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    O.B.X. AUSTRALIA (REWRITE)

    By

    Ryan Allison

    [email protected]

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    THE FOLLOWING SCRIPT HAS BEEN PERFORMED LIVE AT JUST UNDER100 PRESCHOOLS THROUGHOUT THE MINNEAPOLIS/SAINT PAUL, MNMARKET.

    I HAVE WRITTEN ROUGH DRAFTS FOR THREE ADDITIONAL EPISODES,

    AND HAVE ELEVEN MORE STRUCTURED OUT.

    I BELIEVE THIS HAS LEGS AS A TELEVISION SERIES, CHILDRENSBOOK SERIES, AND VIDEO GAMING SERIES.

    TO VIEW A SAMPLE OF AUDIENCE REACTION PLEASE SEARCH "OUTBACKJACKS AUSTRALIAN PUPPET ADVENTURE" ON YOUTUBE.COM

    EXT. AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK - DAY

    FADE IN:

    OUTBACK XACK an explorer in his late-twenties to earlythirties wearing a bushmans shirt, tattered cargo shorts,and hiking boots addresses the camera in his extremelyenergetic fashion.

    OUTBACK XACKGday mates! My names Outback Xackwith an "X" cause "X" can make the"Z" sound too! Im an explorer fromthe Land Down Under and today Imgoing on an adventure in my home

    country, Australia. Would you liketo be my sidekick?...You dontsound very excited. Do you want togo exploring with me?...

    Covering his ear, he cringes while being blasted backwardsby the apparent sound from the responding audience.

    OUTBACK XACKWow, I think I heard you that time!First we need to practice ouradventure skills. We need topractice climbing, swimming, andmarching on our bums! Will you allpractice those things with me?...

    Blasted backwards by sound, he covers his ears again.

    OUTBACK XACKHa, ha! Wow! You sure can be loud!First lets practice the most

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    OUTBACK XACK (contd)important skill of all, marching onour bums! Everyone ready!...Bonzer!One, two, three, follow me! One!Two! Three! Four!

    He remains seated on the ground, while alternating kicking

    each foot into the air.

    INSERT MARCHING SONG WITH XACKS ACTIONS:

    OUTBACK XACKOne! Two! Three! Four! One! Two!Three! Four! Left! Left! Left!Right! Left! Were marching to theOutback! Were gonna bringsomething back! Were marching tothe Outback! Were gonna bringsomething back! Left! Left! Left!Right! Left!...Left! Left! Left!

    Right! Left!

    END MUSIC:

    OUTBACK XACKOk! Great job marching explorers!Now lets practice our climbingskills. Everyone ready? O.k!

    He reaches up with his left arm, followed by his right.

    INSERT CLIMBING SONG WITH XACKS ACTIONS:

    OUTBACK XACKReach up high! Towards the sky!Then grab ahold! Then grabahold! And now we pull! And now wepull! Not that slow! Not that slow!No time to rest! No time to rest!Dont step on the nest!

    END MUSIC:

    He stops.

    OUTBACK XACKGreat job climbing explorers! Nowlets practice our swimming skills,and remember explorers -rule numberone of exploring the water is thatthere always be a big explorer-ehem adult -near by!

    INSERT SWIMMING SONG WITH XACKS ACTIONS:

    (CONTINUED)

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    OUTBACK XACKFirst reach straight out! Firstreach straight out! Then pull backin! Then pull back in! Now we canswim! Now we can swim! First reachway out! First reach way out! Then

    pull back in! Then pull back in!Now we can swim! Now we can swim!

    END MUSIC:

    OUTBACK XACKGreat job swimming sidekicks! Youare all going to make greatexplorers? Say, how would all ofyou like to see one of the largestrocks in the world, Ayers Rock?O.k. Great! In order to do that weneed to march to the Great Outback

    of Australia.

    Xack points into the distance.

    OUTBACK XACKLets march on our bums to AyersRock!

    He begins the actions for the marching song.

    INSERT MARCHING SONG WITH XACKS ACTIONS:

    OUTBACK XACK

    One. Two. Three. Four. One. Two.Three. Four. Left. Left. Left.Right. Left. Were marching to theOutback, were gonna bringsomething back! Were marching tothe Outback, were gonna bringsomething back! Left, left, left,right, left. Keep on marchingexplorers! I see Ayers Rockapproaching! Left. Left. Left.Right. Left.

    EXT. AYERS ROCK - DAY

    Xack stops marching.

    OUTBACK XACKO.k., lets stop here at Ayers Rock.Everyone say Ayers Rock on thecount of three. One. Two. Three.

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    OUTBACK XACK (contd)

    Ayers Rock! Lets try that one moretime. Lets all say Ayers Rock, onthe count of three. One. Two.Three. Ayers Rock! Spot on mates!Ayers Rock is one of the largestmountains in all of Australia!

    He freezes.

    OUTBACK XACK(Whispering)

    Shh! Does anyone hear that?

    Xack looks around.

