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The following was our first attempt (in September of '91 -- NINE YEARS AGO!!!) to write a pitch to sell our new Gargoyles comedy-adventure show to our higher ups (Michael Eisner, Rich Frank and Jeffrey Katzenberg). This isn't necessarily the version they saw, however. First Kat Fair and I had to get it past our TV Animation bosses: Bruce Cranston and Gary Krisel. This is the version that went to them for approval. The phrases in parentheses describe the visual on the art cards we used. The words that follow are the "script" of the pitch. What I would say as I flipped the cards and showed the pictures. Most, if not all, of this art was drawn by Bob Kline, who was Development Art Director at that time. (I wish I had that art now.)
For those of you who have been to the Gathering and seen the final pitch of the Drama version of the show we all know and love, you'll recognize verbal echoes of that pitch here in this first one. Phrases like "there was a better place for a medieval castle than a picturesque hill in Europe [or Scotland]" and "lock, stock and gargoyle" made it all the way from this pitch to the last. (And sometimes even into the series itself.)
Other points of interest:
--Morgan's last name is now Reed (a surname we eventually gave to Maggie the Cat), and she's now a second grade teacher and amateur acheologist. This was done to give her and our 'goyles ready access to kids.
--Xavier is now Xavier's FIRST name, which I had forgotten about.
--Amp, though he still looks more like Lex, is now firmly Brooklynian.
--Coco, though still female, is very Broadway.
--For some reason, I was spelling DeMona, with a capital M in the middle. I have no memory of that either.
--And I had completely forgotten about Xanatos' multi-racial "suits", though they were clearly the origin of both his "Goon Squad" and the Steel Clan.
Anyway, here it is:
GARGOYLES PITCH Script
#1. (Three stone gargoyles.)
We all think we know what GARGOYLES are. Ugly, stone creatures squatting on the roofs of old buildings. But have we ever asked how they got that way?
Well, one thousand years ago, Gargoyles were mischievous, troublemakers, driving us humans up the wall.
#2. (Medieval LORD XAVIER of Glint.)
Particularly this human--LORD XAVIER of Glint, who decided he'd had just about enough of their destructive fun and games...
#3. (Lord Xavier drugging the 'goyles.)
So he threw them a party complete with ice cream, cake...and punch, spiked with a sleeping potion guaranteed to last a millennium!
And because Gargoyles automatically turn to stone when they fall asleep...
#4. (The Castle.)
He used them to decorate his castle, where they stayed for a thousand years.
Until his great-great-great-great-great-grandson, XAVIER GLINT, the President of Xavier Enterprises, decided there was a better place for a medieval castle than a picturesque hill in Europe.
#6. (Castle on the skyscraper, up-angle.)
He moved the whole place--lock, stock and gargoyle--to the top of his personal headquarters in Manhattan...just cuz he felt like it.
#7. (The six stone gargoyles.)
But as the castle settled, things got unsettled. The gargoyles...
#8. (The 'goyles stir.)
#9. (The 'goyles wake up.)
They've been sleeping for a thousand years...
#10. (The 'goyles rise and shine.)
...and now they're ready to PARTY!!
#11. (National Enquirer headline:"Gargoyles alive in NYC!")
Now, that may all sound pretty far-fetched, but this is the kind of world that only the National Enquirer could love. The public may not be able to decide whether the Gargoyles are a new urban myth or a full-on media hoax...
#12. (AMP flying.)
But the Gargoyles know they're real enough, and just as prone to trouble as they ever were.
#13. (Four-pose Amp composite.)
Particularly AMP. Trouble used to be his middle name--his last name, too. It's not that he's bad, he's just easily tempted by...well, uh, temptation!
Fortunately, this self-proclaimed leader has no ready followers. All the Gargoyles are too busy having fun to obey orders.
#14. (Four-pose COCO composite.)
Take Coco, for example. This female John Belushi has the soul of a dancer and the grace of a rhinoceros. She's always up for adventure in this brave, new, 20th Century world.
#15. (Five-pose PANDORA composite.)
Then there's PANDORA. The sneakiest of the 'goyles. I wouldn't exactly say she's a pathological liar, just a born actress who loves to improvise.
#16. (Four-pose LASSIE composite.)
And LASSIE. (He picked his own name.) Loyal, goofy and easily distracted, Lassie's just as likely to be fascinated with the villain's shoelaces as with his ray gun.
#17. (Four-pose RALPH composite.)
Finally, there's RALPH, who thinks adventure is a great thing to watch on television. He's a couch potato kind of gargoyle, who keeps the home fires burning...
...Which isn't always good news if you're MORGAN REED, a second grade teacher and amateur archeologist who's befriended the Gargoyles. She tries to take care of them, keep 'em fed and gives them a place to stay.
#19. ('goyles causing trouble in Morgan's apartment.)
Sometimes to her regret.
#20. (Longshot of castle-scraper.)
Still, it's better than where they used to live. Not that the location was bad, just the landlord...
#21. (Two-pose composite of Xavier looking oily.)
Our old pal, Xavier. This guy makes Gordon Gecko look like Santa Claus. Greed isn't just good, it's GREAT!!
#22. (Xavier admiring his race car.)
Whether it's gold bullion, a race car or a castle on a skyscraper, this is a guy used to getting what he wants...
#23. (Xavier burned by his race car.)
...Prone to getting what he deserves.
#24. (Three-pose composite of Xavier looking frustrated, shocked and angry.)
But now, he's set his sights on the one prize money can't buy--Immortality. If the gargoyles can live a 1000 years, so can he.
#25. (Xavier, OWEN, DeMONA and the SUITS.)
So with help from OWEN, his aardvark aide-de-camp, DeMONA, the one bad apple in the Gargoyle bunch, and his Cadre of muscular 3-piece suits, Xavier's out to steal every magical totem he can find.
#26. (Conflict card: Xavier & DeMona vs. the 'goyles.)
And only the Gargoyles can stop him.
#27. ('goyles save copter.)
You see, the Gargoyles are determined to make up for all the trouble they caused a thousand years ago. This time they wanna be the good guys.
#28. (GARGOYLES cast/title card.)
Trouble is, when you're one of the GARGOYLES, making trouble is so darn much fun.