U$06 'TRALLA LA'
The title of this story is deceptive. Tralla La is not a musical operetta, it is a place. It is a far-off land, where cares are unknown. It is a land without riches of any kind, especially of gold, silver, or diamonds. It is hardly a land that Uncle Scrooge would ever want to visit, but it has a lack of other things, too, that makes it seem suddenly attractive to the busy old money grubber. It is a land without greed or selfishness or envy. What happens to this lyrical land and to Uncle Scrooge as a result of his visit shouldn't happen to dogs, to say nothing of ducks.
It's obvious that Tralla La is a parody on Lost Horizon (novel by James Hilton, later filmed by Frank Capra - Editor's remark). At the time I wrote it, Lost Horizon with its land of Shangri-La, was very popular. I saw the movie. I never read the book, but I read so many reviews of the book, I felt I knew it. Anyway, I felt it wouldn't matter if my version of Shangri-La was a parody of the book or not.
I also wanted to do a story that had a
billion of something in it. I read about the
appropriations that Congress makes of a billion for this,
ten billion for that. I got to thinking of how much of
something a billion really amounts to. You can visualize
a million because you can think of a thousand thousands
of bottle caps or whatever. But when you multiply that
pile by another thousand, then you are into numbers that
are beyond the ability of the mind to visualize. I hoped
to find a story that could put that point over.
The nerve medicine was a running gag to help pull parts of the story together. I had learned about running gags before I ever worked at Disney. It was a kind of thread or connecting link in stories. The running gags were a necessary part of the stories, like a period at the end of a sentence (see more on the subject HERE - Editor's remark).
|FC0456 BACK TO THE KLONDIKE|
|FC0495 'THE HORSERADISH STORY'|
|U$06 'TRALLA LA'|
|U$07 'SEVEN CITIES OF CIBOLA'|
|U$09 THE LEMMING WITH THE LOCKET|
|U$13 LAND BENEATH THE GROUND|
|U$15 THE SECOND-RICHEST DUCK|
|U$18 LAND OF THE PYGMY INDIANS|
|U$29 ISLAND IN THE SKY|
|U$48 THE MANY FACES OF MAGICA DE SPELL|
|U$65 MICRO-DUCKS FROM OUTER SPACE|
|U$McD GO SLOWLY, SANDS OF TIME!|