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Grimm Travels
by Michael Kiefer

Rated: PG-13   Genre: Action/Adventure   User Review: ***


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GRIMM TRAVELS

FADE IN:

INT. VINNY - EVENING
                                                            
Enter study, sit in chair
                                                            
Vinny walks into home, settles in
                                                            
                       VINNY
There's nothing good to read any
more. Everything's about vampires
and werewolves, and desperate pale
girls.
                                                            
Gazes at distant book shelf and walks over
                                                            
                       VINNY
I've read all of these books, and
have never been able to really get
into 'em
                                                            
Runs fingers along books to look at title. Stops at a
red-leather bound book marked with an elegant "G"
                                                            
                       VINNY
What do we have here?
                                                            
Takes book off shelf, peers at cover
                                                            
                       VINNY
"Grimm's Fairy Tales"? I'm not a
child, why is this in my
collection?
                                                            
Flips through pages, puts book on table
                                                            
                       VINNY
      (Yawning)
Oh well
                                                            
Exits study, and moves to bedroom
                                                            
Crawls into bed and blankly stares at ceiling
                                                            
 

2.

INT. RESTLESS SLEEP - NIGHT
                                                            
                       VINNY
      (Grumpily)
That book...Why haven't I read it?
                                                            
Throws sheets off self, and peers through doorway into study
                                                            
Groans, while slowly gets out of bed and stumbles into study
towards table with the book on top of it
                                                            
                       VINNY
      (Optomistically)
Well alright, I might as well give
it a try
                                                            
Sits in adjacent chair, and opens book
                                                            
                       VINNY
"The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tails"
huh? This is a bunch of
bull-hockey meant for children.
                                                            
Begins to read first page
                                                            
Seconds pass and Vinny falls asleep
                                                            
 
EXT. "THE WOLF AND THE SEVEN LITTLE KIDS" - DAY
                                                            
Vinny wakes up under a tree, in a bright green pasture over
looking a quaint cottage
                                                            
                       VINNY
      (Confused)
What...what the?...Where am I?
                                                            
Looks around and spots cottage, with an old female goat
exiting through its front door
                                                            
                       VINNY
      (To Goat)
Hey you! What were you doing in
there?
                                                            

3.

Goat frighteningly looks towards finny, and runs into
distant tree line
                                                            
                       VINNY
What could she possible have been
doing in a cabin meant for people?
                                                            
Collect himself, and begins to walk towards cabin
                                                            
Stubs his toe on a pile of stones
                                                            
                       VINNY
OW!What good will a bunch of
stones in the middle of a field
be?
                                                            
Approaches door,and knocks
                                                            
                       VINNY
Hello? Is anybody home? I think
you may have lost a goat...
                                                            
                       GOAT (all)
      (Whispers from
       inside the cabin)
Hush hush shhhh shhhh
                                                            
                       VINNY
Hello? I know someone is in
there...
                                                            
                       GOAT (1)
We know who you really are! You
mean old wolf! You can't trick us
with that rough old voice!
                                                            
                       VINNY
      (Confusingly)
Wolf? Huh? And my voice isn't
rough, its just a little scratchy
is all...
                                                            
                       GOAT (4)
Yea right. Be off with you, before
our mother gives you her horns!
                                                            

4.

                       VINNY
Her horns? You mean that old goat
I saw walk out of here?
                                                            
                       GOAT (2)
That's right. She's our mama, and
she'll get you good if you try and
eat us!
                                                            
                       VINNY
Look, I don't even like goat. I
tried it once at Christmas and
hated it. Too gamy...
                                                            
                       GOAT (3)
      (To goat 1)
I told you! He has eaten a goat
before. It is the wolf. He just
admitted it himself!
                                                            
                       VINNY
This is ridiculous, have a nice
day
                                                            
Leaves front door, and walks away to the tree in which he
woke up from
                                                            
                       VINNY
Well that's enough of that
nonsense...Maybe I'll dose off and
clear my head before I figure out
where I actually am.
                                                            
Begins to fade away
                                                            
Enter wolf from tree line, walks past Vinny towards house
                                                            
Vinny comes to and sees the wolf approaching he front door
                                                            
                       VINNY
What is that? Oh my god that's the
wolf they were talking about...
HAHA oh well
                                                            
                                         CAMERA TO WOLF AT
FRONT DOOR
                                                            

5.

