“My Imaginary Friends”
Original Screenplay Written by Jason Wiese
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese
FADE IN INT. – BERNIE’S JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL HALLWAY The school bell rings between classes signifying the end of Soon after the bell rings, the hallway is filled with kids between the ages of eleven through fourteen years old. Within the mix are some boys throwing a football back and forth to each other, and there’s also a few groups of girls walking together gossiping with each other. The last kid to leave one of the classrooms is BERNIE, a cute, short, but very awkward eleven year old sixth-grader with hair slicked to the side, wide eyes and coke-bottle glasses. He’s struggling to carry several books to his locker. he gets to his locker, he notices his longtime crush, BEATRICE, standing a few lockers down. Once
Beatrice is a tall skinny girl whose beauty is hidden behind her braces, bad hair, wide eyes and coke-bottle glasses. By all traditional definitions, she is awkward as well. Nervously, Bernie opens his locker and checks himself out in the mirror hanging on the door inside. He smiles in the mirror to check out his teeth and he notices a piece of lettuce stuck in between one of them so he picks it out. As he’s concentrating on his teeth, a kid walks by him and says something derogatory in his direction without losing stride. STUDENT #1 Hey dork. Next Bernie gently blows into the mirror and takes a deep breath so he can check out his breath. Another kid walks by him and says something.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese STUDENT #2 What’s up dork? Bernie is so used to this behavior that he doesn’t even realize people are saying anything to him. BERNIE (to himself) Teeth are sparkling, breath smells good…time to make my move. Bernie grabs a stack of books for his next class, closes his locker and approaches Beatrice. Bernie tries his hardest to act suavely but it just comes off geeky and he becomes increasingly nervous. BERNIE Sooo Beatrice, how are you this fine day? BEATRICE I’m good. BERNICE (nervously) You know, ummmm, the Fall dance is, ummmm, coming up this weekend and I just was, ahhh, wondering if you’d, ummmm, like to go with me? BEATRICE You want me to go with you? BERNIE Yeah, it’d, ummm, be swell. My mom could pick you up in her Volvo station wagon, it’s quite the ride. BEATRICE Bernie I can’t go. BERNIE Oh do you have pre-existing plans for that night? BEATRICE Oh no, I’ll be at the dance. (MORE) I
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese BEATRICE (cont’d) wouldn’t miss it. I just meant that I can’t go with you. BERNIE (sadly) Ohhh, I guess I understand. Well maybe you can save a dance for me? I do a mean cha-cha; my mom taught it to me once. BEATRICE Maybe I will, but I can’t promise you one. BERNIE Yeah I know, there will be a lot of guys there and you can’t dance with everyone. Hopefully I’ll be one of the lucky ones. BEATRICE I have to run off to class now. Beatrice politely brushes him off because she’s not really in a rush to leave her locker. BERNIE Right, I got you. So, I’ll see you later. Bernie walks away dejected, his head slung down low. As he walks down the hall, he gets tripped by the notorious SCHOOL BULLY, a tough-looking fourteen year old kid. Bernie falls face down on the floor, his books scatter everywhere and his glasses fall off his face. Everyone in the hall laughs at his misfortune. SCHOOL BULLY Ohhh, Bernard falls down and go boom. What’s the matter, you having problems walking? Bernie struggles to find his glasses and get up.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese SCHOOL BULLY (menacingly) Here buddy, let me help you. The school bully picks up one of his notebooks, opens it up, rips out a handful of pages that have already been written on and throws them across the hallway. After that, he has a big hearty laugh. SCHOOL BULLY Come on boys, let’s skip next period. The school bully walks away with three of his friends, all tough-looking punks as well. The school bell rings signifying the next period is starting. As kids go back to walking down the hallway, some of them kick Bernie’s notebooks and school books around. Bernie finally finds his glasses and puts them on. Then he gets to his knees and scrambles to collect his school books and notebooks. Beatrice, who was watching all this go down by her locker, feels bad and approaches him. She gets down on her knees and helps him collect his books. BEATRICE Are you OK, Bernie? BERNIE (frustrated) Don’t worry. I got everything, you don’t have to worry about little old me. BEATRICE I want to help though. BERNIE (frustrated) No, that’s OK. What are you going to do? Pick up my Algebra book then just take it with you?
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese BEATRICE Bernie, you know I’m not like that. BERNIE (looks directly at her) You’re all like that. Bernie finally collects all his things then grabs the lone book in Beatrice’s hands and walks off. Beatrice is left in the middle of the hallway by herself. BEATRICE (to herself) I’m sorry Bernie. EXT. – RESIDENTIAL STREET BY SCHOOL – DAY After school, Bernie is walking down the street looking totally dejected. He’s sluggish and he constantly looks down at the ground as he walks. Up ahead of Bernie, a front yard is being watered with a sprinkler which causes a puddle to form in the road. As Bernie gets to the sidewalk in front of the house, a car comes speeding by, runs through the puddle and splashes Bernie. He gets soaked. Bernie stops for a moment to fix his hair and wipe the water off his books then he continues on like nothing happened. Once he gets to a cross street, he sees Beatrice walking towards him from the other street. He continues walking, pretending like he doesn’t notice her. He crosses the street before Beatrice is able to get to the corner. She ends up crossing the street and walking about ten feet behind Bernie on the sidewalk. She calls out to him. Bernie! BEATRICE Bernie!
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese Bernie ignores her and keeps walking. Beatrice speeds up until she catches him and she taps him on the back. BEATRICE Bernie! Bernie stops walking and turns around. He’s still embarrassed from earlier in the day so he’s looking at the ground and not directly at her. BERNIE (softly) What? BEATRICE What’s wrong Bernie? BERNIE What do you think? I get picked on all the time at school. BEATRICE Ohhh those kids don’t know any better. They’re not good people. You are though. BERNIE So why won’t you go to the Fall dance with me? BEATRICE (sighs) Ohhh Bernice. It’s complicated. BERNICE How complicated could it be? BEATRICE You wouldn’t understand. BERNICE Why wouldn’t I? I’m smart. BEATRICE I know you are, but it’s difficult to explain. (MORE)
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese BEATRICE (cont’d) It’s just that…it’s just that I don’t think it’d be good for me at school if I showed up with you. No offense and it’s nothing personal. BERNIE (dejectedly) None taken. BEATRICE I just don’t want to be made fun of more than I already am. I’d like to be considered popular, just like you would too. Bernie continues walking followed closely by Beatrice. BERNIE Who says I want to be popular? like me just the way I am. I
BEATRICE I do too, but come on, doesn’t everyone want to be popular? BERNIE I suppose most people do. BEATRICE So you see what I’m saying? BERNIE So you get made fun of too? BEATRICE All the time. Girls are brutal, probably more so than boys. BERNIE Really? Bernie slows down so that he and Beatrice are walking side by side now. BEATRICE Oh yeah, for sure. The worst is before and after gym class.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese BERNIE (inquisitively) What do they say? BEATRICE Ohhh, the usual. They call me four eyes and make fun of my braces. I don’t know what they want me to do, I need to see and I want straight teeth. BERNIE I know what you mean. BEATRICE Plus I’m not really athletically gifted; they always target me first at dodge ball and I’m always picked last in class. BERNIE That’s only because you don’t have gym class with me. Bernie and Beatrice stop in front of Beatrice’s house. BEATRICE Well, here’s my house. BERNIE Are you sure you don’t want to go to the dance with me? It sounds like we have a lot in common. BEATRICE I’m sorry Bernie, you’re a nice kid, but I just can’t. BERNIE (dejectedly) OK. BEATRICE Get home safe. Beatrice playfully skips across her front yard and into her house.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese Bernie continues walking down the street, his head is slung low again and he just looks at the ground as he walks. INT. – BERNIE’S HOUSE LIVING ROOM Bernie walks into the house and places his backpack on the floor right by the door. His 3 year old younger brother, ANDY, is sitting in the living room entranced by whatever he’s watching on TV and doesn’t acknowledge him. Bernie walks through the living room into the KITCHEN Where his MOTHER is busy preparing dinner. She’s got her back turned to him as she’s reaching up into a cabinet to grab a box, but nevertheless she hears him enter. BERNIE’S MOM Hey sugarplum, how was school today? Bernie, still dejected, doesn’t answer, or even acknowledge, her and continues walking through the kitchen without hesitation. BERNIE’S BEDROOM Bernie enters his bedroom and shuts the door behind him. He sits down on the edge of his bed and looks down at the floor. He starts sniffling and a couple of tears fall down his cheek. He looks up at a bunch of stuffed animals sitting on a chair by his bed. Looking directly at three stuffed animals in particular – a dog (Murray), a teddy bear (Theodore) and an African elephant (Mr. Elephant) - he addresses them specifically.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese BERNIE (sniffling) Theodore, Murray, Mr. Elephant, you guys are my only friends. (pauses) Why do I always get picked on? (pauses) Why am I so different from the other kids? I don’t mean to be, and I don’t want to be, I just am. (pauses) I wish I wasn’t picked on, you know what I mean? (pauses) At least you guys are always there for me and you’d never hurt me. Bernie lies down on his bed to try to fall asleep. He is still a little bit teary-eyed but after a few moments his eyelids start getting heavier and heavier. Just as he is about to fall asleep there is a knock on the door. His mom and dad enter the room before hearing a response from Bernie. BERNIE’S MOM Hi Bernie! BERNIE’S DAD How’s it going champ? Bernie’s mom is hiding something behind her back. BERNIE’S MOM Your dad and I talked and we thought it’d be a good idea to give you an early birthday present. Bernie perks up and sits up on his bed. Oh yeah! BERNIE What is it?
BERNIE’S MOM We went to Toys R Us the other day and asked them what’s the hottest new video game out for kids right now. And you know what they said?
