In the Style of a Kids Adventure like the Goonies...
In a World…where criminals lurk and some treasure lays hidden…a group of misfits embark on a quest to save their town, save their families, and save the day!
If you like the Goonies (and Improv Comedy) then you will love the adventures of Giggles, Toothpick Girl, Digital Nerd, and Muscles McGee!
This episode features the improv games Countdown,, Superheroes, Blind Line, Ding, Cutting Room
About this Episode
In this episode, we pay homage to those crazy kids adventure movies where the children get into some seriously dangerous situations but manage to make it fun and to come out winning. We both love the Goonies and this episode is a loving tribute (we think…) to that movie.
Segment 1 - Discussion the Genre Tropes: 04:19
Segment 2 - Creating the Movie Outline: 09:43
Segment 3 - Picking the Improv Comedy Games: 15:59
Start of show: 22:46
Improv Game - Countdown: 24:26
Improv Game - Superheroes: 28:54
Improv Game - Blind Line: 35:05
Improv Game - Ding: 43:05
Improv Game - Cutting Room: 49:13
End of show, into announcements:1:04:32
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Transcription of the “Discussing the Genre Tropes” Segment (Unedited and Un-Cleaned up)
Avish Parashar: Discussing the genre tropes all right now we're gonna spend five minutes talking about the tropes cliches and commonalities of the genre of this type of movie so i've got my timer and we're going to spend five minutes, starting now all right Mike.
Avish Parashar: Why don't you kick us off when you think of this kind of movie kids versus adults.
Avish Parashar: What are things that jump to your mind.
Mike Worth: Well, the first thing is there's actually two things so one is i'm going to jump in no particular add order the criminal or the bad guys in this tend to be.
Mike Worth: mildly competent but not so confident that they can't get out smarter by the kids and the two examples i'm thinking of is the is the fraternity brothers from home.
Mike Worth: duties and also Joe pisco and Daniel stern from home alone they're competent.
Mike Worth: Because the passion passion.
Avish Parashar: I mean different movie.
Mike Worth: But it's still a great movie still a great movie.
Mike Worth: Like they're constantly figure out that you know these guys are leaving and they're and they're working theory things where the finale brothers kind of figure out what the treasure is, but they can get smarter about the kids so that's kind of an important things.
Avish Parashar: I would say I narrow that down and say they are like.
Avish Parashar: they're competent strategists there in company tacticians.
Mike Worth: they're like.
Avish Parashar: They have a good plan and ready to go, but like when it comes to like dealing with the obstacles of the children they're they're idiots and.
Avish Parashar: Almost to a comical standpoint right the way they fail is.
Avish Parashar: Is comical.
Avish Parashar: yeah that's like they fail in a way that no real criminal would fail when it comes to.
Avish Parashar: The kid.
Avish Parashar: plan is like Oh, we got a good plan we.
Avish Parashar: sneak in this.
Mike Worth: Yes, and that that idea of comedy fail is really huge if you think about all of the of the ways that i'm using the goodies in the home alone.
Mike Worth: bad guys, the way it feels almost like pratfall almost buster keaton right they have those kind of have really silly fun physical fails or or you know they almost a while it can be looked at ah they'll fall, you know.
Avish Parashar: yeah I was about to say there's like slapstick yeah one point at home alone, I believe the kid rigs a blowtorch to burn off patches hair.
Avish Parashar: Oh yeah he just goes when, in reality, he get like.
30 birds yeah.
Mike Worth: I did, did you see some some graphics artist at La who's like i'm going to take all the seeds from have a lower macaulay culkin wants to the villains, but add real blood splatter.
Mike Worth: it's the first time, you see, when the to paint cans come down and they hit the guy.
Mike Worth: You see teeth fly out digital and all this blood explodes and they hit the ground this isn't funny anymore, this is not funny at all anyway.
Avish Parashar: Exactly.
Mike Worth: So there has to be like decimal point is, it has to be cartoony because, which obviously That means we can't be putting out our huge visual effects budget for this podcast.
Avish Parashar: yeah sorry guys next year just going to use a corn syrup yeah.
Mike Worth: About kids what's the truth of the kid or the kids up.
Avish Parashar: Well, I would say, maybe less about the kids but the kids situation is that they're.
Avish Parashar: on their own, they get isolated from adults, either because they're the goonies who decided they needed us on their own now they're away.
Avish Parashar: from home alone his parents have them, so the kids are isolated they can't go to kit adult for help, or even even in like the goonies when trunk tries to call the COPs like they don't believe them.
