- 1. All right, David, go on up.
- 2. Ah! Oof!
- 3. And that's what happened last year
when I tried to audition for The Warblers.
- 4. I never even made it to the stage.
- 5. That's why I play percussion.
- 6. But you guys can actually sing.
- 7. - You should be warming up your voices.
- Good idea.
- 8. What?
- 9. You're an amazing singer!
- 10. Thank you.
I really hope I make it in this year.
- 11. I'm sure you'll make it.
You've got nowhere to go but up this time.
- 12. How can you be so sure?
- 13. David, you're next.
- 14. Take your time. Mind your step.
- 15. He cleared the potted plant.
- 16. Now all he has to do is sing, and he's in.
- 17. Ah! It's in my mou—
- 18. Oh, David.
- 19. The way I see it,
this was your best audition yet.
- 20. You made it all the way onto the stage.
- 21. And yet I still managed
to humiliate myself.
- 22. Come on,
there are three more days of auditions.
- 23. - You should go again.
- I agree.
- 24. Remember that old saying,
"If at first you don't succeed..."
- 25. "Try to pretend it never happened."
- 26. Promise you'll audition again
for The Warblers?
- 27. I promise I'll think about it.
- 28. Hey, boy!
- 29. I missed you, too.
- 30. Are you lonely without Mum
sitting there drawing all day?
- 31. Mm.
- 32. Come on, let's go visit her
at the new job.
- 33. There you go.
Let me know if you need anything else.
- 34. - Mum!
- 35. How was your tryout for The Warblers?
- 36. I think I did okay.
- 37. But David,
he got onto the stage and then he—
- 38. Excuse me,
but where is your troll repellent?
- 39. Camping gear, aisle 2.
- 40. - So, now, what happened with David?
- Um, uh, do you work here, miss?
- 41. Yes. How may I help you?
- 42. Uh, well, there's a giant creature
stalking Trolberg, comes out after dark.
- 43. Flashlights? Aisle 13.
- 44. There's a spill in aisle 7.
- 45. It's sticky and it's spreading.
That's all I know.
- 46. Okay, I'll get the mop.
- 47. Sorry it's so busy here.
- 48. Only an hour till closing time.
- 49. Why don't you go over
to the library till then?
- 50. Okay.
- 51. Oh!
Is anybody even working here?
- 52. I'll be with you in just one moment.
- 53. "Edmund 'the Troll Slayer' Ahlberg:
An Unauthorized Biography."
- 54. Come on, Twig.
Let's find a cozy place to read.
- 55. What is it, boy?
- 56. Whoa!
- 57. This must be
where they keep the good stuff.
- 58. "How to Aid and Keep
Thy Friends Forever." Huh.
- 59. I guess nobody's opened this one
in a while, huh, boy?
- 60. "You can solve a host
of vexing problems for your friends
- 61. with these spells and charms."
- 62. That sounds helpful.
- 63. Let's see. "How to banish a boil."
- 64. Ugh!
- 65. "How to wilt a wart."
No, thank you.
- 66. Oh! "How to ensure a friend's success
in a chosen endeavor."
- 67. Now that's interesting.
Maybe I should try this one on David,
- 68. just to help him get through
his next Warblers audition.
- 69. I know it's a long shot,
and you can't believe everything you read.
- 70. It's a lot of instructions.
- 71. How did you find this room?
- 72. Just looking around.
Am I not supposed to be in here?
- 73. Mmm. Well, I guess it's okay.
- 74. But these books are not for circulation.
- 75. And leave the reshelving to me, got it?
- 76. Got it.
- 77. All I really need is this one page.
- 78. What the...?
- 79. All right, boy.
Let's see what it says.
- 80. "This enchantment is easily performed
by the inexperienced novice."
- 81. That's me!
- 82. "It requires naught
but an enchanted tide mouse."
- 83. Whatever that means.
- 84. "Step one:
- 85. acquire enough of your friend's hair
to fashion a small net.
- 86. Step two: procure an item
belonging to your friend
- 87. that represents
the undertaking in question."
- 88. I'll get us a snack.
