ToonZ - A Different Kind of Magic chp3(conclusion)Uncle Scrooge’s words kept me up for the next two nights. I had decided to interfere this time, and due to that, the studios were giving me the final say.ToonZ - A Different Kind of Magic chp3(conclusion) in General Fiction More Like This
And boy, what a time to give me that right.
I kept staring at my phone, at the studios and at home, debating on whether to call Dan back in or not. I met up with the team I spent the pitch with, and they all agreed that it was only fair that I had the final say. Thankfully, they let me sleep on it.
Or you know, try to.
“Mickey,” Minnie whispered the second night, as my absence from bed woke her. She turned on her lamp and looked at me as I paced back and forth in the room. Rubbing the sleep from her eyes, she added, “Why are you still up?”
“I can’t sleep,” I whispered, hands behind my back and head low. “I can’t get what Uncle Scrooge said out of my head.”
“You’re letting it bother you more than it should.”
“But he’s right
ToonZ - A Different Kind of Magic chp1It was like any other day at the Disney Studios for Oswald Rabbit: humans running around, getting things done, creators talking about scenes with their teams and Toons, toons waiting to be told what to do. Being Mickey’s assistant was a crazy job, especially when it came to keeping count of everything, but it was worth it in the end. Since 2006 or so, it had been a norm for Oswald. The upside was that he was welcomed into the craziness of the giant Toon Family, and thankfully, despite his attitude at times, everyone still loved having him.ToonZ - A Different Kind of Magic chp1 in General Fiction More Like This
Mickey in particular. On days such as this one, the mouse tended to have more than he could chew on, therefore having Oswald there to assist was always a good thing—it gave him less to worry about... at least while hanging around the Television Animation buildings. For a few years now, Mickey and his crew had settled into the TVA buildings around Burbank and Glendale, mostly due to the fact that they showed their presence more on te
ToonZ - A Different Kind of Magic chp2The next day, most Toons from the main cast awaited Dan’s arrival with anticipation. I had hyped them up and passed around the pitch bible, and everyone, even Uncle Scrooge, was excited to see where this idea would go.ToonZ - A Different Kind of Magic chp2 in General Fiction More Like This
“We’ve never had a show with a blended family before,” Daisy noted as we sat with anticipation in the break room. “This sounds like it could really take the world by storm.”
“Funny silhouettes though,” Donald muttered as he flipped through the pitch bible again. “Kids with geometrical-shaped heads; seems unnatural if ya ask me—!”
“So do anthropomorphic ducks,” Uncle Scrooge muttered in reply. “But ye don’t see yourself complainin’ about that, do ye?”
Minnie wiggled her feet on the couch we were sitting on together and hugged my arm. “I’m excited to see if they can be manifested into Toons like us,” she said as Goofy nodded his agreement. “There ha
ToonZ - The Gift of Christmas chp 19While Bugs, Mickey and Scrooge were busy going over costs with the Chipmunks, as well as going through the various systems the quadzillionaire’s music businesses had as options, the Duck Triplets took Pluto and the children into a cataloguing room, or the “Filing Cabinet Closet” as Louie liked to call it. There, they set to work searching for the most recent toy catalogues—some were dated back to the 70s for archival’s sake. By the time they had been able to pull out two dozen, Mickey had found them and handed over the list of children that he had received from his manager.ToonZ - The Gift of Christmas chp 19 in General Fiction More Like This
They set up in the fireplace room and began to skim through the pages for the next hour or two.
