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"This party's gonna be crazy-go-nuts!"

Marzipan and Strong Bad's parties just happen to fall on the same day, but Strong Bad's seems to fall apart...

Cast (in order of appearance): Marzipan, Homestar Runner, Strong Bad, Strong Mad, The Cheat, Strong Sad, Coach Z, Bubs, The Poopsmith, Pom Pom, Tofu Homestar, The King of Town

Places: Marzipan's Gazebo, The Field

Date: on or before Tuesday, May 1, 2001

Running Time: 5:36

Page Title: The Luau

Earlier Page Title: Party Problems

DVD: Everything Else, Volume 2


[edit] Transcript

{Open over a wooden table with blue name tag cards, focused on one reading "Hello, my name is", with "a new homestar runner cartoon" handwritten on the white field. Gentle music plays. Pan upwards to a similar name tag, on which is written "written by: mike chapman missy palmer matt chapman", then left to one reading "voices by: matt chapman missy palmer", then down to one with "animated, drawn, and directed by: the brothers chaps". Cut to a card with pineapple and palm tree designs reading:}

You're Invited to
a Meatless Luau!

Ancient Hawaiian Poetry
read by Strong Sad
accompanied by
Marzipan on her Ukelele
(pronounced: oo-koo-lay-lay)

when: TODAY where: MARZIPAN'S

{Eventually the card spins out, revealing a banner reading "ALOHA". Tilt down to the luau in Marzipan's backyard, with various decorations, including the gazebo wrapped in a string of lights that extends rightwards onto the fence, burning tiki torches near the fence and in the left-hand foreground, and a pineapple on the gazebo. Homestar is standing behind the gazebo, facing away from the viewer. Marzipan walks right to a large block of tofu turning on a spit made of twigs above a burning pile of logs. Music fades out.}

MARZIPAN: {singing} Oo-koo-lay-lay. Oo-koo-lay-lay.

{Tilting stops as a butterfly flies into frame}

MARZIPAN: Mm! Lookin' pretty good. {she turns around} Homestar, come up here right now and watch the tofu, please.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Uhhh... Hang on. I'm um... doing... something.

{Cut to a closer shot of Marzipan and the tofu.}

MARZIPAN: Chop-chop! Everyone's gonna be here any minute.

{Cut to Homestar, still facing away.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Uh, Marzipan, I hate to tell you this, but... I don't think anyone's coming to your party. I think they're all going to Strong Bad's Marshmallow Roooooast!

{The invitation to Strong Bad's Marshmallow Roast spins toward the screen as the old CBS Special music plays. It reads:}

Your Invited to a
Marshmallow Roast

when: same day as marzipan's stupid luau

where: my backyard

time: same time as marzipan's stupid luau

MARZIPAN: {offscreen} What?! He scheduled something on the same day as the luau?

{The paper crumples and shrinks, serving as a scene transition to Strong Bad, Strong Mad, and The Cheat in the field. A picnic table is on the left, with bags of marshmallows, the Ghetto Blastro boombox, and many small pieces of paper on top of it.}

STRONG BAD: Oh man you guys, this party's gonna be crazy-go-nuts! {walks forward to the table} Check it out!

{Cut to an overhead shot of the marshmallows}

STRONG BAD: {offscreen} I've got the marshmallows— {spreads his hand over said marshmallows}

{cut to the boombox playing Poot Slap's drum beat from a cassette labeled "3-Dee Booty", which continues through the scene}

STRONG BAD: {offscreen} —I've got all the latest releases from the artists of today—

{Cut to a close up of the table filled with name tags that all say "Hello, my name is crap for brains"}

STRONG BAD: {offscreen} —and I've carefully filled out everybody's name tags. {spreads his hands over the name tags}

{Cut to Strong Bad at the table, with boom box and some name tags visible.}

STRONG BAD: Oh, crap!! I forgot the wood!

{Cut back to wide shot.}

STRONG BAD: Come on guys, {walks to the right} I know where we can hork some.

{The Cheat follows Strong Bad offscreen. Scene wipes through the bushes back to Marzipan's backyard}

MARZIPAN: {singing} Oo-koo-lay-lay. Oo-koo-l {Homestar interrupts with a sigh and comes over to Marzipan from the gazebo but Marzipan continues to sing} ay-lay.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: I've gotta stop drinkin' so much melonade. I think I have a serious problem.

MARZIPAN: You're gonna have a problem if you don't monitor this tofu. I have to tune my oo-koo-lay-lay.


{Marzipan exits to the left.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {singing to himself} A doo doo, a doo doo doo, a doot doo doo doo. A bab-dib do doo doo—

{In the distance, Strong Bad, Strong Mad and The Cheat poke their heads onto the screen from the left, looking at the gazebo. The camera pans right to remove them from the shot, revealing Strong Sad standing on the other side of the fire.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh! Strong Sad! How long have you been standing there?

STRONG SAD: Oh, about... 20 minutes.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Uh, okay. {takes a step away} That's weird.

{Wipe back to Strong Bad's backyard, with the Poopsmith, Coach Z, and Bubs all holding skewered marshmallows and wearing "crap for brains" name tags, Coach Z's tag on his hat and the others' on their chests. Poot Slap is playing in the background, now with vocals. Strong Bad walks in from the left as Coach Z and Bubs look at him.}

STRONG BAD: {walking past the three} Ah, Crap for Brains, glad to see you could make it! Oh, Crap for Brains, you lookin' good!

{Cut to a wider shot of the party, showing Pom Pom, also with a name tag on his chest, next to the picnic table on the left, Strong Mad and The Cheat on the right, and a pile of logs in the center, which Strong Bad turns around to approach.}

STRONG BAD: Now, let's get this freakin' party started! {Kneels to the log pile. Cut to a closer shot as he lights a match} We'll just... get this fire started here. With a little match, {holds match up to firewood, but it doesn't light} and a little fire. {pause} And this should probably be working already. And I don't know why this isn't working.

{Wipe again to Marzipan's gazebo where Strong Sad is reading from a book that says "Polynesian Prose" and Marzipan is playing her ukulele.}

STRONG SAD: Kallo koo-koo lay kua ka loo. {cut to the wider shot of Marzipan's backyard, with Homestar still standing next to the tofu. Strong Sad continues reciting prose in the background.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {His head keeps drooping down, then coming back up, resisting the urge to fall asleep.} Zzzzz... Huh! Soooo... Zzzzz... Huh! Boooooooooring.

{Wipe to ten burnt matches sitting on the ground as another one joins them. Poot-Slap plays.}

STRONG BAD: {frustrated; offscreen} UUUUUGH!

{Pan over to Strong Bad still kneeling down next to the unlit stack of firewood with a lit match}

STRONG BAD: {grumbling} Stupid matches, freakin' light the fire!

{Cut to Strong Mad rubbing his belly}

STRONG MAD: UUUUUUG. {lowers eyebrows} HUNGRY!

{Cut to Bubs waving around a skewered marshmallow}

BUBS: I'm with Strong Mad! I feel about as hungry as The King of Town on a Saturday!

{Cut to Strong Bad among the party, with the burnt matches next to him}

STRONG BAD: I'm trying! I'm trying! {grunting} It doesn't---! {taunting voice} Hello, my name is piece of wood and I don't want to catch fire. {cut to a wider shot of the party} Hello, my name is little match, and I don't want to make a fire! {cut to the whole party; completely aggravated} HELLOOOO! MY NAME IS FIRE, AND I'M NOT COMING TO YOUR STUPID PARTY!!!

{Strong Bad knocks a log at the viewer. A record scratches as Homestar walks onto the scene from the left. Pom Pom looks at him as the music stops.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: I'm coming to your stupid party.

{Cut to a closer shot of Homestar and Pom Pom}

POM POM: {bubbles}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh man, Pom Pom! I love Marzipan and everything, but it was terrible!

POM POM: {bubbles}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: No, I don't think she'll notice I'm gone.

{Cut to Marzipan's backyard, where Marzipan is playing her ukelele and Strong Sad is reading prose. Next to the tofu cooking is another piece of tofu, with Homestar's head drawn on it. It is on top of a piece of tofu which has a star drawn on it. They are being held up by two long sticks. The tofu cooking catches fire, slightly burning the top piece of the tofu Homestar.}

{Cut back to Strong Bad's roast. Strong Bad is trying yet again, and unsuccessfully, to make a fire.}

COACH Z: What kind of wood you use there, Strong Bad? 'Cause y'know, I knew a guy up in—

{Cut to a closer shot of Strong Bad}

STRONG BAD: {overlapping the rest of Coach Z's sentence} I don't know man, I stole this stuff from Marzipan's backyard.

