Walt Disney’s Legacy

Posted on February 26, 2014 in Uncategorized by jmp2

Walt Disney’s life was like a moving picture. Through his childhood tragedies, Disney began to draw and act. Later, he continues this passion of drawing in the army, and eventually, starts his own business to make movies. Even though Walt Disney had a bumpy beginning and witnessed an array of careers, he was still able to accomplish a profitable business empire creating both movies and theme parks before his death.

Walt Disney had a painful childhood. Walter Elias Disney was born on December 5, 1901, in Chicago, Illinois, to his father Elias Disney and his mother Flora Call Disney. He also had three brothers and one sister (Aldridge, “Biography”). In 1903, Walt’s father moved his family to Marceline, Missouri, because of the violence in the saloons and rising crime; he did not want it to affect his children’s early years (Eliot, 6). Walt’s father used to beat him and his older brother Roy with a belt or a switch to enforce what he thought was right and to also take out his anger on them (7). Because of these beatings, Walt would lay in bed at night and cry, while his older brother Roy would rub his sores. Since he was physically stronger, Roy would tell him that everything would be all right. Even though his father would beat him, it did not stop him from doing what he loved, which was being able to draw and act out his plays. When he was seven years old, Walt would sell small sketches and drawings to neighbors, and he would even sneak out at night to perform comical skits at local theaters in the neighboring towns (Aldridge, “Biography”). During his time in Chicago, Walt saw his very first movie in town, which was a black and white showing of the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ which must have scared him. From that day forward, it inspired him to make movies that would be more pleasant for all to see. He also attended McKinley High School in Chicago, where he would take art classes at night to improve his drawing abilities, hoping to improve his chances to accomplish his passion. Eventually, on July 25, 1925, Walt married Lillian Bounds in Lewiston, Idaho, at her brother’s house, and shockingly, he did not even invite his parents (Eliot, 29-30). Lillian Bounds was one of Walt’s first employees in his business, and it took some time before he fell in love with her. Nearly eight years later, on December 19, 1933, his wife had a baby girl, who they named Diana Marie (80). “To commemorate the birth of his daughter, Walt declared that from now on, the first day any new Disney picture opened, orphans everywhere were to be admitted free (80).” Three years after the birth of his first daughter, they adopted Sharon Mae on December 31, 1936 (97-106). Walt and Lillian picked her because she was prettier than the other children that were eligible for adoption. A couple years later, his mother tragically died in 1938, from asphyxiation, which was carbon monoxide poisoning. This was due to a faulty furnace in the new house, which they had just moved into (Aldridge, “Biography”). The rumor is that she killed herself because of the pressure of her husband Elias Disney, who was very demanding. Walt blamed himself for the death of his mother because he had helped pick out the new house, and he was very close to her. Almost four years later, Walt is faced with the death of his father, who passed away in 1941 (Eliot 151). It was a huge shock since it was during a tough time in his business, and Walt was so frustrated that he was not able to make any movies at that time. After the death of his father, he moved his family to a better section in Los Angeles in 1942, where he thought it would be a better place for his children to grow up in (164). He spent a couple years there where he became very close to his daughters and would take them everywhere. One could say that he became their personal chauffeur and during this time, he became especially close to his adoptive daughter Sharon Mae, who he preferred because she was prettier. Throughout his family life he had some ups and downs, but he also had some difficult times in both the army and FBI.

