The popular character Scrat has finally hung up his claws in his attempts to capture an acorn, chronicled over a series of hit movies. His escapades have officially been deemed hilarious, a great throwback to the silent era of movies. TDJJ travelled back in time to the era in which the films are set, together with animal translator Victor Doolittle, to speak with the animated rodent, whose shock decision is bound to upset everyone in the world. For added realism, wait a few moments before reading Scrat’s response, as in real time Doolittle had to translate everything for him, then get his answer, and finally transferring the rat thing language back into English.
TDJJ: “It’s been a hell of a ride. Ever since your debut, fans have been watching your career closely. There were times when it look like you had the acorn, only for occasional outside forces to snatch your opportunity, again and again. Explain how you dealt with that frustration so many times.
S: “First, I wanna thank the fans, they’re the best. Without them none of this would be possible. Yeah, since 2002 it was frustrating in there. I tried every time to execute my game plan, me and my team of animators and writers – what up, you guys! – put a lot of effort into each moment. I guess it wasn’t to be.”
TDJJ: “Talk us through how you continued to mentally prepare yourself, knowing that this acorn had got the better of you in the past on multiple occasions.”
S: “It was hard. We’d go back, watch the tapes, go back to the drawing board. I was learning something new each time. Just training, man. As you say sometimes there were things outside of my control, notable a sexy rat thing that caught me off guard that time, I know my former wife ain’t never gonna let me forget that one!”
TDJJ: “And how are things now between you two? Lately the tabloid press has been full of lurid stories about certain aspect of your troubled relationship. Care to comment?”
S: “Yeah, the past 18 years were hard, man. When I wasn’t in there trying to get that acorn, I was always thinking about how to get it, different styles, different techniques, things like that. My mind wasn’t on nothing else. It was tough for her too I guess, but I was a rat thing on a mission. We wanted different things in life.”
TDJJ: “How do you want fans to remember you during your career?”
S: “Man, I just feel blessed that so many people liked watching me. Listen, I studied all the classics from the silent movie era. I’m just glad I was able to emulate some of that, to show a new generation that these types of capers still have value.”
TDJJ: “Going back to media talk, there’s been a certain other acorn trash talking you, questioning your rat thinghood, turning up at your press conferences, openly mocking this decision. What’s your response? Would you oblige it and get back in there?”
S: “Ah, it’s just trying to make a name for itself. It ain’t done nothing yet. There’s no threat there. Listen, there’s always something else coming up. My time is done.”
TDJJ: “So there’s no chance of a comeback at any point? Even if the original acorn calls you up at some point down the road? You sound like a rat thing of your word, but so many have come back, they miss the fame, the fans, the money. How are you going to resist all that?”
S: “Right now, I’m thinking of just kicking back, enjoy my time. I’m thinking maybe I can get a trainers licence. Maybe I can find me a raw, hungry, new rat thing to chase down that damn acorn.”
TDJJ: “Thanks for your time. Your acorn chasing career has been a delight for many, you’re surely headed for the Rat Thing Hall Of Fame. One more thing – can you do your call, one last time?”
S: “RRRAAAATTT TTHHHHIIINNNGGG SSQQUUAAAAAAAADD!!”