Talk:Ballad of The Sneak

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The Kaiser

As regards The Kaiser, could this also be a reference to Kaiser Wilhelm II?

I don't think so. TBC just used The Kaiser as a title for a "kingly" person. Kaiser is (or was) a fairly common term for a ruler. It's not a reference. --acekirby13|My Talk 23:42, 10 May 2005 (UTC)

On the Kaiserly subject, in 1936, The Kaiser would hardly be a hated figure in lieu of the influence of Hitler. Could this be qualified as a "goof?"

Flapper Girls?

Are we sure it's "flapper girls" and not "clever girls"? "Flapper" would be the obvious historical reference, but the word sounds more like "clever" to me, and "flapper girl" seems redundant - I've not researched this point, but I've always understood "flapper" stood on its own, without needing to be a modifier for "girl".

I listened to it really closely and it sounds like "flapper" to me. EDSMILDE
I always here "clever". SaltyTalk! 07:03, 4 December 2005 (UTC)
I'm pretty sure it's "glamour girls" 02:41, 18 February 2006 (UTC)
I also heard "clever girls", but how about Clabber Girls? Retromaniac 17:05, 6 August 2006 (UTC)
I've always heard "clever". I slowed it down in Audacity and I didn't detect any 'f' or 'p' sounds. It makes sense because in the 'old timey' era, clever was used more to mean good-natured/healthy/amiable and would be a fitting adjective for girls you'd want to get the affections of. 03:50, 5 December 2006 (UTC)
I-I hear, uh, weather girl. Thy Not Dennis (t/c) 20:03, 15 May 2009 (UTC)
Despite this supposing to be mid-30s, both Flappers & Barbershop Quartets did not really make it out of the 1920s. The intentionally tinny audio quality is also very 1920s, & moustaches were not popular in the 30s, but they did say the song did not hold to true time continuity. Before reading the transscript I thpught this was supposed to be a spin on 1920s animation.

flying machine? I herd spying machine.

flying machine sounded like spying machine. anyone else agree?-- Benol, aka Coach B 07:38, 4 December 2005 (UTC)

it's flying machine. it makes sense because the homestar runner is injured, probably because he fell out of his flying machine. — talk Bubsty edits 19:46, 4 December 2005 (UTC)
I also heard spying machine. Retromaniac 02:55, 1 September 2006 (UTC)

DVD version

Why is it taking so long to get the commentary for the DVD? Gnome o' Fury 15:12, 16 January 2006 (UTC)

Because there are many people in the transcript. I might take a go at it later today. Rogue Leader / (my talk) 15:14, 16 January 2006 (UTC)

The Fort-Wayne Locamotive

Does anyone else but me think he DID have a speaking role ? I heard him say 28 skidoo .. Other views ?

I thought he did too... The Goblin!! 19:03, 12 October 2007 (UTC)


I was wondering if the phonograph record blowing up in the Sneak's face relates to the anti-jazz cartoons that had slapstick accidents occurring to listeners of jazz. Retromaniac 02:55, 1 September 2006 (UTC)

Smart or Short

I heard "He's small and short and yellow.", not "He's small and smart and yellow." Retromaniac 02:54, 1 September 2006 (UTC)

STORM monologue

Storm seems to be having a conversation with himself in the second transcript. Could someone fix that?

The transcript is like that, because the quality of the commentary is rather low, and it's hard to identify any of the other speakers. As such, most lines are uncredited. --DorianGray 04:48, 9 April 2007 (UTC)

"Quite unique"

I'm not sure if this is a big enough deal to add to the article, but the phrase "quite unique" is poor grammar. Unique means "one of a kind" and cannot be used comparatively, nor does it take modifiers like "quite," "more," "very," etc. Wear a Bikini 19:03, 14 August 2007 (UTC)

While it's a pet peeve of mine when people modify "unique" with quantifiers, it's very common, and I don't think the misuse is notable. Heimstern Läufer 19:11, 14 August 2007 (UTC)


Not all counties repealed prohibition in the thirties. Some have yet to do so. They are known as "dry counties". Awexome 16:54, 16 October 2007 (UTC)

Small and sort of yellow

I'm not hearing the M. I originally heard "Small and short and yellow". Now I hear "small and sort of yellow".

My Michelle...

I'm pretty sure My Michelle is a song by Guns 'N' Roses. Since they say in the commentary My Michelle and not just Michelle, I think it's a reference to the GnR song, not the Beatles song. --Dementedc 13:05, 6 February 2008 (UTC)

"The Dapper Swindler" or "That Dapper Swindler"?

Yet another lyrics contesting. Anyway, I heard that. Actually, it sounds like Japper to me, but I'll leave that up to people who know what a Dapper is. So, the or that? (Frazz 22:49, 2 March 2008 (UTC))

Ok then, I'll go ahead and change it. (Frazz 18:57, 26 March 2008 (UTC))

The poster clearly reads The Dapper Swindler. I say we stick to that, given the canonical mention of phrasing. — Flashfight 19:01, 26 March 2008 (UTC)
Actually I have to agree, it is very clearly that Dapper Swindler —Flashfight 19:03, 26 March 2008 (UTC)

Paul and Storm

This song is everywhere credited to Da Vinci's Notebook, but it was actually written and performed only by members Paul and Storm. Da Vinci's Notebook broke up and Paul and Storm began their independent act in 2004, around when this short came out. Should it be noted in the article? - 07:56, 25 November 2008 (UTC)


The piano the sneak is dancing upon is not a nickelodeon. The term "nickelodeon" was most frequently used to reference nickel theater players, and even when the term was used to describe automated pianos, those types of pianos resembled orchestrions, not regular player pianos. Besides, the piano in cartoon didn't even have a coin slot, so it's most assuredly a regular player piano. ~Tsumetai 06:41, 1 September 2009 (UTC)

Small and smart and yellow?

Obviously, we know that the second line is "Small and smart and yellow." Is it possible that this refers to the colloquialism of "being yellow"? i.e "cowardly or treacherous; "the little yellow stain of treason"-M.W.Straight; "too yellow to stand and fight""? It seems that cowardice and treachery would be the Sneak's two primary defining points, after all.

Hidden message?

While editing the summery tab of "Ballad of the Sneak.mp3" (in the file properties), i found a bunch of numbers and letters in the comment section. "000002EE 00000000 00003D37 00000000 00018EE0 00000000 00003AAD 00000000 000026E0 00000000" I figured it's some hidden message written in something like hex or binary, but i haven't been able to figure out what it means or if it really is some hidden message.

It's not any of the options here. Elcool (talk)(contribs) 05:15, 5 February 2010 (UTC)
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