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Strong Bad Email #104
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"* please do not bring your grandmother"

Strong Bad tells us about his plans for a Strong Badia theme park.

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad, Cheerleader (Easter egg), The Ugly One (Easter egg), Monkey D (Easter egg), The King of Town, The Cheat, Strong Sad, Strong Mad, Bubs, Pom Pom, Shark-Tooth Bubs, Coach Z/Stoppy the Sign, Homestar Runner/Poppy the Tire, Homsar/General Tso's Chicken, Bear Holding a Shark

Places: Computer Room, Strong Bad's Mount RidesPlace! USA, Strong Badia (Riverquest Safariventure)

Computer: Compy 386

Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Running Time: 4:14

Page Title: Compy 386!!

DVD: strongbad_email.exe Disc Four, Sbemails' 50 Greatest Hits DVD

Contents

[edit] Transcript

STRONG BAD: {singing} Everybody loves this, everybody needs this, it's time for funny stuff. {reading the email , in a Teen Girl Squad voice} Dear strong bad, you are the coolest... {Strong Bad stops reading and clears his throat.} Oh! Excuse me.

{reading}

{Strong Bad pronounces "buisness" just as it is spelled ("bweez-ness"), says "(sigh) Sincerely yours" instead of "crapfully crap," and "football league" instead of "FL."}

STRONG BAD: {typing} Well, Rafi, being the distinguished buisnessman {continues with the misspelling/pronunciation used earlier} that I am, I've had a theme park in development for quite some time now. Almost as long as I've been growin' this mustache.

{A 10,000x magnification of Strong Bad's upper lip appears, showing a growth of one hair.}

STRONG BAD: {typing} Anyways, it'd be called

{Cut to view of a theme park by the Stop Sign and Cinder Block.}

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} Strong Bad's Mount RIDESPLACE! USA

{As this is said, the appropriate words flash on the screen above the view of the theme park.}

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} And it will have more rides than you or your grandmother can handle.

{As this is said, the words "More Rides Than You Or Your Grandmother Can Handle!*" appear along with a "*please do not bring your grandmother" disclaimer on the bottom.}

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} Of course, our flagship roller coaster would be

{Cut to view of the roller coaster, which is perfectly circular and spins continually without stopping. The Trogdor arcade game music is playing in the background}

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} The Bowels of Trogdor!!

{Pan out to see that The King of Town is riding the roller coaster and screaming.}

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} Which would like whip you around and around until you either throw up or catch fire somehow.

{The King of Town catches fire somehow.}

THE KING OF TOWN: Hooieooieooieooieooieooieooieooie!

{Cut to Strong Bad and The Cheat and the entrance to the ride. A Trogdor sign is there that says "Peasants must be as tall as my beefy arm to ride this ride." The Cheat is clearly not tall enough.}

STRONG BAD: Sorry, little guy, {The Cheat starts to stand on tip-toes.} I can't do nothing for you. {The Cheat puts on a top hat and starts to stand on tip-toes again.} Maybe you better head over to Sweet Cuppin' Cakes Land instead.

THE CHEAT: {disappointed The Cheat noise}

{Cut to Strong Sad standing on a stage.}

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} And every hour, at the main stage, there'd be a performance of "The Strong Sad Gets Decked Repeatedly Stunt Spook-tacular"!

{A banner lowers behind Strong Sad that says "The Strong Sad Gets Decked Repeatedly Stunt SPOOK-tacular!!" Strong Sad is wearing a witch's hat standing patiently. Strong Mad comes from stage right to flying tackle Strong Sad.}

STRONG MAD: MAUHHH!

STRONG SAD: Oh!

{Strong Sad climbs back up on the stage again standing patiently. Strong Mad comes from stage left this time to flying tackle Strong Sad again.}

STRONG MAD: MAUHHH!

STRONG SAD: Oh!

{Cut to Strong Bad behind a table with a layout of the theme park on it.}

STRONG BAD: To make sure you don't have any money left when you leave,—

{The words "not to scale" appear with an arrow pointing at the layout.}

STRONG BAD: —there'd be more games than you or your grandfather could handle.

{Cut to Bubs working the "Throw Game."}

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} You know, the ones where you throw hoops or rings or baseballs at different stuff and try to win cheap generic stuffed animal versions of ten-year-old cartoons.

