April 18, 2013 by bck1402
We have a local No-Frills airline that has done good worldwide – Air Asia. So one of the briefs that came from the producers was to somehow play with the idea of having Cing and Kus travel by the low budget airline. Of course, two very particular things came to mind, Airplane and Mad Magazine.
It’s probably from the mid 70s when Mad Magazine had this little bit about Future No-Frills Air Travel which was illustrated by Al Jaffee and written by Doug Gilford (but for some reason, I keep think Don Martin drew it), done at a time when No-Frills air travel was really at its infancy. How true some of that stuff actually came to be.
And there’s Airplane, the classic disaster spoof movie by Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker. If there was anything to be inspired by where hijinks in a plane should be concerned with, this was it. The CLASSIC where spoof movies are concerned, often copied and nothing ever came close to being as good. If you’ve never seen it, it’s still highly recommended, even if it does seem very dated by now. Still, the dialogue does hold up very well as featured in this compilation of several scenes. (And don’t call me Shirley).
In my original first draft, I did acknowledge the genius that was ZAZ and Airplane, and I did make it clear to the producers that was what I was aiming for. My argument was that I figured the original movie was close to 30 years old and not likely to have been seen by our target market. Even if it is a spoof of a spoof of a spoof, the producers decided that I should cleave too closely to Airplane which lead to rewrites.
Anyway, there were several beats I wanted to hit where the story was concerned, with the plan to have Kus fly the plane using his game controller. So that was set up first. Then there had to be some reason to get rid of the pilots, and get Kus into the cockpit.
Granted, what I imagined happening while writing isn’t what ended up on screen. After all, the Airplane influence was in there, but still, I did imagine things to be a little different (like faster rapid-fire dialogue?). Was I successful in conveying that in the script? Well, you can decide for yourself.
Check out the script here and then watch the cartoon itself below. Feedback is always welcomed.