Western Animation / Really Rosie
A 1975 animated television special created by Maurice Sendak (based on some of his children's booksnote
) and performed by Carole King
, which was later adapted into an off Broadway play.
Rosie (voiced by King) is a young girl who lives on Brooklyn's Avenue P and dreams of stardom. She decides she wants to make a movie about her life (in particular the "demise
" of her brother, Chicken Soup), and demands that her friends (Kathy, Pierre, Alligator, and Johnny, aka The Nutshell Kidsnote
) all perform a "screen test" to get themselves a role. Each of these turns into a Disney Acid Sequence
depicting a story from one of Sendak's Nutshell Library
books, with Rosie singing.
First up, Johnny performs "One Was Johnny", a counting song in which Johnny finds himself driven to distraction by various intruders in his home, including a rat, a cat, a dog, a turtle, a bird, a tiger, a monkey, and a thief. Eventually he loses his temper and insists that if they don't depart immediately he will eat all of them. The creatures flee, leaving Johnny by himself, which he enjoys. Rosie praises Johnny's performance.
Next, Alligator (an actual alligator
) insists on auditioning, by performing "Alligators All Around" an alphabet song based around Added Alliterative Appeal
and producing related items from a Bag of Holding
. Rosie is less receptive of this performance, stating "Don't call us, we'll call you".
Pierre doesn't want anything to do with Rosie's film, and insists that he doesn't care
what happened to Chicken Soup. Rosie tricks him by implying that Chicken Soup was in fact eaten
, and Pierre enthusiastically tells his own life story, "Pierre". In it, he is a willful brat who announces "I don't care!" in response to everything
and refuses to behave. A lion threatens to eat him, but he still claims not to care. After he is eaten, Pierre's parents find the lion sick in Pierre's bed, with their son's voice still saying "I don't care!" from within. Turning the lion upside down frees Pierre, who decides he cares after all.
A thunderstorm breaks out, and the Nutshell Kids flee indoors, where Rosie finally tells them what happened to Chicken Soup; he prepared a bowl of soup, didn't notice a small bone within, and choked to death. The kids decide to act this out, and Chicken Soup himself enters and wonders why everyone is lying down.
Rosie insists that he audition as well, and the others want to join in. The entire group performs "Chicken Soup With Rice", a song which celebrates the titular dish in a different way for every month of the year. After they finish, Rosie tells her friends that they can all
be in her movie, but by now they have lost interest and go their separate ways. Rosie nonetheless decides that her film has been a great success.Has nothing to do with
Rosie O'Donnell, or Roseannenote
The Animated Special Contains The Following Tropes: