WHAT THEY LOOK LIKE – CREATURE IDENTIFICATION
The Pump-kins are like pieces of art in the making. They propel themselves through the air like jelly fish. Their bodies are see-through and light up inside. They also have long wriggly tentacles that follow them as they glide effortlessly through space. With every propulsion there is stink because a ‘pump-kin pellet is released. What makes them all the more fascinating is their heads resemble beavers with big teeth. You know when they have pulsed by because they leave a trail of pumpkin-like items which bulge, evaporate like in water and leave a pump-acious stink.
The way they move is a sight to behold. Imagine a jelly fish floating in the air and just pushing itself elegantly along with the pulse of its tentacles. To make them more exciting they have beaver heads with big teeth. They do look funny, yet when they move as a shoal it is really quit a spectacle especially at night.
When an octopus is threatened it makes an ink trail, well a Pump-kin does not need to be threatened but instead leaves a stink trail. That stink trail appears in the air like a drop of dark ink; however, it is accompanied by a stink – an ink stink. The kind of stink that burns the inside of a nostril and makes one’s eyes water.
THE STINKING UGLY – HOW THEY ‘GET YOU’
Imagine simply noticing a shoal of rather random beaver jellyfish all undulating as a shoal in the air. What would you do? Most would stop and stare at the peculiarity of such a sight. The fact that you have stopped with your mouth open makes you vulnerable to a pumpkin-push. This is where an inky-stinky pellet is released from the pumpkin and evaporates into the air, the same way as when you drop ink in water. The only difference is the stinkiness that accompanies it will disgust you.
The odour is often very ‘ripe’ and smells like a dirty pond. You know when a pond has got stagnant water and smells dank like rot, mixed with dirt, mixed with pond slime and general soggy manky-ness. There we are – that is the Pump-kin-pellet it full maturity.
The capacity to move as a shoal and drop those little inky stinky pump-kins enables a mass of pump-kins to be released simultaneously. The unfurling inky image with stinky scents inspired Sebastian Stinkworthy when he created this Little Stinker. Sometimes he would create letters in the stinks so that a message could be spelled out and then maybe smelled out too. Sebastian realised he could get really creative with this Little Stinker and made it glow in the dark like jelly fish in the depths of the ocean. Pre-stink release the Little Stinker will glow like a neon light. Its stink ink also glowed in the dark too. There was so much creative potential when one combined inky with stinky.
IF YOU ARE LIKE THIS LITTLE STINKER
Well, I doubt that you look like a beaver or a jelly fish but the way you move might be graceful as you undulate through a room. You may have developed the arm waving distraction technique before delivering a little pump-kin that evolves into a stink that resembles stagnant pond. Maybe when you pump or pass wind there is a message within it… Now, what is interesting is you might be attracted to others who are like you. That way you can move as a group or a shoal. It may well be that you all coordinate you posterial pump-kins at the same time and decimate onlookers with gross gruffs. The main aspect to consider is that you can create a ripe rancid ripple by entering a room.
THE STINKING STORY
In Tingle Dingle and the Little Stinkers The Pumpkins make quite an impression. One of the key moments is when they sing their part of the Raspberry Rhapsody:
Next the Pumpkins, with heads like beavers and big teeth, rose into the air. They undulated through space with long worm-like tentacles. With every propulsion a small pump-kin blasted into the air and evaporated leaving what looked like a trail of ink with a very sharp stink… ‘Whooosh, whoosh, woooosh with a pump-kin push la la laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!’
It was as if a whole shoal of jelly fish with beaver heads undulated past in a harmony of inky bad smells. At the same time Pump-kins took to the air and pelted with pump-kin pellets.
WHAT MAKES THEM SMILE
When Sebastian incorporated images and letters into their pump-kins. As a group they were amazed by how the inky release could create an artistic fart. It then became known as fartistic – which basically meant using a fart to create art. Obviously the inky image only lasted a short time before it evaporated but the most inspiring moment was when the pump-kins produced the Mona-Lisa through their inky, stinky release. It then became apparent why her smile was so mysterious.
THEIR FAVOURITE FOOD
Would you believe that this creature loves a decent pancake with maple syrup? It is likely to be down to the beaver origin and the fact that Sebastian Stinkworthy created the Pump-kin based on the Great Canadian Beaver. That particular beaver species was well known for its dams and nibbling capacity.
A LITTLE BIT OF WEIRDNESS
As mentioned the Pump-kin is a combination of a beaver crossed with a jelly fish, as with all great beavers, there is a hairy tale behind this creature. At one time Sebastian had considered using this creature to build dams. That way he could stop waterways and re-direct water and add in a decent bit of stink. The reason that he combined the jelly fish was that these creatures could then move quickly through water. He then had a moment where he thought ‘hang on… why do they only move this way through water? If there are no rules and limits to Little Stinker creation and I am the creator of these creatures – then why not allow them to move through the air as well?’ Well, that was it the Pump-kin had so much more potential then Sebastian Stinkyworthy had initially considered.
THEIR PART OF THE RASPBERRY RHAPSODY
Sebastian Stinkworthy was always excited by the arrival of the Pumpkins and was clearly pleased when they shared their song in the Raspberry Rhapsody:
‘Whooosh, whoosh, whoooosh with a Pump-kin push la la laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!’ It was as if a whole shoal of jellyfish with beaver heads undulated past in a harmony of inky bad smells.
‘I want more from you Pump-kins… More sound! More push… More pizazz!’ The peculiar man yelled waving his arms in the air. ‘I need you to up your odorous opera game!’
‘With more flow our stink can grow! La la laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!’
‘Beautiful… Genius… Powerful…’ cried the peculiar man…
WHERE YOU ARE MOST LIKELY TO FIND THEM
Well the Pump-kins are essentially the beach bums of the Little Stinker world. They like to be close to beach and river inlets. That is what appeals to both their beaver-like and jellyfish-like natures. There are times when they find themselves building rather pretty structures on the beach from drift wood. When they have finished they celebrate by all swimming in circles through the air. Now imagine seeing illuminated jelly-fish like creatures circling a beautiful wood sculpture as the sun set. Now that would be an inspiration.
ADVICE FROM THIS LITTLE STINKER
Art can be made from a fart. One can be fartistic in a stink delivery. Inspiration can come from anywhere, everywhere and from thin air!
THE DANCE OF THE LITTLE STINKER
The way they dance is quite mesmerising. As a group they undulate through the air, if you turn down the lights there is also a lovely luminescence that glows from within their bodies before they release their inky stink.
HOW THEY LULL YOU INTO A FALSE SENSE OF STINKING SECURITY
The calm rippling motion when they arrive and their funny beaver faces make you relax and enjoy the spectacle. Yet, that relaxation is destroyed when they become fartistic, create a random image that then evaporates into a terrible stench.
STAND OUT MOMENTS
When Sebastian Stinkworthy had an entire world of f-art open up to him, he could not help but be experimental. His first great art experiment was the Mona Lisa and her mysterious smile. Yet there were so many other pieces of art that could be replicated through the inky stinky f-art. Imagine a whole exhibition of masterpieces that were released as pump-kins unfurled into a piece of art and then created a stench. There was nothing else quite like it. It encapsulated an entire multi-sensory experience. After Mona Lisa Sebastian experimented with numerous masterpieces; however, in the end one really stood out: the scream.
THE MORAL OF THE STINKY STORY
There is often more potential or possibility in a situation than one first notices. That was certainly revealed when the pump-kins re-created the Mona Lisa in Inky Stink formation.
ILLUSTRATIONS BY ROBIN DRY – THANK YOU!