Bear and Shark get fired.
By Kevin Corrigan, Caldwell Tanner & Owen Parsons
EXT. MEDIEVAL CASTLE A regal score plays as we pan across a whimsical landscape. Suddenly, STEVE, a 20-something dressed in peasant's clothes, runs frantically towards the distant castle. Behind him, BEAR rides a mighty steed and wields SHARK like a sword. He lifts Shark into the air He-Man style while their horse rears back majestically. A bolt of lightning strikes behind them. FREEZE FRAME. TITLE CARD: BearShark! (music should be medieval-style) Steve continues to the castle. Bear lowers Shark like a jousting pole and charges forward. Shark snaps at Steve, who narrowly avoids getting chomped and speeds up. The castle comes into view, it's gate is slowly closing, but there's enough of a gap for Steve to slide under. He's going to make it! Just then, a huge DRAGON lands in front of him on the bridge roars loudly and breathes fire. Steve can't believe it. FREEZE FRAME. TITLE CARD: Dragon?!? (written out in the style of an illuminated manuscript) The dragon grabs Steve and takes flight. Both Bear, Shark, and Steve all look equally dumbfounded. Bear quickly snaps out of it and javelin-launches Shark upwards to retrieve Steve. Without missing a beat, Dragon slaps Shark with his tail, sending him mouth-first towards Bear. He lands, swallowing Bear up to the waist. Bear freaks out and tries to pull him off. He finally frees himself, then angrily glances at Shark, who motions upward to where Dragon is escaping with Steve. Bear frantically looks around. We zoom out to reveal a CATAPULT next to the castle. Bear and Shark's faces light up and they rush over to it. Bear hops in the bowl, and uses Shark's teeth to saw the rope free. A loud SPROING! is heard as they are launched forward. EXT. SKY Still in the dragons clutches, Steve crosses his arms and grumpily looks around. Behind him, Bear and Shark fly into view. Steve gasps. They both pull out forks and knives as they close in, but suddenly their expression changes. We see the dragon swoop down and into a cave surrounded on all sides by jagged, spiky rocks. Bear and Shark are terrified. They hug each other in fear. We see a POV shot of the spikes fast approaching. They close their eyes and brace for impact. EXT. DRAGON CAVE A mountain goat grazes at the mouth of the cave. Sharp spikes can be seen on all sides. The goat baaas for a beat, and then is crushed by Bear and Shark landing directly on top of it. They pick themselves up, exchange a "Wow, lucky huh?" look. Bear then picks up Shark shakes him free of slack, so that he becomes sword-like again. He rushes into the cave, roaring like Braveheart. Beat. A column of flame erupts out of the mouth of the cave. Bear and Shark, now burned to a crispy black trudge out of the cave. INT. DRAGON'S HOUSE Dragon is wearing a chef's apron and hat. He's holding a trembling Steve with an apple in his mouth. There's a knock on the stone door. Dragon opens it to reveal Bear and Shark holding a kidnapped PRINCESS. They gesture for a swap. Dragon considers this for a moment. He spins her around for inspection, and judges her heft. Finally he decides she's no good and hands her back. Bear and Shark are furious at this rejection, and prepare to attack dragon, EXT. DRAGON CAVE Again a column of flame erupts out of the cave. Bear, Shark and Princess trudge out, burnt to a crisp. Bear is still a little bit on fire. Princess slaps Bear and Shark's faces and then curtly exits. Bear and Shark shake off the burntness. Bear is furious. He paces and waves his arms angrily. Shark tries to comfort him, but Bear just bats him away. How could anyone steal THEIR Steve? He notices a sign posted on a tree with a picture of the princess they kidnapped on it. The text reads 'MISSING' above and 'REWARD' below. Bear scratches his chin, then a Steve shaped light bulb appears above his head, which Shark quickly eats. Bear looks annoyed, Shark shrugs and smiles sheepishly. EXT. FOREST A 'MISSING' sign with a picture of Steve and the Dragon above and pictures of gold and dollar signs below is nailed to a tree. A gruff, armored knight with a frowny mustache inspects the sign, then nods his head. Behind a tree, Bear and Shark flash each other thumbs up. INT. DRAGON'S HOUSE Dragon flips through the pages of a cookbook labeled "Serfs Up, Soups On." while holding Steve coiled in his tail. Suddenly a loud knock is heard at his door. Steve looks up hopefully. The dragon looks angry. He swings open the stone door and instantly blasts fire on the intruder. Once the smoke clears, we see the frowny mustache knight rise up, his shield still smoking from the blast, and charge at the dragon. Steve looks ecstatic, but quickly changes his tune when the dragon swings his tail forward to swipe at the Knight. The Knight sidesteps and stomps on the dragon's tail, causing Steve to be released. In one swift motion, the Knight catches Steve and plunges his sword deep into the Dragon's heart. The dragon shrieks, then falls over dead. (Note: all violence should be cartoon-y and not graphic.) Steve is thrilled. He clasps his hands and gives the Knight a doe-eyed "my hero" face. Suddenly, the knight's head is spit out of his helmet, revealing Shark's toothy smile. He waves at Steve, whose jaw drops. He tries to escape, but bear rises from the mid-section of the armor and grabs him. Bear then tosses Steve up to Shark, who is sitting on his shoulders piggy-back style. Shark catches him in his mouth and swallows him whole. They high-five (Shark using the Knight's armored arm) while another bolt of lightning strikes behind them. FREEZE FRAME. TITLE CARD: BearShark! TITLE CARD: Next time on BearShark: EXT. ALLEY A Chef plays an accordion on a moonlit night. We pan over to reveal BEAR and SHARK seated a dinner table already eating Steve from opposite ends. They both chomp in on him, until their lips make momentary glancing contact, a la Lady and the Tramp. They pull away bashfully.