Classics 14 (EP 43) - Jelly Park

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Classics 14 (EP 43) - Jelly Park

Post by Mr. Tweedy » Thu Dec 20, 2007 9:02 pm

Update (Thursday, December 25th, 2014): Drabbleclassics 14 - Jelly Park
Feature: Jelly Park by Aliya Whiteley
Drabble: Choosing Home by Josh Hugo (AKA Mr. Tweedy)
Genres: Drabbleclassics Fantasy Strange
Original Episode: 43

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Thursday, December 20th, 2007
Keep your sponge cake, fling your flan
Stick your doughnuts, cream and jam
Leave your custard in its can
And give us all some jelly!


Music by: Norm Sherman
Episode Art: Rodolfo Arredondo
Originally published in Riot Angel #4, July 2005.
Jelly Park is the winner of the first Drabblecast People's Choice Awards, held in early 2008!

No twabble for this episode.
Last edited by Algernon Sydney is Dead on Fri Dec 26, 2014 9:39 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Reason: It's now a classic!

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BRAVO!

Post by strawman » Thu Dec 20, 2007 9:37 pm

Norm, you are the lovechild of Mel Brooks and Isaac Azimov.
This story is truly e-theater genius. I especially enjoyed the end swell, which would have been such an appropraite background to credits rolling. In fact, if you added animation to this piece, you could submit it for an animated shorts oscar and, I think, have a good shot at winning. It's that good.

How about giving us bloggers the lyrics to the jelly song?

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Josh's Drabble

Post by strawman » Thu Dec 20, 2007 9:39 pm

Josh, I really liked your Drabble, too. Well done.

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Post by AynSavoy » Fri Dec 21, 2007 7:47 am

Norm, you really outdid yourself on the voices this week. Awesome job.

This story is what drabblecast is all about. Weird, and unpredictable simply because, who else would have ever thought of this?
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Post by normsherman » Fri Dec 21, 2007 8:40 am

thanks folks! However, I must say, this story did all the work for me- it was so easy to love. I had a perfect picture of what to do in my head after reading it.
"Give us all some Jelly"

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Post by normsherman » Fri Dec 21, 2007 8:46 am

Keep your sponge cake,
Fling your flan,
Stick your doughnuts,
Cream and jam,
Leave your custard,
in its can
give us all some jelly!

In a trifle,
From a mould,
Rabbit shaped or
Ice cream cold,
Nothing Better
(So I'm told)
Than a lovely jelly!

Jelly is a bouncy treat,
Never runny, always sweet,
Squishy underneath your feet,
Give us all some jelly!
"Give us all some Jelly"

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The song.... THE SONG!!!!

Post by Skot » Fri Dec 21, 2007 3:40 pm

This song will never leave my head!
I'm going to go insaner.

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Post by Philippa » Fri Dec 21, 2007 5:43 pm

Hee hee, I love it - I catch the number 67 bus every now and then, maybe I'll fall asleep on it one day. I always suspected bus drivers led a secret life of jolliness, the promise of jelly cubes explains their steadfast patience in the face of fare-dodging London yobbos... I'd love to know the inspiration for this peculiar little story.

That song is also securely stuck in my head :D

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Drabble-Aid

Post by strawman » Sat Dec 22, 2007 1:07 am

Have you ever wondered why a tune sticks in your mind?
Has it struck you as odd that you can walk into an elevator, or just happen to walk by someone whistling in the park, and end up infected with some tune that squats in your consciousness like a sonic leech.

Wouldn’t that be an awesome power, to cause it in people at will?

It’s a simple matter of reverse engineering, scanning the brain, mapping electrical activity. Followed by input sampling and response data evaluation.

Now that this power is mine, how shall I use it?
Just listen …

Keep your sponge cake, fling your flan
Stick your doughnuts, cream and jam
Leave your custard in its can
And give us all some jelly!

[Now who was that after Louis Armstrong and Bob Dylan in the Drabble-Aid concert at the end? Was that Dewey Cox? And was that Aaron Neville at the end?]

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Post by AynSavoy » Sat Dec 22, 2007 2:03 am

A part of me is glad to have the lyrics. The other parts are upset that the song is constantly playing through my head now...
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Best ever?

Post by Mr. Tweedy » Sat Dec 22, 2007 4:56 am

I know this is like the third time I've said this, but that might have been the best Drabblecast ever.

Production is always good, but :shock: I mean :!: . Guest voices and an original song on top of the usual great voice-work? Bravo!

And I loved the story itself. It gave me that fuzzy feeling I get from Hayao Miyazaki movies. It's so unselfconsciously innocent that it makes you forget you're a grizzled old 24 year old working at a job you hate that barely pays the rent. It's silly nonsense, but it's silly like my 2-year old dancing in circles and shouting "cuckoo money!" with sincere passion. It makes me want a piece of that cuckoo money action.

Great moral too! When it comes down to it, happiness is a choice. You don't need fame and riches. If you're got the right spirit, a box of jelly cubes can be something worth looking forward to. Whatever you've got, love it with ardor. You can "have it all" and be a lonely, miserable mess. But even if you've got nothing, you can still sing the Jelly Song!

Thanks Aliya Whiteley for a great story! I want more.
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Post by Derm » Mon Dec 24, 2007 7:26 pm

I've just heard it (listening in just before popping out to the pub for xmas eve), and I've suddenly noticed that I voiced the monobrow man as the driver towards the end of the story! Love the jelly song though.

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Post by gifo » Mon Dec 24, 2007 10:00 pm

This was so much fun! I couldn’t wipe the silly grin off my face listening to it on my morning walk.

It's refreshing to see that Strange is not just about superheroes and intestinal content...

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Post by Dustin » Wed Dec 26, 2007 4:31 pm

This was the scariest zombie story I have ever heard! :shock:

J/K, it was cute.

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Post by normsherman » Thu Dec 27, 2007 6:18 pm

Derm wrote:I've just heard it (listening in just before popping out to the pub for xmas eve), and I've suddenly noticed that I voiced the monobrow man as the driver towards the end of the story! Love the jelly song though.
I noticed that too! But not after narrating and listening several times...at that point I figured it couldn't be a big deal if I hadn't caught it by then.
Good job though!
"Give us all some Jelly"

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Noirm x infinity

Post by vburn » Wed Jan 02, 2008 5:07 pm

The song at the end reminded me of the Pirates of the Caribbean 3 where there are hundreds of Jacks on the boat. But it was hundred of Norms singing the Jelly song. It was a truly scary thought.

This was the best podcast I ever heard. Great original music, lyrics, story, and voice work. If there was an award for best episode in podcasting, this would have to win.

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Post by Aliya Whiteley » Tue Jan 08, 2008 9:27 am

I just wanted to stop by and say thank you to everyone for such great comments on the story. I love the podcast, particularly the jelly song! A brilliant job.

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Post by Mr. Tweedy » Tue Jan 08, 2008 4:32 pm

Aliya,

You should make this into a faux children's book with lots of illustrations (similar in style to The Little Prince: looks like it's for kids but really isn't). It would rock. I'd buy a copy.
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Coincidence?

Post by strawman » Tue Jan 08, 2008 9:32 pm

I agree with Tweedy's suggestion.

Also, try Googling Jelly Park. www.jellypark.co.uk/ takes you to an interesting site from Essex, which promises 'funky art for the little people in your life', which profits Little Havens childrens' hospice.

Might be a serendipitous coincidence, (not unlike waking up on the bus).

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Post by Aliya Whiteley » Tue Jan 08, 2008 11:03 pm

What a wonderful site! I'm half tempted to contact them and see if they wanted to illustrate it... :wink:

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