Happy Sunday, everybody! It’s time for the second episode of Cinnamon Bear. We will finally be learning all about this business of de-growing!
The actor who voiced Weary Willie the Stork was Gale Gordon, who, among other things, is the man who you will remember as the second actor to play Mr. Wilson on the Dennis the Menace television show! Cool, huh? I think so, too!
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The Cinnamon Bear Episode 2 – Weary Willie the Stork
Opening: Cinnamon Bear Theme
Cinnamon Bear: And here’s the Cinnamon Bear!
Announcer: Now on we go with the story of Judy and Jimmy and the Cinnamon Bear! If you’ll remember, the twins went up into the attic to hunt for a missing Christmas tree ornament, the silver star. While searching through an old trunk, they found a little toy cinnamon bear only four inches tall, but when they looked at him through the big telescope he got very much larger, and started to talk to them. What’s more, he told Judy and Jimmy that he could show them how to de-grow, until they were just as small as he, so they could all chase the Crazy Quilt Dragon who had stolen their beautiful silver star out of the trunk. At this very minute, Judy is very anxious to learn all about this business of de-growing.
Judy: Please hurry and tell us how to get small, Cinnamon Bear! Cinnamon Bear: Of course, of course. Well, (clears throat) it’s really quite simple, you know. It’s all in the way you look at it. Now just, uh, pardon me a moment, do you mind very much if I make one special growl at this spider here? He’s been making faces at me, and it’s very distracting. Judy: Alright, but please hurry. Cinnamon Bear: It won’t take a second. One, two. Grr-ah! (laughs) he ran so fast you could hear him whistle. That’s a most effective growl, don’t you think? Jimmy: Of course, it’s wonderful, Cinnamon Bear, but we’ve just got to get smaller right away or we’ll never get Crazy Quilt. Cinnamon Bear: Oh, yes, uh, let’s see now. As I was saying, it’s all in the way you look at it. We’re only as big as we see we are. Judy: I don’t understand what you mean, Cinnamon Bear. Cinnamon Bear: Well, you’re used to seeing yourself the way you are now, about four and a half feet high. Now when you look at me through the small end of the telescope I’m big, aren’t I? Jimmy: Uh-huh. Cinnamon Bear: When you look through the small end, things look bigger, but if you turn the telescope around, and look through the big end, they look smaller. Judy: Ooh! Cinnamon Bear: Now, Jimmy, you take the telescope and look at Judy through the big end. Jimmy: Alright. Now, hold still, Judy. Oh-ho! Oh my goodness, but you’re little! Why, you’re no bigger than Cinnamon Bear! Judy: Let me look at you, Jimmy! I bet you you’re just as tiny as I am. Oh, Jimmy! You’re only about four inches high. Really! Cinnamon Bear: There! Now the only thing you children have to do to be small is to see yourselves that way. Jimmy: But how are we going to do that, Cinnamon Bear? Judy: Yes, that’s what I’d like to know. We can see each other through the telescope alright, but how can we see ourselves? Cinnamon Bear: Sure'n, it’s simple. The first thing you do is put the telescope up on top of that dresser over there, the one with the looking glass? Fix it so the small end is next to the looking glass, and then look at yourselves through the big end. And Presto-change-o! You’ll be as small as me. Judy: Isn’t it fun, Jimmy? Regular magic! Jimmy: Sure is, alright! Now come on and help me put this telescope on top of the dresser. It’s pretty heavy. Judy: Mmhmm! Jimmy: There! We’re all set now! Cinnamon Bear: Now, wait, wait, wait, I almost forgot something! I’d appreciate you putting me on the top of the dresser before you de-grow. I’ll have a hard time getting up there by meself. Judy: Of course, Cinnamon Bear. Just hang onto my finger tight. Cinnamon Bear: Okay! Judy: And up you go! Cinnamon Bear: Thank you, Judy. Now you two can look through the telescope. Judy: Alright. Jimmy: There! Why I can see you and me, Judy! Judy: So can I! And we look so tiny, we…. Judy: Oh! Jimmy: Gee, Willikers! Judy: Do you feel funny, Jimmy? Jimmy: Awful funny! Judy: Whew! Here we are. Why, we’re at the other end of the telescope. Jimmy: Hey, and look how big