In the same way, Walt Disney had some very tough choices to make in his adult life. Mr. Disney served in World War I as a medical personnel and would drive around in a special truck to care for wounded and sick. In his spare time he would paint cartoons on the sides of the Red Cross trucks because he was very bored (Eliot 13). However, Walt’s worst habit was yet to get started, and it all began on his birthday in France. “Walt spent his eighteenth birthday in Saint Cyr, in a chateau temporarily converted to a military hospital. That night, the boys in his unit threw a surprise party for him, during which he drank liquor and smoked for the first time, the start of two habits he would keep for the rest of his life” (13). As a result, Walt would have nervous breakdowns from working too hard, would start losing his hair, chewing his fingernails, washing his hands a lot, and would go up to smoking three packs of cigarettes a day (57-58). The only way to stop the nervous breakdowns was for Mr. Disney to go on a long vacation and get away from his work. A couple years later, on July of 1936, Herbert Hoover sent him a letter asking if he would join the FBI as a secret agent, to try to stop the communism that was growing in Hollywood (125). Finally, on November of 1940, Disney accepted the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s deal and became an FBI agent (125). Yet, in 1941 something terrible happened that changed his studio for at least nine months. It was the beginning of World War II and the U.S. Military decided to take over his studio because of the bombing of Pearl Harbor; they expected another attack. This enraged Disney since none of the other major studios had been used for this service (163). For example, Paramount and Universal were the two biggest movie companies, and they did not have their studios taken over. Despite all of the changes with his studio and the wars that had disrupted it there were other financial problems that could happen if one was not careful with studio management.

It can be very easy to become bankrupt if one is not careful. To clarify, Mr. Disney found out that he could sell merchandise to keep his company from going out of business which helped extremely in keeping his business up and running. To start this new way of making money, he helped make a sixteen page Mickey Mouse book which in its first year sold more than 97,938 copies (65). He even saved a toy train company from going out of business with all of the merchandise that they were able to sell (66). Furthermore, Walt would come up with his cartoon ideas at the weirdest times and places. For example, he came up with one at 2:00 in the morning, scribbled it on a piece of paper, and wrote, The Three Little Pigs. Surprisingly, The Three Little Pigs proved to be a very successful cartoon, and “by the end of 1933, its first year in release, The Three Little Pigs had grossed more than $125,000, a previously unheard of amount of money for a cartoon short back then” (76). All of the money he was making off of his merchandise helped him to expand his operation which he did in 1939 by building the Burbank studio that he liked to call “the house that Snow White built” (108). However, what really shut Disney’s company down for a while was the strike that occurred in 1937 because of other companies, including Disney’s, not treating their employees right and not paying them as much as they should have been receiving. Additionally, it got so bad that the newspaper took out the weekly Mickey Mouse comic strip, and the Technicolor Corporation refused to show or process any Disney films until it had been resolved (147). To keep his company from going bankrupt from the strike, Disney let people buy stock in the company, and by 1939, they went public and were quickly back in business (117). With this in mind, Disney also released Dumbo on October of 1941 which saved his company from crashing again (162). To sum it up, animation is a very difficult field to achieve success in, but Disney achieved worldwide fame with the high quality movies that his company produced and the awards that he won with them.

Walt Disney’s movies are still loved today, and he also won many awards. Mr. Disney was responsible for making Oswald, the Lucky Rabbit, until a deal broke, and he ended up losing the rights to his own cartoon (33-34). It was very hard for him to lose one of his first productive money making characters. On the other hand, his disappointment was changed when he began to work on Mickey Mouse in 1928, and Disney was very happy and careful to not lose this cartoon. What upset Disney’s workers was that he did not like to give credit to anyone that helped in the process of creating the films that brought such joy to the world (37). So, when Ub Iwerks, who was a worker for Disney, actually drew and created Mickey Mouse, Walt did not give him any credit for it. Since he did not give Ub Iwerks credit, he ended leaving Disney’s business and became in charge of his own company (46-47). This greatly upset Mr. Disney because Iwerks was one of his most trusted workers. “On November 18, 1928, Steamboat Willie came out and for the first time, featuring a whistling Mickey Mouse,” which the spectators loved (44). Since the viewers liked “Steamboat Willie” so much, he created more “cartoon shorts” that were very big hits as well and continued to keep his business going. Also, in 1932, the “Flowers and Trees” production won Walt his first studios Academy Awards (Aldridge, “Biography”). This drove Disney to make more movies including Fantasia which was one of the most highly anticipated films of 1940 (Eliot 133). For this reason, the public was shocked by Fantasia when it came out on November 13, 1940, because of how it portrayed the evil in the world and showed the goodness and beauty as well (136). It was, however, the first movie to have sound put into it, and in some places, like Los Angeles and San Francisco, it ran for a year or more (Aldridge, “Biography”). Walt Disney’s dominance in the film industry continued as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on December 21, 1937, came out for the first time. It was the first full length animated musical, and it also produced an unheard cost of $1,499,000 (Aldridge, “Biography”). Truly, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was a great movie, and on January 1937, he won the “Outstanding Young Man,” award which is given to men who have contributed greatly to their community (Eliot 97). Later, that same year, “The Three Little Pigs” took third prize at the Soviet International Film Festival in 1937; this was also one of Walt Disney’s most productive years in his business (100). Along with winning these awards, Mr. Disney won a full size Oscar and seven small ones in 1938 for Snow White and the Seven Dwarf’s significant film innovation at the Academy ceremonies (102). He also received an honorary Master of Arts degree from Harvard University and an honorary master of Fine Arts Degree from Yale (105). Walt won these for his hard work in both the arts and animation. In 1942, he received the prestigious Irving Thalberg Award by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences for his consistent production and superb quality of his pictures (167). Universally, Walt Disney’s pictures were and are watched all over, but his theme parks have attracted millions from all over the world to witness and discover a place full of fun and creativity.

