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Journey to the Christmas Star

( SOFT MUSIC PLAYING )

NARRATOR (V.O.): Once upon a time, a long, long time ago...

there was a beautiful princess named Goldenhair.

One Christmas, as the royal family was decorating their tree...

Princess Goldenhair asked her mother if she could place the Christmas Star...

shining in through the window, on top of the Christmas tree.

The Queen explained that the Christmas star was high up in the sky...

so it could shine for everyone on earth...

and, she added, it would always be there for you if you gave it your heart.

Thereupon the Queen gave her beloved daughter a heart of gold...

so that she would never forget this.

But the King had a cousin, whose greatest wish was to become king himself.

For that to transpire, the King and Queen would have to die childless.

The Count sought help from the evil Witch.

That evening, the Count told Goldenhair...

that she could indeed possess the Christmas Star...

if only she gave it the golden heart her mother had given her.

Later that night, Goldenhair snuck out into the dark forest to find the Christmas Star.

The evil Witch awaited her in the forest and she cast a spell...

thereby making Goldenhair vanish.

The King, fearing the worst, searched the kingdom for his beloved daughter...

but she was nowhere to be found.

The Queen's heart was broken and she died of grief.

In his despair, the King cursed the Christmas Star, blaming it for all his misfortunes.

At that moment, the Star disappeared...

and a cold darkness descended upon the kingdom.

But an ancient sage prophesied that if the King could find the Christmas Star...

before ten years had passed, Princess Goldenhair would return.

Those ten years are about to expire.

Today is Christmas Eve, and the King's last chance to find the Christmas Star...

in order for his beloved daughter to be returned to him.

( MUSIC CHANGES )

NARRATOR (V.O.): In a cabin in the forest, a young girl is held prisoner.

She's been there as long as she can remember.

Her greatest wish is to one day be free.

( SOFT MUSIC PLAYING )

( DOOR OPENS )

Sonja, I told you to wash the floor.

( THIEF MOTHER LAUGHING )

Sonja, where did you put the silver spoons, Sonja?

I put them with the other silverware that you saw yesterday.

Oh, did you? So you put them away without shining them?

No way.

Because if I want a decent price for these, then they've got to shine!

Do you hear me? Shine like a diamond, you rotten little--

Where do you think you're going?

You wanted me to shine the silver.

Just where do you think you're going, huh?

Down! Down! Kneel, kneel, lie down, you lazy bones, good-for-nothing!

You're trying to get out of your floor washing duties, aren't you? Well, not with me!

You don't know who you're playing with.

I'll teach you to be lazy!

As long as you refuse to work properly for your food...

you'll never get out, and you know that!

( SOMBER MUSIC PLAYING )

I'm not doing all the work myself, you wimps. God!

And stop whining, real thieves don't mill like babies, the way you two do.

( DOOR CREAKS OPEN )

Look what we have here.

Move!

Let me see, oh, oh, come, come, come, come.

Oh! Oh!

Look, Sonja, look what a good job they've done.

Doesn't it make you feel ugly and worthless, Sonja...

when you see how valuable you could have been to me?

Well, to be fair, this is all down to me, you know?

This lot did nothing.

( INDISTINCT DIALOGUE )

( DOOR CREAKS OPEN )

( DOOR CREAKS )

( DOOR CREAKS )

Oh!

( DOOR CREAKS OPEN )

What?

( THIEF MOTHER SCREAMS )

Scoundrel is fleeing! Get after her!

I've told you a thousand times, this door has to be locked all the time!

( YELLING )

( DRAMATIC MUSIC PLAYING )

Sonja! Come on, you nincompoops, help me out!

After her! Sonja, you miserable, little wench!

Stop!

Sonja, come back!

Ah! There!

You won't get away, Sonja!

( MUSIC CONTINUES )

She must be here!

Behind the blacksmith! There!

Move out of the way! Sonja!

When I find you!

There!

I've got you now! Sonja?

( TRIUMPHANT MUSIC PLAYING )

You look lovely today.

Thank you.

( MUSIC CONTINUES )

He seemed very interested in you.

You think?

It'll be nice to get in out of this cold.

( DRAMATIC MUSIC PLAYING )

There! After her!

You won't get away!

Stop!

( SOFT MUSIC PLAYING )

Oh, hi, Petrina.

Hi.

Look.

I, uh, I baked this for you.

