You can create a video or audio podcast/vodcast of your animation script. For example, this is a script written for my grandchildren and future great grand children, which appears in a published paperback book on writing creatively for the podcast/video podcast-vodcast markets or for your own family members delight.
Or for free, see the Amazon Hatchlings animation script at the Internet Archive site. I wrote this script many years ago for my grandchildren’s use (and to see their smiles) when they were small. They are now grown. But the practice in writing animation scripts was helpful as an exercise in creative writing for our large, extended family. For more information, ideas, and inspiration, check out the book for creative fiction or documentary scriptwriters, cartoon and comics authors, and podcast speechwriters which contains this script, 35 Video Podcasting Careers and Businesses to Start: Step-by-Step Guide for Home-Grown Broadcasters by Anne Hart (Dec 5, 2005).
The Amazon Hatchlings, a 12-minute Pilot Script for a New Animation Series
Video Script – Animation
Copyright 1993 – 2013+ by Anne Hart
THE AMAZON HATCHLINGS
Squawkles, THE PARROT”
A 12-Minute Pilot Script for a New Animation Series
THE AMAZON HATCHLINGS
Squawkles, THE PARROT
ON A CLOSE SHOT OF A LARGE RAINBOW TOUCAN
rapidly chewing down an Amazon Parrotberry tree. CAMERA WIDENS to reveal a whole flock of toucans stripping the tree of all berries and leaves. The tree is soon chewed down to a nub.
CLOSER ON SQUAKLES, THE AMAZON YELLOW NAPE PARROT, as he sticks his head out of a window putting a steaming Parrotberry pie on his window sill to cool.
Those toucans are eating all
our Parrotberry trees.
CAMERA WIDENS to reveal the parrot family: Old Macaw, Parette, Hatchling, a tiny ball of fluff with a beak, Nestling, and Fledgling inside the highrise bamboo birdcage house building scarecrows to chase the toucans away from the parrotberry tree. OLD MACAW is building a bird cage in the middle of the floor instead of a scarecrow.
CLOSER ON OLD MACAW
Your scarecrow won’t scare ’em
for long. But I’m building them a
home of their own.
When there aren’t any more
Parrotberries left, the toucans
will move to another spot.
CLOSER ON SQUAWKLES
SQUAWKLES takes a magical salt shaker out of his pocket and
seasons a bowl of fruit from the table.
This will attract the toucans
away from the Parrotberry tree.
When they smell these salts,
they’ll stop eating Parrotberries.
SQUAWKLES stuffs fruit into his pockets and into the pockets
of all the Amazon Babies, including Hatchling, also putting
seasoned plums under Hatchling’s bonnet.
You mean our last Parrotberry
I’ll sprinkle my toucan bait
powder on all this fruit.
SQUAWKLES grabs a cord he’s attached to the bird cage and gives
it a pull. SFX: OUTBOARD MOTOR SPUTTER
as the birdcage starts to glide across the floor. SQUAWKLES
points ahead. All the AMAZON HATCHLINGS hop aboard through the open door of the cage and hold onto one another as they sit
on the bird cage swing and perches.
That tree over there looks swell.
As they move out of shot we cut to:
THE TREETOPS OF A LARGE GROVE OF PARROTBERRY TREES
The HATCHLINGS gain into shot in an animated bird cage
helicopter/motorboat combo. They take fruit and nuts
out of their pockets and bait the birdcage to attract
the toucans. Fledgling leans over the edge, looks
down at the toucans on the Parrotberry tree branches.
Amazonadoodle! I hope the toucans
find the fruit in their new home
tastes better than our Parrotberry
CLOSER ON FLEDGLING AND SQUAWKLES
FLEDGLING screeches as the chewed branch gives way.
Oh, no! There’s nothing to
hang the cage on up here. Help.
WIDE ON CAGE
as cage begins to crash through the hollow, eaten out
tree. The tree falls over, entirely stripped of branches
and berries. In mid-air SQUAWKLES pulls a balloon out of
his pocket and, huffing and puffing, inflates it. He
attaches the balloon to the top of the birdcage and it
floats above the next treetop.
CLOSE ON GRANDPA MACAW IN CAGE
Look! That tree still has some
Parrotberries left on it.
WIDE ON CAGE
as it floats to the next treetop and settles on a branch.
HATCHLING holds out a plum and a toucan flies over and takes it
out of the HATCHLING’s hand.
THREE-SHOT SQUAWKLES, GRANDPA MACAW, AND HATCHLING
They are taking the fruit.
Now, if only they’ll all fly
into the nice birdcage.
CLOSE ON HATCHLING
HATCHLING burbles, flaps his tiny wings and climbs out on the tree branch to pet the nice toucan as the bird gobbles up the plum.
No, Hatchling, don’t follow
The toucan looks up at Hatchliing with a mischievous twinkle in
its blue eye as it flies under Hatchling. Hatchling wraps his baby wings around the toucan’s outstretched neck as it takes off into a rainbow with Hatchling holding on, riding the toucan.
