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'''STRONG BAD:''' ''{upon seeing a picture captioned "our gracious host"}'' Aah! More like our "I'll murder you in a back alley" host.
'''STRONG BAD:''' ''{upon seeing a picture captioned "our gracious host"}'' Aah! More like our "I'll murder you in a back alley" host.
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'''STRONG SAD:''' Uh, so this next part ''{referring to tiny The Cheats erupting from cracks in Rondell's hands}'' is an allusion to one of my very favorite experimental films called—
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'''STRONG SAD:''' Uh, so this next part ''{referring to tiny The Cheats erupting from cracks in Rondell's hands}'' is an allusion to one of my very favorite experimental films called--
'''STRONG BAD:''' Boring Johnny and the Get Bored Crew.
'''STRONG BAD:''' Boring Johnny and the Get Bored Crew.
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==Fun Facts==
==Fun Facts==
===Explanations===
===Explanations===
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*This toon was made for the second single from They Might Be Giants' tenth studio album ''[[TMBW:The Spine|The Spine]]''. The song is called [[TMBW:Experimental Film|Experimental Film]]. In 2014, the song was added to Pandora, a website that allows for personal radios.
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*This toon was made for the second single from They Might Be Giants' tenth studio album ''[[TMBW:The Spine|The Spine]]''. The song is called [[TMBW:Experimental Film|Experimental Film]].
*The two head-tops belong to They Might Be Giants' John Flansburgh and John Linnell. The one on the left is Flansburgh, as he has black hair and wears glasses, and the one on the right is Linnell.
*The two head-tops belong to They Might Be Giants' John Flansburgh and John Linnell. The one on the left is Flansburgh, as he has black hair and wears glasses, and the one on the right is Linnell.
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*The answers for the "pop quiz" refer to the [[Wikipedia:Cotton gin|cotton gin]], an invention that revolutionized the cotton-growing industry; [[Wikipedia:Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia|Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia]], the town where General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses Grant at the end of the [[Wikipedia:American Civil War|American Civil War]]; and the former all-time career record for home runs in [[Wikipedia:Major League Baseball|Major League Baseball]] (755), held by baseball player [[Wikipedia:Hank Aaron|Hank Aaron]] at the time of this video.  According to Strong Sad, the first question was "Are you all going to be in my experimental film?"
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*The answers for the "pop quiz" refer to the [[Wikipedia:Cotton gin|cotton gin]], an invention that revolutionized the cotton-growing industry; [[Wikipedia:Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia|Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia]], the town where General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses Grant at the end of the [[Wikipedia:American Civil War|American Civil War]]; and the former all-time career record for home runs in [[Wikipedia:Major League Baseball|Major League Baseball]] (755), held by baseball player [[Wikipedia:Hank Aaron|Hank Aaron]] at the time of this video.  The first question was "Are you all going to be in my experimental film?"
*The Tentacle-Skull can be seen riding a [[Wikipedia:Penny-farthing|penny-farthing]] bicycle.
*The Tentacle-Skull can be seen riding a [[Wikipedia:Penny-farthing|penny-farthing]] bicycle.
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===Remarks===
===Remarks===
*The first line of the song is "The color of infinity inside an empty glass." Strong Sad's glass is full.
*The first line of the song is "The color of infinity inside an empty glass." Strong Sad's glass is full.
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*Even though Strong Sad says in his blog that he can't jump, he jumps here, as well as in the email [[caffeine]] and in [[A Jumping Jack Contest]].
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*Even though Strong Sad says he can't jump in his blog, he jumps here, in the email [[caffeine]] and in [[A Jumping Jack Contest]].
*For the shot of Strong Sad pointing the camera in the mirror at an angle to be possible, the view would have to be from a second camera filming this, or involve additional mirrors.
*For the shot of Strong Sad pointing the camera in the mirror at an angle to be possible, the view would have to be from a second camera filming this, or involve additional mirrors.
