Homestar Presents: Presents

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Homestar does some very last-minute Decemberween shopping, and ends up getting people crummy discount gifts.

Cast (in order of appearance): Homestar Runner, Strong Mad, Tony Stony, Strong Bad, The Cheat, Homsar, Bubs, Coach Z, Strong Sad, Marzipan, Pom Pom (Easter egg), The King of Town (Easter egg), The Poopsmith (Easter egg)

Places: Homestar Runner's House, Bubs' Concession Stand, Basement of the Brothers Strong, The Field, Coach Z's Locker Room, Bathroom of the Brothers Strong, Marzipan's House, King of Town's Castle (Easter egg)

Page Title: White and Drifted Snow, Yo!

Date: Monday, December 20, 2004

Running Time: 4:20

DVD: Everything Else, Volume 2

Contents

[edit] Transcript

{Wintery music plays as the camera zooms in on Homestar's clock; it flips from 9:59 to 10:00. Cut to Homestar Runner, with his cinnamon five-o'clock shadow, in bed yawning. Homestar sits up and looks out the window, and the music stops with a record scratch. It's the middle of the night.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh crap! {cut to outside Homestar's window looking in} I set the alarm for 10 PM instead of AM again!

{cut back to inside the bedroom}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: I was supposed to go Decemberween shopping today!

{Another record scratch as the camera focuses on a page-a-day calendar, which reads "Dec. 25 — 'The D'Ween, yo.'"}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh crap! It's Decemberween already!

{Homestar jumps out of bed and runs off, and he can be heard smacking into something. Pan right to reveal Homestar landing on the floor.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh crap! I ran into the door!

{Homestar gets up and runs off again. The camera shakes to banging noises offscreen.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {dryly} Oh crap, I fell down the stairs.

{Cut to outside Homestar's house. Naked and censored, Homestar leaps out and looks around.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {sighing} And now, I ran out of the house, naked somehow.

{Homestar looks up at the snow.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {happily} Ooh, but it is snowing.

{Cut back to the calendar, over which the cartoon title appears, then to a field view with the title "Blah blah blah — The Brothers Chaps," then to the side of Bubs's Decemberween-decorated concession stand and the title "Vocal Styles by Missy & Matt," and then finally to the Strongs' living room with the title "Here we go."}

{In the Strongs' basement, a Capsela set, present wrappings, and a box of pizza are on the floor. Strong Mad is on the couch wearing a green Decemberween sweater with snowflakes on it. He's happily tossing a large rock with a winking face drawn on it and a red ribbon up in the air and catching it.}

STRONG MAD: I LOVE YOU, TONY STONY! {holding the rock in front of his face} NO, I LOVE YOU MORE!

{The camera pans over to reveal Strong Bad playing with an extending claw toy in front of a box labeled "Grabbo Arm."}

STRONG BAD: This thing is awesome. The Grabbo Arm demands respect. {to Strong Mad} I'd like to see somebody front on this. {calling} Hey, The Cheat!

THE CHEAT: {off-camera} Meh?

STRONG BAD: Grab a hold of that egg nog.

THE CHEAT: {off-camera} {affirmative The Cheat noise}

{The Cheat yelps as Strong Bad extends the Grabbo Arm, grabs him, and pulls him onscreen. He's wearing a red nose and antlers and holding a glass of egg nog.}

STRONG BAD: Thanks, man.

{Cut to outside, where Homsar is waving a paintbrush and standing next to a Salvation Army-like red pail with a sign over it reading "Baked Beans." The paintbrush inexplicably rings like a bell. Homestar runs by, then skids to a stop in the snow and turns around.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Listen up, shortstop. I need some presents.

HOMSAR: Alms for the pudgy? {rings paintbrush} Alms for the pudgy?

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Uhm, I don't know what any of that means, but I will make use of your complimentary spit bucket. Ahct-poo!

{Homestar spits into the bucket and runs off.}

HOMSAR: You're a real state trooper.

{Homsar's hat flies up and goes off screen, and then falls down like a snowflake. Homestar runs across the countryside in silhouette, then to Bubs' Concession Stand.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {quickly} Bubs, I need to buy everyone and their brother Decemberween presents! {panting}

BUBS: Running a little late, aren't we Homestar?

{Zoom in on Homestar.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: I've got an hour and 45 minutes. What do you got?

