Tuesday, 31 August 2010

The Play What We Wrote (V) Reviews

These are the last remaining pages of the play...
Yes, we have completed the jokes, but its not all finished yet, but this is the last entry of my play, and I hope this bring you in spirits! Now, this section is called the Reviews section, and we start off with Negative Reviews and these are the people who didn't like my play and have no sense of humour whatsoever, then we move on to the Mixed Reviews and finally onto the Positive Reviews, lets hope we will have so many positive reviews in this play!
Also, I have a three page document on The Making of The Play What We Wrote and it will be clips of our upcoming DVD of The Play What We Wrote which will hit the shops and stores for £9.99 - in my dreams!!
However, sadly this is my last entry of the play and its been fun posting the pages and I'm glad to see that some of you people enjoyed it, and this is the only play I have in record that was performed and there was another play I written which had script completed and I was supposed to perform it at a fete - but it was never completed for many circumstances!
I hope you enjoy the final pages of this play...

Monday, 30 August 2010

Early Simpsons

Today I'll be more or less discussing my talks on one of my favourite animated-television shows; who guessed it...The Simpsons.
No, I won't post the final pages of the play at the moment - I promise I'll post the remaining pages tomorrow but not today because I've had a very fun and exhausting day. Earlier this morning about from 10:30 - 11:15 I've been having a morning jog in the woods with a friend of time - and then I went home for a shower and when I got out I got a message if I wanted to go free-running so I dressed quick, got out of the house and arrived at town at 12:20, and I've spent about four hours in town today free running. Boy, are my feet exhausted, and I'm too tired to use the scanner, sorry.
Anyway, on to the Simpsons:

The Simpsons (as we know) is the longest prime-time animated television sitcom which was won tons and tons of awards, and yes I am a fan of the show. Why (?), because its funny, the jokes I think are clever and memorable and The Simpsons made our universe change, because everyone was familiar with Homer's 'D'oh!', and Bart Simpson was very popular earlier on the series, and the town Springfield is like a whole town with so many people. Yes, I've got the Simpsons' DVD collection series from Series One all the way up to Series 10, and no I don't have Seasons 11 and 12 or Season 13 which will reach the HMV store soon!
But, one of my MAIN talks is about the earlier episodes of the Simpsons, and I'll express my opinions on the first series of it.
We know that the Simpsons started off as one-minute cartoons on the series The Tracy Ullman Show, and it achieved some success although it wasn't as popular as the show is today. The company that distributed the series, Fox decided to pitch the show into a 30-minute series, and it did require a lot of effort and development into the character's personalities and new characters onto the show.
The personalities of the characters of course, different from what we know today: Homer was a lot strict father and often showed abuse a lot to his son Bart, and Lisa was more of a female Bart: naughty and mucking about, and of course the voices were quite different from what we know of today's standards, and Marge hadn't changed a bit, and Maggie was just Maggie.
However, here's my thoughts about the first series - I like parts of the first series, and at times I was quite uncomfortable with the animation and jokes, and I liked the ideas for like the early prank calls for Moe the barman and humiliates himself - I also like the ideas of Bart cheating in an intelligence test and ended up in a school full of nerds and impossible questions. But, I think ideas like Bart going on war with a bully or Homer doing some weird dance with a belly dancer was a bit too over the top or extreme.
(This is an episode of the Simpsons named Bart the General - Bart gets picked on by a bully who is of course Nelson Muntz and goes to war on him!)
However, one of my dislikes about the first series is the animation, its just so extreme and they are like completely out of their minds! However, I the animation does burst into enthusiasm, but its just that they're so stretchy and its nothing like you'd get from The Simpsons today, and if you look at it - its just the animation is so weird and they could do anything. I know that one of the reasons is because, when one of the episodes was sent to the animation department and it was the first to be animated, although they were just pulled off the Tracy Ullman shorts - and the animation of the one-minute Simpsons cartoons were so crude and rough and the animators for the spin-off series, and it was difficult for them to make the characters move real and apparently during the screening of the animation - one of the producers and developers James L. Brooks described the animation as "shit", and wanted the animation to be redone and the episode to start from scratch! So, that's probably why the first few episodes had crude animation, but the problem was solved by the second series ;).

(See how Bart and Lisa's scream is exaggerated and looks so cartoonish?)
There was one part of the first series I really enjoyed in the opening credits where Bart skates through a street and people are waiting for a bus to come, so Bart steals the Bus Stop sign at the scene, and the bus continues to go through and the people awaiting for the bus quickly rush to the passing bus, I thought it was funny that and its a shame that they had to remove it.
However, that's all I pretty much have to say, although the first season of The Simpsons isn't one of the best seasons ever, but you can't expect perfection the first time - it takes effort and a while to get the show exactly what it needed. The jokes in the first season may not have been too funny but it was a good attempt the first time round.
However, the first season isn't perfect - it has its moments!

Saturday, 28 August 2010

The Play What We Wrote (IV)

Continued...

Well, this section gets to a lot of sections: a funny section of film quotes, limericks, chav jokes, and yes sadly this is the stage where it ends, BUT...it's not quite finished yet, because there's more afterwards!!
Oh, I must point out that on Page 33, with the joke starting UNCLE GORDON WAS MAROONED ON A DESSERT ISLAND... that joke got the most laughs in the audiences than any of the many jokes that ended up in the play! Why (?), because Uncle Gordon is one of my uncles and he is obsessed with golf, HE LOVES IT!! At the time, we were making this joke; the joke was originally written down as "a man was marooned on a desert island", and while we were nearing completion of the play, and we needed to do final editing, we decided to change it to Uncle Gordon because we thought it would make more laughs. Besides, when that joke was written down, we weren't expecting many laughs at all and if this joke was cut (our play could have changed in history)!
Well, yes sadly this is the last of the many jokes in the play. BUT...it is not quite finished yet. We have a section of the play and its some pages long, and yes tomorrow will be the last entry of the play, this has been fun with posting, and I'm glad I've found some audience here!
OH, there seems to be a joke that I forgot to add in the play...here it is "SAD TERRIBLE NEWS FOR MY DOG VIOLET, AND MY UNCLE'S DOG, CHOPPY. THEIR FAVOURITE DOG BISCUIT MANUFACTURE HAS GONE OUT OF BUSINESS AND THEY HAD TO BRING THE OFFICIAL RETRIEVER - WAS HIS NAME MR. BARKER?"
Oh, and another one: "MY AUNT DOT AND UNCLE ROBERT WERE MARRIED IN A TOILET - IT WAS A MARRIAGE OF CONVENIENCE!"

Friday, 27 August 2010

The Play What We Wrote (III)

Continued...

Sorry for my not posting new pages over the past few days because I was busy with my friend over at my house, and of course it led to the point where I didn't have time to scan the pages of my play, but now my friend has gone home and I had fun with him: went to town, showed him around some places, it was a fun time. But now as he is gone home (aw!), it means that I can continue with the pages with my play!
Oh, you may notice that in these pages, I've been making notes in them and I hope they won't be distracting while you are reading it through.
I'm glad to see some feedback from Brian Sibley, Michael Sporn and Eric Noble even though I did suggest them to have a look at my own production play...but anyone else?? I hope this play will go down in literature as a modern classic, and beating Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace =).

Monday, 23 August 2010

The Play What We Wrote (II)

Continued...

Yes this entry, has got some of my lines with no captions like (STEVEN [THAT PEST]), well that's because while we were writing this, and as the play developed and developed; we were running out of ideas for captions so we left with just names. However, on the premiere of the play that me and Uncle Robert performed, we didn't even mention any of the captions because the play was just too long and about 10 minutes before we even began we were cutting out the captions to save time!
Also, this section of the play contains quite a lot of blonde jokes, so anyone who's blonde don't go too offended, after all its only a play!
Remember, I like comments and please feel free:

Sunday, 22 August 2010

The Play What We Wrote (I)

Hello everyone...as I've completed my first series of Blabs on Dumbo, and I was planning to do a Blabs on Pinocchio, well...I was just about to plan this down right now until I found out my sister has a scanner and let me use permission to for me do some postings, and I've started to write a play some year ago and it was performed at January earlier this year with family and they loved it, it was me and my uncle who performed it and I was so proud of it!!
That play is bascially a stand up play and its got so many jokes and I hope I won't bore you throughout my postings of these series!! Yes, the play I'll be posting is the 23rd and FINAL draft of my script of The Play What We Wrote (the title is a spoof title to Ernie Wise's The Play What I Wrote), and this is an updated version, with all the jokes that we used and all the cuts and timing we used and that's the final version.
You'll see that in the front page, my name is credited as "Steven 'Ti' Hartley". Well, you'll find out why when the first page and the joke joke is published on this site.
Although I must warn you people who will be reading this that there are some jokes about Irish people, or Blonde jokes, etc. and I hope that I won't offend any of you people, because we just wrote this as part of entertainment and I hope that you all have a good sense of humour!! Plus...we have some Scottish jokes in there I believe and I'm half-Scottish and you people are not alone with offence, but hopefully there won't be any offence!
And in the starting page I just made up the name CHOPPY BOYZ PRODUCTIONS as a joke, and a pretend studio we wrote it and this play was just written in my uncle's house and "CHOPPY BOYZ" is actually the name of my uncle's dog who's called Chopper, but we nickname him Choppy Boys!
And the font cover of saying: PRODUCED BY: Steven Hartley and Chopper the Dog, I just put that down as silly and this play is meant to be silly-funny and I don't need to be getting questions! I'm very proud of this play I wrote. Here are the first few pages: there's much, much more to come.
Just a few hints for readers who don't get too confused while reading this: David Blunkett is a blind British politician, Dr. Findlater is my aunt who is a nurse, Moor House School is the school I currently attend, Crawley is the town I was born in and its one of the biggest divorce states in Britain, Peter Viggers is an MP in Britain who has pet ducks!
Enjoy the next days of this play! Yes, the pages may be slightly hard to read and its not all lined up but too bad... ;)
All thanks to the scanner; I can now post what I've always been keen to post!