The Spoily Brats

The Spoily Brats was a serial I developed for a planned paperback reprint (by Harper Collins) of the Series of Unfortunate Events books by Lemony Snicket. The first three books were printed, and none after that; by now I think the rights have reverted to me. I completed nine chapters, and wrote the scripts for the final four; I present here all of it, such as it is.

THE SPOILY BRATS PART TEN

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SYNOPSIS: BIG-HEAD RANDALL, THE NOTORIOUS ARCH-CRIMINAL, HAS KIDNAPPED A LOOK-ALIKE FOR THE PRINCE OF RUTABAGIA , WHERE HE HOPES TO START A CRIMINAL DYNASTY!  THE KIDS HAVE ONE DAY TO STOP HIM...

PANEL ONE: THE KIDS ON A MAGIC CARPET

RICHARD: GOOD THING THE PROFESSOR HAD THIS MAGIC CARPET!

ISABELLA- WE'RE MAKING GOOD SPEED... WE'LL EASILY MAKE RUTABAGIA BY DAYBREAK!

PANEL TWO: THE KIDS & CARPET IN FRONT OF THE MOON

LET'S GET A FEW HOURS SLEEP! WE'LL NEED OUR WITS ABOUT US TOMORROW.

PANEL THREE: THE CARPET  FLYING THROUGH THE NIGHT.

RICHARD: ZZZZZZ

ISABELLA: ZZZZZZ

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PANEL ONE: A LITTLE MAN IN A BOAT.

MAN: IT'S A NICE DAY FOR SAILING. 

PANEL TWO: THE PERSPECTIVE WIDENS TO SHOW A GIANT CAT PEERING OVER THE HORIZON LINE.

MAN: I'M GLAD THAT GIANT CAT IS NOT HERE TO SPOIL THINGS!

PANEL THREE: THE SAME VIEW FADING AS A SPEECH BALLOON IS SUPERIMPOSED ON IT.

VOICE: RICHARD, WAKE UP!

PANEL FOUR: RICHARD WAKES UP WITH ISABELLA SHAKING HIS SHOULDER.

ISABELLA: WAKE UP, RICHARD!

RICHARD: HUH? I'M AWAKE!

PANEL FIVE: ISABELLA

ISABELLA: WE'RE ALMOST TO RUTABAGIA, BUT I SEE SOMETHING STRANGE IN THE FOREST BELOW...

PANEL SIX: ISABELLA POINTS.

ISABELLA: LOOK, THERE!

PANEL SEVEN: WE SEE OVER THE KIDS AS ISABELLA POINTS TO A GLOW IN THE FOREST BELOW.

ISABELLA: A BLUE GLOW! WE HAVE TIME, WE SHOULD STOP AND INVESTIGATE!

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PANEL ONE: RICHARD AND ISABELLA.

RICHARD: WHAT? BUT THE CORONATION...

ISABELLA: THAT'S NOT FOR ELEVEN HOURS! WE CAN JUST GO DOWN AND TAKE A LOOK...

PANEL TWO: ISABELLA AND RICHARD.

RICHARD: WELL... OKAY!

ISABELLA: CARPET, TAKE US DOWN!

PANEL THREE: THE CARPET FLOATS DOWN TO THE TREES.

CAPTION: THE CARPET FLOATS GENTLY DOWN...

PANEL FOUR: THE KIDS ON THE GROUND. 

ISABELLA: THE GLOW WAS COMING FROM OVER THERE.

PANEL FIVE: THE KIDS SEEN THROUGH SOME LEAVES.

ISABELLA: I FEEL AS IF WE'RE BEING WATCHED.

PANEL SIX: A VOICE COMES FROM OUT OF THE FOLIAGE.

VOICE: HELLO CHILDREN...

PANEL SEVEN: THE KIDS.

ISABELLA: WHO IS THAT?

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PANEL ONE: THE KIDS LOOKING AT THE BUSHES FROM WHICH THE VOICE IS COMING.

VOICE: I AM A FRIEND! PLEASE COME OVER AND VISIT ME...

PANEL TWO: THE KIDS MOVE INTO THE SHADOWS.

CAPTION: THE KIDS MOVE INTO THE SHADOWS...

ISABELLA: IT'S HARD TO SEE IN HERE, ARE YOU...

PANEL THREE: THE KIDS ARE CONFRONTED WITH A GIANT SPIDER IN HIS WEB. HE IS GRINNING HORRIBLY AND BRANDISHING A KNIFE AND FORK, WEARING A NAPKIN.

KIDS: AAAAH!

SPIDER: HELLO CHILDREN!

