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  • Happyman on the Red Planet Apologia


    So many of you have been writing to me with frustration in your tone.

    This Happyman Opera of mine is taking so long to get to the end. In this YouTube world of click click click, you all just want to find out what happens so you can get on with your life. And I appreciate and sympathize with this frustration of yours. Some of you have even written with your own fun ideas of what you think is going to happen next. Who will kill/kiss who? Who will will live? Who will die? and so on.

    I love this. It is such a great compliment to me – that you care so much about Happyman, Green Monster, Fred, George, and especially Bob and Sue – that you take your precious time to worry about how things will turn out.

    In the latest Happyman (e17) Sue announces that “George is my brother”. George sings “I remember Sue. . .”. Perhaps the biggest character revelation in the opera thus far.

    Of course this blew your mind.

    And perhaps moved you to tears, as it did me.

    To make sense of what comes next, I have begun a Prequel to the Happyman Saga, “Galactic Superheroes”.

    It is the story of Fred, George, and Sue before they came to the Red Planet.

    Not only are Sue and George brother and sister, but Fred is their brother as well.

    Fred, George, and Sue are all brother and sister. And they were Galactic Superheroes. They had their own ship. They had unique superpowers. We already know that George can fly. . . Fred seems to always know what is going on. . . Bob fell under Sue’s spell in no time at all. . .

    So why does Fred hate George? And what happened to George’s arms? Why does it take George so long to remember Sue? Why is Sue not surprised by any of this? And what happened to their ship? They were Galactic Superheroes. And now they are three strange aliens on the Red Planet when Happyman and Green Monster arrive from another planet on the top of Happyman’s car.

    . . .

    There were the Hoo Hoos – three alarmed creatures that all sing “Hoo” together all of the time. This series uses hand-written titles over the video – so you can read what they are singing. Hoo is difficult to translate. Old Fingerhead hates the Hoo Hoos. They periodically infest his ship. They sneak aboard and live there for days and he doesn’t even know. This has been going on for decades.

    Old Fingerhead finally had conclusive proof to that the Hoo Hoos have been living on his ship – without him knowing – for all of this time. He’s always suspected them. He attacks the three Hoo Hoos with his ship while they flee. George takes down Old Fingerhead, Sue captures Old Fingerhead, and Fred bags Old Fingerhead.

    . . .

    Fred (just) knows this is going on. It’s his ‘special sense’, his superpower. He just ‘knows’ when someone/ones, or something, is in trouble, somewhere, in the galaxy. He changes color and becomes emotional when his special sense is activated.

    George pilots the ship. He’s the navigator and pilot. Fred says where the trouble is, George get’s them there and neutralizes the threat. It’s his favorite thing to do. Navigator-pilot-commando.

    Sue’s head now has been detached. It’s very calming. The opposing agent is held in her power – a mildly-telepathic hypnosis – allowing a rational calm to pervade the mood of the adversary. A willing to listen to reason.

    If necessary Fred scoops them up and takes them in.

    He seemed to let Old Fingerhead go this time.

    Back on the Red Planet:  Fred blames George for getting them stranded. He thinks George made a mistake – screwed up – and crashed them on the Red Planet. The accident was bad. George lost his arms and his memory.

    Happyman and Green Monster showed up to the Red Planet almost a year after Fred, George, and Sue crashed there. George’s memory has just now (e17) started to come back. That George kidnapped Bob with his feet, seems evidence of a significant step in his recovery.

    About a month after they arrived, Sue left for the Underworld, then they all split up. Sue found that the Underworld was green, with a mighty stream. Sue grew plants, food, and flowers, using the running water in a natural underground ecology. George found a tall mountain peak away from Fred – ‘George Mountain’. Fred found some nice local hot springs that create a soothing red mist where he could lurk quietly, and forget his great fall from power.

    Sue knows what’s going on with Bob and Happyman, and Fred and George. She also knows that Bob will be fine. Bob is the first man Sue has ever met that didn’t know she was a superhero. She is naturally charmed by his innocence, but cannot allow her superpowers to influence his decision making. Fred does not give her enough credit.

    And that’s the end before it was.

    . . .

  • Happyman is Back

    As most of you know Happyman has been on hiatus. (Sorry!). But now he is back. I have put together this little synopsis episode of the first act of the opera. (The first eleven episodes of Happyman comprise Act I of the opera. Episode 12 revealed Ratboy Genius as the creator and he invites Happyman and Green Monster out with him on their day off. Ep. 13 also took place outside of the Opera and depicted a typical sojourn to Washington D.C. for the trio.)

