TV Time Toons Menu

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*The toons menu layout changed on June 22, 2004, dividing all the toons into eight categories. [[Powered by The Cheat]] and [[Puppet Stuff]] sections were added, and the Features were divided into their own sections at the bottom.
*The toons menu layout changed on June 22, 2004, dividing all the toons into eight categories. [[Powered by The Cheat]] and [[Puppet Stuff]] sections were added, and the Features were divided into their own sections at the bottom.
*On February 12, 2007, a "[[New Stuff]]" tape replaced one of the (non-interactive) "Joy of Painting" videos. When clicked, it listed the toons released from 2007 onward.
*On February 12, 2007, a "[[New Stuff]]" tape replaced one of the (non-interactive) "Joy of Painting" videos. When clicked, it listed the toons released from 2007 onward.
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*The toons menu layout changed again for the [[2020 site update]] on December 31, 2020. The menu was recreated in HTML, with GIF previews instead of SWF files. New Stuff was changed to Latest Stuff, Powered by The Cheat was removed, and Teen Girl Squad and Answering Machine were given their own sub-menus instead of linking to other pages. While prior versions of the menu had all information for each item in plain sight, the updated version's menu items show the Channel ID, title, and links, with the description, release year, and length revealed upon clicking the title or ID. Some previously [[YouTube]]-exclusive content was added, such as [[Skills of an Artist]]. The back button was also removed.
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*The toons menu layout changed again for the [[post-Flash site update]] on December 31, 2020. The menu was recreated in HTML, with GIF previews instead of SWF files. New Stuff was changed to Latest Stuff, Powered by The Cheat was removed, and Teen Girl Squad and Answering Machine were given their own sub-menus instead of linking to other pages. While prior versions of the menu had all information for each item in plain sight, the updated version's menu items show the Channel ID, title, and links, with the description, release year, and length revealed upon clicking the title or ID. Some previously [[YouTube]]-exclusive content was added, such as [[Skills of an Artist]]. The back button was also removed.
**Two weeks later, on January 15, 2021, a "Video Stuff" category was created for content that is primarily [[live action]] but does not qualify as Puppet Stuff. This includes the [[Peasant's Quest Movie Trailer]] and Skills of an Artist, which were previously shorts.
**Two weeks later, on January 15, 2021, a "Video Stuff" category was created for content that is primarily [[live action]] but does not qualify as Puppet Stuff. This includes the [[Peasant's Quest Movie Trailer]] and Skills of an Artist, which were previously shorts.
*The running time of each short is listed under each entry, but there are occasionally [[Toons By Length|differences between the stated and actual time]].
*The running time of each short is listed under each entry, but there are occasionally [[Toons By Length|differences between the stated and actual time]].
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*[[Which Ween Costumes?]] {{--}} A close-up of The Cheat in his Max costume with a sad expression that does not appear in the toon.
*[[Which Ween Costumes?]] {{--}} A close-up of The Cheat in his Max costume with a sad expression that does not appear in the toon.
*[[Record Store Day]] {{--}} A close-up of Strong Sad's [[sloshy]] shirt from the Strong Bad Email [[concert]].
*[[Record Store Day]] {{--}} A close-up of Strong Sad's [[sloshy]] shirt from the Strong Bad Email [[concert]].
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*[[Marzipan's Answering Machine Version 17.2]] {{--}} Prior to the [[2020 site update]], the preview had a non-dilapidated [[PhoneTime XL8]] with a "0" on the display.
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*[[Marzipan's Answering Machine Version 17.2]] {{--}} Prior to the [[post-Flash site update]], the preview had a non-dilapidated [[PhoneTime XL8]] with a "0" on the display.
*[[Later That Night...]] {{--}} The moon rises over the [[Spooky Woods]], without a tree in the background, with Homestar's mouth open.
*[[Later That Night...]] {{--}} The moon rises over the [[Spooky Woods]], without a tree in the background, with Homestar's mouth open.
*[[Characters from Yonder Website]] {{--}} The preview shows the Faceless Megacorp logo against a white background, whereas it is in front of a blurred title screen in the toon.
*[[Characters from Yonder Website]] {{--}} The preview shows the Faceless Megacorp logo against a white background, whereas it is in front of a blurred title screen in the toon.