PANEL FOUR: THE KIDS SHOOT AWAY.

SPIDER: WAIT, COME BACK!

PANEL FIVE: THE KIDS RUNNING.

VOICE: YOU LOOK DELICIOUS...

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PANEL ONE: THE KIDS STOP RUNNING.

RICHARD: I THINK WE'RE FAR AWAY ENOUGH NOW...

PANEL TWO: THE KIDS LOOKING AROUND, WORRIED.

ISABELLA: WHICH DIRECTION WAS THE CARPET IN?

RICHARD: IT WAS, UH...

PANEL THREE: THEIR IS A SNAP.

SFX: SNAP

RICHARD: WHAT WAS THAT? 

PANEL FOUR: ANOTHER VOICE STARTLES THE KIDS.

VOICE: WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?

PANEL FIVE: THE KIDS ARE CONFRONTED WITH A SKELETON HOLDING A SPEAR AND WEARING A CAPE.

SKELETON: YOU ARE TRESPASSING ON THE DOMAIN OF THE SPIDER PEOPLE!

CAPTION: JOIN US NEXT TIME TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU TRESPASS ON THE DOMAIN OF THE SKELETON PEOPLE!

THE SPOILY BRATS PART ELEVEN

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SYNOPSIS: EN ROUTE TO STOP A CORONATION, THE KIDS TOOK THEIR MAGIC CARPET DOWN TO CHECK OUT A GREEN GLOW IN THE FOREST... AND CAME FACE TO FACE WITH A SKELETON AMN!

PANEL ONE: THE KIDS FACE TO FACE WITH THE SKELETON MAN.

SKELETON: YOU ARE TRESPASSING ON THE DOMAIN OF THE SPIDER PEOPLE!

PANEL TWO: RICHARD STEPS FORWARD.

RICHARD: WE MEAN NO DISRESPECT! WE MERELY WERE CURIOUS ABOUT THE GREEN GLOW!

PANEL THREE: THE SKELETON MAN

SKELETON: THE GREEN GLOW? YOU SHALL SEE THE GREEN GLOW!

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PANEL ONE: THE KIDS WITH THE SKELETON, ON A HILLSIDE. THE SKELETON IS POINTING TO A HUGE GLOWING GEM STUCK IN THE TOP OF A TREE.

SKELETON: THERE IT IS- THE CURSED GIANT EMERALD OF KREMMONGLAYS!

PANEL TWO: SKELETON MAN.

SKELETON: A PASSING ROC DROPPED IT IN THAT TREE... NOW IT'S CURSED RAYS HAVE TURNED US ALL INTO SKELETON PEOPLE!

PANEL THREE: THE KIDS AND THE SKELETON.

ISABELLA: WE MAY BE ABLE TO HELP!

SKELETON: REALLY?

PANEL FOUR: THE SKELETON PUTS HIS HAND ON RICHARD'S SHOULDER.

SKELETON: THIS IS GLORIOUS NEWS! COME, MEET MY FELLOW SKELETON MEN SO THAT YOU MAY EXPLAIN TO ALL OF US!

PANEL FIVE: THE CHILDREN WALKING BEHIND THE SKELETON.

CAPTION: THE CHILDREN FOLLOW THE SKELETON FOR A LITTLE WHILE UNTIL...

PANEL SIX: THE THREE COME INTO A LITTLE VILLAGE SCENE WITH SKELETONS INSTEAD OF PEOPLE.

SKELETON: EVERYONE, COME AND MEET THESE REMARKABLE CHILDREN! THEY MAY BE ABLOE TO HELP US!

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PANEL ONE: THE KIDS SURROUNDED BY SKELETON PEOPLE.

ISABELLA: WE HAVE A MAGIC CARPET. IF WE CAN DISLODGE THE STONE, COULD YOU DESTROY IT AND LIFT THE CURSE?

PANEL TWO: SKELETON PEOPLE.

SKELETON: YES! ONCE IT'S OUT OF THAT TREE...

SKELETON 2:WE CAN DESTROY IT!

PANEL THREE: THE KIDS AND SKELETONS.

ISABELLA: WE JUST NEED TO FIND OUR WAY BACK TO OUR CARPET...

PANEL FOUR: THE KIDS WITH A SKELETON POINTING TO THEIR CARPET.

SKELETON: THERE IS YOUR CARPET!

RICHARD: EXCELLENT!

PANEL FIVE: THE KIDS AND THE SKELETON.

ISABELLA: YOU BE READY ON THE GROUND!

SKELETON: WE WILL!

PANEL SIX: THE KIDS ON THE CARPET FLOATING OUT OF THE FOREST.

