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National Book Festival Presents Dav Pilkey

National Book Festival Presents Dav Pilkey


[ Applause ]>>Roswell Encina:
Good evening everyone. How are you? So – thank you for being
patient and joining us tonight. So I see a lot of kids
here wearing those caps. Can I see them? Yay. What does it say? Yes. So you’re at the
Library of Congress. So just to give you some
context what we are. We are the lib – largest
library in the world. You know – you all know
what libraries are, right? So you have them in school, you
have them in your neighborhoods. And what do you do when
you go to the library. You read. Yes. And you check out books. So, guess what do we do here. So, we have more than books. You can come to the library
and look at old documents that has George Washington’s
signature on it. You guys know who George
Washington is, right?>>Yes.>>Roswell Encina: But we have –
we have a lot of fun things too. So tonight we’re
celebrating super heroes. And we want to harness the power
of super heroes into reading. So when you think of super
heroes, who do you think of? [ Cross talking ]>>Roswell Encina: Dog man. We’ll talk about
Dog man in a second. But when you think of super
heroes you think of what? Captain Underpants. But you also think
of – wait, you know – you know who – hold on a second. You know who Superman is, right? And – and Ironman. And Spiderman; so
– so guess what? The Library of Congress has
the very first Spiderman and Wonder Woman and Ironman
and Black Panther comic books. And you can all see them
here at the library. Also, the Library of Congress, you know Charlie Brown
and Snoopy, right? So the Library has the original
drawings of Charles Schulz who drew the Peanuts
comic books. So when you come back to
Library, or when you go out you’re going to see
these cases out there. And you’re going to see
those original drawings by Charles Schulz of
– of Charlie Brown and Snoopy and Lucy and Linus. They’re all here at the
Library of Congress, so please when you go
back home look it up and you’ll see how the Library
connects you to your classrooms. So we’re talking about
superheroes again. Once again, who is
your favorite superhero and why are we here tonight? [ Cross talking ]>>Roswell Encina: Yes, so
we’re here for Dog Man, right? [ Cheering ]>>Roswell Encina: And –
and Captain Underpants. So what does Captain
Underpants say? Tra la la. So I – I know you’re not
here to listen to me talk about comic books
and super heroes. So why don’t we introduce
the man who is the real super
hero tonight. You know who I’m
talking about, right? Yes, so let’s welcome to
the Library of Congress and to Washington DC
the author of Dog Man and Captain Underpants
Dav Pilkey. [ Cheering ]>>Dav Pilkey: Hey everybody. Thank you, thank you. Hello everybody. Hello DC. Hello. Hi. Thank you for coming. Thank you all for coming. Yeah. [ Cheering ]>>Dav Pilkey: It is
so lovely to be here. I’m so glad you all came. Thank you to the
Library of Congress. Let’s get started, okay? Because I know that you
kids are eager to get home and get into bed, right? You’re all excited
about that, right? [ Cross talking ]>>Dav Pilkey: No? All right. Well – okay we’ll stretch
this out as long as we can. We’ll – we’ll make it
go to midnight, okay? We’ll stay up late. We’re going to have
a lot of fun today. But I thought we’d start out with a little
talk about my life. See if you can guess who
this person is right here? Okay very good. Very good. This – this is me
when I was a kid. This picture was taken 50
years ago when I was three. And you can probably tell by the
– by the big smile on my face that when I was a kid, when I was little I was
a very happy little guy. I was always smiling and
I was always laughing, always having a good
time all the time. And then school started. [ Laughter ]>>Dav Pilkey: I’m – I’m
sure it’s not this way for – for you kids, but there was
something about school for me that kind of wiped the
smile right off my face. And I think part of it was that
when I was a kid I was diagnosed with something called ADHD,
have you ever heard of ADHD?>>Yes.>>Some of you? Okay, all right. All right, well ADHD has
been around for a long time. They didn’t even know
what it was called. They didn’t have a name for it when I was a kid,
but I had ADHD. In case you haven’t heard of it, it stands for Attention Deficit
Hyperactivity Delightfulness and I had – I had ADHD. But because of my ADHD I had one or two challenges
when I was a kid. Like – like I had some
behavioral problems when I was a kid and I
was a little bit restless when I was a kid. I was a little destructive and
I couldn’t sit still very well and I was easily distracted. So one or two little challenges. I was also disorganized
and compulsive. I was a little bit fidgety and I
had some reading problems and – and I was a bit of a daydreamer. One or two little
challenges here. I talked too much. I didn’t use my time
very wisely. I performed far below