Walt Disney always dreamed of a place where kids could have fun and just be free. Mr. Disney got his wish as the Disneyland Park opened in 1955, and it cost $17 million to build. After almost sixty years, it has been visited by more than 200 million people (Aldridge, “Biography”). It is the first of two theme parks opened in Anaheim, California, and it is the only one that Walt Disney designed and supervised himself (Bennett, “Brief History”). Walt got his ideas from visiting theme parks in the 1930’s and 40’s with his two daughters (Bennett, “Brief History”). As a result, there are now eleven Disney theme parks in the world, and it is because of this legacy that he left behind, bringing these fun parks to the world (Bennett, “Brief History”). Walt Disney inspired the whole world with his theme parks, but his death will never be forgotten.

In spite of Walt Disney’s death, he left behind a future of fun-filled adventures. At age sixty-five, Mr. Disney died on December 15, 1966, when his circulatory system failed, and it was from all of the smoking and drinking that made him pass away (Bennett, “Brief History”). Everyone thought that he had been frozen and that one day he would be brought back to life. This is not true since cryogenics were not being used by people (Bennett, “Brief History”). Surprisingly, Walt had his funeral held in secret; the public was not informed of his death until the funeral had been done, and he had been buried. Walter Elias Disney had a lifetime of making other’s happy and was deeply missed.

Walter E. Disney had a challenging childhood and experienced some unique careers; he had a hard business life at times but was always able to work through them creating wonderful movies and parks for all. Along with his personal life and the time he served in the army, he even used some of those memories in his pictures. Even with the financial problems of his business, he was able to turn those problems into money making worldwide movies that would receive fame from all over the world. Besides this, he won many awards for his movies, creating a theme park for kids. Since then, there have been even more parks created, all over the world. What brought shock to the world was when Walt Disney died. But, his animated movies will remain as a wonder throughout the world. The imagination and enthusiasm that Walter E. Disney brought to his animated pictures every day, has shown that he was a very well respected person.

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Posted on January 21, 2014 in Uncategorized by jmp2

This dialogue begins after Jack Potter and his wife had gotten home from the meeting between Jack and Scratchy Wilson.

“Why was he so mean to you, Jack, and why was he going to shoot you with a gun?” said Potter’s wife.

“He was holding a lot of grudges against me, “ responded Jack.

“What were the grudges, honey?” answered Potter’s wife.

“I had shot him up pretty good in the leg in some gunfights in the street which I guess he is still mad about,” said Jack.

“Well, I see that he has recovered from his injuries,” chuckled Potter’s wife.

“Yes, “answered Jack, “and I hope that I never have to fight him again in the near future.”

“Well, what are you going to do now?” said his wife. “Are you going to continue being marshal at Yellow Sky?”

“I will,”he answered, “if it is okay with you since I do not want to make you worried.”