Come back, Hatchling!
ANGLE ON SQUAWKLES, GRANDPA MACAW AND NESTLING
We must find out where the
toucans are coming from.
They’re probably taking
Hatchling to toucan’s cove.
With all that fruit I
stuffed in Hatchling’s knapsack ,
it will attract every
bird in the Amazon.
ANGLE ON SILLY AND JESTER
SILLY takes a little yellow wormlike noodle out of a
container, and grimaces.
Yeuk! What kind of birds
would want to eat those?
JESTER holds a similar container. He takes a noodle
wormlike thing out of his container.
These vegetarian worms
are great for toucans.
They only eat veggies,
just like parrots.
SILLY pops it into his mouth, swallows it, and licks
his lips. JESTER frowns.
Yeuck! Vanity swallowed
a worm or a baby snake.
Toucans don’t eat real
worms! These are fried fruitnoodles.
He takes another handful, stuffs them into his mouth.
SILLY looks at his container.
No, they’re my fish-bait worms.
These are fried fruitnoodles!
CLOSE ON SILLY
as he does an abrupt take, his cheeks stuffed. SILLY looks
down into his container. A little yellow baby snake pokes
its head up, looks and him and gurgles, making an evil,
angry face. SILLY looks into camera, swallows hard, then
breaks out into loud laughter.
Well, if it’s good enough
for the toucans, it’s okay
ANGLE ON FLEDGLING AND DROOPY
as they walk into shot. FLEDGLING wears a bird-house hat with all types of bird lures on it. DROOPY wears a vest with pockets from which hang transparent bags of seeds. They both wear
artificial wings. DROOPY holds a long pole with a radar screen on the handle and artificial wings and a guided missile lure on the end of the pole that detects birds before they reach a Parrotberry tree. DROOPY puts on a toucan’s beak mask.
This is my toucan-detecting missile.
It’s a radar detector that shows me
when strange birds are
approaching our Parrotberry trees.
All you have to do is turn it on
and it automatically finds those toucans.
Why don’t you try it out?
FLEDGLING hands the pole to DROOPY who presses a button on
the radar controller and the guided missile fires up,
shooting away with a LOUD ROCKET ENGINE SOUND, dragging
out the line. DROOPY jumps back as the bird detecting
missile spirals around DROOPY’S wings.
The missile springs a net and ties DROOPY into a
bird’s nest of twigs and twine.
Amazoneroops! My device thought
you were a toucan. Better take
off that toucan bannana beak.
Now we can see DROOPY’S eyes blink in a perplexed way and his feathers stand on end like a ruffled bird.
INT. PAPA YELLOW NAPE’S HOUSE – SHORT TIME LATER
Carrying a large bird net, PAPA YELLOW NAPE ENTERS SHOT from the stairway.
PAPA YELLOW NAPE
Everybody knows eagles taste awful.
WIDER ON EAGLE IN SKYEAGLE soars again until the bird becomes a black dot on top of the mountain’s peak.
CLOSER ON EAGLE, FLEDGLING,
He thinks that you’d send
eagles and hawks to chase
the toucans away from your
So if we get your eaglets
back for you, then will you promise
never to take our parrotlings?
ANGLE ON EAGLE
Sure. I don’t like cream of
hookbill soup anyway. My
eaglets would much rather
have leftover chicken.
WIDER ON SQUAWKLES, GRANDPA MACAW, EAGLE
Let’s sneak into Hawk’s castle.
If I snatch his pet iguana in my claws,
as I fly, Hawk will follow me.
Then we can return the eaglets
EXT. – NEAR THE EDGE OF THE AMAZON – THE NEXT MORNING
HATCHLING sits in the shade of a hollowed tree, playing with his
magical bracelet. Parette looks overhead to see hundreds of
new toucans swarming through the groves of parrrotberry trees.
WIDER ON SQUAWKLES AND EAGLE
SQUAWKLES is putting together a type of harness on the EAGLE’S back.
The harness has three seats on it. SQUAWKLES, PAPA YELLOW NAPE, and FLEDGLING hop on board the EAGLE’S back and put on goggles. The eagle soars skyward as PARETTE and HATCHLING wave to the three. The EAGLE grows smaller and finally disappears into the sky toward Bald Eagle Mountain and the EAGLE’S nest.
EXT. EAGLE’S NEST ON TOP OF BALD EAGLE MOUNTAIN – DAY
There is sunshine, blue sky with clouds, and lots of grass
and greenery. It is pleasant and warm. We see the EAGLE’S nest
with hatched, empty cracked eggshells strewn around the
outside of the nest. The EAGLE paces to and fro awkwardly
with her wings spread.
SQUAWKLES, PAPA YELLOW NAPE, AND FLEDGLING strut around following in back of the EAGLE, pacing, copying the same movements as the EAGLE.
HAWK’S PET IGUANA PICKS UP THE EAGLETS, ONE BY ONE, AND DROPS THEM INTO A BASKET TO HAWK, WAITING BELOW.
ANGLE ON SQUAWKLES as he
peers over the ledge of the enormously steep cliff,
a yawning ravine.
There’s a ledge down there to land on.
FLEDGLING peers over.
Look! There’s a yawning ravine.
FLEDGLING points. Below is a grey stone rock that looks like a huge open yawning mouth. It’s an entrance to a cave.
CLOSE ON SQUAWKLES, FLEDGLING, AND EAGLE
SQUAWKLES takes a rope out of his back pack and ties it to a rock
near the EAGLE’S nest. The EAGLE takes it’s big nest in its beak
and moves it to SQUAWKLES. FLEDGLING helps SQUAWKLES tie the rope onto a loop in the nest.
I’ll stay up here with Eagle
and build a trap in case Hawk
comes back to the scene of the crime.
If we’re not back by sundown, Eagle,
come and parrot us to safety.
EAGLE nods his head up and down agreeably.
FLEDGLING gently lowers the basket holding PAPA YELLOW NAPE and SQUAWKLES as EAGLE helps by holding the rope in its beak. EAGLE and FLEDGLING peer over the ledge of the vertical cliff as FLEDGLING ties the rope to the rock even more securely.
INT. INSIDE DARKISH CAVE.
WIDER ON ENORMOUS CAVE.
STALAGTITES AND STALAGMITES, hang like limestone needles from the cave. (It looks like the interior of Carlsbad Caverns). It is dark, but with an eerie red light coming from an opening in the
distance ahead. This is Hawk’s summer palace.
WIDE ON PAPA YELLOW NAPE, AND SQUAWKLES
as they enter a brightly lighted room. There is a huge swimming pool surrounded by classical Roman and Greek statues. The pool
is rimmed by turquoise, blue and white mosaic tile. There are
tall, gothic windows. The white marble statues circle the large, kidney-shaped pool. The walls are tiled in the blue, white and turquoise fleur-de-lis mosaic tile. The pool has an open skylight
roof–an atrium where the sun’s rays shine down into the pool
to show hazy beams of light.
PAPA YELLOW NAPE and SQUAWKLES tiptoe around the pool.
CLOSER ON SQUAWKLES AND PAPA YELLOW NAPE
Look how real those marble statues look.
ANGLE ON ONE “GREEK” STATUE
One tear drop begins to trickle down the cheek on one male marble
statue standing beside the pool. SFX: The tears plink into the pool.
That statue’s crying real tears.
SQUAWKLES sidles up to the statue and looks deeply into its eyes.
CLOSE ON EYES OF STATUE
The eyes give SQUAWKLES a pleading look for help.
You’re right. These aren’t statues.
Hawk’s turned these people to
marble to line his swimming pool.
ANGLE ON STATUE’S ARM
as it points to a bend in the cavern ahead.
WIDER ON SQUAWKLES AND PAPA YELLOW NAPE
PAPA YELLOW NAPE
That statue’s pointing to the light
The two scramble in the direction the statue is pointing.
They stumble upon a huge aviary filled with the eaglets
and other very rare birds, including blue macaws, green parrots, red cardinals, etc. The aviary is perched on a ledge high on the
stalagmites and under the stalagtites. Brainy climbs up on the
ledge and unlocks the birdcage door.
Okay eaglets and other birds.
You’re free now, and big enough to fly away home.
All the BIRDS make an exit from the huge cage, except for the
eaglets. They look up sadly and vulnerable at SQUAWKLES.
Those eaglets are babies. They’re too
young to fly. Let’s stuff them in
SQUAWKLES puts out his wing and the eaglets crawl onto the wing and into his pockets. The two eaglets, Vali and Vanda, sit on top of SQUAWKLES’ wings. He gives one to PAPA.
And I’m Vanda.
VALI AND VANDA
The eaglet nestlings are cute and irresistable little cottony puffballs.
Would you happen to have a
chili dog on you?
ANGLE ON PAPA YELLOW NAPE
Don’t worry. We’ll return you
to your mother.
WIDER ON HAWK’S IGUANA, SCREECHER
hiding on the ledge, posed to leap.
SCREECHER is perched on a ledge above the empty aviary. He snarls
angrily, baring his teeth, and leaps for the eaglets on PAPA YELLOW NAPE’S wings. PAPA YELLOW NAPES flaps his wings and a strong wind blows them into his claws in time to save the eaglet from SCREECHER’S grasp.
Help! That iguana’s going to have
us all for dinner.
IGUANA SCREECHER snarls viciously, snaps and screeches.
Stars appear and a beam swirls bright light as HAWK appears in his royal evil magician’s robes.
ANGLE ON HAWK, PAPA YELLOW NAPE, SQUAWKLES.
