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Strong Bad Email #203
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"Independent films are called that for a reason: they are independent of anything good!"

Strong Bad points out the differences between the two warring types of independent films.

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad, The Cheat, Strong Sad, Pom Pom, Homestar Runner, Marzipan, Strong Mad, Bubs, Coach Z, Senor Cardgage.

Places: Computer Room, Strong Sad's Room, The Field, The Movie Theater

Computer: Compé

Date: Monday, August 10, 2009

Running Time: 5:20

Page Title: Compy Compé



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{The typical shot of Strong Bad at his computer, which is now, of course, the Compé. As it did in Compy Catalog, the logo, which is in lowercase, has "com" in Westminster, with a gold, pixelated shine, and "pé" is in another italic, serif font, with a silver pixelated shine. This logo pops-up slowly and fades in while a shine appears in the background. The computer sighs as well, and at one point the entire logo shines from left to right, and when reaching the "é" sparkles the accent mark. The logo then retracts itself and fades-out. Shortly afterward, the screen is replaced with a desktop. The wallpaper is a shot of grass (where focus is on the bottom-left corner). There is only one (pixelated) icon on the desktop; on the top-left corner, which shows Strong Bad's head in an envelope, and it is titled "sbemail.exe". A pixelated cursor is seen on the bottom.}

STRONG BAD: Hey! Who taped the full-color photo to my computer screen? {rubs the screen} It won't come off!

{cut to wider shot. The Cheat is standing next to Strong Bad.}

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises}

STRONG BAD: What? {turns towards and points to the Compé} Those are actual graphics? {turns back to The Cheat} And I can change it to be whatever I want? {Turns back towards the Compé} {singing} Oh, best thing ever! {Cut back to the tight shot} Best thing ever! {He moves the mouse and right clicks the screen. A contextual menu appears with the items, from top to bottom, "Options", "Sounds", "Icons", and "Change Desktop".} {quickly and mumbled} this is the best thing ever! {Strong Bad moves the mouse northeastward and hovers over the The colors on this option invert. Strong Bad clicks the "Change Desktop" option, and the grass wallpaper is replaced by an image of Strong Bad dancing in The Basement. It is a close-up of Strong Bad's butt, which has a lens flare on it.}

STRONG BAD: {rapping} To check my email, all gotta do is click. All that old typin' made my boxing gloves sick. {Double clicks on a "sbemail.exe" icon. An email pops-up.}

Dear Strong Bad,
Does Strong Badia ever host an independent film festival?
-=Evil Gif=-
Phoenix, Arizona

{Strong Bad says "a hideous growth on my butt festival?" instead of "an independent film festival?" he corects himself by saying "Err...wait. Independent film festival?" to which he then mumbles "Sorry about that. I get those to mixed up." Instead of "Evil Gif", he says "Evil Moms choose Evil Gif" {Pronounced as "jiff". He will pronounce this the same way later. He pronounces "Phoenix" as "fee-niz" and "Arizona" as "arik-sona".}

STRONG BAD: {typing} Well Gif, the short answer is no. The long {Not typed in italic} answer is {Forcefully, after a shot pause.} NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! {After a short delay, he types these four exclamation marks.} {normally} Independent films are called that for a reason: they are independent of anything good {Not typed in italic}.

{Clears screen}

STRONG BAD: And these days, they seemed to be locked in a civil war that will hopefully end in the extermination of both sides. I am, of course talking about independent films versus {Types "vs."} indie films. "What's the diff?" you may ask? {Types a period. He speaks the following quickly.} Because apparently you're in a big hurry. {Goes back to a normal pace} Well, it's as plain as {Cut to split shot of Strong Sad in his room with an old film-reel camera at his eye, and Pom Pom in the field with a bottle of water, which he is looking at.} Strong Sad and Pom Pom {Strong Sad lowers the camera and looks towards the viewer Pom Pom faces towards the camera as well.}

POM POM: {bubble noises}

{The left side of the half, Strong Sad's side, expands to take up the entire screen. We can now see a poster on his wall that reads "DON'T CRY" with a figure on it. There is a dead plant on a square pillar to which Strong Sad is now looking at, and pointing his camera, to.}

STRONG BAD: Strong Sad is on the independent film side. {Strong Sad moves the camera, which has been in his right hand, to the right, where he presses two buttons of some sort. He is now looking at the camera, which is pointed at the plant again.} He's the lifer artist-type that went to film school.

STRONG SAD: I minored in holding on wide shots for too long!

{There is a two to three second pause.}

{Cut to a movie theater screen. A few empty seats are shown on the bottom. On the screen is a black and white movie that consists of the dead plant Strong Sad was filming. There appears to be two puzzle pieces in front of the pot. The film zooms into what appears to be the shadow of the square pillar.}

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} And he's making some boring, very personal, no budget film.

{Cut to a close-up Strong Sad in his room, still with the camera.}

STRONG SAD: Actually, I've succeeded in going lower than no budget! I'm making a the world's first faux-budget film! The entire thing's being financed with {He pulls up several colored pieces of paper.} Monopoly money!

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} And, best of luck to you.

{Cut back to the Compé}

STRONG BAD: {typing} Pom Pom on the other hand, represents indie films. The slicker, catchier name they came up with that seems to perform better in the 18 to 24 demo.

{Cut to Pom Pom in a director's chair facing the film. There is a digital studio camera to the left of him on a tripod. There is a coffee maker on a desk to the right with cups to the left of it. On the right of his chair there is a traditional megaphone. "POM-POM" is stenciled in on the chair. He is talking on his cell phone, with sunglasses it appears, and is holding a water bottle.}

STRONG BAD: {off screen} He's a tech-savvy hipster whose dad owns his own studio, {The logo for the studio appears in a corner-curved square (which has a shadow). The name of the studio is "Pom Pictures".} and relies on using middle names {The stenciled name on the director's chair changes to "POM THOMAS POM" with a popping sound.} and/or initials {The stencil then changes to "J. POM THOMAS POM"} to somehow {The stencil changes again to "J. POM THOMAS C. POM".} solidify indie cred {The final edit to the stencil, "J. WILLIAM POM THOMAS C. POM" appears on the director's chair.} He'll {There is then a cut to what appears to be a three-ring binder} spend a 30 million dollar budget {The three-ring binder opens to a page explaining the budget}, trying as hard as he can to make it look like he only spent a few hundred thousand.

{Cut to the movie theater as seem earlier. A penciled and colored animating drawing of the studio logo is shown.}

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Easter Eggs

  • At the end, click on "OOOoooooooo!" to see the poster and tagline of cyber.coma.static.
  • Also, click on "hideous growth on my butt" to see a filming session with Homestar and Strong Sad.

Fun Facts



  • The Monopoly Money that Homestar Runner is given is the incorrect color. In actuality, pink is for $5 bills, and green is for $20 bills.
  • Pom Pom's name is misspelled as "Pom-Pom" on his chair.


  • When The Cheat walks up the first time, and the camera zooms out, the sbemail.exe icon disappears.
  • When Strong Bad types "I am, of course talking about...", he leaves out a comma after "of course".

Fixed Goofs

  • When Strong Bad said, "Pom Pom on the other hand", he failed to type "the". This was fixed later after release.

Inside References

Real World References

  • The animated intro in Pom Pom's indie movie is a reference to films which use hand-drawn style opening credit sequences, such as this one from Juno.
  • "Evil Moms choose Evil Gif" is a play on Jif peanut butter tag line, "Choosy Moms choose Jif".
  • The word "presents" on Pom Pom's film closely resembles the Friendly's logo.

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