I forgot the cheese. Could you go down to the cellar and get it?

Of course, but the astrologer is here and he asked for something to drink.

First the cheese.

Right away.

You know what I dreamt last night?

I dreamt that I stood under this mistletoe and then all of a sudden...

the most beautiful woman came towards me with blonde, wavy hair.

And lovely red lips.

( GASPS )

( MUSIC CONTINUES )

Ay, Sonja! Congratulations!

Thought you could get away from us, did you?

But I'm a bloodhound.

Take whatever you can find, fill up your sacks.

Oh, that looks good over there on the table.

Just grab as much as you can, we have to get out of--

Oh! Ha-ha!

Don't even think about it! You're gonna do what I say!

So take one of them hams hanging there and stick it down your coat.

It's time you learned how to steal. You have to start earning your keep!

I don't want to, and if you don't stop stealing right this instant...

I'll call the guards.

Keep your mouth shut or I'll beat you here on the spot!

Hey! Hey! Stop!

Come on!

Thieves on the castle grounds! After them! After them!

Stop them! I saw them stealing food in the larder!

Put me down! Put me down! It wasn't us, it wasn't.

( SOLEMN MUSIC PLAYING )

( SOFT MUSIC PLAYING )

( DOOR OPENS )

( THREE LOUD THUDS )

LORD CHAMBERLAIN (O.S.): Your Majesty!

The King!

( MAJESTIC MUSIC PLAYING )

Your Majesty.

Severin Augustus Galaksimus, step forward.

The Count says you're the best astrologer in the country.

In all the universe, there is no better astrologer, Your Majesty.

Therefore you'll be able to tell me where the Christmas Star is.

Nothing is impossible, but it could take a while.

Listen, our time is running out.

You are my last hope.

I beg you, as your king...

but most of all I beg you as a hopeless father.

I pray thee, help me.

Help me so I can see my daughter again, I want Goldenhair back.

I said it may take some time to find the Christmas Star...

that isn't to say it will take some time.

Then I would say, let us waste no more of our precious time.

Galaksimus, can you tell us where the star is?

Yes.

( ALL GASPING )

The Christmas Star has gone to Equuleus, Your Majesty.

To?

The little horse, or foal, if you will.

Uh-huh.

It will at this trajectory.

To Hydrus, wandering through to Musca...

before arriving at Piscis Austrinus.

Then it went in a semicircle back to the Herdsman.

That's my designation for it.

See here! It also rested briefly at Ursa Major.

No, I'm mistaken.

At Leo Minor, it took a brief halt.

Just as I predicted.

The Christmas Star migrated to the Hair of Berenice II of Egypt.

Hair? That means--

The Christmas Star can be found in Coma, Your Highness.

Coma?

Never heard of it.

It's right here, just between Ursa Major and M-64.

KING (O.S.): How fast can you bring the Christmas Star home?

ASTROLOGER (O.S.): What do you mean?

There's no point in having the Christmas Star in Coma, you have to fetch it.

Yes, Your Royal Majesty, I will do that.

( BRUNO BARKING )

Bruno.

Bruno! Come here!

Go see what he's up to.

Ah-ha!

This is one of the little miscreant thieves we caught today, Your Majesty!

I'm not one of them. Really, I'm not.

Well, now you're lying to the King?

SONJA (O.S.): I was trying to escape from them.

COUNT (O.S.): Is that a fact? Then what are you doing here in the King's castle.

They chased me in here, and I had to find a place to hide.

You again?

Do you know her?

I just met her down in the larder, Your Majesty.

That's what I've been trying to tell you, she's one of the thieves.

Guards, seize her, toss her into the dungeon.

But I haven't done anything wrong!

Really, that's the truth.

Uh, wait, she did actually try to stop the thieves, Your Majesty.

Is this true?

Yes, Your Majesty.

( BRUNO BARKS, WHINES )

Release her.

How are you called?

Sonja.

Your Majesty, this is starting to--

Yeah, enough.

You all know what you have to do.

I expect the Christmas Star to be here before the Christmas bell rings tonight.

Yes, Your Majesty, you can be sure of that.

And you, you come with me.

Come on.

Sonja, sit down.

No, not you, Bruno.

Sonja, sit down.

Why were you with these people?

They kept me prisoner, because I refused to steal for them.

Don't you have a family?

No.

What?

What about friends?

Well, you aren't going back to them.

