Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Case Study No. 1983: Unnamed Female Librarian (Mentos Grape Candy)

Mentos Library Commercial
The crazy Japanese Mentos commercial I was in in 2007 - very fun to film.
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[scene opens in a public library, as an elderly female librarian (black hair, glasses, grey sweater, white blouse, long grey skirt) approaches a table of young patrons and shushes them]
[cut to the entrance of the library, as the camera shows a man (wearing a purple cape and a spherical white "helmet" on his head) from behind while disco music suddenly begins to play]
[cut back to the librarian, who looks up and gasps]
[cut back to the man (shot from the front to reveal his full white disco outfit) as he dances into the library]
[cut to a closeup of the man's right hand, as a pack of Mentos Grape appears from under his sleeve]
[cut to the man sliding across the table, as he "shoots" pieces of Mentos out of the pack and into the patrons' mouths (the final piece shoots into the librarian's mouth) as they start to chew]
[cut to the patrons dancing around the table, as the librarian (while tossing some papers into the air) dances on top of the table]
ANNOUNCER: Good times! Mentos!

Case Study No. 1982: Miss Alice Rumphius

Miss Rumphius Audio Book
by Barbara Cooney

Narrated by Tara Rose Stromberg
Produced by The End Audio Productions
Mix by Roman Chimienti
Edited by Jessica Rondash (Verbatim Studios)
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Miss Rumphius
Story and Pictures by Barbara Cooney

To Saint Nicholas, patron saint of children, sailors, and maidens

The Lupine Lady lives in a small house overlooking the sea. In between the rocks around her house grow blue and purple and rose-colored flowers. The Lupine Lady is little and old. But she has not always been that way. I know. She is my great-aunt, and she told me so.

Once upon a time she was a little girl named Alice, who lived in a city by the sea. From the front stoop she could see the wharves and the bristling masts of tall ships. Many years ago her grandfather had come to America on a large sailing ship.

Now he worked in the shop at the bottom of the house, making figureheads for the prows of ships, and carving Indians out of wood to put in front of cigar stores. For Alice's grandfather was an artist. He painted pictures, too, of sailing ships and places across the sea. When he was very busy, Alice helped him put in the skies.

In the evening Alice sat on her grandfather's knee and listened to his stories of faraway places. When he had finished, Alice would say, "When I grow up, I too will go to faraway places, and when I grow old, I too will live beside the sea."

"That is all very well, little Alice," said her grandfather, "but there is a third thing you must do."

"What is that?" asked Alice.

"You must do something to make the world more beautiful," said her grandfather.

"All right," said Alice, But she did not know what that could be.

In the meantime Alice got up and washed her face and ate porridge for breakfast. She went to school and came home and did her homework.

And pretty soon she was grown up.

Then my Great-aunt Alice set out to do the three things she had told her grandfather she was going to do. She left home and went to live in another city far from the sea and the salt air. There she worked in a library, dusting books and keeping them from getting mixed up, and helping people find the ones they wanted. Some of the books told her about faraway places.

People called her Miss Rumphius now.

Sometimes she went to the conservatory in the middle of the park. When she stepped inside on a wintry day, the warm moist air wrapped itself around her, and the sweet smell of jasmine filled her nose.

"This is almost like a tropical isle," said Miss Rumphius. "But not quite."

So Miss Rumphius went to a real tropical island, where people kept cockatoos and monkeys as pets. She walked on long beaches, picking up beautiful shells. One day she met the Bapa Raja, king of a fishing village.

"You must be tired," he said. "Come into my house and rest."

So Miss Rumphius went in and met the Bapa Raja's wife. The Bapa Raja himself fetched a green coconut and cut a slice off the top so that Miss Rumphius could drink the coconut water inside. Before she left, the Bapa Raja gave her a beautiful mother-of-pearl shell on which he had painted a bird of paradise and the words, "You will always remain in my heart."

"You will always remain in mine too," said Miss Rumphius.