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese Bernie’s mom unveils what’s behind her back and gives him the video game. BERNIE’S MOM (cont’d) The Chronicles of Prince Valor. A huge smile covers Bernie’s face. BERNIE (excitedly) The Chronicles of Prince Valor?!? The Chronicles of Prince Valor!?! Awesome! Bernie takes the game and hugs his mom and dad. BERNIE Thanks mom! Thanks dad! BERNIE’S DAD Ohhh, you’re welcome son! BERNIE I’m going to play this right now. Bernie stands up, runs over to his TV and turns it on. He fumbles around with the video game packaging to try to open it up. He finally manages to open up the video game after a little bit and he pops it into his game console. Once he does that, he grabs his controller and sits down on the floor only a few feet away from the TV. BERNIE’S MOM Well Bernie, I hope you enjoy the game. Bernie is still beaming from ear to ear. BERNIE I will, I will! Bernie’s dad walks over to Bernie and pats him on the head. BERNIE’S DAD Have fun son.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese Bernie’s parents walk out of the room. Bernie starts up the game and is immediately in awe of all the graphics. His eyes grow even wider than they already are. BERNIE Whoooaaa. LATER ON AT NIGHT Bernie is still playing the video game in the darkness of his room. The only light is coming from the glow of the TV. He is still practically entranced with playing the game. BERNIE’S MOM (O.S.) (yells) Bernie! Dinnertime! Bernie is so engrossed in the game that he doesn’t even hear his mom. After a few seconds she shouts out to him again. BERNIE’S MOM (O.S.) (yells) Bernie! Dinner! BERNIE I’m busy! Can I eat my dinner up here tonight? BERNIE’S MOM (O.S.) I guess, if you’d like. LATER ON Bernie is still sitting in the same place playing his video game. Besides him is a near empty dinner plate. Without skipping a beat in his game, Bernie eats the remaining few forkfuls of food from his plate and finishes off his dinner. All the while his eyes barely move off the TV.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese LATER ON Bernie is still immersed in his video game. BERNIE’S MOM (O.S.) (yells) Bernie, it’s time for bed! BERNIE Five more minutes mom! BERNIE’S MOM (O.S.) OK, but only five minutes. BERNIE Thanks mom. LATER ON While Bernie is still playing his game, his mom knocks on his door and walks into the room. Noticing that the only light in the room is coming from the TV, she immediately turns on a lamp. BERNIE’S MOM Bedtime Bernie. BERNIE (sadly) But mom. BERNIE’S MOM No buts this time mister. You asked for five minutes and I was nice enough to give you ten. It’s past eleven o’clock. BERNIE OK, OK, I’ll stop for the night. Even though Bernie said he’ll stop he continues playing, trying to get in every last second of action. Frustrated, Bernie’s mom stands right in front of the TV to block his view. BERNIE’S MOM Bernard.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese BERNIE Mom! Bernie tries to shift so that he can look around his mom to continue playing but it doesn’t work out so well. BERNIE’S MOM You’ve played enough today. Bernie gives up and shuts off the game and TV. BERNIE (dejectedly) Fine. Bernie stands up, marches over to his bed and gets in it. Bernie’s mom tucks him in. BERNIE’S MOM Good night son. BERNIE Good night mom. BERNIE’S MOM I love you. BERNIE I love you too mom. Bernie’s mom kisses him on the forehead then collects his dinner plate from the floor, turns off the light so that it’s now pitch dark in the room and walks out. NEXT MORNING – BERNIE’S BEDROOM Bernie is sleeping peacefully in his bed when suddenly his mom yells out to him. BERNIE’S MOM (O.S.) (yells) Bernie! Time to wake up for school. Bernie wakes up, rubs his eyes, stretches in bed then gets up and immediately walks over to his TV.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese He turns on his TV, sits back down in the same place he was sitting in the previous day and continues playing his video game. LATER ON Bernie is still playing his game when his mother walks into his room. She’s shocked to see him not ready for school and playing his video game instead. BERNIE’S MOM Bernard! You need to go to school right now! You’re not even dressed? BERNIE OK, OK, I’m going. minutes. Give me two
BERNIE’S MOM Hurry up or you’ll miss your bus… and I can’t drive you to school this morning. Bernie shuts down his game, stands up and turns off his TV. BERNIE I’m going, I’m going. INT. – BERNIE’S JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL CLASSROOM Bernie is sitting in the middle of a classroom filled with fellow sixth grade students. The older, gray-haired female teacher at the front of the room is teaching math in a relatively boring style. All the while, Bernie is doodling in his notebook. MATH TEACHER Class, today we’re going to learn about the exciting world of percentages. The teacher turns to the chalkboard and starts writing on it.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese MATH TEACHER (cont’d) What is 10% of 100? The teacher looks behind her to the rest of the class and waits for an answer. EVERYONE 10. The teacher turns back to the chalkboard and writes on it again. MATH TEACHER Very good! Now for something a little more difficult…what’s 10% of 200? She turns back around to the rest of the class to hear the answer. EVERYONE 20. The teacher claps her hands in excitement. MATH TEACHER Excellent class, I’m so proud of you all. Now we’re going to do one even harder, what is 30% of 200? Bernie further concentrates on his doodling in his notebook which is a picture of him, as Prince Valor, slaying a firebreathing dragon with a sword while the princess is locked up in a cage behind the dragon. After a few moments of silence while the students try to think of the answer, the teacher just goes ahead and gives it to them. MATH TEACHER OK, I understand that might have been too difficult at this point. The answer children is 60.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese INT. – BERNIE’S HOUSE LIVING ROOM Bernie walks into his house after school and puts his backpack down right besides the front door. Again, his brother, Andy, is sitting in the living room entranced by whatever he’s watching on TV and doesn’t acknowledge him. Bernie walks through the living room into the KITCHEN Where his mom is busy preparing dinner. She’s got her back turned to him as she’s cutting up vegetables by the sink, but nevertheless she hears him enter. BERNIE’S MOM Hey sugarplum, how was school today? On this day, Bernie actually answers her. BERNIE It was fine mom. BERNIE’S MOM Would you like a snack? BERNIE No time, I have to continue playing The Chronicles of Prince Valor. Without slowing down, Bernie walks right through the kitchen. BERNIE’S BEDROOM Bernie enters his room and shuts the door behind him. He turns his TV on, starts up the video game and sits down on the floor in the same spot that he’s been sitting in when he’s played the game before. He immediately gets engrossed in playing the game again.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese LATER ON With dinner plates stacked up next to him, Bernie continues to play the game at night in darkness, with the only light in the room again emanating from the TV. KITCHEN Beatrice’s mom and dad are in the kitchen cleaning the dishes. BERNIE’S MOM He’s been playing that video game nonstop, all week. Should we be worried? BERNIE’S DAD (laughs) No, not at all. This is what boys do. We should be excited. I haven’t seen him this happy in a long time. BERNIE’S MOM You’re right. It’s so good to see him with a smile on his face. LATER ON BERNIE’S BEDROOM Bernie is still sitting in front of his TV playing the video game. He is nearing the end of game. VIDEO GAME Bernie is on the final stage. Controlling the Prince character, he’s fighting a dragon, dodging the fire from his breath and jumping around to avoid him until he finally nails it with a sword that he’s thrown. The dragon falls off a bridge and the cage that he was guarding behind him opens up and a princess is released from it. The princess runs out of the cage and immediately hugs the prince that so bravely got rid of the dragon and set her free.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese BERNIE’S BEDROOM A wide smile covers Bernie’s face when he realizes he’s beat the game. BERNIE (softly to himself) Yeah! Wow! Then the realization sets in that since he’s beat the game, he has nothing else to do now. So he begins to doze off in front of the TV, bobbing his head uncontrollably in the process. LATER ON Bernie is lying down sleeping in front of his TV while it’s still on. His parents quietly enter his room. His dad picks him up and carries him over to his bed. Bernie mumbles in his sleep as he’s being carried. Once his dad lays him down, his mom tucks him in. Then she grabs his stuffed animal, Theodore, from the nearby chair and gives it to Bernie. Bernie instinctively hugs Theodore. BERNIE (barely awake) Mom? BERNIE’S MOM (whispers) Shhhh. Good night my love. As he holds Theodore tightly in his arms, Bernie’s eyelids get heavy again and he falls back asleep while looking at his other favorite stuffed animals – Murray and Mr. Elephant – on the chair close by. Bernie’s mom walks out of the room as Bernie’s dad turns off the TV, leaves the room as well and closes the door behind him. The room turns pitch black and Bernie begins to have a vivid dream about the video game that he’s just beaten.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese EXT. – PRINCE VALOR’S CASTLE, MEDIEVAL TIMES – DUSK With the sun going down behind the castle, a series of guards march up a bridge and through the front gate. INT. – PRINCE VALOR’S CASTLE LARGE READING ROOM PRINCE VALOR, an eleven year old who looks and sounds exactly like Bernie but is dressed in regal attire, is sitting in front of a fireplace reading a book. Suddenly, there’s the sound of barking in the distance. The barking gets closer and closer until his faithful servant, MURRAY, a small Jack Russell terrier, runs into the room and up to Prince Valor. MURRAY Prince Valor! Prince Valor! Prince Valor stands up to see what the commotion is about. PRINCE VALOR What is it buddy? MURRAY It’s Princess Adorable. PRINCE VALOR What happened? MURRAY I was outside, all the way down by the apple orchid giving myself my usual evening walk when I saw the evil dragon from Gloomy Glen enter. PRINCE VALOR What’s he doing in this part of the kingdom? MURRAY I don’t know. But it gets worse. Princess Adorable was in there picking apples.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese PRINCE VALOR (sadly) Ohhh no, Prince Adorable. MURRAY The dragon took her and flew away. PRINCE VALOR (shocked) What? MURRAY She’s gone. He picked her up in his claws and flew away. I guess back to his dungeon. PRINCE VALOR Oh no. This is terrible. Princess Adorable is so sweet and innocent. MURRAY We have to alert the king! PRINCE VALOR We can’t. Don’t you remember that he and my mom set sail for the Land of Enchantment today to negotiate a trade agreement? MURRAY OK, then it’s up to us. PRINCE VALOR What do you mean? MURRAY The only way we’ll get the princess back and returned to her rightful place at the Castle of Virtue is if we confront the dragon. PRINCE VALOR Then I’ll notify the guards and they can assemble a team to squash the dragon. Prince Valor tries to walk out of the room but is stopped by Murray who bites down on his ankle.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese PRINCE VALOR That hurt Murray!
MURRAY Prince Valor, according to legend only a person with royal bloodlines has the inner strength to confront and battle the dragon of Gloomy Glen. Anyone else that confronts him will met an almost certain demise. PRINCE VALOR (in awe) Whoa! Really? Yes. me. MURRAY We need to do this, you and
PRINCE VALOR How about if I assemble a team of guards to go with us? MURRAY Sir, you know the guards will never let you go on a mission this dangerous. The king would have their heads if he knew they’d allow you to get into harm’s way. (pauses) We need to do this, together. Prince Valor starts pacing around the room and wringing his hands nervously. PRINCE VALOR (worriedly) Ohhh, I don’t know about this. Murray follows behind him back and forth as he paces around the room. MURRAY What don’t you know about? She’s a princess, you’re a prince. You have to save her. It’s your destiny.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese PRINCE VALOR I suppose. But that dragon lives on the other side of the kingdom, in a dark, distant land. They say the sun never shines there and the water breathes fire. And I haven’t even talked about the dragon himself yet. (rubs his head in distress) Ohhh boy, he’s one scary fella. MURRAY That’s true but you can do it Prince Valor. PRINCE VALOR My dad doesn’t even let me cross the River of Purity and it’s only down the road from the castle, just over the hill. MURRAY Prince Valor, I’m your faithful servant. I’m old and wise, 28 in dog years. I’ll protect you. PRINCE VALOR Still, it’s awfully dangerous out there. MURRAY That may be so, but you can do this. I have an unbelievable amount of faith in you. All you have to do is muster up all that courage that I know you have inside you. Focus that courage on the one mission at hand – to defeat the dragon and bring the young princess home unharmed. You can do this. I believe in you, now you just need to believe in yourself. Prince Valor continues pacing around the room silently as he thinks. After a few moments, he stops and looks down at Murray.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese PRINCE VALOR OK, I’ll do it! Murray barks in excitement. MURRAY That’s the spirit! plan? What’s our
The prince walks over to a large table towards the opposite side of the room, away from the fireplace. He clears everything off of the table, grabs a map from the corner of the room and spreads it out on the table. Murray jumps up on a chair to get a better view. PRINCE VALOR OK, so this is a map of the entire kingdom. MURRAY Is it to scale? PRINCE VALOR No, no it is not. The prince points to two places on the map, directly opposite each other. PRINCE VALOR OK, we are here…and the dragon lives over here. As he looks at the map on the table, the prince looks like a General planning a military battle. MURRAY I’ll admit it. It looks far away. With his finger, the prince traces a route from the castle to the dragon’s dungeon on the other side of the kingdom. PRINCE VALOR I think this is the best route. It’ll take us by the town square, through a forest, across the plains and finally to the dark land of the dragon. (MORE)
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese PRINCE VALOR (cont’d) Yeah, I think that’s our best path. What do you think? Murray studies the map intensely before rendering his decision. MURRAY Yes, I concur. PRINCE VALOR So now that we have our route, ummm, how are we going to defeat the dragon? MURRAY Well again, legend has it there are two ways to defeat the dragon. One, ironically enough, is with fire. PRINCE VALOR Wait, fire? But doesn’t he breathe fire? MURRAY Yes, that’s why I said it was ironic. Apparently he can breathe it, he just doesn’t like to feel it. PRINCE VALOR What’s the second way? MURRAY The other way to defeat him is with the Sword of Alchemy. PRINCE VALOR (in awe) The Sword of Alchemy?
MURRAY It’s a special sword, it’s said to have mystical powers. Murray walks over to a bookcase and looks through the books until he finds the one he’s looking for. He grabs the book, puts it on the table and opens it up.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese MURRAY There’s a picture of it somewhere in here. Murray starts thumbing through the book until he finds a page that shows the picture of the sword. MURRAY Here, here it is. Look. Prince Valor takes a look at the picture of the sword. It’s a rather small sword but it’s very majestic with jewels encrusted around the base. PRINCE VALOR (in awe) It’s beautiful! (pauses) So where is the sword? MURRAY That’s a mystery. PRINCE VALOR How come? MURRAY Up until recently, the sword was guarded in the sacred Celestial Temple by three knights. But one night it was stolen right from the temple. PRINCE VALOR Where were the knights who were guarding the sword? MURRAY They were there, the sword was stolen right from under them. Whoever stole it was a very cunning individual. PRINCE VALOR So how do we find the sword? MURRAY (thinking) I don’t know, I don’t know.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese PRINCE VALOR Maybe we should just with fire. MURRAY Maybe. But the fire will be tricky. The dragon can easily turn the fire against us. Oh boy. PRINCE VALOR This should be interesting. MURRAY It should. PRINCE VALOR So when should we leave? MURRAY We have no time, we have to leave now. PRINCE VALOR (worriedly) But it’s getting dark out. MURRAY Prince Valor, you’re not acting courageously. Every second we wait means another second that Princess Adorable spends in that dragon’s lair. There’s no telling what might happen to her the longer she’s there. PRINCE VALOR Right, right. We’ll go tonight. Good. MURRAY I’ll stock up on provisions.
