NEW ADVENTURES OF SONIC THE HEDGEHOG
"The Big Switch"
Written by: Christina Williams
SCENE - Robotnik's fortress, ext. - daytime.
We fade into the fortress, and see a door with warning signs posted on
it such as "Keep Out!" and "That means YOU!" Scratch and Grounder walk
by the door, but then stop and back up, hearing sounds like hammers hammering
and drills drilling.
Grounder's eyes zoom in like binoculars up to the door as he tries to read
GROUNDER: Keep Out...(eyes follows down below the first sign to the second)
That means YOU! (eyes zoom back in place) What does that mean,
SCRATCH: Um... (rubs head) I'm not completely sure, but I have a feeling
Robotnik's working hard on something.
(Grounder tries to get a sneak peek inside through the doorknob's keyhole
but a fist punches him in the eye hard, the force sending him flying back
SCRATCH: (gets knocked down by Grounder) Oo hoo hoo!
(they hit the wall, cracking it. Stars circle their heads)
(SWITCH BACK to the door which flies open, smoke escaping and filling the
room. Switch back to Scratch and Grounder's eyes as they begin to cough
and hack, trying to clear the smoke away from their faces. An all-too-familiar
silloutte of a fat, bald-headed egghead with a thick mustache emerges from
the smoke, revealing who else but the evil genius himself, Dr. Robotnik)
ROBOTNIK: (overdramatically spoken) At long last, the perfect gizmo to
get rid of that blue pin cushion is at my disposal. The sweat,
blood, and tears, I have poured into my latest creation has finally
comed to fruitition. Scratch! Grounder! May I reveal to you...
(He pauses, opening one eye glances at Scratch and Grounder who are still
have little stars twirling above their heads)
ROBOTNIK: (shouts) WAKE UP ALLREADY!!!!
(the robots yelp out, then stand up straight and attentive)
BOTS: Yes, your repulsiveness?
ROBOTNIK: Do you know what today is duncebots?
SCRATCH: Uh... Tuesday?
ROBOTNIK: Yes, today is Tuesday and...
(He stops mid-sentence, and gives the "I fell for it" look to the camera,
little grey fumes hovering above his head. Then he gets in Scratch's face,
ROBOTNIK: NO, YOU DUMB CLUCK! (Scratch flies back into the wall again)
Today is the day we have one less speedy blue hedgehog preventing
me from dominating Mobius!
GROUNDER: (cheering) Horraaay!!! Just like last week! (suddenly stops)
Or... at least it was suppose to be that day...
ROBOTNIK: (growls) Just shut up and listen.
(Robotnik walks into his lab, then comes back out, pulling out a giant,
round-shapped machine, with a laser drilled on top)
ROBOTNIK: My new Mind-Transfer Automaton is programmed to switch the bodies
of two living creatures. Observe!
(He pushes it to a nearby window and adjusts the laser so it points downwards.
Scratch and Grounder come up at the window. Below, there is a dog chasing
a cat. The dog barks while the cat screeches. Back at the window, Robotnik
pushes a giant red button, and the laser shoots the dog and cat, making
them stop dead in their tracks. After a short while, the laser beam fades
away, and the cat and dog are dazed and confused. Then the cat looks over
to the dog, growls ferociously, then chases the dog, yapping at it. The
dog runs away, screeching.)
GROUNDER: Wow! So that's how it works!
ROBOTNIK: (nods) Yes. Now imagine if Sonic were to be switched with something,
like, oh say, this beetle! (holds out hand, showing a beetle sitting on
(Grounder leaps into Scratch's arms)
GROUNDER: Eeew!!! Beetle!! Get it away, get it away!!!
ROBOTNIK: (squeezes palm, accidently killing beetle) Don't be such a chicken!
GROUNDER: But I'm_not_a chicken!
SCRATCH: (drops Grounder) I'M the chicken!
(Robotnik looks down at his palm, seeing a yellow liquid ooze from where
the beetle was. He angrily wipes his hand on a towel)
ROBOTNIK: You're assignment today is to switch the mind of Sonic with something
at least beetleheaded, whether it be a beetle or not.
SCRATCH & GROUNDER: Yes sir!
(they both push the new machine away)
SCRATCH: I get to push the button!
GROUNDER: Aw, but I wanna push the button!
SPIRAL TO - A desert region of Mobius.
Scratch sits atop the machine, wearing sunglasses and in his left hand,
is some type of mixed drink with ice cubes and a little umbrella in the
glass. He apparently seems cool and relaxed.
Grounder, on the other hand, is down below, hauling the machine with Scratch
at tow by a rope tied to a handle bar affixed to the device. A miniature
satellite dish spins around the antenna on the top of his head. He slowly
treads across the hot sand, before finally stopping.
GROUNDER: (panting) Scratch! It's your turn to pull!
(Scratch lifts the shades off the bridge of his beak, glaring down at his
SCRATCH: I dragged it out of Dr. Robotnik's fortress, it's only fair that
_YOU_ pull it the rest of the way! (Grins, putting the sunglasses
GROUNDER: But... but...
(The antenna stops spinning as it is now stuck pointing straight ahead.
A loud, shrill alarm goes off)
(As Scratch is about to take a sip from his drink, he hears the alarm and
SCRTACH: Whoaa! (Slides off and falls on his tush) Umph!
GROUNDER: (Wheeling over to Scratch, jumping up and down) Hedgehog alert!
(Scratch angrily smashes his glass on top of Grounder's head. The glass
shatters into broken pieces as the juice spills all over his face. The
alarm shuts off as the satellite dish retracts back into the tip of Grounder's
SCRATCH: No DuHhH! (Creates a fist and knocks Grounder alongside
the head) We better set up the Sonic trap! (Leaps up and runs
(Grounder rubs the spot where Scratch whacked him and quickly follows)
((A blue blur is seen streaking through the barren landscape at an incredible
speed. Camera scrolls down to get a close-up of Sonic as he speeds across,
grinning. We go back to Scratch and Grounder who are in a frenzy to prepare
the trap. Sonic skids to a stop alongside the two Badniks, kicking up some
sand in their faces.))
SONIC: (With the same grin) You guys look like you need some help setting
up that trap for that speedy feller. I'd be happy to offer my assistance
(Holds out his hand, a gesture to offering)
GROUNDER: (coughing up the sand) Kaff! Kaff! You would? That's really nice
of you sir.
SONIC: Anytime partner! (Takes the blueprints from Grounder, looking them
over) Give it a Sonic second!
(He picks up a hammer and at Sonic speed, quickly builds the trap designed
for him; a simple mousetrap...a.k.a. hedgehogtrap)
SONIC: (stops; hammer in his right hand, blueprints in left) Piece o' chili
dog, which reminds me... To add the finishing touch.
(He places a chili dog on the base. He hands the blueprints back to Grounder,
and drops the hammer intentionally on Scratch's foot)
SCRATCH: (Hammer bounces off) Bwakk!! (Hobbles around on his good foot,
while clutching his bad foot in pain)
SONIC: Good luck bots! You'll need it!
(Waving goodbye, he takes off in the same direction he came. He stops about
half a mile away, and taps his foot, glancing at his watch)
SONIC: Three... two... one...GO! (Revs up, and takes back off to Scratch
(Grounder watches Scratch hobble around. He then hears the familiar humming
as it gradually increases in volume)
GROUNDER: Hm? (Turns around to see Sonic approaching) Whoaaa! (Eyes bulge
out (a la cartoon style ^-^) as he runs over Scratch's good foot)
SCRATCH: (Bites down hard) Grrrrr!! (Now jumping from one foot to another)
GROUNDER: This is no time to be doing the chicken dance Scratch! We've
got a hedgehog to zap!
(He grabs Scratch by the beak, along with the mind device automation, as
both bots zoom over to their hiding place behind a cactus)
(Sonic screeches to a halt in front of the trap. Looks both left and right
before he announces loudly)
SONIC: Yumm!! Just what I always wanted! A _CHILI DOG_!
(Scratch and Grounder's heads pop around the corner, silently chuckling
to themselves as they think they have Sonic right where they want him.)
(Sonic puts one finger up to his mouth in front of the camera, as to tell
the home-viewing audience to be VERY quiet. He points towards the Badniks
hiding place, which is obvious since you can see Grounder's pointy, cone-shaped
nose and Scratch's red tail feathers sticking out. Then he tiptoes over
and stands directly behind the two, who continue to point and giggle.)
(Sonic shakes head, amused. Then he takes a deep breath and screams at
the top of his lungs)
(Both Scrtach & Grounder leap up in the air like fraidy cats, holding onto
one another. They're suspended in mid-air for several seconds before they
come crashing down, landing on their trap. The bar is released, as it sails
across and snaps the Badniks hard in place, pinning them down. The chili
dog flies up in the air, where a speedy Sonic passes by, mouth wide open,
and the chili dog sails in.)
SONIC: Mmmm good! (Pats his tummy) Give me a call when you get some smarts!
(Cracks up laughing) Gotta juice! Byeee! (Is gone as the camera follows)
SCRATCH: Grounder! You dolt! Get off of me and zap him!
GROUNDER: (His head rolls off his body) How can I, Scratch, when I can't
even be levelheaded.
SCRATCH: I swear you are getting stupider and more incompetent every day!