    OUTBACK XACKI think its coming from behindAyers Rock! Im scared. Should Ilook behind Ayers Rock?

    He tiptoes up to Ayers Rock, peaks behind the rock, thenflinches back towards the camera.

    OUTBACK XACK(Whispering)

    Yikes! Theres something backthere. Should I look again?... O.k!

    Xack peeks behind the rock again, then pulls his head backin laughter.

    OUTBACK XACK(Whispering)

    Ha, ha! Its just my friendKangaroo Lou! Hes sleeping.

    He takes another peak, then draws back towards the camera inmore laughter.

    OUTBACK XACKHa, ha! Kangaroo Lou is dreaming.

    Again, he looks behind Ayers Rock, then back to the camera.

    OUTBACK XACKHes dreaming about hopping. Ha ha!Kangaroo Lou is funny! Wake upKangaroo Lou, its Outback Xack andmy explorer friends.

    Xack stares behind Ayers Rock, then turns back to thecamera.

    (CONTINUED)

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    OUTBACK XACKExplorers unite! I think KangarooLou is in deep sleep, thats whenyou have dreams. On the count ofthree lets wake him up. On thecount of three lets all say, wake

    up Kangaroo Lou! One! Two! Three!Wake up Kangaroo Lou!

    He looks behind Ayers Rock again.

    OUTBACK XACKHes stirring about. Kangaroo Lou,its Outback Xack and some explorerfriends. Well come on out. Itso.k. buddy, its just us.(to camera)Hes being shy.(to Kangaroo Lou)Whats that? Oh.(to camera) Hesscared. On the count of three lets

    say, dont be afraid, were yourfriends. One. Two. Three. Dont beafraid, were youre friends!

    Kangaroo Lou pokes his head out from behind the rock andflinches.

    KANGAROO LOUUh? Ahh!

    Lou jerks back behind the rock.

    OUTBACK XACK

    Dont be scared mate! Were yourfriends. Come on out.

    Bashfully, Kangaroo Lou comes out from behind Ayers Rock. Hespeaks three times faster than Xack in a raspy voice.

    KANGAROO LOUIm sorry I shouldnt have gottenscared. Im not so special am I?

    Lou drops his head. Xack addresses the camera.

    OUTBACK XACKDid you all hear that?...KangarooLou thinks hes not special. IsKangaroo Lou special?... Yes he is!(to Lou) Kangaroo Lou, youre superspecial times two! Why are youblue?

    (CONTINUED)

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    KANGAROO LOUI was playing with my new boomerangearlier today, when I threw it farfar away, and it didnt return tomy dismay, and I dont have time tolook today, because I have a

    hopping lesson with InstructorSloppaway!

    OUTBACK XACKCrikey! Did you all hear that?Kangaroo Lou threw his newboomerang far far away, and itdidnt return to his dismay. Hmm.Wait a minute! Sidekicks, how wouldall of you like to help me, helpKangaroo Lou find his newboomerang?... O.k. great! KangarooLou, I have an idea that might help

    you! Wed like to help you findyour new boomerang!

    KANGAROO LOUHip hip hooray!

    Kangaroo Lou jumps for joy.

    KANGAROO LOUMy boomerang flew over Ayers rock,and into the Eucalyptus tree thathad three big brown branches bentlike a knee!

    Lou points to the left.

    OUTBACK XACKDid you all hear that mates? Whichway did the boomerang go?...Spot onmates!

    He points into the distance.

    OUTBACK XACKThe boomerang flew over Ayers Rockand into the Eucalyptus tree thathad three big brown branches bentlike a knee.

    KANGAROO LOUThanks for helping me! I gotta getgoing to my hopping lesson.

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    OUTBACK XACKWait! Kangaroo Lou what did yourboomerang look like?

    KANGAROO LOUIt was purple with gold polka dots!

    Gotta go!

    OUTBACK XACKWe gotta go too if we want to findthe boomerang before the sun goesdow- Wait a minute! Do you knowwhat a boomerang looks like? Itlooks like one of my favoriteletters in the alphabet. Its av-ery v-ery cool letter. Thatsright its the letter V. This is myown boomerang.

    He produces a WHITE BOOMERANG.

    OUTBACK XACKDo you know how a boomerang works?Spot on mates! You throw it way outinto the sky...

    He throws the boomerang, watches it soar, and catches itupon return.

    OUTBACK XACK...and it comes right back to you.You dont even need a friend to

    catch it and throw it back like aball. Which way did Kangaroo LousBoomerang go?

    Xack looks at Ayers Rock.

    OUTBACK XACKThats right explorers it went overAyers Rock and if we are here, andwe need to go that way, what do youthink we need to do to getthere?...

    The Marching Song begins.

    INSERT MARCHING SONG WITH XACKS ACTIONS

    OUTBACK XACKThats right explorers march! Left,left, left, right, left. Weremarching to the Outback! Were

    (MORE)

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    OUTBACK XACK (contd)gonna bring something back! Weremarching to the Outback! Weregonna bring something back! Left,left, left, right, left.