PRINCE VALOR Now, our first problem though. MURRAY What’s that? PRINCE VALOR How are we going to be able to get (MORE)
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese PRINCE VALOR (cont’d) by the guards? I’m not allowed to leave the castle premises after dark. MURRAY Don’t worry, leave that to me. LATER ON LARGE HALLWAY IN THE CASTLE A door opens in the hallway and out walks Prince Valor on his tippy toes, trying his hardest not to make a sound. He has a knapsack over his shoulder. Prince Valor walks slowly and quietly down the hallway. Murray comes up from behind him, wagging his tail. PRINCE VALOR (whispers) Hey boy. So what’s the plan? MURRAY (whispers) Just follow me. I’m going to create a diversion. Murray and Prince Valor continue walking down the hallway. EXT. – CASTLE COURTYARD – NIGHT Murray and Prince Valor hide by the front door of the castle. They watch the front gate as it opens up slowly and a group of guards march in. MURRAY (whispers) I’ll meet you by the bushes in front of the lake right outside the castle. Try your best to stay in the shadows. Once the guards march in, Murray runs out of the castle while Prince Valor stays behind inside, still hiding from view.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese Murray runs to the corner of the courtyard, away from the castle and the front gate, and starts barking – loudly and furiously. This catches the attention of three soldiers that are guarding the front gate. CASTLE GUARD #1 Hey, what’s Murray barking at? CASTLE GUARD #2 I don’t know, let’s check it out. The three guards walk over to Murray to see what he’s barking at. One of the guards gets down on his knee and starts petting him. CASTLE GUARD #1 Hey pal, hey boy. What’s the matter? What are you barking at? Do you see a rat? As the guards are occupied with Murray, Prince Valor is in the background slowly walking alongside a wall under the cover of darkness. He makes it out the front gate just as it begins to slowly start closing. CASTLE GUARD #1 Ahh boy? Do you see something? Once Murray sees Prince Valor walk out of the front gate from the corner of his eye, he stops barking. CASTLE GUARD #2 He just stopped? CASTLE GUARD #1 Ahhh, it must’ve just been a shadow or something. (pauses) Come on, let’s go back to our post. As soon as the three guards turn their backs to walk away, Murray hightails it over to the front gate and goes under it just as it’s about to close.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese CASTLE GUARD #2 Murray, would you like a doggy biscuit? The guard waits to hear a bark but there’s only silence. CASTLE GUARD #2 Murray? The three guards turn around and don’t see Murray anywhere. CASTLE GUARD #2 Hey where did he go? CASTLE GUARD #1 Ahhh, who knows. You know Murray, he probably ran back into the castle to eat. CASTLE GUARD #2 That little dog is always hungry. EXT. – OUTSIDE THE CASTLE’S WALLS - NIGHT Prince Valor is sitting behind a bush by a lake that is sparkling under the moonlight. Suddenly Murray comes running out of the darkness and into Prince Valor’s open arms. Hey boy! PRINCE VALOR Good job boy! Good job!
Murray licks Valor’s face as the prince laughs then he jumps around in his lap. PRINCE VALOR (laughs) OK boy, OK. Stop it! MURRAY Sorry, I was excited. Prince Valor stands up and takes a map out of his knapsack. PRINCE VALOR OK, thanks for getting us out of the castle. I’ll take it from (MORE)
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese PRINCE VALOR (cont’d) here. (points towards the east) Let’s starting walking. Prince Valor and Murray start walking around the lake, then through an open field as they head to a large forest up ahead. EXT. – OPEN FIELD – NIGHT Prince Valor and Murray are walking along a large open field that is lit only by the moonlight. As they’re walking, Murray hears something behind them in the distance so he stops walking which makes the Prince stop too. MURRAY What’s that? What? PRINCE VALOR Do you hear something?
MURRAY I think so. It’s coming from the distance, behind us. Murray and Prince Valor turn around and look. MURRAY Hear that? PRINCE VALOR Yeah, I do. MURRAY It’s getting closer. Suddenly the sky is filled with literally thousands of bats and they’re flying right towards Prince Valor and Murray. PRINCE VALOR Bats!!! The prince and Murray turn around and run as fast as they can towards the forest which can provide them cover.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese The bats gets closer and closer to them as they run. Prince Valor trips over a rock and falls down. falls he’s surrounded by about 10-12 bats. PRINCE VALOR Oh no! Murray, who is still running, turns his head and notices that the prince has fallen. He turns around and runs back to the prince. Once he gets back to him, he jumps up a few times to scare the bats away. This gives the prince enough time to stand up. PRINCE VALOR Thanks Murray! Once he’s up, him and Murray continue running towards the forest. The bats have grown in numbers and are flying lower and lower, closer to the prince and Murray. EXT. – FOREST – NIGHT As they get to the forest’s edge, they both hit the ground and land on their stomachs. RPINCE VALOR Get down! The bats fly right into the trees of the forest and disappear. Once all the bats are gone, the prince and Murray stand up. Whew! I know. The prince and Murray wipe the dirt off of themselves. PRINCE VALOR That was close. MURRAY Once he
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese PRINCE VALOR Thanks for fighting off those bats for me back there. MURRAY That’s what man’s best friend is for. PRINCE VALOR OK, well here’s the forest. MURRAY Yep, this is the forest. PRINCE VALOR I guess we should, ahhh, go in. MURRAY Yeah, I guess we should. Prince Valor and Murray stand at the dense forest’s edge and think about going in. PRINCE VALOR It sure is dark in there. MURRAY I know. We need a torch or something. Prince Valor puts down his knapsack and takes out a lantern. PRINCE VALOR Luckily I came prepared and brought a lantern. MURRAY Great, now we just need to light a fire for it. I’m assuming you don’t know how to light a fire? PRINCE VALOR Why would you say that? MURRAY Prince Valor, you’re a prince. Hence you’re name. I can’t imagine (MORE)
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese MURRAY (cont’d) you know anything about roughing it. PRINCE VALOR See Murray, that’s where you’re wrong. My dad takes me camping once a year during the summer. I’m quite adept at roughing it. The prince takes a couple steps into the dense forest and finds two sticks. Then he steps back out to the edge of the forest, kneels down and starts rubbing the two sticks together to create a fire. After a few seconds, the sticks begin to smolder then a fire is created. PRINCE VALOR See it wasn’t that hard. MURRAY I stand corrected. The prince lights the lantern. PRINCE VALOR OK, let’s go in. The prince and Murray both take a deep breath then slowly walk into the forest. They walk along a small path that is surrounded by brush and trees. Prince Valor is leading the way with the lantern. There are sets of spooky eyes showing up everywhere intermittently within the darkness of the trees. After walking for a while, the prince finally gets the feeling that someone or something is watching them. PRINCE VALOR Murray, I feel like we’re being watched. MURRAY You think? I’m impressed.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese PRINCE VALOR Yes. You don’t get that feeling? You’re supposed to be the observant one. MURRAY It’s just your imagination; it’s all in your head. PRINCE VALOR I supposed you’re right. The two continue to walk along the path as the spooky eyes continue to follow them. LATER ON Prince Valor and Murray continue walking when suddenly they both fall down a hole in the middle of the path. It was covered with leaves and branches which is why they didn’t see it. INT. – HOLE The prince and Murray fall down a hole that seemingly goes on forever. They’re both shouting out as they fall. INT. – CAVE Finally they hit the ground hard. then Murray lands on him. The prince hits first
PRINCE VALOR Owww, that hurt. MURRAY That’s an understatement. The two stand up and wipe off the dirt again. PRINCE VALOR My bum really hurts. MURRAY I’m OK, actually. PRINCE VALOR Well you did land right on me.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese MURRAY Yeah, your stomach provided me with plenty of cushion. PRINCE VALOR Hey, my mom has me on a diet and I exercise two times a day. Pretty soon I’m going to have abs of steel. You watch. MURRAY I believe you. The prince and Murray look around the dark cave. Valor holds up the lantern and turns it in all directions to get an idea of how big the cave is. PRINCE VALOR So what do you think this is? MURRAY I don’t know, a cave of some sort. How are we going to get out of here? Prince Valor looks at his map. PRINCE VALOR I don’t know. This isn’t on my map. MURRAY I figured it wouldn’t be. As the prince moves the lantern around he sees an opening in the corner. PRINCE VALOR I see a little opening over there. Let’s check it out. Murray heads towards the opening first, followed by Prince Valor. They walk slowly down one corridor, then another one. corridors are lit by torches hanging on the wall. The
As they walk into another corridor they see some old bones scattered about.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese PRINCE VALOR (worriedly) Ummm, what are those? MURRAY They’re bones. PRINCE VALOR Who do you think they’re from? MURRAY It’s probably best if we don’t know. It’s probably best if we don’t even think about it. PRINCE VALOR I’m scared. MURRAY There’s nothing to be scared about. The two walk into another corridor which leads to a big room. Standing in the corner of the room is a huge, scarylooking SPIDER. MURRAY OK, I think it’s time to be scared now. PRINCE VALOR Oh my god, that’s a big spider. The spider is hissing at them as it walks back and forth on the other side of the room. MURRAY Let’s make a break for it. As the prince and Murray try to run towards an exit in the room, the slow moving spider suddenly sprints to block their escape. The two are blocked into a corner by the spider. The huge spider comes right up to Prince Valor’s face and hisses loudly in it. Drool from the spider hits the prince’s head.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese After a few tense-filled seconds, Murray quickly grabs the lantern from Valor’s hand, puts it in front of one of the spider’s legs and blows on the fire. The fire temporarily spooks the spider which gives them enough time to escape. The prince and Murray run through corridor after corridor to get away, but they’re closely followed by the spider who is still hissing loudly. The two take a quick turn into another corridor, as soon as they turn they find that there is a web blocking the pathway. The prince and Murray get down on the ground and crawl underneath the web to get to the other side. As soon as they make it under, the spider scurries around the corner into the corridor and immediately gets stuck in the web. He’s unable to free himself. The two stand up and look at the spider helplessly stuck in the web, they are a mere inches away from him. The spider tries to reach out its’ legs to grab them but to no avail. Whew! PRINCE VALOR That was close. MURRAY You said it. PRINCE VALOR Let’s find our way out of here now. The prince and Murray continue walking down corridors until they come to a vine hanging from a hole high up. PRINCE VALOR Look, a vine. MURRAY Do you think it’s sturdy? Valor gives the vine a hard tug.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese PRINCE VALOR It seems pretty sturdy. MURRAY I’ll go first to test it out. PRINCE VALOR You just want to go first so that you have something soft to land on in case we fall. MURRAY You got me. Murray jumps up on the vine and climbs up it, he’s followed closely by Prince Valor. EXT. – FOREST – NIGHT They both climb all the way up the vine and out of the hole. As soon as they’re up, they lay down on the ground, clearly exhausted. PRINCE VALOR Awww Murray, I’m exhausted. They’re both breathing heavily, trying to catch their breath. MURRAY I guess I’m not in as good of shape as I thought. Prince Valor stands up and tries to help Murray up. PRINCE VALOR Come on buddy, let’s go. We have a lot of ground to cover. MURRAY OK, I’m up, I’m up. The two continue walking along the path further into the forest. LATER ON
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese The prince and Murray come to a river that cuts right through the middle of the forest. MURRAY This looks like a good place to set up camp for the night. A good water supply, a little bit of an open, flat area for us to build a fire. I agree. PRINCE VALOR Let’s get to work.