                       WOLF
      (Kindly)
Hello little goats! It is I your
mother. Do let me in please...
                                                            
                       GOAT (all)
      (Whipsers from
       inside the cabin)
Hush hush shhhh shhhh
                                                            
                       GOAT (1)
      (Suspiciously)
Who is it?
                                                            
                       WOLF
      (Kindly)
Dear child, it is I, your mum
                                                            
                       GOAT (4)
If you're our mum, the why is your
voice so rough! You can't trick us
twice in one day you mean ol'
wolf!
                                                            
                       WOLF
      (Softly)
Oh, you see, while I was out
gathering food for us to eat, I
was stricken by a terrible cold.
                                                            
                       GOAT (7)
If you're our mom, hold your hoof
up to the window, and we shall see
if it is truly you!
                                                            
The wolf quietly runs away into the tree line
                                                            
                                         CAMERA PANS OUT TO
VINNY'S VIEW FROM
TREE
                                                            
                       VINNY
      (Worryingly)
What was that all about? I'd
better go check on them...
                                                            

6.

Walks to cabin
                                                            
Knocks on door
                                                            
                       VINNY
Hello? It's not the wolf... I'm a
person
                                                            
                       GOAT (5)
Show is your hooves!
                                                            
Vinny puts hand up against window
                                                            
                       GOAT (7)
By my tiny beard, it's a human!
                                                            
                       GOAT (1)
What's a human doing all the way
out here?
                                                            
                       GOAT
      (To Vinny)
What do you want?
                                                            
                       VINNY
      (To goat 1)
I want to help you! Trust me...
                                                            
                       GOAT (3)
Help us with what?
                                                            
                       VINNY
I want to help you get rid of this
wolf problem you've got!
                                                            
                       GOAT (1)
Do you promise not to hurt us?
                                                            
                       VINNY
Sure kid. Now let me in
                                                            
Goat (4) opens door
                                                            
Vinny enters
                                                            
 

7.

INT. THE PLAN - DAY
                                                            
All 7 goats stare at Vinny
                                                            
                       VINNY
Hello. How do you do?
                                                            
Goats don't respond and stare blankly
                                                            
                       VINNY
OK, I see that I will just have to
talk... The wolf will be back
soon. He knows that your'e here
all alone, and he's hungry.
                                                            
                       GOAT (2)
Where is our mom? She said she'd
be back later...?
                                                            
                       VINNY
Mama's not here. Now for the time
being, if you wish to survive this
mangy beast, I suggest you put
your trust in me.
                                                            
All goats nod in agreement
                                                            
                       VINNY
Alright!... now... do you have any
butter?
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
 
INT. CHEW DON'T SWALLOW - DAY
                                                            
Vinny is under tree looking over cabin

Goats in cabin

Enter wolf from tree line
                                                            
                       VINNY
      (To self)
Boy I hope this goes over well...
                                                            

8.

Wolf approaches and knocks on door

Holding chalk in a bag
                                                            
                       WOLF
Hello little goats! It is me, your
mother! Do let me in...
                                                            
                       GOAT (all)
Show us your hoof and you may
enter
                                                            
Wolf covers hand in chalk dust

Holds up hand to window
                                                            
                       GOAT (all)
      (Sarcastically)
Oh why yes, it is mother. Let us
open the door for her...
                                                            
Goats open door
                                                            
Now, finally, before the wolf stood seven shiny little
goats, covered in butter.
                                                            
Wolf lunges at wolves and goats let out scream of terror
                                                            
                                         TOTAL BLACK OUT
                                                            
 
EXT. NAP TIME - DAY
                                                            
Scene opens to Vinny walking along tree line near house
                                                            
                       VINNY
      (Frustratingly)
What is God's name is taking that
wolf so long? I can eat a
porterhouse in under 30 seconds...
                                                            
Vinny's attention is drawn to the house door as it slowly
opens. He crouches behind shrubbery in the tree line
                                                            
Enter wolf through door. Wolf's stomach is bloated and drags
on floor.
                                                            

9.

