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Strong Bad Email #151
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"Every freakin' year."

The King of Town gets his very own popular cartoon show! Strong Bad crashes a senior prom, only to have it backfire on him.

Cast (in order of appearance): The King of Town, Strong Bad, The Cheat, Strong Mad, Knight, Hornblower, The Blacksmith, The Poopsmith, Homestar Runner, Marzipan, Coach Z, Strong Sad, Nebulon, The Moon, The Announcer (voice only), Pom Pom (Easter egg)

Places: Computer Room, The Stage, Gymnasium, The Field (Easter egg)

Computer: Lappy 486

Date: May 3, 2006

Running Time: 4:17

Page Title: Lappy 486

Contents

Transcript

{Open to a shiny red background. A King of Town emblem appears on the screen. As the singers sing, the words "Very Own Popular Cartoon" appear below the KOT head. The KOT head moves to the music a little.}

SINGERS: The King of Town's very own quite popular cartoon show!

{The words "The King of Town's" appear above the KOT emblem.}

SINGERS: The King of Town's very own quite popular cartoon show!

{The word "Quite" is written between "Own" and "Popular", and "Show!!" is inserted after "Cartoon". The music stops.}

THE KING OF TOWN: Let the King have some!

TV ANNOUNCER: {quick voiceover as the screen darkens} The King of Town's Very Own Popular Cartoon Show will not be seen this week. Instead we bring you: Strong Bad's very popular cartoon show, already in progress.

{Cut to the Lappy with the email already displayed. We join the scene as Strong Bad says "rong Bad..."}

{Strong Bad says "walrus association" for WA.}

STRONG BAD: Oh, man! Would you Walrus Association people please leave me alone? I will pay my dues when you send me my tusks! {clears screen} Anyways, I have personally never had a senior prom, Matt. I have, however, crashed my fair share of Senior Proms, Senor Proms, Homecoming Dances, Shortcoming Prances, and Off-Site Team-Building Pottery Classes. But the best Senior Prom I ever crashed was the 'Entrapment All Up On the Moon' Dance. It all started one day, when I received some very disappointing news...

{Cuts to the Floppy Disk Container side of the computer desk with Strong Mad and The Cheat. A cassette tape sits on top of a clock radio. The message 'an answering machine (trust me)' is taped to the clock radio, keeping the hour number open as if it was the message counter.}

STRONG BAD: {feigning disappointment} Oh man you guys... I'm totally bummed. Listen to this message I just got...

{Cut to a closeup of the clock radio. Strong Bad is partially visible on the left, holding one of his boxing gloves up to his mouth and looking away.}

STRONG BAD: {in a high-pitched voice} Hey.. Bunmuffin... It's Deli..lelia. They need me to go back up to Mars to help out that robot that got stuck in the sand. So I won't be able to go to the dance with you.

{Cut back to the group shot. Strong Mad and The Cheat look annoyed, and The Cheat's arms are folded.}

STRONG BAD: {still in fake voice} I left you some cold meatloaf under the fridge. {voice returns to normal, but he continues to feign disappointment} Ooh..

{Cut to close-up of Strong Bad}

STRONG BAD: {feigning disappointment} That little robot stuck in the sand again! I guess I don't have a date for the dance.

{Cut back to group shot.}

STRONG BAD: {speaking normally} Oh well... Looks like you two losers {Strong Mad looks shocked and then angry} and me one cool guy will just have to crash the ever-lovin' style out of it! Now listen close to my master-dly plan!

{Fade to black, then cut to and zoom in on All the King's Men's bass drum, then fade to the band on stage. Cut to a banner reading "Entrapment All Up On the Moon", then pan down to Homestar and Marzipan dancing on the gym floor. Homestar is wearing a tuxedo and a black propeller cap, and Marzipan is wearing a red formal dress.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh... Don't look now Marzipan, but I think we're the hottest couple at the prom.

MARZIPAN: Homestar, as always, we're the only couple at the prom.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: But what about Strong Sad and Deborah?

MARZIPAN: That is unmistakably Coach Z.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Who?

{Cut to the drink table where Coach Z is pouring Listerine into the punch. Coach Z is wearing a dickie and bow tie and Strong Sad is wearing a space suit.}

STRONG SAD: Coach Z... You oughta be ashamed of yourself.