Valor drops his knapsack on the ground and starts emptying it out. LATER ON The two are sitting around a campfire by the water’s edge. The spooky eyes continue to pop up intermittently in the darkness of the trees. PRINCE VALOR What do you know about this dragon? MURRAY I’ve heard many stories about him. PRINCE VALOR (intrigued) Oh yeah? Like what? MURRAY Prince Valor, you don’t want to hear the stories. PRINCE VALOR Come on, yeah I do. MURRAY Well, there’s not much story to tell. Just as you’d think, the dragon is evil, pure evil. He’s been known to kidnap people from the villages surrounding the castle. He usually attacks at sundown or at night under cover of darkness.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese PRINCE VALOR What usually happens to them? MURRAY I don’t know. PRINCE VALOR You don’t know? After a dramatic pause. MURRAY They’re not heard from again. PRINCE VALOR They’re not? MURRAY No, they disappear. They either live the rest of their lives at the dragon’s dungeon or worse. PRINCE VALOR (naively) What could be worse than living in the dungeon? Murray thinks about explaining himself for a moment then he decides to let it go. MURRAY It’s late, let’s get some sleep. Valor and Murray sit quietly for a few seconds until Valor breaks the silence. PRINCE VALOR How come no one’s stopped the dragon yet? MURRAY Come on prince, get some sleep. PRINCE VALOR I’m not tired. (pauses) So how come no one’s managed to stop the dragon yet?
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese MURRAY Well, a couple of reasons. The first one, in all honesty, is that the dragon has usually kidnapped lowly peasants…people that the king doesn’t care about. PRINCE VALOR (interrupts) Hey, that’s my father you’re talking about. MURRAY I know, I’m just telling you the truth. PRINCE VALOR Fine. MURRAY This is the first time that the dragon has ever captured a member of the royal family. He’s getting bold. PRINCE VALOR And what’s the second reason? MURRAY It’s too dangerous. The dragon lives all the way on the other side of the kingdom in a fortress-like castle. It’s a dark, foreboding place. Also he’s got a dungeon below his castle that offers him extra protection too. And he can fly too, which allows him to come just as quickly as he goes; and the sky gives him an automatic escape route. PRINCE VALOR If it’s too dangerous, why do you think we can do this? MURRAY Because we have the element of surprise.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese PRINCE VALOR OK. MURRAY And we’re small. If the dragon is ever going to be confronted, he thinks it’s going to come from the king’s army. He’s not thinking that he’d have to battle a tiny, eleven year old prince and his dog. Thus he won’t be prepared for us. We can sneak into his castle and maybe we can even set the princess free without him knowing. PRINCE VALOR I see. MURRAY Trust me we can do this. PRINCE VALOR I have faith. I believe now, I know we can do this. MURRAY Good. The prince and Murray sit quietly for a few more seconds, then Valor breaks the silence again. PRINCE VALOR What do you think we can expect when we confront the dragon? MURRAY I don’t know, but I can tell you that the troubles we just had with that spider down there will pale in comparison with the trouble we can expect from the dragon. PRINCE VALOR (sarcastically) Oh great. Prince Valor and Murray sit quietly on the ground until they fall asleep.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese EXT. – FOREST - MORNING With the two still sleeping and the fire dead, a snake slithers out of the trees of the forest, down the path and over to their camp. The snake slowly climbs up on Prince Valor, slithering all around him. Murray wakes up and, in his grogginess, he’s startled to notice a snake crawling around the prince. Murray kicks the prince to wake him up, he doesn’t budge so he kicks him again, this time even harder. The prince finally wakes up and screams immediately when he notices a snake slithering around him. PRINCE VALOR Oh no! MURRAY Prince Valor, don’t move. PRINCE VALOR That’s easy for you to say, you don’t have a python around your neck. MURRAY Calm down, drama prince, it’s not a python. PRINCE VALOR A snake is a snake to me. I order you to do something about it! MURRAY OK, OK, let me think for a moment. Murray looks around the campsite for ideas but can’t figure out a plan. MURRAY Hmmmm. The snake starts slowly constricting around Prince Valor.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese PRINCE VALOR (impatiently) Hurry Murray! MURRAY I’m thinking! I’m thinking! Murray sees a big branch on the ground by the path so he runs over to it, grabs it in his mouth and runs back to Valor. He takes the branch and starts hitting the snake. swings accidentally hit Prince Valor on the arm. PRINCE VALOR Owww, stop hitting me! MURRAY Sorry Prince, I’m just trying to get the snake off of you. PRINCE VALOR Well, hit him, not me. The snake finally relinquishes his grip from Prince Valor and slithers off of him. Prince Valor grabs his throat and coughs. MURRAY Are you OK Prince Valor? PRINCE VALOR (coughing) Yes, I’m OK. The snake slithers back down the path, when he gets to the edge of the trees he turns and looks back at the prince and Murray. SNAKE You didn’t have to hit me with a branch so many times. I have feelings too you know. (pauses) You could’ve just asked nicely to get off. A few
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese MURRAY (perplexed) Sorry. PRINCE VALOR (perplexed) Yeah, ummm, sorry. The snake heads back into the trees. PRINCE VALOR (cont’d) That was a little bit odd. MURRAY You got that right. PRINCE VALOR Let’s pack up and continue on our way. MURRAY How are we going to cross the river? It’s not like we have a boat. Prince Valor takes out his map and studies it for a bit. PRINCE VALOR Looking at my map, it looks like the river thins out towards the east. So let’s just walk along the river until it gets small enough to walk across. The prince and Murray start packing up their camp. LATER ON ALONG THE RIVER The two are walking along the river until they get to a point where it’s only 15-20 feet across. PRINCE VALOR OK, I think this is the skinniest part of the river. I think. MURRAY I wonder how deep it is. Prince Valor surveys the river.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese PRINCE VALOR Yeah, me too, especially since I can’t swim. MURRAY How come you don’t know how to swim again? PRINCE VALOR I don’t know, I guess I’ve just been busy with my chess lessons lately. MURRAY Ahhh, I see. PRINCE VALOR So, there’s only one way to find out how deep this river is. Valor looks at Murray. MURRAY OK, fine. Once again man’s best friend to the rescue. Murray sticks his paw into the river. MURRAY Ohhh, it’s a little chilly. PRINCE VALOR Come on buddy, get in there. MURRAY In a second. I have to get used to the water temperature. It’s cold you know. PRINCE VALOR OK, when you’re ready. Murray takes a deep breath then gets into the river. swims across and stops half way. PRINCE VALOR Can you feel the ground? He
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese MURRAY No, not really. I’m going to see how deep it is. Murray sinks down into the water then he pops up after a couple seconds. MURRAY It’s about two and a half feet, no more than three. PRINCE VALOR Good. Prince Valor grabs his knapsack and gets into the water. He screams out after feeling the coldness of the river. PRINCE VALOR (screams) Owwww! It’s cold! MURRAY I told you. Murray continues treading water in the middle of the river as he waits for the prince. The prince slowly walks across the river. As the water gets deeper, he holds his knapsack high over his head so that it doesn’t get wet. Valor meets up with Murray in the middle of the river then they head to the other side. Murray’s leading the way swimming as Valor continues walking behind him. As soon as they get out on the other side of the river, Murray shakes the water off of him. Valor watches then mimics Murray by trying to shake the water off of himself, to no avail. PRINCE VALOR I’m soaked. MURRAY I’m fine.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese PRINCE VALOR You’re lucky. You can just shake the water off your fur. I don’t have that luxury. Murray turns around and sees that there is another forest in front of them. MURRAY (sarcastically) Oh great, another forest to go through. Prince Valor takes his map out and looks at it again. PRINCE VALOR Yeah, we’re only half way through the forest. So let’s get going! The prince picks up his knapsack and runs into the forest followed by Murray. LATER ON IN THE FOREST Prince Valor and Murray are walking along the path in a particularly dense part of the forest. Suddenly a bunch of tree branches behind them start to shake. Murray stands still to listen for it again. MURRAY Prince Valor, did you hear that? PRINCE VALOR I don’t know, I don’t think I heard anything. Prince Valor stops walking and looks around the forest with Murray. The forest is silent. PRINCE VALOR See, it was nothing. Let’s go. The prince and Murray continue walking.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese After a few more paces, another set of branches shake. Murray stands still again, looks into the forest and sniffs around. MURRAY There it is again. Murray focuses on a particular part of the forest. a shadowy figure hiding behind a few trees. MURRAY I think we’re being watched. PRINCE VALOR You think? Yes. MURRAY Over there, in the trees. He sees
Prince Valor walks over to the trees to take a deeper look. MURRAY See it? The prince eyes the shadowy figure in the trees. PRINCE VALOR Yeah, I think I see something. Suddenly, the branches shake again as the prince stands right in front of them. This sudden movement scares Prince Valor and he runs back into the middle of the path, behind Murray. PRINCE VALOR There’s something definitely in there. Murray goes sniffing up to the trees. Once the prince regains his composure, he shouts out to the shadowy figure. PRINCE VALOR (shouts) Whoever is in there, come out now! (MORE)
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese PRINCE VALOR (cont’d) I brought my attack dog and he’s not afraid to attack! Murray looks back at Valor in a state of disbelief. MURRAY (whispers) Really? PRINCE VALOR (whispers) Shhh, just go with it. Prince Valor waits for a response from the shadowy figure for a few seconds, but all is quiet. PRINCE VALOR (shouts) I mean it! I’ll send my dog in to get you out. (whispers to Murray) Murray, start barking. Act threatening. MURRAY I don’t know how threatening I can be, but I’ll try. (pauses) Here it goes. Murray starts barking at the trees but once again the trees are quiet. PRINCE VALOR (shouts) I’m going to give you five seconds to come out from behind the trees. (pauses) 1…2…3. Suddenly THEODORE, a big teddy bear looking creature, slowly approaches from behind the trees. THEODORE OK, OK, but please do not release your attack dog on me.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese He’s shaking, scared of being attacked by the dog, and walks up to Prince Valor. Murray watches Theodore very closely and follows him as he walks over to Valor. He barks at him and nips at his ankles. PRINCE VALOR Who are you? THEODORE (scared) I’m Theodore. PRINCE VALOR What are you doing here? THEODORE Well I live here. Prince Valor still looks skeptically at him. THEODORE Please your majesty, please tell your dog to stop. PRINCE VALOR Murray, heel! Murray stops barking and stands at attention. THEODORE Thank you sir! PRINCE VALOR I’m no sir. I’m an eleven year old boy. THEODORE Thank you your majesty. PRINCE VALOR Why are you calling me your majesty? THEODORE Because you’re a prince. PRINCE VALOR How do you know I’m a prince?
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese Theodore points to an emblem on Prince Valor’s clothing. THEODORE Because of your royal emblem. PRINCE VALOR You recognize this? THEODORE Yes, I’d recognize it anywhere. I’m pretty worldly when it comes to things around the kingdom. PRINCE VALOR So you said your name is Theodore? THEODORE That’s right. I live out here in the forest. PRINCE VALOR Where’s your family? THEODORE Sadly I don’t have any family. I’m an orphan. PRINCE VALOR Why don’t you have any family? THEODORE The humans came and captured them one day. I was down by the river taking a bath, that’s why I wasn’t caught. I came back just in time to see my mom, my two sisters and my younger brother being led away in ropes and chains. I never did see what happened to my dad. (pauses) I wish I was bigger because I could’ve done something then. I felt so helpless. I watched them get taken from me and I didn’t do anything about it. PRINCE VALOR I’m sorry to hear that.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese THEODORE You’re not here to capture me, are you? Am I supposed to be another trophy for the royal family? PRINCE VALOR No, not at all. Theodore, who is relieved to hear that from Valor, wipes the sweat off his brow and leans against a rock. THEODORE Whew, that’s a relief. (pauses) So what brings you to these parts of the forest? I don’t ever see humans around here. At least not humans that just seem to be passing by. And I definitely don’t ever see royalty. PRINCE VALOR We’re going to save Princess Adorable. THEODORE Ohhh dear, a princess is in trouble! PRINCE VALOR Yes, she was taken by the evil dragon from Gloomy Glen. THEODORE Ohhh, that sounds awful. PRINCE VALOR Yeah, so we’re going to rescue her. Theodore looks at both Murray and Prince Valor. THEODORE Just you two? PRINCE VALOR Yes, just us. THEODORE Do you think you’ll be able to handle that?
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese PRINCE VALOR I don’t know but we’re going to try. THEODORE Do you need some more help? PRINCE VALOR Do you know who could help? Me. THEODORE I could.
PRINCE VALOR Are you sure you want to get involved? This could be dangerous. THEODORE That’s OK. I have nothing left here. Besides, it’d be nice to feel like part of a group again. Prince Valor looks at Murray. PRINCE VALOR What do you think buddy? MURRAY Well, if he’s up to it, let’s do it. PRINCE VALOR OK Theodore, you can come with us. THEODORE Ohhh, thank you, thank you, thank you! PRINCE VALOR I’m Prince Valor, and this is my dog, Murray. Prince Valor shakes Theodore’s hand and Murray jumps up on Theodore as he wags his tail. THEODORE Nice to meet you both. PRINCE VALOR Do you need to grab anything?