    EXT. FOREST - DAY

    He stops in front of FIVE EUCALYPTUS TREES whose branchesvary in number from one to five from left to right.

    OUTBACK XACKAlright mates these must be theEucalyptus trees Kangaroo Lou wastalking about. Which Eucalyptustree has three big brown branchesbent like a knee? Lets count thebranches to find out.

    He points and counts out loud, beginning with the tree onthe left and moving to the right.

    OUTBACK XACKOne. That tree has one big branch.(moving on to the next tree) One,two. That tree has two bigbranches. One, two, three. Thattree has three big brown branchesbent like a knee! That must be thetree! Do you see a boomerang?...Look to your left!

    Shading his eyes, he looks left.

    OUTBACK XACKLook up in the tree!

    He looks up.

    OUTBACK XACKLook to your right!

    He looks right.

    OUTBACK XACKDont look at the sun silly, youlllose your sight! Hm, I dont see apurple polka dotted boomeranganywhere. I dont know if wellever find the boomerang.

    He drops his head towards the ground.

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    INSERT SFX: Leaves rustle.

    OUTBACK XACKShhh! Does anyone hear that?.

    With his index finger over his mouth he looks around.

    OUTBACK XACKWait a minute! This looks just likethe Eucalyptus tree that my friendPaula the Koala likes to hang outin. Lets all say Eucalyptus tree onthe count of three. One. Two.Three. Eucalyptus tree! Maybe if wefind my friend Paula the Koalashell be able to help us find theboomerang.

    INSERT SFX: Leaves rustle for two seconds.

    He freezes then searches back and forth.

    OUTBACK XACKPaula the Koala is that you I hear?

    INSERT SFX: Leaves rustle for three seconds.

    OUTBACK XACKPaula! Paula! Is that you?...Paula?... It sounds like shes introuble! Paula where are you!

    He looks around frantically then freezes and gasps whilestaring at a large fallen log whose thickness is the heightof Xacks hip.

    OUTBACK XACKIt looks like Paula is stuck underthis log!

    He scurries behind the fallen log, bends over and cantquite get his arms around the log.

    OUTBACK XACKRemember mates always lift withyour legs not your back! Ok, Imgoing to try to lift this log offof Paula! Stay back mates! This isfar too dangerous for youngexplorers.

    He tries to lift the log.

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    OUTBACK XACKUh!

    The log doesnt budge.

    OUTBACK XACKHold on Paula! Im going to lift

    this log!

    He squats and tries to lift the log again, this time Xackflutters his lips while exhaling, creating a farting sound.

    OUTBACK XACKOh wow mates! This log is reallyheavy! Hold on Paula!

    Xack attempts another lift, producing another farting soundfrom his lips.

    A Koala bear emerges from the Eucalyptus tree above Xack. He

    is oblivious to the koalas presence and doesnt budge thelog.

    Snickering quietly from above, the koala watches Xackstruggle.

    OUTBACK XACKOk, mates! One more try and Ishould have it! Uhhhh!

    Red in the face, he lets out a huge farting sound whileexhaling from his mouth, and falls over.

    The log moves a couple inches. Xack scrambles to look forPaula under the log. The Koala snickers and shakes his head.

    OUTBACK XACKCrikey Mates! I moved the log butPaula wasnt under there!

    The koala snickers.

    OUTBACK XACKI dont know if well ever findPaula or the boomerang.

    He slumps, then responds to the apparent prodding of theaudience to look up.

    OUTBACK XACKWhats that mates?... Over there?

    Xack points off to the left, and observes the area.

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    OUTBACK XACKTheres nothing over there... Didyou mean over there?

    Shading his eyes, he points to the right.

    OUTBACK XACKOh Im sorry, you mean behind me?

    He spins to look behind himself.

    OUTBACK XACKUp? Up?

    Xack looks straight up, avoiding seeing the Koala almostdirectly above him. He rotates and is startled at the sightof the koala, jumping and shrieking in soprano.

    OUTBACK XACK

    Crikey!

    Covering his heart, he breathes heavily, then chuckles.

    OUTBACK XACKHa, ha! Its just my friend Paulathe Koala. Does everyone rememberwhy we are out here?... Thatsright, were looking for the purplepolka dotted boomerang. Wait aminute! Ive got an idea! Lets allask Paula if shes seen theboomerang. On the count of four

    lets all say, have you seen theboomerang? Ready? One. Two. Three.Four. Have you seen the boomerang?

    Paula speaks in a snobbish helium voice.

    PAULA THE KOALAMy name is Paula the Koala and Ionly speak to other koalas! Humph!

    Paula crosses her arms in smug fashion.

    OUTBACK XACKCrikey mates! That wasnt very nicewas it?...It sounds like Paula iscranky. Wait a minute! Who didPaula say shell speak to?...Thatsright! Other koalas! Maybe if wepractice our climbing skills forPaula, shell know we are friendsof the koalas and help us out! Does

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    OUTBACK XACK (contd)everyone remember their climbingskills?...O.k. great! On the countof three lets all show ourclimbing skills to Paula!