{Cut to a close-up of Homestar}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Uh-oh. You didn't get it from behind her gazebo, did you?

{Cut to a wider shot of the whole party}

STRONG BAD: Yeah, why?

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Well, it all started when I decided to drink 32 glasses of melonade...

{Bubs looks to the left and points}

BUBS: {overlapping} Look!

{cut to a shot of smoke arising from behind the bushes}

BUBS: {offscreen} There's a fire over there!

{cut back to the party, where everyone except Strong Bad looks back and forth between the smoke and Strong Bad, then runs off with a puff of smoke and a zipping noise.}

STRONG BAD: Aaah, come back, you guys, things were just about to start getting crazy-go-nuts!

{Cut to everyone running with bongo sound effects, then cut to the smoke and tilt down to reveal its source, which happens to be the still-flaming tofu at Marzipan's luau. Strong Sad's prose and Marzipan's music fade in. Everyone who left Strong Bad's party arrive, screeching to a halt, and roast their marshmallows over the tofu; as they stop, they knock over the tofu model of Homestar. Cut to a closer shot of the gazebo as Marzipan and Strong Sad stop their performances.}

MARZIPAN: Look, Strong Sad, everybody's here!

STRONG SAD: Oh, how glorious.

{The gentle music from the beginning fades in. Cut back to the wider shot of the luau.}

MARZIPAN: Hey, everybody, how's the tofu?

{Cut to Pom Pom, Coach Z, and Bubs chewing on marshmallows, then to a close-up of Marzipan}

MARZIPAN: Everyone loves tofu!

{Musical sting and iris out, then iris in to reveal a marshmallow over a lit match. Poot Slap plays.}

STRONG BAD: {offscreen} Hey, you guys, come back!

{The iris expands to reveal Strong Bad holding the marshmallow on a skewer, with the lit match set on the still-unlit log pile. Scattered unopened bags of marshmallows are sitting on the ground.}

STRONG BAD: I think I got it all figured out now!

{The King of Town, humming, walks in from the right, as Strong Bad hangs his head dejectedly}

STRONG BAD: Oh, man! What am I supposed to do with all these leftover {the King of Town stops} marshmallows? I bought, like, four hundred pounds!

THE KING OF TOWN: {walks toward the log pile, humming, then looks at Strong Bad.} Oh, excuse me, but did I hear you say... leftovers?

{musical sting and iris out, transitioning to a close up of a nametag on a table reading "the end for brains"}

{cut to Marzipan's backyard, where Marzipan is talking to the tofu model of Homestar. There is a flame on his "head". The music from the beginning plays.}

MARZIPAN: Thanks for helping me with my party today, Homestar. I think it was a really big success! {she nuzzles him, causing his head to slide} You've been really nice to me the last few minutes!

{Tofu Homestar's "head" falls off. Cut to black, music stops with a record scratch}

MARZIPAN: {offscreen} Put your head back on this instant!

{Cut to the Luau Main Page.}

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[edit] Explanations

  • A luau is a type of feast prominent in Hawaiian culture. It consists primarily of traditional Polynesian song and dance and the eating of an ethnic dish called poi, as well as roasting pork and salmon over an open rotisserie. Since Marzipan is a vegetarian, however, she instead roasts a slab of tofu.
  • An ukulele (often spelled "ukelele" in Great Britain) is a small, 4-stringed, guitarlike instrument that originated in Hawaii in the 1880s. English-speakers usually pronounce it "yoo-koo-lay-lee", but Marzipan's pronunciation ("oo-koo-lay-lay") is more authentic.