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese THEODORE Nope, I’m ready. MURRAY I like it, low maintenance. The three of them start walking along the path. THEODORE So how long have you been walking for? PRINCE VALOR About a day. THEODORE How much longer do you think it’ll take to get to the dragon. PRINCE VALOR Probably another day or so. MURRAY We’re getting light on supplies though. PRINCE VALOR Are we? MURRAY Yeah, I was looking through your knapsack earlier today for a biscuit. I didn’t see that much food left in there. PRINCE VALOR Ohhh, that’s not good. THEODORE I know of a marketplace on the edge of the forest. We can go there and resupply. PRINCE VALOR Great, lead the way.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese EXT. – MARKETPLACE – DAY Prince Valor, Murray and Theodore emerge from the forest and walk into a large open-air marketplace. The marketplace is bustling with activity. There are stands set-up everywhere with vendors hawking their goods – everything from food to jewelry to rugs, etc. The place is packed with people shopping. The three slowly navigate through the marketplace. Prince Valor walks up to one stand that has a bunch of fruit on it. He picks up an apple and studies it, then he picks up another apple and looks at it. PRINCE VALOR They’re bad. Spoiled. them anyways. THEODORE Oh, that’s not good. PRINCE VALOR We’ll keep looking. The three continue looking through the marketplace. They walk by many stands that are hawking well known direct response products like Ron Popeil’s rotisserie oven, the Sham Wow, Proactiv, Bumpits, Iron Gym, OxiClean, Tool Bandit, Pocket Fisherman, Hairspray Paint, etc. Theodore, who’s walking behind the other two, goes off by himself to a stand while Valor and Murray continue walking. After a few steps, Prince Valor notices that Theodore is missing. PRINCE VALOR Hey, where did Theodore go? Murray looks around. MURRAY I don’t know. PRINCE VALOR Well, let’s go look for him. Most of
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese Valor and Murray start looking around for him. SNUGGIE STAND Theodore is in front of a stand being pitched to buy a Snuggie by a VENDOR. The vendor is holding a Snuggie and showing it to him. SNUGGIE VENDOR It keeps you warm during those pesky cold winter nights in hibernation. No longer do you have to gather up leaves and branches for a makeshift coat, you can just use this. And the best thing is it has sleeves! So when you’re reading a book or eating a bowl of porridge, you don’t have to worry about your blanket falling off you. THEODORE It does look like it’s very practical. Can I feel it? SNUGGIE VENDOR Yes, of course. Theodore reaches out and feels the Snuggie. THEODORE Oh, it feels so soft. SNUGGIE VENDOR It is. Prince Valor and Murray walk up behind Theodore. PRINCE VALOR There you are Theodore. you doing? What are
THEODORE Prince Valor, feel how soft this Snuggie is! Prince Valor feels the Snuggie just to make him happy.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese PRINCE VALOR Yes, it’s very soft. Come on, Theodore we don’t have time for silly things like this, we have to go. THEODORE OK. Prince Valor grabs Theodore’s arm and drags him away. SNUGGIE VENDOR Shall I wrap this up for you? THEODORE I guess not. I have to go. CENTER OF THE MARKETPLACE The three of them are standing in the marketplace looking around. Prince Valor notices a large stand with all types of goods being sold at it. There’s a group of people standing around it. PRINCE VALOR Let’s go check out that stand over there. It looks like they have some good stuff. Valor, Murray and Theodore walk over to THE EVIL VENDOR’S STAND The three are rifling through the different products on the stand. Then the EVIL VENDOR, a very tall, slender, menacing-looking middle-aged man, walks over to them. The vendor towers over them from behind the stand. talks, he even sounds scary. EVIL VENDOR Can I help you boys? The evil vendor just stares at the three with a devilish smirk on his face. When he
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese PRINCE VALOR (scared) Ummm, we’re just looking for right now. EVIL VENDOR OK, well, just remember… The vendor turns around and points to a sign hanging behind him. EVIL VENDOR (cont’d) You break it, you buy it. The vendor stares at the three for a few moments longer then walks away. THEODORE Wow, he’s scary. MURRAY I know. THEODORE Prince Valor, let’s go. shop somewhere else. We can
Prince Valor is still rifling through the stand. PRINCE VALOR No, wait. There’s a lot of good stuff here though. THEODORE Maybe so, but this place gives me the creeps. Relax. Nelly. fine. PRINCE VALOR Don’t be such a nervous Everything will be just
THEODORE OK, I trust you. Valor picks up an apple, studies it and then shows it to Murray.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese PRINCE VALOR See Murray. The vendor might be a bit strange but he has really good apples. The vendor comes back over to Prince Valor. EVIL VENDOR Say, you look like you’re dressed in royal clothing. PRINCE VALOR (naively) Well I am, I’m Prince Valor. EVIL VENDOR (menacingly) Ohhhh, a prince! PRINCE VALOR (naively) That’s right, my dad is the King. EVIL VENDOR Ohhh how wonderful! I have the king’s very own son right in front of me at my little stand. What a special day! The vendor stays quiet for a few moments as he thinks up a plan. EVIL VENDOR Come, come to the backroom. I have a lot of items for sale back there that are not available to the general public. It’s the least I can do for a prince. The vendor walks over to the curtain behind the stand and opens it up to reveal a small room filled with food and clothing. EVIL VENDOR Come young prince. Prince Valor walks over to the curtain, he’s followed by Murray and Theodore.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese The vendor lets the prince in but he stops Murray and Theodore. EVIL VENDOR Ohhh, this is a special room, reserved just for VIPs like Prince Valor. You two will have to wait outside. Prince Valor looks at Murray and Theodore to reassure them. PRINCE VALOR It’s fine boys, I’ll be OK. Murray and Theodore walk back in front of the stand as Prince Valor walks into the back room followed by the vendor. Once they’re in the room, the vendor closes the curtain behind him. EVIL VENDOR’S BACKROOM Prince Valor is looking at all the products that are lining the walls. PRINCE VALOR So can I buy anything back here? EVIL VENDOR (menacingly) Prince Valor. You’re awfully far away from home. Does your father know you’re here? PRINCE VALOR Ummm, not exactly. EVIL VENDOR He doesn’t? PRINCE VALOR No. EVIL VENDOR Well what are you doing in these parts of the kingdom?
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese PRINCE VALOR I’m on a top secret mission. EVIL VENDOR Top secret? So mysterious. the mission? What’s
PRINCE VALOR I can’t tell you. It’s top secret. The room fills with awkward silence for several moments until it’s broken by the vendor. EVIL VENDOR Tell me. How much do you think the king would pay for the safe return of his son, the prince? PRINCE VALOR (confused) What? The vendor reaches behind his back and takes out a small sword from his waistband. EVIL VENDOR I wonder how much you’re worth to the King. Prince Valor is surprised to see that the sword is the magical Sword of Alchemy. PRINCE VALOR (surprised) The sword! EVIL VENDOR’S STAND Murray and Theodore are standing in front of the stand waiting for Prince Valor to come out. THEODORE What’s taking Prince Valor so long? MURRAY I don’t know. But while we’re waiting we should at least load up on supplies.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese Murray grabs a few empty bags from the counter. two and gives one to Theodore. He keeps
MURRAY Let’s grab some stuff. We’ll pay when they come out of the backroom. Murray and Theodore start packing their bags with items from the stand. THEODORE They’re still in there. I’m getting worried, do you think we should check it out? MURRAY It’s probably a good idea. Murray and Theodore put down their bags. Then Murray looks around the stand to see if there is any common item that they could use as a weapon. He points to a small wooden bench sitting next to the stand. MURRAY Here, break a leg off of that bench. Theodore walks over to the bench, flips it over and breaks a leg off of it. EVIL VENDOR’S BACKROOM The evil vendor is blocking the exit as he holds his sword. PRINCE VALOR Where did you get that sword? The vendor looks down at his sword. EVIL VENDOR Ohh, this little thing? present from my mom. It was a
PRINCE VALOR No it isn’t, it’s the Sword of Alchemy.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese EVIL VENDOR So what if it is? PRINCE VALOR It doesn’t belong to you. EVIL VENDOR You don’t either, but that’s not going to stop me from taking you. The evil vendor slowly walks towards Prince Valor with his sword held high. PRINCE VALOR What? Prince Valor backs up until he’s in the corner of the room. Once in the corner he sits down on the ground. EVIL VENDOR I wonder what the King would do if I mailed him a finger or an ear of his beloved son. Would he pay whatever ransom I ask of him? (pauses) I think he would. Prince Valor looks more scared as the vendor gets closer to him. Just as the evil vendor hovers right over him and grabs the prince’s ear, Murray and Theodore come running into the room. Murray immediately attacks the evil vendor, biting his leg, as Theodore hits him behind the other knee with the wooden piece from the bench. After Theodore hits him, he runs over to help the prince. The vendor screams out in pain and drops the sword. He tries to shake Murray off of him but to no avail, he has a firm grip on his leg. EVIL VENDOR Get off me you stupid dog! The vendor tries to swat the dog away but it doesn’t faze Murray.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese Theodore helps Valor stand up and rushes him towards the exit. Once at the exit, the prince turns back to Murray. PRINCE VALOR Murray, grab the sword, it’s the Sword of Alchemy! Murray releases the vendor then grabs the sword in his mouth. All three of them run out of the backroom. The vendor goes down on one knee to quickly re-cooperate from his injury. He limps out of the room and tries to chase the three of them. Before running off, Prince Valor and Theodore collect the bags that they left by the stand. CENTER OF THE MARKETPLACE Prince Valor, Murray and Theodore run through the middle of the busy marketplace. They’re dodging all the other shoppers, bobbing and weaving and jumping over and crawling under things when necessary. Murray is still running with the sword in his mouth. The evil vendor is chasing them but since he’s limping around he’s far behind. THEODORE Is he still chasing us? Prince Valor turns to look behind him to see where the vendor is. PRINCE VALOR He’s still back there, but he’s getting farther and farther away. (pauses) Keep running! The three off them finally make it out of the marketplace and run off into an open field. Several seconds later, the evil vendor makes it to the edge of the marketplace too.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese Very exhausted, he leans up against a small shack to catch his breath. He is breathing very heavily. The vendor watches as Valor, Murray and Theodore run through the open field. They’re getting further away with each passing second. EVIL VENDOR You’re lucky kid. Very lucky. EXT. – OPEN FIELD – DAY The three are still running as fast as they can. Prince Valor looks back behind him again and notices that the evil vendor is not chasing them anymore, so he stops running. PRINCE VALOR OK boys, we can stop. He’s gone. All
With that, Murray and Theodore stop running as well. three are out of breath and breathing heavily. Murray finally drops the sword from his mouth. MURRAY That’s a relief. PRINCE VALOR We got it Murray! We got the sword of Alchemy! MURRAY Unbelievable, what are the chances. PRINCE VALOR I don’t know and I don’t care. just happy that we got it. I’m
THEODORE What’s so special about this sword? PRINCE VALOR This sword will help us defeat the dragon. This is the only kind of sword with the power to be able to do that.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese Theodore takes a closer look at the sword and picks it up. THEODORE So it has magical powers? MURRAY You could say that. Murray looks around the open field. MURRAY So, where are we? Prince Valor takes his map out and looks at it. PRINCE VALOR I’m not exactly sure. This area isn’t called out on the map. Valor takes out a compass, lifts it up in the air then points in a direction. PRINCE VALOR (cont’d) But according to my compass, we should continue heading this way, east. Murray puts the sword back in his mouth and he continues walking in the open field along with Prince Valor and Murray. LATER ON IN THE OPEN FIELD The three come upon a steep hill at the end of the open field. PRINCE VALOR I think we’ll have to navigate this hill since this is the direction we’re supposed to head in. It doesn’t look like there’s any other way. MURRAY It’s awfully steep. PRINCE VALOR That’s OK buddy, jump on my back. I’ll give you a ride.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese Murray jumps on Prince Valor’s back and he and Theodore walk up the hill. Once they make it to the top of the hill, they look out and are in awe to see a large savanna for as far as the eye can see. Murray climbs off of Valor’s back and all three of them stand next to each other in silence. THE GREAT SAVANNA The grassy plains are filled with groups of lions and cubs playfully running around, giraffes feeding from trees, hippos staying cool in a shallow lake, zebras walking around in their herds and monkeys swinging from tree to tree. THEODORE (in awe) Whoa. What is this place? Prince Valor takes out his map and looks at it again. PRINCE VALOR Well, according to my map this is the Great Savanna. THEODORE (in awe) It’s amazing. PRINCE VALOR Look at all the animals. giraffes… There’s
THEODORE Ohhh, there’s some zebras over there… PRINCE VALOR …Those hippos have the right idea, cooling themselves down in the lake. THEODORE …The little lion cubs are cute.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese PRINCE VALOR …And look at those monkeys swinging from the trees. THEODORE They’re all looking like they’re having so much fun. I want to play with them. Theodore runs down the hill. PRINCE VALOR Wait Theodore, hold up! Theodore doesn’t listen and continues running, he’s followed by Prince Valor and Murray. PRINCE VALOR Theodore! Once Theodore gets into the grassy plains he starts playfully running with a group of zebras. He’s laughing as he tries to keep up with them. Weeee! THEODORE Weeee!