BUBS: {motioning to his left} Well, there's a bunch of my aught-four crap in that filthy box over there. Gotta make room for the aught-five crap!

{Homestar walks over to the box, clearly labeled "aught four crap," and kneels down. The camera switches to inside the box looking out.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Okay, what do we got here? {pulls out electrical tape} Electrical tape? Pom Pom loves electrical tape. What else, what else? {pulls out a steak knife} Ohh, rusty steak knife. That's got Coach Z written all over it.

{Cut to the locker room. Coach Z is sitting on the bench in front of a TV dinner on a tray.}

COACH Z: Ooh, Salisbury steak! Ring ring! {Picks up a phone with frayed wires, not attached to anything} Hellor? Ooh, Mom! Well, a very cheery Decemberween to you too! {shakes his head} Oh, Dad, it's you! Sorry about that. Yes, sir, I cooked a turkey, with the gravied yams and stuffinged ham. {camera zooms out to show entire bench} No, I'm not alone. Yes, this phone is plugged in.

{The lights suddenly go out.}

COACH Z: Aww, crackles. {Dejectedly} I forgot to pay my bills again this year.

{Cut back to the concession stand. Homestar pulls out a banana with an arrow through it.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Hey Bubs, check this out. For the Poopsmith who has everything.

BUBS: You give me anything in that box, you'll be gettin' a kick in the skull with a ribbon on it.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Right right. Ribbons. Bubs loves ribbons. Lessee... Strong Sad. Don't need to worry about Strong Sad.

{Cut to an old fashioned bathtub with chains holding the boards covering the top in place.}

STRONG SAD: {singing, from locked inside the tub} One night in Bangkok and the rough got rougher...

{Cut to Marzipan's house, where she is sitting on the couch sporting Decemberween lights in her hair.}

MARZIPAN: If Homestar doesn't get here soon with my present, {camera zooms in} I'm gonna cook his goose!

{Homestar runs in and trips, falling flat on his face in front of Marzipan. He gets up in a daze and hands Marzipan a wrapped present.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {groggily} Happy Decemberween, Marzi-man.

{Homestar falls back on the floor and Marzipan opens the present.}

MARZIPAN: {sounding disappointed} Wire cutters?

{Strong Bad walks in.}

STRONG BAD: Foolish Homestar. Decemberween is not about getting people presents. It's about getting people good presents! Good presents! Not this last-minute discount crap you're trying to foist on us!

MARZIPAN: {interrupting} Oh, Homestar, it's perfect!

HOMESTAR RUNNER AND STRONG BAD: {both of them in unison} It is? {Homestar shakes his head a few times in disbelief of his blind luck}

MARZIPAN: This is just what I need to free the baby seals from the crab traps down at the wharfs. {Marzipan walks off, singing to herself} Free the baby seals, yeah, yeah...

STRONG BAD: Well, shut my mouth.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Well well, Strong-o Bad-o. Looks like the ol' captain of the team still has what it takes.

STRONG BAD: {brandishing his Grabbo Arm} Oh yeah? Well, the Grabbo Arm has what it takes, {extends the the Grabbo Arm} and what it takes is Marzipan's purse.

{The Grabbo Arm comes back with Marzipan's purse.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: No skin off my back.

STRONG BAD: Hey, thanks! Have a nice last seven minutes of Decemberween, Homestar. {pokes Homestar with Marzipan's purse}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {increduously} There's only seven minutes left of Decemberween?! Oh, crap! I forgot to get everyone presents!

{Homestar runs off again.}

STRONG BAD: Ugh, it goes on and on like this.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {off-camera} Oh, crap! There's only seven minutes left of Decemberween?!

{Homestar Runner runs back behind Strong Bad.}

STRONG BAD: Seriously. Like until New Year's...

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {off-camera} Oh, crap! there's only seven minutes left of...

{scene fades to black.}

STRONG BAD: I didn't know we had any wharfs.

{The camera returns to Homestar's clock, which displays the number of minutes remaining until Decemberween/Christmas ends. The back button appears.}

[edit] Easter Eggs

  • Click on "Homestar's Clock" at the end to see what happened to the three main characters left out of this toon.
{The King of Town, the Poopsmith, and Pom Pom sit around a table in the King of Town's castle with two cans, one labeled "gravied yams" and the other labeled "stuffinged ham" on the table. On the wall behind them is a sign that reads, "Left Out Characters' Support Group & Buffet."}
THE KING OF TOWN: Pass the gravied yams, please. And don't bogart that stuffinged ham neither!