My great-aunt Miss Alice Rumphius climbed tall mountains where the snow never melted. She went through jungles and across deserts. She saw lions playing and kangaroos jumping. And everywhere she made friends she would never forget. Finally she came to the Land of the Lotus-Eaters, and there, getting off a camel, she hurt her back.

"What a foolish thing to do", said Miss Rumphius. "Well, I have certainly seen faraway places. Maybe it is time to find my place by the sea."

And it was, and she did.

From the porch of her new house Miss Rumphius watched the sun come up; she watched it cross the heavens and sparkle on the water; and she saw it set in glory in the evening. She started a little garden among the rocks that surrounded her house, and she planted a few flower seeds in the stony ground. Miss Rumphius was almost perfectly happy.

"But there is still one more thing I have to do," she said. "I have to do something to make the world more beautiful."

But what? "The world already is pretty nice," she thought, looking out over the ocean.

The next spring Miss Rumphius was not very well. Her back was bothering her again, and she had to stay in bed most of the time.

The flowers she had planted the summer before had come up and bloomed in spite of the stony ground. She could see them from her bedroom window, blue and purple and rose-colored.

"Lupines," said Miss Rumphius with satisfaction. "I have always loved lupines the best. I wish I could plant more seeds this summer so that I could have still more flowers next year."

But she was not able to.

After a hard winter spring came. Miss Rumphius was feeling much better. Now she could take walks again. One afternoon she started to go up and over the hill, where she had not been in a long time.

"I don't believe my eyes!" she cried when she got to the top. For there on the other side of the hill was a large patch of blue and purple and rose-colored lupines!

"It was the wind," she said as she knelt in delight. "It was the wind that brought the seeds from my garden here! And the birds must have helped!"

Then Miss Rumphius had a wonderful idea!

She hurried home and got out her seed catalogues. She sent off to the very best seed house for five bushels of lupine seed.

All that summer Miss Rumphius, her pockets full of seeds, wandered over fields and headlands, sowing lupines. She scattered seeds along the highways and down the country lanes. She flung handfuls of them around the schoolhouse and back of the church. She tossed them into hollows and along stone walls.

Her back didn't hurt her any more at all.

Now some people called her That Crazy Old Lady.

The next spring there were lupines everywhere. Fields and hillsides were covered with blue and purple and rose-colored flowers. They bloomed along the highways and down the lanes. Bright patches lay around the schoolhouse and back of the church. Down in the hollows and along the stone walls grew the beautiful flowers.

Miss Rumphius had done the third, the most difficult thing of all!

My Great-aunt Alice, Miss Rumphius, is very old now. Her hair is very white. Every year there are more and more lupines. Now they call her the Lupine Lady. Sometimes my friends stand with me outside her gate, curious to see the old, old lady who planted the fields of lupines. When she invites us in, they come slowly. They think she is the oldest woman in the world. Often she tells us stories of faraway places.

"When I grow up," I tell her, "I too will go to faraway places and come home to live by the sea."

"That is all very well, little Alice," says my aunt, "but there is a third thing you must do."

"What is that?" I ask.

"You must do something to make the world more beautiful."

"All right," I say.

But I do not know yet what that can be.


From amazon.com:

Miss Rumphius
by Barbara Cooney (Author)

Age Range: 5 and up
Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
Series: Picture Puffins
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Viking Books (1982)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0140505393

Barbara Cooney's story of Alice Rumphius, who longed to travel the world, live in a house by the sea, and do something to make the world more beautiful, has a timeless quality that resonates with each new generation. The countless lupines that bloom along the coast of Maine are the legacy of the real Miss Rumphius, the Lupine Lady, who scattered lupine seeds everywhere she went. Miss Rumphius received the American Book Award in the year of publication.


From blogspot.com:

In this book, you watch a little girl named Alice grow into an old old woman, a retired librarian named Miss Rumphius. Her life is filled with exciting adventures, but as she grows older, none of it feels like enough to her. She keeps recalling some advice her grandfather gave her when she was a child. He told her that in order to live a good life, she had to "do something to make the world more beautiful." But even as an old woman, she can't figure out what to do. Finally, realizing the joy she's always gotten from flowers, especially lupines, she decides to share that joy with others by scattering lupine seeds everywhere she goes. She completely transforms the rocky landscape around her home. In the end, she tells her story to her young niece, who wonders how SHE will make the world more beautiful. And so the cycle continues.

Case Study No. 1981: "The State vs the Librarian"

The State Vs. the Librarian
The State Vs. the Librarian

Not One Is Upright

(P) 2011 Red Cord Records

Released on: 2011-09-30

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God Is Not A Watchmaker and The World Is Not Ticking
Not One Is Upright

Genres: Christian & Gospel, Music
Released: Sep 30, 2011

1. The Mental Propensities of Phineas Gage
2. Wake Up, #37, Wake Up
3. So I Asked the Gatekeeper
4. Where There Is Shame, There Is Fear
5. Unrefined, My Paradigm
6. The State Vs. the Librarian
7. Axes and Owl Eyes
8. The Watchmaker
9. Aren't You Very Afraid
10. No, I Am Full of Joy


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Words ignite silent stirs in men
Keep them locked away
Deflate humanity from the man
As she travels a vacuum trails behind
The name of Christ is on the crutches of these columns strewn across the land
You are subject to his grace
Where else do you find life but in breath?
This capsule has carried us long enough
Fire rages behind the barrier. What point is a fire if we can't feel it's warmth? While the trembling disenfranchised receive the lukewarm ashes, intangible, coals of fear and not of love glow, with the backlight of restless resentment. Division. division and dominance. But brothers and sisters, the curtain is torn, the dead have buried their own, the King is come. The King has come. The King has come.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Case Study No. 1980: Unnamed Male Librarian (ADVS Productions)

This is my attempt at film noir. I hope to expand the script in the future. I dedicate this film to all the working stiffs out there who can't catch a break, who feel the weight of the world on their shoulders. Shot on an iPhone. Starring Triz Jolivette and Dimitri Batista Simpson. Music by Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, from their album RACE RIOT SUITE. I claim no ownership of their music, PLEASE DON'T SUE.
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Aaron D. Van Scyoc Presents

Starring Triz Jolivette
And Dimitri Batista-Simpson

[scene opens with an extreme closeup of the male librarian's face in black and white]
[cut to a man walking into a public bathroom, soon followed by the librarian (African American, short hair, glasses, trenchcoat)]
[cut to a closeup of the man's face]
FRANK: Why are you doing this?
[cut to a closeup of the librarian's mouth]
LYLE: Nine years ...
[cut to a closeup of the baseball bat that the librarian is holding in his left hand]
LYLE: You had that book out for nine years, and I've been a librarian for twenty five.
[cut to a shot of the librarian standing in front of the man]
LYLE: This is where I draw the line!
[cut to a shot of the baseball bat in the librarian's hand, then to slow motion footage of the bat falling out of his hand and dropping to the floor]
[cut to a shot (from the bat's POV?) as the librarian bends down to pick it up]
[cut to a shot of the librarian crouched down on the floor, as he adjusts his glasses and then looks up (seemingly nervous) before picking up the bat]
[he looks down at the bat in his hand, then drops it to the floor again (in slow motion) and grabs at the sides of his head (as if in pain) before collapsing to the floor]
[cut to a shot of the man bending down and putting his hand on the librarian's shoulder, as if to comfort him]

An Aaron D. Van Scyoc Film

Dedicated to
The Working Stiffs

Triz Jolivette
and Dimitri Batista-Simpson

Written, Directed, and Shot
by Aaron D. Van Scyoc

Triz Jolivette
as Lyle the Librarian

Dimitri Batista-Simpson
as Frank


"Third Prayer", "Grandfather's Gun", and "Prelude"
from Race Riot Suite
by Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey

Special Thanks

The Society for the Performing and Visual Arts
The Chappell Players Theatre Group

Case Study No. 1979: "Donor L edition San Diego Librarian"

Zortrax M200 / Donor L edition San Diego librarian
Zortrax M200
Donor L edition : San Diego librarian

fantasygraph: web sites that model very cool
Tanks othar999
http://www.maker shop.co/shop/fantasygraph

Layer Thickness: 0.14mm
Speed: Normal
Infill: Medium
Support: Disabled
Fan Speed: 20%

BGM: Takashi Hamada / The Entertainer
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[scene opens with sped-up footage of a Zortrax M200 3D printer creating a sculpture of a female librarian sitting on a pile of books labelled "San Diego Public Library"]


From makershop.co:

Donor L edition : San Diego librarian
By fantasygraph

This model was build for a request of the San Diego public library. With a lot of kindness, the owner of the right (warning : see the licence terms that are not the same as my others models) let you download and print this model for free as long as you didn't touch the geometry of the model (apart the scale that you can change)

this model can be printed in 4 hours with a 0.2mm layer, 12% infill and 2 perimeters. if you change the scale to x0.8, you can print it in 3 hours (same parameters)

Case Study No. 1978: Matthias Lane

Book Review | The Archivist By Martha Cooley
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From amazon.com:

The Archivist: A Novel
by Martha Cooley

Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Back Bay Books (April 8, 1999)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316158461

Matthias Lane is the proud gatekeeper to countless objects of desire, the greatest among them being T.S. Eliot's letters to Emily Hale. Now in his late 60s and archivist at an unnamed East Coast university, Matthias is--as one of his colleagues tells him--"exceptionally well defended." He's intent on keeping the Hale collection equally remote, and when a young poet first seeks access, Matthias rebuffs her with little difficulty. Still, Roberta Spire does remind him of his wife, Judith, who had also written poetry but had committed suicide 20 years earlier. And he is much taken with the student's self-possession: "Pleading never works with me," he concedes, "but authentic and angry self-interest does."

Betrayal figures heavily in The Archivist. For starters, Roberta feels betrayed by her parents, German Jews who had spent World War II in hiding and emigrated to the U.S. soon afterward, re-creating themselves as Christians. She has only recently discovered her Jewish background. The irony is that Matthias's wife had also been an Eliot adept and had felt violated by a false version of her own past and destroyed when confronted with the realities of the Holocaust. No wonder Roberta sees the Hale letters as a Holy Grail, the key to her questions about religious conversion and identity.

What holds this exceptionally ambitious and layered first novel together is the love all three main characters have for the pleasures of the text and the knowledge they share that time is, as Eliot writes, both preserver and destroyer. Eliot, after all, had wanted Emily Hale to destroy his letters (and in reality they are sealed until 2020, safe at Princeton University). Martha Cooley is deeply concerned, as are her characters, with questions of conscience, privacy, action and inaction, and security--personal and scholarly. If there is one parallel too many in this impressive work, perhaps that is more like life than some of us care to admit.


From wikipedia.org:

The Archivist is an American novel by Martha Cooley, first published in a hardcover format by Little, Brown and Company in 1998. The story makes extensive reference to the poetry of T. S. Eliot, and it dwells on themes such as guilt, insanity, and suicide. The book was reprinted in 1999 by Back Bay Books, an imprint of Little, Brown and Company.

Plot summary
Matthias Lane is a widower in his sixties. He works as an archivist at an unnamed library and is told to preserve a set of letters that T. S. Eliot once wrote and sent to Emily Hale. Roberta Spire, a graduate student in her thirties, appeals to Matthias for a look at Eliot's letters.

Emily Hale donated T. S. Eliot's letters to the library and gave specific instructions that they were not to be shown to the public until 2020. Her decision to donate the letters at all, however, went against the wishes of T. S. Eliot himself, who wanted Hale to destroy the letters after she had read them.

Both Matthias and Roberta are highly familiar with T. S. Eliot's poetry, as well as Eliot's personal background. The novel briefly retells the story of how Eliot placed his first wife, Vivienne Eliot, in a mental institution, and how she eventually died. It is gradually revealed that Matthias, similarly, placed his wife Judith in a mental institution, and she eventually committed suicide. Judith's death occurred twenty years before Matthias first meets Roberta. Roberta reminds Matthias of Judith, because both women are of Jewish ancestry, both read and write poetry, and both have done research on the Holocaust.

When Judith was in the mental institution, Dr. Clay forbade her to read newspapers. Yet Judith's parents, Len and Carol, smuggled newspapers into her room, so that Judith could keep up with the aftermath of the Holocaust. After Judith's suicide, Matthias assumes that the newspapers contributed to Judith's insanity. However, later, when Matthias speaks to Roberta about his wife, he admits that his attempts to cut his wife off from the real world were what really made her sick:

"She kept trusting me...I was like a paralyzed man. It's clearer to me now, what she need from me. But I got it all wrong. I tried to shield her from the present, from the city...I tried to conceal the terrifying things, to keep quiet about them. That's what got to her, more than anything else. She couldn't bear it. She couldn't bear that I, too, was silent."

At the end of the novel, Matthias takes the Hale Letters out of the library and burns them. He believes that respecting the last wish of T. S. Eliot - that the letters be burned and not shown to the public - is a step toward atoning for Matthias's personal mistake of sending his wife Judith to a mental institution.

Historical background
The letters of T.S. Eliot to Emily Hale are, in actuality, kept in the Firestone Library, at Princeton University. The letters are not to be shown to the public until January 1, 2020.

Themes and interpretation
Matthias identifies himself as an "archivist", a "gatekeeper" who controls people's access to information. The term "archivist" applies not only to Matthias, but also to Judith, because she keeps extensive records of Holocaust stories. Judith is emotionally affected by her records; whereas Matthias's relationship to records is merely an effort to protect them, Judith's relationship to records is like that of a fire being fueled. Her passions refuse to be controlled, and she insists on acting upon her feelings, forming a sharp contrast to Matthias's passivity. Judith fascinates Matthias, and terrifies him.

Brian Morton wrote a review of the novel for The New York Times, called it "a thoughtful and well-written first novel." He noted that it brought up serious questions such as morality's relationship with art and religion, and a person's relationship with his or her own past. However, Morton also said that Judith's confinement in a psychiatric ward was limited "by providing Judith with no worthy interlocutors -- with no one who understands her well enough to argue with her in an interesting way."

Arlene Schmuland considers Matthias's final act of burning the Hale letters to be a metaphor for his breaking free of his library's code:

"At the end of the novel, he breaks all of the stereotypes about archivists being passive, dedicated to their collections, and devoted to duty by allowing the woman access to a portion of the closed collection and then carrying the whole collection home and burning it in his back yard."

Matthias's decision to burn the library materials has been criticized from an ethical standpoint. Verne Harris, a librarian in South Africa, asked, "In destroying the letters is he protecting Eliot's rights, serving the writer's desire, or merely playing god?" Eric Ketelaar, Emeritus Professor at the University of Amsterdam, has written, "The aspect I criticized was that of the archivist as a censor who decides that the memory of Eliot should be kept through his poetry, not through these letters. I censured the archivist who was guided by changes in his personal life to take a decision he was not entitled to take, neither legally nor morally."


From publishersweekly.com:

