|For the Love of a Puppy|
by Julian X  /  scripts  /  10 Oct 2007
Tagline: “What would you do for the love of your puppy?”
Description: “When a boy’s puppy goes missing, he searches his neighborhood. When he still can’t find his puppy, he decides that he will search to the ends of the Earth to find his best friend.”
The puppy sees a car and sets off after it, chasing it down a suburban street.
The puppy turning the block’s corner, following the car. He still looks very cute – we don’t want anyone blaming the puppy for following his nature. The image here should be less than the page, with white surrounding it, perhaps the edges of the image blended into the white; the point in this is to create a sense of isolation, of the puppy disappearing into that infinite white.
Title: For the Love of a Puppy
The boy outside, heartbroken over the puppy’s leash, abandoned on the front lawn. Caption: “One day, a boy found his puppy missing.”
The boy running around the yard yelling, looking up and down the abandoned street. Caption: “He yelled and yelled Puppy’s name. He yelled and yelled names of food his puppy loved. He ran up and down the street but couldn’t find his puppy.”
The boy looking behind a bush, then looking under a car. Caption: “He looked behind bushes. He looked under cars. He looked everywhere, but couldn’t find his puppy.”
The boy sitting on his front porch, sobbing with his head in his hands, holding the puppy’s leash pathetically. We hide the boy’s face here – we don’t need the melodramatic statement of seeing the tears – the image should be pathetic enough, enough understated here. Caption: “The boy cried and cried. He couldn’t believe his puppy was gone. He couldn’t imagine living without his puppy. He thought, I would do anything to have Puppy back.”
The boy sits up, not smiling but resolute. Caption: “And so he decided to do so.” The boy hanging the puppy’s leash up on a hook just outside the door to the house. A wooden board over the hook reads “PUPPY”. Caption: “He hung his puppy’s leash in its place where it could wait for Puppy to return.” The porch, empty except for the lonely, hanging leash. Caption: “And he went in search of his puppy.”
What follows is essentially a series of one-panel cartoons. They can be a single page each, though it would be better if they were each a double-page spread – not only adding to the grandeur of each image and thus to the entire sequence, but better separating this sequence from the rest of the narrative.
The boy at the observation area at Mt. Rushmore as everyone is looking and pointing up at the monument. The boy is kneeling over and scouting around for his puppy. No words.
The boy at the Statue of Liberty, looking up at her. The camera should be behind the statue, looking at the boy’s inquisitive face. Boy: “Can you see my puppy from up there?”
The boy at Buckingham Palace, standing before the mute guards who stare directly forward, unmoved. The boy stands tiny before one. Boy: “Have you seen my puppy?”
The boy in Paris, the Eiffel Tower looming large in the background. The boy is passing a French restaurant with various bizarre meats in vats in the window and people outside in berets and turtlenecks. A French chef stands outside, wearing a chef’s hat and bragging to the boy. Chef: “Zis food will blow your mind! My gastronomy is ze best in ze world!” Boy: “I’m just looking for my puppy.”
The boy at the Leaning Tower of Pisa, walking obliviously in between a man taking a picture and the smiling tourist family being photographed. The people involved in the photograph do not seem alarmed as the boy looks around on the ground while walking through the scene, oblivious to the tower in the background. To add Italian flair, we see a pizza vendor as well.
The boy on a wooden ship, battered by the tides at night. Scurvy sailors work on deck while the boy looks over into the water. A thought balloon coming from the boy shows his puppy doggy paddling in water. Caption: “The boy sailed the world, always imagining his puppy paddling nearby in the water.”
The boy in a Japanese garden. Think The Last Samurai. The pink flowers drift in the air while people pass by – men and women in dress both traditional and modern, some in kimonos, some women with traditional paper umbrellas, some young people with super-technological portable devices. The boy is looking under a pile of leaves and flowers, hoping his puppy is frolicking. A pond with Japanese fish (koi) is in the middle-ground, while a tea ceremony house and other traditional Japanese structures are in the background.
The boy in China walking along the Great Wall, which stretches seemingly endlessly, off the edges of the page. He is looking around on the ground as he walks, curious but content. Caption: “He walked the Great Wall of China, always imagining his puppy frolicking nearby.”
Here we end the boy’s journeying with a voyage to Shangri-la, where a monk sends him home.
The boy climbing up a sheer wall of ice, battered by icy wind. Caption: “He climbed the icy Himalayan Mountains, braving freezing wind and ice in search of his puppy.”
The boy standing on the snowy mountains, looking down at an icy but stormless valley, covered overhead by clouds, with a dozen or so Tibetan wooden structures. Caption: “There, he came across a valley of calm, cut off from the outside world, called Shangri-la. For over a thousand years, monks there had devoted themselves to isolated meditation.”
The boy, ice clinging to him, approaching an ancient Chinese monk, with a long white beard, who stands utterly still, watching this brave, near frozen boy approach.
The aged monk standing over the boy. Monk: “Truly, you are a brave soul to have climbed through miles of snow and ice. Only a few great masters have ever found this place. Have you come for enlightenment?” A close-up on the boy looking up at the monk. Boy: “No, for a puppy.”
The old monk kneeling before the boy, who looks calm and tender despite his work. Monk: “None must ever have loved a puppy so much as to have sought him to the ends of the Earth as you have.” The monk is touching the boy’s chest, at his heart. Monk: “Your puppy is in your heart and can never leave you. Now go home.”
The boy climbing down another sheer wall of ice, again battered by an icy wind. Caption: “And so the boy went home.”
This final portion sees the boy returning home and finding his puppy.
The boy – dejected – is now turning the corner of his block that the puppy turned at the beginning, only here the boy is returning whereas earlier the puppy was leaving.
The puppy sitting on the porch by his abandoned leash. He is looking off and does not see his boy approaching. Then we see him seeing the boy, standing up and wagging his tail wildly.
The boy runs to his puppy and the puppy runs to him. Boy: “PUPPY!”
A montage of the two playing together. The two embrace. The boy, smiling widely, lies on his back and holds the puppy aloft as the puppy wags his tail and looks at his boy. The two roll on the ground, playing. In one shot, as the boy tells the puppy he loves him, the boy is weeping for joy. Boy: “I love you! I love you! I love you so much, Puppy!”
A single image. The boy and his puppy, reunited. The boy is hugging his puppy. The boy’s eyes are closed and his whole face is smiling with joy. The puppy is licking the boy’s face.
Keep in mind that, if the middle section consists of one-page images instead of two-page images as noted in this script, the total would come to 28 pages. And note that the page count includes the title and copyright page.
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