Sunday, April 27, 2008

Pippa goes cruising....? and picnicking

Without further ado I will post the current state of the film project.

Although I was going to use PippaLoveBoat as my working title I really can't call it that. Even in jest. So it has morphed into Pippa Goes Cruising. Oh dear. Perhaps that is not very good either.

Suggestions for a working title would be helpful.


Sofa King and Toast Hero - Pippa
Heroines 1 & 2 - Sophie and Ethel
Love rival - BenTheRotti
Goofy golden retriever sidekick - Charlie
After-dinner crooner Boxer - Chef

Official Ship's C.A.T. - JB
(the only one we don't chase - although we could perhaps have one tiny little chase scene?)

Side plots
1) the entertainment crew led by Chef
2) detour to Melbourne involving mystery and intrigue - Bella
3) trip to UK for Simba's walk-on part


Producer/director - Pippa (for now)
Pippa's agent and PR director - Randi
Ethel's agent - Wally
Tester of the all-you-can-eat buffet - Wally
Sophie's agent - Sophie, I mean Sophie's agent

Screenplay - Me, Pippa, oh and well, Misery

Now I need to be clear about a couple of things. In no particular order.

Randi wants me to accompany her to all official premieres. I think that is an admirable wish, but given that we haven't got too far with this project, I don't think that is a major worry for now. And I thought film stars were meant to go with their leading ladies. So perhaps you need to be in the film too Randi?

And as I have four paws, I could go to the premiere with at least four girlfriends. Because I don't want Bandana Ben stealing all the glory. Now that is the other thing I need to be clear about. Love rival means exactly that. You do not end up with my girlfriends. Unlikely, I would have thought, seeing as you have taken to wearing bandanas, but there is no accounting for taste.

Now my initial ideas for the plot are that the girlfriends fly out to Gibraltar to join a cruise ship which will take us all across the Atlantic. It has to be said that going to the UK for Simba is a bit of a detour, and going to Melbourne for mystery and intrigue with Bella is even more out of the route.

I reckon we could just about go to the UK and perhaps Simba could get Fat Fat Daddy to pilot him out to the cruise ship for an overnight stay? And maybe that is when Bandana Ben joins the ship? Meanwhile, I have already met Sophie and Ethel and then this Rotti upstart upsets my relationships.

During the cruise there is obviously much chasing of cats, ESPECIALLY ginger ones. Sophie and I are determined to catch as many ginger cats as possible. Ethel is often to be seen playing with tennis balls. Sophie also picks up the odd tennis ball too.

I haven't thought about what Charlie is going to do yet, but I like the idea of having a goofy side-kick. It means I don't have to be on screen all the time (and neither does Ben). Chef has got lots of ideas about:

"the role of the after-dinner crooner's Boxer who has to compete with the piano player's Collie mix for the love of the magician's pretty poodle assistant who recently left the tap dancer's Lab and took all his chewies. I have just the poodle for you. Cute girl named Tiffany (apricot, long curly hair)....."

so I don't have to worry about that plot.

When we get to America, I need to work out how to get down the Great Lakes because Tasha and Eva have offered to meet me in Duluth and then go back to their house for treats and toast.

So although we could have a detour to Aus, I could also consider the Aus plot for a sequel and we could go via Singapore and Malaysia to visit all our friends there.

Any views on that one?

Now. I sent mistress out to get a picture of a potential cruise ship seeing as we have plenty of them here in Gib.

What does she take?

Does this look like a cruise ship?

No, mistress. This is a British Royal Naval frigate. Type 23 for anyone who is interested in that sort of detail. I don't think it is appropriate for my film. We would have to wear uniforms and obey orders and things. My girlfriends and I like to go au naturale. Wait. I could be Commander Pippa. "Pippa goes to see" I mean "to sea". I will think about that one.

That is enough about the film project. Any ideas and comments will be very welcome.

Here are a few piccies of me at my favourite petrol station picnic stop this weekend. We had tortilla sandwiches and chips. Yum!


The Army of Four said...

Well, now Zim isn't the only one who wishes we could have an ocean here! I do TOO! Then I could see Pippa! Hrmph! Land-locked Kansas!
I do like the idea of the British Royal Navy frigate, though; we girls can't resist a pup in uniform!

JB's Big World said...

I am super excited to be in the film as the ship's cat! Thank you so much! I hope no other dogs try to chase me, though they can't catch me because I can run really really fast. Ben the Rotti is my friend and will protect me if I need it!

Kathryn and Ari said...

Please don't forget about Maine on your world tour. We have an International Film Festival every summer and LOTS of toast here!

Lola Smiles said...

I love how you look so intense looking at the human's food. Pippa: promise me you'll stop in and see me with the pippaloveboat. Hockey should be over by then. Really, it'll be done!

luv ya
Lola Smiles

Randi said...

Oh My Pippdoggie!

My mom need to re read the plot & get back to you with a potential idea about having me get a little role..since I am to accompany you to ALL the premieres..maybe I come out as the one & true love for you? I know..its only a movie..not real life cuz I know your heart is Way too Big for just one girl & Sophie & Ethel are really swell & I dont mind sharing..

Ok..I'll do some PR & get back to you.

Love & Licks,

Sophie Brador said...

Yeah, I'm not sure about Randi crashing in and being your one true love, but since she is the co-organizer of my Beautiful Independent Woman Dog Club, a cameo for her might be appropriate. I also think that I would like a pawsonal assistant, since I don't have an agent. Actually, perhaps Lola Smiles could be my agent.

