Serial 1

INT. ZOO — RAINFOREST EXHIBIT — NIGHT

The ENTIRE CAST crams into the lobby. LOU the crow with a list stands before them.

LOU
Alright, alright. Here’s we go,
here’s we go.
(reading)
Beats.

BEATRICE
Yes, yes. Proceed already.

LOU
Jus’, jus’… Cool it, y’knows, cool
it… Beth.

BETH
Yeah, whateva.

LOU
Mac.

Silence. A beat.

LOU
Busta.

BUSTER
Heheh. “Bark.”

LOU
Jus’ say “heres,” jus’ say “heres.”
Chin.

CHIN
Bird smart. Know alphabet.

LOU
(sigh)
Frances.

FRANCINE
Right here, dearie.

LOU
Frank.

FRANK
Yeah, I’m here, Lou.

LOU
Hans.

HANZ
Birds!

LOU
Easy…
(a beat)
Hok.

HOKKA
Hokka-yes.

LOU
Jay.

JAMIL
Like the sun in sky!

LOU
Missis K.

KARLA
Why ya still call me that?

LOU
My bad, my bad. I’s Karla, now,
Karla.

KARLA
Here…

LOU
Len.

LEONARD
Present—yeah, I’m present—
yeah, I’m here.

LOU
Line.

LIONEL
Like the lord in prayer.

LOU
K.

MISTER K.
Like a song!

LOU
P.

MISTER P.
Reporting!

LOU
Mitch.

MITCH
What of?

LOU
Jus’…say ya heres. Let’s get
through, let’s get through… Red.

RED
Dawg.

LOU
Rog’.

ROGER
Yeah, dude.

LOU
Wand.

WANDA
O’ course.

LOU
‘N’ Zee.

ZEE
Is attend.

LOU
Goods, goods. We’s all here, we’s
all here.
(a beat)
Now, we’s all here ’cause the
park’s ‘ad some news. Ain’t bad,
ain’t bad…
(hesitating)
…but ain’t good.

He ditches the paper.

LOU
It ain’t good.

Surveys the crowd.

LOU
…Where’s Manny?

 

INT. ZOO — CAFETERIA — NIGHT

Manny balances atop a high shelf, advancing precariously across. He reaches the end, steadies himself, peaks over…

AN OPEN-TOPPED POPCORN STAND
stands abandoned below.

He wobbles a little, gauges…then leaps.

MANNY (O.S.)
(a beat)
Boy oh!

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