GROUNDER: How can I use Dr. Robotnik's mind transfer when I'm without my
head? Huh? Huh?
(A telephone ring is heard inside Grounder's chest. Scratch and Grounder
look at each other)
GROUNDER: It's his bloatedness...
SCRATCH: (As phone rings again) Well, aren't you going to answer it?!
GROUNDER: You answer it Scratch! You're closer!
SCRATCH: It's in your chest compartment! Therefore, you have to answer
the phone always!
(Mumbling, Grounder's head bounces back and jumps up to reattach itself
to the rest of his body. His left drill is replaced with a human hand,
which he uses to open his chest compartment and answer the ringing telephone)
GROUNDER: (meekly) Hello?
(Scene changes back and forth between Robotnik and the badniks, depending
on whom is speaking)
GROUNDER: Well what?
ROBOTNIK: (Sighing) Well, does Sonic have the brain capacity of you two
GROUNDER: Ehh... almost boss.
ROBOTNIK: What do you mean by 'almost'?
GROUNDER: Sonic was here and...and...umm...
ROBOTNIK: (In a bellowing voice) SPIT IT OUT!
GROUNDER: (Holds the phone away until Robotnik stops shouting) And he got
(The ear piece part of the phone morphs and Robotnik's head pops out)
ROBOTNIK: WHAT???!! (Scratch and Grounder cover their ears, cowering in
fear) I GIVE YOU A TOP NOTCH EVIL INVENTION OF PERFECTION AND
YOU HAVE THE STUPIDTY TO IMPERFECT MY PERFECTNESS?!?!
(Scratch rips the phone away from Grounder)
SCRATCH: Sir? Don't worry, I promise you this time that we won't fail with
my Sonic proof plan!
GROUNDER: (rips phone back from Scratch) No he doesn't! _ I _ have the
Sonic proof plan! Blame Scratch for--
ROBOTNIK: (interrupting) I DON'T CARE WHOSE FAULT IS IT! JUST GET THAT
HEDGEHOG!! And for the sake of both of you, it better be idiot
proof as well! (Slams phone down in disgust)
WIPE TO - A deserted, yellow road.
On the side of the road there is a huge rock, where Scratch and Grounder
are knelt behind. Grounder has a large drill screwed on his right hand,
and is screwing an equally large one on his left.
SCRATCH: Are you_sure_this plan'll work, Grounder? I have better things
to do than be a toaster oven...
GROUNDER: Trust me. It'll work. (finishes screwing) Ah... Done!
(Grounder treads over on the road and rises his arms in the air. They
start spinning like elecric-screwdrivers, then he plunges them into the
ground, drilling a large hole. As it gets deeper, he starts sinking down.
Soon enough, he stops and climbs back out.
SCRATCH: THAT'S your plan?? A stupid hole??
GROUNDER: (placing a camoflauged carpet over the hole) Yes! (wheels up
to Scratch) See, I think the problem our plans is that we try
too hard. If we try something simple, Sonic won't ever notice.
SCRATCH: Oh I get it now... (taps Grounder's head provokely) A 'simple'
plan by a simple-minded bot.
GROUNDER: (offended) Heeey! At least_I_didn't let Sonic trick me last
(Scratch growls ferociously. But then, there is a screaming sonic-boom
in the distance)
GROUNDER: Here he comes! Now shut up and hide! (shoves Scratch behind
the rock and jumps in after him)
(Indeed, Sonic comes speeding down the road, Tails flying above his head.
As he passes the bush, he steps on the camoflauged carpet, which gives
way underneath, causing him to fall in the hole.)
SONIC: Woah!! (there's a thump below, as he hits the ground) Oof!
(Scratch and Grounder leap out from behind the rock and prance around the
SCRATCH & GROUNDER: Yaaay! We got him! We got him! We got the hedgehog!
(Tails, still hovering, cocks an eyebrow at the joyous robots, then lowers
down the hole. He comes back up, holding onto Sonic's wrist. The bots
are still celebrating.)
SCRATCH & GROUNDER: Lalalalalaaa!
(Sonic leaps back on the ground)
SONIC: Hey bolt-brains!
(The Badniks stop in their tracks in shock. They snap their heads at Sonic)
SONIC: Man. I feel sorry for you now. You totally stopped trying.
(Scratch grows fustrated. In rage, he jumps at Sonic, hands outstretched.
Sonic steps away, leaving Scratch to fall flat on his face. He hefts himself
back up and lunges at the hedgehog again. Sonic jumps back, but is backed
up against the rock. Scratch does one last leap at Sonic, this time, being
GROUNDER: (excited) Ooo! Ooo! Wait there, Scratch! (he zips away, and
comes back with the Mind-Transfer Automaton.) I got him, I got
(He aims it towards Sonic, in the hands of Scratch)
GROUNDER: Hehheh! I got you now, hedgehog!