Prince Valor and Murray try their best to keep up with Theodore but he’s a faster runner. PRINCE VALOR OK, OK, zebras are fine. Just stay away from the cubs. They may be cute but their parents certainly are not. The zebras speed up and run off, leaving Theodore behind. He stands there and watches them run off. THEODORE (disappointedly) Awww, come back friends! With Theodore standing still, this allows Valor and Murray to catch up to him. They are both hunched over, simultaneously out of breath but still breathing heavily.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese THEODORE Are you OK? MURRAY (coughing) Theodore, what are you doing? THEODORE What? MURRAY You could’ve gotten hurt. THEODORE I was just trying to have some fun. PRINCE VALOR Theodore, try to keep in mind our goal. We’re out here to find the dragon, to find the princess. We can’t be wasting time running around with zebras. Theodore is embarrassed that Prince Valor scolds him so he looks down at the ground when he answers. THEODORE (ashamed) You’re right, I’m sorry. PRINCE VALOR That’s OK, Theodore. Just try to stay with us from now on. THEODORE You got it Prince Valor. PRINCE VALOR OK, let’s carry on. The three of them walk through the grassy plains – past a bunch of gazelles grazing, koala bears sitting in a tree, cubs running around, wildebeests roaming about and vultures flying overhead. Prince Valor looks up to the see vultures flying over them.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese PRINCE VALOR (scared) There are vultures circling above us. It’s a little scary. Don’t they hang out around dead animals? MURRAY Have confidence and act like you belong here then you’ll be fine. PRINCE VALOR I just hope we don’t become one of those dead animals. MURRAY Prince, we’ll be fine. THEODORE I’m thirsty. PRINCE VALOR Well maybe you shouldn’t have been running around so much then you wouldn’t be so thirsty. MURRAY Prince Valor, I could use some water too. Prince Valor looks around the grassy plains. PRINCE VALOR OK, well it looks like there’s a lake up ahead. Let’s head over there. The three of them head to the lake up ahead. LAKE IN THE SAVANNA They walk to the edge of the lake, get down on their knees and start drinking water by grabbing handfuls of it and putting it to their mouths. Suddenly, a small, young ELEPHANT walks up besides them, he puts his trunk in the lake and starts drinking as well. After a while, Prince Valor notices that an elephant is hanging out right next to them.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese PRINCE VALOR Hey little guy, what’s your name? The young elephant is startled by Prince Valor and runs a few yards away. PRINCE VALOR Hey friend, I didn’t mean to startle you. The elephant walks back to his spot as soon as he settles down. PRINCE VALOR So what’s your name? MR. ELEPHANT (proudly) I’m Mr. Elephant! PRINCE VALOR (perplexed) Mr. Elephant? MR. ELEPHANT That’s right. PRINCE VALOR That’s funny. MR. ELEPHANT How so? PRINCE VALOR Such a formal name for such a young mammal. MR. ELEPHANT I’ve always been really small in life so my mom thought that by naming me Mr. Elephant I could gain the respect that I couldn’t get through my size. PRINCE VALOR That’s nice.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese MR. ELEPHANT Yeah, my friends used to kid me and call me a dwarf but my mom always made me feel better by saying that my unique size made me God’s special gift to her. PRINCE VALOR That’s so sweet, I know exactly how you feel Mr. Elephant. I get picked on by the kids at school because of my size too. THEODORE (surprised) You get picked on too Prince Valor? PRINCE VALOR You sound surprised? THEODORE I just wouldn’t expect that a prince such as yourself would be picked on by other kids. PRINCE VALOR It doesn’t matter who you are though, kids will pick on anyone they think is different from them. MR. ELEPHANT Isn’t that the truth. PRINCE VALOR So Mr. Elephant, where is your mom now? It’s quite unusual to see an elephant, such as yourself, away from the herd. MR. ELEPHANT My mom is dead. PRINCE VALOR (shocked) She’s dead? But you’re so young?!?
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese MR. ELEPHANT It was a couple years ago. Poachers were looking for ivory to trade. They took her tusks, she didn’t survive. Mr. Elephant starts tearing up over the memory of his mother. PRINCE VALOR Sorry about your mom. How about the rest of your family? Like your dad? MR. ELEPHANT I never knew my dad, but I’ve heard the stories about him though through the different herds. Apparently he was quite the cow’s bull. PRINCE VALOR Any siblings? Brothers? Sisters? MR. ELEPHANT Yes, I have fourteen of them, but I haven’t seen them in over a year. PRINCE VALOR Why not? MR. ELEPHANT My herd lives on the other side of the plains and we had a bad drought about a year and a half ago. I left the herd in search of food and water. I asked my brothers and sisters to come with me but they didn’t want to leave their home. I went anyways. PRINCE VALOR By yourself? MR. ELEPHANT Yes. PRINCE VALOR But you’re so young.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese MR. ELEPHANT I was forced to grow up fast though. The Savanna will do that to a mammal. (pauses) I don’t know if my siblings survived the drought. (pauses) Ever since I left them I’ve been a loner, just trying to survive. PRINCE VALOR Do you want to come with us? MR. ELEPHANT Where are you going? THEODORE We’re going to fight a dragon! MR. ELEPHANT Fight a dragon, huh? THEODORE And save a princess! MR. ELEPHANT (skeptically) Ohhh and save a princess. PRINCE VALOR It’s true, we’re on a mission to save Princess Adorable from the evil dragon of Gloomy Glen. We could use your help. Mr. Elephant takes a few moments to think about the offer. MR. ELEPHANT You all seem like good folks and I’d like to help but I don’t want to leave here. My home is the Savanna. I’m sorry. PRINCE VALOR Are you sure? We could use a fourth. You’d be very valuable to us.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese MR. ELEPHANT I’m sorry, I can’t. Mr. Elephant starts walking away, then he turns back around to them after a few steps. MR. ELEPHANT Good luck though. PRINCE VALOR (dejectedly) Thanks, you too. Mr. Elephant continues to walk away. Even though it was his decision to not go he still has a look of disappointment in his eyes. PRINCE VALOR (disappointedly) Come on boys, let’s move on. Prince Valor, Murray and Theodore gather their things then walk away from the lake, in the other direction from Mr. Elephant. IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SAVANNA Mr. Elephant is moping around across the plains, his head is looking down at the ground as he walks. Suddenly, Mr. Elephant hears and feels the ground rumbling. He looks up and his eyes grow incredibly wide upon seeing what’s in front of him. MR. ELEPHANT (yells) Stampede! Herds of elephants as far as the eye can see are stampeding towards Mr. Elephant. The ground is shaking violently. Mr. Elephant turns around and runs towards Valor, Murray and Theodore. He finally catches up to them. MR. ELEPHANT (panicked) Stampede!
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese Prince Valor turns around to where Mr. Elephant came from and sees the elephants coming on the horizon. PRINCE VALOR He’s right. THEODORE (worriedly) Oh no! What are we going to do! MR. ELEPHANT Get on! MURRAY (confused) What? MR. ELEPHANT Get on, I’ll save you! Mr. Elephant gets down on one knee to let Prince Valor, Murray and Theodore climb on his back. As soon as they get on his back, the stampede converges on Mr. Elephant. MR. ELEPHANT Hang on! Mr. Elephant starts running in the middle of the stampede across the plains. He’s very careful to not bump into any of the other elephants while also maintaining the pace of the stampede. Prince Valor, Murray and Theodore are flailing about on top of Mr. Elephant as they struggle to stay on him. After awhile in the stampede, Mr. Elephant sees an opening off to the side and is finally able to escape. He runs out of the stampede and stops only when he’s safely away from the other elephants. Mr. Elephant lets Valor, Murray and Theodore off. completely exhausted and out of breath. He’s
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese PRINCE VALOR You did it Mr. Elephant! us! Murray barks in appreciation. MR. ELEPHANT Like I said, you all seem like good folks. I couldn’t watch you get trampled. PRINCE VALOR See, you care about us, don’t you? Now that you realize this, do you think you’d reconsider joining us? Mr. Elephant thinks for a few moments before answering. MR. ELEPHANT OK, I’ll come along with you all on your adventure. THEODORE Yippie! Theodore gives Mr. Elephant a very awkward high and low five, which they have to do a few times before they actually get it right. PRINCE VALOR Good. (pauses) Let’s keep moving. It’s getting late and it’ll be dark soon. MURRAY Yeah, we should get out of the Savanna before he have to set up camp tonight. PRINCE VALOR True, I have no intentions of being some animal’s midnight meal. THEODORE Neither do I.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese PRINCE VALOR OK, everyone lend a helping hand and grab something. Prince Valor, Murray and Theodore all grab a bag while Mr. Elephant struggles to pick up a bag sitting on the ground next to him. The other three watch as Mr. Elephant struggles to pick up the bag. MR. ELEPHANT (embarrassed) Sorry, I don’t have any opposable thumbs. PRINCE VALOR (laughs) Here, I’ll help you Mr. Elephant. Prince Valor picks up the bag and puts it around Mr. Elephant’s trunk. All four of them continue walking through the plains. EXT. – OPEN FIELD - NIGHT Prince Valor, Murray and Theodore are sitting around a campfire roasting marshmallows. Mr. Elephant is standing on his four legs right by them. The sounds of various animals in the distance echo throughout the night. THEODORE How much further do we have? Prince Valor takes out his map and looks at it. PRINCE VALOR According to my map, we’re not that far away. Probably only a half a day left. THEODORE That’s good.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese PRINCE VALOR I wonder what Princess Adorable will think when she sees us show up to rescue her. MURRAY What do you mean? PRINCE VALOR I’m just saying, she’s always known me as the awkward, shy prince. She’d never think in a million years that I’d have the courage to do this. I still can’t believe that I have the courage to do this. I hope I don’t chicken out. MURRAY You won’t Prince Valor. faith. PRINCE VALOR But what if I do? MURRAY You won’t. PRINCE VALOR But what if I do? MURRAY (agitated) Prince Valor, you have to start believing in yourself. Sometimes you can be so ridiculous. I mean you’re smart, funny, witty and caring but no one would ever know these great qualities about you if they only heard you talk. Get some confidence. You obviously have a lot going for you, if you didn’t you wouldn’t be my best friend. MR. ELEPHANT What’s up with all the self-doubt? You’re a prince. You should be strong and brimming with confidence. I have
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese PRINCE VALOR I know. But look at me, I’m short, I have ridiculously big glasses because I wouldn’t be able to see otherwise and I just think I look goofy in general. MURRAY No you don’t. THEODORE It’s not what’s on the outside that counts, it’s what’s on the inside. And granted, I don’t know you that well, and I just met you in fact, but I can tell that you have an unbelievable heart. PRINCE VALOR Thanks Theodore. THEODORE And I mean that sincerely. All four of them sit silently around the fire, watching it as it slowly dies out. Prince Valor speaks up just as it’s about to die. PRINCE VALOR Time for bed. Mr. Elephant walks over to the fire and kicks dirt on it to completely extinguish it. EXT. – OPEN FIELD – SUNRISE The sun is rising behind the camp as Valor, Murray, Theodore and Mr. Elephant are still sleeping. A bunch of red ants are crawling all over the four of them. Suddenly, Prince Valor starts scratching himself in his sleep and eventually wakes up. He looks at his arms and sees bites and red ants all over them, then he looks at his legs and sees red ants all over them as well.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese Prince Valor screams out, waking up everyone else in the process. Prince Valor points to Murray to let him know that he has red ants on him, Murray points to Theodore and Theodore points to Mr. Elephant. All four of them start screaming together. THEODORE What are they?!? MURRAY Red ants. THEODORE Get off me, get off me! All four of them start swatting the red ants off of themselves. Then they stand up and run and jump around to get the ants off. Theodore runs to a stream nearby with a bucket, fills it with water, comes back and throws it on Prince Valor. Valor gets completely drenched in the process. PRINCE VALOR Theodore! THEODORE (innocently) What? I wanted to help you get the ants off. PRINCE VALOR I’m all wet now! Thanks a lot! THEODORE Sorry. PRINCE VALOR Let’s pack up and get moving. All four of them start packing up their things.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese EXT. – JUNGLE – DAY Prince Valor, Murray, Theodore and Mr. Elephant are walking through a jungle-like forest with dense trees and high grass. They emerge out of the jungle and into the barren world of the dragon’s castle. EXT. – DRAGON’S CASTLE – DARK Periodic lightning fills the sky which has a reddish glow to it. The ground is just dirt and stone, there is no grass or trees. The dark, foreboding castle is about 1,000 yards away from them as they come out of the jungle. A menacing-looking volcano rises on the horizon behind the castle. All four of them stay very close to each other since they’re scared of their surroundings. THEODORE This place is s-s-scary. MR. ELEPHANT Yeah, it looks like the sky is breathing fire. PRINCE VALOR If anyone wants to turn back, now’s your chance. There’s silence for a few moments as Prince Valor waits for a response from any of the others. THEODORE No, I’m good. I’m here for you Prince Valor. MR. ELEPHANT Yeah, me too. PRINCE VALOR Good.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese Prince Valor reaches into his knapsack and takes out his sword. PRINCE VALOR OK, let’s go…slowly. Stay close to me. Prince Valor starts walking very cautiously, followed closely by Murray, Theodore and Mr. Elephant. As they approach the dark, scary-looking castle, vultures start flying high above them. After much trepidation, the four finally make it to the moat that surrounds the castle. Theodore looks down in it and sees lava flowing through the moat, instead of water. THEODORE Why does the water glow orange? And why is it hot? MURRAY It’s not water. It’s lava. THEODORE (in awe) Lava? MURRAY Yeah, you know lava, like what comes out of a volcano. THEODORE (still in awe) Ohhh, lava. Theodore leans his head over to get closer to the lava. Then suddenly, some lava shoots up in the air from the moat and gets dangerously close to him. This startles Theodore and he instinctively runs backwards a few feet. THEODORE Wow, that is hot!