I'll see to it they never bother you again.

Where will you go now?

I think I'll try and track down the star.

( CHUCKLES )

I've been searching for the star for nine long years, Sonja.

I've tried everything.

And have you tried giving it your heart?

My heart?

I was told you have to... give it your heart.

I don't think anyone wants my heart.

It became so ugly and black when I cursed the Christmas Star.

But... do you think it might want mine?

Yes, I do.

Then I will give it my heart.

( CHUCKLES )

Yes, if you found the Christmas Star, Sonja...

then I would probably give it my heart, as well.

But, we have to believe that the astrologer will do as he promised.

Are you hungry?

Petrina! Petrina!

Petrina!

Yes?

Could you see to it that our guest gets a few tasty morsels?

Farewell, Sonja.

Why don't you come with me. Do you have anything you particularly like eating?

( WHINES )

( SOFT MUSIC PLAYING )

So you promised the King you'd search for the Christmas Star?

Mm-hm.

( DOOR OPENS )

Here, take this.

So you don't freeze.

There.

Thank you.

Do you know which way to go?

Of course, I'll go to the left.

To the left?

Yes, that's where the heart is.

Promise you'll take good care.

Good luck, dear friend.

( DRAMATIC MUSIC PLAYING )

Can we trust this Galaksimus?

Oh, yes, he's promised to bring the star back safe and sound and in time, Your Majesty.

Yes, let us hope so.

He will do everything he can. I will see to that.

My Lord.

( DOOR OPENS, CLOSES )

( SOFT MUSIC PLAYING )

Very easy money.

I didn't know the King was that gullible.

Make sure nobody sees you on your way out.

His Majesty thinks you are halfway to the moon by now.

Mm.

( GASPS )

Can you just stop doing that?

We must discuss something.

I can inform you that everything this year is going to plan accordingly.

And the year before that, and the year before that.

We have a problem.

A positive one or negative?

Have you ever had a positive problem?

No.

I have heard stories that a young girl is on her way into the forest...

to search for the Christmas Star.

( SCOFFS )

What's so funny?

Sonja, I know who she is.

And you have no reason to fear.

She is nothing but a child.

The point is, as long as she searches, there's a chance she might find it.

And if the Christmas Star is found, we will have wasted nine years of hard work...

and you will never be king.

I hear what you're saying, but you have nothing to fear.

Absolutely nothing.

Well, you have something to fear...

because I am about three seconds from blasting more sense into your skull.

My dear, which...

of course, you are utterly right.

We can't take any more chances.

So what do we do now?

I want her stalked.

Who, me?

Yes.

( DRAMATIC MUSIC PLAYING )

( MUSIC CHANGES )

( MUSIC CHANGES )

Well...

People will come from all over the world to see my beauty.

Do you not believe that, you stinking, ugly raven?

You foul, foul-- I'll pluck you-- oh, hey, Mom.

You never listen to me, do you?

Do you think I should wear my hair up or down with this dress?

These ravens are never to be let out of their cage without my permission.

They are not play things.

They hate being locked up like that. They're going totally crazy.

All they can think of is being set free.

Soon you'll be allowed to leave.

I want out now, I can't stand it here anymore.

All in good time.

Now I want you to stay here and read.

Where are you going?

I have work to do.

I'm coming with you.

No.

Yes.

No.

Yes, I am!

No, you're not!

You're very eager to show off!

In defiance of all the ancient customs we know.

You must hide your powers, not flaunt them to anyone who comes by.

Learn to master your skills or they in turn become your master.

( OWL HOOTS )

( HOOTS )

The Christmas Star is in which direction?

( HOOTS )

( SOFT MUSIC PLAYING )

( GIRL MOANING )

( MOANING CONTINUES )

Are you caught?

And your name's what?

Sonja, and who are you?

Moss.

Hi, Moss.

I was just going to grab these rowanberries and then the door slammed shut.

( OMINOUS MUSIC PLAYING )

( OWL HOOTS )

What are you staring at, you old owl?

I've never seen you down here before.

Well, I'm looking for the Christmas Star.

Are you really?

Yes, do you know where it is?

( HORSE WHINNIES )

MOSS (O.S.): Someone's coming! Open the door!

Thank you, Sonja.

Here, let me help you.

How did you do that?

Gnome dust. Come!

Sonja.

Sonja, you can come out now.

Why are we?

Almost home.

