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MiSTed: The Tale of Fatty Coon, Part II ( 1 / 1 ) [message #389621] Tue, 31 December 2019 03:21
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> SLEEPY-TIME TALES

TOM: Oh yeah, these guys.

> THE TALE OF FATTY COON

CROW: So what exactly happened the first five chapters of this thing?

> BY ARTHUR SCOTT BAILEY

MIKE: I remember it. Fatty Coon is a raccoon who eats a lot, and his author hates him. ... There, you're caught up.

>
> VI

TOM: MURIEL!
CROW: THELMA!

>
> FATTY AND THE GREEN CORN

MIKE: That's my favorite psychedelic pop album.

>
> It was mid-summer when Fatty Coon had what he then believed to
> be the finest time in all his life.

CROW: When he hijacked that truck carrying cherry pie filling.

> And later, when he was older, he
> still thought that nothing had ever happened to him that was quite so
> enjoyable as that surprise his mother gave him when he was a young
> coon.

TOM: 'When he was older'? Wait, that means he lives!
MIKE: Hey, spoilers! I haven't read this yet.

>
> Of course it was something to eabtthe surprise. You must have
> guessed that, knowing Fatty Coon as you do.

CROW: *I* expected it was going to be the summer he got into voice acting.

>
> "Come, children!" Mrs. Coon said.

MIKE: What do you suppose Fatty's siblings who *didn't* rate their own book are like?

> "Come with me! I'm going to
> give you a treabtsomething specially nice."

CROW: We're going out to watch 'The Hound That Thought He Was A Raccoon'.

>
> "Is it something to eat?" Fatty asked,

ALL: *Groan*.

> as they started off in
> the direction of Farmer Green's fields.
>
> "Yebsand the best thing you ever tasted," Mrs. Coon said.

MIKE: It's your enemies coming to you and saying you were right all along! In public!

>
> Fatty was greatly excited. His little bright eyes turned green
> in the moonlight.

TOM: Color-shifting raccoon alerts you to open Wifi networks in the area.

> He wondered what the surprise would be. And, as
> usual, he was very hungry. He walked close beside his mother, for he
> wanted to be the first to taste the surprise.

CROW: No, no, you want to smell the surprise, let its aroma paint a picture for your mouth.

> You would think that he
> would have wanted his two sisters to taste it first, and his brother
> Blackie, too. But you must not forget that Fatty was greedy.

CROW: We are incapable of forgetting that Fatty is greedy.
MIKE: On my deathbed, my last thoughts? My family? My friends? My childhood? No, it's going to be 'Fatty is a greedy raccoon'.

> And
> greedy people are not thoughtful of others.
>
> When Mrs. Coon turned out of the lane and crawled through the
> fence, Fatty squeezed between the rails very nimbly, for him.

ALL: [ Grunting, struggling noises. ]

>
> "Here we are!" said his mother.

CROW: Dunkin Donuts!

>
> Fatty looked about him. They stood in a field grown high with
> tall stalks of some sort, which turned to green, ribbon-like leaves
> half way up from the ground. Fatty grunted. He was very impolite, you
> see.

TOM: I hate these corny scenes.
MIKE: [ Lifts a hand to his forehead. ]

>
> "Welblwhat is there to eat that's so fine?" he asked. "This
> stuff isn't good. It's like eating reeds." He had already bitten into
> one of the stalks.

CROW: [ As Mrs Coon ] 'This, children, is raw High Fructose Corn Syrup!'

>
> "What do you call that?" Mrs. Coon asked. She showed Fatty a
> long roll of green that grew out of one of the stalks.

TOM: 'Uh, uh, uh ... walnut trimmings! ... I panicked.'

>
> "That's something like a cattail," said Fatty. "It isn't good
> to eat."
>
> "Have you ever tried one?" asked his mother.

MIKE: Fatty's siblings are really engaged with the cornfield here.