my ability level. My work was incomplete. One or two little
challenges here. And you know a little
bit of a poor self-image. I was constantly sent to
the principal’s office. I made some weird
noises; so one or two. [ Cross talking ]>>Dav Pilkey: Maybe –
maybe a little more than one or two challenges up there. But you know there were three
things that happened in my life. Three things that
happened when I was a kid that turned everything around. Everything changed because
these three things and I’m going to tell you three short
stories about three things, and they’re really easy to
remember because they all start with the letter P. The
first one is positivity. And that basically means to have
a good attitude all the time. And when I was in
kindergarten and when I was in first grade it was super
easy for me to be positive, because I had two teachers
who I loved very, very much and they loved me too. But when I got in the second
grade I had a new teacher. And she – I don’t know why
but she didn’t really care for me and my shenanigans. I don’t know why. My new teacher was
not very nice to me. She – I have dyslexia; so I
have – I have some challenges when it comes to reading. And she used to make fun of
me because I couldn’t read as fast as everybody else. Pretty much the only
thing I could do was draw. And my teacher used to take my
drawings away and she’d rip them up in front of me and – and you
know she was always getting mad at me for like no reason. I remember one time
I didn’t do anything. All I did was I borrowed
two pens off her desk. I just went up to her desk and I borrowed two
pens; that’s all I did. I just borrowed two pens. And then I stuck
them up my nose. [ Laughter ]>>Dav Pilkey: I don’t know why
I thought that was a good idea, but I – I – you know
something to do I guess. And she got – she got very,
very upset with me for that. And I don’t know why because
I gave them back to her. [ Laughter ]>>Dav Pilkey: And
then this other time, I’ll never forget I
didn’t do anything. All I did is winter time,
I went outside for recess and all I did was I made two
snowballs, that’s all I did. I made two snowballs. And then I brought them inside
and I put them in her boots. [ Laughter ]>>Dav Pilkey: I don’t know why
I thought that was a good idea. I – I think I wanted to
know what would happen if you leave snowballs in
someone’s boots all day long. And it was a science experiment. Apparently she didn’t
like science very much. And another time I
didn’t do anything. All I did was I took
our pet hamster out of his case,
his name was Harvey. Very carefully, very gently
took him out of his cage because I thought Harvey might
like to play, in her purse. [ Laughter ]>>Dav Pilkey: And believe it or not he did have a
good time in there. In fact, he left her a lovely
little surprise for her – I don’t know why she
got so upset about that. But she was not amused. And I remember one time
she got so upset with me, she went to the back of the
classroom and she found a desk that nobody was using. And she took the desk out
into the hallway and that’s where she made me sit every
day when I would misbehave. I would sit out in the hallway. And I remember after a
while I started to feel like maybe there was
something wrong with me because I was always
getting in trouble. Why was I – maybe I
was like the bad guy. Maybe I was a misfit, I didn’t – I didn’t know why I was
always getting in trouble. I started to feel kind of
lonely, kind of left out. I was hoping that things
might get better when I got into third grade, because
I had a brand new teacher. His name was Mr. Otte,
and Mr. Otte told me on the first day of school. He said “I am not going to
put you out in the hallway like your second
grade teacher did.” Instead Mr. Otte
figured out a way to make me feel all alone
inside the classroom. What he did was he took my desk
and he put it right next to his, and then he moved everybody
else’s desk really far away; so I wouldn’t’ be able
to talk to anybody. I wouldn’t be able to borrow
pencil if I needed to. And once again, I
felt very alone. I felt like a misfit. I felt like maybe
I was the bad guy, like maybe there was
something wrong with me. Would you like to know
how I made things worse? [ Cross talking ]>>Dav Pilkey: Okay, okay. All right. Well Mr. Otte had a name plate that he had had professionally
engraved. And it was on his desk. And I guess because
I was sitting right up there I was the
first person to see it. I don’t know what was
going through his head when he had this professionally
engraved name place made. But maybe you all can
help me with this. Let’s say that your
last name was Otte and you put a “P”
in front of it. What would you get?>>Potty.>>Dav Pilkey: That’s
just what I was thinking. So I thought it might
be a good idea to share that information with my class. I said, “Hey look everybody,
our teachers name is Mr. Potty.” And everybody laughed. [ Laughter ]>>Dav Pilkey: Everybody
liked that one. They really enjoyed that. Okay, not everybody. Not everybody. Mr. Potty – I mean Mr.
