO

It takes the pictures directly from the camera film,
enlarges them and shows them on a wall bigger than life.

                             HOLLY

That's amazing! You're going to be rich! It's a shame
you're not part of MY dream.

                           LEONARDO

It's a shame you're not part of MY dream.

(suddenly footsteps and gasping are heard. Another mouse dives
into the log, knocks Holly off her feet)

THESPIAN MOUSE -- Oh, excuse me. I'm sorry. I didn't mean to
intrude. I thought I was going to be eaten by a cat.

                             HOLLY

(to Leonardo, pointing to Thespian) Maybe he's the one.

(Thespian stands up and dusts himself off)

                           THESPIAN

The one... what?

                             HOLLY

The one who shares my dream.

                           LEONARDO

Or mine.

                           THESPIAN

You mean you both had a dream too?

                             HOLLY

Yes. So, which is it? Are you an inventor or a
storyteller?

                           THESPIAN

Neither.

                             HOLLY

Oh.

                           LEONARDO

Oh. What's YOUR dream?

                           THESPIAN

I'm an actor. My dream is to be a well known actor,
and then a director and then a producer. You?

                           LEONARDO

I invented a motion picture camera and projector.
Holly, here, is a story teller.

                           THESPIAN

Holly, my name is Thespian.

(offers hand)

                             HOLLY

(shakes) How do you do, Thespian? This is Leonardo.

(Leonardo and Thespian shake hands)

                             HOLLY

You know, it might get crowded in here if we all wait
for someone to come along to match our dreams.

                           LEONARDO

We don't necessarily have to wait here.

                           THESPIAN

You're not suggesting that we should cross over.

                           LEONARDO

Sure.

                           THESPIAN

There was a cat there when I tried to cross.

                           LEONARDO

I know.

                           THESPIAN

And you're still going to try to cross?

                           LEONARDO

Well, it's three against one now.

                           THESPIAN

I don't know how to tell you this, but that one cat
could eat ten of us and have room for desert!

(Leonardo packs up his suitcase)

                           LEONARDO

I know, but we have the advantage of teamwork and we
have the element of surprise. Follow me.

EXT NIGHT WIDE: THE ABYSS

(marches out of hollow log. Holly and Thespian tilt heads, shrug
shoulders, follow. Cut to a helicopter shot of the abyss. Holly
and Thespian crouch on either side of tree trunk, Leonardo at
the end, camera shot lowers to ground level and narrows to look
down the length of the tree trunk. Leonardo hops up onto the
trunk and runs half way to the other side, rolls up his
sleeves.)

                           LEONARDO

Alright, Cat, come and get it!

(Cat comes out of the shadows on the dead run. Leonardo turns,
runs and dives off to the side. When Cat approaches, the other
two pull a vine tightly between them, tripping the cat who rolls
head-over-heels several yards into the bushes beyond. The mice
gather up their belongings and run across the log. Thespian who
is last to cross stumbles and falls. His hat and suitcase
disappear into the abyss, but Thespian hangs onto the stump of a
tree branch. As the cat is seen pursuing from the shadows, Holly
and Leonardo return to lift Thespian in the nick of time. But
Cat snags Holly with his claws and lifts her to his drooling
mouth. Bee flies into frame.)

                              BEE

Not on my watch, buddy.

(Bee stings Cat on the rump. Holly flops onto the log, cat
disappears into the abyss snarling in panic. Bee flies out of
frame. Holly flees into the darkness, dives into a hollow log.
She sees two pairs of eyes shining in the darkness. They
converse in the dark.)

                             HOLLY

Oh oh.

                           THESPIAN

Don't worry, Holly. It's just us.

                             HOLLY

Oh! Whew!

                           LEONARDO

You okay, Holly?

                             HOLLY

Thanks to my protector.

                           LEONARDO

You mean Bumble Bee?

                             HOLLY

Yes.

                           THESPIAN

Where is she?

                             HOLLY

She probably went to find us some...

(Bee flies in leading a chain of fireflies)

                             HOLLY

...fireflies. Thank you, Bumble.

(Bee salutes, exits)

                           LEONARDO

Well, we pulled it off.

                           THESPIAN

We made it.

                             HOLLY

Brilliant strategy, Leonardo.

                           LEONARDO

It was nothing.

                             HOLLY

I think I'll write a story about this adventure.

