Transcript: Circus | Jun 15, 1988

Music plays.

Jodie appears on screen behind a shop window. She is in her late twenties with short black hair and wears an orange top. She picks up a mannequin that looks out the window.

Sam locks up the shop. He is life-sized doll with straight white hair and a thick white mustache. He wears a guard uniform.

Sam says WELL, I GUESS THAT'S
ALL LOCKED UP TIGHT NOW,
AS IT SHOULD BE.
HI, THERE,
JODIE.

Jodie says OH, HI, SAM.
WELL, EVERYTHING'S
ALL SAFE DOWN HERE.
LET'S GO UPSTAIRS.
DO YOU NEED A
HAND WITH HIM?
IS HE TOO HEAVY?

Sam and Jodie ascend an escalator with the mannequin.

Jodie says NO, NO, I CAN MANAGE
FINE, THANK YOU.

Sam says WELL, WE'RE
ON OUR WAY TO
THE CHILDREN'S
DEPARTMENT ONCE AGAIN.
UH-HUH.

Sam looks around a room filled with toys. He says
OKAY, IT'S CLEAR.
THE CUSTOMERS HAVE
ALL GONE HOME NOW.

Jodie places the mannequin in the room and leaves.

A stuffed mouse pops up from behind a table and says HOCUS POCUS ALAMAGOCUS.

A golden light appears around the outline of the mannequin. Inside the golden outline is black with sparking dots. The mannequin turns into a clean-shaven man in his twenties named Jeff who wears a stripped hat and vest. He dances around the room while Jodie fixes a sign that says “today's special.” He grabs Jodie's hand and they run towards a black starry night. They jump up and their outline becomes a rainbow of colors. They turn into stars. Drawings of Jodie, Sam, the mannequin and the stuffed animal appear on screen. A drawing of an old women with a hat and glasses appears on screen. She rides a duck across the night sky, leaving behind a trail of strips of different colors. The strips overtake the whole screen and a drawing of the stuffed mouse appears on screen dancing. She jumps up and the screen changes to a television that she dives through. The words “Today's Special” appear on screen. The words change to “Circus.”

A song plays.

TODAY'S SPECIAL
IT'S FOR EVERYONE

TODAY'S SPECIAL
COME JOIN IN THE FUN

WITH MAGIC EVERYWHERE
A WORLD FOR US
TO SHARE
AND FRIENDLY FACES
HOPING THAT YOU'LL WANT
TO MEET US THERE
FOR TODAY'S SPECIAL
IT'S ABOUT TO APPEAR
IT'S ABOUT TO APPEAR!

TODAY'S SPECIAL
SHOUT IT LOUD AND CLEAR

TODAY'S SPECIAL!

The song ends.

Jeff juggles in the toy room. One of the balls goes flying and hits Sam in the head.

He exclaims says OUCH!

He hands Jeff the ball and says I TAKE IT THIS IS
YOURS, IS IT JEFF?

Jeff says YEAH.
THANKS, SAM.

Sam says IT'S ALL RIGHT.

Jeff says YOU KNOW WHAT, I'M TEACHING
MYSELF TO BE A JUGGLER.

Sam says OOH, SOUNDS GOOD.
A JUGGLER, LIKE
IN A CIRCUS, HUH?

Jeff says RIGHT.
DO YOU WANT TO
SEE MY ACT?

Sam says WELL, ACTUALLY,
I'M JUST BUSY DOING
MY ROUNDS RIGHT NOW.

Jeff says I'VE BEEN PRACTISING
ALL EVENING.

Sam says WELL, IN THAT CASE.
YES, YOU GO AHEAD.
THIS SHOULD BE GOOD.

Jeff exclaims TA DA!
ANNOUNCING THE FIRST
PUBLIC PERFORMANCE OF
JEFF THE JUGGLER.

Sam says HOORAY!

Jeff says OKAY.

He starts to juggle but the balls go flying in all directions.

He exclaims OH!

Sam says YEAH, WELL, SHOULDN'T
YOU TRY AND KEEP 'EM
ALL IN THE AIR A
LITTLE LONGER, JEFF?

Jeff says I KNOW.

As he leaves the room, Sam says YOU JUST KEEP
ON PRACTISING.
DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT.

Jeff says OKAY.
I'LL TRY IT AGAIN-
WHERE DID HE GO?
OH, HE WENT TO
FINISH HIS ROUNDS.

Jodie enters the room and says HEY, JEFF, I'M ON MY WAY
DOWNSTAIRS TO GET SOME MILK.
DO YOU WANT TO COME?

Jeff says JODIE, HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO
SEE ME JUGGLE THREE BALLS
AT THE SAME TIME?

She says WELL, CAN YOU MAKE
IT REALLY QUICK, JEFF?
I'VE GOT A LOT
OF WORK TO DO.

Jeff says OKAY, WATCH.
TA DA!

He starts to juggle and fails again.

He says OH, I'LL TRY IT AGAIN,
JUST LET ME GO GET
THE OTHER BALL.

Jodie says I THINK IT ROLLED
BEHIND THE COUNTER.

Jeff looks around for the ball and says NO, I DON'T SEE IT.

Jodie looks at her watch and says WELL, IT'S GOT TO BE
BACK THERE SOMEWHERE.
LOOK, I'VE GOT TO GO.
I'LL SEE YOU LATER.

She leaves the room.

Jeff says WAIT, WAIT,
HERE IT IS.

He stands up and notices that Jodie has left.

He says GOSH.
EVERYBODY SEEMS TO BE
IN A BIG HURRY TODAY.

Muffy walks across the room and says HI, BYE.

Jeff says MUFFY, MUFFY, HOW WOULD YOU
LIKE TO SEE MY JUGGLING ACT?

Muffy says A LITTLE LATER,
IF YOU PLEASE.
RIGHT NOW I'M ON
THE TRAIL OF CHEESE.
BUT YOU MUST PRACTICE
LOTS, YOU KNOW,
BEFORE YOU JOIN
A CIRCUS SHOW.

Jeff says MUFFY, HOW CAN
I JOIN A CIRCUS?
I MEAN, IF I LEAVE THE STORE,
YOU KNOW THAT MY MAGIC HAT
DOESN'T WORK AND I
BECOME A MANNEQUIN AGAIN.

Muffy says OH, HOW COULD I
FORGET THAT FACT?
SO LATER ON, I'LL
SEE YOUR ACT.

As Muffy leaves, Jeff says BUT MUFFY, DON'T
YOU WANT TO SEE...

He puts down the balls and sings
FRIENDS ARE IN A
HURRY, NO TIME TO PLAY
NOT ME, NOT ME
ALL DAY LONG THEY
SCURRY, WORKING AWAY
NOT ME
NOT ME

Jodie, Muffy and Sam scurry across the room.

Jeff sings I'M NOT COMPLAINING, MY
BLESSINGS I CAN ADD
BUT SOMETIMES
I'M A LITTLE SAD
SOMETIMES I'M A
LITTLE SAD
LIVING IN THIS GREAT STORE,
A WORLD TO SHARE FOR ME
FOR ME
WITH FRIENDS THAT I ADORE,
THEY REALLY CARE FOR ME
FOR ME
I SHOULD BE HAPPY, BUT
SAD I'LL OFTEN FEEL
MAYBE IF I WERE FREE TO GO
OUTSIDE LIKE SOMEONE REAL
THEN I COULD SEE
IF THE WHOLE WORLD'S
WAITING, WAITING FOR ME

A basketball, tennis ball, racquetball and ping-pong ball move around the screen.

The female Narrator says WHEN YOU JUGGLE, ALL THE
BALLS MUST BE THE SAME SIZE.
ARE THESE BALLS
THE SAME SIZE?

The balls appear in a line from biggest to smallest.

She continues CAN YOU TELL ME WHICH
BALL IS THE BIGGEST?

A yellow circle appears around the basketball.

She continues THIS ONE,
VERY GOOD.
NOW, CAN YOU TELL ME WHICH IS
THE SMALLEST BALL YOU SEE?

A green arrow points to the ping-pong ball.

She continues YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT.
THIS ONE IS THE SMALLEST.
THESE BALLS ARE
DIFFERENT SIZES.
BUT THEY ALL HAVE
THE SAME SHAPE.
DO YOU KNOW WHAT
THAT SHAPE IS?

A circle appears around all the balls.

She continues IF YOU SAID ROUND,
OR LIKE A CIRCLE,
THEN YOU GAVE THE
RIGHT ANSWER.
GOOD FOR YOU.

Jeff juggles for a minute and says HEY, LOOK EVERYBODY,
IT'S WORKING.

The balls go flying through the air in all directions.

He exclaims OH!
I GUESS I'LL NEVER
BE A JUGGLER.

Sam and Jodie walk into the room and say HI THERE, JEFF.

Jeff walks out of the room with his head down.

Jodie looks at Sam and says GEE, WHAT'S THE
MATTER WITH JEFF?

Sam says I DON'T KNOW.
HE SURE LOOKS SAD ABOUT
SOMETHING, THOUGH, DOESN'T HE?

Muffy says I CAN TELL YOU
WHAT IS WRONG.
I OVERHEARD HIM
SING A SONG.
HE'S NOT VERY
SATISFIED
BECAUSE HE'S MISSING
THINGS OUTSIDE.

Jodie says AW, POOR JEFF.
WE HAVE TO REMEMBER
THAT WE'RE HIS FRIENDS,
AND WE ARE THE ONLY WAY
THAT HE HAS OF KNOWING
ABOUT THE
OUTSIDE WORLD.
AND IF WE IGNORE HIM,
THEN HE'S ALL ALONE.

Sam says YEAH.
WE'RE HIS FRIENDS AND WE HAVE
TO SORT OF, WELL, WE HAVE TO
SORT OF SHARE OUR LIVES
WITH HIM, YOU KNOW?

Muffy says I HEAR YOUR
WORDS AND I AGREE.
JEFF'S OUR
RESPONSIBILITY.

Sam says HEY, I KNOW!
LET'S MAKE A BIG FUSS
ABOUT HIS JUGGLING.
THAT WOULD CHEER
HIM UP, WOULDN'T IT?

Jodie says YEAH.

Sam says ALL RIGHT.
JEFF.
HEY, JEFF, CAN YOU
COME HERE A MINUTE?
COME HERE.

Jeff walks into the room.

Sam looks at him and says WE'D ALL LIKE TO SEE YOUR
JUGGLING ACT NOW, JEFF.

Jeff says IT'S TOO LATE.
I GAVE IT UP.
I'M NOT GOING TO
JUGGLE ANYMORE.

Jodie says BUT ALL YOU NEED IS TO
FEEL GOOD ABOUT YOURSELF.
YOU JUST NEED A
LITTLE CONFIDENCE.

Sam says SURE.
YOU WERE PRETTY
GOOD AT IT.
HEY, I KNOW, WE COULD
PUT ON A CIRCUS
RIGHT HERE IN
THE STORE.

Jeff exclaims A CIRCUS?

Sam says YEAH, AND YOU
COULD JUGGLE.
AND WE COULD ALL DO SOME
KIND OF CIRCUS ACT.

Jeff says THAT'S A GREAT IDEA.

Muffy says SAM, THAT'S
REALLY VERY CLEVER.
THE BEST IDEA THAT
YOU'VE HAD EVER.

Jodie says OH, AND WE COULD GIVE OUR
CIRCUS A FANCY NAME LIKE...
CIRCUS SHANGRI-LA.

Muffy says OH YEAH, THAT'S
REALLY KEEN.
BUT FOR GOODNESS SAKE,
WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

Sam says OH, I DON'T KNOW.

Jeff says SOUNDS GOOD TO ME.

Sam says GREAT.

The group sings
TA-RA BOOM TA-RA, IT'S
THE CIRCUS SHANGRI-LA
SO GIVE OUT A CHEER
WE ALL CAN HEAR
TA-RA BOOM TA-RA
COME ON, EVERYBODY, SING!

The group sings TA-RA BOOM, TA-RA
IT'S THE CIRCUS SHANGRI-LA
SO GIVE OUT A CHEER
WE ALL CAN HEAR
TA-RA BOOM TA-RA

Jodie dances and sings OUR CIRCUS FUN
HAS JUST BEGUN
IT'S TIME TO
TAKE YOUR SEAT
ELEPHANTS DUST ON EVERYONE
WITH ACROBATIC FEATS

The group sings TA-RA BOOM TA-RA
IT'S THE CIRCUS SHANGRI-LA
SO GIVE OUT A CHEER
WE ALL CAN HEAR
TA-RA BOOM TA-RA
THE BAND IT BOOMS

Muffy dances and sings A MERRY TUNE,
THE TUMBLERS SHOW
THEIR SKILL
BUT IF THEY DON'T
STOP SPINNING SOON,
I THINK I'LL GET QUITE ILL

The group sings TA-RA BOOM TA-RA
IT'S THE CIRCUS SHANGRI-LA
SO GIVE A CHEER
WE ALL CAN HEAR
TA-RA BOOM...
TA-RA...

Jodie says WELL, JEFF,
WHAT ABOUT IT?
WILL YOU JOIN
OUR CIRCUS?

Jeff says WILL I? YOU BET!

Sam exclaims GREAT!

Jeff says OKAY, READY?

He starts juggling.

Sam says THAT'S IT,
THAT'S IT.
KEEP PRACTISING.

Jodie says A LOT OF PRACTISING.

Jeff says RIGHT.

A hand-drawn mouse swings across the screen. The background is black with some colourful dots. The mouse jumps off the swing and lands on a brown stage where a spotlight shines down on him.