>
> "bNno," Patty said. "But Freddie Bluejay told me they weren't
> good."

CROW: Patty?

>
> "He did, did he?"

TOM: 'Was this before or after you batter-dipped him?'

> Mrs. Coon said nothing more. She stood up on
> her hind legs and pulled one of the tall stalks down until she could
> reach that long, green thing that grew there.

CROW: [ Flustered ] Um ... oh, gosh, Mrs Coon!

> In a jiffy she had torn
> it from its stalk.

MIKE: [ Burying his head in his hands. ] Now you've got me thinking it!

> And then she stripped the green covering off it.

TOM: I ... I ...

> "Try that!" said Mrs. Coon with a smile.

TOM: Yeah, I'm dead. I died. There is no more me.

>
> Of course it was Fatty who tasted it first.

MIKE: Why do you have to do this to us, Crow?

> He took a good
> mouthful of the white kernels, and he was overjoyed.

CROW: Hey, at least it's not going to get any more ...

> Such sweetness!
> Such delicious, milky juice! It was a moment that Fatty never forgot.

[ CROW falls over, out of frame. ]

>
> Fatty began tearing down the stalks for himself and he never
> said another word until at last he simply had to stop eating just to
> catch his breath.

TOM: You suppose this is what it was like when Cookie Monster had his first Thin Mint?

>
> "What's its name, Mother?" he inquired.

CROW: [ Returning ] Hello, Mother ... hello, fodder.

>
> "Corn, my child."

MIKE: [ Mrs Coon ] Uh, is everyone else still with us? You didn't eat your siblings again, did you, Fatty?

>
> "Well, why doesn't Freddie Bluejay like it?" Fatty asked.
>
> "He's probably very fond of corn," said Mrs. Coon.

CROW: And he wants to mess with your head ever since you ate his family.

> "And I've
> no doubt he was afraid that you would eat up this whole field, once
> you started."

TOM: I'm on Freddie's side here.

>
> "I'd like to," said Fatty, with a sigh. "I'd like to eat all
> the corn in the world."

CROW: He's, like, this close to being either a Harvey Comics character or a supervillain.

>
>
> VII

TOM: Sequel to the classic miniseries V.

>
> JOHNNIE GREEN IS DISAPPOINTED
>
> It made Fatty Coon feel sad, just to think that there was that
> field full of corn, and that he could never eat all of it.

CROW: Yeah, well, no matter how long you grow your hair you can never have all the hair, ever think of that?

> But Fatty
> made up his mind that he would do the best he could. He would visit
> the cornfield every night and feast on those sweet, tender kernels.

MIKE: You know, this is hard enough without the text making the jokes we want to make about Fatty here.

>
> The very next night Fatty set out toward Farmer Green's. It
> was hardly dark. But Fatty could not wait any longer.

CROW: So he stood up and eclipsed the sun.

> He could not
> even wait for his mother and his sisters and his brother. He hurried
> away alone. And when he came in sight of the cornfield he felt better.

TOM: He finally reached the downhill part.

> He had been the least bit afraid that the corn might be gone. He
> thought that maybe Farmer Green had picked it, or that some of the
> forest people had eaten it all.

MIKE: 'The forest people'? The heck?

> But there it wabsa forest of corn,

TOM: A jungle of maize.
CROW: A glacial moraine of quinoa.

> waving and rustling in the moonlight as the breeze touched it. Fatty
> felt very happy as he slipped through the rail-fence.

MIKE: [ Snickering ] How?

>
> I wouldn't dare say how many ears of corn Fatty ate that
> night.

TOM: Numbers don't run that high.

> And he would have eaten more, too, if it hadn't been for just
> one thing. A dog barked. And that spoiled Fatty's fun.

MIKE: Now he had to post something snarky about the dog on Twitter.

> For the dog was
> altogether too near for Fatty to feel safe. He even dropped the ear of
> corn he was gnawing and hurried toward the woods.

CROW: '*Dropped* the ear of corn'? Not buying it.