    INSERT CLIMBING SONG WITH XACKS ACTIONS:

    OUTBACK XACKReach up high! Towards the sky!Then grab ahold! Then grabahold! And now we pull! And now wepull! Not that slow! Not that slow!No time to rest! No time to rest!Dont step on the nest!

    END MUSIC:

    PAULA THE KOALA

    Im sorry! With climbing skillslike that, you clearly are friendsof the koalas! The boomerang flewright through my tree, and towardsthe four humped sand dune, by thesea!

    Paula points to the left.

    OUTBACK XACKYikes! Did you all hear that? Whichway did the boomerang go? Outtowards the, beach. Yikes!

    Xack physically shutters into silence. He looks left thenright nervously.

    OUTBACK XACKBeach. Beaches mean water! Imafraid of water!

    Paula chuckles from above.

    PAULA THE KOALAHe. He. He. An explorer that isafraid of water!

    Xack shutters then shakes it out and stands tall.

    OUTBACK XACKSh! Sh! Sh! I dont like that word.I dont like wat--

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    PAULA THE KOALA-Have you ever gone in the water?

    OUTBACK XACKNo, but--

    PAULA THE KOALA-Then how do you know you dontlike it silly? Ha! Ha! I have togo! Nature calls!

    She climbs into a HOLE in the tree.

    OUTBACK XACKWait! Paula!

    He looks for her momentarily, then at the ground.

    OUTBACK XACK

    Shes gone. Well at least theboomerang landed next to the wateron the beach! So if we are righthere by the Eucalyptus tree, and weneed to get over there, how do youthink we are going to get there?

    INSERT MARCHING SONG WITH XACKS ACTIONS

    OUTBACK XACKThats right mates! Marching! Doeseveryone remember how to march ontheir bums?...O.k. great! One! Two!

    Three! Four! One! Two! Three! Four!Left! Left! Left! Right! Right!Left! Were marching to theOutback! Were gonna bringsomething back! Were marching tothe Outback! Were gonna bringsomething back! Left! Left! Left!Right! Left! Ok!

    EXT. AUSTRALIAN BEACH - DAY

    Xack stops in front of three sand dunes, each with humpsvarying from three to five.

    OUTBACK XACKLets stop here on the beach andhave a look around. Do you rememberwhat we are looking for?...Thatsright a purple polka-dottedboomerang on a four-humped sand

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    OUTBACK XACK (contd)dune. Do you see a four-humped sanddune? Lets count the number ofhumps on each dune, to find out.

    Gesturing at the dune farthest to the left, he counts.

    OUTBACK XACKOne. Two. Three. That dune hasthree humps!

    He moves on to the dune on the right.

    OUTBACK XACKOne. Two. Three. Four. Five. Thatdune has five humps!

    OUTBACK XACKOne. Two. Three. Four. That dune

    has four humps! That must be wherethe boomerang is! Lets look on topof that dune.

    ON TOP OF THE FOUR HUMPED SAND DUNE

    OUTBACK XACKLets all look way to the left!

    Xack shields his eyes while looking to the left.

    OUTBACK XACKI dont see anything. Lets all

    look way to the right.

    He looks right.

    OUTBACK XACKDont look at the sun silly! Youlllose your sight! Crikey mates! Idont see anything. Hm. I wonder ifthe boomerang flew out of KangarooLous hand, over the Eucalyptustree that Paula the Koala was in,landed on this dune, and got buriedbeneath the sand. Lets all digdown deep in the sand and see if wecan find Kangaroo Lous boomerang!Im going to dig right here!

    Xack begins digging in the sand.

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    OUTBACK XACKCome on sidekicks! Keep on digging!We might even find some treasure!Show me how fast you can dig!

    Biting his tongue, he continues to dig vigorously,

    OUTBACK XACKYikes!

    He leaps back from the hole shrieking in soprano, thenaddress the camera.

    OUTBACK XACK(Whispering)

    Theres something down there mates.

    Xack slowly approaches the hole, then one hand at a timereaches down into the hole and cautiously begins to dig. He

    jumps back, but then re-approaches, and digs in very nervousfashion.

    OUTBACK XACKAh!

    Screaming in soprano, he jumps back, then calms himselfquickly while covering his heart.

    OUTBACK XACK(Whispering)

    Whatever it is, its right near thesurface!

    Gently he dusts away sand in the hole, then slumps indisappointment.

    OUTBACK XACKOh, it was just a pop can. Hm. Idont think well ever find theboomerang. Im sorry I drug you allthe way out here mates. Lets restfor a moment and then head back totell Kangaroo Lou we failed.

    Xack plops down in the sand facing away from the hole hedug. A soda can pops out of the hole, followed by a SEATURTLE who emerges just to the surface. The turtle looksaround slowly.