He says AND NOW I'D LIKE
TO SHARE MY DREAM.
THE STAGE IS READY,
START THE THEME.
THE CURTAINS PART,
THE LIGHTS WILL GLOW,
AND WE'LL SIT BACK
TO WATCH A SHOW.

A man clean-shaven man in his forties plays swing music on a baby grand piano.

The mouse says AND NOW I'D LIKE TO
INTRODUCE A NURSERY RHYME
BY MOTHER GOOSE.

A hand-draw women in her eighties with white hair and glasses rides a goose through the starry sky. A sunflower pops off her brown top-hat and floats through the night sky. It overtakes the screen, swirls around and morphs into the page of a large book that is turned to reveal a drawing of a man standing behind the counter of a pastry shop. A young boy in a top hat tries to order a pie.

The female Narrator says SIMPLE SIMON MET A
PIEMAN GOING TO THE FAIR.
SAID SIMPLE SIMON TO THE
PIEMAN, LET ME TASTE YOUR WARE.
SAYS THE PIEMAN
TO SIMPLE SIMON,
SHOW ME FIRST YOUR PENNY.
SAYS SIMPLE SIMON
TO THE PIEMAN,
INDEED, I HAVE NOT ANY.

Against a green background, three pies appear side-by-side on screen. The middle pie has a slice missing.

The female Narrator says ONE OF THESE PIES IS
DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHERS.
WHICH ONE DO YOU
THINK IT IS?

A circle appears around the middle pie.

She continues YES, YOU ARE RIGHT.
THE MIDDLE PIE
IS DIFFERENT.
CAN YOU TELL ME WHY?
BECAUSE THE MIDDLE PIE
HAS A BIG PIECE MISSING.
I WONDER WHO ATE THE
MISSING PIECE OF PIE?

The boy with the top hat appears from behind the middle pie.

She continues OH, SIMPLE SIMON, YOU
NAUGHTY, NAUGHTY BOY.

Muffy walks around the computer room carrying a small wooden rocking chair.

She says HERE, KITTY,
KITTY, KITTY.
THE CAT'S NOT HERE.
OH, WHAT A PITY.
I NEED HER IN
MY CIRCUS SHOW
SO THE AUDIENCE
WILL SHOUT 'BRAVO'.
A LION TAMER I WILL BE AND
DO TRICKS WITH PENELOPE.
I'LL WALK INTO
THE CAGE ALONE.
THE CROWDS WILL “OOH,”
AND “AH” AND GROAN.
AND THEN THE GATE WILL BE
RELEASED AND IN WILL LEAP
THE SAVAGE BEAST.
A LION TAMER MUST BE BRAVE
TO GET A BIG CAT TO BEHAVE.
BACK, BACK,
BACK I'LL SAY.
THE SNARLING BEAST
WILL SOON OBEY.
THE CROWDS WILL CHEER,
AND YELL FOR MORE-
[meowing]

Muffy exclaims IS THAT A CAT
THAT GAVE A ROAR?
OH, I THINK I'LL
GO BACK TO MY BED,
AND PLAN A MAGICIAN'S
ACT INSTEAD.
LION TAMERS KNOW NO FEAR, BUT
MAGICIANS, THEY CAN DISAPPEAR.

She disappears.

The screen is black. Clapping can be heard in the background.

The female Narrator says CAN YOU HEAR A SOUND?
HOW DO YOU THINK THAT
SOUND IS BEING MADE?

2 hands wearing white gloves appear on screen.

She continues WERE YOU SURPRISED, OR DID
YOU KNOW THAT SOMEONE WAS
CLAPPING THEIR
HANDS TOGETHER?
CAN YOU MAKE A CLAPPING
SOUND WITH YOUR HANDS?
THAT'S GOOD.
CAN YOU CLAP LOUDER?
I WONDER WHAT IT WOULD
SOUND LIKE IF WE COULD HEAR
EVERYBODY CLAPPING?
[loud applause]

Several pairs of hands in white gloves appear on screen. They clap in unison.

Jeff practices juggling in the toy room.

He tosses one ball back and forth and says 1, 2, 3,
4, 5.
I'M JUGGLING WITH ONE
BALL BECAUSE I FIGURE
THAT'S THE BEST
WAY TO START.

Jodie walks in carrying a box and says HEY, JEFF.
HEY, HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO
BE A CLOWN IN THE CIRCUS?

Jef says OH, THANKS, JODIE, BUT I'M
GOING TO BE A JUGGLER.

She says WELL, YOU CAN BE
A JUGGLER, TOO.
I'M DOING A CLOWN ACT,
AND I NEED AN ASSISTANT.
COME ON, PLEASE?

He says JODIE, AREN'T CLOWNS SUPPOSED
TO MAKE PEOPLE LAUGH?
ARE YOU SURE WE
CAN DO THAT?