The reserved voice of 65-year-old Matthias Lane, archivist at a prestigious Eastern university, opens this remarkably assured first novel, a complex and beautifully written tale of loss, crises of faith and resolution. Then we read the anguished journal of his wife, Judith, a poet who committed suicide in a mental institution in 1965, the same year as T.S. Eliot died. This is just one of the many parallels between the life of the poet and those of Matt and Judith (Eliot, of course, committed his own wife, Vivienne, to an asylum). Grad student and poet Roberta Spire requests Matt's permission to look at the sealed correspondence between Eliot and a Boston woman named Emily Hale, to whom he may have bared his emotions. Roberta has more than an academic interest in this correspondence. She is immensely disturbed by her parents' belated revelation that they were Jews who fled Germany and converted to Christianity in the U.S., and she feels that Eliot's conversion to Catholicism may hold insights for her. She is unaware that Judith's mental breakdown was related to the Holocaust, but Matt is quick to see the relationship and to recognize the parallels between Eliot's reclusive personality and his own emotional detachment. As several wrenching surprises about the past are revealed, Matt is finally opened to his pain and guilt and to an affirmative act of connectedness and trust. With its sinewy interplay of moral, spiritual and philosophical issues, its graceful interjection of lines of poetry and references to jazz, the novel first engages the reader's intellect. Soon, however, the emotions are also engaged, and the narrative acquires unflagging suspense as it peels back layers of secrets. This is an auspicious debut from a writer who already has mastered the craft.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Case Study No. 1977: Professor Smallen

He-Man MotU Season 2 Episode 7 The Great Books Mystery part 1/2
The 7th episode of season 2 from the 1984 cartoon He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.
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From wikia.com:

The Great Books Mystery is the 72nd episode of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, written by Harvey Brenner and directed by Bill Reed. Eternia faces an unprecedented crisis when its most precious resource--information--is stolen by a dangerously clever villain, whom Skeletor would like to meet.

Orko has lost the book about unicorns that he intended to give Prince Adam for his birthday. Man-At-Arms and Teela are dubious that the book would simply disappear, but later Professor Smallen reports to King Randor that all the books in the ancient archives have disappeared. The king sees this as a great tragedy, since the kingdom's books are the information at the foundation of civilization.

Randor summons Adam and Man-At-Arms, who quickly conclude that a sinister plot is afoot and He-Man is needed. Adam makes excuses himself and then transforms himself and Cringer into He-Man and Battle Cat before they consult the Sorceress. Meanwhile, Teela and Orko follow their own lead--a lone book left laying on the south road out of the kingdom.

In his hideout at the Temple of the Sun, Batros congratulates himself for having the wisdom to recognize the value of the books he has stolen. The people of Eternia, he reasons, will be so desperate to regain the books that they will force Randor to abdicate and make him the new ruler. Batros does not suspect that he is being admired from afar by Skeletor, watching from Snake Mountain. Beast Man doesn't comprehend Batros's scheme, which simply reinforces Skeletor's opinion that he needs smarter henchmen. He sends Beast Man and Trap-Jaw to recruit Batros to help him raid Castle Grayskull.

At Grayskull, the Sorceress directs He-Man to the Temple to confront Batros. He-Man is surprised to hear that the villain is not staying on the dark side of Eternia; the Sorceress explains that he has come with a thirst for power. He-Man takes the south road into the desert, but Skeletor uses his magic to delay the hero until his lackeys can make his offer to Batros.

Teela and Orko are the first to reach the Temple, but when they locate the books, Batros takes them prisoner. While he gloats about his plan, Trap-Jaw and Beast Man get the drop on him. Although Batros is interested in meeting with Skeletor, he doesn't appreciate the villains' attitude, and teaches them a lesson with his magic. While Batros forces Beast Man to escort him back to Snake Mountain, Teela and Orko subdue Trap-Jaw and recover Orko's unicorn book.

When Batros comes face-to-face with Skeletor, they quickly butt heads over which of them will follow the other. Finally Batros agrees to hear Skeletor's proposal: If they work together to seize Castle Grayskull, Skeletor will have the power to rule the universe, and Batros will be allowed to have Eternia. Within moments, Batros has a plan to take the castle.

By the time He-Man and Battle Cat reach the Temple of the Sun, they find the books and Trap-Jaw, but no sign of Batros. Teela and Orko have already returned to the Royal Palace and told Man-At-Arms about Batros's alliance with Skeletor; he passes the word along to He-Man, who races back to Grayskull.