    OUTBACK XACKShhhh! Does anyone hear that?Whats that mates? It sounds likeone of my animal friends is near

    (MORE)

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    OUTBACK XACK (contd)by! Does anyone seeanything?...Whats that?... Aturtle?... Behind me?

    He spins around, looking just barely the wrong direction.

    OUTBACK XACKBehind me!

    Xack spins around again, catching the turtle in the cornerof his eye. Startled, he shrieks and leaps.

    OUTBACK XACKCrikey Mates!

    MYRTLE THE SEA TURTLEGuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuup!

    Chuckling, he covers his heart and tries to catch hisbreath.

    OUTBACK XACKOh ha, ha! Its just my friendMyrtle the Sea Turtle. Hey, letsask Myrtle if hes seen theboomerang. On the count of threelets say, have you seen theboomerang? O.k. One. Two. Three.Have you seen the boomerang?

    Myrtle throws his head in the air.

    MYRTLE THE SEA TURTLEGuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuup!

    Myrtle yanks his head into his shell. Xack looks aroundconfused.

    OUTBACK XACK(Politely)

    Hm. Maybe Myrtle didnt hear us.Lets ask him again, but this timea little louder. One. Two. Three.Have you seen the boomerang?

    Myrtle pokes his head out and throws it up in the air.

    MYRTLE THE SEA TURTLEGuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuup!

    Myrtle yanks his head into his shell.

    (CONTINUED)

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    OUTBACK XACKHm. I think Myrtle is havingtrouble understanding us. Wait aminute!

    Xack taps a finger over his lips, pacing back and forth.

    OUTBACK XACKDo turtles move quickly orslowly?...Thats right slowly. Sodo you think they eat ice creamquickly or slowly?... Yeah slowly.I think we need to speak in slooowtuuurtle laaangauge fooor Myyyrtleto understand us. Lets all say,haaave yooou seeen theeebooomerang? On the count of three.One! Two! Three! Haaave yooou seeentheee booomerang?

    MYRTLE THE SEA TURTLEGuuuuup! Thaaaaaat waaaaaaay!Siixth Buuoy! Guuuuup!

    OUTBACK XACKThank-

    Myrtle pulls his head into his shell, then disappears intothe hole. Xack peers into the hole.

    OUTBACK XACK-you. Hes gone, but he told us he

    saw the boomerang! Thats greatnews! We might just find thisboomerang! Which way did he say itwent?...

    Xack looks mortified.

    OUTBACK XACKNo, no, no. Not that way! You meanit really fle- fle- flew outtowards the se- se- s-, gulp! Icant say it! Im scared of the se-se- se- water. AH! I said i--

    Myrtle pops out of the hole.

    MYRTLE THE SEA TURTLE-Booo!

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    OUTBACK XACKAhhh! Oh, its you. Why did youleave so--

    MYRTLE THE SEA TURTLE-Sooometimes we have to faaace ourfeeears in order to grooow. Guuup!

    Myrtle yanks his head into his shell, then disappears downthe hole in the sand.

    OUTBACK XACKFace our fears in order to grow?Hm. Hes right! Sidekicks! We haveto swim out to sea if we want tofind Kangaroo Lous boomerang! O.k.mates the first thing and mostimportant thing you need wheneverswimming is an adult! Now, whatelse do we need to help us float in

    the water?...Did someone say armfloaties? Thats right! Everyonepull out your floaties!

    Xack whips a floatie out his pocket.

    OUTBACK XACKNow lets blow them up!

    He begins blowing the floatie up, it reaches capacity, hekeeps pushing air into the swollen floatie, it POPS in hisface.

    OUTBACK XACKYikes! Lets try that again.

    He inflates the first floatie, then the second and rapidlyslaps them over his arms.

    OUTBACK XACKO.k. weve got an adult, weve gotfloaties. Is there anything else wemight need before going into theocean?... Did you say an air tank?Ok. Everyone pull out your air

    tanks!

    He produces an air tank and places it next to himself.

    OUTBACK XACKNow release the pressure valve!

    He twists the valve releasing high pressure air that blastshim in the face, knocking him on his butt.

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    OUTBACK XACKCrikey mates! Take it easy onthose! Now put your tank on yourback!

    Xack grabs the tank by the neck and swings it from in front

    of himself, up over his head, and whacks himself in theback. PING! He falls on his face.

    OUTBACK XACKCrikey! That really hurt mates!Phew! Whooooey! Alright, is thereanything out there that we might beafraid of?...Did you say sharks?O.k. everyone pull out your can ofsuper magical shark repellentspray. On the count of three coveryourself with super magical sharkrepellent spray. One! Two! Three!

    He fieriously covers himself with the can of spray sharkrepellent.

    OUTBACK XACKAlright mates, lets step out intothe ocean.

    EXT. OCEAN SURFACE - DAY

    Xack stands in chest high water.

    OUTBACK XACKSidekick, do you remember theirswimming skills?... Are you readyto conquer these waves!...Its gotime!