“It is okay with me as long as you do not get hurt,” said his wife firmly.

“I will try my hardest to be careful and also to make you happy in this new town that you will be living in,” acknowledged Jack.

“Well, you can first start by showing me where the cooking ingredients are in this kitchen,” hinted his wife.

“Oh, sorry, honey, I was just zoning about tomorrow,”confessed Jack.

“Well, do you have a list of what we are having for supper tonight?”said Potter’s wife.

“To tell you the truth, I didn’t have enough time to go shopping before I went to marry you,” added Jack.

“Then, we are going to have to go get something to eat and do some shopping, too,”decided his wife immediately.

“How long is that going to take?” asked Potter. “Because I had planned that we would go square dancing tonight at the town hall.”

“It should only take an hour at the least if we hurry,” advised his wife.

“Okay, then,” said Jack, “let’s hurry if we are going to get to town hall on time.”

They were walking home from shopping with the food when Jack’s wife said questionly,”What is square dancing? I have never done it before.”

“It is when you dance around in a square shaped motion,” said Jack laughingly.

“Stop being funny,” asserted his wife. “And that is what square dancing is?”

“I really don’t know,” replied Jack. “I only paid attention to how it’s done, not why it is done.”

“Well, I guess you will have to show me as we go along,” answered his wife lovingly.

“That is a good idea honey, but we might want to help each other, because I have not done it in a while,” confessed Jack.

“Do you think there will be a lot of people there?” queried Potter’s wife nervously.

“I do not kn

ow,” Jack answered firmly. “I have not been in town, so I don’t know who is going.”

“Do you know if we will be up really late?” asked his wife. “Because I was planning on getting up early tomorrow to start cleaning the house.”

“I’m not sure,” answered Jack, “but let’s just go and have a superb time.”

Alice’s Complications in Wonderland

Posted on December 20, 2013 in Uncategorized by jmp2

Jacob M. Padgett
Jennifer L. Padgett
English 104
20 December 2013

Picture this . . . falling down a deep hole where it just keeps going and going. You wonder if there is even an end in sight. Suddenly, you hit the ground, but you are in a strange, desolate place. This scene, from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, is when Alice fell down a very deep shaft that seemed to go on forever. Miss Alice was an extremely mature girl for her age, and whenever she would get into a problem, she would look at them with a lot of wisdom. Even though she was a young girl who had difficulties in life, she always seemed to find a way out of them using both her responsible and persuasive nature.

Alice was sometimes scared in her adventures in Wonderland, but she was able to look at these situations maturely. One of Alice’s problems was when she had fallen down a rabbit hole following a very weird, curious rabbit. However, Alice eventually got stuck because she was not able to fit through a little door in the wall. Soon after, on the table, Alice spies a bottle with the big bold letters of DRINK ME. She was about to drink it but stopped herself. One reason she did not drink was that it could be poison; she also remembered that one should always read the label. Typically, this shows that Alice was mature because most little girls did not usually think before they drank or ate something. After Alice drank the liquid, she found herself shrinking. Once she was the right size to fit through the door, she went over to try it but found out that she had left the key on the table. Then, Miss Alice began to cry since she was so mad that she had forgotten the key; she was too small to reach it. Suddenly, Alice began scolding herself for crying about something that she could fix. Using this positive self-talk, she talked herself out of crying. This demonstrates how she was always looking for a way to solve a problem. To clarify, Miss Alice was a smart little girl who was able to meet problems directly instead of running away from them.

