Harold and April
I created the Scratch animation Harold and April as my response to a project to create an interactive ethical story. An ethical story is a story that has a moral to be taught through the decisions made by the characters in the story. At the end of the story the characters learn a lesson and get the lesson out to the reader on how they should make the right decisions and then the character gets the moral of the story across to the reader throughout the story.
My story is about two twins named Harold and April who have a loving father and an evil stepmother who shows no affection towards the twins. They twins are very kind children but the stepmother, Clarissa, wants to get rid of the two children because she finds them to be useless and she wants to be able to live without sharing the same roof with those two children. She believed that it was because of the two children that she couldn’t eat like she should. The father, Jonathan, is a lumberjack who is struggling to get everyone to eat, especially his children and his demanding wife who does nothing but complain. Until one day there was an offer made by the step-mother, that the father should send the children away to the forest where they will most likely be eaten by a bear. The father has to choose whether he should or shouldn’t send his children away to the forest. If he does decide to send the children in the forest, the children will be very hungry and they will meet these two ogres who try to eat them. They have to decide whether to help them or not because they are total strangers. If they do the ogres will run away because of the knight in shining armor that comes to save them and if the children don’t agree then they will find a way home.. If he doesn’t send his children into the forest, they will all go on a fishing trip where the mother disappears and is never to be seen again. And they all live happily ever after.
My story was inspired by thinking of candy because it was the week before winter break and I was thinking about these Willy Wonka candy canes. I decided on my story by thinking of all the times I have talked to strangers that are very kind people, but not all of them are who we think they are. I knew that Hansel and Gretel met the witch who had tempted them with her house made of sweets and even though she was a complete stranger they had accepted her offer of being her guests. I got the idea from a website where the story from Grimms Fairy Tales. Here is the website http://www.mordent.com/folktales/grimms/hng/hng.html.
I think I was successful in creating my story because I was able to complete all of the requirements and I came with all of the possible scenarios. The scratch story itself was at least 3 minutes and it was. The whole story’s outcome is affected by the decisions made by the player.