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Teenagers Learn To Swim

1972 - Nicholas Cartoons

In a field stands a girl with blonde hair.

She's thinking about her boyfriend - a thinks bubble containing his image is visible above her head…

Girl:

This is me, thinking as usual about Dave. Dave is super. Dave can do anything!

Image changes to Dave singing and playing a guitar, Dave riding a moped and Dave posing with a football before returning to the first image.

 

Oh, he's GREAT, he really is.

When "POW!" up pops my Fairy Godmother with her "I'll give you three wishes" routine. Wish number one is easy.

Dave comes out of the thinks cloud and materialises beside her.

 

Next, I wish we were both at the seaside.

Background changes to a beach scene. Then their clothes change to swim-wear.

 

"Come on, Dave, let's swim," I say.

Dave gestures dismissively.

 

"It's just not my scene, man," says Dave. What he really meant was, he COULDN'T swim.

Girl in sea, whistles for her fairy godmother.

 

Still got one wish left, remember.

Girl whispers in fairy godmother's ear. Then another bloke materialises besides the girl.

 

Meet Mike...

Mike:

Hello!

Girl:

...He swims like a fish!

They swim off.

Cut to Dave still standing on the beach who whistles for the fairy godmother.

Fairy GM:

Yes?

Dave:

I wish... I wish I didn't keep losing me birds!

Fairy GM:

Then learn to swim, young man, learn to swim!

Voiceover:

If you can't swim then ask at about lessons at your local swimming baths; it could save your life.

Caption: KEEP IN THE / SWIM / ASK AT YOUR LOCAL / SWIMMING BATHS

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