MO R7 Jason Corlett VS Leda Kat - "The ant and the grasshopper" . Round 7! . For this final round of the 2011 MocOlympics , I am competing with the impossibly awesome Leda Kat in the category of "Aesopís Fables" (The ancient Greek storyteller told many fables with a moral lesson that could be expressed explicitly by a maxim. Choose one of his fables and recreate it as a scene or story.)
This round has me extremely nervous because Leda is pretty much the MASTER of storytelling Mocs! And, of coarse, the category is based on storytelling.
So, since my thing is sci-fi, I was desperately looking for a loophole somewhere that would allow me to build something sci-fi. Sadly, the closest thing I could find was insects. In the end I decided to do "the ant and the grasshopper".
The next problem I ran into was that the original Aesop's fables are lacking in the story department. They tend to be short and to the point. I ended up choosing a rewrite of the original story by Rohini Chowdhury.
Anyway, on with the story!
Once there lived an ant...
and a grasshopper in a grassy meadow.
All day long the ant would work hard, collecting grains of wheat from the farmer's field far away.
She would hurry to the field every morning, as soon as it was light enough to see by...
and toil back with a heavy grain of wheat balanced on her head.
She would put the grain of wheat carefully away in her larder, and then hurry back to the field for another one. All day long she would work, without stop or rest, scurrying back and forth from the field, collecting the grains of wheat and storing them carefully in her larder.
The grasshopper would look at her and laugh. 'Why do you work so hard, dear ant?' he would say. 'Come, rest awhile, listen to my song. Summer is here, the days are long and bright. Why waste the sunshine in labour and toil?'
The ant would ignore him, and head bent, would just hurry to the field a little faster.
This would make the grasshopper laugh even louder. 'What a silly little ant you are!' he would call after her. 'Come, come and dance with me! Forget about work! Enjoy the summer! Live a little!'
And the grasshopper would hop away across the meadow, singing and dancing merrily.
Summer faded into autumn, and autumn turned into winter. The sun was hardly seen, and the days were short and grey, the nights long and dark. It became freezing cold, and snow began to fall.
The grasshopper didn't feel like singing any more. He was cold and hungry. He had nowhere to shelter from the snow, and nothing to eat. The meadow and the farmer's field were covered in snow, and there was no food to be had. 'Oh what shall I do? Where shall I go?' wailed the grasshopper. Suddenly he remembered the ant. 'Ah - I shall go to the ant and ask her for food and shelter!' declared the grasshopper, perking up.
So off he went to the ant's house and knocked at her door. 'Hello ant!' he cried cheerfully. 'Here I am, to sing for you, as I warm myself by your fire, while you get me some food from that larder of yours!'
The ant looked at the grasshopper and said, 'All summer long I worked hard while you made fun of me, and sang and danced. You should have thought of winter then! Find somewhere else to sing, grasshopper! There is no warmth or food for you here!'
And the ant shut the door in the grasshopper's face.
It is wise to worry about tomorrow today.
The following pictures are detail shots of the bugs and the sets.
The meadow without the gargantuan insects. I'm not entirely happy with how the grass in the background turned out. What you see here is every 1 and 2 stud wide green plate that I own. Not quite enough to make believable looking grass unfortunately.
Here we have the farm.
the wheat field and the itty bitty ant.
The barn. I spent a solid hour looking through my collection for something I could use as a wind vane. Then I found that electric guitar, I was literally geeking out about it! Just perfect!
And every farm needs a farmer.
This is the Ant's house. I didn't have the parts to build an ant hill or even a house built into the side of a hill. So, I had to settle for an above-ground house instead. It's not too bad, but it's not really the kind of house I would imagine an ant living in.
The front of the house.
side of the house.
Another shot of the snow piled against the side of the house.
The sparse interior of the house.
It has a fireplace, though!
I don't know what happened here. The camera had a spaz of some kind and I got this photo of the ant. I uploaded it just because you can see all the parts nicely and it just looks cool!
Unfortunately, I couldn't recreate that last shot with the rest of them. I don't know!
I just love how the bugs heads turned out!
I know the story calls for a grain of wheat and not the whole thing. At this scale, a single grain of wheat would look boring. I figured that the whole head of wheat would look more interesting.
And this is obviously the grasshopper.
side of him.
and finally, his awesome head!
Well, I guess that's it. I'm kind of disappointed that the games are already over. We've all been battling it out for nearly three months now but it feels like we just started yesterday. This contest has really brought out the very best in everyone competing. The entries this year have been, in my opinion, the best they have ever been!
Also a HUGE thank you to our judges who have voted on 265 entries so far (soon to be 267)! Without them, this competition wouldn't even be happen. So, thank you for all you've done!
Last but certainly not least, I would like to congratulate Leda for all her hard work and wish her best of luck in this final round!