*In the commentary, Strong Bad comments that Gavin got about as much screen time as he did; Strong Bad has about 10 seconds of screen time versus Gavin's 3 seconds.
*In the commentary, Strong Bad comments that Gavin got about as much screen time as he did; Strong Bad has about 10 seconds of screen time versus Gavin's 3 seconds.
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*When you click "Directed by Strong Sad and The Cheat", it will occasionally play the video with the quiet background music but no commentary.
*When you click "Directed by Strong Sad and The Cheat", it will occasionally play the video with the quiet background music but no commentary.
*Sometimes the commentary will stop after about half of Strong Bad's first line, while the rest of the music in the background stays quieted. This continues throughout the entire cartoon.
*Sometimes the commentary will stop after about half of Strong Bad's first line, while the rest of the music in the background stays quieted. This continues throughout the entire cartoon.
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*When you play the flash file and do an extreme close up on one of the "it's a lion" character's fangs, a little red tip is revealed.
===Inside References===
===Inside References===
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====They Might Be Giants References====
====They Might Be Giants References====
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*United States presidents are [[TMBW:Presidents|a common theme]] in TMBG's work; they have no fewer than five songs about U.S. presidents and frequently mention presidents in songs and on stage. Their [http://www.tmbg.com/froMain.html old website] is also presidentially themed.
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*United States presidents are [[TMBW:Presidents|a common theme]] in TMBG's work; they have no fewer than five songs about U.S. presidents and frequently mention presidents in songs and on stage. Their [http://www.tmbg.com/froMain.html website] is also presidentially themed.
*Skulls (e.g. the Tentacle Skull seen riding the bicycle) are another [[TMBW:Skulls|frequent TMBG theme]]. In addition to being mentioned in several of their songs, it appears on the cover of their ''[[TMBW:Back To Skull|Back to Skull]]'' EP and  on the back of their ''[[TMBW:John Henry|John Henry]]'' album.  The skull might also be the [[TMBW:Skullivan|Skullivan]], as mentioned in the companion EP for ''The Spine'', ''[[TMBW:The Spine Surfs Alone (EP)|The Spine Surfs Alone]]''.
*Skulls (e.g. the Tentacle Skull seen riding the bicycle) are another [[TMBW:Skulls|frequent TMBG theme]]. In addition to being mentioned in several of their songs, it appears on the cover of their ''[[TMBW:Back To Skull|Back to Skull]]'' EP and  on the back of their ''[[TMBW:John Henry|John Henry]]'' album.  The skull might also be the [[TMBW:Skullivan|Skullivan]], as mentioned in the companion EP for ''The Spine'', ''[[TMBW:The Spine Surfs Alone (EP)|The Spine Surfs Alone]]''.
*[[TMBW:Coffee|Coffee]] is yet another common theme in the work of TMBG. The earliest videos and promotional matierials from the '80s show TMBG with cups of coffee. In the film ''[[TMBW:Gigantic|Gigantic]]'', TMBG confesses that they are insanely dependent on coffee.
*[[TMBW:Coffee|Coffee]] is yet another common theme in the work of TMBG. The earliest videos and promotional matierials from the '80s show TMBG with cups of coffee. In the film ''[[TMBW:Gigantic|Gigantic]]'', TMBG confesses that they are insanely dependent on coffee.
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*In the commentary, both Strong Bad and Homestar get TMBG's name totally wrong (both "Super Giants" and "Supreme Giants" are mentioned). This is, of course, [[TMBW:Monikers|not the first time this has happened]]. In fact, one of their early EPs included [[TMBW:Untitled|an answering machine message]] in which two people discuss "There Must Be Giants" and "There May Be Giants" and appear to be confused about the whole experience. Similarly, they are introduced as "They Must Be Giants" on their live album ''[[TMBW:Severe Tire Damage|Severe Tire Damage]]''.
