September 23, 2013 by bck1402
This was the first one. The first CingKus script I worked on playing up a simple idea- Cing goes to the dentist, and all the hijinks that could ensue with these characters.
At this point, I was familiar with just three characters, the two main characters, Cing and Kus, and Monkey Sifu. They appeared in the original pilot episode I was shown and then told that Monkey Sifu could pop up anywhere at anytime as almost anyone in particular. There were others in that pilot, like a Bulldog Military Commander type (I did use him later, usually in a position of authority), but I was just testing the waters at the time.
I did know that the producers were aiming for a Nickelodeon crowd, and in my mind, that meant a little more mature and twisted compared to the typical Disney or Cartoon Network show. Tex Avery cartoons came to mind, with a dash of Tom and Jerry or Ren and Stimpy, and I tried to incorporate some of that. Cing’s reaction to the sore tooth was meant to be a reflection of that. But I also tried to be ‘smart’ with the dialogue. If you look through the script, there are lines that were removed (that whole ‘tooth’ bit being an example). Maybe for time, maybe it didn’t fit. Like I said, it’s the first one.
Some of the visual gags were also removed, like Cing being a skeleton during the x-ray process, or the backdrop of the Chinese Medicine Hall (which I did suggest using a photograph of a Chinese temple interior instead of drawing it out) dropping in like an actual backdrop. They had Cing drop through a hole in the floor to another level instead. Even the tooth removal, which I thought might have been something different (Monkey Sifu holds the tooth while Cing crumbles around it), was probably changed for something that would accommodate the animators (He gets deflated after the tooth is pulled).
The thing is, I never really knew about the changes until after the show was aired, and I checked back to the script that I had submitted to see what had changed. I was never asked to do a rewrite, so I really didn’t know. Not to say that this had the biggest discrepancy between script and screen, but you can compare it for yourself. Most of what I did write is there. Click here for the script and you can check out the episode below.
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