everything is! Why, look way over there, Judy. The trunk seems as big as a mountain! Judy: And just a minute ago we were taller than it is! Cinnamon Bear: Well, well! How do ya like being only four inches high? Jimmy: Alright, I guess. Sure is funny, though. I wonder what Mother would say if she could see us now, Judy. Judy: She probably couldn’t see us, unless she looked awful hard. Cinnamon Bear: Well we better get started now if we want to catch the Crazy Quilt Dragon. He’s got a pretty big head start. Jimmy: Where do we go, Cinnamon Bear? Cinnamon Bear: Right through that hole in the wall. Judy: Why, when we were down on the floor a while ago, it was only a tiny little hole. Now it looks like a tunnel! Cinnamon Bear: That’s exactly what it is, Judy. A tunnel. And it leads to Maybe Land! Jimmy: Maybe Land? But you said the Crazy Quilt Dragon probably headed for the Lollipop Mountains! Cinnamon Bear: Sure, and the Lollipop Mountains are located in Maybe Land. Come on, let’s get started. Judy: Oh dear! How are we ever going to get down off this big, high dresser, Cinnamon Bear? Cinnamon Bear: In the aeroplane, to be sure! Jimmy: Why, look, Judy! Over on the other side of the dresser, it’s that gold glass aeroplane I found in the trunk. Judy: Only now it’s great big! Jimmy: But, Cinnamon Bear! We can’t go anywhere in that! Why, it’s only a Christmas tree ornament. Cinnamon Bear: That’s where you’re very mistaken, Jimmy. That happens to be me very own extra private aeroplane, and it flies beautifully! Judy: It does? Cinnamon Bear: It certainly does! Absolutely! And if you want to know what, I once made a trans-Root Beer-Oceanic flight in it! Come along, now! Jimmy: Why, look, Judy! It has a motor and everything. What does it run on, Cinnamon Bear? Cinnamon Bear: All the motors in Maybe Land run on soda pop. Now you and Judy climb in first. Judy and Jimmy: Alright. Judy: Ooo! Jimmy: Gee! Judy: This is wonderful! When do we start? Cinnamon Bear: In a second, Judy. Uh, can you jiggle that lever while I get the propeller going, Jimmy? Jimmy: Sure! Uh… this one? Cinnamon Bear: That’s right! Judy: Oh, Jimmy, I’m so excited! Cinnamon Bear: Contact! Jimmy: Contact! Cinnamon Bear: Won’t be a minute now, and we’ll be off for Maybe Land. Here we go! Judy and Jimmy: Wheee! Jimmy: Oh, Gee! Oh, boy! Cinnamon Bear: I’ll just circle the room a couple of times, and then we’ll head for the tunnel. Judy: Oh! Watch where you’re flying, Cinnamon Bear! You just missed hitting the truck. Cinnamon Bear: I’m sorry, Judy. Hold tight, now. Here we go into the tunnel! Jimmy: It’s awful dark in here. How can you see, Cinnamon Bear? Cinnamon Bear: Me shoe button eyes are 'specially good, you know. Anyway, it won’t be dark for long. We’re nearly through the tunnel already! Can’t you see the light ahead? Judy: Sure enough! Why look! We’re outside! Oh, Jimmy isn’t it wonderful? Jimmy: Oh! Why, it’s the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen! Is this what you call Maybe Land? Cinnamon Bear: Indeed! Judy: Do lots of people live here? Cinnamon Bear: Scads and scads of them. All kinds of dolls and little animals and funny creatures you’ve probably never even heard of. Jimmy: Are they all nice like you, Cinnamon Bear? Cinnamon Bear: Some are rather bad, they tell me, but of course I haven’t met all the inhabitants of Maybe Land be a long way. Judy: Oh, it does like a dream! What is this place we’re flying over now? Cinnamon Bear: Those are the Lollipop Mountains, Judy. All those different colors you see down there are lollipop trees. Jimmy: Look! Is that the Crazy Quilt Dragon? Cinnamon Bear: Where?! Jimmy: Way over there, on top of that shiny cliff. Cinnamon Bear: Yessirree! It’s Crazy Quilt alright! And that’s a cliff at the top of Looking Glass Valley. It’s made entirely of looking glass. He probably picked the spot so he could bend over and admire his reflection. He’s very vain. Jimmy: Let’s hurry and catch him. Cinnamon Bear: We must be ‘specially cautious. Mustn’t let him know we’re after him. We’d better circle over Looking Glass Valley, y’know, just as if we were lookin’ at the view and then get around in back of him, and take him be surprise! Judy: That’s a fine idea. Jimmy: My, isn’t it bright, Judy? Judy: Just like looking