She says OH, SURE WE CAN.
THERE'S ALL KINDS OF THINGS
IN THIS BOX WE CAN USE.

She puts the box on the floor and pulls out a rubber chicken.

She says SEE?

Jeff laughs and says HA HA!
THAT WAS VERY GOOD.

He makes a bouquet of flowers appear.

She says PRETTY TRICKY.

They take costumes out of the box and try them on as they sing
CIRCUS CLOWNS
THAT'S WHAT WE ARE
IN OUR SHOWS WE'LL
BE THE STAR
MAKING JOKES
ABOUT THE WEATHER
OR BY BUMPING BOTH
OUR HEADS TOGETHER
BIG RED NOSE OR
FUNNY CLOTHES
SOMETIMES CLOWNS HAVE
SHOES WITH LOTS OF TOES
OH, CLOWNS HAVE SO MUCH FUN
THEY PLEASE EVERYONE
AND THEY'RE HAPPY WHEN
THEY MAKE PEOPLE LAUGH
THEY'RE HAPPY WHEN
THEY MAKE PEOPLE LAUGH
HA HA!

Sam sits at the desk in front of his computer. He wears a red jacket with shiny lining around the collar.

He sings TA-RA BOOM TA-RA
IT'S THE CIRCUS SHANGRI-LA

As he brushes dust off the jacket, it flies off and lands on the computer.

The female voice of the computer says PLEASE, Mr. CRENSHAW, MUST
YOU MAKE SO MUCH DUST?
IT'S CLOGGING MY MACHINERY.

Sam says OH, SORRY TXL.
I WAS JUST BRUSHING OFF THIS
OLD COSTUME FOR THE CIRCUS.
GUESS WHAT I'M GOING TO BE?

The computer says A COSTUME BRUSHER.

He says YEAH-
ER, NO.
NO, NO, NO, A
RINGMASTER.
DO YOU KNOW WHAT
A RINGMASTER DOES?
HE'S THE BOSS OF
THE WHOLE CIRCUS.
AND HE INTRODUCES
ALL THE ACTS.
OH, IT'S AN IMPORTANT JOB,
YES, SIR, VERY IMPORTANT.
I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A
RINGMASTER, EVEN WHEN
I WAS A LITTLE BOY.
OH, YES INDEEDY.
EVERY SUMMER I WOULD WAIT FOR
THAT WONDERFUL DAY WHEN THE
CIRCUS WOULD COME TO TOWN.
COURSE I WASN'T THE ONLY ONE
WHO WANTED TO SEE THE CIRCUS.
ALL THE OTHER BOYS AND GIRLS
WANTED TO SEE THE CIRCUS, TOO.
HEY, HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO
HEAR A STORY ABOUT A LITTLE
BOY AND GIRL WHO SAVED UP
ALL THEIR MONEY SO THAT
THEY COULD GO TO THE CIRCUS?
YOU WOULD?
GREAT.
HA, HA.
NOW THIS STORY IS CALLED
BIG DAY AT THE BIG TOP.
HA, HA.

A young boy about 10 years old reads from a large book entitled “Today's Special.”

He reads DEBBIE HEARD THE MUSIC FIRST.
HERE IT COMES, SHE
SHOUTED GLEEFULLY.
ERIC LOOKED UP AT HIS
OLDER SISTER AND FROWNED.
HE COULDN'T HEAR ANYTHING.
AND HE WAS LISTENING
AS HARD AS HE COULD.

A drawing of 2 young children, a boy and a girl, standing on the side of the street appears on screen. The little boy has his hands in his pockets while the girl points in the distance.

He continues THEN, SUDDENLY, HE HEARD THE
FAINT SOUND OF THE CIRCUS ORGAN.
ITS HIGH-PITCHED WHISTLE
CATCHING THE BREEZE THAT BLEW
GENTLY ALONG THE MAIN STREET.
ERIC TURNED TO
DEBBIE AND SMILED.
IT WAS TRUE.
THE CIRCUS HAD
COME TO TOWN.

A drawing of a circus parade appears on screen.