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese PRINCE VALOR Come on, let’s stop playing around. The four of them, led by Prince Valor, walk over to a rickety, fairly unstable bridge with several wooden planks missing. The bridge shakes when the wind blows and fireballs randomly shoot up from the moat below, hitting the bridge. MR. ELEPHANT (in disbelief) We have to cross this? Prince Valor looks around for an alternative path but doesn’t see one. PRINCE VALOR Looks like we have to. THEODORE (scared) Oh dear. PRINCE VALOR Murray. MURRAY I know, I know. I’ll go first, I know my lot in life. PRINCE VALOR (laughs) Thanks pal. Murray goes on the bridge and carefully tries to cross it, one plank at a time. He avoids the fireballs that shoot up from the moat and jumps up and down on a couple of planks to check out their sturdiness. When the planks don’t crack, he turns back to Prince Valor and gives the thumbs up signal. After a while, Murray finally makes it to the other side, right in front of the castle.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese PRINCE VALOR Theodore, you’re up next. THEODORE I don’t know if I can do this. PRINCE VALOR Come on, it looks fine. THEODORE I’m heavier than Murray though. Prince Valor bends over in front of Theodore. PRINCE VALOR OK, climb on. THEODORE What? PRINCE VALOR I’ll carry you over. THEODORE But that’ll just make us heavier. PRINCE VALOR We’ll be OK, come on, get on. Theodore climbs onto Prince Valor’s back and once he’s on him Valor walks onto the bridge. Like Murray, Prince Valor takes his time to cautiously cross the bridge. Fireballs shoot up in the air close to them, scaring Theodore. THEODORE Ohh boy, that was close. When Prince Valor steps on a loose plank, it cracks and he almost loses his balance. They’re about to fall but the prince is able to grab a hold of the rope that acts as the railing. PRINCE VALOR Hold on Theodore!
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese THEODORE Ohhh no, this is it. PRINCE VALOR No it’s not. Just hold on tight. Prince Valor regains his balance and continues to cross the bridge. He finally manages to make it to the other side of the moat. Theodore gets off of Prince Valor’s back. Prince Valor stands next to Murray as they both look back at Mr. Elephant on the other side of the moat. PRINCE VALOR Looks like we have a problem. MURRAY Yeah, about a 2,000 pound problem. PRINCE VALOR How are we going to get Mr. Elephant over here? MURRAY Good question. PRINCE VALOR Well let’s think. Everyone think! Prince Valor, Murray and Theodore all stand there quietly as they try to think of a solution. PRINCE VALOR Mr. Elephant you’re a deceptively speedy runner right? MR. ELEPHANT Yes, I can run fast. PRINCE VALOR See if you can build up enough steam to jump over the moat. MR. ELEPHANT (skeptically) Ohhkay.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese PRINCE VALOR Come on, I bet you can do it. MR. ELEPHANT I’ll try. Mr. Elephant backs up about 20 yards and starts running full steam towards the moat. He stops abruptly only inches in front of the moat when he realizes that he won’t be able to jump over it. MR. ELEPHANT I’m sorry Prince Valor, I can’t do it. Prince Valor, Murray and Theodore look deflated. After a few moments of silence, Valor stares at Mr. Elephant’s floppy ears. PRINCE VALOR Hey, I have an idea. (points to Mr. Elephant’s ears) Have you ever tried to fly with those things? MR. ELEPHANT What, my ears? No. PRINCE VALOR They look like wings. I bet you can use them like wings too. MR. ELEPHANT (skeptically) I don’t know about that. PRINCE VALOR Try it. Build some steam and flap your ears while you’re running. MR. ELEPHANT Ohhhkay. Mr. Elephant backs up 20 yards again and starts running full steam towards the moat. This time he’s flapping his ears as he’s running.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese As he gets to the edge of the moat, he jumps up and actually starts flying over it. MR. ELEPHANT It’s working, it’s working! I’m flying! I’m flying! Ha! PRINCE VALOR I knew you could do it!
Mr. Elephant lands on the other side of the moat right by Prince Valor. PRINCE VALOR There you go buddy! Prince Valor pats him on the head for a job well done. MR. ELEPHANT I never knew I had that in me. Now that all four are over the moat, they turn and look straight up at the dragon’s castle. The outside of the castle is covered with scary-looking gargoyles. THEODORE Whoa, scary. It is. PRINCE VALOR Let’s go though.
All four of them approach the castle. INT. – DRAGON’S CASTLE GRAND FOYER The large front door is pushed open by Prince Valor. four of them cautiously enter the large foyer. The
It’s almost completely dark inside, with the only light coming from the torches hanging up along the corridor. THEODORE (yells) Hello! Anyone home? Prince Valor quickly moves to cover Theodore’s mouth.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese PRINCE VALOR (whispers) Shhhh! What are you doing Theodore? Stay quiet or else we might lose the element of surprise. THEODORE (whispers) Sorry Prince. The four of them continue walking through the foyer. PRINCE VALOR Where do you think the dungeon is? MURRAY Downstairs. PRINCE VALOR Ahhh, right. That makes sense. They continue walking until they see a flight of steps leading downstairs. PRINCE VALOR Here, here are steps. Theodore takes a peek down the stairs. THEODORE It’s awfully dark down there. Prince Valor grabs a torch from the wall to light the way as they walk down the stairs. DUNGEON From the stairs, they enter a huge dungeon that has a river of lava flowing right through it from the moat. The ceiling of the dungeon is very high, about 40 feet high. MURRAY Well this certainly looks like a dungeon. Prince Valor looks around to survey the room.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese PRINCE VALOR Where do you think the princess is? Murray looks around as well. MURRAY I don’t know. Prince Valor finally spots a small cell built into the rocky wall on the other side of the room and points to it. There! there! PRINCE VALOR Over there! She’s over
Prince Valor rushes across the room. He walks over to an area where the river of lava is pretty narrow, so that everybody, even Mr. Elephant, can jump over it. He approaches the cell. In the cell sits PRINCESS ADORABLE, who looks remarkably like Beatrice. She is sitting in a shadow towards the back of the cell, looking out of a very tiny window. Her back is to Prince Valor. Prince Valor looks at her for a second before speaking up. PRINCE VALOR Princess Adorable. Princess Adorable turns to look over at the cell’s entrance. She’s shocked to see that Prince Valor is standing there, she can’t believe it actually. PRINCESS ADORABLE (shocked) Prince Valor? PRINCE VALOR That’s me…in the flesh. Princess Adorable stands up and approaches the cell door.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese PRINCESS ADORABLE What are you doing here? you find me?
PRINCE VALOR Murray saw you being kidnapped by the dragon, so we mounted a rescue effort. PRINCESS ADORABLE You did? PRINCE VALOR Yes. PRINCESS ADORABLE But we’re so far away, how did you manage to get here. PRINCE VALOR It wasn’t easy, but I had some help from my friends. (pauses) Are you OK? PRINCESS ADORABLE Yes I’m fine. PRINCE VALOR Has the dragon hurt you at all? PRINCESS ADORABLE No, not yet. Princess Adorable looks around behind Valor and only sees Murray, Theodore and Mr. Elephant. PRINCESS ADORABLE So where is this rescue effort? PRINCE VALOR You’re looking at it. PRINCESS ADORABLE Really? Prince Valor looks behind him at his newfound friends.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese PRINCE VALOR Yes. You know Murray. And this is Theodore and Mr. Elephant. Theodore bows to the princess and Mr. Elephant gives her a curtsey. MR. ELEPHANT How do you do princess. PRINCESS ADORABLE Well, nice to meet you all. (pauses) Prince Valor, you should get out of here, the dragon will back any moment. He just went out to find some food. PRINCE VALOR We’re not leaving here without you. PRINCESS ADORABLE Prince Valor, that’s sweet and all, but you’ll be no match for the dragon. PRINCE VALOR Maybe so, but we came here to rescue you and rescue you we will…somehow. Suddenly there is a roar in the distance. startled. PRINCESS ADORABLE That’s the dragon. PRINCE VALOR Then we don’t have a lot of time. PRINCESS ADORABLE Prince, save yourself, leave. PRINCE VALOR No way, not without you. Prince Valor looks back at Mr. Elephant. Everyone’s
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese PRINCE VALOR Mr. Elephant, you’re up. We need you to ram the door to get it opened. Mr. Elephant situates himself a few feet in front of the cell door. In preparation, he digs his hind legs into the dirt floor. Then suddenly he runs into the cell door, ramming it at full speed. The door is damaged but it doesn’t open. PRINCE VALOR Again. Mr. Elephant backs up and rams the door again. He creates more damage to the door but it still doesn’t open. As he backs up again, the DRAGON appears by the stairs in the dungeon on the other side of the room. In one quick move, the tall dragon jumps up, flies over to the cell and lands right by Prince Valor, Murray, Theodore and Mr. Elephant. As the dragon lands, he shakes the ground with his massive weight and everyone, including the princess, loses their balance and falls to the ground. The dragon lets out another big roar, then he breathes fire in the direction of Prince Valor. The prince rolls over on the ground to avoid the fire. The dragon walks back and forth in front of the river of lava, he’s blocking their escape. As the four try to re-group, the dragon periodically breathes fire towards them. THEODORE What are we going to do? PRINCE VALOR I don’t know, I guess we should’ve devised a plan before we got here.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese MURRAY Prince Valor, you have the sword. PRINCE VALOR I know, but I can’t get close to him. MURRAY We’ll create a distraction so that you can get close to him. PRINCE VALOR OK. What kind of distraction are you going to create? MURRAY We’ll all do what we do best. Murray runs straight for the dragon, dodges fire in the process, and attacks him by biting his leg. Since the dragon is so big, this is only a minor distraction. Then Mr. Elephant runs towards the dragon and rams him in the other leg. He falls down, stands up and rams him again. Theodore walks over to a corner of the room, picks up a few rocks and starts throwing them at the dragon, occasionally hitting him in the stomach and chest. The rocks aren’t nearly big enough to cause any damage though. As Murray, Mr. Elephant and Theodore have the dragon distracted, Prince Valor runs towards him with the sword. When Prince Valor finally gets close, the dragon kicks him and he goes flying across the room. Prince Valor gets up and tries again while avoiding the fire being shot at him. This time the dragon leans over and swats him across the room. PRINCE VALOR This isn’t working. Time for a new tactic.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese Prince Valor runs towards the dragon again, but this time he stops halfway there. As soon as he stops, he throws the sword at the dragon. The dragon jumps up and stays in the air by flying, the sword misses him and lands on the other side of the room. PRINCE VALOR Ohhh no. The dragon lands back on the ground, kicks Murray with one foot and kicks Mr. Elephant with the other foot. Both of them go flying across the river. The dragon blocks a rock being thrown by Theodore and the rock ricochets and hits him, he falls to the ground. Prince Valor sees the sword on the other side of the room, across the river of lava, and tries to run for it. The dragon blocks him from getting there and kicks him into a wall. After a few seconds, Prince Valor stands up, screams and runs over to the dragon. He’s not even sure what he’s going to do. The dragon trips Prince Valor and he falls on his face, reminiscent of Bernie being tripped in school by the bully. PRINCE VALOR (yells) I’m tired of you bullying me! With Prince Valor, Murray, Theodore and Mr. Elephant all laying on the ground hurt, the dragon approaches the cell. He leans down in front of the cell door and looks directly at Princess Adorable. She is scared and tears are falling down her cheeks. The dragon rubs the princess’s face with one of his hands and breathes heavily on her, with no fire. Prince Valor stands up and rushes over to Murray, Theodore and Mr. Elephant to re-group. PRINCE VALOR Theodore, how’s your aim?
