EXT. DARK LUSH GREEN FOREST - DAYThe forest is dimly lit, through the deep green trees appearsTANE MAHUTA, god of the forest. He looks around with pleasureat his domain, the moss, the rocks, the plants of the ground.His gaze travels upward toward his pride and joy, the trees.Tane sees a fallen tree in the distance, he takes a closelook at the fallen tree and then sees bugs crawl out of it,he crushes it with ease.His eyes move around the forest he sees a once majesticKowhaitree wilt before his eyes. The color drains from around him as he sees the treetops, their leaves are dim,their trunks are turning greyish, their limbs don't so muchsway in the breeze as lift weakly, then fall to their sides.Leaves dry and fall off the branches.A swarm-like sound is heard. Tane Mahuta looks closely at theroots and sees they are black, he looks closer and sees theirsurface is moving. He looks even closer and see insects,looking like normal bugs, but with exaggerated, almost evilfeatures. The insects crawl in and over the trees, takingbites, burrowing into the wood, leaving destruction in their wake.Tane Mahuta could not rid of them without destroying the sameroots they feed on. His gigantic totem-like physique hasalways been of great help when it comes to protecting theforest, but not when the threat is attacking from within.He breathes heavily. He turns around and sees the forestroof, the colourthat once covered his domain is being suckeddry by the vicious plague.Tane Mahuta collapses on the ground, his tears flood theforest floor, his pain is palpable in the air. Suddenly thesky is filled with plumage, bright colors of every type. TaneMahuta gestures to the birds, then waves his arm toward thedecaying forest.TANE MAHUTASomething is eating my children, Ineed one of you to come down from the forest roof and save them.Nothing is heard but the sound of the breeze. Tane Mahutaturns to TUI.TANE MAHUTA (CONT’D)(His voice croaked)Tui, will you come down from theforest roof?