In Search of the Yello Dello

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One hot bird.
The Yello Dello is the most rare and beautiful bird in this entire cartoon.

Homestar wants to get a birthday gift for Marzipan, but can't decide what to get. Coach Z advises him to get something rare and exotic, so Homestar, Pom Pom, and Strong Sad head out to catch the Yello Dello. The DVD is complete with commentary, the old version of the cartoon, and deleted scenes. The characters are drawn in a stylized fashion.

Cast (in order of appearance): Homestar Runner, Coach Z, Pom Pom, The Alien Guy, The Mountain Goat, The Yello Dello, Strong Sad, Strong Bad, Marzipan, The Announcer, Strong Mad

Places: The Athletic Field, Coach Z's Locker Room, A Mountain, Far Off Lands, Various Fields, Marzipan's Garden, Homestar Runner's House


Old Version: Thursday, May 4, 2000
DVD: on or before Friday, August 17, 2001

DVD: Everything Else, Volume 2

Commentary: Strong Bad, Strong Sad, and Homestar Runner talk about the movie as it's being played.

Deleted Scenes: A pixelated challenge modeled after the Atari 2600 game Barnstorming; Coach Z and Homestar Runner in the shower room; and Strong Mad telling Marzipan about the Yello Dello.



Fun Facts


  • The way the music fades as it reaches the end of a loop (unlike most other loops on the site) mimics the looping music used on some DVD menus. Due to technical limitations, music used in DVD menus cannot loop and is often faded out similarly to the music used here.
  • Strong Bad's name being in a box in the theatrical trailer is a common tactic used in movie poster credits to highlight the name of a well-known actor who is not top-billed.


  • In the third deleted scene (where Strong Mad plays Strong Bad's role), Strong Mad is wearing a shirt with a megaphone decal on it; this decal is the letter U in the Webdings typeface.
  • The flower that Marzipan is watering is similar to the flower in Coach Z's "bad gift" scenario.
  • Marzipan's handprint seems to indicate that she has invisible arms and hands.
  • There is no "back" link at the end of the old version.
  • The link to the storyboards no longer works.
  • Despite the Yello Dello's feminine appearance and the fact that it's referred to as a her, it speaks in a male voice.
  • This is the first appearance of Atari 2600 graphics in the Homestar Runner body of work.
  • Strong Sad's pixellated appearance during the montage depicts him with a gray face and white upper body, rather than a white face and grey upper body.
  • In Deleted Scene #1, there are 52 extra frames that consist of the scene's background (with a white sky instead of the multicoloured one and the barn and fence removed) while the plane's sound plays.
  • Though the "2" on Marzipan's "h2oh" watering can is displayed as subscript in the old version, the new version has it instead displayed as superscript.


  • In the scene where Pom Pom is floating, the dots on Homestar's hat disappear while he talks.
  • In the locker room scene, Coach Z's right foot is cut down by a thin gray line in the middle, showing a mistake in copy and pasting.
  • In the scene where Pom Pom and Homestar are supporting Strong Sad so he can tell his story, Homestar wakes up and slides out from underneath Strong Sad, yet Strong Sad doesn't move (he was previously standing on top of Homestar).
  • In Deleted Scene #1, when the plane hits the barn, the sky will move to the left, exposing a thin white area.

Inside References

  • The goat head that pops out from behind the mountain in Coach Z's "bad gift" scenario also appeared in Audition with Marzipan.
  • In the commentary, Strong Sad reveals that he dreams of his own death (over and over and over...).
  • In the commentary, Homestar accidentally introduces the toon as "the King of Town Super DVD", which references to The King of Town DVD.
  • In the commentary, Strong Bad's saying that he doesn't trust Pom Pom any further than he can throw him is another reference to The King of Town DVD, where Strong Bad makes the same quote in the commentary about that little chef guy.
  • Oven mitts appear several times in the DVD.
  • The alien is seen showering, and his towel falls off.
  • The rating slide in the trailer reads, "EVERYBODY! EVERYBODY!", a reference to the intro song.
  • The Australian narrator's line about the Yello Dello being the rarest and most beautiful bird in the cartoon is a fourth wall break.
  • The story that Strong Sad tells to the Yello Dello is similar to the third Strong Sad Lib in Strong Libs.

Real-World References

  • "Hello Yello Dello" might be a reference to The Three Stooges' quote of "Hello, Hello, Hello! Hello hello hello hello hello!"
  • The deleted scene with the plane is a reference to the Atari 2600 game Barnstorming.
  • In the third deleted scene, Strong Mad sports a Black Flag tattoo.
  • The scene with the scorpion is from the classic Atari 2600 game Pitfall!.
    • The song played at the end of the cartoon is the sound effect from Pitfall for when the player dies.
  • The title may be a reference to the old TV series In Search of..., which was narrated by Leonard Nimoy (Star Trek's Mr. Spock) and detailed the search for various legendary beasts, artifacts, and places (e.g. In Search of Bigfoot, In Search of The Loch Ness Monster, and so on).
  • Mello Yello (mentioned in the third deleted scene) is a brand of soda made by Coca-Cola similar to Mountain Dew.
  • The voice-over that describes the Yello Dello is similar to Steve Irwin, also known as The Crocodile Hunter.
  • "Discover Network" is a reference to Discovery Channel.
  • The menu theme is similar to the music from Pitfall II: Lost Caverns.
  • The Yello Dello's manner of eating is a reference to the LucasArts adventure game LOOM, in which a seagull eats a clam in the same way.
  • The character from the Atari 2600 game Yars' Revenge that Homestar mentions in the commentary is the Yar that is controlled in the game. In the game, squares can be eaten off of the Qotile's (the enemy) shield.

Fast Forward

  • The quote "Oh, Strong Sad! How long have you been standing there?" would be said again by Homestar in The Luau.
  • In the deleted scene, where Homestar and his companions are in the plane, after they fly into the ducks, Homestar yells out, "Somebody get this freakin' duck away from me!" This would be later said by Strong Bad relating to the Atari dragon on Main Page 13.
  • The quote, "I think I has the solution" was later said by Strong Bad in little questions.
  • The rating screen in the theatrical trailer is used again in the trailer for Sbemail 169 Deleted Scene.
  • The intro of 160 Seconds is done in the style of the intros of the deleted scenes.
  • Marzipan's shriek from the Old Version can be heard in the Most in the Graveyard Teaser.

DVD Contents


New Version


Theatrical Trailer


Deleted Scenes

Old Version

Everything Else Vol. 2 Version

  • Switch the audio in the Old Version to hear commentary from Mike and Matt Chapman and Peter Olson.
  • The storyboard now has commentary.
  • When played in "Play All", only the New Version is played.
  • An Easter egg is added involving a 4th Deleted Scene.

{Open to a blue background with Michael Stipe's face with a message reading "Deleted Scene #4; 'Yello Dello' featured Strong Sad's first spoken lines in a cartoon. This was the first stab at his voice: Matt's bad Michael Stipe impression. So bad, in fact, that it was never to be heard again". Cut to Strong Sad in a scene from the new version of Yello Dello.}

STRONG SAD: {sounds supposedly like Michael Stipe.} I don't know, Homestar. That looks... really dangerous.

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