Old-Timey

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Hungry in the '30s

The Old-Timey era (also referred to as the 1936 era) is the collective name for the Homestar Runner toons said to have been made in the 1930s; they are in essence a pastiche or tribute to the cartoons of the time. The toons are in black and white and have intentionally sloppy edits, a grainy and scratched appearance, and a soundtrack filled with static and pops. The characters look and sound different from their modern-day counterparts, and often have different personae, much in the way that the characters in the earliest Mickey Mouse and Looney Tunes cartoons are noticeably different from later incarnations.

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Appearances

Full Cartoons

Segments

  • Email little animal — In an Easter egg, Old-Timey Strong Bad gets in a never ending chase by Strong Man.
  • Email 50 emails — In an Easter egg, there is segment where Old-Timey Strong Bad, along with The Sneak, answer "The Electronic Message."
  • 20X6 vs. 1936 — The Homestar Runner is featured throughout the toon.
  • Email 2 emails — In an Easter egg, Old-Timey Strong Bad has a segment about "Uncle Strong Bad's Flavor Taste Style Chewing Powders."
  • Email flashback — In an Easter egg, there is a segment in which Old-Timey Strong Bad sends a message in his telegraph machine.
  • Email radio — Old-Timey Strong Bad provides one of the examples of different types of radio broadcasts. There is also a follow-up to this in an Easter egg.
  • Email highschool — In an Easter egg, The Homestar Runner, Old-Timey Strong Bad, Sickly Sam, and Don Knotts have a short segment in Ancient Rome.
  • Marzipan's Answering Machine Version 13.2 — The Homestar Runner and Old-Timey Strong Bad leave messages on Marzipan's answering machine.
  • Email alternate universe — Old-Timey Strong Bad is featured in many places throughout the email.
  • Email 4 branches — The Homestar Runner, Old-Timey Strong Bad, and Rumble Red have a segment about Polymascotfoamalate.
  • Decemberween Short Shorts — The Homestar Runner, Old-Timey Marzipan, and Rumble Red have a segment about Decemberween.
  • Email pet show — In an Easter egg, The Sneak wins a "Plague Show" for "having more infectious diseases than any other vermin" there.

Characters

Main article: Characters

The following lists every Old-Timey character with their modern counterpart in parentheses. Some characters do not have modern counterparts.

Dates

As far as we know, all of the toons in this style take place in the 1930s, although only three of them are dated. Kick the Can, Parsnips A Plenty, and That A Ghost are labeled 1933, 1936, and 1937, respectively. The early "1933" toons did not have voices and were much more cartoony than the later Old-Timey cartoons, with heads coming off, body parts changing and characters flying away, among other things. (See the variants from Kick the Can.) Toons released in later years featured voices and were more realistic (if only slightly).

References To Other Periods

There are also some references to eras before and after the thirties. It could be that The Brothers Chaps did not intend to limit the Old-Timey universe to strictly the thirties.

Ancient Times

19th Century

Aughts

Tens

Twenties

Forties

Fifties

Sixties

Color

It appears as if the Old-Timey world is actually entirely gray, rather than filmed with old timey camera equipment. Old-Timey characters are still gray, even when appearing in colorful time periods, as in 20X6 vs. 1936. When The Homestar Runner is seen on Planet K, he is still in black and white, with slight scratching appearing over him and crackling audio whenever he speaks (as in the full cartoons). Also, Strong Bad is still in full color when he appears in the black-and-white Old-Timey world in the email alternate universe. However, the Ballad of The Sneak establishes The Sneak as being "small and smart and yellow", and the toon Sickly Sam's Big Outing was presented in "A Color", adding a very light pink to certain items in the toon, so the idea of color in the Old-Timey world is still open to debate.

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