>
> It was lucky for Fatty that he started when he did.

TOM: 'Hey, look, a raccoon!'

> For that
> dog was close behind him in no time. There was only one thing to do:
> Fatty knew that he must climb a tree at once. So he made for the
> nearest tree in sighbta big, spreading oak, which stood all alone just
> beyond the fence.

MIKE: [ As the tree ] 'I'm sure my friends will be back for me any day now.'

> And as Fatty crouched on a limb he felt safe enough,
> though the dog barked and whined, and leaped against the tree, and
> made a great fuss.

TOM: [ The dog, as Margaret Dumont ] 'Oh, Mister Firefly!'

>
> Fatty looked down at the dog and scolded a little. He was not
> afraid.

CROW: [ Fatty, to narrator ] 'I'm not?!'

> But it made him cross to be driven out of the cornfield. And
> he wished the dog would go away.

CROW: [ Fatty, as Groucho ] 'Why can't I dance with the cows until you come home?'

> But the dobgit was Farmer Green's
> Spobtthe dog had no idea of leaving.

MIKE: [ As Groucho ] 'Rush to Freedonia! One raccoon is trapped in a tree! Send help at once!'
TOM: 'If you can't send help send two more trees.'

> He stayed right there and barked
> so loudly that it was not long before Farmer Green and his hired man
> came in sight. And with them was Johnnie Green and a little, young dog
> that had just been given to him.

MIKE: Ooh, puppers!
CROW: Who's a good boy? Is it you?

>
> When Farmer Green saw Fatty he seemed disappointed.

TOM: 'Aw, man, Fatty Coon? Why couldn't we be in The Tale of Frisky Squirrel instead?'

> "He's too
> young to bother with," he said. "His skin's not worth much.

CROW: Well, yeah, but you multiply that by the size and ...

> We'll go
> 'long and see what we can find."
>
> But Johnnie Green stayed behind. He wanted that young coon.

TOM: [ As Fatty ] 'You only want me because you don't know me!'

> And he intended to have him, too. Leaving the young dog to watch Fatty
> Coon,

CROW: [ Dog, as Margaret Dumont ] 'Mister Firefly! Are you still here?'
MIKE: [ Fatty, as Groucho ] 'No, no, I just went up this tree to leaf.'

> Johnnie went back to the farmhouse. After a while he appeared
> again with an axe over his shoulder. And when he began to chop away at
> the big oak, Fatty Coon felt very uneasy.

TOM: You can't cut this down for your Christmas tree! It's not tagged.

> Whenever Johnnie drove his
> axe into the tree, both the tree and Fatty shivered together.

CROW: Fatty's going to be wobbling for *days* after this.

> And
> Fatty began to wish he had stayed away from the cornfield. But not for
> long, because Johnnie Green soon gave up the idea of chopping down the
> big oak.

MIKE: But his plan is foolproof, unless raccoons can jump out of trees!

> The wood was so hard to cut, and the tree was so big, that
> Johnnie had not chopped long before he saw that it would take him all
> night to cut through it. He looked up longingly at Fatty Coon.

TOM: o/` Sometimes, when we touch ... the honesty's too much ... o/`

> And
> Johnnie started to climb the tree himself. But the higher he climbed,
> the higher Fatty climbed. And Johnnie knew that he could never catch
> that plump young coon in that way.

MIKE: [ As Johnnie ] 'I don't get it, I saw the Kratt Brothers try this.'
TOM: Did they catch the raccoon?
MIKE: 'No, but they did *this*.'

>
> At last Johnnie Green started off, calling his dog after him.
> And then Fatty Coon came down. But he did not go back to the
> cornfield. He decided that he had had adventures enough for one night.

CROW: 'On to Farmer Green's workshed!'

> But Fatty had learned somethinbgat least he thought he had. For he
> made up his mind that once he climbed a tree, no man could reach him.
> TREES COULD NOT BE CHOPPED DOWN!

