A Jumping Jack Contest

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=== Inside References ===
=== Inside References ===
*Homestar's line "I drank too many melonades" is a reference to Marshmallow's Last Stand, in which he says the same thing about eating too many marshmallows.
*Homestar's line "I drank too many melonades" is a reference to Marshmallow's Last Stand, in which he says the same thing about eating too many marshmallows.
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*When Strong Bad mentions the contests he didn't win, he could be referring to the [[Original Book|Strongest Man in the World Contest]] or the wrestling match in Marshmallow's Last Stand.
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*When Strong Bad mentions the contests he didn't win, he could be referring to the [[Original Book|Strongest Man in the World Contest]] or the wrestling match in [[Marshmallow's Last Stand]].
*This is likely the earliest mention of [[Homestar's Pants|Homestar's pants]].
*This is likely the earliest mention of [[Homestar's Pants|Homestar's pants]].

Revision as of 21:44, 6 April 2006

Day 1 of the contest

Strong Bad, Strong Sad, Homestar Runner, Pom Pom, and Bubs enter a jumping jack contest. The person who continually jumps jacks for the longest wins. Strong Bad cheats with the help of The Cheat and Strong Mad, of course. It is based loosely on the original Homestar Runner book, and has since been taken off the site. You can play a Strong Lib whilst it loads.

Cast (in order of appearance): Bubs, Strong Bad, Homestar Runner, Pom Pom, Strong Sad, The Announcer, The Cheat, Strong Mad, The Poopsmith

Places: Contest Area, The Field, Bubs' Concession Stand, Strong Bad's Pool

Page Title: Jumping Jack Contest

Contents

Strong Bad Lib Transcript

What I Saw Last Week
a Strong Badlib

No, seriously. I'm a pretty [adjective] person. But I saw this one [noun] last week and boy was it [adjective]. This [adjective] guy was at [restaurant] and he started [-ing verb] [plural noun]. I was like, '[exclamation]! You're [-ing verb] [plural noun].' He told me to stop [-ing verb] him. I [verb (past)] on his shoes.

Why Was It Taken Off?

The removal of this toon in 2003 has been the subject of much debate among fans. Some believe it has to do with the references to urination, but given that 2 years, virus, extra plug, The House that Gave Sucky Treats, space program (in an Easter egg), kids' book (in an Easter egg), and The Luau make similar references, this explanation is unlikely. Another theory is that it, along with Marshmallow's Last Stand, was taken down to get a Special Edition treatment, akin to The King of Town DVD (this is made more plausible by the fact that the editing and comedic timing of this toon is not nearly as proficient as in later toons) and the Yello Dello DVD.

According to Matt Chapman in this interview, "['Marshmallow's Last Stand' and 'A Jumping Jack Contest'] will be back on someday. We can’t disclose why they're off, it's a personal reason. If all goes well, they'll be back on the site; we’d like to have everything we've ever done on the site, and it sucks we had to take them off. They'll be back on someday."

Transcript

{The beginning credits roll with characters jumping jacks in background.}

THE ANNOUNCER: Good afternoon—

{He is cut off by microphone feedback.}

THE ANNOUNCER: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to a jumping jack contest! Our five hot contestants will compete to see who can sustain their jumping jacks for the longest time! Any contestant that ceases to jump jack, even for a moment, is out of the competition.

{As The Announcer speaks, there are close-ups on all of the contestants. Strong Sad sighs.}

THE ANNOUNCER: On your mark... get set... go!

{He fires a gun into the air. Bubs, Strong Bad, Homestar Runner, Pom Pom, and Strong Sad jump jack.)

STRONG SAD: {after two} Whew. {sweats} I quit.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {still jumping jacks} All right, Strong Sad! That's twice as many as last year!

{The Cheat emerges from behind Strong Bad.}

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises}

STRONG BAD: Ah, The Cheat! Is everything ready?

{The Cheat nods}

STRONG BAD: Good! Now go, and win us this competition!

{The Cheat jumps up on stage with a glass of melonade on a platter, next to Homestar.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Hey, The Cheat, what's up?

THE CHEAT: {says "Hey, Homestar, would you like 147 glasses of melonade?" in The Cheat talk}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {seen through the glass} A glass of melonade for me? Hmmm... okay!

{Homestar drinks the melonade.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Thanks, The Cheat!

{Cut to a grassy area, empty except for Strong Mad standing by with some kegs of melonade. As The Cheat walks into the frame and sets down the glass of melonade, Strong Mad refills The Cheat's empty glass.}

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises}

{Cut back to the Competition Area.}

{The Cheat goes to Homestar Runner and offers him another glass.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh, another one! {drinks}

{We cut to a montage of Homestar Runner drinking glass after glass of melonade, Strong Mad refilling the glasses, and The Cheat fetching him more while music plays. Soon Homestar Runner has a huge belly and he jumps his jacks with crossed legs.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh... I drank too many melonades... {bilious musical effect}

STRONG BAD: Hey, you not looking so good Homestar. I think you better drop out.

{Cut to the empty field. The Cheat and Strong Mad high five. Cut back to the Competition Area.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Seriously, Pom Pom, I'm about to pee my pants.

POM POM: {bubbles}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Great idea, Pom Pom! But do you think he can get here in time?

{Zoom in on Homestar's head. Homestar gives a sigh of relief. Zoom out to show The Poopsmith walking away holding a jar of "yellow liquid."}

{Transition—Day 2}

STRONG BAD: Hey, Bubs. Looks like quite a line is building up at your concession stand.

{Cut to Bubs' stand. The "customers" waiting in line are The Cheat and Strong Mad.}

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises}

{Cut back to the competition area.}

BUBS: Hot DOG! {runs to stand; the camera goes with him} What can I get for you fine gentlemen? {holds up various treats}

{Strong Mad and The Cheat walk away.}

BUBS: Oh... I'm such a dummy.