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*In the commentary, both Strong Bad and Homestar get TMBG's name totally wrong (both "Super Giants" and "Supreme Giants" are mentioned). This is, of course, [[TMBW:Monikers|not the first time this has happened]]. In fact, one of their early EPs included [[TMBW:Untitled|an answering machine message]] in which two people discuss "There Must Be Giants" and "There May Be Giants" and appear to be confused about the whole experience.
*The finger that comes up at one point might be a reference to the thumb on the cover of TMBG's [[TMBW:Dial-A-Song - 20 Years Of They Might Be Giants|"Dial-a-Song" album]], or perhaps the close-up of a cartoon finger pressing an elevator button in the video for "[[TMBW:(She Was A) Hotel Detective|(She Was a) Hotel Detective]]".
*The finger that comes up at one point might be a reference to the thumb on the cover of TMBG's [[TMBW:Dial-A-Song - 20 Years Of They Might Be Giants|"Dial-a-Song" album]], or perhaps the close-up of a cartoon finger pressing an elevator button in the video for "[[TMBW:(She Was A) Hotel Detective|(She Was a) Hotel Detective]]".
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*This is not the first time TMBG have worked with Flash accompaniment. Their children's album, "No!" (2002), was an enhanced CD, with 13 of the 17 songs having Flash animation complementing the music.
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*This is not the first time TMBG have worked with Flash accompaniment. Their children's album, "No!" (2002) was an enhanced CD, with 13 of the 17 songs having Flash animation complementing the music.
*Strong Sad falling through the spiral of presidents could be a poke at the lyrics in [[TMBW:Spiraling Shape|Spiraling Shape]]. Example: ''"...And clawing at nothing you drop through the void..."''
*Strong Sad falling through the spiral of presidents could be a poke at the lyrics in [[TMBW:Spiraling Shape|Spiraling Shape]]. Example: ''"...And clawing at nothing you drop through the void..."''
*The "forest and mountains" backdrop in this toon was also used in TMBG's music video for [[Wikipedia:Birdhouse in your Soul|Birdhouse in your Soul]].
*The "forest and mountains" backdrop in this toon was also used in TMBG's music video for [[Wikipedia:Birdhouse in your Soul|Birdhouse in your Soul]].
*In the commentary, Strong Bad reveals how "the one in the glasses" confused him with large vocabulary words. John Flansburgh is notorious for having a large vocabulary.
*In the commentary, Strong Bad reveals how "the one in the glasses" confused him with large vocabulary words. John Flansburgh is notorious for having a large vocabulary.
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*The "time lapsed sped-up" scene of the table in which the skull enters and leaves the frame in the background is a reference to a similar scene in the video for the song "[[TMBW: Ana Ng|Ana Ng]]", in which John Flansburgh stands still while John Linnell moves in the background.
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*The "time lapsed sped-up" scene of the table in which the skull enters and leaves the frame in the background is a reference to a similar scene in the video for the song "Ana Ng", in which John Flansburgh stands still while John Linnell moves in the background.
===Real-World References===
===Real-World References===
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*Strong Sad shaving himself is a reference to [[Wikipedia:Jørgen Leth|Jørgen Leth's]] short film ''[[IMDB:tt0376821| Det perfekte menneske]]'' ("The Perfect Human").
*Strong Sad shaving himself is a reference to [[Wikipedia:Jørgen Leth|Jørgen Leth's]] short film ''[[IMDB:tt0376821| Det perfekte menneske]]'' ("The Perfect Human").
*In the commentary, Strong Bad interrupts Strong Sad with the phrase "Boring Johnny and the Get Bored Crew". This is most likely a reference to the hip hop group "[[Wikipedia:Doug E. Fresh|Doug E. Fresh]] And The Get Fresh Crew".
*In the commentary, Strong Bad interrupts Strong Sad with the phrase "Boring Johnny and the Get Bored Crew". This is most likely a reference to the hip hop group "[[Wikipedia:Doug E. Fresh|Doug E. Fresh]] And The Get Fresh Crew".
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*Homestar can be found playing a game much like ''[[Space Invaders]]'', only with presidents instead of aliens, as well as a dollar sign instead of a tank.
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*Homestar can be found playing a game much like ''[[Wikipedia:Space Invaders|Space Invaders]]'', only with presidents instead of aliens, as well as a dollar sign instead of a tank.
*The swinging lightbulb is from the famous penultimate scene in [[Alfred Hitchcock|Hitchcock's]] ''[[IMDB:tt0054215|Psycho]]'', where Vera Miles finds Norman Bates' partially-preserved dead mother in the fruit cellar.  The oscillating shadows that result are re-created in various places in the video/animation.
*The swinging lightbulb is from the famous penultimate scene in [[Alfred Hitchcock|Hitchcock's]] ''[[IMDB:tt0054215|Psycho]]'', where Vera Miles finds Norman Bates' partially-preserved dead mother in the fruit cellar.  The oscillating shadows that result are re-created in various places in the video/animation.
*Another Hitchcock film nod is made to ''[[IMDB:tt0052357|Vertigo]]'', when Strong Sad falls out of the film and into a descending spiral of presidential faces.
*Another Hitchcock film nod is made to ''[[IMDB:tt0052357|Vertigo]]'', when Strong Sad falls out of the film and into a descending spiral of presidential faces.
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*Strong Bad references this video during his appearance at a [[TMBG Concert - 3 May 2006|2006 TMBG concert]].
*Strong Bad references this video during his appearance at a [[TMBG Concert - 3 May 2006|2006 TMBG concert]].
*[[It's a Lion!]] shows up again in TBC's video for [[TMBW:Figure Eight|Figure Eight]].
*[[It's a Lion!]] shows up again in TBC's video for [[TMBW:Figure Eight|Figure Eight]].
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*In [[the movies]], Strong Bad uses the phrase "Bloodied Pulp" in his implication of what he is going to do to Strong Sad if the latter doesn't keep quiet.
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*In [[the movies]] Strong Bad uses the phrase "''Bloodied Pulp''" the amazingly true story of [Strong Sad's] your face in five seconds!
==DVD Version==
==DVD Version==
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'''STRONG BAD:''' No, but we can talk about how "Real Smooth Moves" is, like, the best band name I ever heard. These Super Giant guys should change their name from "Super Giant" to "Real Smooth Moves." That's a band name!
'''STRONG BAD:''' No, but we can talk about how "Real Smooth Moves" is, like, the best band name I ever heard. These Super Giant guys should change their name from "Super Giant" to "Real Smooth Moves." That's a band name!
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'''STRONG SAD:''' Oh, I'm out of here! Hope I still get paid.
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'''STRONG SAD:''' Oh this is a disaster. Hope I still get paid.
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'''THE CHEAT:''' ''{The Cheat noises}''
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===Fun Facts===
===Fun Facts===
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*[[HR:expfilm.html|watch "Experimental Film"]]
*[[HR:expfilm.html|watch "Experimental Film"]]
*[[HR:expfilm final.swf|view the Flash file for "Experimental Film"]]
*[[HR:expfilm final.swf|view the Flash file for "Experimental Film"]]
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*[[YouTube:ZUgMpG1I_o8|watch "Experimental Film" on YouTube]]
 
*[[HR:testChild.swf|view the Flash file for the director's commentary of "Experimental Film"]]
*[[HR:testChild.swf|view the Flash file for the director's commentary of "Experimental Film"]]
**After it has finished loading, right-click (control-click if you're using a Mac) and choose "Play".
**After it has finished loading, right-click (control-click if you're using a Mac) and choose "Play".
*[[Forum:273|forum thread re: "Experimental Film"]]
*[[Forum:273|forum thread re: "Experimental Film"]]
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*[http://www.theymightbegiants.com/album-spine-surfs-bundle.htm download the song at theymightbegiants.com for 99 cents].
*[[TMBW:Experimental Film|This Might Be A Wiki: Experimental Film]]
*[[TMBW:Experimental Film|This Might Be A Wiki: Experimental Film]]

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