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Week 13, 2010

"Yeah, yeah, no, yeah!"

Sbemailiarized Entertainment is a new concept for Strong Bad Emails. In the premiere toon, Sbemailiarized!, Strong Bad answers the question, "What separates a Strong Bad Email from a regular toon?" Apparently, not that much! While there are currently over 200 Strong Bad Emails (not including the Not Quite Strong Bad Emails), they merely explain the different aspects of the Homestar Runner universe, whereas Sbemailiarized Entertainment basically transforms various cartoons, Main Pages, and even the Intro, into a Strong Bad Email. They have been described as "4th wall type things", "the future of Strong Bad Emails", "the worst idea [Mike] ever..." and so on. At the end, the logo, which consists of a shiny metal orb with a pink circle around it and the words "sbemailiarized entertainment", appears, followed by "™ © ® LLC,,." and the name of a men's magazine. (more...)

Week 12, 2010

The complete living room

Marzipan's House, where Marzipan lives, has siding and a front porch. Her living room contains a couch and a painting with the words "Thank You" off-centered on it. Across from her couch in the living room is a mirror as seen in its reflection in Date Nite. Her kitchen contains a basic dining table, a window with a view outside, a Trivia Time cookie jar, her microwave, and her radio. Many other characters seem to use Marzipan's kitchen for their own purposes. She has a rarely seen craft room where she prepares her protest signs, and a basement with a chinchilla infestation. Near her door is her PhoneTime XL8 answering machine where the "Marzipan's Answering Machine" feature takes place. Her yard boasts a fine gazebo and radish patch. It is odd that, while in Quality Time, the room to the right of the couch is a closet, but in Baddest Of The Bands, Strong Bad clearly states that that is the kitchen, and that it is always boarded up while Strong Mad is there (which he is). (more...)

Week 11, 2010

Lil' Strong Bad drilling a brick

Lil' Strong Bad (also called Little Strong Bad or Lil Strong Bad) is the depiction of Strong Bad as a kid. He wears a shirt, unlike his grown-up counterpart. His head is more circular than when he grows up, and is apparently fastened in the back with a velcro strip rather than a shoelace. He has horrible spelling, evidenced in the card he sent to Lil' Strong Sad in The Secrets That I Keep, and often writes the letter d backwards (so that it looks like a b), even in his own name. He apparently also holds the record for the "Dirtiest Diapey" according to record book. He seemed to be on much more pleasant terms with Strong Sad than his grown-up counterpart, although in origins, it was implied that Strong Sad got his prominent belly button thanks to Lil' Strong Bad and a power drill. (more...)

Week 10, 2010

"I'm afraid I've got some bad news, boys. You're in space!"

In best thing, the 126th Strong Bad Email, released on Tuesday, March 8, 2005, Strong Bad receives an email from Albin J. (from Maryland), asking him what is the best thing he has ever seen, done or eaten. Strong Bad explains the answer to all three: the quickly-canceled pilot episode of Limozeen: "but they're in space!", known as "Encounter at Groupulon 5", which Strong Bad had recorded on tape. He then watches it on the tape with Strong Sad. All the while the show is playing, Strong Bad comments on the scenes in it, such as the band having to both run away from and give backstage passes to "all the hot babe-liens of the galaxy", the magical prankster Bozar turning reality upside-down, and, most of all, the band making sure metal stays number one throughout the galaxy. (more...) watch

Week 9, 2010

"That's two strikes, Coach Z!"

Coach Z and Marzipan appear to have a love-hate relationship, with most of the love lying on Coach Z's side and most of the hate lying on Marzipan's. On several occasions, Coach Z has shown to be in love with, or at least attracted to, Marzipan, although whether this is due to actual feelings of love, or the fact that Marzipan is the only girl available, is uncertain. Marzipan has made it quite clear that she is not particularly fond of Coach Z, and is often annoyed or downright repulsed by him. Despite these differing feelings between them, the two have been able to get along fairly well on a few occasions. (more...)

Week 8, 2010

"Keep rocking it."

The year 1987 was apparently an unusually eventful year in the Homestar Runner universe. It was the year in which, among other events, Strong Bad used to hang out with his main man Van Mundegaarde, productivity was down and the No Loafing Sign was put up, and when Strong Bad last checked that anime was called Japanimation. The DVD commentary for monster truck reveals that 1987 was the year in which Donnie Chapman dressed as Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe and Matt Chapman dressed as Evel Knievel for Halloween. At Flashforward 2006 Seattle, Mike mentioned that Matt won an award at a media festival for stop motion clay animation when he was in the seventh grade in 1987, but whether there is any further significance of the year to The Brothers Chaps remains in the realm of speculation. (more...)

Week 7, 2010

They miss video games. And their mom.

Teen Girl Squad Issue 5 is the fifth installment in the Teen Girl Squad series, released on Monday, March 1, 2004. Cheerleader, So and So and The Ugly One (but not What's Her Face, as they "forgot" to call her) are on Spring Break. They try to hang out with a group of college boys (or "olda boys", as Cheerleader calls them). The Ugly One is too scared to speak to them and buries her head in the sand instead. Cheerleader and So and So speak to them, Cheerleader insisting that they are in college, while So and So says that they're in 8th grade. While The Ugly One keeps her head buried, Henry Rollins, Abraham Lincoln and George Washington all approach and point at her, then go tandem parasailing with So and So. Near the end, they fly past What's Her Face watching Thomas skating a half-pipe. (more...) watch

Week 6, 2010

Based on the vaudeville stylings of Wibe Chimendez

Sickly Sam's Big Outing, released on Monday, February 11, 2008, is a Valentine's Day toon, set in the Old-Timey universe. This is the first Old-Timey toon to be presented in a color (namely, pink), added in to the otherwise black and white toon. In this toon, The Homestar Runner and Old-Timey Marzipan help Sickly Sam get ready for a date. All the while this is happening, Old-Timey Strong Bad and his cronies, Strong Man and The Sneak, try every effort to sabotage their efforts, so that the three villains can instead sell Sam to the Glue Factory. (more...) watch

Week 5, 2010

Which one, fresh or fly?

When animating characters from different angles, it is often easier to flip images rather than draw new ones. While often this technique works, without careful attention the flip will reverse text or other asymmetric features unintentionally. The Brothers Chaps will sometimes do this intentionally as a parody of cheap or amateur animation, although sometimes they fall prey to this themselves. Matt Chapman has referred to this as "Blue Laser Commander eyepatch syndrome." Although this technique most often happens in alternate animation styles, such as in the Cheat Commandos series or in toons powered by The Cheat, it has also appeared in the standard animation style as well. (more...)

Week 4, 2010

One hot bird

In Search of the Yello Dello, released on Thursday, May 4, 2000, is a remake of the website's second oldest Big Toon, an older Yello Dello cartoon, similar in presentation to the oldest toon, The King of Town DVD. It includes the cartoon's new and improved version, audio commentary by Homestar Runner, Strong Bad, and Strong Sad, storyboards, the original version of the toon, a theatrical trailer, and deleted scenes. In the toon, done in a stylized design, Homestar wants to get Marzipan a birthday present, but he doesn't know what to get. Coach Z tells him to get her something rare and exotic, so Homestar, accompanied by Strong Sad and Pom Pom, sets out to catch the Yello Dello. (more...) watch

Week 3, 2010

"Are you telling me the nightly nacho cheese masks aren't working?"

In looking old, the 164th Strong Bad Email, released on Monday, January 22, 2007, Strong Bad receives an email from Andy Hsiao of Taiwan, who thinks he looks old and asks how old he is. He instantly starts worrying about "losing the youth vote" if the younger people think he looks old. He then calls an "emergency marketing meeting" to figure out ways on how to get an image overhaul to keep young, with help from The Cheat, Bubs, Marzipan and Strong Mad. But their ideas do not go over well with Strong Bad. Finally, he decides to resort to a "lace lift", with questionable results. (more...) watch

Week 2, 2010

The "S" really IS for "sucks"

Strong Bad's first attempt at drawing a dragon made in the Strong Bad Email dragon was a failed one, thus he added a caption reading The S is for Sucks to the picture. Strong Bad thinks it doesn't look natural. Its body is made from an S and a more-different S, and it has beefy arms and legs and a triangular head. The more popular Trogdor retains a single beefy arm coming out of the back of his neck (for good measure), a similarly-shaped body, and three spikes on his lower back. On the fifth anniversary of the email (in the toon Trogday 08), Strong Bad celebrated The S is for Sucks Dragon (instead of Trogdor) with both a children's alphabet song and a heavy metal song, in which this dragon is portrayed as an aquatic type of dragon, or sea serpent. (more...)

Week 1, 2010

"Consider yourselves warned."
The Timeline of Homestar Runner:

In the summer of 1996, Craig Zobel and Mike Chapman wrote "The Homestar Runner Enters the Strongest Man in the World Contest," the original book that created the Homestar Runner body of work and the characters Homestar Runner, Pom Pom, Strong Bad, and The Cheat. Later that year, Matt Chapman, Mike, and Craig made the Super NES video for The Brothers Chaps' brother Donnie as a Christmas present, marking the first appearances of Strong Sad and Strong Mad. Three years later, in 1999, they wrote another book, "Where My Hat Is At?", which introduced Coach Z and Bubs. On December 6 the domain name homestarrunner.com was registered, and on January 1, 2000, the website debuted with the original main page, Where My Hat Is At?, Super NES, several of the early games, and Marshmallow's Last Stand (pictured), the first Homestar Runner Flash cartoon. Marzipan, The King of Town, and The Poopsmith rounded out the original main cast. (more...)

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