Note to Reader: Preliminary Story Proposal – far from final quality – purpose is to inform proposed design document for production.
Story Outline: Main Characters – The Dastardly Trio –
(Pogo the Pirate – with a Pogo stick for a leg – and a thruster awaiting discovery to strap to his other peg-leg)
(I, Balls – the one eyed companion – scouts ahead and offers running commentary on world and story events.)
(Moby the Mad Whale – swims through space, eating cowardly pirates limbs!)
[PROLOGUE] [Refusal of the call to adventure] [OPENING CUTSCENE]
[Open with a typical Pirate Ship setting sail on an Ocean, play a jolly little jingle – then –
[Cut to 16BitSynthCannons and fire the ship into the skies above, burning through the skies leaving a trail of fire and ferocious 16bit sound-waves.]
These Pirates sail the skies, not the seas – and they ride waves of 16-bit synth sounds to do it!
[As the music dies down… zoom the camera into the distant darkness of space – and begin to play the narrators dreary tones…]
Wise Old Man(VO): “Moby is a Mad Whale that terrorises the known Universe. Space Pirates up & Down the galaxy seek out his Shiny, oh so shiny diamond teeth and thick fat blubbery whale skin made entirely of gold.”
“Moby is the legendary creature of this disturbed and whacky pirate filled universe!”
“Why do all the pirate of the Universe seek Moby, you ask?”
“For no real reason other than to decorate their dastardly pirate ships & proudly proclaim they were the one to slay the great beast!”
“They may dress it up as performing a public service, but in reality all they really want is the girls, the gold and the rum.”
“In any order they can get their grubby little hands on them.”
[Switch to Montage of Moby moving Dastardly through space, chomping, snickering and being generally villainous.]
Unfortunately for these low-brow galactic scoundrels, Moby’s shiny Golden Exterior is matched only by his reputation as a ferocious galaxy-spanning killer whale.
A lost soul that drifts slowly across the galaxy, eating every little pirate in sight and shits fire for days.
Gobbling up pirate captains as well as their crews, their legs & their tasty limbs.
[Cut to Pogo aboard his ship.]
Old Man(VO): [LOOKING DIRECTLY AT CAMERA]
WAIT. WHAT? Really, of all the guys in the universe, this is who you choose? Sigh, so be it!
[Looks back across the universe – clears throat, assumes his narrator voice and continues]
Pogo is a cowardly former pirate captain plagued by self-doubt and a fear of the unknown.
He comes from a long line of ferocious, savage pirates but has always failed to live up to his family name.
It’s a tough act to follow – thirteen Pirate’s of the Decade in a row!
[Play a little clip of Pogo’s Parents, Brothers,etc surrounded by big gold pirate trophies – with Pogo lurking in the back – running away from danger!]
His most recent spell of bad luck, is probably his worst yet.
Although… I must admit.
It Is hard to tell with this guy!
Whilst gallivanting aimlessly aboard his rickety old pirate ship, burning fire through the skies Pogo had quite the mishap.
*snickers* pillock! *end snickering* Ahem,
[Narrator Clears Throat]
What started as just another Ordinary day, took a turn for the worse when Moby the Golden Galactic Destroyer (quite the name, for a shiny gold sea creature that flies through space) appeared on the port side of his pitiful pirate ship.
Man overboard! Cried Pogo’s bitter crew.
They called out, not with a tone of concern, but curiosity and delight.
Life as a ship-hand under Pogo was not the life that most budding pirates dreamed of, you see.
So useless and riddled by fear is Pogo that he runs at the first sight of danger!
Alas, dear fellows – that’s what got us in this mess in the first place!
Where was I – let me continue; ah yes… Man Overboard! They yelled, and after a brief pause…
[Cut to Pogo – running around petrified, knocking everything over, catching his leg on a bottle of rum and crashing overboard]
The crew jump into the air and burst into song.
“Oh, Pogo! Pogo Pogo! – you silly old pillock!
You’ve only gone and done it, you cowardly old fool!
Today’s the day he got you, today’s the day our misery ends!
We’re free, yipeeeeee!
For he’s a jolly good fellow,
For he’s a jolly good fellow,
Oh Moby the Golden Galactic Destroooooooooooooyer!
Cheers to you & yours!
You’ve rid us of that pleb!”
[Cut to – Moby the Golden Whale’s Diamond Eye & Dastardly Smile – play the spacewhale music]
[Cut to – Pogo’s point of entry in the water, a few bubbles appear, followed by Pogo’s boot]
[Play Whale burping Noise] [Fade to Black].
Pogo awakens on Wha-hungle. A small, moist planet – covered in jungles, swamps and waterfalls.
Unaware of his surroundings, he reaches out around him and lays hands on a spring-like piece of scrap.
He brandishes together a makeshift bandage for his bitten limb, and sticks the spring to the bottom of it.
Pogo now has one wooden peg-leg and one missing limb, loosely bandaged with a spring to help him hop around.
It doesn’t work very well…He hops helplessly forward through the world – struggling to come to terms with his one-legged status.
Moby ate his leg – and he wants it back.
He sets out on his quest – to reclaim his leg & confront Moby the Mad Whale.
[End of Prologue]