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Classics 14 (EP 43) - Jelly Park

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

BRAVO!

Posted: Thu Dec 20, 2007 9:37 pm
by strawman
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?

Josh's Drabble

Posted: Thu Dec 20, 2007 9:39 pm
by strawman
Josh, I really liked your Drabble, too. Well done.

Posted: Fri Dec 21, 2007 7:47 am
by AynSavoy
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?

Posted: Fri Dec 21, 2007 8:40 am
by normsherman
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.

Posted: Fri Dec 21, 2007 8:46 am
by normsherman
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!

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

Posted: Fri Dec 21, 2007 3:40 pm
by Skot
This song will never leave my head!
I'm going to go insaner.

Posted: Fri Dec 21, 2007 5:43 pm
by Philippa
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

Drabble-Aid

Posted: Sat Dec 22, 2007 1:07 am
by strawman
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?]

Posted: Sat Dec 22, 2007 2:03 am
by AynSavoy
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...

Best ever?

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

Posted: Mon Dec 24, 2007 7:26 pm
by Derm
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.

Posted: Mon Dec 24, 2007 10:00 pm
by gifo
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...

Posted: Wed Dec 26, 2007 4:31 pm
by Dustin
This was the scariest zombie story I have ever heard! :shock:

J/K, it was cute.

Posted: Thu Dec 27, 2007 6:18 pm
by normsherman
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!

Noirm x infinity

Posted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 5:07 pm
by vburn
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.

Posted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 9:27 am
by Aliya Whiteley
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.

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

Coincidence?

Posted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 9:32 pm
by strawman
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).

Posted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 11:03 pm
by Aliya Whiteley
What a wonderful site! I'm half tempted to contact them and see if they wanted to illustrate it... :wink: