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Osgood Rex Opening Number - Let There Be Stuff!
So here's the demo for the first song from Osgood Rex. In 1928, animator Eckhart Unger recalls the moment when he came up with his popular cartoon character, Osgood the Scrappy Squirrel.

New York. 1928. On one side of the stage, a shabby little office where an equally shabby looking animator, ECKHART UNGER sits at his drawing table, sketching with surprising quickness. The rest of the stage is the limitless white expanse of the paper that he draws on.

                                                                    ECKHART

(to the character he’s drawing)

You’re in the mood for mischief now, Osgood? What’ll it be this time? No, you tell me - I swear, you know better than I do. Three years now since I came up with you, and you still surprise me. But I guess we’ve both come a long way.


IN THE BEGINNING, I WAS BORED,

BY EARTH AND HEAVEN, JUST IGNORED

AND MY WORLD WAS WITHOUT FORM AND VOID.

ANOTHER LONELY S.O.B

WITHOUT A PURPOSE GUIDING ME,

ALWAYS UNINSPIRED AND UNDEREMPLOYED

‘TIL I GOT SICK OF WAITING ‘ROUND

FOR SOME PERMISSION TO BREAK GROUND,

DECIDED I WAS THROUGH PLAYING DEAD.

THEN I THOUGHT “MY LAST TEN CENTS’LL

BUY A DRAWING PAD AND PENCIL”

SO I SPENT THE LOT, TOOK WHAT I GOT, AND SAID -

‘LET THERE BE SOME STUFF THAT’S NEW, HELL, JUST BECAUSE’

PENCIL ‘CROSS THE PAPER FLEW, AND THEN THERE WAS!


OSGOOD THE SCRAPPY SQUIRREL, all in black and white, begins to appear in the white expanse. He wears (as do all the CARTOON CHARACTERS) a half mask in the style of 1920’s animation, with just of a hint of the Greek to it.

                                                             ECKHART

‘LET THERE BE SQUIRREL, BOTH SCRAPPY AND WISE

WITH A MISCHIEVOUS KIND OF A GLEAM IN HIS EYES.

LET HIM BE MORE ALIVE AND FREE

THAN THE WAY I TEND TO BE’


Osgood takes the top of his head off, and tips it to Eckhart as though it’s a hat. Then, as Eckart sings, Osgood reaches into his head, and pulls out an exclamation point. He uses the period part as a ball, and the rest as a baseball bat.

                                                             ECKHART

AND THEN THE IDEAS, THEY STARTED FLOWING

THOUGH I WASN’T QUITE SURE WHERE THEY ALL WERE GOING

HE WAS SO PLUCKY AND ENERGIZING,

IF I MADE HIM UP, THEN WHY’S HE SO SURPRISING?

So I said

LET THERE BE STUFF FOR HIM TO DO, NOW WATCH HIM GO

Jumping, and running, and a somersault!


Osgood follows Eckhart’s instructions, with a few flourishes of his own.

                                                              ECKHART                                            

LET THERE BE LANDS TO JOURNEY THROUGH, AND THINGS TO KNOW

LET ALL THESE PEN STROKES CONVERGE IN A WAY

THAT REVEALS CERTAIN THINGS I’M TOO BASHFUL TO SAY

LET THERE BE STUFF, A WHOLE LOT MORE STUFF!

AND LET THERE BE MORE THAN ENOUGH!

Like a big, smiling sun!


A CARTOON CHORUS MEMBER appears, carrying a big, smiling sun on a stick. The sun chases Osgood until Osgood uses his exclamation point bat to knock it back into the sky where it belongs.


                                                              ECKHART

And trees - that dance!


More CARTOON CHORUS MEMBERS enter with cut-outs of trees with faces, dancing around Osgood. Osgood likes their moves and joins in.

MITZI MINK enters, sexy, but still adorable, and falls immediately into Osgood’s arms.


                                                                ECKHART

THEN CAME A GIRLFRIEND TO SHARE HIS SLUMBER,

IF YOU’VE GOT ADAM, THEN YOU NEED AN EVEN NUMBER


The Chorus Members come out from behind their trees and the sun.


                                                                ECKHART

PLUS SOME COMPANIONS TO STOKE THE FIRES

THAT KEEP ME DRAWING EVERYTHING MY HEART DESIRES!

SO I SAY

LET THERE BE A WHOLE WORLD TO SEE, AND NOW THERE IS

CHOICES DON’T JUST BELONG TO ME, NOW SOME ARE HIS


Osgood bops one of the Chorus Members on the head with his bat.

                                                                   

                                                                   OSGOOD

SO LET THERE BE LAUGHTER -


The bat bounces back and hits Osgood’s head as well.

                                                                    OSGOOD

AND LET THERE BE PAIN.


Osgood teeters and falls into Mitzi’s waiting arms.

                                                             

                                                        OSGOOD AND MITZI

AND LET THERE BE GOOD TIMES THAT COME BACK AGAIN

                                                                     

                                                                   ECKHART

LET THERE BE STUFF I’D LOVE TO SEE,

LIFE THE WAY IT’S MEANT TO BE!


Osgood, Mitzi and the Chorus rev into high gear, with all sorts of antics.


                                                                   CHORUS

LET THERE BE PLACES TO EXPLORE!


                                                                   ECKHART

Knock yerselves out!


                                                                   OSGOOD

LET THERE BE STUFF WORTH LIVING FOR!


                                                                   ECKHART

WITHOUT A DOUBT.


                                                                    CHORUS LEADER

LET THERE BE HIJINKS!


                                                                    MITZI

AND LET THERE BE LOVE


                                                                   OSGOOD

AND LET THERE BE JOY THAT FLOWS DOWN FROM ABOVE


                                                                    ECKHART

LET THEM BE THEIR OWN ENTITY,

SOMETHING MORE

SOMETHING MORE THAN ONLY ME 

                                                                  

                                                                    CHORUS 

LET THERE BE SOME STUFF THAT’S NEW

LET THERE BE SOME STUFF THAT’S NEW


                                                                   ECKHART

LIKE YOU AND YOU 

AND YOU AND YOU AND YOU 

AND YOU AND YOU!


                                                                      CHORUS

LET THERE BE SOME STUFF THAT’S NEW

 THAT’S NEW!

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