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Strong Bad Email #203
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"Independent films are called that for a reason: they are independent of anything good!"

Strong Bad points out the differences between the two warring types of independent films.

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad, The Cheat, Strong Sad, Pom Pom, Homestar Runner, Marzipan, Strong Mad, Bubs, Coach Z, Senor Cardgage

Places: Computer Room, Strong Sad's Room, The Field, The Movie Theater

Computer: Compé

Date: Monday, August 10, 2009

Running Time: 5:20

Page Title: Compy Compé



{The typical shot of Strong Bad at his computer, which is now, of course, the Compé. As it did in Compy Catalog, the logo, which is in lowercase, has "com" in Westminster, with a gold, pixelated shine, and "pé" is in another italic, serif font, with a silver pixelated shine. This logo pops-up slowly and fades in while a shine appears in the background. The computer sighs as well, and at one point the entire logo shines from left to right, and when reaching the "é" sparkles the accent mark. The logo then retracts itself and fades-out. Shortly afterward, the screen is replaced with a desktop. The wallpaper is a shot of grass (where focus is on the bottom-left corner). There is only one (pixelated) icon on the desktop; on the top-left corner, which shows Strong Bad's head in an envelope, and it is titled "sbemail.exe". A pixelated cursor is seen on the bottom.}

STRONG BAD: Hey! Who taped a full-color photo to my computer screen? {rubs the screen} It won't come off!

{cut to wider shot. The Cheat is standing next to Strong Bad.}

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises}

STRONG BAD: What? {turns towards and points to the Compé} Those are actual graphics? {turns back to The Cheat} And I can change it to be whatever I want? {Turns back towards the Compé} {singing} Oh, best thing ever! {Cut back to the tight shot} Best thing ever! {He moves the mouse and right clicks the screen. A contextual menu appears with the items, from top to bottom, "Options", "Sounds", "Icons", and "Change Desktop".} {quickly and mumbled} this is the best thing ever! {Strong Bad moves the mouse northeastward and hovers over the The colors on this option invert. Strong Bad clicks the "Change Desktop" option, and the grass wallpaper is replaced by an image of Strong Bad dancing in The Basement. It is a close-up of Strong Bad's butt, which has a lens flare on it.}

STRONG BAD: {rapping} To check my email, all gotta do is click. All that old typin' made my boxing gloves sick. {Double clicks on a "sbemail.exe" icon. An email pops-up.}

{Strong Bad says "a hideous growth on my butt festival?" instead of "an independent film festival?" he corects himself by saying "Err...wait. Independent film festival?" to which he then mumbles "Sorry about that. I get those two mixed up." Instead of "Evil Gif", he says "Evil Moms choose Evil Gif" {Pronounced as "jiff". He will pronounce this the same way later. He pronounces "Phoenix" as "fee-niz" and "Arizona" as "arik-sona".}

STRONG BAD: {typing} Well Gif, the short answer is no. The long {Not typed in italic} answer is {Forcefully, after a short pause.} NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! {After a short delay, he types these four exclamation marks.} {normally} Independent films are called that for a reason: they are independent of anything good. {Not typed in italic}

{Clears screen}

STRONG BAD: And these days, they seemed to be locked in a civil war that will hopefully end in the extermination of both sides. I am, of course talking about independent films versus {Types "vs."} indie films. "What's the diff?" you may ask? {Types a period. He speaks the following quickly.} Because apparently you're in a big hurry. {Goes back to a normal pace} Well, it's as plain as {Cut to split shot of Strong Sad in his room with an old film-reel camera at his eye, and Pom Pom in the field with a bottle of water, which he is looking at.} Strong Sad and Pom Pom {Strong Sad lowers the camera and looks towards the viewer Pom Pom faces towards the camera as well.}

POM POM: {bubble noises}

{The left side of the half, Strong Sad's side, expands to take up the entire screen. We can now see a poster on his wall that reads "BOYS DON'T CRY" with a figure on it. There is a dead plant on a square pillar to which Strong Sad is now looking at, and pointing his camera, to.}

STRONG BAD: Strong Sad is on the independent film side. {Strong Sad moves the camera, which has been in his right hand, to the right, where he presses two buttons of some sort. He is now looking at the camera, which is pointed at the plant again.} He's the lifer artist-type that went to film school.

STRONG SAD: I minored in holding on wide shots for too long!

{There is a two to three second pause.}

{Cut to a movie theater screen. A few empty seats are shown on the bottom. On the screen is a black and white movie that consists of the dead plant Strong Sad was filming. There appears to be two puzzle pieces in front of the pot. The film zooms into what appears to be the shadow of the square pillar.}

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} And he's making some boring, very personal, no budget film.

{Cut to a close-up Strong Sad in his room, still with the camera.}

STRONG SAD: Actually, I've succeeded in going lower than no budget! I'm making a the world's first faux-budget film! The entire thing's being financed with {He pulls up several colored pieces of paper.} Monopoly money!

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} And, best of luck to you.

{Cut back to the Compé}

STRONG BAD: {typing} Pom Pom on the other hand, represents indie films. The slicker, catchier name they came up with that seems to perform better in the 18 to 24 demo.

{Cut to Pom Pom in a director's chair facing the film. There is a digital studio camera to the left of him on a tripod. There is a coffee maker on a desk to the right with cups to the left of it. On the right of his chair there is a traditional megaphone. "POM-POM" is stenciled in on the chair. He is talking on his cell phone, with sunglasses it appears, and is holding a water bottle.}

STRONG BAD: {off screen} He's a tech-savvy hipster whose dad owns his own studio, {The logo for the studio appears in a corner-curved square (which has a shadow). The name of the studio is "Pom Pictures".} and relies on using middle names {The stenciled name on the director's chair changes to "POM THOMAS POM" with a popping sound.} and/or initials {The stencil then changes to "J. POM THOMAS POM"} to somehow {The stencil changes again to "J. POM THOMAS C. POM".} solidify his indie cred. {The final edit to the stencil, "J. WILLIAM POM THOMAS C. POM" appears on the director's chair.} He'll {There is then a cut to what appears to be a three-ring binder} spend a 30 million dollar budget {The three-ring binder opens to a page explaining the budget}, trying as hard as he can to make it look like he only spent a few hundred thousand.

{Cut to the movie theater as seem earlier. A penciled and colored animating drawing of the studio logo is shown, along with pop music. The logo is zoomed in on.}

STRONG BAD: The first step is to spend millions on a hand-drawn title sequence—

{The logo pops away and is replaced with the orange text "presents" in orange cursive text, which starts in the center, and moves to the right. A cloud forms in the top-right corner and moves northwestwards. Then "presents" pops away and is replaced with "an indie film by" in white text. A typical city skyline is drawn from left to right. Also, the red letters "J WILLIAM POM THOMAS C POM" appears under "an indie film by". This text continues to grow in size, and the cloud still moves northwestward, almost out of view.}

STRONG BAD: —that looks like it was made by some Junior High kid during Pre-Algebra {The (tilted) mathematical equation "18x+14y" appears in blue and moves in a diagonal line from bottom to top in the bottom-right corner of the movie screen.}

{Everything besides the mathematical equation, which is still moving, goes away. A boom box is drawn on the movie screen, with the speakers moving back and forth.}

STRONG BAD: Oh, and don't forget the indie soundtrack by unknown {The movie screen pans upwards to reveal the black text "indie-tronic soundtrack by" and the red text "she likes cloth" under the black text.} bands, whose songs are already in every car commercial ever.

{The screen pans down past the boom box. A car that appears to be a fourth generation Nissan Altima is drawn, and colored completely white.}

SINGER: {in a high-pitched voice} Gets really great {The text "THE NEW '04" appears under the car} gas {The transparent text "18 mpg" appears under the preivous text.} mileage!

STRONG BAD: {Interrupting in the middle of "mileage", still off screen.} The title of the movie is either—

{A female character, similar to Missy Palmer, is drawn wearing a yellow shirt, orange hair and blue glasses her skin color is transparent. A male character similar to Mike Chapman is shown, with a white shirt, with black glasses, and a yellow sock cap. The skin color is also transparent.}

STRONG BAD: —two of the cleverly named main characters,—

{The text "Chester + Meg" in various color patterns are transitioned in, and put in a heart in between the two characters.}

STRONG BAD: —or the city and state in which it takes place.

{As he says the prvious live, the character names are transitioned to create the word "Megchester", and then red letters change the text to "Megchester, NY". The previous city skyline is drawn again under the text.}

STRONG BAD: Ooh, in fact, just call it {The text changes squash-and-stretches to "city, state" in blue.} city comma state.