    INSERT SWIMMING SONG WITH XACKS ACTIONS:

    OUTBACK XACKFirst reach straight out! Firstreach straight out! Then pull backin! Then pull back in! Now we canswim! Now we can swim! First reachway out! First reach way out! Thenpull back in! Then pull back in!Now we can swim! Now we can swim!

    END MUSIC:

    He swims past a BUOY marked "1".

    (CONTINUED)

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    OUTBACK XACKExplorer that is a buoy! Myrtle theSea Turtle said the boomerang flewto the sixth buoy! Lets count thebuoys while we swim! One buoy! Keepon swimming mates!

    Another BUOY passes.

    OUTBACK XACKTwo buoys! Just a bit further.

    The third BUOY goes by.

    OUTBACK XACKThree buoys! Keep a keen eye openfor the boomerang while we areswimming. Lets all look way overthere!

    He looks to his left.

    OUTBACK XACKI dont see anything. Lets look tothe right!

    He looks right.

    OUTBACK XACKDont look at the sun silly, youlllose your sight! I dont seeanything! Keep on swimming

    explorers! First reach way out!First reach way o- Uhhhhhhh!

    Xack points toward the sky in terror.

    OUTBACK XACKThat is the biggest wave Ive everseen! Swim to the top of the waveexplorers!

    He swims fast up the tremendous wave as it carries a BUOYhigh into the air.

    OUTBACK XACKFour buoys! Now, body-surf down theback side!

    Xack extends his arms and surfs down the backside of thewave. A BUOY marked "5" passes.

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    OUTBACK XACKFive buoys!

    The water gently places him next to the sixth BUOY.

    OUTBACK XACK

    Spot on body-surfing mates! Wow,you are true adventurers! Crikeythat wave carried us right next tothe sixth buoy and over the GreatBarrier Reef. Lets have a lookaround! Lets look way to the left!

    He looks left.

    OUTBACK XACKLets look way to the right!

    He looks right.

    OUTBACK XACKDont look at the sun silly, youlllose your sight! Hm. I dont seeanything. Wait a minute! I wonderif the purple polka dottedboomerang left Kangaroo Lous hand,flew over the Eucalyptus tree wherePaula the Koala lives, over thebeach where we met Myrtle the SeaTurtle, landed on top on the waterand then sank down below!

    Xack gasps and looks terrified. Then takes a deep breath andpuffs his chest out.

    OUTBACK XACKSidekick! I think were going tohave to dive down deep! Do youremember how to dive down deep?

    He suggestively nods yes.

    OUTBACK XACKNo you dont, because I have taughtyou yet silly! Were gonna go up!

    Xack claps his hands together above his head to get intodiving position.

    OUTBACK XACKAnd on the count of three weregonna dive down deep and when youdive down deep you have to make

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    OUTBACK XACK (contd)your diving down deep voice likethi-i-i-

    He vigorously shakes his head back and forth causing hischeeks to slap back and forth like a skydiver falling.

    OUTBACK XACKis-s-s-s.b-b-b-b-b-b-b-b-b--b-b-b-b-b-b-b!Ready! Were gonna go up! And! One!Two! Three! Dive! Down! Deep!

    Xack dives under water.

    EXT. UNDER THE OCEAN SURFACE - DAY

    Xack speaks in his underwater voice, choppy and bubbly.

    OUTBACK XACKKeep on swimming mates! I see theGreat Barrier Reef approaching!

    He stops swimming.

    OUTBACK XACKAlright sidekick, focus. Letslooks for the boomerang! Lets lookway to the left! Lets look way tothe right! Dont look at the sunsilly, youll lose your sight! Does

    anyone one see anything? Rememberto speak in your underwatervoice... I dont see anythingeither. I dont know if well everfind the boomerang. Wait a minute!Its the Great Barrier Reef justbelow us! Lets all say GreatBarrier Reef on the count of three!One! Two! Three! Great BarrierReef! The Great Barrier Reef is thelargest living thing on the planet!I wonder if the boomerang sank downand settled there. Lets swim downto the Great Barrier Reef reallyslowly and cautiously because wedont want to damage the reef.

    An ALARM SOUNDS just as Xack begins swimming downward.

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    OUTBACK XACKCrikey mate that means we only havefive minutes of air left in ourtanks! Swim faster! Show me howfast you can swim explorer!

    Xack does the swimming sequence in hyper speed.

    OUTBACK XACKFirst reach way out! First reachway out! Then pull back in! Thenpull back in! Now we can swim! Nowwe can swim!

    EXT. THE GREAT BARRIER REEF - DAY

    The lush Great Barrier Reef extends in front of OutbackXack. A small cave on the reef near Xack achieves visualprominence.

    OUTBACK XACKLets stop here mate and have a lookaround! Do you see anything thatmight help us?... Spot on mate!Thats a cave on the side of theGreat Barrier Reef. I wonder if theboomerang sank down below and wentinto this cave?... Explorer, Imgoing to go into that cave and seeif the boomerang is in there. Youstay out here and keep an eye outfor any sharks or treasure! Wish me

    luck!