Batros's strategy to take the castle is simple: While Beast Man, Mer-Man, and Tri-Klops distract the Sorceress at the front wall, Batros will create a bridge to approach from another direction and outflank her. The plan fails before it can begin when He-Man arrives, sending Battle Cat to handle Beast Man's team while he faces Skeletor and Batros. When He-Man blocks the villains' path on Batros's bridge, Skeletor flees. Batros, however, blasts the bridge out from under the hero, who falls into the bottomless pit surrounding the castle. He-Man catches a rocky outcropping on the way down, though, and surprises Batros by throwing back to the dark side of the planet.

Meanwhile, Man-At-Arms, Teela, and Orko return to the Temple of the Sun to recover the books, only to find they've disappeared yet again. When He-Man is notified, he heads to Snake Mountain, suspecting that Skeletor has usurped Batros's original plan. As He-Man and Battle Cat make their way into the mountain, they are almost immediately captured. Once Skeletor thinks he has them helpless he freely gloats about where he is keeping the books; once they have the information they need, though, the heroes easily free themselves and chase Skeletor away.

Later, everyone is assembled in the palace to celebrate the safe return of the kingdom's books, as well as Adam's birthday. Adam is particularly grateful for Orko's unicorn book...as well as an assist in blowing out the candles on his cake.

Orko has a lot of reading to catch up on. Teela commends him for reading because books open up new worlds of entertainment and information.

Orko's Fun Facts
As featured in BCI's He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: Season Two, Vol. 1 DVD boxset (Disc 1)

* "Professor Smallen from 'Keeper of the Ancient Ruins' returns in this episode. John Erwin voicing the character once again, but this time more gruff-like."
* "The Temple of the Sun from the Season One episode 'Temple of the Sun' makes a reappearance, faithful to its original purpose."
* "Batros went through numerous design changes, but at all times he had his bat-like symbol reminiscent of the Evil Horde logo."
* "Prince Adam's birthday cake has nineteen candles on top, revealing that up until this point in the series he was eighteen, and maybe even younger in the earliest episodes."


From he-man.org:

Professor Smallen is a professor in the kingdom of Eternia. His first appearance is in the episode "Keeper of the Ancient Ruins", where Prince Adam identifies him as being "from the university."

He returns in the episode "The Great Books Mystery," where he has apparently been placed in charge of Eternia's Ancient Archives.


From imdb.com:

King Randor: You mean, all of them gone?
Professor Smallen: Yes my lord, all the books in the ancient archives have disappeared.
King Randor: Come now Professor Smallen, are you sure you're not... not getting, well uh, forgetful?
Professor Smallen: Beg pardon, sire. I do misplace my glasses sometimes. And I don't always remember if I've had lunch or not. But I don't lose books.


King Randor: All of the kingdom's great books have disappeared!
Professor Smallen: They've simply vanished, poof! Including the books in the archives, they're... they're all gone.
King Randor: This is a terrible loss. Those books contain all the lore and knowledge of our people.
Man-At-Arms: And all the great scientific discoveries and inventions.
Prince Adam: And the wonderful stories.
King Randor: [covering his face with one hand] How will we live without the great books?
Man-At-Arms: Very poorly, I fear.


Batros: [laughs] How terribly clever of me to take the books. When the people of Eternia find out, they will force the King to step down, and they will name me, brilliant Batros, the Emperor of all Eternia.


Beast Man: If Batros is so smart, how come he stole the books instead of the gold and the jewels?
Skeletor: Because unlike you, Batros has a brain. What he has taken is more precious than gold or jewels.
Beast Man: Books?
Skeletor: Of course, you worthless hunk of fur! Books are the real treasures of the world.


The Sorceress: Books are knowledge, and that is too precious to lose.


Teela: You know, when you open a book, you're really opening a door to a wonderful world of entertainment and information.
Orko: That's for sure! I'm finding out all about science, and dragons, and sports, but mostly bodybuilding!
Teela: You have a book on bodybuilding?
Orko: No, but carrying all thse books sure builds my body.
Teela: Oh, Orko.