::Dr. Batorious' voice comes over the speaker::

Batorious: And now, welcome one and all to the fifth annual Golden Acorn Awards!


::The curtain rises, revealing an orchestra, choir and dancers. A peppy song starts up::


Choir: It's Golden!

It's Golden!

The Golden Acorn Awards!


Everyone join hands

Across the lands
We're here to celebrate

And it's oh so great


Give a shout, give a cheer
The Golden Acorn time is here
Who will win, who will be
The ones we love to see!


It's Golden!

It's Golden!

The Golden Acorn Awards!


It's Golden!

It's Golden!

The Golden Acorn Awards!


::A drumroll booms::


Dr Batorious: And now, your Golden Acorn Awards host, Dr. Indy!


::The crowd stands as one and cheers. Indy walks onstage, dressed in his Indygear. When the crowd quiets down, he approaches the mic::


Indy: Pryvet! Spaseebo balshoye! <[i]Hi! Thank you very much![/i]>


::The Russian crowd cheers and applauds::


Indy: Heh, that's about the limits of my Russian. I hope I got it right…


::The crowd claps again::


Indy: Well, here we are again. Welcome, and I hope you're enjoying your stay in St. Petersburg. I've been touring the wonderful grounds here at Peterhof and I have to say it's one of the nicest places I've ever seen. A wonderful place for an Awards night.


::Indy looks up toward the big screen::


Indy: Now, before we continue, I'd like to bring your attention to this year's Golden Acorn Award plaque…




Indy: This year's award plaque designer is our own Sparky Hardwire!


::The audience claps as the spotlight finds Sparky in the audience::


Indy: Of course, that's the biggest award we give, the Lifetime Achievement Award. But we're a loooong ways from giving that one out, folks. Lots of great presenters tonight. For the first time, we have an ANIMATED presentation, plus a real song for y'all to listen to! And lots of great pictures too.


::The talk in the crowd goes way up at that news. The big screen shows the 2007 Golden Acorn Awards sign again::


Indy: In fact, let's bring one of the presenters up now. Pupspals, I think you wanted to say a few things before we got going. Um, Pupspals? Batorious, didn't she check in?


Batorious: Not that I'm aware of, sir.


Indy: Oh dear. Wonder where she could be…well, while we wait here's a piece on the events leading up to tonight, courtesy of one of our GA reporters, Gwendolyn Katsche


::The screen darkens as pictures light up the screen, Gwendolyn's voice coming over the speakers::




[i]The crew of GAA prepared for the GAA show in Peterhof, Russia, setting up the stage, lights, cameras, and so on. The celebrities landed in St. Petersburg either by train, bus or airplane as they checked in at the hotels.


A few days before, the celebrities were preparing themselves onstage, and The Singin’ Strays were testing their song, as some prepared their speeches. The day before the show, some went on shopping and sightseeing tours and events around the city. People gathered to get autographs, postcards and pictures of the stars.


The night before the big night, some of the celebrities went to bed early but others could hardly sleep. Cash and Dixie had a hard time with calming Todd and Copper down. The big day some guests arrived, such as Bianca from Hungary, known from "The Rescuers", with Bernard. Also Jake from "The Rescuers Down Under", who is one of Monty’s friends.


At last the big night is here, and as the darkness falls over the city, the celebrities and the audience arrive at the palace. The celebrities gather in their version of the Green Room of the Eurovision Song Contest, where there are two bars, and the room is decorated with balloons, banners and flags.


Bianca said in an interview with April O’neil before the show, "I met The Singin’ Strays during their European tour they ended in Hungary for few days ago. Bernard, the Rangers and I had often held our winter vacations here in St. Petersburg, and some of our movies were recorded here."


April also interviewed RJ from Over The Hedge, who is going to sing at the GAA. "It’s the first time I’ve been here, and I haven’t been at the Awards before, and I can’t for the show to begin!"[/i]




Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, USA


::At Film Roman, Pupspals, wearing jeans & her Hellboy Animated crew shirt, works away at her computer typing up new price lists for services.  The phone rings.  She answers it::

Pupspals:  Hello?  Oh you want to reschedule your record time.  Let's see what's available. (looks on calendar) No, that date's not available.  ... What do you mean you've already scheduled the actor? I've told you before you need to check with me first! Someone else already has that time & has scheduled their actors! ... I'll check... Only time available for 3 weeks, huh? ... I'll see what I can do but I can't promise anything...