SCRATCH: (looks over, and face 'takes') Grounder, no! Not--
(Grounder hits the red button, and from the laser above, it zaps at Sonic
(Tails hurries over to the Mind Transfer Automaton and rams into Grounder,
shoving him aside. He slams the button, turning the machine off. Scratch
and Sonic slump to the ground. Tails soars over, takes Sonic under his
arm, and flies away. Back with the bots, Grounder wheels up to the unconcious
Scratch and holds his shoulders up.)
GROUNDER: We got him, Scratch! We got Sonic! Haha!! (pulls Scratch to
his feet just as he begins to regain conciousness) Let's tell
Robotnik the good news! I can't wait to see the look on his
face when we tell him we didn't mess anything up for once!
(Keeping a firm hold on his arm, Grounder treads off the other direction,
towing Scratch with him.)
SCRATCH: T... Tails?
END of ACT I
FADE into the exterior of Robotnik's abode in late afternoon/early evening
sky, then fade again to Scratch and Grounder, who are walking up the plateau
to the main doors of the fortress.
GROUNDER: Oh boy! Oh boy! I can't wait to tell Dr. Robotnik what a good
job I did at nailing Sonic!
("Scratch" looks at his hands and thinking to himself in the voice of Sonic)
SONIC: (thinking)That mondo weird ray must've somehow switched my mind
with Scratch. That means that Scratch is in MY body! I hope Tails
can figure what's up before...
GROUNDER: (waving a drilled hand in front of Scratch) Hey Scratch, um,
SONIC: (thinking) I guess its best I play along until I can figure out
SCRATCH: (speaking) Uhh... of course you dingbot! Now get moving!
(Grounder pulls the Mind-Transfer Automaton inside. "Scratch" follows.)
(Grounder stops to drop the rope used for towing the M.T.A. on the floor)
GROUNDER: Ahhh...home sweet home! Now to find the boss (cruises off-screen,
leaving "Scratch" alone).
SCRATCH: Hedgehog detective work is the only way to get me out of this jam.
(He begins to walk around the machine several times, tapping it, examining
the various knobs, buttons, etc. Finally stops, a question mark popping
up over his head.)
SCRATCH: It's times like this I wish I had Tails' expertise with machinery...
(SWITCH TO a separate room. A plain-looking room with Robotnik sitting
in front of a desk, his reading glasses on. The desk is cluttered with
important papers, maps, blueprints, charts, etc. Robotnik is busy reading
a book, which is entitled, "Villainy For Dummies", as Grounder appears
off-screen, but his presence is known by the sound of his voice.)
GROUNDER: (excitedly) Oo! Oo! I've got great news! I've got great news!
(Robotnik turns around, seeing Grounder. He slams the book down on the
desk, then stands up, arms crossed)
ROBOTNIK: Well? What is it?
GROUNDER: I was uhh... going to tell you...uhh...ohhh, I remember now!
I zapped Sonic!
(Robotnik immediately picks Grounder up by the shoulders)
ROBOTNIK: Repeat what you just said!
GROUNDER: Everything? I can't remember it word for word.
ROBOTNIK: (sigh) Just the part about Sonic!
GROUNDER: You mean Sonic the Hedgehog?
ROBOTNIK: YES YOU IMBECILE!!!!
GROUNDER: Why didn't you say so? I zapped Sonic!
(Robotnik lets those 3 little words sink in for a moment. Then a evil grin
spreads across his face, which causes Grounder to start sweating oil)
ROBOTNIK: (softly) Heheheheheh...(a little louder) Hahahahahahaa...(now
all-out evil, loud, malicious...you get the point o.-) HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA!!
(drops Grounder as if he no longer existed)
(He now bounces around the room on his butt like a beach ball for a bit.
Finally stops where he started, wearing a t-shirt, cap, and waving a pendent
in the air, all with Sonic's face crossed out with a big red X.)
ROBOTNIK: (blows hard into a noisemaker, which makes a loud WEEEEEE) No
more Sonic!!! Hahahahaha! Now Mobius is free for Rrrrobotnik's
New World Order! (soft, rotten chuckling)
GROUNDER: Congratulations your supieorness!
ROBOTNIK: (same grin) Tell me...what did Sonic meet his fate with? A turtle?
Ant? Or perrrrhaps a (snortle) snail!
GROUNDER: (stalling for time) Erm...that I...uhh...(pulls nervously at
his neck collar)
("Scratch" is shown peeking his head from the door. He has heard most of
SONIC: (thinking) For my sake, I better do some fast-thinking or else I'll
be in hot water! (runs in)
GROUNDER: I think it..umm...was...
(He's suddenly seen flying across the room like a football as "Scratch"
plays the part of a football punter, with a well-timed kick)
SCRATCH: It was a toad, Dr. Robotnik!
(Meanwhile, we can hear Grounder in the background going 'whoooaaa!!'
then a CRASH)
ROBOTNIK: About time you showed up lamebrain. So, where is Sonic the toad
SONIC: (thinking) Answer like Scratch would, Sonic boy...
SCRATCH: (speaking) Maybe looking for a princess to kiss him?
ROBOTNIK: (strangles Scratch) I want that toad!! (sends him sailing into
Grounder, who is badly beaten up as it is) And I want it now!!
(Camera shows Scratch and Grounder in a mess.)
SONIC: (thinking) Perfect! Now to get to Tails...
MIX TO - A camp in the middle of a forest.
"Sonic" is laying on the ground, still unconscious. Tails is over by a
pot of steaming chili. Slowly, "Sonic" begins to regain consciousness.
SONIC: Ugh... huh? Where am I?
TAILS: About time you woke up. (walks over) Are you all right?
("Sonic" looks over, and yelps out, jumping at the sight of Tails)
SONIC: It's you! Tails!
TAILS: Of course it is! Who'd you think I was?
(Sonic looks down at himself. He sees himself with peach arms, peach
belly, blue legs, and red sneakers)
SCRATCH: (thinking) BHACK! I'm in SONIC'S body! That stupid Grounder
messed things up! (clenches fist)
TAILS: Sonic, are you sure you're okay?
SONIC: Wha? Oh, yeah, Tails. I'm fine.
SCRATCH: (thinking, finger on chin) If I'm in Sonic's body, then that mean...
(big 'take') OH NO! He's in MY body! He could be at the fortress right
now, terrorizing my beloved master!
TAILS: (at pot) The chili's almost done, Sonic. You want a chili dog?
SONIC: Eeww! No way!
TAILS: (wide-eyed) What??
SONIC: I MEAN, uh, maybe on the go. We got to get to Robotnik's fortress
TAILS: Why do we have to stop there for?
SONIC: Because the Mind-Transfer Automaton... I mean, that BOGUS heap
of laser could be a threat from Robotnik. We have to find a way
to deeestroooy it, and kidnap Scratch!
TAILS: Why Scratch? And what about Grounder?
SONIC: Oh, um, him too. (grabs Tails' arm) Let's keed, speed!
TAILS: Don't you mean "speed, keed"?
SONIC: Oh yeah, um, whatever. (revs legs) (to self) Woah. I hope I
can get use to this...
(He suddenly speeds off screen, Tails in tow, and then there's a loud CRASH.
Switch over to the two, where we see "Sonic" has collided with a giant
oak tree. He steps back from it)
SONIC: Sorry... minor set back... (revs legs once more, and speeds off
again, crying out the entire way)
SPIRAL TO - a swamp
(SCRATCH and GROUNDER are walking back towards where they last fought SONIC.
GROUNDER is going on and on what will happen when he captures the toad.)
GROUNDER: Dr. Robotnik will be SO proud of me when I nab Sonic with my
toad net! (flinging his left arm around, a net extending out)
He'll reward me with millions of mobiums!
SONIC: (thinking) Yeah, and they are all probably counterfeit.
SCRATCH: (speaking) You dummy, that's a butterfly net.
SONIC: (thinking) Man, I hope I find Tails fast. No wonder Scratch is always bullying
GROUNDER: Yeah? Well this one is especially good at catching toads!
SCRATCH: Whatever. So, how will you know which one is Sonic?
(They stop in front of a small pond, lily pads scattered all over the water's
surface. A dozen frogs are happily jumping around)
SCRATCH: I don't see any with blue quills.
GROUNDER: Don't be stupid Scratch, it's easy. Sonic can't resist a chilidog
(opens chest compartment, and inside is a steamy, hot chilidog)
And this time, the chilidog won't get in his mouth!
SCRATCH: Yumm... chili dog! (licks his beak) Uh, I mean, umm, chilidog
a great idea Grounder!
GROUNDER: (pauses, surprised) You really mean that? You never told me before
how great any of my ideas were. You always criticize my plans.
SCRATCH: Yeah, well don't flatter yourself, needlenose. (index finger points
and pokes Grounder's nose) Offer the stinkin' chilidog already!
(Meanwhile, SONIC is speeding in the opposite direction, TAILS holding
on to his shoulders.)
TAILS: (gasps, then points straight ahead) Look Sonic! There's Scratch
SONIC: What? Where?
(He skids to a stop immediately, but quickly loses his balance as he trips
over a rock, falling flat on his face))
(TAILS is sent flying forward, and lands on GROUNDER'S head, bouncing off)
GROUNDER / TAILS: Oof!
GROUNDER: Whoa!! (arms flailing)
(He falls in the water, causing the toads to scatter. The chilidog is
now floating in the water)
SCRATCH: Aww... what a perfectly good waste of a dog!
(He turns around, looking down at TAILS.)
SCRATCH: (happily) Tails!
(Scratch tries to grab TAILS hand, but TAILS quickly flies overhead)
SCRATCH: (falls down on his hands and knees) Umph!
SONIC: (thinking) I forget that I'm in Scratch's body! It'll take lots of convincing
to make Tails know it's really me.
TAILS: (calling out) Sonic! They're over here!
SONIC: (slowly getting up) Ooohh... there's my beautiful body with Sonic
in it... ugh! (cringes) What a waste of good chicken looks on that
SCRATCH: (looking at SONIC, arms crossed) There's my beautiful bod with
Scratch's personality in it... ugh! (cringes) What a waste of
good hedgehog looks on that dweeb!
TAILS: (flies back over to SONIC) Let's get out of here!
SONIC: (hesitates) I dunno you little brat, I MEAN, Tails. I would love
to give (emphasis) SCRATCH a good one, two! (cracks knuckles) OoOoo...
funny noise! (shakes his wrists out)
TAILS: Scratch? What about Grounder?
SONIC: Umm... yeah, him too.
SCRATCH: Tails, you have to listen to me! I'm not really Scratch, I'm--
(GROUNDER reappears out of the water, plant life all over his robotic body)
GROUNDER: (interrupting) Scratch! What happened? (pulls the gunk off himself)
SCRATCH: (doesn't know how to answer) Uhh...
(Sonic leaps forward a few feet, all heroic-like, pounding his fist to
SONIC: Don't worry! I'll take care of Scratch!!
TAILS: (hovering, sighs) Sonic! You keep forgetting Grounder!
SONIC: Whatever! (throws his hands up) Time to do a spin!
(SONIC jumps up in the air, curls himself into a ball, then quickly falls
down on his butt)
SONIC: Ow! Gravity is not on my side.
TAILS: You gotta spin Sonic! That's why you call it a Sonic spin! (looks
back at SCRATCH and GROUNDER) This isn't the time or place, cuz
of those two! We're gone!
(TAILS grabs SONIC by the wrist and both fly away into the evening sky.
SONIC uses his free hand to cover his eyes, for Scratch is afraid of heights)
GROUNDER: (watching them leave) The boss isn't going to be too happy.
No toad, no reward!
(Scratch is in deep thought)
SONIC: (thinking) If I know Tails, they are probably heading back to camp.
I have to head back there myself without Grounder hanging around.
But how to get rid of him... (snaps fingers) Ah ha!
GROUNDER: (going back to toad hunting) Come on Scratch! We better find
a toad for Dr. Robotnik. (looking behind bushes, net ready)
SCRATCH: Yeah uh, listen Grounder, I thought of a way to get a toad, the
GROUNDER: Easy? Hmm... I'm not doing your dirty work!
SCRATCH: No you lugnut, go back to the fortress and get the Mind-Transfer
GROUNDER: Why do we need that Automaton to catch a toad?
SCRATCH: Doh! You don't get it, do you?
SCRATCH: (convincingly) We can use the M.T.A. to uh, track the toad that
is really Sonic!
GROUNDER: We can?! Oh boy! Dr. Robotnik will be especially happy I thought
of that! I'll be right back, wait here! (zips away)
SCRATCH: (wipes his brow) Whew! Fast thinking, Sonic! Now to speed over
to the camp and tell Tails what's really up! Maybe he can figure
out how to reverse the process.
(He runs in place, trying to gain speed and momentum)
SCRATCH: Up, over, and--
(But he only ends up slipping, kicking dirt in his face)
SCRATCH: Oof! Ahem! Kaff kaff! (wipes dirt off his face) Definatly NOT
gone! Gotta remember I'm a slow-mo now.
(He settles instead for a jogging pace off to the campsite)
WIPE TO - Campsite.
Scratch, in Sonic's body, paces around wildy. Tails just sits on a log
nearby, watching him pace.
TAILS: What's wrong, Sonic? Why are you so anxious?
SONIC: There's got to be a way we can DEFEAT Scratch... AND Grounder.
TAILS: Don't worry about it. (leans back on log) Those dingbots couldn't
catch us if their very life-datas counted on it.
SONIC: But we have to find a way to get that Mind-Transfer Automaton out
of their reach! Otherwise... uh, they'll destroy the world!