Otte, I’m sorry he was not – he was not amused either. In fact Mr. Otte on that
date changed his mind about putting me in the hallway. He decided that’s exactly
what he was going to do. He sent me out in the
hall and slammed the door and there I was once again,
feeling like a bad guy. Feeling like a misfit,
feeling like I didn’t belong, feeling very, very alone. And I remember sometimes I
would come home from school and I’d feel like why – why me? How come I’m the only one who
can’t read as well as everyone? Why do I have dyslexia? And it seems like
nobody else does. How come I have ADHD
and nobody else does? And I was a little
negative I think. But you know I was also
very lucky because my mom is like the most positive person
in the whole wide world. And my mom knew I
was asking a bunch of negative questions of myself. And my mom taught me
this trick actually when I was a kid
about positivity. And it’s really all about
asking the right questions. Like any time something bad
happens there’s really only one question you need
to ask yourself, and that is how can I turn
this into something good? How can I take this
bad thing in my life and turn it into something good. And at first I wasn’t sure how
I could turn a very mean teacher and a discouraged little boy, and another mean teacher
into something good. But the more I asked that good
question, the more I started to use my imagination
and the more I started to come up with ideas. And – and pretty
soon all of those – all of those bad experiences
from my childhood turned into a whole series of books. And so the Captain
– oh you guys – [ Applause ]>>Thank you. So the Captain Underpants
books are really my way of taking something bad,
using my imagination and turning it into
something good. Now the next thing that I
want to talk about that starts with the letter P is I think is
probably something you all know, like let’s say that you
loved making comics, just like George and Harold. And let’s say that you
started making comics when you were a kid, but you – and your comics may
be were not – the drawings weren’t super good. And maybe the spelling
wasn’t great, but you wanted to improve. You wanted to get better. What would you have
to do every day if you wanted your
drawings to get better? If you wanted your
spelling to get better, if you wanted your
vocabulary to get better. And even your ideas. If you wanted all
those things to prove – to improve what would you have
to do all the time every day that starts – that’s right. That is right, you
would have to practice. And practice was a huge thing
for me when I was a kid, especially when it
came to reading because as I said
before I have dyslexia, which is a huge challenge
for me. I was always like the
slowest reader in my class. I was always behind everybody
else; I could never seem to catch up with everybody
else when it came to reading. And I was so embarrassed. And I felt so humiliated
and I remember I used to think that I hated books. I hated reading. It was so hard for me. But once again my mom
came to the rescue. My mom is a piano
teacher actually and she – she knew that I had
a lot of problems. But when it comes to piano you
don’t really focus on problems. You focus on practice and so my
mom decided to do something kind of revolutionary
back in the 70’s. She took me to the
public library. And she let me pick out
whatever books I wanted. It didn’t matter. There was no judgment. I could pick out whatever. I could pick out magazines;
it didn’t matter if – even if there were magazines
that my teachers didn’t like, I could still read those. I could pick out picture books. There were not in
my level, they – I could read the same
books over and over again. It didn’t matter what I read,
it only matter that I practiced and practiced and practiced. Yeah. And that’s what I did. In fact, I practiced so much
that two things happened. One, my reading skills really
improved just like anything. When you’re playing basketball and you practice,
you get better. When you’re playing the piano and you practice
you get better too. And so my reading skills
really, really improved. But the other thing that happened is I
fell I love with books. I loved books so much that I
decided I wanted to be a writer. I wanted – I loved it so much and it all started
with practice. It all started because I
listened to my mom and – and practice was the thing
that changed everything for me. Now the third thing that we’re