{The text changes to "city (comma) state" in the previous manner. The movie screen then fades out to white after a pause, and transitions to a black and white picture open book with the following on it, with two puzzle pieces to the side:}

If not for inspiration, to
wit, because, as it were, only
begotten from greed, whosoever
would make it's plaintiff clear.

-Nobody U. Know

STRONG BAD: Meanwhile, Strong Sad names his movie from a few boring— {There is a zoom in on the page, with all of the text almost completely fading out except for "because, as it were".}

STRONG BAD: —words from the middle of a boring sentence, and makes his own—

{A tear is shown falling, and lands on the "cau" in "because", causing the ink to fade out a short distance down the page.}

STRONG BAD: —soundtrack by weeping softly—

{Cut to Strong Sad in his room. He is kneeling by his bed with his head in the "bell" of a Saxophone. A microphone is to the left.}

STRONG BAD: —into the wrong end of a saxophone.

{The camera zooms in on the view of the microphone to Strong Sad's head. A light bass noise and a the light weep of Strong Sad can be heard. Then moves the Saxophone around, generating a guitar-like noise. Then there is a cut back to the movie theater. It is the same screen as it was left before, however the text "a filmic thought-excursion by Strong Sad" appears underneath "because, as it were". The "soundtrack" continues to play.}

STRONG BAD: His film will star a washed-up TV actor {The just introduced text is replaced by "starring"} that hasn't worked in ten years, in a desperate attempt {That text is replaced with "i mean, re-introducing"} to reinvent himself.

{The text "homestar runner" appears under the previous text. There is a record scratch and abrupt cut to close-up of Homestar Runner in the field. The soundtrack has stopped.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {angrily} Hey, whadaya lookin' at me for?

{Cut back to the Pom Studios Production Notebook, on the same page as before.}

STRONG BAD: Pom Pom's movie has A-list—

{The page flips to a picture of an actor with a five o'clock shadow, with stitches on his cheek, and something behind his ear. The photo is labeled "Lan Handermannek" at the top.}

STRONG BAD: —movie stars, but they're all working "for scale". {The text "will work for scale" is put, as if stamped, on the photo.} Which I can only assume is a solid—

{Cut to a screen with the text "PAYSTUB:" at the top. In the background there is the Pom Pictures logo tiled. A golden scale liquefies from the bottom up. The text "Pay to the order of: Lan Handermannek" is under the scale.}

STRONG BAD: —gold scale, with both sides perfectly balanced {Five gold bars begin to pop on each side of the scale} with gold bricks. As for what it's about—

{Cut to a blank brick wall with the banner "COMING THIS SUMMER!" On the top. As Strong Bad talks, the poster for a movie called ">CYBER.COME.STATIC" rolls out in the space below the banner. It is space themed, featuring what appears to be a photo of Matt Chapman in yellow, red-lensed glasses with a laser gun.}

STRONG BAD: —an indie film's plot is pretty much the same as any summer blockbuster,—

{The text on the poster, "In the dead of space, dealing with aliens is the easiest part of the voyage", is enlarged.}

STRONG BAD: —but just switch out any mention of the word "space" {The text "space," moves slightly upwards and out of place.} with the word, "small factory town", {As he says this, the words appear in sync, and in the hand-drawn style seen earlier.} replace "aliens" {The word "aliens" wiggles.} with "quirky, dysfunctional family", {The text is replaced in the same manner as before. Dysfunctional is hyphenated. The poster, which is masked, begins to fade into a different poster.} And replace "voyage" {The text "voyage" moves to the right and off screen.} with "journey". {The text "journey." appears in a typewriter effect.}

{The sentence transitions away, and the camera zooms in on the poster for "city (comma) state" there are clouds, the city skyline, a road, and a female character and male character waving to each other.}

ANNOUNCER: In the dead of a small factory town, dealing with a quirky, dysfunctional family is the easiest part of the journey.

{Cut to an advertisement for "because, as it were" on paper, stapled to a pole. The camera continues to zoom in on the paper:}

join us for an
(Shot of because, as it were)
one showing 8PM
followed by director

STRONG BAD: Once finished, Strong Sad's independent film will enjoy a small, art house opening.

{Cut to a zoom out of Strong Sad, who is two the right of the pole.}

STRONG SAD: You forgot the apostrophe s! This film is opening at this guy called Art's {Cut back to the paper. The paper is corrected in red, but no pen visible.} house!

{Cut to a close up of Strong Sad.}

STRONG SAD: He's got like three couches! {In an excited tone, he bends his right arm at an angle and moves it back and forth } Out-a-sight!

STRONG BAD: And, best of luck to you.

{Cut to a shot of the movie theater line as seen in the movies, with the camera slowly panning left. From left to right, Marzipan, Strong Mad, Bubs, and Coach Z are in a line for city (comma) state. city (comma) state is taking up both of the poster holders in view. Senor Cardgage is shown as the usher.}

STRONG BAD: Pom Pom's little movie that could, opens on 2,000 screens the first weekend, expanding to 10,000 the next.

{Cut to Strong Bad and The Cheat (who has popcorn), in the theater. They appear to be the only ones in the theater at this time}

STRONG BAD: And wouldn'tcha know it? This movie was {Moving is head around} sooo cheap to make, that he still has money left over to take out—

{Strong Bad pulls up a piece of paper labeled as the "Local Trade Papes" with the slogan "For your considerasche". The poster for city (comma) state is the only thing on the front page, and under is the text "Best Indie Film".}

STRONG BAD: —full page ads in all the local trade papers during award season! {Puts paper away and stares down.} That movie is all heart. {Wipes is boxing glove on his face, as if he was wiping his nose after holding up tears.}

{Cut back to the Compé.}

STRONG BAD: {typing} There you have it, Evil Jeff. The difference between a hideous growth on my butt, and a profitable hideous growth on my butt. I know you wanted us to have some film festival with all the characters, and you'd get to see little bits of everybody's movies, but I didn't do that. {He pauses, and says this scornfully.} Because I hate you. OOOoooooooo!! Now who's evil! Forget GIFs {Types ".gifs".}, man. I'm an evil tif {Types ".tif".}! Or maybe an evil 24-bit ping {Types ".png".} with alpha channel. Or maybe an evil {Speaking as if confused.} targa {Pauses.} file? Whatever those are.

{An "Ah-ha!" is heard from the Compé, and what looks like a rectangular speech bubble slides up from the bottom-left corner of the view (which is the Virtual Paper). It reads "click to email strongbad" with the back link is shown a few lines under it.}

STRONG BAD: Whoa! Looks like I've gone the-paperless with this new computer. Can I at least customize that sound it makes?

{The bubble retracts, and pops-up again with a compressed version of the Preeeeow sound of The Paper.}

STRONG BAD: That's what I'm talking about!

Easter Eggs

  • At the end, click on "OOOoooooooo!" to see the poster and tagline of cyber.coma.static.
    {the poster slowly zooms in}
    NARRATOR: In the dead of space... dealing with aliens is the easiest part of the voyage.
  • Also, click on the first "hideous growth on my butt" to see a filming session with Homestar and Strong Sad.
    HOMESTAR RUNNER: {slowly} I just... don't think I can handle... eating this... asparagus. {holds up a limp-looking piece of asparagus}
    STRONG SAD: Cut, cut!
    HOMESTAR RUNNER: {angrily} What was wrong with that take? I mean, whaddya expect for two pinks and a green? {holds up Monopoly money} I'm not... Bernardo Ralph Shawn, you know. Sounds like he'd be some type of famous actor.

Fun Facts



  • The Monopoly Money that Homestar Runner is given is the incorrect color. In actuality, pink is for $5 bills, and green is for $20 bills.
  • Pom Pom's name is misspelled as "Pom-Pom" on his chair.
  • The back button goes to the toons menu instead of the email menu.


  • When The Cheat walks up the first time, and the camera zooms out, the sbemail.exe icon disappears.
  • When Strong Bad types "I am, of course talking about...", he leaves out a comma after "of course".

Fixed Goofs

  • When Strong Bad said, "Pom Pom on the other hand", he failed to type "the". This was fixed later after release.

Inside References

Real World References

  • The animated intro in Pom Pom's indie movie is a reference to films which use hand-drawn style opening credit sequences, such as this one from Juno.
  • "Evil Moms choose Evil Gif" is a play on Jif peanut butter tag line, "Choosy Moms choose Jif".
  • The word "presents" on Pom Pom's film closely resembles the Friendly's logo.
  • "Megchester" is a play on the name of the city Manchester, New York.
  • "Pom Pom's little movie that could" is a reference to the children's book The Little Engine That Could.

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