I also want sock monkey to accompany me everywhere I go and it would be nice if he could have a role in the film too.

And I think we need a doctor. There is always a doctor on the ship.

Can we say that all cats are declawed? It would make them much more pleasant to pick up.

And finally, I want a love season by the pool. I am an excellent swimmer.


Charlie said...

Thanks, Pippa!! Maybe while you and Ben are duking it out, I can chaperone the ladies. By the pool, with umbrella drinks. But if my friend Gabbie finds me there, she'll drag me off by the ear, so maybe not such a good idea.
- Charlie

One of the pack said...

Pippa in Pics! We can see it now. Here's some brainstorming on titles.

Pippa plays the high seas
The sun sets for Pippa
Pirates for Pippa
Pippa Sets Sail
Pippa Rides the Tides

Well, it's a start.
Witty wants to know what's up with all the cat chasing. What happened to Peaceful Pippa?

Simba said...

Just dropping by everyones blogs to say Hi.

Simba xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Pippa you sure a re kept busy... enjoy your tour..

lots of licks


Chef said...

YAY! I'm going to be in the movie! Ok, so do I get a love interest? Am I a good boy or a scoundrel? Please, Pippa, if you can fix it into the plot, make me a scoundrel. Then I won't have to work hard at getting into character.

xoxo Chef

Jake of Florida said...

Whoa, Pippa, I hope you know that we -- Jake and Just Harry -- live a hop, skip, and a jump from the two biggest cruise ports in the whole world...the Port of Miami and Port Everglades. And Mom has an ID badge and everything to get us on Port Everglades 'cause she has done work there.

Soooo...We hope you get our drift -- we could/should be part of your film to add a bit of authenticity and foreign (for you) intrigue.

What say you, pal??

Jake and Just Harry

Lacy said...

woof's Pippa, heehee u has been challenged, check out me bloggy...

b safe,

Kapp pack said...

Have woo forgotten all about me??? Not even an honorable mention?? Or a walk on part???

Woo woo, Kelsey Ann

BTW, I'm really good at bossing doggies around!

Helios said...

Oh... you can do a sequel here! I can help! I can play a small part, like fetching balls or something.

Asta said...

I thinnk you should go to Austwalia and Sing a powe, and places in the sequel....As long as you have a lot of aiw's sue to be a gweat film...I live wight next to the Hudson Wivew and ships sail wight past my Building(hint,hint)...I can see the Statoo of ;Libewty fwom my woof...and that is totally the wong kind of ship..youw Mom needs to go get a diffewent pictoowe
smoochie kisses

Karen said...
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Balboa & Mommy said...

I was trying to think of a title, but then got distracted looking at that tasty food! I hope you got some to eat.

My mommy tried to send your Mistress the information for the DWB Competition Roundup but the eamil got sent back. We'll try again later.

Frenchie Snorts

Tasha & Eva said...

Hello Pippa dear! When momma and dad were on vacation, they saw a ship that would be perfect for your film. We will post pictures of it this weekend. It will be much better than a naval frigate. Since we have found the ship perhaps we could be property masters and set decorators for your film. And maybe a cameo like Hitchcook used to do! Belly Rubs, Tasha & Eva.


Hi Pippa,
Sounds as though things are coming along with your film. Getting the cast and production crew together is a good place to start. We were just wondering if you'd be sailing past Japan?
Good luck with everything.

COL. Sam ASTA-fari Joe H. Pinkerton Peabody, Esq said...

Gee Pippa, this is turning out to be quite the film. I hope everything works out with all the rewrites, shoots and reshoots, not to mention any tension between all the ladies for your attention!

But, you are the dog to handle it!

Pacco de Mongrel said...

everything sounds really exciting...i can't wait 4 it to hit the big screen...

Peanut said...

I will give you shelby and you can use him for all the chase scenes you want.

Chef said...

Hola Pippagirl. Stopping by to see how you are doing and how the plans for the movie are going. If you need a production assistant, ask my Mommy.



JB's Big World said...

Official ship's C-A-T here, reporting for duty! Where have you been, Pippa?

Anonymous said...

well, this is some fine palaver of a film. You have listed all the necessary cast list and screen play ideas, but you have forgotten one very important thing......or pawson, or dog.....

Hence, I am volunteering to be Best Boy. When film credits roll at the end of a film there is always a Best Boy, and as I get called "best boy", I would like to be Best Boy on your film.

Thank you Pippa in advance!

love and licks, Marvin Best Boy xxxxx

Anonymous said...

well, this is some fine palaver of a film. You have listed all the necessary cast list and screen play ideas, but you have forgotten one very important thing......or pawson, or dog.....

Hence, I am volunteering to be Best Boy. When film credits roll at the end of a film there is always a Best Boy, and as I get called "best boy", I would like to be Best Boy on your film.

Thank you Pippa in advance!

love and licks, Marvin Best Boy xxxxx

wally said...


I have to thank you for giving me the role perfectly suited for my talents. Ethel is VERY excited about her role (she's excited about most everything) and she was wondering if she might get to chase a cat? She always sees them around here and doesn't get to chase. She says there are extra smooches in it for you if you let her.


Freda said...

Hey Pippas,

∆≈ wants to go cruisin' on the QE 1,2 2, QM 1,2 2 or the QV. ( He says that's the onlys way to get to Europes anymores. Flyin' is now reeeallys stupids.

Your cruise sounds soo neatos. How longs will it be and how much? Do you needs a vole catcher on boards?