HAWK shoves PAPA YELLOW NAPE and SQUAWKLES back into the aviary. He slams the door of the bird cage as the two eaglets peer out of each of PAPA YELLOW NAPE’S pockets.
(laughing menacingly and rubbing his wings)
Guard them well, Screecher.
SCREECHER circles and paces around the cage like a dragon.
CLOSER on the SHADOW of SCREECHER, which looms much larger as a black silhouette of dragon doom on the walls of the cave. HAWK pulls a torch off the wall and lights it with a candle on a table. He places the lighted torch back in its slot on the cave wall. An eerie light flickers as SCREECHER paces back and forth around
the bird cage, guarding the captured parrots and eaglets.
HAWK is rapidly slicing carrots and throwing them into a pot of boiling water.
Oh, there’s nothing more delicious
than a parrot casserole over a crusty
eaglet pie. For dessert I’ll have
stuffed mushrooms and cloves
on sizzling parrot steak.
ANGLE ON SCREECHER
As the iguana watches HAWK dice his veggies.
WIDER ON HAWK AND SCREECHER
HAWK looks up at SCREECHER.
I thought you’re supposed to be watching
that bird cage.
(looks down sheepishly)
Naughty iguana. We’ll you can stay here
for now and help me prepare the pie
CLOSER ON SCREECHER
Soon we’ll have a real parrotberry pie
with the eaglets buried in the crust.
INT. CAVE – DARKISH
WIDE ON PAPA YELLOW NAPE AND SQUAWKLES
in bird cage.
In the distance, an opening to the cave shows the setting sun slipping below the horizon.
Hawks like to eat their parrots in the dark.
We’ve got to get outta here before
The eaglets stick their heads out of PAPA’ YELLOW NAPE’S and SQUAWKLES’S pockets and begin to peep loudly for their mother.
WIDE ON TOP OF BALD EAGLE MOUNTAIN
as the eagle perks up its head, hearing the loud peeps of its eaglets inside the yawning ravine.
They said if they weren’t back by sundown,
we must go and get them.
Hey, take it easy!
CLOSER ON EAGLE
FLEDGLING ties a knapsack and saddle on the EAGLE’S back.
The EAGLE lifts FLEDGLING up in its beak and takes off like a plane down the vertical cliffs and into the dark bowels of the cave. FLEDGLING hollers, but the EAGLE tosses him on his back
Hold on tight. A mother eagle will go
to any extreme to save its eaglets.
Just like a parrot!
SFX: Buzzing of a jet fighter plane, a loud drone as the eagle finally lands next to the bird cage, pushing up a cloud of
dust in its tracks. SFX: a screeching halt of a plane landing.
CLOSE ON PAPA YELLOW NAPE
PAPA YELLOW NAPE
Hurry and get this lock open.
We must get out before Hawk
returns for us.
When Hawk’s bird’s nest soup boils,
so do we.
WIDER ON EAGLE, SQUAWKLES, PAPA YELLOW NAPE, and FLEDGLING
as the eagle pecks away at the lock, breaking it open.
The cage door springs open and SQUAWKLES, PAPA YELLOW NAPE, and FLEDGLING speed away. SFX: We hear a peeping sound of chirps coming
from the cage.
The EAGLE does a double take, perks up her head, tilts head
and runs back toward the cage, squawking.
CLOSER ON PAPA YELLOW NAPE
PAPA YELLOW NAPE
Parrotoops! They must have fallen
from our pockets.
The EAGLE swoops up her eaglets and tucks them in a knapsack
on her back. They peer out of the sack and blink innocently,
peeping softly. The eagle stuffs the eaglets back inside the
pockets on the knapsack.
PAPA YELLOW NAPE and SQUAWKLES mount the EAGLE’s saddle and ride away, up into the dark, reddish air of the caverns, dodging the many stalagmites and stalactites as water drips from these limestone needles growing down from the cave ceiling and up from the cave floor.
WIDE ON SWIMMING POOL ROOM – THE ATRIUM
as we get a view of the classical marble statues lined around the pool pointing to the way to freedom out of the cave, toward the light at the end of the cave.
CLOSER ON EAGLE
That awful Hawk made all these
people into statues. Maybe your
magical bracelet will also bring them
back to life.
ANGLE ON ONE STATUE’S FACE
as a tear drop runs down its marble cheeks.
CLOSER ON PAPA YELLOW NAPE AND SQUAWKLES
Let’s give it a try. Give me that
SQUAWKLES takes the bracelet from Fledgling’s outstretched wing and punches a white button on the bracelet. It lights up and pulsates for a moment. Then in an explosion of light, all the
statues are restored to life. The statues run free in all directions, cheering and shouting.
WIDER ON STATUES
as all statues with the exception of TWO scatter to the light at the end of the cave.
We’re free at last,
after all these years.
Let’s head home for our village.
