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MINI03    6' Mini-mysteries: murder of the roses

EXT DAWN WIDE: CITY PARK

(camera flies from high altitude down to grass-top level toward
a large oak tree, slowly past a shingle sign saying "Marvin
Mouse Detective Agency" and to the opening door nestled into the
roots of the tree, Marvin Mouse comes through the door wearing
oversized glasses and a suit and tie, smiles)

                             QUEEN

(Queen Bee enters frame from above and hovers in close-up)

Marvin Mouse, I need your help!

                            MARVIN

Good! My friends here,

(points to camera)

can help us solve this mystery. What do you have for us?

                             QUEEN

All the roses in the rose garden are dying.

                            MARVIN

Yeah, we know. The lawn mowers cut the wires to the sprinklers.
But the humans fixed that. Last time I looked, the roses were
bright and beautiful.

                             QUEEN

They were. But they're not anymore.

                            MARVIN

Are you saying that all the roses wilted and died AGAIN?!

                             QUEEN

Yes. The bees in my hive need the nectar from those roses for
food. Without the roses, we'll have to find some other source of
nectar.

                            MARVIN

Yes, I know. The last time, when you decided to drink the Coka
Cola from the picnic tables, you almost went to war against the
ants.

                             QUEEN

I'm sorry about that. And it won't happen again. But can you
please solve this mystery?

                            MARVIN

Yes. My friends...

(points to camera)

and I will solve this mystery.

                             QUEEN

(exiting frame upward)

Thank you, Marvin Mouse.

                            MARVIN

(beckons camera)

Let's go.

(begins climbing the tree)

We'll start this investigation from up above.

EXT DAWN WIDE: BRANCH OF A TREE

(Marvin climbs the last few steps up the tree trunk, then
strolls out onto the branch)

I know what you're thinking. You're thinking that the lawn
mowers cut the wires to the sprinklers again. But look here.

(puts binoculars up to the camera lens, pans the rose garden and
shows all the sprinklers actively sprinkling the entire rose
garden, voiceover)

As you can see, the sprinklers are working perfectly.

(zoom in on individual rose blossoms, all drooping and brown)

But, in spite of all this watering, something is killing the
roses.

(pulls away binoculars, close-up of Marvin's face)

I think it's... murder!

(exiting frame toward tree trunk)

Come with me. It's time to visit the crime scene.

EXT DAWN WIDE: ROSE GARDEN

(With the sprinklers still sweeping the entire rose garden with
water, Marvin approaches the stem of a rose quickly, inspects it
quickly, then notices that a spray of water is approaching, then
he scrambles out of frame. This happens two more times, then...)

                            MARVIN

(nose to camera)

I have inspected several of the roses here in the rose garden,
but I found no damage to the roots, stems or leaves of the rose
plants. I suppose it's possible that the roses have a disease.
So,...

(pulls out his tiny magnifying glass)

I will now inspect the roses for disease.

(With the sprinklers still sweeping the entire rose garden with
water, Marvin approaches the stem of a rose quickly, scans it
quickly with the magnifying glass, then notices that a spray of
water is approaching, then he scrambles out of frame. This
happens two more times)

(nose to camera)

I found something. Have a look.

(holds the magnifying glass in front of the camera for a
super-close-up of several tiny holes drilled into the stems of
two roses)

See these tiny holes? They're too small to be caused by the
humans.

(moves magnifying glass to second stem, camera follows)

There seems to be tiny holes drilled into ALL of the stems. it
seems to me, whoever drilled these holes is stealing the nectar
directly from the stems. So, the nectar never gets up to the
blossoms. That's why the blossoms are dying.

(nose to camera)

What do you think?

(nods)

You're right. There are so many holes in so many stems, it can't
be just one animal doing all this damage. It has to be lots of
animals doing the drilling. But we don't see any animals on
these stems. I wonder why.

(turns to stems, hands on hips, tilts head, pauses, turns to
camera)

Yes! Your right, of course. The animals who drilled those holes
were scared away by the same thing that scared us away... the
sprinklers!

(exiting frame)

Let's go to a part of the rose garden where the sprinklers
finished sprinkling.

EXT DAWN WIDE: ELSEWHERE IN THE ROSE GARDEN

(camera follows Marvin as he climbs a stem, then looks through
the magnifying lens after each step. Crawling aphids fill the
lens)

(to camera)

See those little critters? They're the tiniest insects I've ever
seen. See the needles on the end of their noses? Do you know
what they call these little critters?

(close-up shot of two aphids drilling into the stem and noisily
slurping the nectar)

(voiceover)

As you can see, the reason the roses aren't getting any nectar
up to the blossoms is because these tiny insects are stealing
the nectar.

                             QUEEN

(descends into frame, hovers)

Well, Marvin Mouse, have you solved the mystery?

                            MARVIN

Yes, we have, Your Majesty. The nectar is being stolen from the
roses by thousands of tiny insects.

                             QUEEN

I don't see any insects.

                            MARVIN

These particular insects are very small. You can only see them
with a magnifying glass. AND their bodies are the same color as
the stem of the rose.

(offers a view through the magnifying glass)

See?

                             QUEEN

Oh, dear! They're so small. What kind of insects are they?

                            MARVIN

(nose to camera)

Do you know what kind of insects these are?

(turns to Queen)

They're called Aphids.

                             QUEEN

Oh, dear! They're all over the stem! There are hundreds of them!

                            MARVIN

Yes, and they're on every stem of every rose in the garden.
There might be millions of them.

                             QUEEN

Does that mean we can't get rid of them?!

                            MARVIN

No. We can get rid of them.

                             QUEEN

Will you have to get the help of the humans, as you did last
time?

(flashback)

EXT AFTERNOON CLOSE-UP: PARK PARKING LOT, WINDSHIELD

(Marvin paints with paint bucket and brush on a scrap of paper
larger than his body in big letters: PLEASE FIX THE SPRINKLER
WIRES)

                             QUEEN

(voiceover)

You left a note for the humans to repair the wires on the
sprinkler system.

(zoom out to show that Marvin is standing on the hood of a
maintenance truck and writing against the windshield, scampers
out of frame as a big hand enters the frame and snatches the
note, zoom out to show two maintenance workers)

EXT DAWN WIDE: ROSE GARDEN

                            MARVIN

Yes, I did. but that won't be necessary this time. I have some
insect friends who would love to help us get rid of these
aphids.

                             QUEEN

Really?! Who are they?

                            MARVIN

(nose to camera)

Do you know what kind of insects can help us get rid of aphids?

(turns to Queen)

They're called lady bugs.

                             QUEEN

I don't understand. Lady bugs are so cute and cuddly. How will
they drive away the aphids?

                            MARVIN

Actually, they don't DRIVE AWAY the aphids.

                             QUEEN

How will they get rid of them then?

                            MARVIN

(nose to camera)

Do you know how the lady bugs get rid of aphids?

                           LADY BUG

(descends into frame from above, hovers)

Did I hear someone mention my name?

                            MARVIN

Yes. The queen, here, wants to know HOW you'll get rid of the
aphids here in the rose garden?

                           LADY BUG

(smiles, wraps a napkin around her neck, pulls out a fork and a
knife, sharpens the knife against the fork)

Aphids?! Did you say Aphids?! I love Aphids! They're delicious!

(shouts)

Ladies! We're having aphids for breakfast!

(as the shot widens a steady stream of lady bugs fly into the
frame in formation, then, split into columns and disappear down
the rows of roses)

                            MARVIN

(nose to lens)

If you have a weak stomach, you may want to turn away.

(shouts as he exits frame)

Thanks for helping me solve this mystery!

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