Sonja, come out. I know you're here.

Come. Ssh.

How will I get big again?

I can hear you.

I'm sure she's here.

( SLURPING )

Delicious.

It just needs a little spice.

Let me add some juniper.

This is where I live.

You have a cozy home.

( GASPS )

What is this about?

Have you brought a mortal being home with you?

And such a wee specimen of a mortal being at that.

What are you using gnome dust again?

Speak up, or has the cat got your tongue?

This is Sonja.

Sonja.

I like your house.

Oh?

I was stuck and she helped me get out.

You got trapped again?

It was a bird trap with berries in it.

What have I told you about bird traps?

That was very kind of you, Sonja, to help Moss.

Bless you for that.

Many blessings.

Many times, times many.

Times many.

Times many thank yous.

It's nice that I could help.

And what's a girl like you doing out by herself on your leave?

She's looking for the Christmas Star.

Oh...

Oh, your-- only Father Christmas knows...

where the Christmas Star can be found.

And where is he?

Oh, uh-- eh-hem.

Well, firstly you'd have to fly on the North wind in order to get there.

And the journey to the North wind's mountain is too long...

and dangerous for a little mortal being like yourself.

Moss, take her outside and make her big again.

Oy.

But I have to find the Christmas Star.

I'm afraid that's just not possible, my dear.

Eh-hem, could you taste this?

Taste?

With pleasure.

Moss, come here.

Get help from the Great Bear.

Do you know about the Christmas Star?

Sweet bitters?

Sweet bitter?

Bittersweet.

Bittersweet.

Bitter.

Ay, bitter.

Bitter, bitter.

Bitter.

Bitter.

Bitter.

Ah, not sweet bitter, but--

Remember that and be careful.

Bitter, the better.

Bitter.

Come.

Ah!

Bitter.

Grandpa knows someone who can help you, but you'll owe me a favor.

I'll do anything.

Will you put a bowl of Christmas porridge on the stoop for me when you return?

Christmas porridge?

I've never tasted Christmas porridge before.

The mortal beings have forgotten we gnomes exist.

I won't forget you, Moss, I promise.

Come.

Big Bear is asleep in there.

He can bring you to the North wind in no time at all.

( SNORING )

But I can't wake him while he's hibernating.

Sure you can, just smile sweetly and say hi for me.

But be prepared, he may be a little grumpy so you know.

He usually doesn't wake up for another several months.

Take this, he loves blueberries.

Are you sure this is a good idea?

Good idea? No, not at all.

But this is the only way for you to ever get to the Christmas Star.

I don't have a choice.

Sonja.

You're too wee to meet Big Bear.

So long, Sonja.

Goodbye, Moss.

( SNORING CONTINUES )

( SNIFFING )

( GROANS )

( GROANS )

Look, lovely blueberry pie.

Yum, yum.

It could be yours if you help me.

( SNARLING )

I need your help.

I have to get to the North wind.

What do you need him for?

I need to find the Christmas Star.

The Christmas Star, why should I help you with that?

I should say hello to you from Moss.

And give you this.

Sweet.

Climb up on my back, Sonja.

Hold on tight.

( TRIUMPHANT MUSIC PLAYING )

( MUSIC CHANGES )

Find out where they are.

The North wind tends to fly by up there.

Around this time.

Thanks for your help.

Have faith in yourself, Sonja and I'm sure you'll find the star.

Good luck, Sonja... and farewell.

Goodbye.

( HORSE NEIGHING )

She's got to be around here somewhere.

( RAVENS CAWING )

( DRAMATIC MUSIC PLAYING )

Agh, you blustering, mangy crows!

( WIND BLOWING )

( KNOCK ON DOOR )

( DOOR OPENS )

I still haven't heard from that astrologer.

That can't be good, can it?

Everything will be fine.

We still have time before the Christmas bells ring.

Try to eat, my Lord.

Thank you, Petrina, thank you.

( DRAMATIC MUSIC PLAYING )

( MUSIC CHANGES )

( GHOSTLY BREATHING )

Are you the North wind?

Yes, who wants to know?

Father Christmas, do you know where he is?

He is utterly incompetent.

What in the front fr--

Would you stop doing that?

Sonja is being helped by the North wind.

( SNARLING )

Solution oriented as always, I see.

Here, take this.

Climb onto it and then say the following.

Tabernus super teram.

Come on!

