At the time of this writing, the scripts for Sunnyville Stories #12 and #13 are in production. I thought I’d share with you some of the script I’ve been doing for the thirteenth story.
EPISODE 13: Games People Play
By Max West
Copyright 2014 – Different Mousetrap Press LLC
All Rights Reserved
Rusty was bored that day.
“It’s Saturday and I’m bored,” he said, “Saturday
morning cartoons are over and have switched over to sports.”
Rusty flipped through the channels.
“…Forty years of fine tuning, Channel 5!”
“…Dick Lewis is watching! Newmark & Lewis…”
“…This is Phil Rizzuto for the Money Store!”
“…Come on down to Crazy Eddie’s! These prices are insane!”
“…America’s Freshest Ice Cream – Carvel!”
“Rusty, it’s time. My bridge club is meeting over at
Crystal’s house this weekend.”
“Sounds good, Mom,” Rusty said absently as he shut the TV off, “Have fun.”
Without another word, Nancy grabbed her son and hoisted him up from the couch.
“Rusty, you are coming with me! I don’t like you being alone at home. I don’t like it when I can’t keep an eye on you.”
She dragged him by the arm out of the house and off to
the Macgregor house.
“Whoever invented parental supervision,” Rusty growled
to nobody in particular, “Needs to be dragged out into the
street and shot.”
This part of the script has an Easter egg that only some people out there are going to understand. Do you read the part where Rusty flips through the television channels and sees those commercials? Those TV commercials are all spots from television in the New York City metropolitan area from the 1980s.
The first one commercial was a spot for WNEW, a TV station based in New York City owned by Metromedia. It was eventually bought out by Rupert Murdoch and became owned by Fox Broadcasting.
As for Carvel, that’s a chain of ice cream stores that’s still operating today. Anyone who lived in the Northeastern United States during the 1970s and 1980s will remember their television commercials with narration done by none other than the founder, Tom Carvel.
The Money Store was a consumer finance company that specialized in subprime home equity loans. Founded in 1967, it was memorable in the 1980s in the Northeastern television markets for its commercials done by Phil Rizzuto.
Crazy Eddie’s and Newmark & Lewis were electronic chains (now long closed down) that operated in the Northeastern USA. Crazy Eddie’s was famous for its TV commercials with radio DJ Jerry Carroll and his catchphrase “these prices are IN-SAAAAANE”. Likewise, Newmark & Lewis commercials starred the chain’s founder, Dick Lewis, and was know for its own slogan “Dick Lewis Is Watching”.
I thought it would be funny to have these references in a Sunnyville comic adventure that only some people out there will get. I plan to have some more of the script up tomorrow.
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