In the same way, Alice had another problem which she solved with a convincing speech. She was listening to a trial about a knave stealing the tarts. However, Miss Alice was growing very big during this scene. She did not realize this until she stood up and knocked over the entire jury box. All the jurymen fell out, and they could not resume until she had put them all back in their places. Once done, the king asked, “what do you know about this business?[Carroll 132]” Alice told the king several times that she knew nothing of it. Eventually, the king called silence pulled out of his rule book, and read that anyone over a mile high had to leave the courtroom. Alice immediately refused because she saw that the king had just made it up; they could not force her because she was huge compared to them. Meanwhile, the white rabbit had been opening a letter and they said that the knave was guilty, Alice denied this and forcefully told the Royal subjects that the rabbit’s letter was false and had no meaning in it. The knave was not guilty at all. This caused the king to begin arguing with her, but it resulted in Alice having the queen say off with her head. However, no one moved because Alice was so big, and was not scared at all, especially of a pack of cards designed as soldiers. Then, they finally, attacked her, but that was when she awoke from her dream. It is important to realize that Alice spoke up to the king and queen several times. She was a young girl who was large, bold and living in a place that no one had ever seen before.

Alice was a bright girl in the book, who was able to look at problems logically and with a lot of spunk. First, Miss Alice was able to think about past experiences in order to solve them. She also helped defend the knave who was not guilty in the trial. Even though Alice’s adventure was a dream, there is still a lesson for all of us. No matter what the situation is each of us can learn from Alice: stop and think before taking action.

Tom Sawyer’s Heroic Adventures

Posted on December 3, 2013 in Uncategorized by jmp2

Jacob Padgett
Mrs. Padgett
English Essay 104
03 December 2013

Picture this . . . going into a church where everyone is still- no talking, no twitching, and only the preacher preaching about how you are going to hell forever. Suddenly, a pinch bug is let loose and bites a dog’s tail which causes an uproar. This is a scene from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, where Tom ended up disturbing the whole church, so they would not be able to finish the service. Tom was an extremely unruly boy in the book, but at times, he could be a kind, considerate child. Tom Sawyer was adventurous in many ways, easygoing occasionally, and periodically, very naughty.

Through Tom’s childhood, he was a very adventurous child who liked to explore the outdoors. He had some lively adventures; however, they were not so jolly for his Aunt Polly who had to worry while he was gone. One of his venturous schemes was when Tom, Huck, and Joe Harper ran away to be pirates and had pirate names like, “Tom Sawyer, the Black Avenger of the Spanish Main [Twain 24].” Yet, they were all lonely because they had never been away from their families for long periods of time, so they eventually got tired of playing and went back home to crash their funerals. Another one of his reckless adventures was when he snuck out at night to go to the graveyard with Huck, who was trying to get rid of warts by using a dead cat. But, in the process, they witnessed an inconceivable murder. Even though Tom and Huck had watched a killing, it did not stop them from having more adventures. Once, they went into a haunted house to try to find treasure, but they ended up finding the murderer that killed Dr. Robinson. Nevertheless, it did not stop them from having many audacious adventures which showed that nothing can stop a laidback nature.

Tom Sawyer was very easygoing during his lifetime. He was carefree especially when he would play hooky from school, but he was also smart enough to know how to unstitch his shirt and sew it back again, so his Aunt would not find out that he went swimming. However, it was his stepbrother Sid who told on him about using the black thread instead of white. Besides, playing hooky, he was very calm when he met Becky Thatcher for the first time- who eventually became his girlfriend. Tom thought that Becky was the best thing in the world even if he was only a young boy. Furthermore, he could stay relaxed in certain situations; he surprised everyone with the gold he and Huck had found in the cave. It amounted to more than ten thousand dollars which was the most anyone had ever seen at one time. To sum it up, it shows that Tom was laidback, but he was often very mischievous.

Indeed, Tom was a good kid, but all in all, he had his bad times just like anybody else. Mr. Sawyer could be unruly, especially when he would keep trying to sneak sugar from the sugar bowl, but every time his Aunt Polly would catch him, he would get in trouble. It made him mad that his stepbrother would never get in trouble; he seemed perfect. Along with stealing sugar from the bowl, he snuck jam from the cupboard. Yet, as always, his aunt caught him in the end trying to slip away without getting caught. Tom was also naughty when he bought everyone’s tickets. He did this to try to get a new Bible and show Becky Thatcher how spiritual he was. His plan ended up backfiring in his face because he did not know the first two disciples that Jesus picked. Tom thought they were David and Goliath. To sum it up, Tom was an enthusiastic, headstrong boy who certainly enjoyed life and boyhood.

