The following is a transcript for the 2014 flash-animated fantasy short film based on the book, The Giving Tree.

Part 1: OpeningEdit

(Shows Universal Pictures logo)

(Shows Clearwater Animation logo)

(Shows ChanceWorks Animation logo)

(Fades to black)

(Fades to the blue sky background)


(Pans down to the tree that sat on top of the hill)


Narrator: Once there was a tree.... (The tree grew her face as she saw a little boy) and she loved a little boy.

(A 5-year old boy went up a hill and into the tree)

Narrator: And everyday the boy would come, (The little boy raked up the leaves with his hands) and he would gather her leaves, (The little boy makes a crown made of leaves) and make them into crowns, (The little boy acts like the king of the forest) and play king of the forest.

Little Boy: (acting like the king of the forest) I, the King of the Forest, will protect all plants, trees, and animals, from the forest, for Mother Nature.

(Nature Cat, making his cameo appearance, peeks out of the bush)

Nature Cat: Hooray for Mother Nature!

(Nature Cat hides back in the bush and the little boy climbs up her trunk and swing from her branches)

Narrator: He would climb up her trunk and swing from her branches, (The little boy picked up an apple and eats it) and eat apples.

(The little boy climbed down from the tree)

Little Boy: Hello, tree.

(The tree grows her face as she speak)

Tree: Why hello there, little boy.

(Cuts to the little boy)

Little Boy: Do you wanna play hide-and-go-seek?

(Cuts to the tree)

Tree: Why yes, little boy. I'll hide inside my tree trunk, so you'll have to count from 1 to 10.

Little Boy: Okay.

(Shows the tree and the boy playing hide-and-go-seek)

Narrator: And they would play hide-and-go-seek. And the relationship, of the boy and the tree, was born.

(Pans up to the blue sky)

(Shows the film's logo)

(Fades to the starry night sky background)

Narrator: And when he was tired, (Shows the little boy walking on top of the hill, went into the tree's shade, and lied down) he would sleep in her shade. (Shows the tree growing her face, when she felt happy) And the boy loved the tree.... very much. And the tree was happy.

(The tree smiles)

(Shows the footage of the clock in 20x fast motion)

Narrator: But time went by. (Shows the footage of the boy changing his age into a 20-year old man) And the boy grew older. (Shows the tree who is feeling sad) And the tree was often alone.

Part 2: The Boy made Requests to a TreeEdit

(Shows the tree on top of the hill, feeling sad)

Narrator: 15 years later, the little boy finally becomes a 20-year-old man, while the tree was still often alone on the hill, feeling very sad. (The boy went on the hill to see the tree) Then one day the boy came to the tree and the tree said...

Tree: (grows her face as she speak) Come, Boy, come and climb up my trunk and swing from my branches and eat apples and play in my shade and be happy.

(Cuts to the boy)

Young Adult Man (20-years old): (nervous) No can do, fellow tree. But I am too big to climb and play.

Narrator: Said the boy.

Young Adult Man (20-years old): I want to buy things and have fun. I want some money. So, do you have money, Giving Tree?

(Cuts to the tree)

Tree: (thinking) Well, let me check.

(The tree grew arms as she looks for money inside the tree trunk)

Young Adult Man (20-years old): (serious) Well, do you have it?

(The tree looked at the boy)

Tree: (sad) I'm sorry...

Narrator: Said the tree.

Tree: (sad) But there's nothing in my trunk.

Young Adult Man (20-years old): (jealous) Well then, look for money, they're on the branches.

(The tree tried to look for money on the branches, but she turned to the boy)

Tree: (sad) I'm sorry to say this, but I have no money. (Shows the boy her leaf and her apple on her hands) I have only leaves and apples.

Young Adult Man (20-years old): Oh okay, never mind. (sad) But how do I have to get money?

Tree: (thinking) Well, there's only one way for you to get money. (The tree points at her apples) (happy) Take my apples, Boy, and sell them in the city. Then you will have money and you will be happy.

Young Adult Man (20-years old): (happy) Oh! Really? Thank you very much, Giving Tree. Now I have to do it, just like you told me to do so.

Tree: Good. Now get to work.

(The boy climbed up her trunk, gathered apples, and put them in the basket)

Narrator: And so the boy climbed up the tree and gathered her apples, (The boy climbed down the tree and carried the basket away) and carried them away. (The tree smiles) And the tree was happy. (Fades to the boy selling apples to customers in the city) Meanwhile in the city, the boy was selling the tree's apples to the customers that lived in the city. But still, the tree was happy. (Shows the footage of the tree on the hill in 20x fast motion) But the boy stayed away from the tree for a long time.... (The tree felt sad, all alone) and the tree was sad.

(The image retuned to normal)

Tree: (sad) Awww! Why can't I see him for a very long time? Well, that sucks.

(Fades to black)

Part 3: The Boy Tells the Tree More RequestsEdit

(The boy went on a hill to see a tree)

Narrator: And then one day the boy came back, (The tree grew her face, as she shook with joy) and the tree shook with joy and she said,

Tree: (happy) Come, Boy, climb up my trunk and swing from my branches and be happy. By the way, you've came back to see me.

Adult Man (30-years old): I am too busy to climb trees.

Narrator: Said the boy.

Adult Man (30-years old): I want a house to keep me warm.