{Coach Z fumbles and drops the Listerine.}

STRONG SAD: You're supposed to be our chaperon! {says with a French accent while waving his hand}

COACH Z: Are you kiddin'!? I'm just lookin' out for all yer hygienes. Have ya ever talked to one of these kids up close!? Their breath is terberile!

{Someone turns off the light, plunging the scene into pitch darkness. There is a thud sound and a record scratch. Everyone at the prom gasps.}

MARZIPAN: Hey! Watch those hands David Coppafeel!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Yeah, David!

{The lights turn back on, revealing Strong Bad, The Cheat and Strong Mad in the center separating Homestar Runner and Marzipan. Homestar continues to dance while Strong Bad speaks.}

STRONG BAD: That's right, senior citizens! This prom is officially crashed! Now peep my masterdly plan! I rigged up this button—

{Cuts to a close up of Strong Bad's hand, which is holding a remote control with a big red button labeled "GO!"}

STRONG BAD: —so that when I mash go on it, everybody's pants will POOF AWAY! It's a mass pantsing, see?

{He presses the button and a buzzer sounds.}

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises}

STRONG BAD: What!?

{With dramatic music, the scene quickly cuts to the pants area of Marzipan, then Coach Z, and then really quickly Homestar Runner, Strong Sad, The Poopsmith, The Blacksmith, The Knight, Strong Mad, The Cheat, before finally stopping on Strong Bad. The camera scrolls up from Strong Bad's pants to his head.}

STRONG BAD: You gotta be kiddin' me!? I'm the only one that wears any pants?

{Strong Bad's pants poof away, showing white boxers with lipstick kisses on them.}

THE ANNOUNCER: And now to announce your Prom King and Queen! This year's Prom King is... Pom Pom {applause}

{Cut to an area of the gymnasium that features the banner and cut-out forms of Nebulon and The Moon.}

VOICEOVER: {spoken words appear onscreen} Accepting the award for Pom Pom is Homestar Runner because Pom Pom's at a much cooler private school prom.

{Homestar walks out wearing a crown and then takes a swig of Listerine and starts gargling, sounding exactly like Pom Pom.}

THE ANNOUNCER: And your Prom Queen is... {cut to an excited Marzipan} Strong Bad with no pants on! {applause}

{Cut back to Homestar. Pant-less Strong Bad walks in from the left wearing a tiara and holding seven roses.}

STRONG BAD: Oh thank you so much! {applause} You people are a sweet delight! Just one big almond paste filled sweet delight!

{Homestar leans forward, kicking his foot backwards. Cut back to an angry Marzipan.}

MARZIPAN: Every freakin' year. {blows one of her bangs out of her face}

VOICE FROM OFFSCREEN: Ohhhh, yeah!

{Marzipan looks surprised, it then cuts to the rest of the gym, who all gasp. Then it cuts to The Poopsmith who shakes his head and shrugs his shoulders. Cut back to Strong Bad at the Lappy.}

STRONG BAD: {typing} And the best part is that I got a twenty dollar gift certificate to the All-You-Can-Eat Old Folks' Cafeteria. Man, I ate my weight in creamed fish and okratinis. Alright, I gotta get outta here. I'm taking Delilelia to see David Coppafeel perform. {gets up and leaves}

{Cut to a shot of the whole computer desk with Strong Bad standing to the side.}

STRONG BAD: Hurk! {jumps offscreen}

{Cut back to the Lappy. The Paper comes down.}

Easter Eggs

  • Click on WA when Strong Bad says "Walrus Association" to see a business card for the Walrus Association:
Matt M.
Walrus Association

Phone: 555-TUSQ
Mobile: GIMME A WEEK OR SO

"Koo koo ka-choo or summat"
Senor Prom '95
  • Click on "senor prom" to see a photo of an ice sculpture of Senor Cardgage slowly melting a bit on a sheet of paper. It has "Senor Prom '95" autographed on it.
  • At the end, click on "Delilelia" to see the actual beginning of the email.
STRONG BAD: {Singing} Can you see that I've got email styles, c'mon c'mon, can you see that I've got email styles?
Dear St—
  • Click on "Coppafeel" at the end to see a conversation with Homestar Runner and Pom Pom.
HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh, man. My pants got so poofed away at the prom this year. {Pom Pom looks annoyed} So I was wearing all these types of long pants, and they just got poofed away. So embarrassing.
POM POM: {bubbles}
HOMESTAR RUNNER: Well maybe I will keep telling myself that!

