In Search of the Yello Dello

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One hot bird.

"The Yello Dello is the most rare and beautiful bird in this entire cartoon."

Homestar wants to get a gift for Marzipan, but can't decide what to get. Coach Z advises him to get something rare and exotic, so Homestar, Pom Pom, and Strong Sad head out to catch the Yello Dello. The DVD is complete with commentary, the old version of the cartoon, and deleted scenes. The characters are drawn in a stylized fashion.

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, The Announcer, Strong Mad

Places: The Athletic Field, Coach Z's Locker Room, A Mountain, Far Off Lands, Various Fields, Marzipan's Garden, Homestar's House

Date: 2000

Commentary: Strong Bad, Strong Sad, and Homestar Runner talk about the movie as it's being played.

Deleted Scenes: A pixelated challenge which is a parody of the Atari 2600 game Barnstorming; Coach Z and Homestar Runner in the shower room; and Strong Mad telling Marzipan about the Yello Dello.



Fun Facts


  • During the scene where Coach Z is giving advice to Homestar, Homestar's star appears as a pentacle — a hollow star drawn with lines across each point. Stars are often drawn this way because it's easier to make them symmetrical.
  • If you go to the third deleted scene (where Strong Mad plays Strong Bad's role), the tattoo on Strong Mad's right arm is of the band Black Flag. He is also wearing a shirt with a megaphone decal on it.
  • The flower that Marzipan is watering is similar to the flower in Coach Z's "bad gift" scenario.
  • Marzipan's handprint seems to indicate that she has invisible arms and hands.
  • Unless Pom Pom had two identical guns, he couldn't have pulled out the gun the second time, because he threw it away.
  • There is no "back" link at the end of the old version.
  • The link to the storyboards no longer works.
  • Despite the Yello Dello's feminine appearance and the fact that it's referred to as a her, it speaks in a male voice.
  • This is the first appearance of Atari 2600 graphics on


  • In the scene where Pom Pom is floating, the dots on Homestar's hat disappear while he talks.
  • In the locker room scene, Coach Z's right foot is cut down by a thin gray line in the middle, showing a mistake in copy and pasting.
  • In the scene where Pom Pom and Homestar are supporting Strong Sad so he can tell his story, Homestar wakes up and slides out from underneath Strong Sad, yet Strong Sad doesn't move (he was previously standing on top of Homestar).

Inside References

  • The goat head that pops out from behind the mountain in Coach Z's "bad gift" scenario also appeared in Audition With Marzipan.
  • In the commentary, Strong Sad reveals that he dreams of his own death (over and over and over...)
  • In the commentary, Homestar accidentally introduces the toon as "the King of Town Super DVD", which references to the King of Town DVD.
  • In the commentary, Strong Bad's saying that he doesn't trust Pom Pom any further than he can throw him is another reference to King of Town DVD, where SB makes the same quote in the commentary about the little chef guy.
  • Oven mitts appear several times in the DVD.

Real-World References

  • "Hello Yello Dello" might be a reference to The Three Stooges' quote of "Hello, Hello, Hello! Hello hello hello hello hello!"
  • The deleted scene with the plane is a reference to the Atari 2600 game Barnstorming. The scene with the scorpion is from the classic Atari 2600 game Pitfall.
  • The title may be a reference to the old TV series "In Search Of", which was narrated by Leonard Nimoy (Star Trek's Mr. Spock) and detailed the search for various legendary beasts, artifacts, and places (e.g. In Search of Bigfoot, In Search of The Loch Ness Monster, and so on).
  • Mello Yello (mentioned in the third deleted scene) is a brand of soda made by Coca-Cola similar to Mountain Dew.
  • The menu theme being obnoxiously loud is a reference to Pitfall 2, in which it played all through the game incredibly loud for an Atari. The menu theme is not the same as Pitfall 2's; however, it does sound very similar to it.
  • H2-OH! is a bottled water brand.
  • The Yello Dello's manner of eating is a reference to the Lucasarts adventure game LOOM, in which a seagull eats a clam in the same way.
  • The character from Yars' Revenge that Homestar mentions in the Commentary is the Yar that you control in the game. In the game you can eat squares off of the Quotile's (the enemy) Shield.
  • The way the music fades as it reaches the end of a loop (unlike most other loops on the site) may be a reference to the looping music used on some DVD menus. Due to technical limitations, music used in DVD menus cannot loop and is often faded out similarly to the music used here.

Fast Forward

  • In the deleted scene, where Homestar and his companions are in the plane, after they fly into the ducks Homestar yells out, "Somebody get this freakin' duck away from me!" This would be later said by Strong Bad relating to the Atari dragon on Main Page 13.
  • The quote, "I think I has the solution" was also said by Strong Bad in little questions

DVD Contents


New Version


Theatrical Trailer


Deleted Scenes

Old Version

Everything Else Vol.2 Version

  • Switch the audio in the Old Version to hear commentary from Mike, Matt & Peter Olsen.
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