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Discuss: The Great Log Running Game
« Reply #20 on: March 18, 2008, 09:44:01 AM »
The great log running game is another of the six episodes I saw last year already, but I don’t think I wrote about it back then.
The initial scene has Tops in the role of a somewhat clumsy “gentleman” as which we have seen him in LBT 11 already. The point may be arguable, especially with regard to the other things he says / does in this episode, but I still think one might count it as an example that he is not only the jerk as which some of you see him. I thought so much about Tops for a story that I doubt my view of him is “objective”, but with all his mistakes I don’t really believe that he can be reduced to the “jerk” as which he comes across in some of the episodes. Also note that he is making a little fun of himself and perhaps even about his “threehorns are best at anything” statement when he says about Tricia: “I’m glad someone believes me.”
Tria is so untouched by all that threehornism (Cera: “I’m a threehorn” Tria: “That’s what I’m afraid of”) that I’m wondering about her bringing up. She must have known Cera’s father before the original movie, which suggests that she had been in the lands that turned into the wastelands of the original movie. We saw the less hostile ways of different kinds interacting with each other only in the Great Valley and among herds of farwalkers who are likely to visit lush and green places frequently (thereby minimizing competition for food or other potential causes for rivalry). Is it possible that Tria was lucky to never get into a situation that broods the kind of racism shown by many threehorns? Or is it possible that her parents were extremely liberal? I don’t think we will ever know or be able to prove any theories, but she is certainly more easygoing than we might expect threehorns to be (not that this is a new realization. She already was more easygoing when she first appeared in LBT 11).
The episode is the first case I know in which the characters refer to their difference as four- respectively two-“fooders”. I find it interesting to see Ducky being very good at something, being well aware of it, and showing a playful kind of competitive spirit about it, challenging Chomper.
They translated a human idiom (what was the English version of it?) to dinosaur talk: “Don’t count your hatchlings before they hatch”. I think it might be very interesting to translate human idoms into dinosaur talk. We have had other words and phrases from human talk being translated into dinosaur talk before, but long idoms are more interesting. Picking up a “human” idioms dictionary and try to translate them into dinosaur talk may perhaps be an idea for a new game in the party room (funny how an episode about a game might give ideas about a game in the GOF ;)).
There are some somewhat strange phrases in the German translation. Not for the first time Littlefoot says “Das kannst Du knicken” which litteraly means “You can flex that” and is an idiom meaning so much as “no way” or “forget about it”. The use of the phrase sounds a bit strange as the phrase is probably a kind of temporary fashion used by few people. Perhaps it is fashionable among school children at the moment and they are trying to make the characters use their language so to speak.
Another funny thing about the German translation is that once Cera calls her dad “Papsy”, which I suppose is meant to be a “pet name” derived from “Papa”, but it sure sounds very much like “Topsy” and we know how much Cera likes that name.
The episode also reveals that Tricia, though unable to talk herself, is understanding even complex things “you bring some nice soothing mud and put it on the hurt”.
We saw Spike bringing down a tree for the log running game and Littlefoot asked him to do it rather than felling the tree himself. Is it possible that Spike is the strongest of the group? I don’t think it really matters, but usually we perceive him as a glutton while his “volume” may also provide him with more strength than Littlefoot or Cera.
As for bringing down trees, we saw Tops bring down several on his way to help Cera. Though it didn’t seem to slow him down it is a rather strange thing to do while one is in a hurry. Also I wonder if it wouldn’t provoke some protests from other dinosaurs if trees are being “senselessly slaughtered” like that. The dinosaurs are well aware of how long it takes for a tree to grow to a respectable size and I don’t suppose they would bring them down for the fun of it (at least not too often).

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« Reply #21 on: March 18, 2008, 10:37:22 AM »
Quote from: Malte279,Mar 18 2008 on  08:44 AM
We saw Spike bringing down a tree for the log running game and Littlefoot asked him to do it rather than felling the tree himself. Is it possible that Spike is the strongest of the group? I don’t think it really matters, but usually we perceive him as a glutton while his “volume” may also provide him with more strength than Littlefoot or Cera.
 
I was wondering about this.  It surprised me Littlefoot did not help Cera walk back home, as he is the most protective of his friends.  Perhaps Spike is stronger than him?  I guess it would be difficult to fully bear another individual's weight along with one's own weight :rolleyes:.