Narrator: He said.

Adult Man (30-years old): I want a wife and I want children, and so I need a house. Can you give me a house?

(Cuts to the tree)

Tree: Um, I have no house...

Narrator: Said the tree.

Tree: (showed the boy a forest as her home) The forest is my home, but you may cut off my branches and build a house. Then you will be happy.

Adult Man (30-years old): Thanks.

Tree: No problem.

(The boy cut down the tree's branches and carried them with a basket to build his own house)

Narrator: And so the boy cut off her branches and carried them away to build his house. (The tree feels happy) And the tree was happy. (Shows the footage of the tree on the hill in 20x fast motion) But the boy stayed away from the tree for a long, long time.... and by a long, long time, I mean, a very, very, long, long time. (The tree felt sad, all alone) The tree was sad because she's still often alone by herself.

Tree: (sad) I wish the boy came back after a long time.

(The old man went up a hill to see the tree)

Narrator: And when he came back, (The tree growed her face as she felt happy) the tree was so happy she could hardly speak.

Tree: (whispering to the old man) Come, Boy,

Narrator: She whispered, as the boy gets sad.

Tree: (whispering to the old man) come and play. And have fun again.

Old Man (70-years old): I am too old and sad to play,

Narrator: Said the boy.

Old Man (70-years old): Life is not fun, when it wasn't so easy. But life was hard for me now. I want a boat that will take me far away from here. Can you give me a boat?

Tree: (sad) I'm sorry, but I don't have a boat for you. I'll give you an instruction of having your own boat. Cut down my trunk and make a boat, a boat for yourself.

Narrator: Said the tree.

Tree: Then you can sail away... (happy) and you'll be happy.

(The old man cut down the Giving Tree's trunk with his axe)

Narrator: And so the boy cut down her trunk, and carried it away. (The old man carved the tree's trunk into a boat and sailed away) And made a boat, and sailed away. (Fades to the tree stump) And the tree was happy ... but not really.

Tree Stump: (sad) Well, i'm a stump now. I have nothing for a boy to give him.

Narrator: But time went by, and the tree, who is now a stump, was finally sad.

Part 4: The Old Man Sat on the Stump and Rest in PeaceEdit

(The old man walked up the hill to see a tree stump, as slow as a turtle)

Narrator: And after a long time, the boy came back again.

Tree Stump: (grows her face in a sad mood) Hey there, old man.

Old Man (100-years old): Well hi, tree.

Tree Stump: (sad) I just wanted you to know, that i'm sorry, because i'm all out of leaves, branches, and apples. I am sorry, Boy.

Narrator: Said the tree stump.

Tree Stump: (sad) I am so sorry, but I have nothing left to give you, because, my apples are gone. You cannot eat them anymore.

Old Man (100-years old): (sad) My teeth are too weak for apples now,

Narrator: Said the boy.

Old Man (100-years old): (sad) Very, very weak.

Tree Stump: (sad) I know that, boy.

Narrator: Said the tree stump.

Tree Stump: (sad) I know that your teeth are much weaker than mine for apples. And also, my branches are gone.

Narrator: She said.

Tree Stump: (sad) You cannot swing on them anymore.

Old Man (100-years old): I am too old to swing on your branches,

Narrator: Said the boy.

Old Man (100-years old): Because I cut all of them down, for me to make my house, when I was 30 years old.

Tree Stump: (sad) I knew you've cut down all of my branches to make yourself a house when you're 30 years old.

Old Man (100-years old): That's why my house was made of wood.

Tree Stump: (sad) Oh, I get it, now. But i'm also sorry that my trunk is gone now.

Narrator: Said the tree stump.

Tree Stump: (sad) That means you cannot climb up my trunk anymore.

Old Man (100-years old): Not today, fellow stump. I am too tired to climb.

Narrator: Said the boy.

Tree Stump: (sighed) I am sorry,

Narrator: The tree stump sighed.

Tree Stump: (sad) I wish that I could give you something.... but I have nothing left. (grows her arms and stick her hands in her stump pockets) See it for yourself. (took her hands out of her pockets) I'm all out of everything. (shows the old man her hands) See? I really am all out of everything, just those tree rings on top of me as a stump. You know, I am just an old stump. I am sorry.... But there's nothing I can do for you.

Old Man (100-years old): You mean it?

Narrator: Said the boy.

Tree Stump: Yes.

Narator: Said the tree stump.

Old Man (100-years old): Well, I don't need very much now, just a... you know, a quiet place to sit and rest. I am very tired.

Tree Stump: Well,

Narrator: Said the tree, straightening herself up as much as she could,

Tree Stump: Well, an old stump is good for sitting and resting, and you know what, I really am tired too. Come, Boy, sit down. Sit down and rest.

Old Man (100-years old): Okay. (sits down on the tree stump and took off his hat) Finally, some peace and quiet.

Narrator: And the boy sat on the tree stump, and was finally resting in peace. (The tree stump was happy) And the tree was happy. But not just the whole tree, but the tree stump, herself.

(Zooms out to reveal a black silhouette of the hill with the old man on the stump in an orange sunset background)

(Iris wipe occurs on the old man, but pauses for 2 seconds)

(Iris wipe shrinks and disappears to black)

(Shows the closing title cards with artwork of The Giving Tree and the Boy)

(Fades to black)

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