Tabernus trooper teram.

Agh!

It's not working.

Jump on if you dare.

Jump on what?

You're not afraid, are you?

I should jump from right here?

Just jump from where you're standing, I don't have time for this.

Tabernus trooper teram.

Tabernus super teram.

That's what I said the whole time.

Tabernus super teram.

Now go and get her and don't look down.

Remember, you're afraid of heights.

Whoa, whoa, whoa!

NORTH WIND (O.S.): Come, jump if you want to join me, you must jump now.

Whoa!

NORTH WIND (O.S.): Hold on tight.

( DRAMATIC MUSIC PLAYING )

( MUSIC CHANGES )

( CHUCKLES )

You'll never get away, Sonja.

No!

I've got you now!

You don't stand a chance!

( SCREAMING )

( DRAMATIC MUSIC CONTINUES )

( GASPS )

Whoa!

D'oh!

( SOFT MUSIC PLAYING )

Dera super nova!

Sera super ano!

( YELLING )

This is the North Pole where Father Christmas lives.

Get ready to roll off.

NORTH WIND (O.S.): Well done, Sonja. Fare thee well.

Thank you.

Goodbye.

NORTH WIND (O.S.): Goodbye.

COUNT (O.S.): Open the door, you pea brains!

Get out of my way! Imbeciles!

What's his problem?

( GRUMBLING )

Did you catch her?

No!

No.

No, what did you expect asking me to use a piece of stupid wood for transportation?

You are thoroughly incompetent.

Don't give me that with this garbage!

You are utterly capable of performing any task I give you.

WITCH (O.S.): Anything at all!

Amateur!

( SOFT MUSIC PLAYING )

( INDISTINCT VOICES )

Teddy bear for Will.

Got it.

It's here, I got the list from the doubters.

Agh, why do they always have to wait until the last minute to make up their minds?

Sarah's Christmas tree needs checking. She's been mean to her little brother again.

Left, right, left, right, left, right.

What's this I see? A girl?

Here?

Now of all times? What do you want?

I have to see Father Christmas.

Agh, Father Christmas, hah!

You think you can come in here and meet Father Christmas just like that?

Do I need to have an appointment?

No, you simply shouldn't show up at all, full stop.

Does Father Christmas ever have visitors?

Eh, that's not what I said. No, no...

But of all the days in the year to visit Father Christmas...

you have chosen the busiest day of all.

Don't you know tonight is Christmas Eve?

Yes.

So, you do...

yet you still come here and interrupt us.

How did you get here anyway?

I flew on the North wind.

What? The North wind?

I'm searching for the Christmas Star.

( GRUMBLES )

Another list?

Agh, from those pesky doubters.

Oh, those doubters, they're always late.

Ah-hem, you have a visitor.

She's searching for the Christmas Star.

I was told you would know where to find it, right?

Hmm.

What's your name?

Sonja.

Do you like receiving presents?

My mother gave this to me once.

That is beautiful.

The nicest thing I have.

But how do you know if people have been behaving properly?

Let me show you how that works.

Wait here.

Sonja, let us go now.

Didn't I tell you to have that wrapped ages ago?

I'll give you an earful lollygagging like that!

( CLEARS THROAT )

We aren't in that much of a hurry.

No, no, things get a little frenzied around here over Christmas...

but we manage every year.

You see, Sonja, up here, every single person has their own tree...

and I go out and I look at those trees as Christmas approaches.

If you have been kind, the tree will be green and healthy.

On the other hand, if you have been mean...

oh, the branches will start to die, yeah.

That there, that, that is the King's tree.

When he cursed the Christmas Star, mm, the branches started to wither.

SONJA (O.S.): Will his tree die?

No, not if he shows remorse.

Look at that, that tree is almost dead.

The man who owns that tree has been lying to the King for years now.

The Count.

That tree is pretty.

( FATHER CHRISTMAS CHUCKLES )

Yes, because the owner of that tree...

is through and through a very good person.

That is your tree, Sonja.

My tree? Really?

Have you made a Christmas wish this year?

Then I think it's about time.

Could the King please trade his tree with mine?

Then he could wish that Goldenhair comes back.

Yeah, I think you should wish for something just for yourself.

I wish that I would find the star...

then Goldenhair can come back to her father.

I'm sure you'll find the Christmas Star, Sonja.

It never went away, it is where it is always been.

Outside the King's castle.

