The Best Decemberween Ever

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A little Charlie Brown tribute

Homestar asks around trying to figure out the perfect Decemberween present for Strong Bad.

Cast (in order of appearance): Homestar Runner, Strong Sad, Coach Z, Marzipan, Bubs, Strong Mad, The Cheat, Strong Bad, Pom Pom, The King of Town, The Poopsmith

Places: Homestar's House, The Brick Wall, The Field, Marzipan's House, Bubs' Concession Stand

Date: December 21, 2001

Running Time: 4:43

Page Title: Sponsored by Dolly Madison!

Contents

Transcript

{"SPECIAL" logo appears on the screen and spins a few times as we zoom in on it. As this happens, it turns from blue to pink.}

{A calendar shows up, tacked to a wall. Red "X"es mark out days on the calendar. The calendar dates turn to the credits. Music plays.}

{Music still plays. Homestar walks out of his house in a brown hat. He makes snow-prints in the snow. It is snowing outside. He walks up to a brick wall and stands beside Strong Sad, who is leaning on it.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {Breathing, breath is visible} Uhh... Uhh... {long silence} Uhhhh...

STRONG SAD: What's the matter, Homestar?

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {Surprised} Oh! Strong Sad! I can't decide what to get Strong Bad for Decemberween.

STRONG SAD: Uh... What do you mean?

{Silhouette}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Well, I know he's kind of a jerk sometimes, and he says "holy crap" a lot, but I think if I get him the perfect present, he just might like me again.

{Strong Sad close-up}

STRONG SAD: What? People get presents for Decemberween? I always just get locked in the bathtub!

{Back out from Strong Sad}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh... Right. Uh... I gotta go. {Homestar runs off quickly, leaving a short-lived Homestar-shaped cloud.}

{Cuts to Coach Z and Homestar walking in front of a bunch of Christmas trees.}

COACH Z : Well, Homestar, I'll tell ya'. Buying a Decemberween present for Strong Bad is like a great sports play.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Let me guess... I can't just rush into the score zone.

COACH Z: Hey, that's right!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Coach! That's your answer for everything!

COACH Z: Oh. {Silence, then Coach Z holds up some mouth-wash.} Mouth-warsh? {Coach Z begins gulping mouthwash down}

{Cuts to Homestar and Marzipan in Marzipan's house. She is drawing protest signs as they talk.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER:...and then he said it was like a great sports play. And I didn't even think that applies to this situation.

MARZIPAN: That's great, Homestar. Why don't you just get him a shirt? He dosn't seem to have very many of those.

{Zooms to Homestar}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: No, I'm pretty sure he enjoys going topless.

{Zooms back out}

MARZIPAN: Well, you could get him a sponge, or a Jew's harp, or you could make some him some Chex party mix...

{Zooms to Homestar again}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: No way, those are terrible ideas. {Zooms to Homestar's face again} {Laughing} Like, I don't even want to see what you got me this year. {Chuckles.}

{Back out}

MARZIPAN: {Mad, she turns to Homestar} Why don't you go bother somebody else?!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Now that's a good idea!

{Music plays. Silhouette of Homestar walking along a bunch of snow-covered trees. They sway back and forth.}

{Homestar walks over to Bubs' Concession Stand. He has a bunch of lights and holiday decorations.}

BUBS: Hey there, Homestar, what can I do for you on this fine holiday?

HOMESTAR RUNNER: I can't find a freakin' present for Strong Bad.

BUBS: Well, you know what Coach Z says...

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {Zooms to Homestar, who leans back} {Annoyed} Yes, I know! I know!

BUBS: Oh, well, take a look around. I got all types of crazy crap!

{Homestar pulls up an old NES "Tag Team Wrestling" video game.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: No...

{He throws it behind him. Pulls out gold, sparkling gloves with cursive letters "SB".}

No...

{Throws that behind him. Pulls out Strong Sad voodoo doll with pins sticking in it.}

Uh... Are you allowed to sell this?

{ Throws that back. Pulls out a poster that says "Frampton Comes Alive!" with an autograph reading, "To Strong Bad. Best Wishes! - P.F."}

No...

{Silhouette of Bubs' Concession Stand with Homestar standing in front of it. All the stuff Homestar threw back is laying in a pile.}

That's it! This is the perfect present!

{Cuts to all the gang standing around exchanging gifts.}

{The Cheat opens a gift to see it explode in his face. It blows his hair back and he is all black.}

MARZIPAN: {Opening a gift, which comes out to be a Coach Z scratch n' sniff calendar.} Coach Z, this is nasty.

COACH Z: That's okay. Smell Orctober!

{Slides to Strong Bad}

STRONG BAD: Okay, let's see what we got from Homestar here...

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Open it! Open it! That one's from me. It took me forever to pick it out!

STRONG BAD: {Opens gift to find it a Deep Impact DVD} What?! The Deep Impact DVD?! You got me this for like the last three years, man!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: I know! And you liked it so much, I decided to get it for you again!

STRONG BAD: Oh, man!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: This is the best Decemberween ever!

STRONG BAD: {simultaneously} This is the worst Decemberween ever!

{The screen fades to black. Fade back in to the field. All the main characters except Strong Sad and Homsar are gathered together.}

ALL except THE POOPSMITH, POM POM and THE CHEAT: {Singing to the tune of "O Christmas Tree"} Decemberween, Decemberween, you're fifty-five days after Halloween.

MARZIPAN: With bunnies running for their lives,

KING OF TOWN: {holding up a bunny on a plate} I wish this one was super-sized!

ALL except THE POOPSMITH, POM POM and THE CHEAT: Decemberween, Decemberween, you're fifty-five days after Halloween!

STRONG SAD: {enters from right} What are you guys talking about?

STRONG BAD: Hey, who the crap let Strong Sad out?

ALL except THE POOPSMITH, POM POM and THE CHEAT: Decemberween, Decemberween, you're fifty-five days after Halloween!

BUBS: I've got all types of crazy crap!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: I bought Strong Bad a Deep Impact!

ALL except THE POOPSMITH, POM POM and THE CHEAT: Decemberween, Decemberween

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Coach Z's been drinking Listerine!

{Music cuts out and Coach Z falls into the snow.}

Easter Eggs

  • When Homestar is talking to Bubs at his concession stand, you can remove some of the christmas lights and move them around just as in the Astro Lite game! To help do this, pause the toon by right-clicking and unchecking play.

Fun Facts

Explanations

  • A Jew's harp is an ancient Eurasian instrument, also known as a jaw harp.

Trivia

  • The signs on the trees are as follows:
    • 3% APR!!!
    • The Decemberator 2000
    • Zero Down!
    • Cheap as Free
    • buy me! i'm awesome
    • No you're not. I am.
  • Among the items Homestar finds at Bubs' is a copy of the NES game Tag Team Wrestling. The game's teams were called "The Ricky Fighters" and "The Strong Bads". Obviously, this game is where Strong Bad got his name from.
  • This is the first cartoon where Decemberween is mentioned by its real name.

Remarks

  • A Holiday Greeting had the same page title, as well as the same intro and loading screen.
  • This cartoon seems to have been made during a transitionary period of sorts: The animation is of the most recent style, but the voices are the type that are associated more with the previous style. Notice, for instance, Homestar's pronunciation of "Strong Bad". Also, Bubs' Concession stand still has its old "Concessions by Bubs" sign, like from Where's The Cheat? and A Jumping Jack Contest.
  • Note Homestar's line about Strong Bad. "I think if I get him the perfect present, he just might like me again." This proves that, like Strong Sad, Strong Bad used to be friends with Homestar, or at least tolerate him.
  • Of the characters singing, Marzipan is likley the one with the operatic voice.
  • The calender at the beginning of the toon only shows 29 days in the month.

Goofs

  • Strong Sad has no arms while he is singing.
    • This may be because only arms leaning on the brick wall were drawn for this cartoon.
  • During the singing, if you listen closely, you can hear little the Cheat squeaks. But the Cheat's mouth doesn't move.
  • When Coach Z and Homestar stop, the "Buy me, I'm awesome" sign on the Christmas tree is covering up a little bit of the tree in front of it.

Inside References

  • The oven mitts are a reference to In Search of the Yello Dello, as is Coach Z's quote: "Well Homestar, I tell ya, buying a Decemberween present for Strong Bad is like a great sports play."

Real-World References

  • The introduction, with the spinning Special logo and sound effect, is a reference to the logo and sound that CBS used to preface their specials. The actual opening, used from 1973 to the late 1980's, is viewable here: this requires RealPlayer to view.
  • The beginning of the toon contains many references to the "Peanuts" cartoons by Charles Schulz, such as Homestar wearing a winter hat, similar to Charlie Brown's hat in "A Charlie Brown Christmas," and walking out of a house and along the low brick wall, Homestar sighing, along with the way Strong Sad's arms are drawn. Strong Sad plays the part of Linus and Homestar plays the part of Charlie Brown. It also pays homage at the end, when all the cast gets together and sings a song (which the Peanuts always did in their holiday specials). This may in fact be well-deserved kudos to the (then) recently deceased Charles Schulz.
  • The page title refers to Dolly Madison Bakery, a sponsor of various cartoon specials on CBS -- including Peanuts -- throughout the 1960's and 1970's.
  • The title of this 'toon is based on the book, "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever", by Barbara Robinson. The plot has nothing in common except for the holiday theme, of course.
  • The Cheat's head exploding when he opened a present is possibly a reference to The Smurfs, in which Jokey Smurf would give someone a present that would explode in the opener's face.

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