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Injurin' Joe. For such a lighthearted film, this guy is anything but light-hearted. If he is looking at this proposal, he would surely say "This is the last PE Proposal you will ever post!".

Hello guys! Today, here's my sixty-ninth PE proposal, and it's about Injurin' Joe, the main antagonist of the 2000 direct-to-video animated musical film Tom Sawyer.

I also take an opportunity with this proposal to start writing them right, given that my proposals often include too many words.

WHAT'S THE WORK?

Tom Sawyer is a 2000 animated musical film released straight to video by Metro-Goldwyin-Mayer. It's an adaptation of Mark Twain's popular 1876 novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, but it retells the story with anthropomorphic animals rather than humans. The film, like the novel, is about a young boy (a tabby cat, in this retelling) named Tom Saywer who desires to have adventures with his friend Huckleberry Finn (a red fox, in this retelling) and his pet frog Rebel and become the boyfriend of a young girl (a Persian cat, in this retelling) named Becky Thatcher. However, in one of his adventures, Tom and Huck see something they shouldn't see and they are soon involved in a life-or-death threatening situation.

WHO IS HE / WHAT HAS HE DONE?

Injurin' Joe is a scary criminal (and a grizzly bear, in this retelling), who has quite a reputation at the town where the protagonists live. He and his associate Mutt Potter, the town's drunkard (a dog, in this retelling), start graverobbing tombs in search of a treasure. One night, Joe and Mutt are digging a tomb (well, Mutt is digging while Joe checks on him) when Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn and Tom's pet frog Rebel accidentally see them from afar. At one point, Jope nearly discovers them spying, but Rebel distracts him. However, having been incidentally visiting the cementery at the same time to visit his wife's grave, Deputy Bean overhears Joe's orders to Mutt and comes to see what they are doing just when Mutt unearths the treasure Joe wanted to find. Bean confiscates the treasure due to it legally belonging to the county, but Joe refuses to obey Bean's orders and attacks him. Bean tries to escape and accidentally knocks out Mutt with a shovel, before Joe proceeds to throw him violently against a grave, crushing his body and killing him.

Believing that there are no witnesses, Joe throws Bean's plate at an unconscious Mutt, intending to incriminate his partner for killing Bean. Huck expresses his astonishment at Joe's plans, alerting Joe about the presence of the boys, leading Tom and Huck to run for their lives, but Joe manages to catch Rebel, taking him as his prisoner and the treasure for himself. Joe later anonymously tips off Sheriff McGee so he goes to the cemetery and finds Bean's dead body and Mutt, arresting Mutt for Bean's death. Meanwhile, Tom and Huck make a pact promising to not speak about what they saw out of fear for their lives.

Despite their pact, Tom and Huck decide to visit Mutt, who is on death row, and try to make him remember that Joe was the killer. However, they are overheard by Joe, who is eating at his underground lair. Deducing that the two boys know about his involvement in Bean's death, Joe frees Rebel so he can trace them. Joe tracks the boys down and chases them throughout the forest, but they manage to escape from him with a raft, though they later get lost and the townspeople assume they drowned. As such, the town mourns Tom and Huck until they resurface. After revealing their survivals, the town prepares for Mutt's execution, which Joe attends from afar, happy at seeing Mutt paying for his crimes. Unable to stay silent anymore, Tom and Huck yell the truth and Joe predictably chases them again but falls into a river after breaking a bridge in an attempt to kill Tom and Huck and is carried away to his death, apparently.

Sometime afterwards, a party is held to celebrate the heroic actions of both Tom and Huck, during which Tom takes Becky Thatcher to a cave, where they get lost but end up finding a treasure. However, it turns out that Joe is waiting for them behind a waterfall and chases Tom and Becky with the intentions to kill them. Fortunately, just when Joe has Tom and Becky cornered in front of the townspeople, Huck comes to the rescue and fishes Joe's torch, swinging it towards some bats which distract Joe enough to let Tom and Becky escape and cause Joe to accidentally break a pillar, which leads the cave's ceiling to collapse and Joe to be knocked and crushed by falling debris. The townspeople then see Joe's lifeless corpse at his watery grave and celebrate his death, happy that he will not hurt any of them anymore.

HEINOUS STANDARDS

Ok, like his original counterpart, some can say that Injurin' Joe doesn't meet the requirements to be Pure Evil, considering that he only has one confirmed kill in the movie, though his fearsome reputation does suggest that he is a dangerous outlaw among the town to the point Sheriff McGee is too scared to do anything to him. However, one should take into account two things to compare him to his literary counterpart: First of all, how he kills Deputy Bean. Rather than stabbing him (like Injun Joe does to Dr. Robinson in the novel and in most adaptations) and giving him a quick death, Injurin' Joe violently hurls him against a grave, breaking all his bones and killing him instantly just because Bean wanted to rightly confiscate the treasure he and Mutt were stealing, even though he was offering. While not graphically depicted, this is by far a very brutal murder for a kids movie. Secondly, in the novel, he just tries to kill Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher, but here, he tries to kill them in addition to Huckleberry Finn and Tom's pet frog Rebel. He also kidnaps Rebel and puts him in a bag, only letting him go so he can trace Tom and Huck through Rebel.

This aside, Injurin' Joe is shown to be much worse than Injun Joe, who in the original novel, just committed a murder, was a greedy liar and his death was played for a bit a sympathy. The movie states that in addition to graverobbing, Joe regularly robs the local church and its patrons, which coupled with the unnecessary destruction of some of the cemetery's graves, shows that he doesn't respect anyone. He cares for no one but himself, as shown when he frames Mutt Potter, his dimwitted associate, for killing Bean and tips off the Sheriff with this lie, leading Mutt to be unfairly taken into custody thanks to him, taking advantage that Bean accidentally knocked Mutt out with a shovel. It's implied that he forced Mutt to help him, checking him do all the hard work, as Mutt was scared when Bean confiscated the treasure due to knowing how Joe was going to react if they lost the treasure. Whereas his original counterpart just lied to save his own skin and attended Muff Potter's trial just to lie to the court, he doesn't even go to his trial but goes instead to his planned execution, delighting himself on how Mutt will be killed for something he did, proving what a sadist he is. With all of this in mind, no one takes pity at his death and are all delighted that he is gone, with Tom even stating that no one will miss him. Not even Tom blinding him from one eye with a torch is played for sympathy, and all the scenes where he appears are serious. As for the in-story standards, Injurin' Joe easily reaches them due to being the sole villain the film has (not counting the pirates, the dragon, the vultures and the tribe Tom defeats in a dream, for being obviously fictional).

In the end, Injurin' Joe is a savage and brutish outlaw who robs and threatens anyone on his way, willing to kill anyone who opposes him or tries to snitch on him in brutal ways, uncaring if they are adults or children, as long he is allowed to get away with his crimes.

MITIGATING FACTORS?

Nothing. Absolutely nothing redeeming about this violent and bestial grizzly bear. Tom didn't say that he will not be missed for nothing, right?

VERDICT

Taking all of this into account, I would say yes about considering Injurin' Joe to be approved as PE.

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