- 89. "Make sure it is sized to fit
into the aforementioned net of hair."
- 90. - His whistle. Perfect!
- I got cookies!
- 91. "Step three: go to a tide pool.
- 92. Place the hair with the item at the edge.
- 93. Chant these words out loud with vigor."
- 94. Huxar fi constuffia
Huxar hasla hagot schluvina
- 95. Okay, well, we did
everything it said to do.
- 96. Now we're supposed to leave it be
until the light of dawn.
- 97. Come on, boy!
Let's go see if we've got a tide mouse.
- 98. Oh, well, that was a fun thing to try,
but I'm not surprised it didn't work.
- 99. Let's go.
- 100. Hold on, Twig.
- 101. If you're not an enchanted tide mouse,
then I don't know what is.
- 102. Okay, we've made it
to the last step.
- 103. "Deliver the enchanted tide mouse
to your friend.
- 104. Due to the power of the enchantment,
- 105. the tide mouse shall remain unseen to all
but the enchanter."
- 106. Seems like a stretch, doesn't it?
- 107. You're up early.
- 108. What? Do I have a bug
on my head already?
- 109. No, no bug.
You're totally fine.
- 110. Phew!
- 111. Want some breakfast?
- 112. You know, I've been thinking
about giving The Warblers one more try.
- 113. Sure, I've had two disastrous auditions,
but third time's a charm, right?
- 114. Right!
- 115. Well, David,
that was surprisingly... wonderful!
- 116. Welcome to The Warblers.
- 117. See you tomorrow for our first rehearsal.
- 118. Really? Wow!
- 119. Okay, see you then!
- 120. Hey, boy!
- 121. Hilda, I got off early from work today.
- 122. I thought we could have tea
and play a game of Dragon Panic
- 123. if that sounds good to you.
- 124. Definitely!
- 125. We haven't played it at all
since we moved.
- 126. Things have been a bit hectic.
- 127. Here, I made us a new scorecard.
- 128. Your doodles are the best, Mum.
- 129. Thanks!
I can't help myself.
- 130. I miss seeing you at your drawing table.
- 131. I just haven't been able to get
any design work in Trolberg.
- 132. So it's the hardware store for now.
- 133. But my luck will change soon...
- 134. I hope.
- 135. Oh, I'm sure of it.
- 136. Mum, you're home!
- 137. Hilda!
- 138. You're never gonna believe this.
- 139. I've been hired
by the Trolberg Bellmakers Corporation
- 140. as a graphic designer
on their citywide ad campaign.
- 141. So, no more hardware store?
- 142. Nope. This job is huge.
- 143. They're rolling out a whole new line
of personal-use bells.
- 144. Jingle bells, sleigh bells, bicycle bells,
- 145. dinner bells, doorbells, cowbells,
you name it.
- 146. This is kind of a dream come true.
- 147. And it just came out of nowhere.
- 148. We need to talk.
- 149. You're the expert on all things weird,
- 150. so maybe you could explain
what's going on with David.
- 151. He seems fine to me.
Better than fine, even.
- 152. Trust me, he's not himself.
- 153. There's this occasional creepy-eye thing.
- 154. Bizarre noises.
- 155. And I swear I saw
steam rising from his head.
- 156. Do you have any idea
what could be going on?
- 157. Not really.
- 158. Oh, those are all classic symptoms
- 159. But who would enchant him?
- 160. Well, I may have used
a little enchantment on him.
- 161. What?
- 162. But it's not a dangerous one.
- 163. It's from a library book,
for goodness sake.
- 164. Uh, did this book say anything
- 165. about potential downsides
to the enchantment?
- 166. To be honest,
I just copied the page I needed.
- 167. I didn't read the rest of it too closely.
- 168. Did you follow up on footnote number 35?
- 169. Uh, no. I was kind of in a rush.
- 170. Never, ever ignore a footnote.
- 171. We need to check it immediately.
- 172. I didn't know this room even existed.
- 173. Libraries are thrilling temples
of the unexpected!
- 174. Here it is. "How to Aid
and Keep Thy Friends Forever."
- 175. Okay, let's find out what it says
in the footnote.
