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"Things are about to get bulbous!"

After five years, Strong Bad and Coach Z give the pyorple what they want!

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad, Coach Z, Homestar Runner, The Barbershop Trio (Easter egg), Old-Timey Strong Bad (Easter egg), The Cheat (Easter egg)

Places: Basement of the Brothers Strong, The Cheat's Computer Room (Easter egg)

Date: Friday, October 3, 2014

Running Time: 3:19

Page Title: Things are about to get...


[edit] Transcript

{The basement is dark. Strong Bad is asleep, half on the couch. Coach Z pops up from behind the couch.}

COACH Z: {whispering loudly} Strong Bad! Strong Bad, wake up!

STRONG BAD: Ah graibes... ...Blackthorne... bougleibes...

COACH Z: The people need your help!

STRONG BAD: {suddenly awake and upright} Wait, the who?

COACH Z: I mean the pyorple!—

STRONG BAD: There you go!

COACH Z: —They need your help! It's been too long since they had a number one jam. They been scrapin' dope rhymes up off the kitchen floor, just to survive!

{Music starts playing.}

STRONG BAD: {increasingly complaining tone of voice} Another number one jam? All right, I'll do it. ...For the pyorple.

{Strong Bad jumps off the couch onto the floor as the scene transitions into a Powered by The Cheat music video.}

STRONG BAD: Woke up this mornin' in a rap song video
COACH Z: Can ya help me with my hip hop ditty, yo?
STRONG BAD: Well, Coach Z, that all depends
Can ya get ya green mittens on a fisheye lens?

{A synth bass plays two notes that resemble "Waughmp waughmp"}

COACH Z: I'm sorry, did you just say, "Waughmp waughmp"?

STRONG BAD: That's right! {smiling} And you know what that means:

COACH Z: I don't!—

STRONG BAD: Things are about to get... bulbous.

TOGETHER: Waughmp waughmp!
I bought a fisheye lens
And make a rap video
With a couple of friends
It goes, waughmp waughmp!
All the ladies and mens
They know everything is better
With a fisheye lens

COACH Z: Hey, that chorus wasn't kidding! Check out how cool my rap points look!

STRONG BAD: With a fisheye lens, you don't need to know how to rap, or skateboard, or do anything well!

Just put the camera on the ground
And aim it up
COACH Z: My kicks look huge
And my crew looks tough
STRONG BAD: We got bulbous hands
COACH Z: And bulbous feet
STRONG BAD: Turn your back to the camera
TOGETHER: Shake those bulbous cheeks!

COACH Z: Aw, look at that! I've got a considerable rear shelf!

STRONG BAD: That makes me uncomfortable!

TOGETHER: Waughmp waughmp!
I bought a fisheye lens
And make a rap video
With a couple of friends
It goes, waughmp waughmp!
All the ladies and mens
They know everything is better
With a fisheye lens

COACH Z: And once you use the fisheye
Well, you just can't stap
It used to be kind of expensive
But then the price draeerrrrrrped

STRONG BAD: {shouting, words overlap each other} I jumped in slow motion
Off the curb
Without a skateboard
That should look absurd
But with my fisheye lens
Hey, haven't ya heard?
I got the moves so smooth
Make ya mom say:

YOUR MOM: Those are some exceptionally smooth moves!

STRONG BAD: Whatcha got for me?
COACH Z: I got the
COACH Z: Let's pretends I got ten girlfriends
And make amends in my Benz
With a fisheye lens
It goes—

TOGETHER: Waughmp waughmp!
I bought a fisheye lens
And make a rap videos
With a couple of friends
It goes, waughmp waughmp!
All the ladies and mens
They know everything is better
With a fisheye lens

STRONG BAD: Man, fisheye lens, I bet you could make even lame stuff look cool!

COACH Z: Yeah, yeah!

STRONG BAD: What about {singing} tax papers?

COACH Z: Oh, look at how cool those papes look!

How about a pair of tan pants!

STRONG BAD: Ooooh! Somebody say country dish towel!
AUDIENCE and COACH Z: Country dish towel!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Ahem! I have an idea
Of what we could try
What happens if you point it
At a real fish eye?

{Homestar points the lens at a real fish. The video comes to a halt with a splat. Using crudely drawn software menus, a mouse cursor applies a twirl effect. The scene spins as if down the drain. Back in normal styles, Strong Bad, Coach Z, and Homestar appear in the basement dressed in old-timey Dixieland jazz band outfits. Strong Bad has a trumpet with a plunger mute. Coach Z has a banjo. Homestar is holding a fishbowl with a dead fish floating in it. An SLR camera with a fisheye lens is submerged in the bowl. The music finishes in an old-timey flourish.}

STRONG BAD: Aw, man!

COACH Z: Aw, dag! What happened to the honeys?

STRONG BAD: Bring back the fisheye! Homestar, you broke our rap song video!

COACH Z: You turned us into a Dixieland {drawn out} jazz band!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Why y'all gotta be dissin' on Dixieland? I think it's great! It's got several syncopations. {singing, brandishing his hat, and kicking his legs} Several syncopations—

STRONG BAD: Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww!
COACH Z: {simultaneously} Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwweeehhorrrrrp!

{Strong Bad and Coach Z throw their arms up and exit.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {continued} —Several syncopations! Several syncopations tonight!

{Cut to a closeup on the fishbowl with a "waughmp waughmp" sound effect. The word "eND" appears over the fisheye lens.}

[edit] Easter Eggs

  • Click on the "D" in "eND" to see an Old Timey version:
ONE OF THE BARBERSHOP TRIO: Several syncopations tonight!
{The rest of the trio appears behind him.}
THE OTHER TWO IN THE TRIO: {overlapping} Several syncopations tonight!
{Whip-pan to Old-Timey Strong Bad. He has an old-timey movie camera with a fish roped to it. Each time he says "Waughmp waughmp", the word "waughmp" appears on top of him, pulses twice, and then disperses in a cloud-like puff.}
OLD-TIMEY STRONG BAD: Waughmp waughmp, I say! Waughmp waughmp! Everything is better with this pescatary oculation!
  • Click on the dead fish to see a scene showing the Cheat presenting the video to Strong Bad:
{Strong Bad and The Cheat are sitting at Monosodium Dreams. The twirl effect is still visible on the screen.}
STRONG BAD: The Cheat! That was incredible!
{He begins babbling as if at a loss for words. He keeps babbling in rhythm. The Cheat pulls out his keyboard and drops a beat in time with the babbling. The rave lights come on.}
STRONG BAD: {overlapping himself} I'm buying you a pizzaaaaa!
{The music stops as he says "pizzaaaaa". A pizza falls from the ceiling and covers their heads. The Cheat makes a "da-ta-da!" fanfare noise.}
STRONG BAD: Whoa! Guess I can... conjure ceiling pizzas now.

[edit] Fun Facts

"Everything is better with a fisheye lens!"

[edit] Explanations

  • A fisheye lens is an ultra-wide-angle lens that produces strong visual distortion intended to create a wide panoramic or hemispherical image.
  • A Benz is a Mercedes-Benz automobile. Mercedes-Benz is a marketer of luxury vehicles, popular among the hip hop community.
  • The tax paper shown riding a skateboard is a W-2 form, which reports the earnings of and taxes withheld from a United States taxpayer.
  • Dixieland is a style of jazz that originated from New Orleans during the early 20th century.
  • Syncopation is a musical term that means accenting beats that are normally not accented. It was commonly used to describe early jazz and ragtime music.

[edit] Trivia

  • The animation menu options are "BLOATATE", "FORNGE", "PAXELiZE", "DISTORT", "MUFFLIN'", and "PAINT DAUBZ".
    • These options appear to be derived from tools/actions in Photoshop.
  • The "DISTORT" submenu options are "ELOAK", "PRIVET", "TWIRL", "ZAPPOS", "TENASCHE", and "RELUMP".
  • This toon kicks off a long and thus far unbroken streak of toons that don't have a back button.

[edit] Remarks

  • This is the first non-holiday-themed content uploaded to the website since videography, released October 5, 2009—just two days shy of five years apart.

[edit] Goofs

  • In the Flash version, the sound of record pops and hiss from the Old-Timey Easter egg can still be heard at the beginning of the Easter egg in front of the Monosodium Dreams.

[edit] Inside References

"I've got a considerable rear shelf!"

[edit] Real-World References

Hey, haven't you heard?
  • Blackthorne is an action-platformer game for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Sega Genesis, and PC.
  • This toon is heavily influenced by the Beastie Boys. Many of their music videos and publicity photos were shot using fisheye lenses. The music video for their song "Hold It Now, Hit It" was the first to be shot entirely using a fisheye lens. The cover of their album Check Your Head is re-created in the toon, and the lyric "watcha got for me" is also featured in track 6 of that album, "Finger Lickin' Good."
  • During the music video, Homestar's body is a can of Campbell's Soup, which is probably a reference to that company's line of Homestyle soups.
  • Homestar's singing at the end of the toon resembles the chorus of the song "One Singular Sensation" from the musical A Chorus Line.
  • Zappos is an online shoe and clothing shop.
  • "I got friends in my Benz" is a reference to a line in "Big Poppa" by Notorious B.I.G..

[edit] Fast Forward

  • The eponymous visual effect, along with the "waughmp waughmp" sound effect, are used again in an Easter egg in I Killed Pom Pom.

[edit] YouTube Version

"Don't look for these so much."
  • The YouTube description for this toon is "Strong Bad makes a new #1 jam with the help of Coach Z...and a fish-eye lens."
  • After the end of the toon, a group of nine thumbnails appears, parodying YouTube's related video thumbnails. None of the "videos" shown in the thumbnails have been released as of yet. The contents of the thumbnails are as follows:
Coach Z and Strong Sad dancing on the Race Track in outer space. A photograph of a CRT television displaying Swordquest: Earthworld. The Videlectrix Guys appear in the lower-left corner, along with the caption "Joystick Wagglin' with Videlectrix". Homestar and a peasant from Peasant's Quest Online? standing in The Field with snow on the ground.
A tiny Strong Bad walking up Senor Cardgage's head. Homestar standing in an older style Field, with an orange laser beam in place of his head (which is now on the ground). Puppet Homestar and Mike Chapman sitting in front of a curtain with a cup of coffee. The caption reads "COFFEE TOWN WITH HOMESTAR + MIKE, episode 6".
Strong Bad in front of a red-yellow gradient. In place of his legs are several more torsos that continue off the screen, some of which have extra arms, resembling a centipede. A small Bubs hovering over the Compé's keyboard on Strong Bad's desk. Bubs is leaving a bouncy, dashed white line behind him, à la Where U Goin' 2? Pom Pom peeking out of a stylized human brain.
  • After the thumbnails, the Old-Timey Easter egg is shown, immediately followed by the "ceiling pizzas" Easter egg.

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