going to talk about today that starts with the
letter P, is persistence. And I think you probably all
know what persistence is. In case you don’t,
it’s a big word. It just means never giving up. Even when things are tough. I remember about 30 years
ago I was working on one of my very first books, called Twas the Night
Before Thanksgiving. And I did what a lot of you do; I made a rough draft
for this book. And when I was done I
mailed it to a publisher because I wanted it to
turn into a real book. And I was so excited because two
weeks later the publisher sent me a letter in the mail. I was so excited. I opened it up and – [ Beep ] [ Laughter ]>>They didn’t like it. They rejected it. They sent it back, no thanks. And I was devastated. But I didn’t give up. I took that story and
I put it in an envelope and I sent it to
another publisher. And two weeks later
they wrote back to me, and I was so excited. I opened up the letter and – [ Beep ] [ Laughter ]>>They didn’t like it either. So I took that story and I
put it into a third envelope and I sent it to
a third publisher and two weeks later they wrote
back to me and I was so – [ Beep ] [ Laughter ]>>They didin’t like it either. So I sent it to a fourth – [ Beep ]>>And a fifth – [ Beep ]>>And a sixth, seventh, eight,
ninth, tenth, eleventh, twelfth, thirteenth, fourteenth,
fifteenth, sixteenth, seventeenth ->>Twenty-three different
publishers sent my story back and 23 publishers said,
“No, we don’t like this.” They sent it back. They rejected it
and I was crushed. But I didn’t give up. I sent it out again, and I didn’t know what
to expect this time. But they liked it. They actually really liked it. They were going to publish it. They were going to turn
it into a real book. And I got so excited
my head exploded. And I – I – [ Laughter ]>>Okay full disclosure, my
head did not really explode. But I am so glad that I didn’t
give up because if I had, this book never would
have been published. In fact, none of these books
would have been published, and – and there would never have
been a Captain Underpants movie and there would never be a
Captain Underpants TV show. And there would be
no Dog Man musical. If I – if I had given up all
this – after 23 rejections, none of these wonderful
things would have happened. But actually most importantly
my favorite thing wouldn’t be happening, and it’s
happening right now. I get to come to lovely
places like this and meet so many wonderful families who
care so much about literacy. So thank you so much
for all this. Now this is actually
my favorite part of my job, meeting all of you. And we’re going to get to meet
all of you personally later. But the other part of
my job actually has to do with making books. And lately I’ve been working
on the Dog Man series. And I’m so excited because
the brand new Dog Man book For Whom the Ball
Rolls just came out. And Dog Man is actually a
story about a dog man, cop guy. But it’s also a story
about a cat named Petey. And see if this sounds
familiar to you. Petey is kind of a guy
who feels like a misfit. He feels like maybe
he’s a bad person. Like maybe he just
doesn’t fit in very well. Maybe he’s – he’s the bad guy. Maybe he feels very, very alone. Does that sound like
somebody you ever heard of? Yeah. So Petey is
kind of based on me. But Petey is also very, very
lucky because he has somebody in his life who loves
him and cares about him. Somebody who knows
that we can all change and we can all become better
versions of ourselves. And so little Petey is
kind of I think the heart of the Dog man stories because
he knows that it’s not just about being a good person. It’s also about doing
good as well. And so – and so the next time
you see Petey and little Petey, these two guys I
hope you’ll think of the two people
who inspired it. My mom and me. But – thank you, thank you. [ Applause ] Thank you. And this is my mom. Isn’t she wonderful? She is still such a
positive influence on my life and not only did she teach
me all about the three P’s. But she taught me the
most important question to ask yourself any time you’re
faced with something bad, how can I turn this
into something good? Now we have a few more
fun things to get to. But before we do I have
something kind of exciting to share with you,
because I – you guys. There is one more Dog Man
book coming out this year, it’s coming out in December. It’s called Fetch 22. [ Cross talking ]>>Thank you. Now a lot of people