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« Reply #22 on: March 18, 2008, 10:59:43 AM »
It seems that Spike is the strongest, for now, though eventually Littlefoot will be.  Though this may not be till sometime during their fast growth time (teenage years in human terms).  

It does seem wasteful to knock down trees as often as Threehorn does. And knocking down a lot of tree sweets since his mate (never can remember which is her name and which is the hatchling) or Cera wants just 1 treesweet.  He has gone on often how wasteful other dinos are but he seems to be among the most wasteful of them.  Along with maybe the domeheads (at least seen in the bitten into, vanishing, tree sweets around their feet seen during Cera's mad song.  In which they vanish also.)

It seems likely that her parents were more open minded then Threehorn's parents.  Maybe a reason Threehorn and she lost contact.  Their parents may have had some sort of fight or something and the moved away somewhere.

To bad no one is brave enough to ever call Threehorn on that threehorns can do anything (including fly like Petrie or his mother can?) or how wasteful he is if he mentions how wasteful others are.

It does make sense that 4 footers may be best a certain things and 2 footers at certain things.  Neat that Ducky discovered a skill she had and made up a new game.

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« Reply #23 on: April 21, 2009, 11:16:59 PM »
Not to mention the animators screwed up on the part where they missed and draw Cera next to littlefoot instead of Spike.  Not only that Topsey was telling Cera bunch of crap on how threehorn can do anything if they set their mind to do it, later he said something completely different.  Seriously if Topsey Knew if somethings weren't meant to be than why did he correct himself sooner instead of put all the wrong on Cera?  :mad the nerve of him.

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« Reply #24 on: April 21, 2009, 11:29:47 PM »
I doubt he can admit that he is wrong and that there are certain things that threehorns can't do.  Though there would be certain things, & he never seems to learn or if he does he quickly forgets so they can repeat the lesson at a later time.

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« Reply #25 on: March 05, 2014, 05:53:52 PM »
Well, this episode was basically okay. Nothing that surprises or excites me and nothing that annoys me so it should be fine :)

The Log Running Game was actually quite funny to watch and Cera's situation was somewhat amusing :smile.
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« Reply #26 on: November 29, 2019, 02:08:31 AM »
I thought it was a boring episode. It seemed like filler - nothing really happened. There wasn't a lot of character development. No huge event that happened. Just the gang running on logs for 22 minutes. It's nice to know that the gang can actually get injured. I kind of miss the days when there was actual violence, too (Doc vs. T. Rex, Chomper's parents vs. the Giganotosaurus, Littlefoot's mom vs. T. Rex)...and I didn't really like how Cera's ankle was instantly healed, either. I did notice that Cera's dad was far less harsh than in the movies. I hope he doesn't stay that way.
Yeah, I agree. On one hand, I think it's good for a series to have lower-key episodes sometimes. And the log running game was an interesting concept, at least, but the episode itself was a little dull.

And of course one of the gang is in danger right towards the end. I thought it was weird the way Topsy couldn't even budge the big boulder on his own, but when Littlefoot and Spike helped him, the thing easily tipped. I mean come on :p
Agreed here too. And for that matter, why didn't Topsy back up and take a running charge at it? Surely that would've helped.

And I agree with your last post Ratiasu. It would be better if there was a large journey that extended over the course of about 4 episodes or so.
Once again, I agree. Having a story arc unfold across multiple episodes would be nice to see.

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Isn't it strange that we should cheer injury?
Heh, yea I know, it was kind of a joke :p

Yea that would make for an interesting twist if one of the gang was injured severely.
Agreed x4.

I felt bad for Cera. The episode had a good moral message, but still, I kinda wanted to see her figure out a way to participate in the game. Likewise, it annoyed me that Topsy was the one who got Cera going in the first place by giving her that egocentric speech and song about how threehorns can do everything and anything. :rolleyes Although at the end, he seemed to realize that he was somewhat accountable.

More great dialogue:

Ducky: "First, you get on the log. This is the hard part. Then, you stand up. This is the harderer part. Do not fall off. The harderest part is next. Now, you start running on top of the log. The fasterer the betterer. Now I am going faster and fastester."

Tria: "Remember Topsy; you were young once too."
Topsy: "I was? ... Huh."
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« Reply #27 on: June 21, 2020, 01:34:50 AM »
Saw the episode again today. Although I don't really have much to add beyond what I said last time. The one scene that I did think was cute and touching was the way Cera and Topsy look at each other silently after he rescues her from the river and lifts her up.

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Alright, I guess that's it then. See you guys at the next episode. :P
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