{During this voice over, Pom Pom plays the "Throw Game" while Bubs looks on. Pom Pom successfully gets all three rings that he tosses around the "Xtra Cold One" bottle. Strong Bad's arm appears, holding up a cheap stuffed animal.}

STRONG BAD: Like this Bubs with a horn.

BUBS: No, no, no. You gotta get those rings inside the bottle.

POM POM: {bubble noises}

{Pom Pom picks up a baseball and throws it at the bottle in frustration. A shattering noise is heard. Cut back to Strong Bad behind the layout of the park.}

STRONG BAD: No theme park would be complete without a bunch of costumed mascots running around anticking... {scratches head} antiquing... Whatever.

{Cut to view of an area behind some fencing. The King of Town still rides "The Bowels of Trogdor!!" in the distance.}

THE KING OF TOWN: {distant} Hooieooieooieooie!

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} You know, there'd be one of the Stop Sign,

{Coach Z appears wearing a costume that has a cartoonish looking Stop Sign design}

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} call him "Stoppy", Stoppy the Sign, and then there'd be the tire...

{Homestar appears wearing a costume that has a very cartoonish-looking Tire design.}

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} call him "Poppy the Tire"... And who could forget "General Tso's Chicken"?

{A carton of what could only be General Tso's Chicken falls from the sky. It has "Ryan S." written on the side. Homsar's feet appear beneath it.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Hey, Stoppy, is your suit chafing you like crazy?

COACH Z: Well, to tell ya da truth dere Poppy, I've always enjoyed a good chafe.

HOMSAR: AaAaAaAaA! It's time for tasteball!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh, crap! It's tasteball already?

{Cut to Strong Bad back at the Compy.}

STRONG BAD: {typing} But yeah, it's a pretty unrealistic vision. I'm gonna have to start robbing WAY more hot actresses if I ever hope to make that dream a reality. But for now, I'll settle for giving tours on The Strong Badian Riverquest Safariventure.

{He gets up. Cut to Strong Bad standing in a box in Strong Badia. He holds some sort of microphone.}

STRONG BAD: {Strong Bad makes a microphone click noise and speaks in an emotionless theme park tour guide-styled voice throughout the rest of the email. In each phrase, the pitch rises, reaches a high in the middle, and then falls} Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen my name is Strong Bad and welcome to The Strong Badian Riverquest Safariventure. {Strong Bad makes a click noise again.}

{Cut to wide view of Strong Bad standing in a box labeled "riverquest safariventure." Homestar sits in front of him in the box. To the left is a running hose. The water from the hose forms a puddle around the box.}

STRONG BAD: {click} Please keep your arms legs and valuables inside the vehicle at all times and get ready to experience the fury of: The Strong Badian Riverboat Superfun...ride.

{Strong Bad inches closer to Homestar as he says this, while Homestar backs away.} {click}

{The Paper comes down. About five seconds later, it zooms in on Strong Bad and Homestar and the tour continues. The Paper disappears.}

STRONG BAD: {click} And first up on our tour if you look to your right {Homestar looks to his right} experience the fury of: {cut to wider view} a big rock that's going to fall on uuuus.

{An obviously fake rock pops up behind the fence, mounted on a stick.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Ooooh.

{The rock goes back down behind the fence.}

STRONG BAD: That was a close call, I hope everyone is okaaaay.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: I'm not OK—

STRONG BAD: Shut up. {click}

{Cut to closeup of Strong Bad.}

STRONG BAD: {click} And if you look up the river here comes another one of our tour guides his name is The Cheat—

{Cut to wide view again. The Cheat walks by in his own box, which is labeled "R.Q. 2".}

STRONG BAD: —everybody say "Hi, The Cheeeeat."

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Hide and seeeeek.

{Some drum sounds can be heard.}

STRONG BAD: {click} Oh, what's that I hear is it the sound of island drums? Oh no, it's headhunteeerrrs.

{The bear holding a shark, posing as a "headhunter," pops up from behind the fence.}

STRONG BAD: {click} Everyone stay in the boat, I'll take care of thiiis. {click}

{Strong Bad pulls out a starter's pistol, and turns his head away as he fires up into the air twice. The cutout goes back down behind the fence.}

STRONG BAD: {click} Looks like we scared those headhunters. Let's hope they don't come baaack. {click}

{Cut to closeup of Strong Bad again.}

STRONG BAD: {click} Well folks we've made it back safely did everyone have a good time?

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Not really.

