Transcript: Baby the Baby
Cars travel on the streets of a large colourful city. A family leaves a red brick condo. A family enters a pizza shop. Another family stands outside a large yellow house. A fourth family meets in front of a yellow trailer just outside the city. The kids from the four families climb a hill in a park.
Text reads, “TVO Kids and ABC presents Big Words, Small Stories”
Text continues, “Baby the Baby, written by Tim Bain”
Oleander, Sally, Massimo, and Ben walk through a park on a sunny day. A blonde-haired woman stands on a stage.
ON YOUR BOTTOMS, FACING ME.
MY NEW PLAY'S ABOUT TO START!
GROWN-UPS UP IN THE BACK,
KIDS UP FRONT…APPLAUSE LOUD!
Kids run up to the stage.
A PLAY! WANNA WATCH IT, MASSIMO?
(Excited baby noises)
HE LOVES THE THEATRE, LIKE ME!
CAN WE SIT UP FRONT, PAPA?
YOU CAN SEE US THE WHOLE TIME.
YOU ARE VERY RESPONSIBLE.
I'M SURE YOU'LL TAKE
GOOD CARE OF HIM.
Oleander carries Massimo as she and Sally rush to the stage.
A dark-haired man with glasses and a red jacket carries a blue book onto the stage.
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,
BOYS AND GIRLS.
INTRODUCING 'THE THREE LITTLE
PIGS AND THE BIG BAD WOLF'.
Oleander looks worried.
BIG? BAD? WOLF?!
The man on the stage reads,
ONCE UPON A TIME,
THERE WAS A LITTLE PIG.
The woman wears a pig costume as she leaps onto the stage.
I'M A LITTLE PIGGY.
The man continues,
LITTLE DID THE PIG KNOW, A BIG
BAD WOLF WAS LURKING NEARBY.
The woman returns to the stage in a wolf costume. She waves her arms.
THIS IS TOO SCARY FOR BABIES!
THERE SHOULD BE A WARNING
ABOUT A WOLF IN THE SHOW.
IT'S IN THE TITLE - THREE LITTLE
PIGS AND THE BIG, BAD WOLF!
I NEED TO DISTRACT HIM
BEFORE HE GETS SCARED.
Oleander makes silly faces. Massimo chuckles. He turns back to the stage and struggles to get out of Oleander’s hands.
STOP IT, OLEANDER. YOU'RE...
YOU'RE MOLLYCODDLING HIM!
The Sprinkle Fairy drives through the park in a pink and gold double-decker bus.
Four creatures shout, “Mollycoddle!”
The Sprinkle Fairy floats down to Oleander
The Sprinkle Fairy says,
MOLLYCODDLE MEANS TO TRY
TO AND PROTECT SOMEONE
MORE THAN THEY NEED TO BE.
YOU KNOW, LIKE HOW OLEANDER
IS TRYING TO STOP HIM
WATCHING A SCARY PLAY
THAT'S NOT THAT SCARY.
IT IS SCARY! LOOK AT THOSE FANGS!
NOT YOU, MASSIMO, DON'T LOOK!
Oleander covers Massimo's eyes.
The Sprinkle Fairy adds,
SEEMS LIKE MOLLYCODDLING TO ME!
She flies away from Oleander, Massimo, and Sally.
I WOULD NEVER
The woman wearing the wolf costume says,
LITTLE PIG, LET ME COME IN
OR I'LL EAT YOU UP FOR SUPPER!
Oleander puts headphones on Massimo.
DON'T LISTEN, MASSIMO!
STOP IT, OLEANDER! YOU'RE
REALLY MOLLYCODDLING HIM NOW!
Massimo crawls away from Oleander.
Oleander says, MASSIMO!
Massimo climbs up the side of the stage.
Oleander adds, WAY TOO CLOSE!
The man on stage reads,
THE BIG BAD WOLF CREPT UP TO
THE LITTLE PIG'S DOOR AND SAID...
The woman continues,
I'LL HUFF AND I'LL PUFF
Oleander takes the book from the man. She says.
EXERCISING HELPS ME STAY FIT!
The woman jumps rope in the wolf costume.
NOW I'M FIT,
I'LL CLIMB DOWN YOUR CHIMNEY,
OPEN MY JAWS AND--
BRUSH MY TOOTHY PEGS!
NOTHING BEATS NICE, CLEAN TEETH!
The woman looks around. She grabs a giant toothbrush prop from a basket of backstage. Two creatures jump into the basket.
The woman brushes her wolf fangs on stage. The audience looks confused.
The woman replies,
NOW MY TEETH ARE NICE AND CLEAN,
I'M GOING TO COOK YOU UP--
A DELICIOUS BUT HEALTHY BOWL
OF CELERY SOUP.
The woman eats a spoonful of soup.
MMM! DELICIOUS AND HEALTHY!
Oleander looks out from the stage. The kids in the audience are asleep.
NOW YOU'VE MOLLYCODDLED
THE ENTIRE AUDIENCE!
Text reads, “Mollycoddle”.
The woman responds,
MUST SAVE THE SHOW!
(Snarling and howling)
The kids wake up.
MASSIMO! STOP WATCHING!
(Soft baby noise)
The man takes the book back from Oleander.
THE LITTLE PIG FROZE IN
The man whispers to Oleander,
..AS THE BIG BAD WOLF
CREPT TOWARDS HER.
The woman in the wolf costume shouts,
The woman whispers to Oleander,
Oleander runs off stage. The woman chases her. They run past the basket. The two creatures hop out. One wears a tiny green witch mask. They both fall off the edge of the basket and onto the floor.
Oleander and the woman run back onto the stage.
Oleander screams, NO!
Massimo rings a bell as he sits on the stage. The woman stops in front of him.
MORE AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION?
I LOVE IT!
The woman walks slowly away from Massimo. He crawls after her.
The woman adds,
ALAS! I SURRENDER!
SPARE ME AND I PROMISE
NEVER TO EAT PIGS AGAIN!
The woman tickles Massimo’s belly. Oleander approaches them.
Roses are thrown onto the stage.
GUESS I DIDN'T NEED TO
MOLLYCODDLE HIM AT ALL.
HE'S AS BRAVE AS A LION.
Oleander carries Massimo to Ben. Ben stands up then falls back down on a bench.
OOH! HOW WAS THE PLAY? I FELL
ASLEEP AND GOT PINS AND NEEDLES!
Oleander says, I'LL HELP YOU, PAPA!
YOU'RE MOLLYCODDLING HIM!
Text reads, “Mollycoddle”
MOLLYCODDLE ME ALL YOU LIKE!
Text reads, “Produced in association with TVO Kids. A Canada - Ireland / Canada - Australia Co-production Between, Big Jump, Telegael, and Moody Street Kids”.
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