He continues DEBBIE AND ERIC SHOUTED AND
WAVED AND WHISTLED AND CLAPPED
AS THE CIRCUS
PARADE PASSED BY.
THERE WERE BANDS AND BALLOONS
AND JUGGLERS AND ACROBATS.
A PRETTY LADY IN BEAUTIFUL
BLUE ROBE SAT ON A BIG WHITE
HORSE, AND TWO ENORMOUS
ELEPHANTS PULLED A CAGE THAT
HELD A ROARING LION.
THEN CAME THE CLOWNS WITH THE
FUNNY CLOTHES AND PAINTED FACES.
ERIC LIKED THE CLOWN WITH
THE RED HAIR AND SAD FACE
BEST OF ALL.
HE WAS AT THE VERY END OF THE
PARADE PUSHING A SMALL DOG
IN A BABY CARRIAGE.
WHEN THE PARADE WAS OVER,
DEBBIE AND ERIC RAN ALL
THE WAY TO THE PARK.
THEY HAD WAITED ALL SUMMER
FOR THE CIRCUS TO ARRIVE,
AND THEY WERE DETERMINED NOT
TO MISS ONE EXCITING MOMENT.
ERIC AND DEBBIE WERE FIRST
IN LINE TO BUY TICKETS.

The drawing now shows the young girl outside the ticket booth. She pulls out the inside of her jean pockets, which are empty.

He continues THEY'D BEEN SAVING THEIR
ALLOWANCE ALL SUMMER.
BUT WHEN DEBBIE REACHED INTO
HER POCKET, THE MONEY WAS GONE.
OH, NO, CRIED, DEBBIE!
IT MUST HAVE FALLEN
OUT OF MY POCKET.
NOW WE CAN'T BUY A
TICKET TO THE CIRCUS.

Now the children sit outside the circus entrance with tears in their eyes.

He continues SADLY, THEY WENT AND SAT BY
THE SIDE OF THE CIRCUS TENT.
THEY COULD HEAR THE MUSIC
PLAYING AND THE SOUND OF THE
CROWD AS THE PEOPLE
TOOK THEIR SEATS.
SOON, THERE WAS A LOUD FANFARE,
AND A ROLL OF THE DRUMS.
AND THEY KNEW THAT THE
CIRCUS WAS ABOUT TO BEGIN.
I'M SORRY, DEBBIE SAID,
TEARS FILLING HER EYES.
IT'S MY FAULT FOR
LOSING THE MONEY.
NO IT'S NOT, REPLIED ERIC
SOFTLY, AS HE WIPED AWAY
HIS OWN TEARS.
IT WAS AN ACCIDENT.
YOU 2 LOOK PRETTY GLUM,
A STRANGE VOICE SAID.

A clown dressed in a colourful suit and hat stops in front of the children and they look up at him with big smiles on their faces.

He continues DEBBIE AND ERIC LOOKED UP AND
SAW THE CLOWN WITH THE RED HAIR.
HE WAS COMING TOWARDS THEM
PUSHING HIS BABY CARRIAGE
IN FRONT OF HIM.
A CIRCUS IS SUPPOSED TO MAKE
PEOPLE HAPPY, HE CONTINUED,
NOT MAKE THEM CRY.
WE'VE LOST OUR MONEY,
ERIC EXPLAINED.
AND NOW WE WON'T
SEE THE CIRCUS.
THE CLOWN LOOKED AT
THE 2 SAD FACES.
WELL, THEN, HE SAID,
PERHAPS YOU WOULD LIKE
TO HELP ME OUT INSTEAD.
MY LITTLE DOG IS NOT VERY WELL
TODAY, SO SHE'S RESTING,
AND I HAVEN'T ANYONE TO
PUSH AROUND IN MY CARRIAGE.
IF YOU'LL BE PART OF MY ACT,
THEN I'LL MAKE SURE YOU GET
THE VERY BEST SEATS FOR
THE REST OF THE SHOW.
AND THAT'S EXACTLY
WHAT HAPPENED.

The 2 young children sit in a yellow carriage pushed by the clown.

He continues A FEW MINUTES LATER, WHEN
THE RINGMASTER ANNOUNCED THE
CLOWNS, THERE WAS ERIC AND
DEBBIE, SITTING IN THE BABY
CARRIAGE WAVING TO THE CROWDS,
AND SMILING THE BIGGEST
SMILES POSSIBLE SO THAT
EVERYONE COULD SEE THAT THIS
WAS THE BEST CIRCUS EVER.

Sam says AWW.

The computer says I'M GLAD THAT ERIC AND
DEBBIE WERE ABLE TO
SEE THE CIRCUS AFTER ALL.

He replies YEAH, ME TOO.

He looks at his watch and exclaims OH, EDUCATED ELEPHANTS!
LOOK AT THE TIME.
I'VE GOT TO HURRY.
I'LL BE LATE FOR
THE BIG SHOW.
LET'S HAVE A QUIZ
BEFORE I GO.
I'VE GOT TO GET INTO
THE REST OF MY COSTUME.

He types something on the computer and says THERE YOU GO.
THERE.
HA, HA.
SEE YA.

Against a green background, four gray elephants appear on screen. One of the middle elephants faces a different direction than the other 3.