TOM: Fatty's become a sawing denier?
CROW: 'But Fatty, what about --- '
MIKE: 'STUMPS ARE A NATURAL FLUCTUATION!'

> That was what Fatty believed. Perhaps
> you will know, later, whether Fatty ever found out that he was
> mistaken.

CROW: 'But about this pile of logs?'
MIKE: 'IT'S A CONSPIRACY BY BIG TIMBER!'
TOM: That's ... true.

>
>
> VIII

MIKE: Chapter VI, part II.

>
> A TERRIBLE FRIGHT

CROW: o/` Let's give thanks to the Lord above ... o/`

>
> It was the very next night after old dog Spot had treed Fatty
> Coon in the big oak near the cornfield. They had finished their
> evening meal at Farmer Green's house. The cows were milked, the horses
> had been fed, the chickens had all gone to roost.

CROW: Wh ... wait, chickens actually do that? Like, for real?
MIKE: [ Shrugs ]

> And Farmer Green
> looked up at the moon, rising from behind Blue Mountain.
>
> "We'll go coon-hunting again to-night," he said to Johnnie

MIKE: Uhm.

> and
> the hired man. "The corn has brought the coons up from the swamp.

TOM: Yeah, thanks, this story was feeling real comfortable up to now.

> We'll start as soon as it grows a little darker."
>
> Welblafter a while they set out for the cornfield. And sure
> enough! old Spot soon began to bark.

CROW: [ As Fatty ] Snitch.

>
> "He's treed!" said Farmer Green, pretty soon. And they all
> hurried over to the edge of the woods,

TOM: [ As Farmer Green ] 'Where's that forest?'


> where Spot had chased a coon up
> into a tall chestnut tree. In the moonlight they could see the coon
> quite plainly. "Another little feller!" cried Farmer Green.

CROW: Little?
MIKE: Most improbable thing Fatty's ever been called.

> "I
> declare, all the coons that come to the cornfield seem to be young
> ones. This one's no bigger than the one we saw last night."

TOM: [ As Fatty ] I'm still big. It's the *trees* that got small.

>
> Now, although Farmer Green never guessed it, it was Fatty Coon
> who was up there in the tall chestnut.

CROW: It could've been *any* raccoon heavy enough the tree bends over.
TOM: And sinks three feet into the ground.

> He had run almost to the woods
> this time, before he had to take to a tree.

MIKE: He'd have got to the woods if he hadn't got to the tree?
TOM: I ... I was joking before.

> In fact, if Spot hadn't
> been quite so close to him Fatty could have reached the woods, and
> then he would have just jumped from one tree to another.

MIKE: Jumped, rolled by Oompa-Loompas, whatever.

> But there
> were no trees near enough the big chestnut for that. Fatty had to stay
> right there and wait for those men to pass on. He wasn't afraid.

CROW: [ Fatty ] 'I'M NOT?!'

> He
> felt perfectly safe in his big tree. And he only smiled when Johnnie
> Green said to his fathebr
>
> "I wish I had that young coon. He'd make a fine pet."

MIKE: On what grounds do you make that claim?

>
> "A pet!" exclaimed Farmer Green. "You remember that pet fox
> you had, that stole my chickens?"

CROW: Yeah, just letting you know if we're reading The Tale of Tommy Fox I'm outta here.

>
> "Oh, I'd be careful," Johnnie promised. "Besides, don't you
> think we ought to catch him, so he won't eat any more corn?"

TOM: Pets, famously, eat no food.

>
> Farmer Green smiled. He had been a boy himself, once upon a
> time,

CROW: In the Tale of Ferdinand Farmer.

> and he had not forgotten the pet coon that he had owned when he
> was just about Johnnie's age.

MIKE: The raccoon says he owned a pet boy when he was about Fatty's age.

>
> "All right!" he said at last. "I'll give you one more chance,
> Johnnie.

