we received a copy of the script (from the very generous Dianne
Kay!) for this, what we believe to have been the first episode
of C.A.P.E.R. ever filmed, we were surprised and pleased to find
that between notes taken by Dianne (who played Paula the Meter
Maid) and the actions of the characters in scenes that were
either not included in the later aired "When the Big
Bologna was Blue . . . " version (or perhaps never even
filmed!), that the original Kids' characters were very different
from how they were eventually represented in later
episodes. The changes made to the characters explain some
puzzling things about C.A.P.E.R. which fans have long wondered
about! We will take each character in turn and delve into
these developments deduced from the script.
made notes next to each of the Kids' names on her copy of the
script, and next to Doc she wrote "leader, flirt, Groucho,
comedian." From the audio episodes we have of the
first two episodes, as well as the short film footage from Mummy's
the Word, it was fairly clear that Doc was originally
supposed to be the leader of the group, a role later taken on by
P.T. It's no surprise that the producers originally
planned to have Doc be the series' focus, given the fact that he
remained the obvious heart throb.
more surprising is that not only was Doc originally dressed in
casual clothes, but in this script he is clearly meant to be a
sarcastic comedic character much like Groucho Marx,
wise-cracking, breaking into impressions and flirting with the
girl. There is no evidence of his braininess or more
unemotional demeanor in this version of the script. Doc
also does not mesmerize the girl in this script, although in the
completed episode we can hear music playing (later to become the
violins, thundering hoofbeats, etc.)
notes next to Doomsday's name read: "Gloomy,
unlucky." Doomsday's character was the least changed
design-wise (his costume being the only one largely unchanged
from the original concept) but his character was probably the
most changed. It's clear from the audio of the early
episodes, and also the uncovered early footage, that Doomsday
was originally supposed to be a morose, deflated and depressed
character who considered himself to be cursed. His
character later made a complete 180-degree-turnaround when he
became "the one that's all full of sunshine" (making
his clothing even more puzzling, especially the patch with the
emblem of the crying man!) The one thing that did remain
from Doomsday's original character outline was his obsession
notes next to P.T.'s name read: "Polite, animal nut,
carries violin, nice." Of course the violin can be
explained as a circumstance unique to this episode alone (The
Goodfather forces P.T. to take the violin case.) The rest
of the description stays pretty true to P.T., except for the
insightful mention of him being an "animal nut."
Indeed, in the script P.T. explains the presence of a turtle by
saying, "I'm an animal nut. His name is
Harold." The love of animals was later given to
Doomsday (as early as the second episode, since in the rare
footage from Mummy's the Word we can see it's Doomsday
who's holding the turtle!) But at least this does finally
explain why P.T.'s costume was designed to be a safari suit!
all the Kids, we get the most insight into Bugs' character from
this script. Dianne's notes for him read: "Zaplish,
powerful, Paula likes best." Fortunately for us, Romeo
Muller (who created C.A.P.E.R. and penned this particular script)
provided us with a detailed background into Bugs' eastern
influence, which was originally to have entailed a language not
unlike Pig Latin that was completely unique to the show!
Here are the detailed notes provided in the script:
NOTE ON "ZAPLISH"
Bugs' language, is fairly easy to speak -- although almost
impossible to read.
with an English word and add an AZ sound before every vowel
sound. Therefore Bugs would be pronounced Bazugs. Doc
would be pronounced Dazoc.
if the word ends in a vowel sound, the word zap is added.
Therefore, Doomsday would be Dazoom-dazay-zap. P.T. would be
-- the AZ sound and the ZAP are only used when there are vowel sounds.
If the word has a silent vowel they are not used at all. For
instance, the word "pipe" would be pronounced "pazipe"
not "pazipezap" -- since the final e is silent.
C.A.P.E.R. sentence -- "Go back to the Baloney!" would
become -- "Gazozap bazak tazoozap thazeezap Bazalazonazeezap!"
find it easier to say -- than to read. I suggest having the
actors look at the translations and work it out from there.
-- an ancient Eastern religion from ancient Zapland
-- Zapological meditation.
-- "Bug is Zapadating." "He has Zapadated."
"Iím going to Zapadate."
-- The Zapology language, as explained above.
-- Zaplish for Guru. A small, funny-looking carved head with
great bulging eyes, which Bugs always carries in his pocket.
When Zapadating, he holds it up and stares at it -- almost going
into a trance.
hard to imagine how this idea would have played out if actually
incorporated into the series. Would Zaplish have been a fun
language adopted by young fans of the show? Regardless of
Romeo Muller's assertion that the language is easier to speak than
read, it seems clear that trying to speak Zaplish would have been
quite an undertaking for the actors! It's little wonder
Cosie came up with the "bananas" bit instead!
this does explain is Bugs' eastern-style clothing with the
prominent "Z" patterns (present in both his original and
later costume,) as well as the statue he carries at his side
(clearly the Gazurazuzap) and the book, which we now can see
actually reads "The Book of Zap" beneath the straps!
both this script and the aired episode, Bugs' uses his strength to
help carry the heavy coin bags, but in the final episode it's
clear they cut back to the present day to work in the "Were
brains required?" bit. This may have been to cover up
Bugs' Zapidation routine which was originally supposed to explain
his super strength. The only actual reference to Zapology in
the series was in the episode Too Much Time On Their Hands.
C.A.P.E.R. fan Erin astutely pointed out to us that in that
episode P.T. says, "Bugs! Zapidation time is
character development is certainly not unusual in any television
series, it's interesting to see just how much the characters
changed from their original concepts. It's probably safe to
speculate that the casting of the Kids played a large part in the
eventual development of their characters, since in many ways
aspects of the actors own personalities were clearly brought in to
play in their on-screen personalities!