The female Narrator says DO YOU SEE ANYTHING
STRANGE ABOUT THIS PICTURE?
OH, YOU DO.
CAN YOU TELL ME WHAT IT IS?

The shot zooms in on the elephant facing the other direction.

She continues OH, I SEE.
THIS ELEPHANT IS
GOING THE WRONG WAY.
THANK YOU FOR TELLING ME.

Against a yellow background, a gray elephant with long tusks but no trunk appears on screen.

She says OH, LOOK, IT'S
ANOTHER ELEPHANT.
HMM, THAT'S STRANGE.
THIS ELEPHANT IS MISSING
SOMETHING VERY IMPORTANT.
CAN YOU TELL ME WHAT IT IS?
HIS TRUNK,
THAT'S RIGHT.
AN ELEPHANT'S NOSE
IS CALLED A TRUNK.

A wooden box appears where the elephant's truck should be.

She says WHAT?
NO,

A truck appears on the elephant.

She continues THIS
TYPE
OF TRUNK.
THAT'S MORE LIKE IT.

A stage with a red curtain and lights at the top appears on screen.

Behind the curtain, Muffy says MY MAGIC WAND I CANNOT FIND.
I HOPE IT'S NOT
BEEN LEFT BEHIND.

Behind the curtain, Jeff says OH, HERE IT IS, MUFFY.

Behind the curtain, Jodie says HURRY, SAM, OR THE
SHOW WILL BE LATE.

Behind the curtain, Sam says I CAN'T FIND THE OPENING.

He pops out from behind the curtain and says THERE.
THERE IT IS.

Sam is dressed in a top hat and his red jacket.

On stage, he says LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,
BOYS AND GIRLS,
WELCOME TO CIRCUS
SHANGRI-LA!

He peeks his head behind the curtain and asks OH, HOW AM I DOING?

From behind the curtain, Jodie says GREAT.
COME ON, ANNOUNCE
THE FIRST ACT.

Sam says WHAT?
OH, YES, YES.

He looks back at the audience and says AND NOW YOU ARE ABOUT TO SEE
TWO OF THE FUNNIEST CLOWNS EVER.
PRESENTING, FOR YOUR
ENTERTAINMENT, JODIE AND JEFF.

The curtain opens and Jodie and Jeff appear on stage dressed up in colourful clown suits. They dance around while music plays.

Sam's on stage behind a table covered with a black tablecloth embroidered with golden lining. On top of the table is a black rectangular box.

He says HA HA.
THAT WAS JUST
WONDERFUL, WASN'T IT?
WONDERFUL.
AND NOW, BOYS AND
GIRLS, AND NOW...
MY, MY, MY, MY.

From behind the curtain, Jodie says SAM.

He says WHAT'S NEXT?

She replies IT'S MUFFY.
AND I'M GOING TO
BE HER ASSISTANT.

Sam announces OH, THAT'S RIGHT.
AND NOW, PRESENTING THE
MARVELLOUS MEMORABLE MERRY
AND MASTERFUL MAGIC OF MUFFY,
THE MIRACULOUS MAGICIAN.
TAKE IT AWAY.
[gong]

Muffy appears on stage wearing a sparking dress. Jodie appears on stage in her clown outfit. She moves her hand around inside the box to show that it is empty.

Muffy says AN EMPTY BOX FOR ALL TO SEE.
NOW COVER IT AND LET IT BE.

Jodie flips the box so that the empty side is facing up. She hides the box with a black cloth.

Muffy continues BUT WHEN I SAY THE MAGIC WORD,
THEN UNDER HERE WILL BE A BIRD.

Jodie places the cloth on top of the box.

Muffy continues TWEET, AND TWEET
AND TWEET ONCE MORE.
BIRD ON CEILING,
BIRD ON FLOOR.

Jodie removes the black cloth to reveal a bird cage with a white bird inside where the box used to be.

Muffy says I'LL DO ANOTHER MAGIC WISH
AND TURN THIS BIRD
INTO A FISH.

Jodie covers the cage with the black cloth.

Muffy continues FISH WILL SWIM AND BIRD WILL
FLY, THE HAND IS QUICKER
THAN THE EYE.

Jodie pulls away the cloth to reveal a fish tank where the cage used to be.

Muffy says LET US TRY IT
ONE MORE TIME,
AND SEE WHAT COMES
WITH MAGIC RHYME.

Jodie covers the fish tank with the black cloth.

Muffy continues MAGIC, MAGIC,
DO YOUR THING.
A BIG SURPRISE
WE WANT TO BRING.