CAPTION: THE CARPET FLOATS UP OUT OF THE FOREST...

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PANEL ONE: RICHARD, LOOKING SHOCKED.

VOICE: RICHARD...

RICHARD: GASP!

PANEL TWO: RICHARD AND HIS SISTER, WHO IS NOW A SKELETON.

ISABELLA: I'VE BECOME A SKELETON!

PANEL THREE: ISABELLA.

ISABELLA: THE CURSE MUST BE WORKING ON US NOW TOO! IN FACT...

PANEL FOUR: THE TWO ARE BOTH SKELETONS NOW.

ISABELLA:... NOW YOU'RE A SKELETON TOO!

PANEL FIVE: THE CARPET IS CLOSE TO THE GLOW.

RICHARD: THERE IT IS! LET'S PUSH IT DOWN AND END THE CURSE, RIGHT AWAY!

ISABELLA: YES, I DON'T ENJOY BEING A SKELETON ONE BIT!

PANEL SIX: THE SKELETON KIDS PUSHING THE GIANT JEWEL.

CAPTION: THE CHILDREN SHOVE THE GIANT JEWEL LOOSE...

PANEL SEVEN: THE EMERALD FALLS.

CAPTION: ...UNTIL THE MASSIVE EMERALD FALLS!

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PANEL ONE: THE SKELETON PEOPLE BASHING THE DIAMOND WITH VARIOUS INSTRUMENTS.

CAPTION: THE SKELETON PEOPLE FINISH THE JOB!

SKELETON: DESTROY IT!

PANEL TWO: THE KIDS, THEMSELVES AGAIN, ON THE CARPET.

RICHARD: THEY'VE DONE IT!

ISABELLA: WE'RE BACK TO NORMAL!

PANEL THREE: THE SKELETONS TURN BACK INTO PEOPLE.

MAN: IT'S WORKED!

WOMAN: HURRAH!

PANEL FOUR: THE PEOPLE WAVE TO THE CARPET.

PEOPLE: THANK YOU, CHILDREN!

PANEL FIVE: THE KIDS ON THE CARPET.

ISABELLA: THAT DIDN'T TAKE TOO LONG.

RICHARD: NOW LET'S FINISH OUR ADVENTURE!

CAPTION: WHAT AN INTERESTING DIVERSION. ONLY TWO EPISODES TO GO, WHAT COULD POSSIBLY HAPPEN?

THE SPOILY BRATS PART TWELVE

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SYNOPSIS: THE CHILDREN JUST TOOK A DETOUR FROM THEIR MAIN ADVENTURE TO SOLVE THE PROBLEMS OF THE SKELETON PEOPLE. NOW THEY'RE BACK ON THEIR MAGIC CARPET, HEADING TO RUTABAGIA TO STOP A CORONATION!

PANEL ONE: THE KIDS ON THE CARPET, FLYING THROUGH THE SKY.

ISABELLA: I CAN SEE THE CASTLE - THERE!

RICHARD: NOTHING CAN STOP US NOW!

PANEL TWO: THE KIDS ON THE CARPET SEEN FROM A DISTANCE.

RICHARD: I HOPE WE CAN GET SOMETHING TO EAT, I'M HUNGRY!

PANEL THREE: AN ENORMOUS OPEN BEAK APPEARS, OPEN TO SWALLOW THE KIDS & CARPET.

ISABELLA: I WONDER WHAT RUTABAGIAN CUISINE IS LIKE!

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PANEL ONE: THE KIDS ON CARPET SEEN FROM IN FRONT. AN ENORMOUS BIRD WITH IT'S BEAK WIDE OPEN IS BEHIND THEM, THE BEAK YAWNING WIDELY.

RICHARD: PERHAPS THEY EAT SOME KIND OF EGG-BASED DISH!

PANEL TWO: THE BEAK SNAPS SHUT.

PANEL THREE: THE BIRD FLIES TOWARDS A MOUNTAIN..

PANEL FOUR: THERE IS A NEST ON THE SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN. THE BIRD FLIES TOWARDS IT.

PANEL FIVE: THE BIRD LANDS ON THE NEST.

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PANEL ONE: THE BIRD SITS ON THE NEST.

PANEL TWO: THE BIRD ON THE NEST.

BIRD: CAW!

PANEL THREE: THE BIRD IS STRAINING.

CAPTION: SOMETHING IS HAPPENING!

PANEL FOUR: THE BIRD MIMES RELEASE.

SFX: PLOP! PLOP!

PANEL FIVE: THERE ARE TWO EGGS IN THE NEST. THE BIRD STANDS AND LOOKS AT THEM WITH PRIDE.

