The King of Town DVD

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This article is about the DVD toon. For the main character, see The King of Town.

The King of Town DVD is a DVD-style update of an older King of Town cartoon. It includes commentary by Strong Bad, storyboards and the old version. In the toon, the King of Town sends Homestar and Pom Pom to investigate the whereabouts of his sheep.

Cast (in order of appearance): The King of Town, The King of Town's Sheep, The Sheep-Eating Dragon, Homestar Runner, Pom Pom, The Blacksmith, The Poopsmith, The Little Chef Guy, The Bishop, The Knight, The Hornblower

Places: King of Town's Castle

Date: 2000

Contents

Transcripts


Easter Eggs

  • On the main DVD page, click on the mustache on the shield. After it moves aside, click on the brick that was under it to see the King of Town Intro and Main Page that was used for April 1, 2003.

Fun Facts

Trivia

  • The colors of the King of Town's crown are reversed compared to his crown's color scheme in all of his subsequent appearances.
  • This is the shortest Big Toon to date.

Remarks

KoT's mouth
  • In the commentary, Strong Bad says Homestar never graduated from anything in his life. The position of his tassel, over the right eye, traditionally signifies that a person has not received a degree (yet).
  • In the commentary, Strong Bad saying that Homestar probably can't read is incorrect, for Homestar shows his reading and writing skills in several places, including credit card, anything and 50 emails. Homestar's literacy is also tested in Arcade Game and Cool Things.
  • In the Olde version, we actually see the King of Town's mouth under the moustache when he belches.
  • The storyboards depict the Poopsmith having a speaking part. Apparently, he was originally going to respond to Homestar's question with a simple "Nope". It also shows the second P in Poopsmith crossed out and replaced with an H, indicating that the Brothers Chaps may have initially renamed him the "Poohsmith", but this name isn't used anywhere else, suggesting the consideration to rename the character "Poohsmith" was abandoned altogether.

Inside References

Real-World References

  • The DVD menu theme is reminiscent of the theme from the King's Quest games.

DVD Contents

DVD Menu

New Version

Storyboards

New Version with Commentary

Olde Version

Everything Else Vol. 2 Version

  • On the Olde Version, switch the audio to hear commentary from Matt & Mike.

Commentary Transcript

(Commentary by: Mike Chapman, Matt Chapman)

MIKE: So here's the first cartoon that we ever put on the Homestar website.

MATT: Yeah.

MIKE: Matt made this all by himself at work, right?

MATT: I made that fence. That fence was really good looking. {Mike laughs}

MIKE: The King of Town doesn't say "Doo hoo hoo" as much as he used to.

MATT: He— he definitely doesn't. There's some line width issues, Mike.

MIKE: Yeah, there's bricks— that background has very thick outlines right there.

MATT: This is the cartoon that introduced the King of Town, the Poopsmith, the Blacksmith, all the King's men.

MIKE: The Poopsmith was never intended to, uh, make it past this cartoon anymore than the Blacksmith or the Chef was, but uh—

MATT: Right, he was just sort of a, uh, site gag in the midst of those few guys.

MIKE: For whatever reason, he transcended.

MATT: He transcends times and space...s.

MIKE: Those flies stop buzzing.

MATT: {laughing} Apparently. This is a nice magical chalkboard Homestar has.

MIKE: At the beginning of every scene, there's two or three seconds of silence before anything happens or anyone says anything.

MATT: Yeah, that's some good looping animation on his sweat. {Mike laughs} Some good red cheeks too. Just kinda spew. Look he had a mouth there! That's his mouth?

MIKE: Yeah, he did. I didn't even notice. Wow.

MATT: A rare glimpse. Bye.

  • The King of Town's Answering Machine scene from the Commentary has been removed from the commentary and is an Easter Egg on The King of Town DVD menu.
  • The Storyboard now has commentary from Matt & Mike.

Commentary Transcript

(Commentary by: Matt Chapman, Mike Chapman)

MATT: What do you think of that, Mike? "Pling!"

MIKE: So these are the storyboards for the King of Town cartoon that you did, Matt. You probably drew them at work, didn't you?

MATT: I bet I did, Mike. Don't tell anybody about that.

MIKE: That's pretty accurate. We did a pretty good job of depicting that.

MATT: Yeah, "Doo hoo hoo". That's accurate. Look at that. That top dragon has some sort of a nose or a big wart on the top of his head.

{pause until next storyboard}

MATT: Homestar says "Sure!" with a giant mouth. He doesn't do that in the final cartoon. {pause until next storyboard}

MATT: {deep voice} "No."

MIKE: Uh, so we used to storyboard stuff.

MATT: The Poohsmith, Mike, not the Poopsmith.

MIKE: Uh huh.

MATT: I- I corrected it. I wanted it to be Poohsmith, instead.

MIKE: But then when we went back to the Poopsmith.

MATT: "The chef's cook". That's not- that's- that's a typo. {Mike laughs} The king's cook.

MIKE: It's funnier as the chef's cook.

MATT: It is.

MIKE: I thought it was you being funnier, not you being a typo.

MATT: {laughs} Look, straight faced Homestar! It's a head on collision with him.

MIKE: You like those sheep.

MATT: Yeah. There's really no point to these. They're so not detailed and there's no point in me even having drawn them.

MIKE: Well, back in the day, we used to think we needed to draw storyboards for the cartoons.

MATT: Yeah, it's legit. Icebox.com did it.

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