“Quackaroonie,” Huey whistled from his spot on the sofa chair—Dewey and Louie were both on the floor next to him, Dewey sitting with his back against the chair and Louie lying on his stomach. “I kinda forgot how awesome Unca Scrooge’s toy catalogues were. So many
ToonZ - The Gift of Christmas chp 13Nearing the end of the afternoon, the gang had been able to finish taking the set down and setting it aside. The children were not pleased with having to do more work, but the optimism of the Seville Brothers kept their spirits up and made the heavy work easier to bear. They broke into song at one point, and when Bugs went to alert his manager of the changes in the project, he could hear everyone, the chipmunks, the children, even Mickey and Pluto, singing various Christmas songs together as though there were no such thing as boundaries between age and company. The rabbit was glad to know that Alvin had been able to get along with Mickey faster than he had been able to with Bugs, despite still holding a grudge against their companies.ToonZ - The Gift of Christmas chp 13 in General Fiction More Like This
The manager of the Looney Tunes was not particularly pleased about the sudden change at first. He reminded Bugs about the limit he had on spending, and also what trouble it could cause if their idea backfired again. Quite aware of the risks yet firm in hi
ToonZ - The Gift of Christmas chp 14While Mickey’s expressions changed and his hands made gestures, his eyes remained fixed on the floor. A frown fell over his eyes and his nose wrinkled as he bared his teeth and clenched his fists. “For the first time in my career, I knew what it felt like to hate someone,” he said, almost in a hiss. “Pure hatred. Only a handful of Toons nowadays who aren’t villains can feel that, or have at one point, without becoming evil. My creator had tried to keep me from ever feeling that. Because of my role, my personality, I had to remain innocent.ToonZ - The Gift of Christmas chp 14 in General Fiction More Like This
“But seeing and hearing about how this Bugs Bunny was creating more laughter than what I thought was possible made me lose it. I was jealous. I had been the best of the best, the lead mouse, the number one Toon around the globe, and all of a sudden this guy decides to step up to the plate and take a swing. He struck a homerun in his first go, just as I had in 1928. It felt like my popularity, my posit
ToonZ - The Gift of Christmas chp 22Because the ducks had not arrived with the gifts yet, Bugs and Mickey were encouraged by their wives to take the time to relax and listen to the chipmunks as they practiced. Hot chocolate in hand, after chatting with Minnie and Lola in the kitchen, they went to sit in the living room, where Alvin, Simon and Theodore were singing. They sang in A cappella, hoping to fill in their instruments with voices, and after the third try, Morty and Ferdie slapped their thighs to give them a better sense of the rhythm.ToonZ - The Gift of Christmas chp 22 in General Fiction More Like This
Only once did Mickey stop them to correct a note or two, but for the most part, the mouse swung his feet and his head to the singing. Bugs was able to tell how successful their project would be by the way Mickey’s childlike innocence made him react to the song—when the rehearsing was through, he clapped and asked for an encore.
If Mickey wants to hear it again after the umpteenth time, Bugs thought as the Chipmunks began again, then that means that it’ll a
ToonZ - The Gift of Christmas chp 18Scrooge nodded his head politely as the chipmunks walked in, until Alvin skipped by, humming a Christmas tune. He recoiled at this and seemed to keep himself from wrinkling his bill before letting Mickey walk by. He smiled as the three little Mouse children came in behind their father.ToonZ - The Gift of Christmas chp 18 in General Fiction More Like This
“Good morning, Mister McDuck,” Andrew, Susie and Timmy chanted in unison. “Merry Christmas!”
Scrooge chuckled as Bugs walked by—he failed to notice Ashton slip in. “Merry Christmas, Children.”
“Do ya have any new stories to tell us?” Timmy asked while walking in backwards, keeping his eyes on the duck. “About your greatest adventures?”
Scrooge closed the door behind him. “Ah’ve got plenty, though Ah’ve got the feelin’ your Poppa has a tight schedule today, so stories will have to wait, Laddie.”
Scrooge placed his hands behind his back and walked into the lobby as Duckworth came in to take
ToonZ - The Gift of Christmas chp 7Mickey held up a pack of papers and flipped through them as he walked towards his group. “Okay, so you guys know what you’ll be doin’,” he said, stopping next to the gang. “These are just scripts to show you guys where you’ll be at certain points in the music.” He handed everyone at least six sheets each before placing his hands on his hips. “There won’t be any verbal exchange between you and the Looney Tunes, so at least try to respect where you set your feet down.”ToonZ - The Gift of Christmas chp 7 in General Fiction More Like This
Goofy flipped through his papers before scratching his head. “So, no talkin’ right?” he said. “I mean, I ain’t have a problem if I need tah say a few lines, Mickey—!”
“Bugs and I thought it would be better—and safer—if no one spoke to each other, Goof,” Mickey replied. “I know you and Porky tend to be alright with most situations, but there are some of us—!” He frowned at Do