have heard of Fetch 22. A lot of people have
seen the cover, but almost nobody has seen
anything from the inside. Would you all like to see
something from the inside? [ Cheering ]>>You guys. You guys are crazy. All right. all right, in the Dog Man
books there’s usually two or three stories
happening at the same time. And one of these stories happens
to revolve around little Petey. Little Petey has been doing
some scientific experiments on a new – a supplement
called supa brain dots. Now supa brain dots have
been in some other books, but little Petey has discovered
through his experimentations that there is a chemical in
supa brain dots that’s very, very dangerous. If you accidentally
get an overdose of this chemical you could
turn into an evil villain with psychokinetic brain powers. So everyone listened to
this kitten and they decide to get rid of the
supa brain dots and fortunately Dog Man has been
put in charge of getting rid of all the supa brain
dots in the city. He collects them all
and he empties them all into his little red
wagon and takes them up to the top of a hill. It’s very, very important I
think that Dog Man has been put in charge of this very important
mission because with Dog Man in charge, what could
possibly go wrong? “Hey, the wagon is rolling away. Get it Dog Man.” Dog Man runs after the wagon
and he leaps through the air. Will he catch it in time? Oh no, pow. Supa brain dots have gone
flying through the air. Where will they land? Oh no, they’re just about
to land in a pond filled with 22 baby tadpoles. What will happen when these
22 baby tadpoles develop psychokinetic brain powers
and use their evil new powers to turn an ordinary giant tree into a walking talking
behemous intent on destroying the
world, muah ha ha. Will the forces of evil
overtake our planet? How will we survive
this madness? What will become of humanity and who will stop the
doom and destruction? This looks like a job
for the Supa Buddies. [ Music ] [ Applause ]>>Okay. We are going to
switch things up a little bit. I’m going to draw some pictures and we have a few lovely
prizes to give away. Usually – usually what
happens when an author comes and does a talk like this,
the audience asks questions and the author answers
the questions. But today we’re going to
switch it up a little bit, is that okay if I show – okay. I’m going to ask the
questions and then we’re going to pick people who
know the answers, who have their hands raised. And I you get it right,
you get this lovely bag – this Dog Man bag
with a Dog Man pin. Be very careful with
the pin, it’s pointy. Okay would you like to
see what’s inside the bag?>>Yeah.>>All right, inside the
bag we have a Dog Man hat. Also inside the bag we have
the Bark Knight plushy Dog Man as a Bark Knight. Also inside the bag we
have Cat Kid, the plushy and also inside the bag,
let’s see what we have. We have a Dog Man wristwatch. It never ends, what
else is in here? Oh, we have the soundtrack –
the original cast recording of Dog Man the Musical. I listen to this all
the time, constantly. What else do we have? We have from Captain
Underpants, we have a whole bag of 3D hypno-wings and –
oh and I guess that’s it. I’m going to give you
this giant mess of stuff. Thank you Charisse. This is my friend Charisse. Charisse is going to be choosing
people who know the answer to the questions that
I’m going to ask. So, let’s get drawing. All right. In the Dog Man series
there is a character who is very, very special to me. A very positive character. [ Cross talking ]>>This character – [ Cross talking ]>>This character
is based on my mom. [ Cross talking ]>>And we’ll give him a little
flower to smell, there we go. All right. All right. And for our first
question of the day, if you get it right you
can have the picture too. There we go. I’m going to look out there. I think Charisse has
somebody in mind. Do you know the name
of that character? Let’s hear?>>Little Petey.>>That is correct my friend. Very good. Let’s have a big hand for
our first prize winner. Very nice. [ Applause ]>>All right. I’m going to draw
a couple guys now, people ask me about
these two guys. They ask me if I ever
knew anybody quite like these two guys and
the answer is yes, yes I – some of you already know who I
– how do you know these things? All right, let’s
see if you know – [ Cross talking ]>>People ask me – [ Cross talking ]>>If I ever knew anybody
like these two guys. [ Cross talking ]>>And the answer is yes. [ Cross talking ]>>The answer is yes. I do know somebody
like these guys. [ Cross talking ]>>But now the question. Is do you know the
names of these two guys?>>[Inaudible]>>That is correct
my friend, very good. Let’s have a big hand for
our second prize winner. Okay. All right. [ Inaudible ]>>Now we have a bunch of – a
bunch of people who are outside of the Great Hall that couldn’t
fit in this room, so we’re going to have the next
questions go to them. So if you are in the Great
Hall start paying attention because this next one
is going to be tough. Now you all remember I
said I have ADHD, right?>>Yes.>>Well back when I was a kid,
back in the 70’s they used to think that ADHD
was a bad thing. They used to think it was
a really bad challenge. But people have been
studying ADHD and they found that actually it’s not
a bad thing at all. It’s actually just a
different way of thinking. And it’s important
to think differently. and I wanted to create
a character who kind of expressed that idea. [ Cross talking ]>>So in the Dog Man
books there is a robot who thinks differently
than almost everyone else. [ Cross talking ]>>So we’re going to ask
out in the Great Hall, oh here’s the Great Hall. We’re going to ask the
question to the people in the Great Hall is
there anyone out here, there who knows – who
knows the name of this guy?>>Do you know who that is?>>ADHD.>>ADHD is correct. To our winner in the Great Hall. And I’m going to – we’re going
to make sure that our winner in the Great Hall gets that. Okay, now the next
fella I’m going to draw is somebody
that you might know.>>Captain Underpants.>>No, this guy is
kind of based on me. He feels like a bit of a misfit. [ Cross talking ]>>He feels like a bad guy. [ Cross talking ]>>Okay. I think we have to
go out – we’re going to go to the Great Hall again? Oh, all right. This – this is Petey the cat. And – [ Cross talking ]>>Petey the cat – [ Cross talking ]>>Petey is a guy
– I think we have to ask the Great Hall again.>>Are we out in the
Great Hall again? Okay. I’m going to ask a
question about this guy. This guy Petey the cat
created little Petey by using what part of his DNA?>>A clone machine?>>What’s that?>>He used a clone machine.>>He used a cloning
machine, that’s right. What part of his
body did he clone?>>His face and body.>>His what?>>His face and body.>>His face and body.>>He used his face,
that’s right. The whisker on his
face, congratulations to our next prize winner. Yes, all right.>>And the last prize
is down here. Okay. The final prize – the
final prize is for this group, but I think we – I think the
fire marshal is very concerned that we have people
out of their seats. We’re going to get in trouble. I don’t want – I don’t
want to get in trouble. So can we all have everyone
please, please, please, please go back to your seats?>>Okay while I draw
this last character. This is going to be
a really hard one. So everyone please go
back to your seats. And – and watch maybe – [ Cheering ]>>Maybe you’ll get this one. [ Cheering ]>>This is a guy ->>This is the guy
I’ve been drawing since I was in the second grade. [ Cross talking ]>>Is there anyone out there
who knows the name of that guy?>>Dog Man.>>Dog Man is correct. Very good. To our final prize winner. Now – Don’t be discouraged
because we all have – we have so many more
wonderful things. If you didn’t win
a prize we have so many great things
coming ahead. And I am so excited to
tell you about them. But first I wanted to say thank
you to all of you for coming, all the parents, all the adults
who brought the kids, thank you. Thank you to the kids too. Thank you to the Library of
Congress and everyone who worked so hard to put this show on. Now ->>Roswell Encina: Well Dav,
before you continue I’m back. So we first – on
behalf of the Library of Congress we want
to thank Dav. If it wasn’t for his generosity and his support this would
not be possible for – tonight. So he’s been full of surprises for everyone who’s
been here all day, especially for everyone
here tonight. So we decided to give
him a surprise for him.>>Dav Pilkey: Oh my goodness.>>Roswell Encina: I would
like to invite the curator from the Library’s prints and
photographs division, Sara Duke. Her specialties cartoon art, so
I’m going to give it up to Sara to show Dav a big surprise.>>Dav Pilkey: Oh my goodness.>>Sara Duke: So this morning
you told me you didn’t have your very own Peanuts