No, is it really?

It is, but the King is unable to see it.

You see, when the King lost the most important thing he cared for...

he couldn't continue believing in the Christmas Star...

and he who doesn't believe, can no longer see.

Which means what?

You have to believe, Sonja.

Believe with all your heart!

But first, you have to wish yourself back to the place...

where the King cursed the Christmas Star.

( SOFT MUSIC PLAYING )

( MUSIC CHANGES )

FATHER CHRISTMAS (O.S.): Good luck, Sonja!

Merry Christmas! Ho, ho, ho, ho!

Thank you!

( MUSIC CHANGES )

( DISTANT RUMBLING )

No, it can't be.

Take a peek at the locket in there.

That seems to be the same locket Princess Goldenhair was wearing the day she disappeared.

Yes, and you can burn me at the stake and eat me for dinner...

if that isn't Princess Goldenhair.

Well, she's dead.

No, it appears the locket must have saved her.

You were impertinent enough to call me an amateur.

( SCOFFS )

Is that really her?

Talk about an ugly taste in clothes.

( LAUGHING )

Ssh.

What?

I'll take over starting right now.

And you will do exactly as I tell you. Understood?

Yes.

Bravo.

Wait here.

( OMINOUS MUSIC PLAYING )

( GASPS )

Hi, Sonja.

Are you freezing?

No? And what do you have there?

Nothing.

Can I see it?

No.

Give it here!

So be it.

No!

No!

Thank you.

Are we going to make the King believe this is Princess Goldenhair?

Hang on a second.

Mommy!

Oh.

I don't think the King is waiting for a green-haired princess.

No, hang on.

Oh!

Ah-hem.

He only has to believe it long enough to sign before the Christmas bells ring.

And sign what?

This parchment.

Once this is signed, what is written here can never be undone.

Hmm.

And what is this?

It states that he'll relinquish the throne to you and me...

and make my daughter the future queen.

Yeah, I look so pretty! Ha-ha!

The King won't ever approve of something like that.

He sure will, if we make him believe he's signing something completely unalike.

Mm.

Hm.

Hello!

Can anyone help me?

Help!

( DOOR OPENS )

My dear friend, for all these years people have said it was impossible.

KING (O.S.): Huh?

But I labored day and night...

and finally I have succeeded.

Allow me to present your daughter, Princess Goldenhair...

alive and well.

( GROANS )

Father!

Goldenhair?

Goldenhair?

You look so--

Don't you think I'm pretty enough?

Of course, dear, you are so lovely.

That's not how I meant it. You're lovely.

Sure about that?

Yes, yes.

Then why stare at me like that?

It's just, you've grown so.

You did leave me out in the woods for a number of years.

My dear, you have no idea just how sorry I am about that.

We tried everything that was possible.

And now you're-- Bruno, look who's returned.

( GROANS )

Look at that.

That's mine.

Do you remember when you were given it?

I remember nothing.

I was such a little girl.

Oh, dear girl, my dear girl.

( HUMMING )

Guess what's happened?

What's that?

Goldenhair has returned.

Huh?

The Count found her, isn't it fantastic?

Hey, hey!

She's here?

Ole! Ole!

( WHIMPERING )

Help!

( RAVENS CAWING )

SONJA (O.S.): Help!

SONJA (O.S.): Help!

Sonja?

Sonja!

( YELLING )

MOSS (O.S.): Sonja!

MOSS (O.S.): Sonja?

Moss.

Hey, what's happened?

I'm stuck.

Well, that's obvious.

It was the Witch, she stole my locket...

and the Christmas Star, too.

You found it, did you?

Yes!

Wahoo!

Can you get me out of here?

Well, I'm not sure...

but I can certainly try.

Thank you, Moss. You're a good friend.

Can you make me big again?

I have to get back to the castle before the Christmas bells ring.

I have to get going.

Fare thee well, Sonja.

( DRAMATIC MUSIC PLAYING )

No one is to enter through that gate tonight, do you hear me?

If I hear so much as a mouse has shuffled through here...

you'll be tossed in the dungeon.

And that goes for the entire castle.

Have you got that?

( MUSIC CONTINUES )

His Majesty, the King!

And Her Royal Highness, Princess Goldenhair.

( MAJESTIC MUSIC PLAYING )

( ALL GASPING )

( ALL CLAPPING )

( SOMBER MUSIC PLAYING )

( INDISTINCT CHATTER )

After many dark years, light has finally returned to the castle.

