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*The Cheato Bandito is a reference to Tex Avery's famous "[[Wikipedia:Frito Bandito|Frito Bandito]]", a character featured in many [[Wikipedia:Fritos|Frito]] commercials back in the 1970s. Cheetos and Fritos are both brands of snack foods.
*The Cheato Bandito is a reference to Tex Avery's famous "[[Wikipedia:Frito Bandito|Frito Bandito]]", a character featured in many [[Wikipedia:Fritos|Frito]] commercials back in the 1970s. Cheetos and Fritos are both brands of snack foods.
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*[[Wikipedia:Police Quest|Police Quest]] is a series of adventure games published by [[Wikipedia:Sierra Entertainment|Sierra]] between 1987 and 1993.
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*''[[Wikipedia:Police Quest|Police Quest]]'' is a series of adventure games published by [[Wikipedia:Sierra Entertainment|Sierra]] between 1987 and 1993.
*[[Wikipedia:Magic Eye|Magic Eye]] is a series of books that feature [[Wikipedia:autostereogram|autostereograms]], which allow people to see 3D images by focusing on 2D patterns. The viewer must diverge their eyes in order to see a hidden 3-dimensional image within the pattern.
*[[Wikipedia:Magic Eye|Magic Eye]] is a series of books that feature [[Wikipedia:autostereogram|autostereograms]], which allow people to see 3D images by focusing on 2D patterns. The viewer must diverge their eyes in order to see a hidden 3-dimensional image within the pattern.
*The "Gold Circle" award (found on the book ''"Cat," spoke Anne, "Wash!"'') plays off of the fact that the two best-known awards for children's books in the U.S.—the [http://www.ala.org/ala/alsc/awardsscholarships/literaryawds/newberymedal/aboutnewbery/aboutnewbery.htm Newbery Medal] and the [http://www.ala.org/ala/alsc/awardsscholarships/literaryawds/caldecottmedal/aboutcaldecott/aboutcaldecott.htm Caldecott Medal]—are circular and golden.
*The "Gold Circle" award (found on the book ''"Cat," spoke Anne, "Wash!"'') plays off of the fact that the two best-known awards for children's books in the U.S.—the [http://www.ala.org/ala/alsc/awardsscholarships/literaryawds/newberymedal/aboutnewbery/aboutnewbery.htm Newbery Medal] and the [http://www.ala.org/ala/alsc/awardsscholarships/literaryawds/caldecottmedal/aboutcaldecott/aboutcaldecott.htm Caldecott Medal]—are circular and golden.

Revision as of 03:48, 23 February 2006

Strong Bad Email #146
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It was the book of my dreeeeams!

Strong Bad shows us his own Strong Bad pop-up book.

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad, The Cheat, Strong Sad, Gavin, Homestar Runner, The Tire, Bubs (Easter egg)

Places: Computer Room

Computer: Lappy 486

Date: February 20, 2006

Running Time: 3:11

Page Title: Lappy 486

Contents

Transcript

STRONG BAD: {rapping} I was born to check emails and eat lots of cake!

{After reading the main part of the email once, Strong Bad repeats it twice as a rap. He says "Wash." as the word "wash".}

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises from offscreen}

{Cut back to show The Cheat next to his keyboard}

STRONG BAD: Oh, all right. One more time.

THE CHEAT: {approving The Cheat noises}

{Strong Bad jumps on his stool and dances as The Cheat plays on his keyboard and dances.}

STRONG BAD: {rapping} I had a dream that my friend had a Strong Bad pop-up book! It was the book of my dreeeams! {on "dreams", he jumps up and nearly hits the ceiling} There you go, little one. Now get back in there and win me a car!

THE CHEAT: {affirmative The Cheat noises; he rushes off.}

{Cut back to the Lappy}

STRONG BAD: You know, I feel like that sentence could really apply to anything. {moves the cursor up to "pop-up book" and replaces it with "salad".} Like, uh, "I had a dream that my friend had a Strong Bad salad. {scrolls over toward the other "book" and replaces it with "salad" as well.} It was the salad of my dreams." Or maybe like, {adds "taco" before each "salad"} "I had a dream that my friend had a Strong Bad taco salad. It was the taco salad of my dreams." {moves the cursor below the email, types} Anyways, a Strong Bad pop-up book. This sounds like a job for: makin' stuff up.

{Cut to an image of a pop-up book. The inside cover reads "From the libarry of D. Squirrel" with a dead squirrel drawn in. The first page reads "STRONG BAD'S POP-UP BOOK of your dreams by Strong Bad, for Strong Bad".}

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} The Strong Bad pop-up book would obviously feature...

{The page turns to show Strong Bad near two cherubs. The text reads "This is a good kid." A tab is seen under Strong Bad's head.}

STRONG BAD: ...me hangin' out with some of those wing-a-ling babies! {The cherubs bob up and down} And I'd have a little tab on my flesh-tangle so you could make me talk! {As the pop-up Strong Bad, who waves his arms} You little almost-naked babies are so cute, I could just dip you in beer batter and fry you right up! {As the cherubs, who bob up and down} Okay, Mr. Strong Bad! {as himself} Oh! And don't forget the ab-tab!

{The tab moves over and Strong Bad's chest obtains Sharpie abs. The page turns to reveal an image of a computer resembling the Tandy 400. On its screen is the message "HOW TYPE BOX GLOVES?" Two tabs are visible, one to the right of the screen and one on the keyboard. A speaker can also be seen on the keyboard.}

STRONG BAD: Hey look! It's my crappy old computer! Asking the same crappy old questions!

{The tab on the screen moves and the screen changes to "DELETED!!"}

SPEAKER: {very indistinctly} Deleted!

STRONG BAD: The lake head? What does that mean?

{The tab goes back, taking the screen with it, and changes to "DELETED!!" again.}

SPEAKER: Deleted!

STRONG BAD: Police quest?! This thing is obviously broken.

{The other tab is pulled, and smoke appears above the computer.}

STRONG BAD: No wonder I got rid of that old buncha beige.

{The page turns. Strong Sad is seen covered in cement. A backhoe, cement mixer, and Strong Bad in a construction outfit are seen in the background. The text reads "Strong Sad is covered in Gray cement" with "Gray cement" in a box. A turning wheel is seen on the right, and another tab is seen at the bottom.}

STRONG BAD: Oh, look! Strong Sad has wandered onto my construction site. What sweet fate did I bestow on him from the cement mixer? {The wheel turns, the liquid on Strong Sad turns red, and the box reads "Ram's blood".} Ram's blood? {The wheel turns, the color becomes light yellow, and the box reads "Boston Cream".} Boston cream? {Again, to a transitional color and "Magic Eye".} Magic Eye? Don't forget the flab-tab! {The tab is pulled out, and Strong Sad's upper body flips down to make him look flabbier.}

{The page turns to a "NegativeZero" fridge. It has a sticky note on it that reads "2 more eggs!"}

STRONG BAD: The next page is snack time! What am I gonna have to eat today?

{The door opens to reveal a single burger patty with two pickle slices on it. A carton of "mmmilk", two eggs, a small paper box, a bottle of "pop!", and a jar of mayo are drawn onto the back.}

STRONG BAD: Whoa! A real-live burger! Do I get one of these every time I turn the page?!

{The page turns back to the last one, and then to the fridge again. When the door opens this time, there are two burgers inside.}

STRONG BAD: Whoa! Two burgers! {Gavin appears from under a flap and crawls around a little} Clearly, this pop-up book {The fridge door closes, and Gavin crawls out from under it a moment later} is a source of unspeakable power.

{Spooky music plays. The page then turns to Homestar Runner's image, which has a black eye and two saws stuck through him.}

STRONG BAD: Why look. It's the Homestar Runner! {pauses for a moment} Bye, the Homestar Runner!

{The page turns to extremely cartoony images of Strong Bad and The Cheat in front of a cave. The sun can be seen overhead, and there's a tree in front of the cave. There's a tab above the cave and one at the bottom of the page.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {rapidly decreasing volume} SeeyalaterStrongBaaa...

{A wheel under the cutouts of the sun rays starts moving back and forth.}

STRONG BAD: Uh-oh! It looks like The Cheato Bandito has stolen all of Senor Muybueno's gold!

{The tree flips down, revealing a pile of gold underneath.}

STRONG BAD: Let's help him get some Cheatsabution.

{The lower tab is pulled and pushed back several times, and as it does, "Strong Bad"'s foot rises and The Cheat moves upward.}

STRONG BAD: Boot 'em up, boot 'em up, boot 'em up, y'all. This is like kicking The Cheat light! All of the flavor, with only half the chance of rabies!

{The upper tab is pulled, and a bear pokes down in the cave. The tree goes back to normal, and the page turns. Strong Bad's head, with flashing lights for eyes, is in the center. Two towers with ropes between them, and The Tire hanging from them, is in the upper-left, with a sliding tab below it. A "Cold One" is seen to the right of that, with a turn wheel above it. Near it is the BMW Lighter, with a pull tab to its right. A box is in the lower right. A cherub over a "FAT FRYER" is in the lower right, with a tab to its left. In the background, it reads "Slide! Spin! Grasp! Pull! His Head! Tap the flabs! Pull!!!" near each object.}

STRONG BAD: And the last page would be a veritable cornucop-pourri of pop-up mastery!

{The various objects all move. The Tire simply falls off its wires. The Cold One has its label replaced over and over. The BMW opens up with a flame, and closes. The box flips over, revealing the same box tipped the other way. The cherub moves into and out of the fryer.}

STRONG BAD: There'd be tabs and flaps, flabs and taps, a string thing that doesn't work, and some more sound chips and dips.

SPEAKER: Holy crap!

STRONG BAD: Sounds like they improved on the technology since page 2! Aaaaaand, don't forget the crap-flap!

{A flap turns down with a pile of whatsit underneath. Cut back to the Lappy.}

STRONG BAD: {typing} So now the pop-up book is primed and ready for the four year-old, or The Cheat, in your life to use as a tissue! That thing'll provide seconds of non-ripped apart fun! Speaking of seconds, I'm gonna go eat my burgers.

{He leaves. The Paper comes down.}

Easter Eggs

  • Click Kat Spokane, Wash. after Strong Bad raps for The Cheat to reveal a Beverly Sportsinterviews book titled "Cat," spoke Anne, "Wash!".
  • Click on the pop-up Tandy 400 after Strong Bad says "The Lake Head" to see a comparison between Strong Sad's head and Manicouagan Reservoir in Quebec, a circular lake formed by a meteor impact in the late Triassic.
  • At the end, click The Cheat to see a clip of The Cheat, Strong Sad, and Bubs playing dominoes. Bubs is smoking a cigar.
STRONG SAD: Oh, The Cheat wins again. Pay up.
BUBS: Well, she's all yours! {He hands The Cheat a car key. The Cheat squeals in happiness and does a dance.}

Fun Facts

Explanations

  • While the name "Senor Muybueno" has no inherent meaning by itself, the corrected Spanish name "Señor Muy Bueno" means "Mister Very Good" in English.
  • The "string thing that doesn't work" is most likely a reference to many real life pop-up books that sometimes contain a piece of string that you pull to make something happen instead of pulling a tab or turning a wheel. This contraption does, in fact, almost always break.
Magic Eye

Trivia

  • This is the first time we see the ceiling of the computer room, or any other room on the same level of the house.
  • The Floppy Disk Container reads "codename: iceman".
  • Decompiling the SWF reveals that the Magic Eye image is a working stereogram of Saturn, from Magic Eye: How to See 3-D.
  • This is the first time that we have seen Strong Bad's tremendous jumping abilities.
  • Beer does exist in the Homestar universe, as explained by Strong Bad.

Remarks

  • Although smoke is shown coming out of the computer in the pop-up book, the Tandy 400 actually met its demise due to an explosion, not overheating.
  • When Strong Bad turns the page back from the fridge, Strong Sad's flab-tab has been reset.

Inside References

Recessed lighting
  • The term "flesh-tangle" is a reference to the fact that Strong Bad's mouth is a rectangle the same color as his flesh, and to the "breadtangle of pizza" from Teen Girl Squad Issue 8.
  • Most of the Cold Ones on the last page of the book are from property of ones.
  • Strong Bad was also drawn as a construction worker in Teen Girl Squad Issue 10.
  • This email confirms Strong Bad's statement in different town that his house has recessed lighting.

Real-World References

  • The Cheato Bandito is a reference to Tex Avery's famous "Frito Bandito", a character featured in many Frito commercials back in the 1970s. Cheetos and Fritos are both brands of snack foods.
  • Police Quest is a series of adventure games published by Sierra between 1987 and 1993.
  • Magic Eye is a series of books that feature autostereograms, which allow people to see 3D images by focusing on 2D patterns. The viewer must diverge their eyes in order to see a hidden 3-dimensional image within the pattern.
  • The "Gold Circle" award (found on the book "Cat," spoke Anne, "Wash!") plays off of the fact that the two best-known awards for children's books in the U.S.—the Newbery Medal and the Caldecott Medal—are circular and golden.
  • The game of dominoes in the Easter egg is a variation called Chicken Foot.

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