{Cut back to the Competition Area.}

THE ANNOUNCER: {through speakers} And so ends Day 2 of our competition with only THREE hot contestants left!

{Transition—Day 3}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: How you holding up Pom Pom?

POM POM: {bubbles}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: How 'bout you, Strong Bad?

{Zoom out to a full view of the Competition Area. Strong Mad wearing a Strong Bad mask is now on stage in place of Strong Bad.}

STRONG MAD: I am Strong Bad!

POM POM: {frowns angrily, bubbles}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: No way, Pom Pom, of course that's Strong Bad! Ok, Strong Bad, are you Strong Bad?

STRONG MAD: I am Strong Bad!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: See?

{Zoom in on Pom Pom, who has a disbelieving look on his face.}

{Transition—Day 4}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {wearily} I don't know how much longer I can make it, Pom Pom.

{Zoom into Strong Bad's mask.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {off-screen} And Strong Bad's still looking good!

{Zoom out to The Cheat, who is wearing a Strong Bad Mask. Cut to a pool, where we see Strong Bad, lounging in a chair at the poolside with a radio and a glass of melonade.}

STRONG BAD: Ah, let's see. I want to thank The Cheat for helping me to cheat—oh no, wait, I shouldn't say that. Let's try this again. I want to thank Strong Mad for helping me to cheat. There, that's better.

THE ANNOUNCER: {through Strong Bad's radio} Homestar Runner is fading fast and could drop out any moment!

STRONG BAD: Ah, that's my cue! {Gets up out of the chair, and exits frame.}

{Cut to a side-view of the Competition Area. The Cheat is still in place of Strong Bad, and Homestar looks very weary.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: I give up, Pom Pom. I'm about to jump my last jack.

{Pom Pom, with a very angry look on his face, walks over to The Cheat.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Pom Pom, what are you doing?!

{Cut to The Cheat's view from inside the mask. Pom Pom reaches down to pull off the mask, and The Cheat lets out some startled exclamations. Pom-Pom pulls off the mask. Cut to front view of The Cheat.}

BUBS: {off-screen} Hey, it's The Cheat, and it looks like he's cheating!

{The Cheat grabs a Homestar Runner face cut-out and puts it over his face, then throws it away.}

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises}

{Homestar Runner stops jumping jacks. A barber-shop style vocal arpeggio is heard, and we zoom in more and more to Homestar's face on each note.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: If that's The Cheat, then where's Strong Bad?

{Cut to an empty field, where Strong Bad is walking to the Competition Area. The camera moves along with Strong Bad.}

STRONG BAD: {sings} Who is the guy that wins all the contests? That's me, Strong Bad. Except... maybe for that one contest. Or maybe more than one contest.

{Cut to the Competition Area.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: There he is!

STRONG BAD: {annoyed} Oh! Holy... crap.

{A trophy reading "What a Great Prize This Is." comes into the scene, spinning. Cut to a side view of the competition area.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Thanks, everybody, but this trophy really belongs to my best friend, Pom Pom.

{Strong Bad walks into the frame wearing a Pom Pom costume, and takes the trophy from Homestar.}

STRONG BAD: Hey, give me that! Uh, I mean—bubble, bubble-dee-bubble. Double bubble.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: You said it Pom Pom! We are best friends!

{Fade out to THE END.}

Fun Facts

Trivia

  • This is the first time Strong Bad said, "Holy Crap!"

Remarks

  • Technically, because arm movements are an important part of jumping jacks, Homestar Runner didn't do any, since he has no visible arms. He also wasn't moving his feet correctly when he was full of melonades.
    • Strong Sad didn't do any real jumping jacks either. He just raised his arms and bounced.

Goofs

  • After Homestar sighs with relief upon releasing his pee, he continues to sigh even after his mouth has stopped moving.
  • You can easily see that Homestar broke the rules of the contest. He stopped jumping when he drank his first glass of melonade.
  • The entire cartoon has bad voice synching.
  • When Homestar's bladder is full, and he says to Pom-Pom "But do you think he can get here in time?", the shading on the red part of his hat changes each time he moves his mouth.
  • When Strong Bad tells The Cheat to "win them this competition", a corner of his mouth comes out of his head.

Glitches

  • After you have filled out the Strong Lib, you can highlight and change any of the text—including the text that wasn't affected by your choices before.

Inside References

  • Homestar's line "I drank too many melonades" is a reference to Marshmallow's Last Stand, in which he says the same thing about eating too many marshmallows.
  • When Strong Bad mentions the contests he didn't win, he could be referring to the Strongest Man in the World Contest or the wrestling match in Marshmallow's Last Stand.
  • This is likely the earliest mention of Homestar's pants.

Real-World References

Fast Forward

  • On the "Learn to speak The Cheat" record in the Strong Bad Email cheat talk, one of the phrases is "Hey Homestar, would you like 147 glasses of melonade?", and the Cheat-speak equivalent is the sound he made when offering Homestar the melonade in this cartoon.
  • In the Strong Bad Email some kinda robot, Strong Bad sings, "Who's the guy that checks all those emails? That's me Strong Bad!," which is a reference to the song he sings in this cartoon.
  • In the toon Strong Bad Sings one of his songs says "Who's the guy that wins all the contests?"
  • Homestar drinks too many Melonades again in The Luau.
  • Bubs' movements when he does jumping jacks, warms up before the contest, and looks at the line at his stand are all settings in the game Dancin' Bubs.
  • The pool background was used again in Theme Song Video, albeit with a diving board added.
  • One of the scenes from this toon was exaggerated in Exaggerations.

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