::Her work cell phone rings::

Pupspals:  ... I'll get back to you.  Bye.

:: she answers her cell phone::
Pupspals:  Hello? ...  Oh, you forgot your card again?  ...  Yeah I'll let you in the building.  I'm on my way!

::she hangs up & starts to go to the door.  She gets stopped by a person from Marketing::

Marketing lady:  How's it going on that Henry Winkler piece?

Pupspals:  I'll get right on it!

:: Pupspals lets her boss in the building & heads off to an edit bay. She brings up the Final Cut Pro project & starts to digitize the piece in question.  Henry Winkler appears on the screen.  He gives a speech about receiving an award from some school in Denver & how great it

Henry Winkler:  ... And now I have something to tell you kids, directly.

Pupspals  (unenthusastically): Cue the slow zoom into face...

Henry Winkler: You are great!  So just dig down deep, find your talent...

::The picture on screen starts a slow push into Henry's face. Pupspals laughs at the coincidence::

Henry Winkler:  ... and give it to the world!  Personally, I can't wait to see it! And thanks for this award.

:: Henry looks at the child-hand made statue of a stick figure holding a star.  He puts it by his face::

Henry Winkler: It looks like me!

:: Pupspals laughs again.  She stops the tape & sets up the QuickTime export::

Pupspals: ... wow.  somehow I don't quite see Fonzie doing all that. That was really cheesy!  Monty would love an awards ceremony that cheesy! ... *gasp*!  The Golden Acorn Awards!!

::Pupspals looks around the edit bay in panic.  She looks at the progress bar for the QuickTime export. It's not moving very fast.  She runs back to her cubicle & packs up her stuff and shuts down her desk computer.  She races back to the edit bay.  The progress bar barely moved.  She taps her fingers & jiggles her leg.  It doesn't move.  She checks her watch... The wait time actually goes up!!

She gasps!
The progress bar speeds up!
She cheers!
The progress bar goes backward!::
PupspalsWha' the?!?

::She looks under the desk.  Bart Simpson is playing with the cables::


Pupspals:  Bart!  Quit messing with the cables!  I need the network to finish the upload.  I got a plane to catch!

Bart:  Good luck!  I hear they're heavy!  Ha ha!

Pupspals: Cute...  Why don't you go bug the Slacker Cats down the hall?

Bart:  Eddie's oogling a picture of Minnie Mouse...

Pupspals:  What?!

::She rolls her chair out into the hall & spies an orange cat looking
at a glossy::

Pupspals:  ABC Family's letting you do the joke?!

Eddie:  Nah...  But we're still trying!

Pupspals:  Darn it... It was funny too...

::She slides back in the room.  Bart has now unplugged all the network cables::


Pupspals:  You know... I hear that Tripping the Rift is recording Six's dialogue down the hall....

Bart:  ¡Ay, caramba!

::Bart runs out of the room & heads for the record.  Pupspals quickly plugs the cables back in.  The export completes & she grabs her bags  and heads for the door.  But the stair well is blocked by Hellboy::


PupspalsHellboy!  Perfect!  Look, I'm on my way to the Golden Acorn Awards & I was thinking that you could do my presentation!  It would be a great opportunity to plug that Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storms is on sale now & Hellboy Animated: Blood & Iron will air on Cartoon Network on March 10!  ...At least that's the last I heard...

Hellboy:  Forget it, kid.  I don't do publicity stunts!

Pupspals:  It's not a stunt.. it's a .... well...  Covering for me since I was so busy fixing the titles on your film??

Hellboy:  Take care of your self!

::Hellboy walks off.  Pupspals looks at her watch::

Pupspals:  Darn it!  Now I don't have a speech!

::She looks out the window.  Tad Stone's car is nowhere to be seen::

Pupspals: ... No luck there either...  Well... It's a long flight to Russia.  I'll write my speech on the way...

::Pupspals leaves her work & runs to the airport across the street::