- 176. There!
- 177. It's a whole page of info!
- 178. It's probably just a lot
of blah, blah, blah, right?
- 179. I mean, who would put
anything important in the footnote?
- 180. Whoever wrote this book,
- 181. Uh, side effects include blanked-out eyes,
- 182. or a fine mist rising
from the enchantee's scalp,
- 183. typical signs that the soul is preparing
to be forfeited to the enchanter
- 184. for all eternity.
- 185. You're stealing their souls!
- 186. Oh, no! That's horrible!
- 187. Oh, I guess that's one way
to keep your friends forever.
- 188. This is not at all what I meant to do.
Please tell me there's a way to stop it.
- 189. Hold on. It looks like there's
some kind of 30-day trial period.
- 190. "If the enchanted tide mouse is returned
by the end of the 30 days,
- 191. the enchantment is broken.
- 192. Please be advised
that the official disenchantment
- 193. requires certain actions
on the part of all involved."
- 194. Such as what?
- 195. - It doesn't say.
- Is there another footnote?
- 196. No, but...
- 197. Aha! There is an asterisk.
- 198. Yes!
"See appendix one for instructions."
- 199. That is the tiniest fine print
I've ever seen.
- 200. It's a masterpiece
of confusing clauses, that's for sure.
- 201. What does it say we have to do?
- 202. "Step one: the witch must first perform—"
- 203. Wait! We need a witch to make this work?
- 204. W— We don't know any witches.
- 205. Hilda, you cast the spell.
That makes you the witch.
- 206. What? No.
- 207. I'm afraid yes.
- 208. "The witch must first perform
this chant out loud with vigor,
- 209. but it only works
if you do it at moonrise.
- 210. Once the disenchantment has begun,
- 211. it must be completed within an hour
in order to take effect."
- 212. Oh! There's a footnote
to the asterisk of the footnote!
- 213. "Do not forget to feed
the disenchanted tide mouse
- 214. a small morsel of bread at the end,
or it will never leave you in peace."
- 215. - Good to know.
- The 30 days are almost over.
- 216. We've already missed moonrise for tonight.
- 217. Then tomorrow night's our last chance.
- 218. - During The Warblers' concert?
- I'll keep an eye on the clock.
- 219. When it's time for moonrise,
- 220. I'll signal you by striking
my triangle three times,
- 221. then you can break out the chant.
- 222. But I'll be on stage
in front of an audience
- 223. for the first time in my life.
- 224. - I'm going to seem a little crazy.
- You're going to seem a lot crazy.
- 225. Welcome back!
- 226. What a great evening
of fund raising and frivolity.
- 227. And now, for our grand finale,
"Sparrow Scouts Forever."
- 228. Rot cavoya nin feultay
- 229. With vigor!
- 230. Rot cavoya nin feultay
- 231. Ah!
- 232. It's a mouse! it's a mouse! Run!
- 233. Ah! Please help me!
- 234. Jonathan, get it off!
- 235. Ooh, I've got one!
- 236. - Hilda, what is going on?
- I'll explain on the way.
- 237. Hurry!
- 238. So, you cast an enchantment,
and now our souls are in mortal danger?
- 239. N— Not if we finish
the disenchantment before the hour is up.
- 240. I don't feel so good.
- 241. You're starting
to take possession of their souls.
- 242. Oh, no. Mum?
- 243. What just happened?
- 244. Say this chant twice.
- 245. Lo fesi jalvali. Got it?
- 246. Ready?
- 247. Lo fesi jalvali, lo fesi jalvali
- 248. Hilda, I know you meant well,
but what were you thinking?
- 249. I thought I'd found a way
to give you guys a lucky break, that's all.
- 250. Well, that's...
That is very sweet.
- 251. But also deeply terrifying.
- 252. I'm sorry.
- 253. Next time, I promise
to read all the footnotes.
- 254. I forgot the very last step.
- 255. Here you go.
- 256. Now, be free!
- 257. Well, I could use a cup of tea
and a cucumber sandwich.
- 258. Anybody with me?
- 259. - I am.
- Me, too.
- 260. Let's go home.