                           LEONARDO

I'd wish I could have filmed it with my new camera.

                           THESPIAN

Yes. That would be a perfect subject for a motion
picture cam... Say, wait a minute.

                           LEONARDO

Is anyone else thinking what I'm thinking?

                             HOLLY

There could be lots of stories like this...

                           LEONARDO

And I could record the stories on film...

                           THESPIAN

And I could direct the filming and do some of the
acting!

                           LEONARDO

And when I build my motion picture projector, every
city and town in the country could see the same story bigger
than life all at once!

                             HOLLY

I think this is the dream of the Dreamgiver. We're
supposed to be a team!

                           LEONARDO

I think so too. But do you realize how much it would
cost to build and perfect my projector?

                             HOLLY

Not to mention what it would cost to make copies of the
motion pictures for every city and town.

                           LEONARDO

Where are we going to get that kind of money?

                           THESPIAN

From me.

                             HOLLY

Huh?

                           LEONARDO

From you?

                             HOLLY

Thespian, I'll remind you that if you had any money in
your suitcase, it's at the bottom of the ravine now.

                           THESPIAN

Not in my suitcase. Before I quit my job, I worked
at Rodentia National Bank.

                           LEONARDO

I don't see how that does any good for us.

                           THESPIAN

My father owns the bank.

(Bee flies into frame as camera zooms out quickly to outer
space)

INT NIGHT WIDE: HOLLYWOOD RADIO STUDIO

(Spinning newspapers stop suddenly to reveal each new Hometown
Gazette headline and picture of Holly. A circular overlay shows
mouse-reporter wearing a fedora with a "PRESS" card tucked into
his hat-band. He reads the details of the news into a primitive
microphone)

(Headline: "Home town girl finds career in new industry")

                           REPORTER

Flash. Leonardo Mouse recently received patents on
his revolutionary new motion picture camera and projector. Wall
street investors are touting Leonardo's new company, calling
motion pictures the next big growth industry.

(Headline: "Home town girl makes it big")

                           REPORTER

Flash. Thespian Mouse became the first person in
motion picture history ever to direct and produce and star in
the same motion picture. The picture, titled "The Great Wagon
Race", written by Holly Mouse open this week to rave reviews.

(Headline: "Home town girl wins award")

                           REPORTER

Flash. Holly Mouse received the first ever award for
excellence in the motion picture business. She received her
award for her screen play titled "The Championship Game",
released this year by producer Thespian Mouse who broke ground
recently for his new forty-acre studio dedicated exclusively to
making motion pictures. The first motion picture to be filmed in
the new studio will utilize the new technology invented by
Leonardo mouse called talking pictures.

(Headline: "Holly wins again")

                           REPORTER

Flash. Holly Mouse won the first award for
excellence for a talking picture. This is the third screen play
award she has received. Thespian Mouse and Leonardo mouse also
collaborated on this motion picture and became the first
millionaires in the motion picture business.

(Headline: "Holly wins third straight award, sets attendance
record")

                           REPORTER

Flash. Thespian Mouse's new motion picture became
the first picture to make a million dollars. No doubt Thespian
Mouse owes his success to the new color technology invented by
Leonardo mouse and the award winning screen play written by
Holly Mouse.

EXT NIGHT WIDE: SKY OVER HOLLYWOOD

(Camera follows Bee in a fast zoom directly to a big city sky
line. In the distance two sky light sweep the sky. Camera
follows Bee over the theater where another grand opening is
taking place. Bee flies out of frame. On the marquee is "Holly's
Adventure". Descend to street level where Holly's old cheese
wagon (now covered in satin) and four-guinea team pull up to the
curb to offload Holly, Thespian and Leonardo. Flash bulbs flash
and reporters carrying primitive microphones crowd the red
carpet.)

                           REPORTER

Holly, can you give some advice to your adoring
fans?

                             HOLLY

Follow your dream.

(Camera rises high above the city and turns to distant mountain
side where the "HOLLYWOODS" sign stands prominently, zooms past
the sign into outer space.)

                              BEE

Please fasten your seatbelts for our return flight to the
present day. The flight will take just a few moments, so here's
a little light reading to keep you occupied.

(Roll credits. When "THE END" finally scrolls up, Bee flies into
frame, the "T" snags Bee's blouse, she buzzes and struggles as
she rises out of frame.)
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