Parsnips A-Plenty

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"Let's make soup!"

Parsnips A-Plenty

The Homestar Runner goes to get some parsnips for a soup.

Cast (in order of appearance): The Homestar Runner, 1936 Marzipan, Fat Dudley, 1936 Strong Bad, Strong Man, The Sneak, 1936 Bubs, Sickly Sam, The Kaiser (Easter egg), The Devil (Easter egg)

Places: The Field (1936), Parsnip Depot, The Cliff, Hell

Date: October 21, 2002

Running Time: 2:38

Page Title: Presented in Glorious "SOUND-O-VISION"



{A crackly, simple melody plays in the background of an old, grayscale television screen.

The following words appear:

The Homestar Runner in a "Cartoon" for "Kids" "Parsnips a Plenty"

Presented in Glorious Sound-O-Vision copyright 1936

Featuring: (Accompanied by a picture of The Homestar Runner) The Homestar Runner

(Accompanied by a picture of 1936 Marzipan) Marzipan

(Accompanied by a picture of Fat Dudley) Fat Dudley

(Accompanied by a picture of 1936 Strong Bad) Strong Bad

(Accompanied by a picture of Strong Man) Strong Man

(Accompanied by a picture of The Sneak) The Sneak! }

{Cut to a scene with The Homestar Runner, Fat Dudley and 1936 Marzipan, standing in a field. When voices speak, they are crackly and difficult to understand.}

THE HOMESTAR RUNNER: Let's make soup.

1936 MARZIPAN: What kind?

FAT DUDLEY: {Flapping his hands and saying the words musically} Bo, bo bo bo bo, bo bo, bo bo!

THE HOMESTAR RUNNER: Parsnip soup it is.

{There are a few flashes and changes in position on the part of the characters, suggesting that several takes were required to get this scene right.}

1936 MARZIPAN: Let's make soup!

{Marzipan's image can be seen reflected in a long and complicated telescope, which the camera follows until it reveals 1936 Strong Bad on the other end, peering out. He puts it down, looking malicious.}

1936 STRONG BAD: {Turning his head} Parsnip soup, eh? We'll make parsnip pie!

{The camera cuts to a position from which you can see 1936 Strong Bad, The Sneak and Strong Man standing in front of some very badly drawn buildings. Dramatic music begins.}

STRONG MAN: {Flexing his arms} RRAAAAHH! {The dramatic music ends.}

{Cut to a scene with The Homestar Runner, Marzipan and Fat Dudley standing in front of the 'Parsnip Depot'. A sign on it reads, "No hobos!"}

THE HOMESTAR RUNNER: This must be the depot. {says it "Day-po"}

{The three of them go into the depot together.}

1936 STRONG BAD: {Dramatic music plays. Sticking his head out of the bottom of the fence } AHAHAHA!! {1936 Strong Bad's head retreats. The music stops.}

{Cut to the Parsnip Depot counter. 1936 Bubs shakes a cup with three pencils in it.}

1936 MARZIPAN: Parsnips, please.

1936 BUBS: We're all out. {He shakes the cup again.}

{Cut briefly to a scene of many tables upturned, empty of parsnips. Cut to Marzipan's shocked expression, then to The Homestar Runner's.}

THE HOMESTAR RUNNER: {Speaking in a slow monotone} Where have all the parsnips gone?

FAT DUDLEY: {Musically, waving his arms} Bo bo bo bo bo, bo bo, bo bo!

{Cut to a scene showing 1936 Strong Bad, Strong Man and The Sneak pushing a wheelbarrow full of parsnips. The dramatic music plays once again.}


{Cut to The Homestar Runner again.}

THE HOMESTAR RUNNER: {Doing a double take} Strong Bad!

{Cut back to 1936 Strong Bad.}

1936 STRONG BAD: {Brandishing a parsnip, and then throwing it away, while speaking dramatically} Now we'll have our parsnip pie, and The Homestar Runner will go hungry! It's curtains for you!

{Cut to The Homestar Runner, looking confused. There is a short pause.}


{Cut once again to 1936 Strong Bad.}

1936 STRONG BAD: {Brandishing an old-fashioned gun.} We'll have a duel!

{Cut to The Homestar Runner, looking even more confused.}


{Fade out in the form of a black circle. We see 1936 Strong Bad and The Homestar Runner standing with their backs facing each other, Strong Man and The Sneak on the left side (1936 Strong Bad's side) and Marzipan and Fat Dudley on the right (The Homestar Runner's side ).}

1936 STRONG BAD: Five paces, turn and fire!

THE HOMESTAR RUNNER: {Sounding more confused than ever before} What?

{1936 Strong Bad starts walking away, but The Homestar Runner doesn't.}

{The sound of a record rewinding resonates briefly. The following text appears onscreen: (SCENE MISSING!)}

{An image appears of 1936 Strong Bad falling off a cliff. The word 'Cliff' is written on a sign at the top. His gun spirals after him.}

1936 STRONG BAD: {Yelling in a monotone} AAAAHHHH!!

{Cut to a scene with Marzipan, The Homestar Runner, Fat Dudley, 1936 Bubs, The Sneak, and Strong Man standing at the former dueling grounds.}


1936 STRONG BAD: {Still falling} BOOOOOOO!!

THE HOMESTAR RUNNER: Now I'll do a dance.

{The Homestar Runner does his trademark dance, to the trademark music. Fat Dudley flaps his hands and The Sneak moves his nose.}

{Once again, cut using the black circle, this time to a table with soup on it. Marzipan and The Homestar Runner can be seen sitting in front of the soup.}

1936 MARZIPAN: How's the soup?

{The Homestar Runner eats a spoonful, gags twice, then spits it out all over Fat Dudley, who was evidently sitting off-camera. Soup pours down his head.}

{Cut to a scene of the door to the room.}

SICKLY SAM: {Emerging from the door. In a weak voice...} Can you spare any mush for me?

THE HOMESTAR RUNNER: {from off-camera} Sorry, Sickly Sam, I wish you'd leave us alone.

{Sickly Sam silently sighs and disappears in a puff of smoke, to the sound of someone gasping for breath.}

{Cut back to The Homestar Runner.}

THE HOMESTAR RUNNER: Fat Dudley, you're all wet.

{Fade out with the black circle once more, this time centering on The Homestar Runner's eye, which winks.}


Easter Eggs

  • At the end click on the "D" in "end" and it will show you Strong Bad in Hell with The Kaiser and The Devil.

Easter Egg Transcript

1936 STRONG BAD: Curses! I've gone to hell! How unfortunate!

  • Then click on The Kaiser's head in the background and it will say "Buy U.S. Soup Bonds" in front of a faded picture of 1936 Homestar Runner wearing an army helmet, standing in front of the American Flag, with crumpled cans of soup on the ground around him.

Fun Facts


  • Clicking "again" at the end actually reloads the html file instead of merely restarting the SWF. This is evident if you watch the SWF file; clicking "again" takes you to the HTML page.

If you wait a while after the "Hell" Easter egg, the reel sound will stop and then the music.


  • When 1936 Strong Bad is looking through the telescope, the image of Fat Dudley, The Homestar Runner, and 1936 Marzipan should be reversed.
  • The Flash file for Parsnips A-Plenty is parnsips.swf , while the page filename for Parsnips A-Plenty is parsnips.html
  • You can still click on the Kaiser's head when it says "Buy U.S. Soup Bonds". It is generally in the same spot as the Homestar Runner's helmet.
  • While The Homestar Runner is doing a dance, 1936 Bubs' pencils are missing from the can he is holding.

Inside References

  • The Strong Bad, Strong Man, and The Sneak stealing the parsnips in the wheelbarrow is reminiscent of the scene in The Reddest Radish where their 21st-century counterparts steal Marzipan's radish.

Real-World References

  • "Buy U.S. Soup Bonds" is a reference to cartoons from World War II which frequently encouraged people to buy War Bonds.
  • The "scene missing" gag may be inspired by a near-identical scene in an episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus.

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