Revision as of 01:09, 30 January 2021

This article is about the toons menu itself. For the list of all toons, see Toons.
The new toons menu

The menu in which all the toons are listed on a TV Guide-like magazine entitled TV Time. The list features the toon's name, a 3-letter abbreviation relating to the toon (akin to the channel number on a TV guide), icons linking to the toon on the website or on YouTube (if available), and a brief animated preview that appears on the TeeBee when hovering over a title. The toon's description, length, and release year are hidden and appear upon clicking the toon's title or abbreviation.

Place: Homestar Runner's House

Date: Sunday, July 14, 2002

Page Title: Fun in the Living Room!

Contents

Easter Eggs

  • Clicking on the top left corner of the TV Time booklet will close it and show one of four different covers:
Cover Caption Description
Homestar Runner and Company: Eating Pie and Getting Doppy The main characters of Homestar Runner (except Homsar)
Homestar Runner: Ummm...Seriously Homestar Runner
Strong Bad: The Last Great Guy? Strong Bad
Strong Mad & the Cheat: The Next Bosom Buddies? Strong Mad hugging The Cheat
  • By placing the mouse over the Strong Bad Email button and holding it there for a short while, the TV will show Strong Bad sitting at the Tandy 400 soundlessly checking his email, receiving the following message:
to which Strong Bad replies, "No such thing, Stu. No such thing."
  • If the mouse is held over Teen Girl Squad for a while, it will show an intro. In the December 31, 2020 update, this also occurs when holding over any issue prior to Issue 12.

Fun Facts

Trivia

  • Originally, the toons menu only listed four categories: Toons, Features (a section containing Strong Bad Email, Marzipan's Answering Machine, and Teen Girl Squad), Shorts, and Holiday. (This version can be seen here.)
  • The toons menu layout changed on June 22, 2004, dividing all the toons into eight categories. Powered by The Cheat and Puppet Stuff sections were added, and the Features were divided into their own sections at the bottom.
  • On February 12, 2007, a "New Stuff" tape replaced one of the (non-interactive) "Joy of Painting" videos. When clicked, it listed the toons released from 2007 onward.
  • The toons menu layout changed again for the post-Flash site update on December 31, 2020. The menu was recreated in HTML, with GIF previews instead of SWF files. New Stuff was changed to Latest Stuff, Powered by The Cheat was removed, and Teen Girl Squad and Answering Machine were given their own sub-menus instead of linking to other pages. While prior versions of the menu had all information for each item in plain sight, the updated version's menu items show the Channel ID, title, and links, with the description, release year, and length revealed upon clicking the title or ID. Some previously YouTube-exclusive content was added, such as Skills of an Artist. The back button was also removed.
    • Two weeks later, on January 15, 2021, a "Video Stuff" category was created for content that is primarily live action but does not qualify as Puppet Stuff. This includes the Peasant's Quest Movie Trailer and Skills of an Artist, which were previously shorts.
  • The running time of each short is listed under each entry, but there are occasionally differences between the stated and actual time.
  • Prior to its removal, the Back button would always lead to Main Page 4.
  • The Strong Bad Email Easter egg comes from an abandoned project called Wireless Bizness.
  • Prior to the December 31, 2020 update, the contrast buttons in the Tandy in the preview of the Strong Bad Email were clickable, but didn't do anything. Now that the preview is a GIF instead of a Flash file, they are no longer clickable at all.
    • In the preview's Flash file, however, the buttons are fully functional.

Misleading Previews

Main Page 25's toons menu preview

Some toons have previews that do not occur in the actual toon:

Goofs

What's with all the noise?

Fixed Goofs

  • For a few days, the description for too cool mistakenly linked to sbemail206 instead; likewise, the preview for sbemail206 was shown on the TeeBee.

Fixed Glitches

Obvious categories are...
  • Sometimes, on older computers, clicking Toons, Shorts, Puppet Stuff, or Holiday did not open the closed TV Time booklet, so the cover must be clicked on to open it. All it showed was a blank page with the title "Dennis" on it.
  • By using the Tab key, it was possible to select the feature on the TV guide directly below the ones visible (unless it was the last one to select from) by highlighting the edges of the pages. This could not be done with the mouse.

Real-World References

External Links


Preceded by:
Chinese Food Toons Menu
Toons Navigation
July 14, 2002-Present
Succeeded by:
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