TAILS: I didn't see it with them eariler. Maybe they trashed it. Just
relax. It's not like you to worry over something that trivial.
("Scratch" gets annoyed, seeing that Tails isn't doing anything to help
SONIC: Dooh! (growl) If that's how you want it, then fine! I can get
that Automaton by myself! (turns and runs away)
(Tails sits back up on the log, watching him leave)
TAILS: Sonic?? Gee, I wonder what's the matter with him...
(Behind Tails, someone sneaks up. He turns his head around, only to be
cupped by two metal wings. He screams for help, but can only be muffled)
SCRATCH: Shh!! Tails, calm down! Stop! It's me, Sonic!
(Tails stops struggling and looks up)
SCRATCH: (lets him go) Yeah.
TAILS: (jumps to feet) Have your circuits gone haywire, Scratch?? You're
not Sonic! You're just a chick-brained robo-fowl!
SCRATCH: Tails, you gotta listen to me! I'm really Sonic! That automobile
thingy-ma-bob was some invention to switch my mind with Scratch's!
TAILS: Prove it!
(Scratch runs to the chili pot and grabs a chili dog)
SCRATCH: Into the mouth and through the gums, look out stomach, here it
(He twirls the chili dog into the air and shoots his tounge out, wrapping
it around the chili dog, and it flings right into his mouth, immediatley
SCRATCH: Yeah! When time is of the essance, I'm the essance of speed!
Way WAAAY past cool, right 'lil buddy? (winks)
TAILS: (mouth gaps) Wow! That really is you, Sonic! If I hadn't of made
dinner, you'd probablly end up as one of my spare parts!
SCRATCH: Yeah. Thanks for the dog, hog!
TAILS: No problem! (grows worried) But if YOU'RE Sonic... then who was
that blue hedgehog here a moment ago?
SCRATCH: Wuh oh! That's definatley Scratch! Where'd he go?
TAILS: He said he was gonna get that Mind Transfer thing...
SCRATCH: YIKES! That's at Robotnik's fortress! If Robotnik finds out
I'm Scratch, and he's me, I could be done for! I'm not as fast
and agile as I was in this bogus bot! We better get over there
double time, keed! Let's speed!
TAILS: (smiles) Right!
(He grabs "Sonic's" wing and flies away towards Robotniks' fortress)
SONIC SPIN TO - At the bottom of the mountain-side, while ROBOTNIK's fortress
(SONIC is seen zipping towards the mountains, covering his eyes)
SONIC: Bwak! I'm not use to thissssssaaahhh!
(SONIC collides right into GROUNDER)
(Both SONIC and GROUNDER have stars circle their heads)
SONIC: (jumps up on his feet) Grounder! It's me! Scratch!
GROUNDER: Oh no! I'm not falling for another one of your sneaky tricks!
(wheels behind the MTA, charging it up)
SONIC: No you numbskull! When you zapped Sonic before, you zapped me as well!
I'm really Scratch, stuck in the hedgehog's body!
GROUNDER: You expect me to believe that? (aims at SONIC) Prove it!
SONIC: How am I suppose to prove that?!
SCRATCH: (v.o) You better listen to him Ground-o, because for once he's telling
SONIC: The hedgehog!
(TAILS gently drops SCRATCH down on the ground, and lands beside him)
GROUNDER: Scratch! Come quick! I've got the hedgehog for good!
SONIC: Grounder, you are so dumb! ~I'M~ Scratch!
SCRATCH: And ~I'M~ Sonic!
GROUNDER: Prove it!
SONIC / SCRATCH: How are we suppose to prove it?!
TAILS: Hold it! I've got the solution!
(TAILS pulls a piping hot chilidog behind his back)
TAILS: Will the real Sonic the Hedgehog please step forward!
SONIC: Ewwww how gross! (gags)
SCRATCH: Look out everyone because my beak is smelling a chili dog!
(SCRATCH proudly devours the chili dog)
SCRATCH: (licking fingers) Yum! I'm getting the 'ol hog treatment today!
GROUNDER: (turns to SONIC, bewildered) You really ARE Scratch!
SONIC: What do you think I've been trying to tell you this whole time
TAILS: Now that we know whose who, how are we going to change you two back?
SCRATCH: There has to be some way to reverse the process. (looks at SONIC
and GROUNDER) You dumb bots zapped me, so you better know a way
to unzap me as well.
SONIC: (points at GROUNDER accusingly) He's the one who pulled the trigger,
GROUNDER: Aww gee, Scratch, I mean Sonic! I mean doh! I don't know!
SONIC: Only Dr. Robotnik might know how to change us back
SCRATCH: Yeah, but how to get Ro-butt-nik to do so without him knowing?