Fun Facts

Explanations

  • In the United States, a senior prom is a formal dance held at the end of the final year of high school (around the time of year that this email was produced). Musical entertainment, refreshments, and adult chaperons are often present at these events.

Trivia

The King of Town's Very Own Quite Popular Cartoon Show
  • The filename for the SWF file is the expected "sbemail151", but the HTML file is "kotpoptoon".
    • The email was announced on the main page as a new toon as a prank; when it was released the message button read "king of town toon!"
  • The label on the disk in the Floppy Disk Container reads "broder bund classics".
  • This is the first time The Blacksmith has appeared in any Homestar Runner cartoon since his debut in The King of Town DVD six years ago.
  • This is the first appearance of the Strong Sadstronaut, previously seen only in the weekly Sketchbook.

Remarks

  • Strong Bad is wearing boxer shorts when his pants poof off. However, in New Boots, he claims he doesn't wear "underwears."
  • Since an okratini is a drink, Strong Bad could not have eaten his weight in them, unless he consumed the okra pods.
  • When Strong Bad addresses the audience and compares them to an almond-paste-filled sweet delight, he is describing the real confection of marzipan.
  • Although it was stated in highschool that all the characters looked different in high school, all the characters appear as they would normally. This may be due to Strong Bad's "doodle memory", though it may also be, considering their ages are neither implied nor stated, that they are still "in" high school.
  • "The King of Town's Popular Cartoon Show" is another case of the King of Town trying to appear cool and popular.
  • In this email, Strong Bad's imaginary girlfriend's name is spelled "Delilelia". However, in the following Quote of the Week, it was spelled "Delelilia".

Goofs

  • When Homestar keeps his eyes shut while standing next to de-pantsed Strong Bad, his regular pair of blinking eyes appears every few seconds beneath his already closed lids.
  • As Homestar dances, his left foot continually changes shading, from a darker gray to a lighter gray.

Inside References

  • The lipstick pattern on Strong Bad's shorts is the same as the one in video games.
  • "Senor proms" is a reference to the common mispronunciation of Señor, and is further highlighted by the Senor Cardgage Easter egg.
  • Coach Z was previously seen drinking Listerine in The Best Decemberween Ever.
    • In this email, he makes a concoction by spiking the punch with Listerine.
  • The Moon on the banner first appeared in Mr. Shmallow.
  • The fictitious message from Delilelia would seem to explain why the formerly unnamed girl left Strong Bad, as mentioned in his autobiography.
  • This email makes some references to robots.
  • This email makes references both Homestar's Pants and pants in general.
  • This is another instance of Mashing Go/Play.
  • The name of the dance is "Entrapment All Up On the Moon".
  • While it isn't certain that "Ohhh Yeah" was spoken by The Poopsmith, the same voice was used in different town to demonstrate what he would sound like.

Real-World References

  • David Copperfield is a popular illusionist.
  • The "Entrapment All Up On the Moon" dance and the outfits worn by the band are references to the "Enchantment Under the Sea" Dance from the Back to the Future movie trilogy.
  • The phrase "Koo koo ka-choo" on the business card in the Easter egg refers to the song I Am the Walrus by The Beatles. This is a common mondegreen. The actual phrase from the song is "GOO GOO GOO JOOB".
  • An "okratini" is a martini served with a pickled okra pod instead of an olive.
  • Listerine is an antiseptic mouthwash that contains alcohol.
  • The "robot on Mars that got stuck in the sand again" is a reference to the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, which got stuck in a sand ripple on April 26, 2005.
  • Strong Bad's remark, "It's a mass pantsing, see?" is a reference to Edward G. Robinson in the movie Little Caesar. Robinson's character, Rico, a gangster, often ended his sentences with "see?".
  • All the King's Men! is a reference to the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty and likely to the band The Kingsmen as well.

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