Jodie pulls the cloth away to reveal the original box. Jodie looks inside the box and says
PENELOPE?
HEY, HOW DID YOU
GET IN THERE?

She pulls out a cat.

Muffy says MY MAGIC BROUGHT
HER HERE TODAY.
BUT NOW, PLEASE,
TAKE THAT CAT AWAY.

Jodie takes the cat and the box and walks off stage.

Sam appears on stage and says HA HA.
BOY OH, BOY, THOSE WERE
SURE SOME TERRIFIC TRICKS
YOU SHOWED US, MUFFY.
WHAT ARE YOU
GOING TO DO NOW?

Muffy says THIS MAGICIAN
HAS NO FEAR.
TO PROVE IT, I
WILL DISAPPEAR.

Sam says AH.
YOU SURE YOU WANT TO, MUFFY?

She nods her head and walks off stage.

Sam announces ALL RIGHT.
AND NOW, MUFFY, THE MIRACULOUS
MAGICIAN WILL DO HER MOST
DIFFICULT FEAT EVER.
TAKE IT AWAY, MUFFY.
[drum roll]

Muffy sits on top of the table. Jodie appears on stage with the black cloth and hides Muffy behind it.

From under the cloth, she says HEAR THE WORDS
OF MUFFY MOUSE,
AND TAKE ME TO
MY LITTLE HOUSE.

She disappears.

Sam says HUH?

Jodie says MUFFY.
MUFFY, WHERE ARE YOU?

Sam says THAT WAS INCREDIBLE.
AMAZING.
MUFFY?

Jodie and Sam look around for Muffy

Jodie says MUFFY?
COME ON OUT, MUFFY.

Sam says WHERE ARE YOU, MUFFY?

Jodie says MUFFY?
OH, I WONDER WHERE SHE IS.

A box covered with a red cloth moves and Muffy's voice says VERY NEAR.
UNDER HERE.

Jodie pulls away the red cloth to reveal Muffy sitting inside the bird cage.

She says MUFFY, WHAT ARE YOU DOING
INSIDE THE BIRD CAGE?

Muffy says SOMETHING WENT WRONG WITH MY
SPELL, AND MY MAGIC DIDN'T
WORK TOO WELL.

Sam says OH, WELL.
NEVER MIND, MUFFY, THE REST OF
YOUR ACT IS REALLY WONDERFUL.
JODIE WILL HELP YOU
GET OUT OF THAT CAGE.
MEANWHILE, I HAVE TO
GO AND INTRODUCE JEFF.

Jodie says OH, I HOPE ALL THAT
PRACTISING HAS HELPED.
HE'S GOING TO BE REALLY UPSET
IF HE DROPS THE BALLS AGAIN.

Sam says YEAH, I KNOW.
WELL, WISH ME LUCK.

Jodie says OKAY.
ALL RIGHT, MUFFY, WE HAVE
TO GET YOU OUT OF HERE NOW.

On stage, Sam announces LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, CIRCUS
SHANGRI-LA PROUDLY PRESENTS
THE STAR OF THE SHOW,
JEFF THE JUGGLER.

Jeff appears on stage wearing a silk red shirt and a golf hat. He bows and starts to juggle. The others watch from the side of the stage and clap as he successfully juggles the balls.

Jeff catches all the balls and says I DID IT!

He runs over to his friends and says I DID IT EVERYONE.
OH, THANK YOU.
THIS IS THE BEST
CIRCUS EVER.

Jodie says IT SURE WAS.

They sing TA-RA BOOM TA-RA
IT'S THE CIRCUS
SHANGRI-LA
SO GIVE OUT A CHEER
WE ALL CAN HEAR
TA-RA BOOM TA-RA
MUFFY'S MAGIC WAS
VERY CLEAR
AND JODIE HAD A BOW
AND THEN THE
JUGGLER DID APPEAR
AND DIDN'T DROP THE BALL
TA-RA BOOM TA-RA
IT'S THE CIRCUS
SHANGRI-LA
SO GIVE A CHEER
WE ALL CAN HEAR
TA-RA BOOM TA-RA

Music plays as the end credits roll.

Starring Jeff Hyslop as Jeff.

Nerene Virgin as Jodie.

Bob Dermer as Sam.

Nina Keogh, Bob Stutt as Muffy.

Robyn Hayle as the computer.

Richard Sali as Max.

Brenda Muskat as the storyteller.

Featuring today's special guest Oscar Peterson.

Writer, Clive Endersby.

Story editor, Robert Gardner.

Directed by Robert Gardner, Ted Regan and Clive VanderBurgh.

Producer and musical director, Clive VanderBurgh.

With special thanks to Simpsons Limited.

A production of TV Ontario. The Ontario Educational Communications Authority.

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