And it's all thanks to one special man, my dear friend, the Count.

Yes, with your permission, my Lord, I would like to introduce a beautiful woman...

who has been a great assistance to me.

I could never have done any of this without her.

( WOOD CLANGING )

Hello? Hello?

GUARD (O.S.): Who goes there?

What can I give you to show my gratitude appropriately?

Your gratitude is enough of a reward for me, Your Majesty...

but there's one little thing.

If Your Majesty could perhaps put his signature on this document?

Whereby you promise to never again curse the Christmas Star.

Yes... it would be my pleasure.

( LOUD BANG )

Uh, I-- I'll need a pen.

Ah.

Hmm.

Hey, stop! In the name of the King!

( DRAMATIC MUSIC PLAYING )

Hey! Hey, this way!

( MUSIC CONTINUES )

( WHINES )

This way! She went this way!

Halt in the name of the King!

( WHINES )

There! She went this way!

Sonja?

Your signature, please, Your Majesty?

Yes, we'll take care of it.

It's so good to see you.

Look who has just come back.

And who's that?

Goldenhair, she has come back.

But wouldn't the Christmas Star be shining...

if that were really Goldenhair?

KING (O.S.): No, it isn't shining.

Stars are like the moon, Your Majesty, sometimes they shine and sometimes not...

and anyway, it's an awfully cloudy night.

Throw her in the dungeon!

( GROWLS )

Now!

( BRUNO BARKING )

Remove your hands!

What are you doing?

She's the one who tried to steal my locket.

Ha! Once a thief, always a thief.

Is it true? Did you try to steal it?

No, and had I done it, you couldn't call it stealing.

What do you mean by that?

It's my locket.

It was a gift from my mother when I was a little girl.

And I found the Christmas Star.

This ragamuffin is lying to you, Your Majesty.

The Christmas Star just isn't shining now.

Then where is it?

It's in my heart.

No!

Truly you can not do that at all, my Lord!

Hey, that locket belongs to me!

( SOFT MUSIC PLAYING )

( CHIMES )

( CROWD GASPING )

( MUSIC FADES UP )

WOMAN (O.S.): Oh, how beautiful!

( PIOUS MUSIC FADES UP )

PETRINA (O.S.): The Christmas Star is shining.

( MUSIC CHANGES )

It is you?

You were so young, you don't recognize me.

But I recognize you.

And Bruno recognizes you.

Goldenhair?

Am I Goldenhair?

My Goldenhair.

( TRIUMPHANT MUSIC PLAYING )

WOMAN (O.S.): It's going to be a merry Christmas after all.

( TRIUMPHANT MUSIC CONTINUES )

( BRUNO BARKING )

I'll go myself.

No!

There must be a misunderstanding of some sort.

My dress! Why, I never!

WITCH'S DAUGHTER (O.S.): And if my mother ever sees--

Your Majesty, please have them release me.

( BRUNO BARKING )

This must be a misunderstanding.

Can't you hear me? This must be a misunderstanding.

Mercy, Your Majesty, have mercy!

COUNT (O.S.): I'm telling you, it was the Witch's--

KING (O.S.): Bruno!

Merry Christmas, darling.

KING (O.S.): Hey, Bruno, can you imagine that?

Goldenhair has returned, isn't that just wonderful?

A girl so fair.

Ah! My little Princess!

I have something for you.

( SOFT MUSIC PLAYING )

Your mother would have wanted you to have this.

It's beautiful.

KING (O.S.): You are beautiful.

( LOUD CLANG )

OLE (O.S.): Oops! Now how did that happen?

Wait a minute, I'll help you.

OLE (O.S.): It wasn't my fault, they were stacked like they were waiting to fall.

PETRINA (O.S.): Come help me with the porridge.

Ole?

( GASPS )

( MUSIC FADES UP )

Oh, oh, I didn't see that one coming.

( BELLS RINGING )

Isn't it nice, Bruno?

It's lovely.

So, now why don't we have dinner?

Oy, yoy, yoy.

Here, Your Majesty.

Thank you.

That's lovely.

Merry Christmas.

Merry Christmas.

Not at all, come and sit down, you two.

Let's eat together.

Well? Have a seat.

Thank you.

Thank you.

( MUSIC FADES UP )

( SOFT MUSIC PLAYING )