CLOSE ON THE ONE REMAINING PAIR OF MALE AND FEMALE STATUES
One marble statue runs over to greet SQUAWKLES and PAPA YELLOW NAPE
Oh, thank you.
The last thing I remember
is that Hawk asked me to model
for his sculpture lesson.
WIDE ON FEMALE STATUE
as she runs towards EAGLE, SQUAWKLES, PAPA YELLOW NAPE, and FLEDGLING.
Then WIDER on FEMALE STATUE, SQUAWKLES, FLEDGING, and EAGLE
CLOSER ON FEMALE STATUE as she embraces and kisses SQUAWKLES in gratitude.
SQUAWKLES makes a shy, cringing face and shows tense embarrassment.
TWO SHOT – STATUE AND SQUAWKLES
I didn’t realize that when Hawk
advertised for an interior decorator
that I’d be the decoration.
CLOSE ON FLEDGLING
It looks like this bracelet does
more than attract birds. It also
reverses all of Hawk’s tricks.
I wonder what would happen if we
pointed it at Hawk and Screecher
and pressed this little blue button?
PAPA YELLOW NAPE
Not now, beaky bird.
WIDER on flying EAGLE
As she flaps her wings, creating high winds and a dust storm of many rainbow colors and flashing stars, whirling colors.
EAGLE soars. They fly out the mouth of the yawning ravine and into the bright blue air. HAWK sees them fly through the sky over his summer palace as he looks out of his kitchen window while stirring his pot of stew.
EXT. FLYING OVER THE ROOFTOPS AND TREE TOPS IN THE CLOUDS
CLOSE on HAWK and SCREECHER who are sitting on the window sill
looking at the flying EAGLE with PAPA YELLOW NAPE, FLEDGLING, and SQUAWKLES on its back growing smaller as they head toward the Amazon village.
Great hounds of hallucinations!
Get me Archy the archaeopteryx.
SFX: CLASH OF THUNDER and lightning.
As HAWK flings his curled fingers to cast a magical spell, in a cloud of pink smoke an archaeopteryx (ancient bird, half bird-half dinosaur or lizard bird) appears. It’s all saddled
up and ready to fly.
WIDER ON HAWK, SCREECHER, AND ARCHY
Come, Screecher, fly with me
on this dinosaur of birds.
Leap on this lizard, the
first bird that ever was.
CLOSE ON BIRD
SCREECHER leaps onto the archaeopteryx’s back and snuggles into the saddle. HAWK flies up into the saddle and gives the reins a
WIDER ON BIRD, SCREECHER, HAWK
The bird takes off and follows the EAGLE who is now disappearing
o.s. beyond the horizon, out of shot. ARCHY has claws on its wings, teeth in its beak and more scales than feathers. It looks like a green, flying dragon of sorts with a horned crest on its pointy head. It’s the same size and an equal match to the EAGLE.
The sky chase begins. The Archy pursues and catches up to the EAGLE. EAGLE gains speed with ARCHY on its tail.
CLOSE ON ARCY
Faster than a hawk could ever fly,
with dragon fire and bog mire.
HAWK points the way and steers the Archy.
WIDE on EAGLE
with ARCHY pursuing close behind. HAWK stretches out his fingers and zaps the eagle with a lightning bolt.
The bolt just misses SQUAWKLES. He jumps out of his seat and
begins to fall toward the ground. The ground comes up very fast as he tumbles earthward. EAGLE takes a dive as FLEDGLING holds onto his hat and swoops under SQUAWKLES as SQUAWKLES is scooped back into
his saddle seat.
Whew! That was a close one.
A cool, blue eagle sure beats the
stress of doing my own flying in
CLOSE ON FLEDGLING
FLEDGLING whips out of his pocket his bird-attracting bracelet and buzzes the gold button. A parrot-shaped beak springs up from the bracelet shaped like a microphone. FLEDGLING speaks into the beak. Then he places the beak by his ear to receive a message. A parrot’s voice squawks.
Calling all birds. Calling all birds.
Awk! We’ve picked up a bogey
over the Parrotberry bush.
Send us a vector and we’re
FLEDGLING pushes a blue button on his bracelet. A light flashes.
WIDER ON BIRDS
Suddenly a travelling mound of black CROWS and toucans approach from the east. From the west a mountain of HAWKS approach the battle from the west, each aimed at a head-on collision with HAWK’s flying dinosaur bird. These two humongous clouds of BIRDS both speed into shot at the same time with GARGAMEL caught in the middle as the two giant flocks of birds are headed for collision.
Look! Up in the sky.
It’s every bird in the land.
SQUAWKLES points to the tornado of birds, now turned into a cycloning whirlwind of two different flocks. Then that becomes four flocks, eight flocks. The entire sky fills with flocks of all different types of BIRDS.
CLOSER ON HAWK
He’s still riding the ARCHY like it was some dragon horse with SCREECHER sitting on his shoulder.