{Strong Bad continues to talk while Homestar answers.}

STRONG BAD: Goooood. Please leave your valuables under your seat and exit to your riiiight. {click}

{Cut to wide view again.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Strong Bad, I gotta level with ya. That might have been the worst three thousand dollars I ever spent.

{The Paper comes down again. After another pause, Strong Bad speaks again.}

STRONG BAD: {click} Don't forget to experience the fury of: our gift shooop.

{Once again, Strong Bad moves closer to Homestar as he says this while Homestar backs away.} {click}

[edit] Easter Eggs

  • Click on "buisness" after Strong Bad says it in the first part of the email to see a picture of The Ugly One and Cheerleader.
CHEERLEADER: {Her shirt reads "kiss boys."} The Ugly One, why you always gotta be all up in my bweez-NASS? {Cheerleader looks angry, while The Ugly One looks sad.}
  • Click on "Rafi" to see a mock NFL patch.
  • Click on "Mount" in "Mount Ridesplace USA" after Strong Bad says "USA" to see Monkey D's season pass.
Strong Bad's Mount Ridesplace! USA
Season Pass
Name: Monkey D
Has: Fun
Valid thru 9/04
(signed) Monkey D
  • Click on the second Bubs doll in full sight in the "Throw Game" stand to see a real Bubs plushie, Shark-Tooth Bubs, looking from left to right.

[edit] Fun Facts

[edit] Trivia

  • The paper on Strong Bad's desk is labeled "plans for stuff".
  • The box in the throw game is labeled "BOX FOR THROW GAME", in capital letters.
  • This is the second email with a voice-over of a character invented by Strong Bad. Email japanese cartoon had a Stinkoman voice-over.
    • This is also the first time Strong Bad has used his Teen Girl Squad voice outside of a TGS cartoon.
  • This email has the longest cartoon extension after the Paper comes down.

[edit] Remarks

  • This is one of the few emails where The Paper comes down twice. The only other time this happened was in 50 emails. (The New Paper later came down twice in mini-golf, however.)
  • The Bowels of Trogdor is not visible in the panoramic view of the park.
  • When Homestar looks at the boulder, he appears to turn his head around 180 degrees, without moving his body.

[edit] Goofs

  • When Pom Pom hits the bottle with the ball, a crashing sound is heard yet it doesn't break. Also, the crashing sound is played right after Pom Pom throws the ball, but before it reaches the bottle.
  • At the end of the Strong Bad's Riverquest Safariventure, the Stop Sign is not there. It disappeared sometime between the pause the first time The Paper came down and the fake boulder.
  • The Bowels of Trogdor abruptly stops spinning while the mascots are talking. Also, The King of Town isn't on fire.
  • When the toon finally ends, the flowing water animation freezes.

[edit] Glitches

  • On some computers, the email stops abruptly at the scene with the Bowels of Trogdor. Only one car appears, and it is off the rails with nobody inside.

[edit] Inside References

[edit] Real-World References

  • The Strong Badian Riverquest Safariventure is reminiscent of the Jungle Cruise found in Disney theme parks. The way Strong Bad does not breathe or show any expression and his rise-and-fall delivery is reminiscent of Jungle Cruise tour guides who have given the same tour over and over again. The shooting of a warning shot (in this case a starter's pistol) to scare off the bear and shark "headhunters" is directly from the tour guide script. Most of Strong Bad's speech correlates to the tour.

[edit] Fast Forward

  • In boring (really), Strong Bad says, "...prepare to experience the fury of... me naming all the three letter words I can think of," in a voice similar to the one used in this toon.
  • The "riverquest safariventure" ride reappears a few times.
  • The Female Lappy 486 mentions bwees-ness in hremail3184.
  • Homestar's and Coach Z's costumes reappear in On Break.
  • The Shark-Tooth Bubs doll seen in the Easter egg would later become a full fledged member of the Puppet Stuff characters.

[edit] DVD Version

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

[edit] Commentary Transcript

(Commentary by: Mike Chapman, Matt Chapman)

MIKE: {singing} Theme paaaaark!

MATT: That's a good one.

MIKE: That's my theme park... theme song.

MATT: I like that. Oh, Mike, Strong Bad's talking in the wrong voice.

MIKE: He's talking like one of the Teen Girl Squads.

MATT: Which one do you think it was?

MIKE: The original Teen Girl Squad. Uh, I think that was... So and So?

MATT: Yeah?

MIKE: Nah, it was either The Ug... I think it was The Ugly One. All right, let's talk about something else.

MATT: Okay. I like "buisness."