PANEL SIX: THE BIRD CROWS WITH DELIGHT.

BIRD: CAWWW!!

PANEL SEVEN: THE BIRD FLIES AWAY FROM THE NEST.

PANEL EIGHT: THE EGGS IN THE NEST.

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PANEL ONE: THE EGGS IN THE NEST. 

PANEL TWO: THE EGGS IN THE NEST. A VOICE COMES FROM ONE.

VOICE: ISABELLA?

PANEL THREE: THE EGGS.

VOICE 2: YES, RICHARD?

VOICE: WHAT HAS HAPPENED?

PANEL FOUR: EGGS.

VOICE 2: I APPEAR TO BE ENCASED IN SOMETHING... FROM THE SOUND OF YOUR VOICE YOU APPEAR TO BE ENCASED AS WELL.

PANEL FIVE: THE EGGS.

VOICE: CAN YOU MOVE?

VOICE 2: I SEEM TO BE ABLE TO ROCK A LITTLE...

PANEL SIX: THE TWO EGGS ARE ROCKING IN THE NEST.

VOICE: SO CAN I!  I FEEL MOVEMENT...

VOICE 2: LET'S ROCK MORE AGGRESSIVELY AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS.

PANEL SEVEN: THE EGGS FALL OUT OF THE NEST.

VOICE: WHOA-

VOICE 2: WHOOPS-

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PANEL ONE: THE EGGS TUMBLE DOWN THE MOUTAINSIDE.

CAPTION: THE EGGS TUMBLE DOWN THE MOUNTAINSIDE.

VOICE: HEY! OH!

VOICE 2: OOF! WHA-

PANEL TWO: THE EGGS BOUNCE OFF ROCKS.

VOICE: OH! OH!

VOICE 2: HOW! HOO!

PANEL THREE: THE EGGS SPLASH INTO THE RIVER.

PANEL FOUR: THE EGGS FLOAT DOWN THE RIVER.

CAPTION: THE EGGS FLOAT DOWN THE RIVER.

PANEL FIVE: THE EGGS ARE NEXT TO A BOAT. A MAN IN A CHEF'S HAT IN THE BOAT IS WAVING A LARGE NET.

MAN: HO HO! THESE MAGNIFICENT EGGS WILL BE THE PERFECT FEAST FOR THE YOUNG PRINCE!

VOICE: !

VOICE 2: !

CAPTION:WILL THE SPOILY CHILDREN END UP AS BREAKFAST AFTER ALL? HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF YOU WERE SERVED DETECTIVE CHILDREN FOR BREAKFAST? MORE TO COME!

SPOILY PART THIRTEEN

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SYNOPSIS: THE SPOILY CHILDREN WERE ALMOST ABOUT TO STOP A BOGUS CORONATION, BUT THEN THEY WERE SWALLOWED BY A BIRD, AND TURNED INTO EGGS! THEN THE ROYAL CHEF FOUND THEM...

PANEL ONE: THE ENORMOUS EGGS ARE IN THE ROYAL KITCHENS, IN FRONT OF THE ROYAL CHEF.

CHEF: HIS YOUNG HIGHNESS WILL REALLY ENJOY THESE HUGE EGGS I FOUND IN THE RIVER!

PANEL TWO: I'M JUST GONNA GO AHEAD AND POP THESE IN THE OVEN!

VOICE: !

VOICE 2: !

PANEL THREE: THE CHEF IS STARTLED BY VOICES COMING OUT OF THE EGGS.

VOICE: DON'T DO THAT!

VOICE 2: NOT THE OVEN!

PANEL FOUR: THE CHEF CONSIDERS THE EGGS.

CHEF: MAGIC TALKING EGGS! I GOTTA SHOW THESE TO THE PRINCE, HE'S GONNA LOVE THIS!

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PANEL ONE: THE PRINCE IS SITTING AT A TABLE WITH WEIRD DISHES ON IT. BIG HEAD RANDALL IS SITTING NEXT TO HIM. THE TIGER-HEADED MAN IS NEARBY, WITH BIX IN A GOOFY DISGUISE,

RANDALL: HAVE SOME MORE GRAFULUINUAK, YOUR HIGHNESS?

PRINCE: NO, THANK YOU.

PANEL TWO: RANDALL SIGNALS TO TIGER-HEAD.

PANEL THREE: TIGER-HEAD LEANS IN AS RANDALL WHISPERS.

RANDALL: LET'S MAKE THE SWITCH NOW!

PANEL FOUR: TIGER-HEAD MOVES UP BEHIND THE PRINCE WITH A SACK AS RANDALL DISTRACTS HIM.