HAWK grabs out of his saddle a lattice device with a spring. This is an expandable device (like a forceps) that reaches across the clouds long enough to latch onto the tail of the EAGLE
flying fast just ahead of him.
WIDE ON EAGLE, SQUAWKLES AND PAPA YELLOW NAPE
This expandable lattice-like device catches the EAGLE in mid-air. The jarring shakes SQUAWKLES and PAPA YELLOW NAPE loose from the EAGLE’S back. SQUAWKLES and PAPA YELLOW NAPE begin to fall again, plummeting almost to the Amazon Parrot Village below.
CLOSER ON THICK FLOCK OF GREEN PARROTS FORMING A MAGIC CARPET
WITH THEIR UNDULATING, FLAPPING FEATHERS
Just before they hit the tops of the trees a thick flock of TOUCANS suddenly rise from the Parrotberry Treetops and berry bushes and rise up to the occasion forming a thick crazyquilt of colored, feather carpet that allows SQUAWKLES and PAPA YELLOW NAPE to float on this magical carpet of TOUCAN’S wings. The TOUCANS carry Parrotberries in their beaks as they head for home.
WIDER ON SQUAWKLES and FLEDGLING
as they ride the carpet of toucans slowly floating to land in front of their own home.
CLOSER ON SQUAWKLES , FLEDGLING, and PAPA YELLOW NAPE
We must help Eagle and her Eaglets.
Looks what’s happening to Hawk.
The TOUCANS look skyward. SQUAWKLES and FLEDGLING also look up to the clouds as the two armies of birds enclose HAWK in a tornado of a dark cloud of BIRDS.
The hawks begin to force apart the expandable lattice forceps and
EAGLE flaps her wings and breaks free of the pinch.
PARETTE comes running from o.s. into shot.
Hi! Everybody. Look.
WIDER ON EAGLE
PARETTE points up at the sky.
The EAGLE is getting away.
Use the bird finder bracelet on Hawk’s bird.
SQUAWKLES presses the red button the the bracelet and it attracts all the birds toward the Amazon village and away from the EAGLE.
But the bracelet also attracts the bird HAWK’s riding, the ARCHY.
CLOSER ON EAGLE
EAGLE has gotten out of the grips of the lattice-forceps expandable device and is gaining speed. All of a sudden the EAGLE turns and is attracted toward the AMAZON VILLAGE.
WIDE ON TWO ARMIES OF BIRDS
as the two armies of birds DO A DOUBLE TAKE and ATTACK one another. The HAWKS are now attacking the TOUCANS. The attacking birds DESERT HAWK. HAWK is now freed from the tornado of birds and is taking a nosedive straight for the Parrot’s Amazon village.
You pressed the wrong button. We don’t want
all those birds to land here and fight
one another. Try the blue button.
CLOSE ON PARETTE
PARETTE presses the bracelet’s blue button as she aims at the ARCHY. Suddenly There is a beam of blue light filled with dancing rainbow colored soap bubbles.
WIDE ON BIRDS
As the beam reaches all the birds it fans out. Suddenly the birds go peaceful and chirp merrily. The have smiles on their beaks and a very mellow expression of peace and contentment on their faces.
The HAWKS fly to the east. The TOUCANS take to the west. The ARCHY is mellowed.
PULL BACK WIDER ON ARCHY
The mellow dinosaur-bird flaps its wings merrily and flies off back to HAWK’S castle.
CLOSE ON HAWK
as he rides atop his mellow, happy ARCHY. The bird now sings the Parrot Song. The ARCHY flies in lazy circles over HAWK’S castle.
(sings his familiar song)
HAWK himself now has a large toucan’s beak growing from his former smaller Hawk’s beak.
HAWK pulls at his new beak. Suddenly toucan’s black and orange feathers sprout from HAWK’S clothes.
SCREECHER, get these feathers off of me.
HAWK pulls at his feathers as his pet iguana on his shoulder arches his back and growls at the bird feathers.
WIDE ON PARETTE AND SQUAWKLES
PARETTE, FLEDGLING, PAPA YELLOW NAPE, and SQUAWKLES are riding on top of the EAGLE’s back. They arrive at HAWK’S castle and confront him.
CLOSE ON HAWK
HAWK has now changed into a TOUCAN. He walks up to PARETTE.
Change me back and I’ll promise anything.
Will you stop sending those toucans to
eat our Parrotberries?
Yes. Yes. I’ll do anything you want
only change me back.
I don’t want to be Toco the toucan.
Here, have a Parrotberry pie.
PARETTE tosses the pie in his face.
HAWK has a temper tantrum as he wipes the pie from his face.
Oh, you naughty Yellow Nape Amazon Parrot.
I’ll have parrot pie for dessert tonight instead
of parrotberry turnover.
Suddenly he gets some pie in his mouth with his fingers and calms down fast.
Hey, this pie is delicious.
So you see if you let our parrotberries grow,
you can eat pie this good all the time.