CROW: Now recant everything bad you ever said about springs!

> But you'll have to see that this young coon doesn't kill any
> of my poultry."

TOM: Maybe train Fatty to do some light filing and typing ...


>
> Johnnie promised that nothing of the sort should happen. And
> then his father and the hired man picked up their axes;

MIKE: His mom sets up her drum kit ...

> and standing
> on opposite sides of the tall chestnut tree, they began to chop.


CROW: [ Farmer ] Ow!
TOM: [ Hired Hand, immediately after CROW finishes ] Ow!
CROW: [ Farmer, immediately after TOM finishes ] Ow!
TOM: [ Hired Hand, immediately after CROW finishes ] Ow!

>
> How the chips did fly! At the very first blow Fatty knew that

CROW: [ Farmer, immediately after TOM finishes ] Ow!
TOM: [ Hired Hand, immediately after CROW finishes ] Ow!

> this was an entirely different sort of chopping from that which

CROW: [ Farmer, immediately after TOM finishes ] Ow!
TOM: [ Hired Hand, immediately after CROW finishes ] Ow!

> Johnnie had attempted the night before. The great tree shook as if it

CROW: [ Farmer, immediately after TOM finishes ] Ow!
TOM: [ Hired Hand, immediately after CROW finishes ] Ow!

> knew that it would soon come crashing down upon the ground.

CROW: [ Farmer, immediately after TOM finishes ] Ow?

>
> And as for Fatty Coon, he could not see but that he must fall
> when the tree did.

TOM: It's only fair.

> He, too, shivered and shook. And he wrapped himself
> all the way around a limb and hung on as tight as ever he could.

MIKE: Oh no!
TOM: Oh goodness!
CROW: Whatever's going to happen?

>

MIKE: Tune in tomorrow for the next exciting installment of ...

>
> IX

MIKE: Oh, we're just continuing right now, then.

>
> JOHNNIE GREEN LOSES HIS PET

TOM: Oh.
CROW: Short chapter.

>
> Now, Farmer Green and his hired man had not chopped long
> before they stopped to breathe.

TOM: Now, not telling you your business, but if you breathed *while* chopping you'd be done in like half the time.

> They had not chopped lonbgbut oh! what
> great, yawning holes they had made in the big chestnut!

MIKE: Frisky Squirrel pops out to ask why the heck you're dragging *him* into *your* Drama.

> From the limb
> where he clung Fatty Coon looked down. The tree no longer shook. And
> Fatty felt better at once.

TOM: Well, once the wobbling dies down anyway.

> You see, he thought that the men would go
> away, just as Johnnie had gone away the night before. But they had no
> such idea at all.

CROW: [ As Fatty ] 'A-HEM! I SAID, you're GOING AWAY, just as Johnnie had gone away the night before!'

>
> "Which way are you going to fell her?" the hired man asked. He
> said HER, meaning the TREE, of course.

MIKE: The more people use 'fell' as a verb the less I believe it is one.

>
> "That way!" said Farmer Green, pointing toward the woods.

TOM: Pointing down.
MIKE: [ As Johnnie ] 'Oooooooohhhhh.'

> "We'll have to drop her that way, or she'll fall right across the
> road, and of course THAT would never do."

CROW: It'd be a fun little surprise for rush hour, though.

>
> "But will she clear the trees on the edge of the woods?" The
> hired man appeared somewhat doubtful.
>
> "Oh, to be surbeto be sure!" answered Farmer Green.

MIKE: [ As the hired hand ] 'So you're sure?'
TOM: [ As Farmer Green ] 'Eh, we give it a try, we see what happens.'

>
> And with that they set to work again. But this time they both
> chopped on the same side of the trebethe side toward the woods.

CROW: [ As Fatty ] 'You guys do know I'm in the other tree, right?'
TOM, MIKE: D'oh!

>
> Now, if Fatty Coon was frightened before, you will believe
> that he was still more frightened when the big chestnut tree began to
> sag.