Avish Parashar: So right kids are on their own ah, you know they're usually they're pretty clever yep um they're clever they are not, they have no physical attributes it's not like Oh, the kid happens to be like an eight year old.
Mike Worth: Electric ninja whatever.
Avish Parashar: way not like the sidekicks ninja.
Avish Parashar: or like a gymnast if you have any like tangible.
Avish Parashar: it's just a normal kid yeah but he's like clever.
Avish Parashar: there's some level of wise accessory either one of the kids are the main kid is a wise ass.
Mike Worth: yeah yeah um now that the the other trope is they're both after the same thing either that look in this case actually both after the House.
Avish Parashar: You know kind of thing he's pretty.
Mike Worth: Good there or they're both after one I will ease up.
Mike Worth: yeah the kind of it as.
Avish Parashar: PG PG.
Avish Parashar: PG 13 on.
Avish Parashar: The yeah the bad guys want something and the kid, for whatever reason, the kid or kids or an obstacle to it like.
Avish Parashar: Right.
Avish Parashar: Good well they went off the House the kids in the House, they want to feel the jewels that kids want to get the jewels first.
Mike Worth: there's a healthy element of MacGyver ISM uh you know, even in the goonies that when the kids are kind of getting through there they're being clever and kind of solving puzzles because the healthy omit of drivers and like are solving problems creatively.
Mike Worth: And what's the final thing um.
Avish Parashar: And there is.
Avish Parashar: You know they're cut off from adults but there's one misanthropic ally.
Mike Worth: dwight.
Mike Worth: I the shovel.
Mike Worth: or oh man with a shovel the slot or whatever yeah yeah yeah.
Avish Parashar: yeah yeah.
Mike Worth: For men uh yeah I think that's.
Avish Parashar: Like misunderstood everyone thinks is a bad guy but turns out to be a good guy and helps to keep it in yet.
Mike Worth: Exactly uh I think that's pretty much hit man, this is a pretty bread and butter basic film yeah.
Avish Parashar: yeah as long as it comes in the obstacles and the.
Mike Worth: And the tone, the tone is action comedy that it's a very light non fearful thing and like you said, the obstacles are creative and interesting and continually into the bad guys well either continue to kind of forge forward.
Avish Parashar: Alright, well, that brings us that's right at the end about here the duck.
Mike Worth: yeah we're on point.
Avish Parashar: Fantastic alright, so that now brings us to.
Transcription of the “Creating the Outline” Segment (Unedited and Un-Cleaned up)
Avish Parashar: segment two creating the outline, we are now going to spend five minutes, creating a high level outline for this movie.
Avish Parashar: We use a four X structure we're going to go through the four X is basically a three act structure, but we split Act two into two parts, more reactive part of more proactive because that's.
Avish Parashar: Good screenwriting and it's easier for our break down, and this is our outline, we will roughly follow it, but this is kind of a starting point it's improv comedy so we may veer very much from what we say we're going to do a check yes alright so starting now.
Mike Worth: Okay, so actually it's pretty easy it's we want to establish the kids and we can establish their parents and you know we can't have one kid or we're thinking.
Avish Parashar: I kind of need to establish why the adults aren't there.
Mike Worth: Right when that happens at the end of act one is is is that the kids are kind of cut off not dangerous way look at the adults are not there, the kids end up in a park.
Avish Parashar: So you know we don't need.
Avish Parashar: We don't need to do a lot with the parents, but we need to kind of meet them are the adults yep and then set up their reason for not being.
Mike Worth: Exactly, we also need to be the kids and and then we need to also establish the identities of the villains, and I think at the end of act one is when the macguffin shows up.
Avish Parashar: The macguffin as in the thing they're all after.
Avish Parashar: yeah yeah it depends yet whether it's a quest one or a home invasion one.
Mike Worth: I think this is still a macguffin it's like Oh, you have to protect the House why because though all right.
Avish Parashar: I would say we kind of launched into the.
Avish Parashar: We launch into the adventure like whether it's bad guys wanting to come in, are the good guys going after the macguffin right right at one ends.
Mike Worth: Okay, so now, would you add to that for us, we kind of funky because a act to its trials tests and trials tests and tribulations so that's going to be where a.
Mike Worth: Problems emerged for the kids to have to solve the problems can either be from the quest like the environment or they can be actively from the villains trying to.
