The Luau

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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

{The screen wavers over name tag cards that read "Hello my name is a new homestar runner cartoon" and all the staff, then cut to the luau, with a card reading:}

You're Invited to
a Meatless Luau!

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

when: TODAY where: MARZIPAN'S

{Eventually the card spins out, revealing a banner reading "Aloha!" Marzipan is walking to some cooking tofu. Homestar is standing behind the gazebo, facing away from the viewer.}

MARZIPAN: Oo-koo-lay-lay. Oo-koo-lay-lay. Mm! Lookin' pretty good. Homestar, come up here right now and watch the tofu, please.

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

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

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 onto 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: What?! He scheduled something on the same day as the luau?

{scene transition to Strong Bad, Strong Mad, and The Cheat.}

STRONG BAD: Oh man you guys, this party's gonna be crazy-go-nuts! Check it out! I've got the marshmallows {spreads his hand over said marshmallows}, I've got all the latest releases from the artists of today {cut to boombox playing Poot-Slap}, and I've carefully filled out everybody's name tags. {close up of picnic table filled with name tags that all say "Hello, my name is Crap for Brains"} Oh, crap!! I forgot the wood! Come on guys, I know where we can hork some.

{Scene cuts to Marzipan's backyard}

MARZIPAN: Oo-koo-lay-lay. Oo-koo-l {Homestar interrupts with a sigh and comes over 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.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Okay. {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, and Strong Sad is revealed 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.

{scene transition to Strong Bad's backyard. Poot Slap is playing in the background. Everybody is wearing their "Crap for Brains" name tag.}

STRONG BAD: {walking past the Poopsmith, Bubs and Coach Z} Ah, Crap for Brains, glad to see you could make it! Oh, Crap for Brains, you lookin' good! Now, let's get this freakin' party started! {Lights a match} We'll just... get this fire started here. With a little match, and a little fire. {holds match up to firewood, but it doesn't light} And this should probably be working already. Um, I don't know why this isn't working.

{Cut to Marzipan's gazebo where Strong Sad is holding a book that says "Polynesian Prose."}

STRONG SAD: Kallo koo-koo lay kua ka loo {cut to the tofu where Homestar is standing. Strong Sad's poetry can be heard 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.

{Cut to Strong Bad's roast, where ten burnt matches are sitting on the ground and another one joins them. Strong Bad is kneeling down next to the stack of firewood with a lit match}

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


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

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. {zoom out} Hello, my name is little match, and I don't want to make a fire! {completely aggravated} HELLOOOO! MY NAME IS FIRE, AND I'M NOT COMING TO YOUR STUPID PARTY!!!

{Strong Bad knocks a log at the viewer. Homestar then walks onto the scene and Pom Pom looks at him, while a record scratch is heard.}

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

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 gazebo, where Marzipan is playing her ukelele and Strong Sad is reading poetry. 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 Homestar's body drawn on it. They are being held up by two long sticks. The tofu cooking catches fire.}

{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 used there, Strong Bad? 'Cause ya know, I know a guy up in—

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

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

STRONG BAD: Yeah, why?

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

BUBS: Look! There's a fire over there!

{suddenly, smoke arises from somewhere, then everyone looks at each other and runs, except for Strong Bad.}

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

{Everyone runs to the source of the fire - which happens to be Marzipan's still-flaming tofu. They roast their marshmallows over it; as they stop, they knock over the tofu model of Homestar.}

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

STRONG SAD: Oh, how glorious.

MARZIPAN: Hey, everybody, how's the tofu? {Cut to Coach Z, Pom Pom, and Bubs chewing on marshmallows, then back to Marzipan} Everyone loves tofu!

{Musical sting, then transition to Strong Bad's place, where he has finally given up and is trying to roast a marshmallow over a lit match. Scattered bags of unopened marshmallows are sitting on the ground.}

STRONG BAD: Hey, you guys, come back! I think I got it all figured out now! Oh, man! What am I supposed to do with all these leftover marshmallows? I bought, like, four hundred pounds!

THE KING OF TOWN: {walking by, humming, then looks at Strong Bad.} Oh, excuse me, but did I hear you say... leftovers?

{close up of a nametag reading "the end for brains"}

{transition to Marzipan's backyard, where Marzipan is talking to the tofu model of Homestar. There is a flame on his "head".}

MARZIPAN: Thanks for helping me with my party today, Homestar. I think it was a really big success! {she nuzzles him} You've been really nice to me the last few minutes! {Tofu Homestar's "head" falls off. Blackout, record scratch} Put your head back on this instant!

{Cut to the Luau Main Page.}

[edit] Fun Facts

[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

  • Strong Bad's invitation says "Your invited", misspelling "you're". This is ironic since Strong Bad has a penchant for scoffing at spelling and grammar mistakes.
    • Strong Bad even sings a song about the differences of the two words in local news.
  • When Strong Sad is first seen standing next to the fire, the lights in the background across the fence seem to stop in an unusual manner.
  • Interestingly, Strong Bad's Ghetto Blastro displays moving bars even when it isn't playing.
  • The invitation to the Luau says that Strong Sad will be reading "Ancient Hawaiian Poetry", yet his book says "Polynesian Prose".
  • Strong Mad's logo on his chest is slightly different from the previous toon, A Jorb Well Done.
  • This is another instance of foreign words being mispronounced.
  • Strong Bad appears to strike the match on his thumb.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Prior to the post-Flash site update, this toon had a 2 in the URL.
  • 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.

[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 do not turn in Strong Bad's Ghetto Blastro.
  • When we see Strong Sad 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 Strong Bad, Strong Mad, and The Cheat steal Marzipan's wood, The Cheat appears to be floating above Strong Mad's foot.
  • 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 is shown 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 we see the Tofu Homestar} 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. {As we see the 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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