When Angela catches a cold bug and is unable to read to the kindergartners, the boys help out by offering their patented screwball take on a timeless fairy-tale.
Title: "Pup In Boots"
Story (out of 24 pages): 24 p.
Writer: Jonathan M. Sweet, Jean-Kate Costman, M. Jane Watson
Penciller: Jason W. Keane, J. M. Sweet
Letterer: Shane T. Eaton
Colorist: Annette T. "Jo" Shaw
Angela has promised to read books to the first-graders at Apex Elementary, but that morning she comes down with a terrible cold. Not wishing to disappoint the kids, Jon agrees to take her place for the afternoon.
However, the approved reading list, which is made up of old standards like "Puss In Boots", "Jack and the Beanstalk", and "Alice in Wonderland", is fast deemed "boring" and "old-hat.. He seeks help from his old pal Josh, who decides to use his "Guttenbergitator 4000"--actually parts of a copy machine attached to a hot water heater and a wood chipper--to create a "new" classic. The books (along with a few stray dog hairs) are fed into the machine, which scans and fuses the books together into a single madcap volume called "Pup in Boots".
It is the story of Pup (who looks remarkably like Buddy) and his "poor but happy" owner Jackie (Marcie), who have naught to their name but an old dried-up cow and a pair of old but serviceable heirloom boots. Pup dons the boots, and is told he must deliver the cow to market and return with the money. On the way he runs into a host of bizarre fairy-tale denizens including the Cheshire Cat, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, The Mad Hatter and the March Hare, and Tweedledum and Tweedledee (all of which look oddly familiar). Pup eventually gets to the market, but is swindled by a fast-talking salesman (who looks similar to Pat Buttram of Green Acres fame) into purchasing worthless magic beans. However, the beans grow into a beanstalk, at the top of which lives a surprisingly enterprising giant (Dung Tung Wu) who has plans to get rich cooking up all the poor cows his partner has swindled away from the poor, gullible villagers. Can Pup stop the gladhanded giant, or will he wind up a morsel of mutt meat stuck between the monster's mighty molars?
The fairy-tale landscape looks very similar to the sets of a number of Sid and Marty Krofft programs, including H.R. Pufnstuff and The Buggaloos. The Cheshire Cat even sounds very similar to Charles Nelson Reilly, who played the evil magician HooDoo in Lidsville.
The troll's coloring, physique and Scottish accent are very reminiscent of Shrek, which also included a Puss in Boots character.