Heh, heh, those toucans sure loved to eat
the special coating I sprayed on your
parrotberry crop. Actually toucans hate
parrotberries. Now change me back.
I’ll change you back if you give me the formula
for removing your coating from our parrotberries.
HAWK grabs PARETTE and pulls the bracelet away. He clicks it on himselfs and turns back into his usual form.
HAWK locks PARETTE in the cookoo clock on his fireplace mantel. A wooden cookoo bird pops out of a small window on top of the clock and does its cookoo whistle, then returns. The Cookoo door closes. PARETTE bangs on the locked wooden door of the cookoo clock yelling for help.
SCREECHER leaps onto the ledge of the mantelpiece and menacingly sniffs at the PARROT behind the locked cookoo’s door.
The EAGLE charges into HAWK. But HAWK hits the pink button on the bracelet and the EAGLE is transformed into a tiny eaglet that peeps loudly for help.
Peep. Peep. Peep.
SQUAWKLES sweeps up the eaglet and tosses her into his pocket as he
runs for his life. HAWK chases after him. HAWK points and motions to SCREECHER. The iguana runs to hunt down SQUAWKLES. HAWK rubs his wings in circles and paces in anticipation.
Screecher! How about parrot and eaglet
over a bed of noodles?
(rubbing his beak and wings in circles)
Hmmm…I can already hear the sizzle before
I’ve seen the steak.
CLOSE ON SHADOWS OF SCREECHER AND SQUAWKLES
SCREECHER makes a leap from a tall fireplace mantel to pounce on SQUAWKLES below who is now corned against a wall. We see the elongated dark shadow of SCREECHER in slow motion in the act of pouncing on SQUAWKLES who stands against the wall. CAMERA SHOT on the two shadows.
While in midair, quickly SQUAWKLES pulls out of his trousers pocket his MAGICAL SALT SHAKER (which he used before to sprinkle on the Parrotberries) to chase away the parrots. Now he tosses a sprinkle of golden salt into SCREECHER’S face and a black cloud of awful smelling smoke engulfs and twines about SCREECHER as HAWK comes into the shot from o.s. to come to SCREECHER’S aid.
The cloud kicks up a big stink around SCREECHER. A white stripe forms and runs down the center of SCREECHER’s blackening reptile body so that SCREECHER looks just like a skunk. SCREECHER growls and draws back with his tail between his legs, in embarrassment at how stinky he smells.
Now that’s what I call smelling salts.
HAWK reacts to the awful stink cloud surrounding SCREECHER. He holds his nose and winces.
Peeeuuuu! You smell like a skunk.
WIDER ON SQUAWKLES and HAWK
SQUAWKLES laughs at his own joke as HAWK grabs him in his fist by his feet dangling upside down as HAWK walks to his kitchen.
Help. Put me down.
SCREECHER tries to jump into HAWK’S arms while he’s dangling SQUAWKLES. But HAWK shoos him away, holding his nose.
Go take a bath, Screecher!
SCREECHER runs off and jumps in a washtub of water. Clothes that were soaking in the washtub go flying through the air.
WIDE ON HAWK’S KITCHEN
HAWK carries SQUAWKLES upside down into his kitchen. He sits him down on a serving plate on his table and begins to arrange mushrooms around the platter with SQUAWKLES sitting up in the middle.
CLOSE ON SQUAWKLES AND HAWK IN THE KITCHEN
It’s parrot pie for dinner,
my friend, stuffed with mushrooms
a la King and cloves. (CACKLE)
HAWK stuffs a clove into a mushroom and then stuffs it into SQUAWKLES’s mouth.
With his hands free, SQUAWKLES tosses some golden granules from his magical saltshaker into HAWK’S face.
It’s the seasoning to be jolly.
La, la la la la, la la la la.
HAWK RUBS HIS EYES AND SNEEZES.
Suddenly HAWK becomes mellow and peaceful. A silly smile appears on his face as he changes into a giant mushroom stuffed with cloves sitting on an “island” wedge of pie crust .
WIDER ON SQUAWKLES
SQUAWKLES climbs down the table leg and runs along the kitchen floor past SCREECHER who’s still splashing in the washtub of water with the wet clothes laying all around the tub on the floor.
SQUAWKLES passes SCREECHER and bravely calls to him as SQUAWKLES continues walking out of shot.
CLOSER ON SQUAWKLES
That should keep him mushroomed on an island
until dinner time.
CLOSE ON PARETTE AND SQUAWKLES
SQUAWKLES climbs up the curtain sashweight and drapery cords until he reaches the top OF THE MANTELPIECEFIREPLACE. He breaks open the cookoo clock wooden door with a pencil lying in front of him and out rides PARETTE sitting astride the wooden cookoo yellow bird as the clock chimes. COOKOO, COOKOO, COOKOO. She jumps off the cookoo bird as the bird goes back inside the clock and the door closes.
You remember that special salt shaker
that didn’t stop the toucans from
eating our fruit?
Don’t tell me it stopped Hawk.
It has the odor of success.
ANGLE ON SQUAWKLES AND PARETTE
SQUAWKLES and PARETTE climb down the drapery cords and sashweight to the floor.
PARETTE whips out her magical bracelet.
PARETETE clicks the blue button and the eaglet in SQUAWKLES’s pocket peeps twice, swells and bursts through his pocket, it’s muscles growing until it reaches full size standing on the floor.
CLOSE ON EAGLE
C’mon, let’s get outta here!
WIDER ON SQUAWKLES, PARETTE, EAGLE AND SCREECHER
SQUAWKLES and PARETTE leap onto the EAGLE’s back just as SCREECHER runs into the room and leaps does a double take when he sees how large and ferocious the eagle looks.
Stay back, Screecher, unless you
want to star in my iguana pie.
EAGLE flaps her wings and flies out breaking through the wooden shutters on the windows. Wood pieces fly over the heads of SQUAWKLES and PARETTE as they duck. SCREECHER recoils in his tracks, coming to a screeching halt. He watches them take off.
SQUAWKLES turns around as they soar, yelling back through his cupped hands to SCREECHER.
Don’t worry about Hawk. He’ll
be back to his old self by dinner.
So don’t eat that old stuffed mushroom
sitting in the kitchen.
EXT. – A BRIGHT, LEAFY DAY – AMAZON VILLAGE
WIDE on FLEDGLING, GRANDPA MACAW, NESTLING, EAGLE, SQUAWKLES, PARETTE, and PAPA YELLOW NAPE.
Welcome back, my parrots.
You’ve saved our tasty
berries from the toucans.
CLOSE ON EAGLE
And look what I have here.
EAGLE pulls out from under its wing a vial of formula.
ANGLE ON NESTLING, SQUAWKLES, and EAGLE
NESTLING sniffs the vial of liquid.
Why, it’s Hawk’s secret formula
for distracting toucans from our Parrotberries.
What is it?
Oil of eagle.
ANGLE ON PAPA YELLOW NAPE, PARETTE, SQUAWKLES, and HATCHLING
It was so simple.
The scent of big birds always
frightens away the smaller birds.
Then we don’t need those
magical salts that make our
SQUAWKLES takes out his salt shaker and gives it to PAPA YELLOW NAPE.
PARETTE takes out her magical bracelet.
And we don’t need this bracelet
to attract any more toucans.
PARETTE bends down and hands it to HATCHLING who’s crawling into the shot from o.s. HATCHLING takes the bracelet in his mouth and PEEPS.
Peep. Google. Burble.
HATCHLING puts the bracelet on his own wrist and crawls away into GRANDPA MACAW’S arms. GRANDPA MACAW lifts HATCHLING onto his shoulder.
CLOSE ON FLEDGLING.
as he takes the two eaglets out from under his wing and hands them to EAGLE.
I’ve got my parrotlings and now here’s
your eaglets, safe, sound, and well-fed.
ANGLE ON EAGLE, PAPA YELLOW NAPE, and FLEDGLING
EAGLE takes her two eaglets and kisses them, hugging them warmly. A rainbow of colors light up the blue sky and white clouds.
PAPA YELLOW NAPE
Before you go, would you like to see
the birdfeeder in our own garden?
No, I’ve got to get my eaglets back
to the nest. But I don’t know how to
thank you for saving my eaglets.
PAPA YELLOW NAPE
And I don’t know how to thank you
for saving Hatchling.
Well, there’s one gift I can give you.
CLOSE ON EAGLE AND SQUAWKLES
EAGLE takes out a Parrotberry pie from his knapsack and hands it to SQUAWKLES.
I managed to salvage your last Parrotberry
pie from Hawk’s oven.
WIDER ON EAGLE and SQUAWKLES
And there’s one more present,
HYACINTH hurries into the shot from o.s.
ANGLE ON HYACINTH
That pie is the last
unless I replace all those
Parrotberry trees and bushes
the toucans ate down to the roots.
EAGLE takes two draw string purses from his knapsack on his back.
ANGLE ON EAGLE and HYACINTH
Here’s Hawk’s last bag of
fruit, one for the trees, and the other
for the bushes.
I’ll be able to replant for the spring.
I don’t know how to thank you either.
HYACINTH hugs EAGLE and gives him a kiss on the beak.
So long, Yellow Napes and Macaws.
EAGLE shakes wings with HYACINTH. EAGLE flaps her wings and soars. She circles low once, swooping down to echo one more message as she hovers in midair.
Just keep the hunters off of the
top of Bald Eagle Mountain.
ANGLE ON SQUAWKLES
(waving to Eagle)
Sure thing. Everybody knows
eagles taste awful.
WIDER ON EAGLE IN SKY
EAGLE soars again
until the bird becomes a black dot on top of the mountain’s peak.
FADE OUT TO THE END.