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese THEODORE I’m pretty good. PRINCE VALOR OK, I want you to take some rocks and aim for the wings. THEODORE I can do that. Theodore runs off to another corner of the room where there are more rocks. Seeing that they’ve re-grouped, the dragon turns his attention back to them. He turns around and tries to hit them with fire, but they manage to avoid it. Since the dragon went over to the cell, this creates an opening and allows Prince Valor, Murray and Mr. Elephant to head to the other side of the room, crossing the river of lava again in the process. Prince Valor rushes over to the sword and picks it up. dragon notices this and flies over to them. The
Valor chucks the sword at him but the dragon evades it by jumping up and flapping his wings to stay in the air above the river. The sword goes beneath the dragon and lands in the river of lava. PRINCE VALOR (yells) Now Theodore, aim for the wings! Theodore picks up several rocks and starts throwing them at the dragon. One rock goes through one of the dragon’s wings then another rock goes through the other wing. His wings are heavily damaged and he flaps them desperately to try to stay in the air. It doesn’t work though and he falls down, directly into the river. As he hits the river he lets out one final roar then he begins to sink slowly until he’s fully submerged in the lava.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese PRINCE VALOR We did it! We did it! All four of them converge and give each other awkward high and low fives. PRINCE VALOR Theodore, nice shot! You did it! THEODORE You did it, Prince Valor, you did it. PRINCE VALOR We all did it. MURRAY Good teamwork everybody. PRINCE VALOR Come on let’s set the princess free. They all rush back over to the cell, Mr. Elephant rams the door again. The door doesn’t open so he does it one more time. PRINCE VALOR Come on Mr. Elephant, you can do it! Finally on the second attempt, the door opens. Princess Adorable rushes out and gives Prince Valor a big hug. PRINCESS ADORABLE My hero! MURRAY And all it took was some confidence. Mr. Elephant is sitting on the ground rubbing his head. It clearly hurts after he’s used it as a battering ram so many times. MR. ELEPHANT Owww, my head.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese Princess Adorable walks over to Mr. Elephant and gives him a sweet kiss on the top of his head. PRINCESS ADORABLE Thank you Mr. Elephant. PRINCE VALOR Yeah, thanks buddy! Upon the dragon’s death, the river of lava turns into crystal clear water, the dirt floor turns into marble and the walls turn from rock to beautiful bricks with portraits of old royal family members hanging up. THEODORE Check out the river…and the floor… and the walls. PRINCESS ADORABLE It’s beautiful. PRINCE VALOR That it is. All five of them take a moment to appreciate how the dungeon has changed for the better. MURRAY Can we go home now? PRINCE VALOR You don’t have to ask me twice. Prince Valor grabs Princess Adorable’s hand and they rush up the stairs, followed closely by Murray, Theodore and Mr. Elephant. EXT. – DRAGON’S CASTLE – DAY As soon as they walk out of the castle, they’re amazed to see how the area around it has turned from a dark, depressing, bleak place to a bright, vibrant land filled with lush trees, plants, flowers and grass everywhere. The outside of the castle is sparkling clean, the windows are shiny and the gargoyles have been replaced with spires.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese The sun is shining without a cloud in the sky. The rickety old bridge with planks missing is now a sturdy, steel bridge. Beneath the bridge, the river of lava has been replaced by crystal clear water. The five of them run across the bridge. Theodore stops halfway across the bridge and looks down into the moat. can see his reflection in the water. THEODORE Wow, look at this, I can see my reflection in the water. Theodore looks at himself in the water, then he hides his face from the water, then he looks at his reflection again. He’s laughing during all of this as he’s clearly enjoying himself. Prince Valor walks back to Theodore and grabs him. PRINCE VALOR Come on Theodore, there will be enough time to play later. OPEN FIELD All five of them look around to get a full view of the land. They see that the volcano behind the castle has now turned into a lush, colorful, snow-capped mountain. A rainbow develops over the castle. Princess Adorable notices a colorful strawberry field not too far away. PRINCESS ADORABLE Look, strawberries! It’s beautiful over there. Let’s go check it out! Princess Adorable grabs Prince Valor’s hand and runs off towards the strawberry field. They are followed closely by Murray, Theodore and Mr. Elephant. STRAWBERRY FIELD In celebration, the prince and princess dance in the middle of the strawberry field as they’re surrounded by Murray, He
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese Theodore and Mr. Elephant who are all dancing with themselves. PRINCESS ADORABLE Thank you Prince Valor for saving me, you’re so brave and courageous! PRINCE VALOR No problem, I just did what I felt I had to do. Murray walks up to Prince Valor while he dances. bends over slightly to hear him. MURRAY (whispers) See what you’re capable of when you just believe in yourself? You can do anything you want. PRINCE VALOR (whispers) Thanks for believing in me. MURRAY (whispers) It wasn’t me, it was you. Confidence is a wonderful thing, isn’t it? PRINCE VALOR It sure is. Murray walks away as Prince Valor continues to dance with Princess Adorable. A bunch of doves fly overhead. INT. – BERNIE’S HOUSE BERNIE’S BEDROOM Bernie wakes up from his dream on Saturday morning, the sun is shining brightly through his window. After rubbing his eyes and stretching his arms, he stands up, grabs his glasses from his nightstand and starts to get dressed. Valor
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese EXT. – RESIDENTIAL STREET OUTSIDE BERNIE’S HOUSE – MORNING Bernie walks out the front door of his house and marches confidently down the sidewalk of his street to Beatrice’s home, which is about five houses down. BEATRICE’S HOUSE He approaches the front door, runs his fingers through his hair to fix it then rings the doorbell. After a few moments, BEATRICE’S MOM, a gentle woman in her late thirties, answers the door. She’s surprised to see him so early in the morning. BEATRICE’S MOM Ohhh, hello Bernie! It’s certainly early in the morning to see you here. BERNIE (confidently) Good morning Mrs. Alexander, is Beatrice home? BEATRICE’S MOM Sure, let me go find her. Beatrice’s mom walks away from the front door, leaving Bernie still standing outside. A few moments later, Beatrice approaches the door. Bernie? BEATRICE What are you doing here?
BERNIE Beatrice, I know you told me twice that you wouldn’t go to the dance with me. But hear me out. (pauses) I like you, I think you’re a really cool girl and I’d treat you so well at the dance. If you were thirsty, I’d cut the line to get you more punch. If you were hungry, I’d run to the 7-Eleven across the street from school to get you a Go-Go Taquitos. And if you were (MORE)
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese BERNIE (cont’d) tired, I’d fold out the bleachers in the gymnasium just for you. That’s how much I like you and I’d be honored to take you to the dance. I’d take my glasses off, fix my hair a different way or buy new clothes from JC Penney’s if it’d help to get you to say yes. Beatrice is silent for a moment then gently puts her hand on his shoulder. BEATRICE Bernie, you don’t have to do any of that. BERNIE I don’t? BEATRICE No, I wouldn’t want to change anything about you. I like you just the way you are. BERNIE (smiles) You do?!? BEATRICE Yes. What you just did took real courage. If anything I don’t deserve to go with you. (pauses) But I’d be honored if you took me to the dance tonight. BERNIE (shocked) You would? BEATRICE Yes, I would. BERNIE (ecstatically) Oh boy! I’m so happy!
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese Bernie gives Beatrice a quick kiss on the cheek which catches her by surprise, but she manages to smile anyways. BERNIE Me and my mom will pick you up at 6 o’clock sharp! With that he speeds off from her house, seemingly worried that she might change her mind if he stays around. BERNIE Yippie! Excited, Bernie jumps up and down repeatedly and dances down the sidewalk all the way back to his house. LATER ON INT. – BERNIE’S HOUSE BATHROOM There is a montage of Bernie getting ready for the dance: Bernie is looking at himself in the mirror fixing his hair, then brushing his teeth, flossing and buttoning up his shirt. Next he tries four times to tie a tie but each time he’s unsuccessful – it’s either too long, too short or doesn’t even knot. Before the fourth time, Bernie’s dad walks by the bathroom and notices that he’s having problems with his tie. He laughs playfully at his son’s misfortune, then enters the bathroom and offers a helping hand. BERNIE’S DAD Here son, come here, I’ll help you. Bernie’s dad ties his tie for him perfectly, he even straightens it out for him too. Bernie turns, looks in the mirror and straightens it one more time to make sure it’s absolutely perfect.
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese EXT. – BEATRICE’S HOUSE – DAY Bernie, dressed in a nicely pressed blue suit, rings Beatrice’s doorbell with his parents, and Andy, in toe behind him. He’s grinning from ear to ear. Beatrice’s mom answers the door. BEATRICE’S MOM Hello everyone! Well, Bernie, don’t you just look so handsome! BERNIE Thanks Mrs. Alexander. Come in! BEATRICE’S MOM Come in!
Bernie’s family enters the house. INT. – BEATRICE’S HOUSE LIVING ROOM Along with Bernie’s family, the room is filled with Beatrice’s family too – parents, siblings and grandparents. Beatrice makes her grand entrance into the living room. Bernie’s eyes grow bigger, if that’s even possible, after seeing how beautiful she looks. Her hair is done up nicely and she’s wearing a very pretty, long purple dress. BERNIE (in awe) You look great! BEATRICE (laughs) Thanks. So do you. Bernie puts a corsage gently on her wrist. BERNIE’S MOM Picture time you two!
“My Imaginary Friends” – Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese BEATRICE’S MOM Yes, get together by the window so we can take a ton of pictures. We have to capture your first dance, for memory’s sake. Bernie and Beatrice walk to the side of the room, in front of a window, and poise for pictures for both sets of parents. INT. – BERNIE’S MOM’S CAR Bernie and Beatrice ride in the backseat of the car as his mom drives them to the school dance. Both are quiet, just looking out their windows. INT. – BERNIE’S JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL The two enter the crowded school gym and walk to a corner of it that’s less crowded. For the first moments that they’re in the gym, there’s no music playing and the only noise is the buzz of conversation from everybody else. Bernie and Beatrice just stand there awkwardly, not sure what they should do, or what they should say to each other. Finally a song comes on but the two just continue to stand their silently. After a little bit, Bernie breaks the ice. BERNIE Would you like to dance? BEATRICE Sure. Bernie and Beatrice begin to dance to the beat. After several seconds, Beatrice puts her hands on his shoulders then he puts his hands on her hips and they continue dancing. Bernie has a huge smile covering his face as does Beatrice. FADE OUT