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Tralla La

Tralla La is the catchphrase of Captain Underpants.


Tralla La is a Scrooge McDuck comic strip story written by Carl Barks in June, 1954. It tells about Scrooge's search for a utopia in which money plays no role.

Plot

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Tralla La begins with Scrooge having a hard day at his office and it doesn't get better when he attempts to walk in the street to relax. He is followed by some kind of person who would like a piece of his money for whatever reasons. The stress of this way of life gets to him and he suffers a nervous breakdown. Though he gets better he can't stand to see or hear about money. As now he associates it with all the troubles that got him to this point. In order to heal he searches for a place where money has no influence. Tralla La may be such a place, where a peaceful society without a monetary system is rumored to exist.

Scrooge and his nephews, who are there to support his healing, finaly succeed in locating the mythical place and parachute into it. There they get acquainted to a more peaceful existance than they were used to.

But as Scrooge seems to be healing he doesn't realise he brought his troubles with him. He brought with him bottles of medication. The bottlecups which he throws away are considered rare treasures in this valley and become the bases of a new monetary system! The Ducks have to flee as apparently they cannot find peace even in an earthly paradise.

Analysis

A number of previous stories by Barks presented Scrooge's way of life as rather stressful but this is the first story where this seems to be getting on his nerves. It is certainly not the last but subsequent stories rarely focus on it.

Scrooge's effort this time is not to gain treasure but find some peace and regain his health. But, as so often presented in Barks tales, in trying to escape his problems he only manages to carry them with him. Tralla La (based on Shangri-La[?]) inhabitants prove to share the human characteristic of greed and Barks is allowed some bitter commentary on human nature.

The theme of never finding peace no matter how hard the characters try is a running theme in Barks' tales but here it takes center place. It is considered among Barks' most memorable because of its view of humanity, paradises and the vulnerability of his characters.



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