ANIMATION WORLD MAGAZINE - ISSUE 3.9 - December 1998
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After the brief title "Here's a how de do," episode Five, we see the bed. Carte leads a very fragile Sullivan out of the shadows, and sits him gently on the bed.
Gilbert follows at some distance, and stands by the other side. The bed is covered with newspaper cuttings and scrapbooks.
FADING IS THE TAPER WAIST Gilbert mocks Sullivan gently, with some warmth. Sullivan (alto) SHAPELESS GROWS THE SHAPELY LIMB Sullivan, lying back on the bed, with Carte pulling up the sheets, gets back at Gilbert. Carte (alto) AND ALTHOUGH SEVERELY LACED SPREADING IS THE FIGURE TRIM Carte mocks himself, laughing at his own figure. Gilbert (alto) STOUTER THAN YOU USED TO BE Gilbert has another dig at Sullivan. Sullivan (alto) STILL MORE CORPULENT GROW YOU Sullivan, now tucked up in bed, still can get the digs in back. There is some warmth between them now. Gilbert (baritone) WHENE'ER I SPOKE SARCASTIC JOKE REPLETE WITH MALICE SPITEFUL
THESE PEOPLE MILD
POLITELY SMILED AND VOTED ME DELIGHTFUL.
Gilbert separates himself and looks back over his shoulder, and wonders how these men could have been so kind to him.
Over his shoulder we can see Carte tending to the ill Sullivan.
Sullivan (bass) AND WHEN A WIGHT SITS UP ALL NIGHT SOME CATCHY TUNES DEVISING
AND ALL HIS WILES ARE MET WITH SMILES
IT'S GRAND, THERE'S NO DISGUISING
Carte has stopped tucking in Sullivan glances at his two associates and reflects that, really, he hasn't done badly.
Sullivan polishes his medal proudly, and smiles to himself.
THERE WILL BE TOO MUCH OF ME IN THE COMING BY AND BY
THERE WILL BE TOO MUCH OF ME
IN THE COMING BY AND BY
Carte is still looking at his paunch. He looks at Sullivan, and sits on the bed next to him. Gilbert sits the other side. They each take a hand of Sullivan. With his free hand Carte picks up some of the cuttings on the bed, and shows them to the others.
THOUGH P'R'APS I MAY
INCUR YOUR BLAME THE THINGS ARE FEW I WOULD NOT DO
IN FRIENDSHIP'S NAME
AND AS WE NOW
OUR LIVES SURVEY AS FRIENDS WE MUST REMAIN
UNTIL OUR DYING DAY
As Carte sings, we notice the huge newspaper cutting with the empty portraits of G and S, slowly illuminating behind the bed.
The characters become aware of the empty portraits, and all slowly stand. Carte helps Sullivan out of bed. They all move towards the portraits. We can see a bit more of the headlines, such as "Gilbert drowns..." Sullivan dies of heart fail....
-play out music under- Gilbert has produced a letter that he reads to himself. As he looks up to give it to Sullivan, Sullivan is back in his portrait, freezing into a strong pose. Gilbert is sad that Sullivan never got the letter. He shrugs and gives it to Carte. Gilbert-spoken
Thank you, Sullivan. It gives one the chance of shining right through the twentieth century with a reflected light.
AH, LEAVE ME NOT TO PINE ALONE
NO FATE SEEMED FAIR AS MINE
NO HAPPINESS SO GREAT.
Carte looks at the letter briefly, and when he looks up, Gilbert has gone too, and is now back in the portrait. Both portraits fade back into the darkness.
Carte turns and sits back down on his bed, idly flicking through the scrapbooks.
The lights have reverted back to their original, less theatrical state. A needle thin ray of daylight shines across Carte.
Carte (baritone) OH...
BUT THE DARKNESS HAS PASSED AND IT'S DAYLIGHT AT LAST AND THE NIGHT HAS BEEN LONG DITTO, DITTO MY SONG
AND THANK GOODNESS
THEY'RE BOTH OF THEM OVER!
He looks up.
Carte marches over to a non-existent window and flings it wide open. Dazzling light floods in.
Carte dances around in it, finally landing back on the bed.
-play out music- Gilbert's letter drops out. He looks at it thoughtfully. Carte-spoken (baritone) ....shining right through the twentieth century.....
We are looking down at Carte from above, as he reads the letter.
The camera slowly pulls back revealing the names of all the operas, and various scrapbook style images around the bed. The screen is awash with colour and detail. The final credits super over these.
(Credits will have to be different for the 3 minute films, and for a longer compilation)
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