    He disappears into the cave.

    OUTBACK XACK (O.S.)(Echoing)

    Hello? Hello? Is anyone in here?Yikes!

    Xack bolts out of the cave.

    OUTBACK XACK(Whispering terrified)

    Theres something purple in thecave! But its right next to asleeping shark.

    Xack slumps over over next to the cave.

    The alarm SOUNDS again.

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    OUTBACK XACK...And weve only got two minutesof air left! Theres no way werefinding th--

    A BOOMING VOICE shoots out from the cave.

    MARK THE SHARK (O.S.)-Uh. Ehem. Huh. Who woke me up frommy nap?

    OUTBACK XACK(Shouting into the cave)

    Im so sorry for waking you. Itsme Outback Xack the explorer fromthe Land Down Under. Who are you?

    MARK THE SHARK (O.S.)Im Mark the Shark, keeper of the

    coral! Why were you in my cave?

    Xack meanders into the cave while speaking.

    OUTBACK XACK (O.S.)Well you see Mark, my friend and Iare trying to find a purple polkadotted boomerang. Can you help u--

    MARK THE SHARK (O.S.)-Not until I eat!

    OUTBACK XACK (O.S.)

    Yikeys crikeys Im out of-

    Xack bolts out of the cave.

    OUTBACK XACK-here! Were not finding the purpleboomer-

    MARK THE SHARK (O.S.)(Echoing)

    -Im a friendly shark! I dont eatpeople, but my friends do. Did yousay purple?

    OUTBACK XACKOh phew! Yes, purple.

    He approaches the cave.

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    OUTBACK XACKDoes that mean youll help us?

    MARK THE SHARK (O.S.)Of course.

    OUTBACK XACKWell the boomerang was purple andpolk-

    INSERT SFX: A CLICK followed by a DIAL TONE.

    OUTBACK XACKMark what are you doing? Why areyou pick up the phone Mark? Yourenot calling your shark friends areyou Mark? Youre not calling yourhungry shark frie--

    INSERT SFX: PHONE BUTTONS BEING PRESSED.

    MARK THE SHARK (O.S.)(Merrily singing to himself)

    -Five five five eight eight eighteight! Pizza pie delivery is reallygreat! Yes one large vegetarianpizza please! Got it, four SandDollars!

    A phone CLICKS back on to the hook O.S.

    MARK THE SHARK (O.S.)

    Want some pizza Xack?

    OUTBACK XACK(speech speeding up)

    Crikey as much as Id love to Ivegot about thirty seconds of airleft!

    MARK THE SHARK (O.S.)Oh! Well something flew into mycave earlier today and woke me upfrom my nap and I wasnt happyabout it! Wait outside!

    Xack rushes out of the cave.

    OUTBACK XACKNo problem Mark! Did you hear thatmate!... Something flew into hiscave earlier today! Mates we mayhave found the boomerang!

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    Xack checks his tank gauge.

    OUTBACK XACKYikey! Crikey! One minute of airleft! Please hurry Mark!

    MARK THE SHARK (O.S.)

    (Dorkily singing)Lets see here. Where did I putthat thing? Hm. Hm. Hm.

    OUTBACK XACKIts purple and polka dottedremember!

    Xack looks at his gauge.

    MARK THE SHARK (O.S.)(Singing)

    Bumbly bum bum. Bop! Thats right

    here it is!

    A door bell RINGS.

    MARK THE SHARK (O.S.)Oop pizzas here!

    OUTBACK XACKMark please!

    Xack looks at his gauge.

    MARK THE SHARK (O.S.)Not to worry here I come!

    OUTBACK XACKNow mates dont be scared of Markthe Shark, hes frie- frie- frie-

    Mark pokes his body halfway out of the cave behind Xack.Mark the Shark is the length of Outback Xacks forearm. Heholds a purple polka dotted frisbee in his mouth. Marksvoice goes up two octaves without the acoustic boost of thecave.

    OUTBACK XACK-friendl-l-l-l-l-l--

    MARK THE SHARK-Get a load of this guy.

    Xack jumps, then spins around to see a not so menacing Marknod at Xack. Xack chuckles to himself.

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    MARK THE SHARKWelp, there ya go!

    Mark spits the frisbee out in front of Xack.

    OUTBACK XACK

    Thank you! Uh, Mark? Youre nothuge at all.

    MARK THE SHARKHe. He. I know, I just cast areally big shadow inside my cave.

    The ALARM SOUNDS again.

    OUTBACK XACKYikey Crikey! Weve got to get tothe surface mates! Everyone takeone last deep breath and hold it!

    Lets go! Everyone say bye Mark theShark!... Now swim for it!

    INSERT SWIMMING SONG 2X SPEED WITH XACKS ACTIONS:

    OUTBACK XACKFirst reach straight out! Firstreach straight out! Then pull backin! Then pull back in! Now we canswim! Now we can swim! First reachway out! First reach way out! Thenpull back in! Then pull back in!Now we can swim! Now we can swim!

