If I Ran the Camera

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Astrid Renee and Grandpa Chapman

If I Ran the Camera was a secret page originally posted on homestarrunner.com. It was a Flash slideshow that had all the hallmarks of Mike and Matt Chapman's work, but it was a non-Homestar piece. It featured pictures of their father, Don Chapman, and their niece, Astrid Renee. Astrid, daughter of Karen Wagner, is the Little Girl featured in many Puppet Stuff toons. This slideshow was never linked from any part of the official site, and it was removed sometime in 2003 after The Brothers Chaps realized that fans had discovered it.

Karen Wagner wrote the poem for her father for Father's Day. The poem itself seems to be a parody of "If I Ran the Zoo" and "If I Ran the Circus" by Dr. Seuss. In the poem, "Grandpa Chapman" is evidently Don Chapman.

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"If I ran the camera for the movies today,
Things would be different," said young Astrid Renee.
The special effects and all that kind of stuff
That they show on the screen is not quite good enough.
You can see stuff like that in just any old flick,
But you'd see something different if I made a pic.

Of course, I'd need helpers and the first to be hired
Would be my Grandpa Chapman (after all, he's retired).
My Grandpa Chapman is one of my very best friends,
So I know he won't mind doing some small odds and ends.

"What my movie needs first," pondered Astrid Renee
"Is a solid foundation, one heck of a screenplay."
And my Grandpa Chapman is just the guy who can write it
Why I'll bet he can even cast it, produce it and light it!

With the story all settled the next thing to do
Is to find a location to set up my film crew.
Some place exotic, some place never seen
Some place that looks stupendous up on the big screen.

The jungles of Prance or the mountains of Prut
Or maybe the River of Brigger-ba-Root
Yes, that's it! My film will be set on a boat
As down the Brigger-ba-Root my cast and crew float.

When the crew is all set and the river is Brigger-ba Rooting
Then will be just the perfect time to finally start shooting
And who better to capture every last detail?
Why my Grandpa Chapman, he just can't fail.

When the shooting is done, then it will be time to edit
And my Grandpa Chapman is the guy who'll get that credit.
When my film's in the can, folks will come from far and near
To rub elbows with me at my movie's big premiere.

Then I'll have to embark on a long publicity tour
And after that, I'll need a spa vacation for sure.
After all, making movies takes a lot outta me...
But I'll be sure to thank my Grandpa Chapman
When I thank the Academy.

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