    When I began working on this project, I did not have a plan for the story or the music. At first I just took them one at a time and saw what happened. Then people started asking me what was going to happen to George. . . And I realized that I should probably think about things a little bit more. The fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pajamas approach took me safely up to the end of Act I (ep. 11).

    And then summer break came, and then school started again, and then I managed to get my house guest’s stuff out of my apartment, and then I started working on Happyman again.

    In the meantime, somebody sent HM 12 to somebody, and a small viral attack began on YouTube. It wasn’t just that so many people were viewing the video, but many were commenting and writing to me. Many of the comments were thoughtful and appreciative. Many were outlandishly abusive. I had to delete many comments with foul language and perverse sexual suggestions. The children!

    I was faced for the first time with the problem of having a community of critics and fans for my work on a broad scale.

    And for a while I fought with the pressure to respond favorably, and then with the pressure to ignore, and finally hit upon a new attitude with new techniques and hopefully recognizing the great challenges to get this story through season two. And I realized that even though e12 and e13 had many thousands of views, but actual Opera was averaging a very small percentage of that. So I realized very few people were paying attention to this after all, and I had nothing to worry about.

    Before the second season starts and to get you caught up with the events of Act I, I created this little teaser, a sort of “Previously: On Happyman” T.V. spot.

  • Happyman 12 – Intermission

    The episode opens in the office of the Ratboy Genius, in the top of the Castle in Ratboy’s Kingdom. RBG has finally revealed himself as the creator/composer/director/producer of the new exciting opera, “The Adventures of Happyman on the Red Planet”. And he is so impressed with his friends who have been starring in the production.

    It is a day off from shooting the opera, so the Ratboy Genius has invited his good friend Happyman to visit him in his office. They sing their own version of the Ratboy’s Theme Song (originally featured in Ratboy Genius #9). Then they both go down to the pool to pick up the Green Monster, who is floating there. Ratboy can’t resist the temptation to dive off his high diving board, where he scores a perfect 10 with a smooth entry and very little splash.

    The three friends all get into Ratboy’s little red buggy and drive through the magical tunnel over to Kingdom Studios for a tour of the opera sets on the studio sound stages. We see the grand entrance of the Kingdom Studios, and drive down the corridor and into Studio G. They drive the little red buggy through some of our favorite locations from the Red Planet and a grand finale ensues where they speculate on what will happen next in the opera, “The Adventures of Happyman on the Red Planet”.

  • Happyman Episode 11

    While pausing for a rest, Happyman and Green Monster hear the distant singing of mysterious voice. It sounds like the voice is coming from a hole in the ground. Perhaps the voice is in the Underworld!

    Happyman and Green Monster make finding a way down the hole their most important goal. Perhaps Bob also will be attracted to the strange voice!

    Fred leads George to the mysterious cave at the bottom of George Mountain. They resolve to enter the cave and return Bob to his friends. Only then can George make ammends.

    Meanwhile, Bob also hears the voice singing in the distance. He continues sailing down the stream until he finds the source of the voice. He finds a strange girl standing on a rock and introduces himself.

    She tells Bob that her name is Sue, and that this is her home. Sue invites Bob to park his boat and stay for a while. The two hit it off immediately and perform a delightful ballet sequence.

    Happyman and Green Monster begin lowering vines into the hole, and soon manage to climb down into the Underworld.

    Fred and George enter the mysterious cave and begin their passage into the Underworld.

  • Happyman Episode 10

    While sailing down the mighty underground stream, Bob almost forgets his troubles. But in reality, he is lost and scared and lonely.

    While driving around the Red Planet, Happyman and Green Monster almost forget their troubles. But then they remember that Bob is all alone in the Underground World, and he is probably lost and scared.

    A glorious operatic trio ensues.

    Meanwhile, George and Fred have it out. Fred is angry with George for kidnapping a visitor and causing so much trouble. George replies that he was so lonely and just wanted a friend to play with.

    Fred insists that George repair the damage he has done. George agrees with this, but there is a complication. Bob is missing!

    Fred is highly amused with this. George kidnapped someone, and then lost them! But Fred knows where Bob went, and George insists that Fred help him find Bob in the “Underworld”.

  • Happyman Episode 9

    Happyman and Green Monster need to make a plan to find Bob. Reluctantly, Happyman suggests that Fred might be able to help them. Green Monster is concerned about how easily George snatched Bob. The pair sing of their resolve to defend themselves if they see George again, and to fight him if they must.

    George is returns to his home at the top of George Mountain to play with Bob, his new best friend. Upon arriving, he finds that Bob is gone! This is extremely upsetting for George.

    Meanwhile, Bob is delighted to have freed himself from George’s clutches. He heads deeper and deeper into the mysterious cave, and soon discovers that it is more than a cave. It might be an entrance to an underground world! Bob pushes on, because anything is better than being trapped with George.

    Happyman and Green Monster find Fred. Fred happily gloats at the pair’s predicament. “I warned you! Yes I warned you!”.

    Fred then tells the pair that George probably took Bob to the top of George Mountain. But if Bob was smart, he would have climbed down the Mountain and entered the secret cave at the bottom. Fred then reveals that the cave is actually an entrance to an underground world!

    Happyman and Green Monster take off to find Bob.

    Bob eventually finds a little boat floating on an underground stream. He decides to sail the boat down the stream. He will not go back just to be captured again.

  • Happyman Episode 8

    Bob is lamenting his tragic situation – stuck all alone on George Mountain. He is scared and misses his friends. He has no idea what George’s intentions might be.

    Happyman and Green Monster are lamenting the fact that George came and snatched Bob. They sing of their determination to find their missing friend.

    George is so happy that he has a brand new friend to play with him. He sings of how much fun they will have hanging out together.

    George returns to Bob and tells Bob that they are new best friends. He is oblivious to Bob’s protests, and then goes off leaving Bob alone.

    Bob is so mad. He decides that he must escape. He resolves to climb down George Mountain and in a fit of daring, manages to make it to the ground. To his surprise he finds a mysterious cave and decides that anything is better than being trapped with George.

    So he enters the cave.

  • Happyman Episode 7

    In this instrumental interlude, George (who has been ditched by Happyman, Green Monster, Bob) completely freaks out. He has a breakdown and in a fit of madness catches up with the trio and snatches Bob away from them.

    Happyman and Green Monster are beside themselves with shock and outrage.

    George carries Bob away to his home at the top of George Mountain and deposits him on the lonely mountaintop.

    Happyman and Green Monster drive through the sad and lonely night on the Red Planet looking for Bob. Happyman recalls all of the good times they have had with Bob since their adventure began.

    On George Mountain, George and Bob seem to get into a heated discussion before George flies off leaving Bob stranded. Happyman and Green Monster continue driving, hoping to find Bob.

  • Happyman Episode 6

    George offers to take Happyman, Green Monster, and Bob on a tour of his home, The Red Planet. George says that together they will have so much fun now that he is their best friend.

    Happyman is a little concerned that even though they just met, George thinks he is their best friend. He warns Green Monster and Bob to pay attention and be careful, but insists that they be nice to George.

    The car only has room for three, but George is fine with that because he can fly! George then takes the trio on a tour of his old neighborhood. At first things go well, but then the terrain gets a little rough and Happyman has his hands full trying to keep the car from going out of control.

    Green Monster and Bob are afraid that George is going to get them killed. Happyman tries to apologize for George and console his friends, and the trio yells at George to slow down before they are killed.

    Meanwhile, Fred thinks this dangerous situation is hilarious. He’s not surprised that the visitors are having a problem with George.

    Happyman finally stops the car at the edge of a precipice and the trio tell George that the situation has gone too far. They are scared and upset that George did not even notice that he almost got them killed! So Happyman and friends turn around and leave George alone.

  • Happyman Episode 5

    Happyman, Green Monster, and Bob are having a great time driving around on the Red Planet while looking for George. They bump into Fred. Fred is very angry and bursts into a heated tirade:

    Fred: “I tried to warn you about George. But you won’t listen to me! I can’t be responsible for what happens! It’s your problem!”

    Happyman and friends are mildly amused at Fred’s outburst as they drive along and finally find George. Happyman says hello to George, and tells him that he feels bad for running away.

    George is extremely touched with Happyman’s apology and becomes so happy that he nearly bursts into tears. Green Monster and Bob sing a touching chorus telling George not to cry, while Happyman gives the plot background for the opera up to this point.

    Meanwhile Fred is outraged at the touching scene taking place. He can’t believe that “those stupid fools” are making friends with George.