Marshmallow's Last Stand

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This article is about the toon. For the place and the toon's namesake, see Marshmallow's Last Stand (place).
You better believe it, man!
Friendly faces in the crowd

Strong Bad and Strong Mad steal the star from Homestar Runner's shirt in order to force Homestar and Pom Pom to participate in a tag team wrestling match. This cartoon, which is the first ever full-length Homestar Runner toon made, has been removed from the site.

Cast (in order of appearance): Homestar Runner, Pom Pom, Strong Bad, Strong Mad, The Announcer, Mr. Bland, Coach Z, Strong Sad, Señor, Marzipan, Bubs, The King of Town, The Poopsmith, The Robot

Places: Marshmallow's Last Stand, Arena

Running Time: 5:00

Contents

Transcript

{We see a sign with a color-changing background. Written across it are these words:}

FBI WARNING

This cartoon is pretty old. It was the first cartoon we ever made. Homestar is not very funny and neither is Strong Bad. They are mere shadows of the men they have become. This cartoon has not been on the site for many months, but we have had several requests (from our Dad) to put it back. So here it is. Consider yourselves warned.

{Show opening credits. Cut to inside Marshmallow's Last Stand. Homestar and Pom Pom sit at a table each with a marshmallow.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: These are some great marshmallows, eh Pom Pom? ...Why don't you look over there, for no reason.

{Pom Pom looks and Homestar sucks up Pom Pom's marshmallow. He chews it up and takes a bite of his own. Suddenly, heavy metal music plays in the background as Strong Bad and Strong Mad walk up.}

STRONG BAD: Oh, look at the babies! Eating their marshmallows!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Uh-oh, it's The Brothers Strong, Strong Bad and Strong Mad!

STRONG BAD: You better believe it, man! We're the best tag team wrestlers in the world!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: That's great, Strong Bad! Have a good time!

STRONG BAD: No, you morones (pronounced more-on-iss). We're challenging you to a tag team match!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Hmm... no thanks!

{Both Strong Bad and Strong Mad get angry.}

STRONG BAD: Hey, you gimme this!

{He takes Homestar's star from his shirt.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Hey! Gimme back my star!

STRONG BAD: Of course, but first you have to beat us in the ring!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: What do you say, Pom Pom old friend?

POM POM: {bubbles in agreement}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: You're on!

{Cut to outside a stadium. Crowds go in. We see a closeup of the door. There is a poster that says: "War for the Star Tonight!!! 8:30 PM." The scene changes to the ring.}

THE ANNOUNCER: Ladies and gentlemen, good evening and welcome to The War for the Star! In this corner, at a combined weight of 1,000,000 pounds, hailing from Parts Unknown, The Brothers Strong, Strong Mad and Strong Bad {Each fall into the ring as his name is called} And now, the hometown favorites, with a combined weight of 104 pounds, Homestar Runner and Pom Pom! {A light shines on each one as his name is called.}

{We see the crowd cheering. In the crowd are Mr. Bland, Señor, Marzipan, Bubs, Coach Z, The King of Town, The Poopsmith, The Robot, Strong Sad, and other various people. Señor is wearing a giant styrofoam hand; Mr. Bland is holding a sign that says "Wrestling Mania!!!"; and The Poopsmith is holding a sign that says "I'm #2". The bell rings and Homestar takes down Strong Bad with a flying kick to the head. Strong Bad gets up, but Homestar knocks him to the ground with the same kick, and then body slams him. Strong Bad tags in Strong Mad, who enters the ring.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Uh-oh.

{Strong Mad grabs Homestar by the legs and proceeds to slam him on the ground. He tosses Homestar out of the ring. Pom Pom enters the ring, but lands on Strong Mad's fist. Strong Mad beats him against the boxing ring floor repeatedly, and Pom Pom falls over. Strong Mad climbs to the top turnbuckle and gets ready to deliver the finishing move.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Pom Pom, look out! {Pom Pom winks at him.} Huh??!

{Strong Mad jumps and splashes onto Pom Pom, but is bounced into space. Strong Bad and Homestar re-enter the ring and Homestar bounces off of the ropes into Strong Bad, taking him out by smashing his head into Strong Bad's face. Strong Bad gets up. We see a close up of Homestar's face while music from "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" starts playing. We also see a close up of Strong Bad with the same music. Strong Bad attempts a windmill punch but Homestar kicks his belly and tosses him out of the ring. Strong Bad grabs a lit bomb from under the ring while mumbling incoherently. He gets back into the ring and shoves the bomb down Homestar's throat and punches Homestar's belly.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {Homestar's stomach gurgles}Ooh, I ate too many marshmallows... {His face turns green and he pukes the bomb and some marshmallowy goo onto Strong Bad's head.}

STRONG BAD: {running around frantically} AUGH! Getitoffme getitoffme getitoffme!

{The bomb explodes. When the dust clears, we see Homestar standing atop of Strong Bad. Strong Bad has a chunk missing from his head.}

THE ANNOUNCER: One! Two! Three! {The crowd cheers. Strong Mad falls back into the ring.} Ladies and gentlemen, your winners, Homestar Runner and Pom Pom!

{We see a picture of Homestar Runner and Pom Pom, labeled "Winners"}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Now how about my star back, Strong Bad?

{Strong Bad tears up Homestar's star while muttering something inaudible. Homestar kicks Strong Bad, who now lies on the ground with stars of confusion floating around his head. Homestar kicks one of the stars to himself so he can grab it.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Homestar, run! {He jumps up and the star of pain becomes a star on his shirt. The end!}

Fun Facts

Explanations

  • According to this interview, the reason this toon was taken off the site was quote: "The characters are completely different. Saying and doing things they'd never do now."
  • The Poopsmith's sign reads "I'm #2." #2 is also slang term for whatsit.
  • Homestar's hat is probably absent in this 'toon because Homestar's face was seen from the front and The Brothers Chaps couldn't draw it from that angle.

Trivia

  • The sign behind Homestar Runner changes continually in the restaurant. The order which they are shown in is:
    • Nice to Meat You (picture of a steak)
    • Lettuce Pray (picture of lettuce)
    • Get Toasted (picture of toast with butter)
    • Say Cheese (picture of cheese)
    • Get Toasted
    • Eggs-Treme (picture of fried eggs)
    • Pie-Fect!! (picture of a slice of pie with red filling)
  • According to Pom Pom's Character video, he weighs 4 pounds. Combining this fact with Pom Pom and Homestar's combined weight according to this toon, Homestar weighs 100 pounds.
  • According to a now non-existent comment in the Homestar Runner Museum, this was the first Homestar Runner cartoon to use voice acting. Notice how much each character's voice has developed since then.
  • With Strong Bad's south-of-the-border accent and wrestling mask, The Brothers Chaps parody lucha libre-style wrestling.
  • In this toon, Homestar Runner has a hint of a southern accent. TBC are from Georgia.
  • This is the only toon where the camera angle changes a lot.
  • This cartoon was co-written and co-directed by Chad Eikhoff.
  • In this cartoon, Strong Mad has visible chest hair on several occaisions.
  • Homestar Runner has stars on the treads of his sneaker soles.

Goofs

  • Although Homestar's star has five points, Strong Bad appears to tear the star into four triangular pieces.
  • Strong Bad's pants turn blue when Homestar wrestles Strong Mad. When Strong Bad steps back in the ring, they are black again.
    • His pants are also blue near the end of the toon, after the Brothers Strong lose and are standing at the side of the ring while the Announcer is announcing Homestar and Pom Pom as the winners.
  • When the Strongs first jump into the ring, Strong Mad looks unusually short.
  • When Homestar says, "Hey! Give me back my star," his voice sounds a little cut off at the beginning.
  • The exploding sound of the bomb can be heard a few seconds before it actually explodes.
  • After Strong Bad's face explodes from the bomb, the marshmallow on his face changes with every shot. The last time he is shown, he has no marshmallow on his face at all.
  • When Homestar jumps up to grab the gold star and says "Homestar....RUN!", Strong Bad doesn't scroll down with the rest of the floor while he is laying down.
  • When Strong Bad grabs the bomb from under the ring, you can notice on the left of Strong Bad's hands, the blue is overlapping his face, and to the right of his hands, his hand's outline extends into the blue.
  • Sometimes, when the ring is zoomed out far enough, you can see in the top left corner where the graphics for the audience end before the frame.
  • When Homestar says "Homestar....RUN!" his mouth doesn't move.

Real-World References

  • Strong Bad's "You better believe it, man!" sounds almost identical to the same phrase uttered by Jesus Quintana (played by John Turturro) in the movie The Big Lebowski.
  • The rainbow-colored warning is most likely a reference to Paramount Pictures' old FBI warning. It is used in the DVD.
  • "The War for the Star" is a parody of boxing matches with rhyming titles (e.g. "Rumble in the Jungle", "The Thrilla in Manila").
  • The Announcer says Strong Bad hails from Parts Unknown. Having more exotic characters (especially masked wrestlers, like Strong Bad) coming from "Parts Unknown" has been pretty standard in wrestling for decades. For example, the Ultimate Warrior and Kane were said to be from Parts Unknown.
  • Mr. Bland is holding a sign that says "Wrestling Mania." This is quite likely a reference to the annual WWE event of WrestleMania.
  • The music played when Homestar and Strong Bad are staring each other down comes from the movie The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

Fast Forward

  • The sound played when Strong Mad flies into space is used again much later in the Powered by The Cheat cartoon, "New Boots," when Nebulon leaves.
  • This type of art, animation and comedy was used again in the emails personal favorites and lady...ing.
  • The font used for the 1, 2, 3 count that appears when Homestar pins Strong Bad to the ground is the same as the Tandy 400 font (which is Westminster).
  • Homestar's comment on having eaten too many marshmallows mirrors a similar lamentation on drinking too many melonades in A Jumping Jack Contest.

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