I was made, created by the greatest and the best – Willy Loman. My God, My Creator, I’m a stoop.
I’m made of sand brought over from other buildings and I’ve seen a lot over the years. Biff and Happy bringing more sand so Willy could make me better. One day there was a loud noise about the time they came back, everyone was distressed and Willy saying “They weren’t stealing. Don’t ask me about stealing,” I don’t know what that is but I do know I was bigger and better than ever after that.
Happy and Biff used to play hoops after school. Bernard came in yet again to get Biff for study, can’t think why study is important. Willy is important, he’s the best, I know, he made me!
Willy’s outside again, sitting on me and enjoying the fresh air. Breathe deep, Willy, breathe deep, get that fresh air into your lungs.
But there he goes again. Can’t enjoy fresh air but has to start talking to no-one. No, Willy, Ben’s not here, he has not invited you to go back to the jungle. Don’t spoil a lovely day by talking to Ben he’s just not here. Talk about how you made me.
There you go again, talking to that girl. Willy, you are outside on your stoop, the stoop you made so cleverly, look at Happy, he’s lost weight and you can’t look at him?
Here’s Linda, without Willy…so that’s why she looks worried, he’s not here. I know I’m always worried when Willy isn’t here, he’s the best and makes me look fabulous. But why is she talking to Charley? He’s never here during the day when she is hanging out the washing. They’re talking about Willy.
Linda: I’m so worried about Willy.
Charley: How long has he been on the road this time?
Linda: He left the day before yesterday so everything must be okay so far.
Charley: He came to me before he left to get $50. I’m going to offer him a job, it would be better than having him begging off me each week.
Linda: I do appreciate you and your money. A job would be much better, make him feel like he’s doing something useful and earning his money. Thank you for being such a good friend to him.
Hmmm, Charley’s gone now. I know there are problems, Willy’s changed so much over the years. He used to come home all happy and excited to be back, sharing his stories with the family but over the years he’s changed. He drives in looking pensive and unhappy. Sometimes it feels as if he’s back too soon and that’s always the time when Linda is more worried.
Happy and Biff are back, sharing a room together like in the old days. Ah…it is good to have everyone here again, pity Willy doesn’t look so happy, he’s talking, no arguing with Biff again. Used to think Biff was an Adonis but now he just wants him to be well-liked.
Biff’s here shooting hoops, doesn’t really look as if his heart is in it. Willy should be home…here he is! Hey Biff! Your Dad’s here, you talk and be happy. But…but…they’re arguing. They’ve never done that before. A buyer in his room. Oh I’m sure it was innocent Willy says so, she was just having a wash.
Willy, you don’t plant in the middle of the night. I’m sure things will grow better planting during the day. You made me during the day. And why are you discussing twenty thousand dollars with Ben? he’s not even here. I know it sounds like a great proposition but I don’t think it sounds so good.
Willy died. I don’t really know what that meas but they’re talking about him as if he’ll never come back. That can’t be right. Everyone who dies seems to come back and talk to Willy so why can’t he come back and talk to me? Biff is very upset, keeps saying Willy had the wrong dream and that he should have stayed with making things. Then he said the best thing to Charley “…there’s more of him in that front stoop than in all the sales he ever made.” Yes, that’s my Willy!
Every time I go to class I go past a shop that looks just so exciting with lots of words hanging in the window just like I’ve seen people hanging their Christmas Cards. The day of my GAT it was open so I popped in and bought something. Wish I’d taken photos on the inside.
This is what I bought. It’s much closer to art than writing as what’s inside is a scroll with fortune cookie words and I’m quite happy with that. It’s very cute and I’ll need to find somewhere to put it where people can open it and look inside. I bought it for the colour, it’s a lovely purple that doesn’t quite show up in the photo.
They’re generally not open when I go past as they’re run entirely by volunteers and so only open on certain days. As you’ve got to take these opportunities when you can I went in that day. Wish I’d also taken photos on the inside, there were half a dozen or so typewriters and lots of ezines sitting ready to buy or look at. I didn’t ask but I do wonder if I could have created my own.
You can join the collective and receive ezines as part of your membership and also get a nice discount on your purchases. I’m really tempted but it has to wait a few weeks.
I don’t remember a time without Footrot Flats, bear in mind it’s been published in newspapers from 1975 to 1994 and then in book form until 2000 so there haven’t been that many years of my life without.
I always loved Footrot Flats but didn’t manage to see the movie on the big screen when it came out in 1986, I suspect I had other things on my mind that year. When I came across the DVD it was a must buy but having seen it I don’t need to own it any longer. This book, on the other hand, is a must keep.
This book has a lot of detail about how the movie came about and about the creative process. It’s not a book about Footrot Flats but about the creative process, the animation and the administration behind making an animation feature. And also about the administration behind making an animation feature across two countries…thank heavens for fax machines.
In this book you can see the words for some of the songs and you see photos of the creative people hard at work doing what they do best. There are pages showing the actors who voiced the characters beside the characters themselves. Then there are pages showing the characters and their characteristics and later on reproductions of faxes showing how Murray Ball critiqued some of the animation work.
I loved this book as it shows so much of the work that goes into making an animated movie and how much dedication each person has to have to get it looking just right. I’m totally in awe at their talent and dedication.
And for some links. Here’s one to look at and never to buy, someone’s been very clever and is skirting the edges of copyright by downloading loads of free material and making it into a book. I repeat, DO. NOT. BUY. Here’s one you might want to consider buying, it’s the Essential Footrot Flats, the cheap one and has 450 hand-picked strips…they don’t say which hand picked them though.