Even though Tom Sawyer was reckless a lot, flexible sometimes, and could be really annoying, he acted this way, so he could have a good time. Tom had many schemes during his childhood years, but he always had an excellent time especially when he had the whole summer to do whatever pleased him. Along with being adventurous, he could be calm; for example, he revealed the stolen treasure to the whole town. He was very proud of it. On the other hand, Mr. Sawyer was very headstrong, because when he got an idea, he made sure that nothing got in the way of achieving it- including his haunted house adventure. As a result of love and affection from his Aunt, Tom had an enjoyable childhood in spite of his heroic adventures.

This is How you play Basketball

Posted on November 14, 2013 in Uncategorized by jmp2

All I know how to do is scribble,
But that is how I learned to dribble.

You must be like a brick,
Or he will pass you very quick.

Just make sure you are very fast,
Or he will pass you in a flash.

Especially when I shoot the ball,
That is how you play basketball.

Euclid’s Geometry Legacy

Posted on November 8, 2013 in Uncategorized by jmp2

It is hard to believe that geometry was first thought of many centuries ago. Euclid was born in Alexandria in the time 330 BC. It was said that Euclid went to Plato’s Academy, in Athens, Greece, which was considered a big accomplishment to graduate, since you had to be very wealthy to go to it. In addition to going to Plato’s school, he is the one that discovered geometry and later became known as the “Father of Geometry”. It has also been discovered that he taught mathematics during the dynasty of Ptolemy I in Egypt. I wonder if he helped with the architecture of the Great Pyramids? He later developed 13 editions of the “Elements” which span a lot of math including geometry. Prior to this, it has been considered that Euclid opened up a private school in Alexandria to teach kids mathematics. Throughout his lifetime Euclid changed geometry and the way people look at it. He also changed the world with his theories and discoveries. Euclid died around 260 B.C., and the legacy he left behind was even studied by Abraham Lincoln more than two hundred centuries later. Even to this day, the mathematical concepts, first discovered by Euclid, are still being used today.

Tom Sawyer’s Heroic Adventure

Posted on October 31, 2013 in Uncategorized by jmp2

In the story of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer finds out what it is like to be scared and at the scene of a crime. The exposition of this story is when Tom and Huckleberry Finn go into the graveyard with a dead cat, trying to get rid of warts. Luckily, the rising action is when they think it is satan’s demon and have to hide, so they don’t get found. Huck and Tom eventually find out that it was Injun Joe and Dr. Robinson not satan’s demon. Meanwhile, the climax of this story is when Dr. Robinson is murdered by Injun Joe. It was a horrifying moment for Huck and Tom knowing they could be found and killed at any moment. The falling action to this subplot is when Tom tells the story in court in front of the whole town. As he said that it was Injun Joe that did it Injun Joe jumped out the window and ran off. Finally, the resolution to the story is when Injun Joe is found dead in front of the cave, and Tom and Huck find the treasure, becoming the richest people in the town. To sum it up, it was a scary time for Tom and Huck, but after Injun Joe was dead, they were able to live a bit more freely and enjoy life.

The Grolar Bear Strikes Again!

Posted on October 21, 2013 in Uncategorized by jmp2

YELLOW KNIFE NATIONAL PARK Nick Thrasher and his brother Ryan Powers have finally finished their trip down the Firth River. The brothers had both been in the wilderness looking for caribou to photograph. Meantime, when they had started out, the boys did not know that all the ice had not yet melted, so when their raft hit the ice, both of them fell into the icy water. Later, after these young men had survived the crash and had found the raft further down the river, Mr. Thrasher and Mr. Powers hiked up into the mountains where the herds of caribou live. When these wilderness explorers had found the caribou herd, it took them the whole day to photograph those creatures. Later, Thrasher and Powers found out from the radio that a big storm was heading their way, and the grolar bear was within thirty miles of them, heading closer. The Grolar Bear was half polar bear and half grizzly.

