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This article is about the short. For the DVD feature showing its construction, see The Cheatar (making of).
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"The Cheat! You turned into, like, a giant guitar!"

The Cheat turns into a guitar! Or maybe not...

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad, The Cheat, Gary Palaroncini (Easter egg)

Date: Monday, May 24, 2004

Running Time: 0:54

Page Title: Witness the Cheatar!

DVD: Everything Else, Volume 1


[edit] Transcript

{The scene opens to a wall with a purple door and a giant live action The Cheat guitar. Strong Bad, silhouetted, enters the scene.}

STRONG BAD: The Cheat! I need you to help me open up this can of peas! Wdj-haaaah?! The Cheat! You turned into, like, a giant guitar! You never told me you could do that! Wait a minute... What good is a giant guitar if you're not a giant...guitar...-ist? Why couldn't you transform into, like...a Semi? Or at least a tape player. You know, like: Ke-ka-ko-ko-ko-ko-ko-kokah! I don't think I like you like this. You're way taller than me. And way...guitarer than me.

{The Cheat enters, also silhouetted}

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises}

STRONG BAD: What the—The Cheat! You mean you can't turn into a giant guitar after all? Then what good are you?

THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises. A popping noise is heard.}

STRONG BAD: Hey! You opened my can of peas! Thanks, The Cheat! Now let's go pour these on that ant-hill I found.

THE CHEAT: {Makes stance like guitar, makes The Cheat noises and walks away.}

[edit] Easter Eggs

  • Move your mouse over the guitar to see a message.
The Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame was
nice enough to ask us to paint a
giant fiberglass guitar for an
exhibition they're doing. 'The
Cheatar' will be on display in
Cleveland for a while, then
auctioned off for charity with the
other giant guitars.
  • At the end of the toon, click on the door to see a picture of Gary from Limozeen chillin' with 'The Cheatar'. Keep clicking to see other pictures and finally a clip of Gary playing a few chords on this big guitar and singing a song about running away:
GARY PALARONCINI: {Singing while playing The Cheatar} Can't you run away? But can't you run away? Won't you run away? My dog ran away... Oh-oh, I can't... I told him to stay, but he still run away, rugh! You know I told him...I thought I told him to stay. I say. {Riffs The Cheatar one last time; the Limozeen logo comes up}

[edit] Fun Facts

[edit] Explanations

  • The 10-foot-tall fiberglass Fender Stratocaster from this short was created for a program called GuitarMania. Through this program, hundreds of these guitars are creatively transformed into works of art. The sculptures are then sold at a live auction at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Proceeds benefit The United Way and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's Educational Fund.

[edit] Trivia

  • The final bid on the Cheatar was $5000.
  • Gary's chord progression during the video goes like this: GGDCGDCDG.

[edit] Remarks

[edit] Inside References

  • This is another mention of peas.

[edit] Real-World References

[edit] DVD Version

  • The Guitar message Easter egg is visible at the end of the cartoon.
  • The pictures of Gary with the Cheatar are visible at the end and are accompanied by a new Limozeen song:
LIMOZEEN: Squeedle, squeedle, giant guitar
Now I know just how squeedly you are
Up on stage playing notes so high
You make all the young ladies cry {song ends}
{spoken} No, don't eat me, giant guitar!

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