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[edit] Remarks

  • Prior to the post-Flash site update, this toon had a 2 in the URL.
  • This is another instance of foreign words being mispronounced.
  • The design of Homestar in this cartoon is from an earlier design, even though A Jorb Well Done uses a newer design. The commentary for the latter reveals that The Brothers Chaps redid Homestar's models for A Jorb Well Done after it was released.
  • Strong Bad's invitation reads "Your invited", misspelling "you're". This is ironic given Strong Bad's later-established penchant for scoffing at spelling and grammar mistakes.
    • Strong Bad even sings a song about the differences of the two words in local news.
  • Interestingly, Strong Bad's Ghetto Blastro displays moving bars even when it isn't playing.
  • Strong Mad's logo on his chest is slightly different from the previous toon, A Jorb Well Done.
  • The invitation to the Luau says that Strong Sad will be reading "Ancient Hawaiian Poetry", yet his book says "Polynesian Prose".
  • Strong Bad appears to strike the match on his thumb.
  • Even if the wood were dry, it's unlikely that they would catch fire after a single match was held up to them. A fire is usually built from tinder and/or kindling. Strong Bad may be unaware of this.
  • With a typical marshmallow bag weighing 1 pound and containing 60 marshmallows, Strong Bad's supposed 400 pounds of marshmallows would have amounted to 400 bags containing a total of about 24,000 marshmallows.

[edit] Goofs

  • In the beginning when Marzipan walks over to the tofu and Homestar is facing away, Homestar's head does not touch his body.
  • The tofu over Marzipan's fire turns, but the stick stuck through it does not.
  • The apostrophe of "marzipan's" in the "when" category on Strong Bad's invitation jumps when the flash card starts to wrinkle and shrink.
  • The wheels on the tape in Strong Bad's Ghetto Blastro do not turn when playing Poot-Slap.
  • When Strong Bad, Strong Mad, and The Cheat steal Marzipan's wood, The Cheat appears to be floating above Strong Mad's foot.
  • When Strong Sad appears for the first time, the lights on the fence stop in midair.
  • When Coach Z turns his head, his "Crap for brains" name tag is reversed.
  • When the group arrives at the smoking tofu, The Cheat's roasting stick is missing in the first view, but is present in the second.

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[edit] Real-World References

  • The CBS Special music heard when the invitation to Strong Bad's Marshmallow Roast spins into view is a reference to the logo and music that CBS used to preface their specials. The actual opening, used from 1973 to the late 1980s, is viewable here. This was used earlier in A Holiday Greeting.
  • The sound effect of everybody running is a generic bongo sound effect used in old Hanna-Barbera cartoons.
    • Another sound effect from the same cartoons comes when everyone comes to a stop: a generic tire screech sound effect.

[edit] Fast Forward

[edit] DVD Version

  • The DVD version features hidden creators' commentary. To access it, switch the DVD player's audio language selection while watching.
  • Unlike A Holiday Greeting and The Best Decemberween Ever, the CBS Special Presentation theme is present on both audio tracks, not just the commentary.
  • The Luau Main Page was removed due to technical limitations.

[edit] Commentary Transcript

(Commentary by: Matt Chapman, Mike Chapman)

MATT: Mike, you made this cartoon all by yourself.

MIKE: This was when you lived in New York, Matt. You emailed me all the voices, the dialogue.

MATT: I used to turn them into MP3 format so I could send more of them in each email. WAV files were too big.

MIKE: Yeah. Um, so what about this one?

MATT: You made— didn't you write it with—

MIKE: Oh, watch this little lens flare coming up... I got this from Legend of Zelda...

MATT: Majora's Mask?

MIKE: Majora's Mask that has that when you look up at the sun. So I copied it.

MATT: Good job.

MIKE: And there's the famous 3D rotating tofu!

MATT: I remember being blown away when I first saw the clip of this.

MIKE: It's all, of course, fake 3D. It's pretty... the edges are pretty lame. {Matt laughs} But it still holds up okay, five years later.

MATT: Yeah, it wouldn't take much to make it look really slick.

MIKE: Yeah. The fire on the other hand, and the tiki torches—


MIKE: —are pretty bad.

MATT: {imitating Marzipan} "The Luau?" I like how she says "Luau". That reminds me of Charlie Brown in the Charlie Brown Christmas cartoon, when he's like, "We have to get on with our plaaay!"

MIKE: Play?

MATT: Yeah.

MIKE: {referring to the Ghetto-Blastro} A little 3-Dee...

MATT: Listening to 3-Dee in there.

