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The Elephant's Child

Elephant's Child Film Script - June3rd 2013

This is the story of the Elephant's Child
and it happened - Just So
Long ago in the High and Far Off Times when the world was new.
The Elephant had no trunk.
He only had a blackish, bulgy nose no bigger than a boot.
He could wriggle it from side to side
but he couldn't pick things up with it.
But there was one Elephant, a new Elephant, an Elephant's Child.
Who was different from all the other Elephants .. because
he was full of 'satiable curtiosity…which means
he asked ever so many questions.
and he lived in Africa, and he filled Africa with his 'satiable curtiosities
He asked his tall aunt the Ostrich why her feathers grew - Just So?
he asked his tall uncle the giraffe why his skin was spotty?
He asked his broad aunt the Hippopotamus why her eyes were red?
He asked his hairy uncle the Baboon why melons tasted - Just So?
and still he was full of 'satiable curtiosity.
One fine morning the Elephant's Child thought of a fine new question..
The question was..
What does the Crocodile have for dinner?
Bye and Bye when that was finished he came upon Kolokolo Bird and he's said.
My father has spanked me, my mother has spanked me and all my aunts and uncles have spanked me
and still I want to know what the Crocodile has for dinner?
then Kolokolo Bird uttered a mournful cry and told him to go to the great grey-green, greasy Limpopo River, all set about with fever- trees.. and find out!
The very next morning the 'satiable Elephant's Child set off on his long journey.
He took with him - 100 pounds of bananas, 100 pounds of sugar cane and seventeen melons.
He said goodbye to all his dear family and he went away eating melons and throwing the rind away because he couldn't pick it up.
He went from Graham's Town to Kimberley and from Kimberley he went East by North till at last he cam to the banks of the
great grey-green, greasy Limpopo River, all set about with fever -trees precisely as Kolokolo Bird had said.
Now until that very day and hour and minute the elephant's child had never seen a Crocodile.
The first thing he did see was a Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake.
S'cuse me said the Elephant's Child, have you seen such a things as a crocodile in these parts?
Have I seen a crocodile? Said the Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake. Huh what will you ask me next!
Well, s'cuse me said the Elephant's Child but could you please tell me what he has for dinner?
Ooh that's odd, said the Elephant's Child. My father has spanked me, my mother has spanked me and all my aunts and uncles have spanked me for my 'satiable curtiosity.. I suppose that's why you've spanked me too!
He said goodbye to the Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake and went along the shores of the great grey green greasy Limpopo River until he stood on what he thought was a log.. but it was really the crocodile!
S'cuse me said the Elephant's Child but have you seen a crocodile in these parts?
Come closer little one, said the crocodile, why do you as such questions?
Well, s'cuse me said the Elephant's Child but my father has spanked me, my mother has spanked me and all my aunts and uncles have spanked me and the Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake who spanked hardest of all.. and if it's all the same to you
I'd rather not be spanked anymore.
Come closer little one, said the crocodile, for I am the crocodile, and he wept crocodile tears to show it was quite true.
You are the very person I"ve been looking for gasped the Elephant's Child will you please tell me what you have for dinner?
Come closer little one, said the crocodile, and I'll whisper.
I think, I'll begin with.. the elephant's child!
'Led go! You are hurtig be!' said the Elephant's Child ,
Help, Help, called the Elephant's Child, this is too butch for me!
The Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake heard the cries for help and thought.. "oh rash and inexperienced Elephant's Child see what has become of you because of your 'satiable curiosity. If i do not assist you, you will certainly become the crocodile's dinner.
and HE pulled and the Crocodile pulled but the Elephant's Child and the Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake pulled the hardest.
After the Elephant's Child had thanked the Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake he wrapped his poor pulled nose in cool banana leaves, hoping they would make it shrink.
Huh said the Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake some peoples don't know when they're on to a good thing.
So the Elephant's Child sat and sat waiting for his nose to grow shorter, but it didn't.
The crocodile had pulled it out into a really truly TRUNK the same as all elephant's have today.
Vantage number ONE said the Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake, you couldn't have done THAT with a little boot nose.
Vantage number TWO said the Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake, you couldn't have done THAT with a little boot nose.

Vantage number THREE said the Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake. Now how do you feel about being spanked?
I should not like it at all said the Elephant's Child .
How would YOU like to spank someone else said Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake.
Ooooh I should like that very much smiled the Elephant's Child .
Well, said the Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake you'll find that new nose of yours very useful for spanking with.
The Elephant's Child thanked him and said he'd remember that when he went home to all his dear family.

He coiled his new trunk to hide it and said "how do you do". They were all delighted to see him and said
come over here and be spanked for your 'satiable curtiosity.
Ho Ho said the Elephant's Child you peoples know nothing about real spanking.
Oh Bananas said his brothers and sisters "where did you learn that trick and what have you done to your nose?"
I got a new one from the Crocodile on the banks of the great grey-green, greasy Limpopo River, I asked him what he had for dinner and he gave me this to keep.

It looks very ugly said his hairy uncle the baboon. It does said the Elephant's Child , but it's very useful.
At last his dear family couldn't stand the spanking of the satiable Elephant's child any longer so all the Elephants went of to borrow new noses from the crocodile.
Then nobody spanked anyone anymore and ever since that day all the Elephants you will ever see , besides those you
won't have trunks precisely like the trunk of the 'satiable Elephant's Child .