Immediately, the brothers arrived at the broken raft and put it back together; because of the high water rapids, it was challenging to put the raft in. Nick and Ryan were just about to paddle by a campsite when they saw the grolar bear. However, the bear had a human arm in its mouth, and the boys knew that the couple, recently seen paddling, was dead. Soon after, the bear saw them; it jumped into the water to swim after them. Mr. Thrasher and Mr. Powers were fortunate to get away with their lives.

Once Nick and Ryan had found the old trapper’s cabin, Thrasher and Powers were able to relax until morning. The next day, Ryan and Nick ventured out to see what kind of mess the storm had made; it had rearranged a lot of the coastline. When they got to the beach, these young men found two polar bears dead, but the third one, the grolar bear, was alive and moving. Ryan tried to use bear bangers and a horn, but it did not frighten the bear. So, Ryan tried using the old whale harpoon and ended up getting bitten in a couple places. Nick saved the day by killing the grolar bear with just the whale harpoon, and later said in National Geographic, “That it was the scariest moment of his life.”

Summary of The Legend of Luke By Brian Jacques

Posted on September 26, 2013 in Uncategorized by jmp2

Brian Jacques’ The Legend of Luke takes place in Mossflower woods, where they are building Redwall Abbey. Everyone was busy at work when two hedgehogs found Trimp, the Rover, while they were trying to drag a log to Redwall. Their names were Ferdy and Coggs; both were nice, strong hedgehogs. Well, after Trimp had helped to bring the log to Redwall, she was introduced to everyone. Later that night, Trimp related her story to the whole group, but in the middle of it, Martin the Warrior interrupted her because she had said a name that made him remember something from his past. He started asking lots of questions, and when Trimp was not able to answer them all, he walked away. She felt really bad that she was not able to tell Martin everything he wanted to know about his past. Prior to this, everyone was noticing how Martin was not himself and that he was not the willing and helpful mouse he had always been. Eventually, Abbess Germaine told Martin that he needed to leave Redwall and go out and discover what happened to his father and mother. On the journey they encountered many obstacles, but with the help of friends like Gnoff, the Mousethief; Trimp, the Rover; and Chugger, they discovered Martin’s past. When Martin the Warrior found the cave he had grown up in, all his memories started to flood back in to him. He even found his father’s best friend Vurg; this mouse was very old and weak. When Vurg took him to his home, he met a hare who had known his father very well. They were living in half of the boat that his father had crashed; while the other half sunk, he killed Vilu Daskar and also drowned himself in the process. There were only four survivors of that crash that lived to see Martin, the Warrior. They related the whole story to Martin, and when it was finished, Martin understood why his father had not met him like he promised. He even took the only four survivors to Redwall; they, the brave heroes, could live out the rest of their years in peace and in unity.

Plot Line for Rooitie Kazootie The Baseball Star

Posted on September 17, 2013 in Uncategorized by jmp2

Steve Carlin’s Rootie Kazootie Baseball Star is in Kazootieland where the Yankapups play the Dodgerooties. The Yankapups have Kazootie as pitcher, Gala Poochie Pup as catcher, Joe Di Puppio the great batter, and Policeman Deetle Dootle as the outfielder. Polka Dottie was the cheerer, and the mascot was El Squeako mouse.

Rising Action
The Rising action of the story is when Rootie Kazootie and the Yankapups are not playing well. It was because Poison Zanzaboo was sitting on their mascot El Squeako, the Mouse. El Squeako was unable to give them good luck by touching their bats because he was in trouble.

The Climax to the story is when Poison Zanzaboo steals El Squeako and starts running into the hills. Rootie Kazootie and his team chase him.

Falling Action
The Falling Action begins when Kazootie ends up hitting Poison Zanzaboo with a baseball and saves El Squeako. Mr. Deetle Dootle locks him up with handcuffs and brings him back to the field. Then, Poison Zanzaboo agrees to cheer for the rest of the game so that he will not go to jail for fifty years.

The Resolution is when the Yankapups win the game. So, they become the best team in Kazootieland.

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