MIKE: [ As Fatty ] 'No, no, trees sagging is pretty normal, thanks.'

> Yes! it began to lean toward the woods. Slowly, slowly it tipped.

TOM: Step by step! Inch by inch!

> And Fatty was scared half out of his mind. He climbed to the very top
> of the tree, because he wanted to get just as far away from those men
> as he could. And there he waited.

CROW: [ As Fatty ] 'If I wait long enough the tree will grow taller and I'll be farther away!'

> There was nothing else he could do.
> Yes! he waited until that awful moment should come when the tree would
> go crashing down upon the ground. What was going to happen to him
> then? Fatty wondered.

TOM: What was going to happen to the *ground*?

> And while he was wondering there sounded all at
> once a great snapping and splitting.

MIKE: [ As Fatty ] 'No, no, it's just my pants ... wait ... I don't wear pants! AAAAAUGH!'

> And Fatty felt the tree falling,
> falling. He could hear Johnnie Green shouting. And he shut his eyes
> and held fast to his branch. Then came the crash.

TOM: o/` Leader of the pack! o/`

>
> When Fatty Coon opened his eyes he expected to see Johnnie
> Green all ready to seize him. But to his great surprise he was still
> far above the ground. You see, Farmer Green had been mistaken.

CROW: It turns out Fatty was a sparrow all along!

> Either
> the big chestnut tree was taller than he had guessed, or the woods
> were nearer than he had thought.

MIKE: [ Hired hand ] 'Maybe chopped trees don't fall, you ever think of that, Mr Green?'
TOM: [ Farmer Green ] 'Maybe we need to update the BIOS?'

> For instead of dropping upon the
> ground, Fatty's tree had fallen right against another tree on the edge
> of the woods.

CROW: [ As Other Tree ] 'Let me bear you in your troubles as you bore me in mine, my brother!'

> And there it lay, half-tipped over, with its branches
> caught fast in the branches of that other tree.

TOM: [ As Fatty's Tree ] 'My faithful friend! Let your name be recalled as long as the world-forest thrives!'

>
> It was no wonder that Johnnie Green shouted.

CROW: [ As Johnny ] 'Hey! There's no fulcrums in raccoon-catching!'

> And he shouted
> still more loudly when he saw Fatty scramble out of the big chestnut
> and into the other tree,

TOM: [ As Fatty's Tree, burden relieved ] 'Aaahhhhh.'
CROW: [ As Other Tree, burdened ] 'Oooof!'

> and out of that tree and into another,

CROW: [ As Other Tree, burden relieved ] 'Aaahhhhh.'
MIKE: [ As Another Tree, burdened ] 'Oooof!'

> and
> then out of THAT tree.

MIKE: [ As Another Tree, burden relieved ] 'Aaahhhhh.'
CROW: [ As Next Tree, burdened ] 'Oooof!'

> Fatty was going straight into the woods.

CROW: [ As Next Tree, burden relieved ] 'Aaahhhhh.'
TOM: [ As Next-after Tree, burdened ] 'Oooof!'

>
> It was no wonder that Johnnie Green shouted. For he had lost
> his pet coon. He had lost him before he ever had him. And he was sadly
> disappointed.

MIKE: Ferdinand Frog and Dickie Deer Mouse look at this scene and hide out of Johnnie's sight.

>
> But Fatty Coon was not disappointed, for he had not wanted to
> be a pet at all.

CROW: Until he hears about how pets get fed every day.
MIKE: Um, it's 1915. They hadn't discovered taking care of pets back then.

> And he was very glad---you may be sure---to get safely
> home once more.

TOM: I *may* be sure, but I'm not perfectly convinced.

>
>

CROW: That's enough. You think ...
MIKE: Yeah. Let's blow this popsicle stand, yeah.

[ ALL file out ]



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> "I'd like to," said Fatty, with a sigh. "I'd like to eat all
> the corn in the world."


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