An original screenplay by Michael Arthur Finberg
5th 1994, First Draft
animated Motion Picture
SOMEWHERE FAR OUT IN SPACE
opening slowly moves into a galaxy nearby. We soon see a yellow
planet somewhat lost in all this vastness. Then a small yellow
valley appears and then a small village. The colors are a hazy
yellow. Finally on top of a small hill a small monastery comes
into view. We hear a chanting chorus in the background as the
narrator begins to speak.
The war had been going on for quite some time-the
yellow drought even longer. No one quite knew for just
how long. People's memories were very short here. In this
little valley peace and plenty never seemed to have been
part of daily life. Misery was simply accepted as natural.
Very much like the weather turning bad or someone getting
sick. When trouble started people simply hid inside their
homes or looked for something extra to eat. Indeed,
eating and hiding were popular past-times in this little village.
Monastery Courtyard. DAWN
see a line of monks coming out.
A few miles from the village some rather queer events took place
a monastery the size of a thumbnail. There was only one monastery
this entire universe and the inhabitants of the village were
not even sure
what a monastery was. It occupied very little land . So everyone
now see the monks sitting down and eating their breakfast.
If however you lived in the monastery it was quite difficult
its existence. The monks would eat their breakfast of rice porridge
tea. It would still be fairly early. The stars would still be
singing to each other. This was home for our hero.
see a little monk run out the door and trip. The other monks
look at him and
smile. They've seen this all before.
see all the monks file in and sit down in their meditation places.
monk sits down in a faraway corner and looks ill at ease. The
enters and all the monks straighten up. There is a solemn air
to the abbot-
but also a subtle kindness. He makes his way towards the little
After breakfast all the monks would sit down and close their
eyes and count
their breaths. ONE, TWO, ONE, TWO. It was very simple-yet also
difficult. The abbot called it LOOKING INTO THE MINDHEART STREAM.
then see the little monk sitting and talking to the abbot.
This is so stupid
Its for your own good.
My own good! I could be traveling or doing something interesting.
Instead, I'm stuck here. Listening to some stupid monks breathing.
You need to calm down and watch your mind.
What I need to do is get out of here.
a loud sound can be heard in the distance.
And those things taking off. You never hear them land.
They just take off and
Those things you're afraid of. They never land and they can't
Just pay attention to your breath.
How did I even get into this place?
That should be of no concern to you.
And why not? I have a right to know these kind of things.
Just be still and listen.
abbot gives a knowing smile and walks away. Out of ear-shot
the little monk makes a raspberry.
These stupid people. How are they ever going to amount to anything?
little monk looks at nothing in particular. He's upset and has
been through these
There's got to be more to life than this. Maybe if I got out
of this crazy place
smile suddenly breaks across the little monk's face. The little
monk get's up and walks out.
Yes, looks like our hero has a plan now.
MONASTERY COURTYARD. NIGHT.
LITTLE MONK'S CELL.
The little monks pretends to be sleeping but opens his eyes
and get's up.
little monk pokes his head around the corner and seeing all
is clear makes a run for the courtyard.
little monks quietly runs across the courtyard and for just
one moment looks in the direction of the abbot's window. A light
is burning late into the night and the little monk gives a forlorn
look at the window. A part of him knows he shouldn't leave.
But another part yanks away at him. After all it's pretty stupid
to stay here.