MIKE: The members of 3-Dee are... Nehi, Yoo-Hoo, and Sundrop.

MATT: Ahh.

MIKE: 3-Dee stands for "Three Drinks". Their names are drinks.

MATT: Oh. Got it. {As Homestar comes from behind the gazebo} What were you doing back there, Homestar Runner?

MIKE: He must have been drinking Melonades.

MATT: Oh, okay.

MIKE: Yeah.

MATT: I get it now.

MIKE: Yeah. I think this cartoon— when, um—

MATT: Whoa! Did you see how quickly Marzipan bolted out of the scene?

MIKE: {Laughs} She got out of there! I was gonna say we were realizing that the crackling fire comes and goes in the scenes of this cartoon.

MATT: Yeah.

MIKE: As we were watching it for the DVD we were wondering if things were messed up, but no, in the original cartoon, some scenes have a crackling fire and some don't. {Laughs} Look at that walk clip for Strong Bad!

MATT: With the really slow—

MIKE: With the bent elbows?

MATT: His arms are... very long. {Pause} Poot Slap, Poot Slap, Dansk! What's that staunch?

MIKE: Those are the lyrics to the 3-Dee song.

MATT: {referring to a swift scene transition} Ooh. A little zipper-zipperoo.

MIKE: And Strong Sad says some Jambi the Genie coming up here.

MATT: Yeah.

MIKE: Or did he already say that?

MATT: No, that's later.

MIKE: Oh, see, now crackling fire.

MATT: He mentions Kahlua and Crème I think at one point too. Didn't you write this with Melissa? You and Melissa kind of wrote this together?

MIKE: Yeah, yeah.

MATT: I like the song; the theme song for this is nice. It made me... it made me want to move back down to Atlanta, I remember, when I first heard it.

MIKE: {laughs} The theme song did?

MATT: Yeah. It made me sad that I wasn't there to make it with you.

{Mike laughs}

MATT: {Laughs as Strong Mad rubs his belly in hunger} Yeah? Yeah, big guy?

MIKE: Is this Strong Mad's—

MATT: Did you see his mouth barely move? I don't think it closed ever!

MIKE: Did Strong Mad ever say anything before that? Is that his first line?

MATT: {laughs} Maybe! Or no, "I AM STRONG BAD! I AM STILL STRONG BA—" From Jumping Jack—

MIKE: Oh, from Jumping Jack, okay. Oh watch this, when a log comes flying at the camera.

MATT: OOH! Wow...

MIKE: Mondo.

MATT: I think the... I think the clouds in the background stopped moving at a point during that last scene too—

{Mike laughs}

MATT: —they just got to a point where, "Eh, we're good here." {Pause until the Tofu Homestar appears} That's a good— a good disguise, Homestar Runner.

MIKE: That smoke is pretty weak too.

MATT: {laughs} It's all right— it's made of a bunch of balls. {Pause} I think Coach Z there is telling him that he knows a guy up in Paughkeegan who could do wonders with wood or— I can't remember what the full quote was. {At the shot of smoke through over the trees} That's some deep, lush forests...

MIKE: Yeah, we don't see those very much.

MATT: No, you don't.

MIKE: Have to run through the woods to get to Marzipan's backyard.

MATT: {Imitating Strong Bad after he says, "Things were just about to start getting crazy-go-nuts!"} My voice was about to start getting really echo-y at this part!

MIKE: {laughs} The old generic, uh—

MATT: —cartoon—

MIKE: Scooby Doo-Flintstones-run-sound.

{Long pause}

MATT: What else do you have to say, Mike?

MIKE: Well...

MATT: There's Coach Z chewing the— and Pom Pom chewing with their invisible mouths... Good job, Strong Bad.

MIKE: I think Strong Bad got way bigger— before he was crouched next to that pile of logs, and they seemed pretty...

MATT: Pretty tiny?

MIKE: Yeah.

MATT: {In tune with the last keyboard note} Taaa.

{The cartoon seems to be over until another scene with Marzipan and Tofu Homestar is shown}

MIKE: Oh, here's where we're... we're still goin' here.

MATT: I remember later on we added— and it's a version we never put up— but her head catches on fire—

MIKE: Really?

MATT: —too, during that part.

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