MIKE: Buisness. Didn't we record, um, 'cuz there's a little Easter egg with him saying "Why you're all up on my buisness."

MATT: Oh, yeah.

MIKE: Teen Girl Squad.

MATT: We never put it out. We were gonna make it the Quote of the— Let's do that this week, make it the Quote of the Week.

MIKE: Maybe, it'll seem like we're talking about something really old when they hear this on the DVD.

MATT: Perhaps.

MIKE: But we're really talking about the future.

{awkward pause}

MATT: So, we sh— I feel like we should start over on this commentary already.

MIKE: That's... let's keep going.

MATT: All right.

MIKE: Let's plug on through.

MATT: We'll give it a shot.

{Pause until Strong Bad mentions "Sweet Cuppin' Cakes Land"}

MATT: I'd like to see what Sweet Cuppin' Cakes Land looks like.

MIKE: Yeah, I think maybe originally that was gonna be in the email; I think we talked about showing, you know, like the teacups that were the spinning-around teacups that were Eh! Steves or something.

MATT: Yeah. But then the email would be nine minutes long.

MIKE: Yeah, it was really long already. So, back in the background there is a Shark-Tooth Bubs, um, which is a real plush, plush doll that a factory in China made for us. It was a prototype. They misinterpreted Bubs's eyes and teeth, and... pretty much everything!

MATT: As his fangs.

MIKE: {laughing} His fangs.

MATT: And a horn.

MIKE: Yeah.

MATT: I like that the box there, that he just that knocked that over on, says "Box for Throw Game" stenciled on the side of it. It's mass-produced somewhere and shipped to Mt. Ridesplace... for that sole purpose. {lets Coach Z as Stoppy appear} Stoppy has some things in his cheeks, maybe.

MIKE: Yeah, he's got some nuts, maybe he's saving up acorns for the winter.

MATT: {at Homsar as General Tso's Chicken} Now that's a reference to our friend Ryan Sterritt, who has authored this very DVD you're watching.

MIKE: He's sitting in the room right next to us. Unbeknownst to him, we're talking about him.

MATT: Yeah, let's go in... let's throw stuff at him next time we see him.

MIKE: We should. I like to throw stuff at Ryan.

{pause}

MIKE: What should we talk about on this part? Oh, this is a good... this is, this is my favorite part.

MATT: Yeah, we... this should have been two emails, I feel like.

MIKE: Yeah, 'cuz it was done up to this point, and then there's another ten minutes.

MATT: So there's a particular visit, uh, to Busch Gardens I took, and I believe there's a roller coaster called The Scorpion, where— that I'm basing this, I mean, definitely, it's obviously based on...

MIKE: No! You can't say it!

MATT: What?

MIKE: Sorry. I was just saying that my name was Klaus Meine and that I was The Scorpion... Sorry.

MATT: Does this keep going? Yeah, we can keep talking.

MIKE: Is this a waiting egg?

MATT: Yeah, it's just gonna start playing again I think, isn't it? {The email continues after The Paper comes down} Yeah, see?

MIKE: Yeah, okay, I couldn't remember how it worked on the DVD...

MATT: You just wait.

MIKE: Yeah, okay.

MATT: {of the fake rock} I like, uh, the damage, obviously, when I see that.

MIKE: Yeah, it's fiberglass.

MATT: Mm-hmm. Chicken wire. Uh, anyways, uh I went... Mike and I went...

MIKE: Oh, yeah, you were at Busch Gardens!

MATT: Yeah! And I just remember that guy being particularly unenthusiastic about us experiencing the fury of The Scorpion. {Mike laughs} It was wonderfully scripted.

MIKE: So was it just a roller coaster, or was that a ride...

MATT: No, it was just a roller coaster.

MATT: And so they have the guy just before it starts...

MIKE: {simultaneously} Okay, yeah, at the beginning, right.

MATT: You see, we were just talking over each other again.

MIKE: We can talk at the same time.

MATT: I know, but it's probably hard for people to understand what we're saying. Go!

MIKE: Go!

MATT: I take!

MIKE: I take!

MATT: Hi Lois! Raise your arms, watch your knees. Exit to your right, please! They did that at Six Flags all the time, I remember.

MIKE: Six Flags over Georgia, that is.

{The Paper comes down in the email for the second time.}

MATT: Wait for it, wait for it...

MIKE: Is it still going?

MATT: Yeah, hang on! {pause for the end} Now it's done.

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