comic strip drawing.>>Dav Pilkey: I do not.>>Sara Duke: And so we are
giving you a reproduction ->>Dav Pilkey: Oh my goodness.>>Sara Duke: Of one of the
drawings from our collection.>>Dav Pilkey: Oh
thank you Sara, this is so – this
is so beautiful. [ Applause ]>>Sara Duke: You’re
our superhero for making everybody
love to read. And so we want to
celebrate your day here.>>Dav Pilkey: Thank you Sara.>>Sara Duke: You’re welcome.>>Dav Pilkey: This
is so lovely. Thank you very much.>>Sara Duke: You’re welcome.>>Dav Pilkey: Thank you
to the Library of Congress. We are so delighted to be
able to work with you all. This has been the most fun day. And now it is my distinct
honor and pleasure to welcome the original
cast of Dog Man the Musical. And they’re going to put on
a wonderful show for you. So get ready, here it comes. [ Cheering ]>>Hi everybody. I’m George Beard and
this is my best friend ->>Harold Hutchins, what up?>>We write comics together. But most recently we
wrote a musical based on one of our comics.>>It’s about a cop who gets a
dog’s head sewn onto his body. And we call it “Dog
Man the Musical.”>>Oh should we show
them a little of it?>>Why not, they are
all looking at us.>>Okay.>>In the show Dog Man
is off guarding a fish. While Dog Man’s enemy
Petey the most evilest cat in the world has been
trying to clone himself to get revenge on Dog Man.>>But his clone ends up being a
happy little kitten named Little Petey, so evil Petey has to
come up with a different plan.>>Whatcha doin Papa?>>For the last time,
I am not your Papa. I don’t have an evil clone
to help me defeat Dog Man; I’ll have to build
a super mega robot to perform my evil bidding. The AD hexatron droid
formagon, ADHD for short.>>Well what can I do?>>Nothing.>>Well what can I do
when I’m doing nothing?>>Nothing, just be still. And stand over there. And don’t move. [ Music ]>>I’m going to sing
me a happy song, a happy song, a happy song. I’m making it up as I go along;
it’s a happiest song I know.>>Super-duper hydro booster,
turbo thruster, talk of justice. Titanium rivets bolted
down extra tight. Extendable arms and power alarms
will give it special charms, and curse my [Inaudible]
delight.>>Oh I’m going to
sing me a happy song, a happy song, a happy song. And if you feel you
want to sing along, get ready to tap your toes, because here’s how
my happy song goes. Oh, la la la la, la la la la, la
la la la, la la, [Inaudible] do, it’s the happiest song I know. Oh la, la, la, la, la,
la, la, la, la, la, la, doty doty doty doty ->>It’s the happiest
song I know. Hey, can’t you do
something else?>>Sure. Oh, oh I’m going
to draw me a happy book. A happy book, a happy book. It’s got a lot of pictures,
want to take a look?>>No.>>It’s the happiest
book I know. Oh ->>La, la, la, la, la, la ->>What are you doing?>>La, la, la, la, la, –>>Do no touch me.>>Doty, doty, doty, it’s
the happiest book I know.>>That does it. How can anyone be
evil around here with all this relentless
happiness?>>What’s wrong Papa?>>I am not your Papa. I am – [ Music ]>>We’re going to
play us a happy game.>>A happy game?>>Yes a happy game. It’s called the new home game. We go outside, you sit in this
crate labeled “free kitty” and we see what happens next.>>It’s just for
pretend though, right?>>Of course. It’s the happiest game I know. [ Music ]>>Oh look, a free kitty. How much does he cost? [ Laughter ]>>A dollar.>>Oh rats, I only got $10.>>You’re in luck. He’s on sale today for $10.>>Oh great. What’s his name?>>He doesn’t have a name.>>I do too have a name. My name is Little Petey.>>Don’t listen to him. You can call him
whatever you want to.>>Oh, oh, oh I think
I’ll call him Fuzz Bucket.>>No, I think I’ll call you
oh, oh, oh, Dum Dum Head.>>How rude. Good luck finding
a home Fuzz Bucket.>>Oh, but I already
have a home. Well I live with my Pa – Papa? Papa? Papa? [ Music ]>>It looks like I’m all alone with no one but my
little crates. But don’t you be a scared little
crate – well I bet the blue bird of happiness is right
around the corner.>>Hi. What’s your name? Dog. Man? Hi, I’m Little Petey. How’s your day?>>Ruff.>>Yeah, I’m having
a rough day too. Did that bird steal your fish? You promised to guard it?>>You messed it all up?>>Why don’t you
tell me about it. [ Music ]>>Wait a minute George. Dog Man can’t sing. He only speaks dog.>>But he’s got to
sing, this is a musical. How is anyone going to
know what he’s thinking?>>Well we’re here; we can
sing his thoughts for him.>>Yeah, let’s give it a try.>>Okay. [ Music ]>>Dog Man’s thinking he only
wants to be a good, good boy. But he can’t stop
thinking about trees and bones and a squeaky toy. He promised to guard
that fish today, but a bird took all
of his dreams away. And nothing can cure
the sorrow of his mood. Now he’s just thinking
about food.>>I know what you’re
going through. I was thinking that things
were fine, but then suddenly, I turned into an
orphan loved by nobody. But I don’t let it get me down; good things are bound
to come around. And any little orphan
will agree. The sun will come
out eventually.>>Oh hey, free kitty. Well I’ll adopt you little dude.>>Oh yeah.>>Oh I can’t wait to die your
fur pink to match my beard.>>Oh no. Uh uh.>>Oh thanks Dog Man. You protected me. You’re not a bad
guard dog at all. In fact, you were made for this. There’s no watch
dog quite like you. You don’t stink like
you think you do. You’re the perfect watch dog. Yeah, you’re the perfect blend. Well you’re all combined and
[Inaudible] with the power to defend, you’re the
perfect combo, [Inaudible] and something’s telling
me things are looking up. Oh, uh oh, oh it looks
like it’s going to rain. Oh no. I don’t have
a roof to get under. I don’t even have a home even. Oh, it’s okay. You go, I’ll be all right.>>Dog Man is thinking
he can’t leave the kitty to soak and freeze. Dog Man is worried he’ll die
of some type of weird disease.>>Don’t you worry,
I’ll be fine.>>Dog Man has made
up his dog mind. His canine instincts
tell him what to do.>>You mean I can stay with you? Yeah.>>Yay. [ Music ]>>We’re the perfect
[Inaudible] yeah, [Inaudible]. When we’re together not even
weather is bad as it may seem. A mighty mixture [Inaudible]
we’re the perfect pair, and everything’s better with
friends who show they care.>>We’ll stick together
just like glue. I’ll dream of all
the stuff we’ll do. Then thank a lucky star or two that you found me
and I found you. Good night Dog Man
and thank you. [ Applause ]>>So sweet.>>Yeah.>>But soon evil Petey
has a change of heart. And he regrets getting
rid of Little Petey. Then he kitty naps Little
Petey from Dog Man’s house, and tries to teach the
little kitten how to be evil.>>You can’t be friends
with Dog Man.>>Why?>>Because you’re
one of the bad guys.>>Why?>>Because your soul is
wretched just like mine.>>Why?>>Because you’re
the same as me.>>Why?>>Because you’re my clone.>>Why?>>Because I – stop asking why.>>How come?>>Here, check this baby out. ADHD, he can do almost anything.>>Can he play duck duck goose?>>Well sure, but what – no, no. Look kid, I have programmed
ADHD to obey your every command.>>Really?>>Sure. And once I put
him into robo suit mode. You can actually wear him. Go on, get in.>>In?>>Yes, don’t be shy.>>Once you feel the
power in your paws, I’m sure that your evil side
will rise to the surface. [ Music ]>>Wow.>>You see. ADHD is now an extension of you. You can do anything you want.>>Anything?>>Shoot missiles, trash
things, destroy stuff, anything your rotten
little heart desires.>>Let’s have a robo
dance party. Like you’ve never seen. We’re going to rocket around the
socket like a dancing machine. Get your high tech shoes,
let your circuits ignite and get your booty in gear
so we can boogy all night. Yeah. [ Music ]>>No, stop. No, you are not to use
the technology for fun. I forbid it. Do you hear me?>>Then a whole bunch of
exciting stuff happened. Dog Man and Little Petey battle
a telekinetic cyborg fish.>>They battle a bunch of giant
buildings that come to life.>>Dog Man even saved Petey from
falling into a giant volcano.>>It is epic. But most amazing of all Dog Man and Little Petey’s kindness
starts to rub off on evil Petey who finally sees the
error of his evil ways. [ Music ]>>And I’ll be a far, far better
cat, a nicer cat, a kinder cat. I’ll do my best to
be more like that for the happiest kid I know. And that’s the best way to
end our show, oh la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la la. La, la, la, la, la, la, la,
la, la, doty, doty, doty, do. It’s the best way
to end our show. So, we’re going to
make this a happy end. A happy end, a happy end. Everyone’s happy,
everybody is a friend. It’s the happiest day ->>It’s the happiest day.>>It’s the happiest day – we’re
all smiling and having a ball. It’s the happiest day of all.>>Petey. [ Applause ] [ Music ]

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