RANDALL: HAVE SOME MORE PRIASNFULKIA, YOUR HIGHNESS?

PANEL FIVE: THE SCENE IS INTERRUPTED.

VOICE: YOUR HIGHNESS! YOUR HIGHNESS!

PANEL SIX: THE CHEF WHEELS IN THE GIANT EGGS.

CHEF: YOU MUST SEE THESE GIANT TALKING EGGS!

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PANEL ONE: THE PRINCE STANDS TO LOOK AT THE EGGS.

PRINCE: TALKING EGGS?

RANDALL: AW, THOSE EGGS ARE STUPID! GET RID OF 'EM!

PANEL TWO: A POLICE OFFICIAL ENTERS WITH SOME POLICEMEN.

OFFICIAL: YOUR HIGHNESS, THE POLICE ARE HERE TO SALUTE YOU!

PRINCE: WONDERFUL, COMMISSIONER! I WAS JUST ADMIRING THESE GIANT EGGS...

PANEL THREE: THE EGGS. CRACKS BEGIN TO APPEAR.

PANEL FOUR. AS THE PEOPLE IN THE ROOM WATCH, THE CRACKS SEPARATE THE TOPS OF THE EGGS.

PANEL FIVE: THE TOPS OF THE EGGS POP OFF, REVEALING THE S'POILY CHILDREN.

PANEL SIX: THE PRINCE AND THE COMMISSIONER.

PRINCE: WHAT THE-

COMMISSIONER: I KNOW THEM, THEY ARE THE FAMOUS CHILD DETECTIVES THE S'POILYS! BUT HOW-

PANEL SEVEN: THE CHILDREN POINT AT BIG HEAD RANDALL AND THE TIGER-HEAD MAN.

RICHARD & ISABELLA: ARREST THEM!

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PANEL ONE: A PASSENGER LINER ON THE OCEAN.

VOICE: ANOTHER CASE SUCCESSFULLY CONCLUDED!

PANEL TWO: THE CHILDREN STANDING AT THE RAILS OF THE SHIP. OTHER PEOPLE ARE ABOUT. THE KIDS ARE WEARING HUGE MEDALS.

ISABELLA: ADVENTURE CERTAINLY SEEMS TO FIND US!

RICHARD: IT'S MORE INTERESTING THAN SCHOOL, YOU MUST ADMIT!

PANEL THREE: A FIGURE LURKS IN THE SHADOWS.

CAPTION: BUT, IN THE SHADOWS...

FIGURE: BAH! THOSE SPOILY CHILDREN! THEY MUST NOT DISCOVER MY OPERATION...

PANEL FOUR: THE FIGURE BECOMES MORE VISIBLE, HE IS A WEIRD-LOOKING MAD DOCTOR TYPE.

DOCTOR: ...OR THE ROBOT PARTS I HAVE HIDDEN IN MY CONSIGNMENT OF ANTIQUE SUITS OF ARMOR!

PANEL FIVE: THE DOCTOR LOOKS AT THE KIDS BY THE RAILING.

DOCTOR: I SHOULD TRY TO PUSH THEM OVERBOARD, RIGHT NOW!

PANEL SIX: THE DOCTOR PUSHES OPEN A DOOR.

DOCTOR: BUT I SHALL SAVE THAT FOR LATER! NOW TO COMPLETE MY FIRST ROBOT SOLDIER!

PANEL SEVEN: THE DOCTOR IN SHADOWS.

DOCTOR: NO-ONE MUST DISCOVER MY SECRET WORKSHOP!

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PANEL ONE: THE MAD DOCTOR IN HIS WORKSHOP. THERE ARE TWO SUITS OF ARMOR AGAINST THE WALL, AND A ROBOT ON A TABLE, PARTLY-ASSEMBLED.

DOCTOR: SOON, MY ROBOT BEAUTY, YOU SHALL SMITE PEOPLE WHO ANNOY ME!

PANEL TWO: THE DOCTOR MOVES OFF.

DOCTOR: BUT EVEN I MUST USE THE TOILET! BAH!

PANEL THREE: THE DOCTOR PASSES THE SUITS OF ARMOR.

DOCTOR: ALSO MAYBE I SHOULD EAT SOMETHING...

PANEL FOUR: THE SUITS OF ARMOR.

SFX: SLAM

PANEL FIVE: THE SUITS OF ARMOR. VOICES COME OUT FROM THEM.

VOICE: ANOTHER SCOUNDREL, ISABELLA!

VOICE 2: LET'S FOIL HIS PLANS!

CAPTION: THE END