up above you, ‘cause it reflects the sky and everything. Voice: Halloo there! Jimmy: Did you hear somebody call? Cinnamon Bear: Yes, over there. Oh, me! It’s that awful stork. Jimmy: Stork? Cinnamon Bear: Yes. Weary Willie, and he’s a terrible nuisance. Always going around in short pants and bragging about his wonderful travels. Y’know he’s a globetrotter, and he writes books, but don’t pay any attention to him. Weary Willie: I say, uh, halloo there and cheerio! Judy: It seems sort of impolite not to say hello to him. Cinnamon Bear: Oh, very well, but I warn ya, he’s no good at all, no good at all. Hello, Weary Willie! Weary Willie: Greetings, my friends, greetings! Could you perchance accommodate a weary wayfarer in your airplane? I’ve wandered many a mile, and I am most fatigued. Cinnamon Bear: Of course not, silly! You’re bigger than our aeroplane is, and you’ll leave us alone, we’re busy! Judy: Look! Jimmy, isn’t he funny? He’s wearing short pants like a mountain climber or something. Jimmy: And look at those horn-rimmed glasses, and that silly hat with a feather in it. He’s the funniest stork I ever saw. Weary Willie: Well, uh, far be it from me to intrude where I’m obviously not welcome. Of course, I cannot always expect people to be magnanimous or sensible of the extreme honor I am conferring on them by… Judy: What ever in the world is he talking about, Cinnamon Bear? Cinnamon Bear: Don’t pay any attention to him. He thinks he should talk that way, because he has a diploma and writes books. Weary Willie: Uh, I’ll overlook your insinuations, Paddy O’Cinnamon. If you cannot assist me in my flight, my young friends, perhaps you have the wherewithal to aid in abetting and quenching my most ravenous thirst. Cinnamon Bear: He means he’s thirsty. Will you please go away, Weary Willie? We’re in a very great hurry to catch the Crazy Quilt Dragon who made off with the silver star that belongs to me friends! Weary Willie: Oh, indeed! A daring fellow, that Crazy Quilt. Cinnamon Bear: Yes, and furthermore, the only liquid we have on board is the soda pop that runs the aeroplane, so scram! Weary Willie: Mmm! Soda pop! Ah, delectable! Uh, what flavor? Cinnamon Bear: Aw, raspberries! Weary Willie: Raspberry? Oh, that will do admirably! Judy: What does he mean? Jimmy: My goodness! He’s drinking up all the soda pop gas! Weary Willie: Ah! That was delicious, my friends, uh, top hole! Thank you, thank you! Now I believe I’ll just fly over and tell Crazy Quilt you’re chasing him! Or, uh, perchance I should say we’re chasing him! See you later! Zip Zip! Judy: Oh, he’s flying away, Cinnamon Bear! You bad old stork! Shame on you! Jimmy: We’re beginning to drop! Cinnamon Bear: Don’t be afraid! We’ll make it alright. Jimmy: We’re going right down in looking glass valley. Judy: Yes, and I can see our reflection coming up to meet us. Whee! Jimmy: Oh! Jeepers. Judy: Oh! Oh, Jimmy! Jimmy: Judy! Cinnamon Bear: Hold tight! Judy: Oh, Oh my! Cinnamon Bear: Are you alright, children? Jimmy: Sure. That was nothing. Judy: I’m alright, too, Cinnamon Bear, but I’m awful angry with that mean old Weary Willie stork. Cinnamon Bear: So am I, and if I ever catch him, I’ll make him molt where he doesn’t expect to! Jimmy: It sure puts us in a fix. How can we ever get out of this valley? The sides are all made of looking glass, and they’re straight up and down. Cinnamon Bear: I don’t want to frighten you children, but this is really more serious than you think. Really! Jimmy: What do you mean, Cinnamon Bear? Cinnamon Bear: Will you promise me not to get scared? Judy: We promise. We’re not afraid. Cinnamon Bear: Well I know all about this looking glass valley. I flew down here last year and explored it from one end to the other, and I found out… Jimmy: What? Cinnamon Bear: Unless you have an aeroplane or can fly… Judy: Yes? Cinnamon Bear: There is absolutely... Positively... No way to get out.
Announcer: My, my! Our adventurers really are in a pickle, aren’t they? Out of soda pop gas on the shiny floor of looking glass valley with sides too steep to be climbed, and to make matters even more unbearable, the Crazy Quilt Dragon still has the silver star. Let’s be sure to listen next time and see what becomes of Judy and Jimmy and the Cinnamon Bear.