In Search of the Yello Dello Old Version

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"Let's do it for Marzipan!"

The old version of the toon is similar to the new one. The main differences are the lack of the large scene at the mountain and the lack of dialogue for Marzipan.

Cast (in order of appearance): Homestar Runner, Coach Z, Pom Pom, The Alien Guy, The Mountain Goat, The Yello Dello, Strong Sad, Strong Bad, Marzipan

Places: The Athletic Field, Coach Z's Locker Room, Far Off Lands, Homestar Runner's House

Date: on or before Thursday, May 4, 2000

Running Time: 3:22

Page title: In Search of the Yello Dello

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[edit] Transcript

{Homestar, Coach Z, and Pom Pom are on the athletic field. Pom Pom is seen kicking a basketball around in the background whilst Homestar kicks a can, depressed.}

CAPTION: "One day after sports, Coach Z noticed Homestar Runner looking troubled"

COACH Z: Hey, what's the praeblem there, Homestar?

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh man, Coach Z, I guess I just don't understand the ladies.

COACH Z: Oh jeez, I figured it was girl trouble. Step into my arfice.

{Cut to the locker room.}

COACH Z: So, tell me what's the matter.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Well, it's Marzipan's birthday, and I don't know what to get her!

{The alien in the shower's towel falls off.}

COACH Z: Well, Homestar, I tell you. Girls are like a great sports play. {We now see a blackboard with a gameplay on it.} You can't just rush in to the score zone! You kiddin' me? You'd be clobbered! You've gotta stick and move and zig and zag to get past the defenses, so youse can score! {Blackboard writing forms a skull and crossbones.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: BUT COACH, I DON'T UNDERSTAND. {Homestar's mouth simply stays open through the entire sentence here.}

COACH Z: Don't just get her a flower. {Scene showing Homestar giving Marzipan a regular flower; Marzipan appears angry and the flower droops.} Get her some rare flower from the tallest mountain! {Scene showing Homestar at the top of a mountain with a rare flower wearing lederhosen. A goat pops out.} That way she knows how much she means to yahs!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Thanks, Coach! {Levitates and flies away to the sound of squealing tires.}

{Homestar is sitting on a rock next to a tree. The sun and moon rise and set several times.}

CAPTION: So he thought and thought...
Until finally...

{Homestar is then seen against a sun background.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: I think I has the solution! The Yello Dello!

{Scene changes to the Yello Dello on the "Discover Network"; a Steve Irwin-type host describes the bird.}

HOST: Found only in northeastern Potamia, the Yello Dello is the most rare and beautiful bird in this entire cartoon.

{Strong Sad, Pom Pom, and Homestar are about to set out on their journey.}

CAPTION: And So Homestar, Pom Pom, and Strong Sad set out in search of the Yello-Dello...

{A map appears and red dotted lines track their route through Far Off Lands, Prance, Portugal, and Potamia.}

CAPTION: They traveled many miles...

{The adventurers appear in a game of Pitfall. Strong Sad is standing to the left of an alligator pond, with Homestar and Pom Pom on the right. A rope swings back and forth over the pond.}

CAPTION: Encountered many dangers...

{Homestar swings over the alligators.}

CAPTION: Until at last they reached their destination...

{The Yello Dello is shown atop a mountain. The three approach the base of the mountain.}

STRONG SAD: Oh, I don't know, Homestar, that looks really dangerous.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Ah, come on, guys, let's do it for Marzipan!

STRONG SAD: Well, I already got Marzipan a present and I don't really think that—

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Right, right. We do it for Marzipan.

{Cut to Marzipan watering some flowers with a watering can that says "H2Oh!".}

CAPTION: Meanwhile...

{Strong Bad flies on screen, wearing pink oven mitts.}

STRONG BAD: Hey, Marzipan, I heard Homestar's getting you the Yello Dello for your birthday. You wanna know what I got you? NOTHING!

{Strong Bad flies off. Marzipan is angry at Strong Bad's comment, but then thinks of the Yello Dello and starts bouncing happily.}

{Cut back to the bottom of the mountain. A burlap sack wiggles next to them.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Okay, we got it. Now let's go home and get ready for the party.

{Homestar's house is decorated with balloons (on the mailbox) and a big banner reading "happy birthday marzipan". Marzipan hops around a bit by the mailbox then walks over to the house. She opens the door to see Pom Pom, Strong Sad and Homestar. Homestar holds up a roast turkey on a platter.}

ALL: Happy Birthday!

{Marzipan thinks the turkey is the Yello Dello. She screams and slaps Homestar, leaving a visible hand print and sending the turkey flying across the room. She walks away in a huff. The Yello Dello then pops out of a gift-box, unharmed.}

YELLO DELLO: Gee, whaddya think her problem was?