                       VINNY
      (to self)
What the...?
                                                            
                       WOLF
      (to stomach)
Hey quiet down in there!
                                                            
Artificial stomach moves around
                                                            
                       WOLF
      (to self)
Well, that's what I get for eating
those butterballs whole...
                                                            
Slowly hobbles to tree
                                                            
                       WOLF
Well I think a nice nap will help
me digest these little suckers
                                                            
                       VINNY
      (to self)
yea that's right, just fall asleep
pal
                                                            
Wolf falls asleep
                                                            
Vinny creeps toward sleeping wolf
                                                            
                       VINNY
      (to self)
Now, where are those rocks I
tripped over?
                                                            
Looks around for rocks
                                                            
                       VINNY
      (in direction of
       rocks)
ah there they are!
                                                            
Scoops up rocks and places them next to rocks
                                                            

10.

                       VINNY
      (to wolf stomach)
Hey, you guys ok in there?
                                                            
                       GOAT (all)
      (whisper)
Yea! Just get us out of this gross
mess!
                                                            
                       VINNY
      (whisper)
On it!
                                                            
Vinny reveals pocket knife from belt and proceeds to cut
open wolf stomach
                                                            
Goats gasp for air and take turns sliding out of the stomach
with Vinny's assistance
                                                            
All goats are out
                                                            
                       VINNY
      (to goats)
Now hand me some of those stones
over there (points to stone pile)
                                                            
One by one, goats hand Vinny stones, while he places them in
the sleeping wolf's stomach
                                                            
                       VINNY
      (once stomach is
       full)
There we go...
                                                            
Vinny reaches into pocket and reveals a needle and thread
                                                            
                       VINNY
Now lets sew this guy up
                                                            
Vinny sews the wolf's stomach closed, with the stones inside
                                                            
 
EXT. WAKEY WAKEY - DAY
                                                            
Wolf begins to wake up
                                                            

11.

                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
                       WOLF
      (yawning)
What the... (looking at stomach)
                                                            
wolf struggles to try and get to his feet
                                                            
                       WOLF
Woah what is this?
                                                            
Wolf begins to panic
                                                            
Vinny and Goats along with Mother goat reveal themselves
from the tree line
                                                            
                       GOAT (all)
      (laughing)
hahaha... He's really stuck
between a rock and a hard place
                                                            
                       VINNY
He sure is!
                                                            
                       GOAT (mother)
      (to Vinny)
You know Vinny, you really should
get goin'
                                                            
                       VINNY
Huh?
                                                            
                                         ABRUPT BLACK OUT
                                                            
 
INT. VINNY'S HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
Vinny wakes up in chair
                                                            
                       VINNY
Ow!
                                                            
Reaches into pocket, and pulls out a needle and thread
                                                            

12.

                       VINNY
Well I guess that's no more
Tylenol-PM for me before bed...
                                                            
                                         SCREEN TO BLACK
                                                            


THE END


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From Jarrett Ksiazek Date 6/8/2016 ***
Interesting story. You blend a folk tale with reality to create a unique take on a classic tale. It did have me wanting more however. I can't help but wonder if this short story you have written can be branched off into a longer tale. Perhaps Vinny is still trapped in this imaginary land and goes about changing other folk tales? That would make the story more marketable to potential producers. Overall though, it's an interesting concept wrapped up in a well written story. Good job thus far!


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