ROBOTNIK: Somebody call my name?
(ALL look up. Robotnik is hovering above them in the Egg-O-Matic)
GROUNDER: Hahahahaaa! Look, your deviousness! I caught the hedgehog and
SONIC: So did I!
GROUNDER: Nuh uh!
SONIC: Yeah huh! I'm the one that lead them here, needlenose!
GROUNDER: Yeah, well I... I... I'M Robotnik's favorite!
SONIC: Are not!
GROUNDER: Are too!
(Robotnik just watches them argue, looking a tad bit confused)
ROBOTNIK: Why are Sonic and Grounder squabbling like... Scratch and Grounder
GROUNDER: (hears the question) Because, your nastyness, the Mind-Transfer
Automaton switched the minds of Scratch and Sonic! And you can
humbly thank me for it.
SONIC: It was MY mind that switched with his, dingbot! He should be thanking
ROBOTNIK: (growls) You metal mess ups! Why should I thank you for that??
SONIC: Because, your mighty malicousness, look what I can do that Sonic
("Scratch" suddenly speeds off in a blue blur, racing around "Sonic" in
a fast pace. For once, Sonic can hardly keep up. Then "Scratch" plucks
one of "Sonic's" tailfeathers)
SONIC: Now you know how it feels, hedgehog!
("Scratch" then preforms the Sonic Spin, and plows hard into "Sonic", knocking
him far to the other end of the mountain. Tails quickly races to his
SONIC: Bahahahaaa! What do you say to that now, Robotnik?
ROBOTNIK: Impressive! Perhaps some good will come out of this! Close
in for the capture!
("Scratch" and Grounder close into "Sonic" and Tails. Grounder still wheels
the Mind-Transfer Automaton behind him)
TAILS: (shakes Scratch) Wake up, Sonic! You gotta do something!
("Sonic" is barely concious. Tails looks up worried)
TAILS: I guess it's up to me now. But what should I do? Wait...
(He looks at Grounder, seeing he's still wheeling up the M.T.A)
TAILS: (fake helpless) Oh no, Sonic! We're surrounded by the bots! Who
knows what they'll do to us now... Trap us inside Badniks? Throw
us off the cliff? Imprison us for all life? (smirks and emphasis)
Use their "big ray gun" on us?
GROUNDER: Good idea! (hits the red button on the Mind Transfer Automaton)
SONIC: (turns to Grounder) NO, YOU DIMBBOT!!!
(In a flash, Tails jumps up to "Scratch" and kicks him so he falls
towards "Sonic". The M.T.A goes off, and zaps both Sonic and Scratch again.
They both yelp out, and after awhile, the zapping effect wears off. They
both stand there, their heads smoking slightly. Then Scratch turns furious)
SCRATCH: You nimrod! If you zap him again, then... (looks down at self,
and face 'takes') Hey! I'm back! (cheers) Yay! I'm back!
I'm-- (suddenly gets shocked, as he realizes) Oh no! I'm back!
SONIC: Look who's back in the blue!
(Robotnik hovers down towards them)
ROBOTNIK: You metallic moron! You reverted their minds back! That means...
(Sonic jumps up onto the Egg-O-Matic)
SONIC: Everything's back to normal, and for good cause. Cuz I'm a bit
SONIC: Yeah... (looks down at the Egg-O-Matic panels) What does THIS
(He pushes a small button... and the Egg-O-Matic zips off with turbo thrusters.
Sonic immedatley leaps off, as Robotnik's Egg-O-Matic twirls and spins
out of control in the air)
ROBOTNIK: AHH!!!! I HATE THAT HEDGEHOG!!!
(Finally, he crash lands right into the Mind-Transfer Automaton, making
an explosion. Scratch and Grounder rush to his aid)
GROUNDER: Are you all right??
(they heave debris off the doctor, then gasp in fright. Robotnik is on
his hands and knees, crawling all over the ground, his mustache waving
around like antennas. Next to him is a small beetle)
BEETLE: You moronic mechas! Look what happened to me! Revert my body
back this instant! I'll have your circuits fried for this!
(Sonic and Tails walk off)
SONIC: Slick move there, 'lil bud! Your training definatley comes in handy.
TAILS: Hey, I learn from the best!
SONIC: And that would be, no doubt, the coolest, fastest, truest, bluest,
warp speed, fun loving hedgehog who's in a major hankering for an
extra chili, sliced diced onions, mondo on the cheese chili dog,
am I correct?
(Tails hugs Sonic)
TAILS: Now that's the Sonic I know and love!
SONIC: Ditto! And to quote that lovable Sonic we ALL love, we are UP,
OVER, and GONE!
(Sonic speeds away over the horizon, and Tails happily follows the REAL