    END MUSIC:

    EXT. OCEAN SURFACE - DUSK

    Xack bursts through the surface and takes a huge breath.

    OUTBACK XACKYikey crikey! Its getting darkfast! Wait a minute!

    He looks at the frisbee.

    OUTBACK XACKThis isnt a boomerang. But it ispurple and polka dotted. Humph? Doyou know what this is?...Did yousay a frisbee? Spot on mate!Crikey! I wonder if Kangaroo Louwas confused earlier today? Have

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    OUTBACK XACK (contd)you ever been confused?... Yeah metoo. I think Kangaroo Lou boughtthis at the toy store and racedhome so excited to play with hisnew frisbee that he didnt even

    realize that it isnt a boomerang.Its a frisbee and you have to havea friend to catch it and throw itback to you. That would explain whywhen Kangaroo Lou threw the"boomerang" earlier today, itdidnt return to his dismay. Wehave to get back to Kangaroo Loufast to find out if weve found hismissing frisbee!

    He looks around.

    OUTBACK XACKThe tide must have carried us in,because the beach is right here.Climb out of the water mate!

    EXT. AUSTRALIAN BEACH - DUSK

    Xack drags himself up onto the beach next to Myrtle the SeaTurtle.

    MYRTLE THE SEA TURTLE(Slow speech.)

    Hello.

    OUTBACK XACKHello and sorry Myrtle, but wevegot to run! Explorers lets getacross this beach!

    Xack begins marching across the beach.

    INSERT MARCHING SONG WITH XACKS ACTIONS:

    OUTBACK XACKOne! Two! Three! Four! One! Two!Three! Four! Left! Left! Left!Right! Left! Were marching to theOutback! Were gonna bringsomething back! Were marching tothe Outback! Were gonna bringsomething back! Left! Left! Left!Right! Left!...Left! Left! Left!Right! Left!

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    END MUSIC:

    OUTBACK XACKKeep marching explorer! I see theEucalyptus tree approaching!

    EXT. FOREST EUCALYPTUS TREE - DUSK

    Xack marches past the Eucalyptus tree as Paula the Koalapops out.

    PAULA THE KOALAHey! There are those excellentclimbers! Wait a minute! Thats afrisbee!

    Xack smiles while marching past.

    OUTBACK XACKNo time to explain Paula, sorry!Keep marching explorers I see AyersRock approaching! Just push it alittle further!

    INSERT MARCHING SONG WITH XACKS ACTIONS:

    OUTBACK XACKOne! Two! Three! Four! One! Two!Three! Four! Left! Left! Left!Right! Left! Were marching to theOutback! Were gonna bring

    something back! Were marching tothe Outback! Were gonna bringsomething back! Left! Left! Left!Right! Left!...Left! Left! Left!Right! Left!

    END MUSIC:

    EXT. AYERS ROCK - DUSK

    Holding the frisbee, Xack stops marching next to Ayers Rock.

    OUTBACK XACKPhew! we made it. Hello! Hello!Kangaroo Lou? Crikey! Does anyonesee Kangaroo Lou?...

    Kangaroo Lou emerges behind Xack.

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    KANGAROO LOUHere I- Oh boy! Oh boy! Bonzer jobmates! My boomerang!

    OUTBACK XACKHa! Ha! Kangaroo Lou, this isnt aboomerang. This is a frisbee! It

    doesnt come back to you when youthrow it. You have to have a friendto catch it and throw it back toyou. Here you go.

    He hands Kangaroo Lou the frisbee.

    KANGAROO LOUOh. Woopsies! I must have been tooexcited to play when I left the toystore that I didnt even realizethat I was confused!

    Xack nods in agreement.

    KANGAROO LOUThank you so much for helping meOutback Xack and explorers intraining! Well Im off to find afriend to play catch with.

    OUTBACK XACKGood luck Kangaroo Lou!

    He waves as Kangaroo Lou hops off into the sunset.

    OUTBACK XACKSidekicks you were of great helptoday! You are great explorers andfast learners! Maybe you can helpme again some d--

    INSERT SFX: Sonic boom followed by a rush of air then abang.

    Xack spots a streak of light in the sky headed straight forhim.

    OUTBACK XACKDuck!

    The object clears his head and strikes the ground a few feetfrom him. Wild-eyed he looks at the camera, then slowlyapproaches the steaming crater.

    He siletly gestures to stay back as he leans over to peerinto the crater.

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    A pitted GREY ROCK WITH A NOTE TIED TO IT rests at thebottom of the crater.

    Xack retrieves the rock.

    OUTBACK XACK

    Its a moon rock with a note tiedto it!

    Quickly he unwraps the note, folds it open and reads.

    OUTBACK XACKPlease help me. I lost my spaceshipon the moon.

    He looks at the camera.

    OUTBACK XACKCrikey mate! I need a sidekick!

    FADE OUT: