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Strong Bad Email #193
watch shapeshifter specially marked
"A-restricted!"

Strong Bad explains his favorite movie genres.

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad, Strong Sad, Senor Cardgage, Bubs, Coach Z, Homsar (Easter egg), The King of Town (Easter egg)

Places: Computer Room, The Movie Theater, The Brick Wall, Strong Bad's Basement, The King of Town's Castle (Easter egg)

Computer: Lappy 486

Date: Monday, April 7, 2008

Running Time: 3:25

Page Title: Lappy 486

Contents

Transcript

STRONG BAD: {singing} My email is a cell phone. No it's not! My email is a CAR-phone! That's right. {brings up the email, which is aligned to the right side of the screen}

STRONG BAD: {typing erratically over the page} Oh, think you're preTTy clever, eh? -e.email cummings {clears page, types normally} I don't have a favorite movie, but I do have a favorite genre of movies. R-rated movies! A-can I get a {high-pitched} 'restricted'?

STRONG SAD: {offscreen for a moment} A-restricte—!

{As the camera cuts back, Strong Sad is seen wearing a white shirt with "Restricted!" on it and with a tent behind him, also holding a sign reading "Restricted!".}

STRONG BAD: {interrupting} Not from you!

STRONG SAD: Aww, I've been waitin' three days to do that.

{Strong Bad turns back to the computer where he continues typing}

STRONG BAD: The only thing better than R-rated movies are double and triple R-rated movies! Let me break down the subtle differences for you. In an R-rated movie, the good guy only blows people up in self-defense. But double R {types RR} -rated movies are allowed to blur the line! {cuts to the back view of the computer} Man, I saw this one double R-rated movie, where the good guy stepped on this rabbit, and he didn't kill it, but then later on in the movie, he wished he did! The GOOD GUY! That's messed up, man! You can't let kids watch that kind of thing! {turns back to the computer} Then in triple R {types RRR} -rated movies, you can show bullets go all the way through people!

{cuts to a street-crossing sign of a guy with a bowler hat.}

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} In the front, through their guts and organs and breakfast and RIGHT OUT the BACK! That is nasty, man!

{as he says this, a bullet shoots through the man, making a rip in his backside, spilling two organs, possibly a stomach and a heart; some breakfast of eggs, bacon and orange juice come out the back, and the bullet appears and flies out. The scene fades to a green rating card.}

THE FOLLOWING FILM HAS BEEN APPROVED FOR
CERTAIN AUDIENCES
BY SOME PEOPLE WHO KNOW WHAT'S BEST


IT BE RATED
RRR FOR EXPLICIT BREAKFAST-PIERCING BULLETS

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} There's some triple R-rated stuff out there that even I can't stomach. {Cut back to the Lappy. Typing} Only three have ever been made: {As he lists them, posters for each of the movies appears.} 'Women's Penitentiary Bakesale Nightmare,' 'The Fists of Knuckles' series, and 'Axe-Gun: Legends of the Brain-Outener.' They even banned those movies in Transylvania, where you're required by law to eat puppies for breakfast. And even if a theater were showing it, which ours conveniently is, you gotta be like sixty-something years old just to buy tickets.

{Cut to movie theater. Strong Bad, wearing a felt hat and carrying a briefcase, walks up to usher Senor Cardgage.}

STRONG BAD: {drops suitcase and rubs back} Ow, my pension. Oh, hello, my good man. Just taking my two sons, here, who are home from college, to see their first triple R-rated movie.

{Cut to Coach Z and Bubs, standing behind. Coach Z is wearing a white baseball cap and a backpack, and sporting a goatee. Bubs is wearing a Disco Tech hooded sweatshirt.}

COACH Z: Hey, Pop, can I borrow the Vorlvo?

BUBS: Dad, Gina and I are moving in together.

{Cut back to Strong Bad and Senor Cardgage}

STRONG BAD: {To Coach Z and Bubs, offscreen behind him} I'll deal with you two later! {Turns to Senor Cardgage, smiling and laughing nervously} Heh heh. Kids that are old enough for me to be in my sixties. What're you gonna do?

{Close up of Senor Cardgage}

SENOR CARDGAGE: I'm sorry, Bridget, but can I steep some identificaption?

{Cut back to include Strong Bad, who pats his pants and rubs his head vigorously}

STRONG BAD: Uh, I seem to have left my identificaption in my other, older, and more professional briefcase...uh...

{Close up of Senor Cardgage}

SENOR CARDGAGE: Soggy, Junior. Come back when you're all grold up.

{Cut to silhouette of Strong Bad, Coach Z and Bubs standing behind a brick wall}

BUBS: Man, I told you that lame-brained plan wouldn't work. {Close up of Strong Bad leaning on the wall, with Bubs and Coach Z behind him. Bubs and Coach Z ar still wearing their college outfits, and Strong Bad's hat is next to him.} We shoulda been your parents.

STRONG BAD: What? I'm way too good looking for anyone to believe that I'm you guys' kid. And Coach Z only kinda looks like my mom.

COACH Z: Hey, thanks! You want I should shave my legs?

STRONG BAD: Ignoring that. Well, it looks like there's only one thing left to do.

{Cut to Strong Bad's basement. Strong Bad and Coach Z are sitting on the couch, Bubs is standing behind it. Two bags of chips and Strong Bad's hat and briefcase are on and around the couch.}

STRONG BAD: Ah, nothing like watching lowercase r-rated movies on scrambled cable.

{Close up of television. The only thing that can be seen on the screen is blurry, colored swirls of static, scrolling up across the screen}

MAN'S VOICE: Stop eating glass!

COACH Z: {offscreen} I think I just saw a puppy get eaten!

GIRL'S VOICE: Cakey blood.

BUBS: {offscreen} That is one luuurid bake sale.

MAN'S VOICE: Real gross wound.

STRONG BAD: {offscreen} Ewww. Look at all that breakfast.

MAN'S VOICE: Broken skull puncture!

{New Paper comes down}

GIRL'S VOICE: Two underwears.

Easter Eggs

  • Click on "breakfast" when Strong Bad types it to can see a box of "Crispy Puppy Crunch" cereal.
  • At the end, click on the TV screen to see a short scene with the King of Town.
{The King of Town is sitting in his castle, watching TV.}
STRONG BAD: {on the television} They even banned those movies in Transylvania, where you're required by law to eat puppies for breakfast!
THE KING OF TOWN: Poopsmith, pack-a my bags! And don't forget my plastic fangs!
  • Also at the end, click on the half-hidden electrical outlet to the right of the TV to see a short scene with Homsar and Strong Sad.
{Homsar and Strong Sad are in the computer room, wearing yellow shirts and holding signs, both reading "Holy Crap!"}
STRONG SAD: Just a couple more days, I swear! He's waaaaaay overdue!

Fun Facts

Explanations

  • The films Strong Bad lists are parodies of exploitation films, especially those made in the 1960s and 1970s. The films were often done cheaply, with one person serving as writer, producer and director.

Trivia

  • The label on the Floppy Disk Container reads "Mutant League Football".
  • The Rating Card used is modeled after that of the Motion Picture Association of America; however the colorized cards are used for trailers, as opposed to films themselves.
    • Also, the rating of 'certain audiences' would suggest a restricted rating, which are colored in either yellow or red, as opposed to the unrestricted green used here.
  • Strong Bad was last heard saying "holy crap" in the email pop-up in February of 2006, over two years before this email was published. However, that was a recording of his voice. An early version of Strong Bad said the phrase in the email lady...ing published in August of 2005. The last time Strong Bad actually spoke the phrase rather than remembering it or playing it back on a recording was during the Strong Bad is in Jail Cartoon, which appeared on the site on March 22, 2004, more than four years earlier. However, it was heard more recently on the strongbad_email.exe Disc 5 through Accent. The DVD was released June 5, 2007.
  • The credits for Women's Penitentiary Bakesale Nightmare movie poster read:
Starring Trina LaBoo Saucy Jackson and Introducing Muffins O.
Casting Art Direction Executive Producer Best Boy Key Grip
Written and Directed by Lem Sportsinterviews
"Fist Of Knuckles" An A. Chimendez film
Starring Crack Stuntman Dirk Hosenmower
Casting Art Direction Executive Producer Best Boy
Written and Directed by A. Chimendez.
Starring The Deke Trina LaBoo and Mary Palaroncini
Casting Art Direction Executive Producer Best Boy
Written and Directed by Cherry Greg

Remarks

  • Strong Sad's knees have swirls on them in this email.
  • If the trailer itself is also restricted, the MPAA presents it using a red band trailer, which has a red background instead of green.
  • According to Strong Mad in the facts, Strong Bad's favorite movie is "Garbledina" (although, given the context, the authenticity of the statement and/or the movie itself are debatable).
  • The email is signed L. Eftformat, but the email is in right format.
  • There are no such ratings in the MPAA guidelines as RR or RRR. Strong Bad may be confusing them with the popularly used, but unofficial, XX- and XXX-ratings.
  • Although both are commonly regarded as elders in the Free Country, USA community, Bubs and Coach Z are seemingly not old enough to get into a RRR-rated movie, which, in Strong Bad's terminology, are restricted to viewers around 60 years old.

Goofs

  • When Strong Bad is listing RRR-rated movies and the Axe-Gun: Legends of the Brain-Outener poster appears, the sound of Strong Bad typing suddenly stops, but when it disappears off-screen, the words Strong Bad was saying are on the Lappy's screen.

Inside References

Broken skull puncture!
the shear curve probably used to originally distort the image

Real-World References

  • Twentieth Century poet E. E. Cummings was well known for his free verse poems, with little to no concern for standard meter or proper punctuation. He was also known for grouping the letters of his poems in graphic patterns as Strong Bad does in the email.

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