Avish Parashar: You know what's interesting, especially because we really watch the goonies last year for our at Facebook live before we switch over to this podcast.
Avish Parashar: They don't actually go after the jewels until like what we would call at three right there's a lot in the goodies a long time before they actually like enter the came to go try to find the jewels there's like.
Avish Parashar: They go they find the fatality thing so they're doing so, but again it's reactive and act two is where they're kind of learning.
Avish Parashar: So, and in home alone, like you, don't get too patchy and Daniel stern invading the House till.
Avish Parashar: The second half of the movie the first half.
Mike Worth: that's true.
Avish Parashar: he's like trying to survive on his own and they're like scoping out the House, so I think this is where we're kind of so I said act one ends with them kind of launching into, but I think act ones precipitating event at the end is more like the kid being isolated.
Mike Worth: yeah.
Avish Parashar: If the introduction of the big trouble in home alone at home alone and goonies it's like oh we're gonna lose our House so let's go.
Mike Worth: yeah yeah and that it's the crossing the threshold because that's when they're put into this new world but they're still kind of not proactive in this new world.
Avish Parashar: yeah so i'd say.
Avish Parashar: choose the one that ends with the.
Avish Parashar: The adventure really starting like.
Mike Worth: I think that's I think that's fair yeah I think.
Avish Parashar: What else happens in an actor is we're learning the kid is kind of the villains, are the kids learning about the villains, and the villains learning about the kid I think.
Mike Worth: And the kids learn the rules of the new world that he's in in this case it's home alone, so this is how I survive as a as an eight year old, and you know, in the goonies it's like well now we're in this kind of cave and underneath and things like that.
Avish Parashar: yeah so learn about each other, they learn about the thing they want right yep.
Mike Worth: we're gonna we ever do the part one, a big oh that dead pirate Mr penis.
Avish Parashar: yeah.
Mike Worth: Just just say.
Mike Worth: i'm already thinking of these things.
Avish Parashar: Are dogs long.
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Mike Worth: Now man do.
Avish Parashar: You, the explicit tag.
Avish Parashar: To not a lot proactively happened is we, I could, but like it's just a lot of like learning figuring out maybe some close calls.
Mike Worth: yeah um.
Avish Parashar: And then, at the end of activity again that crossing the next threshold right he's like all right well.
Avish Parashar: Like yes or no, do we go after this or not, and so that makes X three, and this is where you get really into the the trials and tribulations the questing.
Mike Worth: yeah yeah this this starts feeling indiana Jones kind of stuff right there's like traps and there's and there's you know.
Avish Parashar: and listening is when you get into more direct conflict with the villains like yes, the fatalities entering the cave after them, you know.
Mike Worth: patchy and stern trying to break in and him kind of fortifying defenses through.
Avish Parashar: route losses, I saw home alone and that may not even happen till the very end, but I forget, but I don't have as a whole, half of the movie or but.
Avish Parashar: Our purposes we're gonna see a lot of conflict.
Mike Worth: We there's a lot of outsmarting with the time where he gets all those mannequins and he sits them all up to like move around, so it looks like there's a house party so he's always defeating them but it's like.
Avish Parashar: it's a good way of describing it, so I think it's not we're actually not it's also more indirect conflict neck three like like even with the fatalities they're not attacking the kids are chasing them they're causing trouble for them, but.
Mike Worth: yeah.
Avish Parashar: it's not until the very end, where they all meet on the boat.
Avish Parashar: Writing actor is in direct conflict and that brings us to act for which is that for.
Mike Worth: US truly the moto moto like face to face the final.
Avish Parashar: The final square off paint cans of blow torches the.
Mike Worth: Are the iron.
Mike Worth: iron door to like give you like the tote you know.
Avish Parashar: In today in today's society Kevin mcallister would be like sued and arrested for.
Avish Parashar: assault on those two guys.
Avish Parashar: Out there like way beyond.
Mike Worth: Defense you're kind of a sociopath.
Avish Parashar: alright.
Mike Worth: Alright, we got something here.
Avish Parashar: And then obviously wraps up with the parents finally returning.
Avish Parashar: or they.
Mike Worth: finally returned they finally find the treasure of logs long silver.
Avish Parashar: man.
Avish Parashar: We may have to make.
Avish Parashar: We have not done a porn movie as people see that.
Mike Worth: it's such a good name for the pirate.
Avish Parashar: Oh, my God.
Mike Worth: will flow, the working title.
Avish Parashar: Alright, so.