{Cut to outside the house. The Pitfall scorpion crawls across the screen behind the mailbox.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: I guess I just don't understand the ladies.

CAPTION: end. {The Pitfall death music is played, and as the scorpion reaches the right side of the screen, the screen wipes to black, surrounding the scorpion.}

[edit] DVD Version

  • The DVD version features creators' commentary. To access it, switch your DVD player's audio language selection while watching.

[edit] Commentary Transcript

(Commentary by: Matt Chapman, Mike Chapman, Ryan Sterritt, and Peter Olsen)

MATT: Homestar Runner in... "In Search… of Yello Dello". No music, no sound effects.

MIKE: {laughs} Is this cartoon broken?

{Both laugh}

MATT: I think it is. No... no dialogue, still.

PETER or RYAN: Good subtitles.

MATT: So I purposely drew, uh, all of the drawings in this—

MIKE: Yeah, explain yourself, young Chapman!

MATT: Well, I was drawing some storyboards for it, and in the storyboards, as sort of a joke to Mike when I would show them to him, the drawings got more and more exaggerated with each frame of the storyboard. So then Mike was like, "Oh, I thought that was how you were going to draw the cartoon — I think it would be funnier if you just did that," so...

MIKE: What about that alien whose towel just fell down? A. He was wearing a towel in the shower. {all laugh} B. It's my favorite character on homestarrunner.com.

MATT: See… full butt action. {Pause until Homestar speaks without moving his mouth} That's a very Ren and Stimpy move. I feel like Stimpy and Ren would both—

MIKE: {incomprehensible}

MATT: Open their mouth... their mouths would open and words would come out.

RYAN: Is that just lazy illustration?

MIKE: Uh, yes. Absolutely... {Pause} Look at his gross feet on top of the soles of his shoes there.

{Matt laughs}

RYAN: That's a timelapse, see?

MATT: Yeah, there's this pretty—

MIKE: Yeah, Ryan helped us with this. With the timelapse—

RYAN: This is actually four days of animating.

MATT: So this all comes from a movie we made as kids.

MIKE: {The Steve Irwin-like TV announcer comes on} Wait, I have to cut you off... A moment of silence…

MATT: A moment of silence… {simultaneously with Mike} for the Crocodile Hunter. For Matt's really bad impression of the Crocodile Hunter.

MIKE: Don't you feel bad now, that you made fun of him?

MATT: Wait, no!

RYAN: {incomprehensible}

MATT: Yeah, wait!

PETER: It was really a celebration, wasn't it?

MATT: Yeah, exactly! See, Peter knows what's up!

PETER: Yeah, that's my impression. As a viewer.

{Atari Homestar swings across a crocodile pit}

MATT: I heard that later on there was a South Park that did this exact same joke.

MIKE: Oh, they were... they were in Pitfall?

MATT: Yeah. I'm going to say they ripped us off. I'm gonna go ahead and go on... go on the record.

PETER: Put it on the wiki.

MIKE: This is Strong Sad's first line, and you also recorded it in the Michael Stipe— 'cause originally there was a time when Strong Sad was gonna sound like Matt's Michael Stipe impression.

MATT: Right. Which is not good.

MIKE: So we've got...

MATT: Did we ever put that as the Quote of the Day?

MIKE: No, it's on here as an Easter egg.

RYAN: It's hidden on here, dude.

MIKE: Oh, it's hidden on here. Go listen to it, everybody! {laughs}

MATT: Stop listening to this commentary.

MIKE: {referring to Marzipan's watering can} H-2-Oooh! {Mike and Matt laugh}

MATT: Look at that neck!

PETER or RYAN: Look at his eyes...

MIKE: {laughing} His neck and his... his neck comes out of the back of his... huge gut! And his eyeballs, and... {Matt laughs} Wow.

MATT: Ugly, ugly cartoon, everyone. Yeah, no Marzipan 'cause I made this all myself, and uh... we didn't have a voice for Marzipan yet, right? This was before, like, we had even decided that Melissa would do the voice?

MIKE: No, 'cause it was... Uh, maybe, 'cause it was… was it before Reddest Radish?

MATT: I think so, yeah.

MIKE: Yeah.

MATT: Happy Birthday, Marzipan. On some sticks.

MIKE: Boing boing boing.

PETER: Had you tried your own voice for Marzipan?

MATT: No... no animation, no one's mouth moved there.

{Mike laughs}

MATT: That's just some female scream I found, uh, a sound effect I found on the web. {Laughs} Just looked up "femalescream.wav". And that...

MIKE: {referring to the Yello Dello after Marzipan slaps Homestar} Why did he wait five seconds? {Matt and Mike laugh}

MATT: I don't know... This is uh… a wreck. {All laugh} A screeching train wreck of a cartoon, gang.

MIKE: It's a good thing our commentary was so spot-on, though.

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