[edit] Fun Facts

[edit] Explanations

AW CRAP!! Only 7 minutes left of Decemberween! You never bought any presents!
  • At the end, Homestar's Clock originally counted down the minutes remaining of Decemberween 2004. It now counts down the minutes until the end of the 25th of the month (based on the local computer system's clock).
    • When the counter reaches zero, the clock reads, "It's over" (a Teen Girl Squad reference). It is possible to skip to the "It's over" message by choosing "Play" from the Flash menu while viewing the SWF directly.
  • The term "bogart", meaning to hold out on, refers to the great Humphrey Bogart, to describe the way he would hold out on tapping his cigarette ash by instead letting it build up and fall on its own.

[edit] Trivia

  • This is the third appearance of cinnamon. Homestar's cinnamon beard, however, was first seen in caper.
  • Strong Bad's Grabbo Arm makes the same noises as Homestar's tricked-out propeller cap in car.
  • The Cheat is dressed as Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer.
  • This episode marks Homsar's first appearance in a Decemberween toon.
  • Homestar's comment to Strong Bad referring to himself as the "ol' captain of the team" is also referenced in the Brothers Chaps' interview with Wired.
  • This is the first main Decemberween toon that does not end in a multi-character holiday greeting.
  • The audio quality is higher than normal, resulting in crisper sound compared to other toons on the site.
  • The word crap is spoken 10 times and written once in this toon.

[edit] Remarks

  • If Homestar slept through December 24 (as many assume after watching this toon), he could not have changed his tear-away calendar to the 25th.
  • This is one of the few times the inside of Homestar's house is seen, and the very first time his bedroom has been seen. The outside looks as it did in The Best Decemberween Ever, which is different from how it looked in older toons, such as The Reddest Radish and In Search of the Yello Dello.
  • Homestar's alarm clock here is different from the alarm clock in radio. It was apparently made just for him, as it says "Homestar's Clock" right on it.
    • It is unclear how Homestar's clock could even differentiate between 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. — usually digital clocks have a light or indicator when it is night time, but Homestar's clock has none.
  • Homestar does not sleep in the Race Car Bed he bought with Marzipan's credit card in Marzipan's Answering Machine Version 10.2.
  • This is yet another reference to Homestar Naked.
  • When Homestar runs from Homsar, he doesn't leave any tracks.
  • Homestar takes about 15 minutes to go from his house to Bubs' Concession Stand; he woke up at 10, and then told Bubs that he had an 1 hour and 45 minutes left when he got to the concession stand.
  • Coach Z's "I forgot to pay my bills again this year" used to be "I forgot to pay my electric bill again this year".
  • Coach Z pronounces Decemberween correctly this year, as opposed to his pronunciation in The Best Decemberween Ever, in which he sings "Decemberwoyrn".
  • Apparently Free Country, USA has wharfs, although Strong Bad didn't know this either, despite him appearing in a boat in both lures & jigs and montage.
  • It's snowing, yet the sky is obviously clear as the moon and stars are visible in several shots.

[edit] Fixed Goofs

  • Homestar's Clock initially counted down the minutes until the end of the 25th of the current month. After the 25th of the month, the clock would run forward, counting the minutes since that day passed. The tens spot of the seconds was empty, and when the counter reached 10 each minute, the tens were displayed in the ones spot, and ones were not displayed until the next minute.

[edit] Inside References

  • Coach Z's disconnected telephone resembles the one from replacement.
  • Strong Sad is locked in the bathtub—something he said his brothers do to him every Decemberween, according to The Best Decemberween Ever.
  • Also, some of the scenes in this toon are similar to those in The Best Decemberween Ever. They include:
    • The plot of the toon, which is to get someone a Decemberween present (though in The Best Decemberween Ever he only focused on Strong Bad, here, Homestar focuses on everyone).
    • Homestar emerging from his home (albeit naked, which was not the case with The Best Decemberween Ever).
    • The long shot of Homestar running (but in this case, it's night instead of day).
    • Homestar at Bubs' Concession Stand, trying to get presents.
  • Both lowercase i's and style make an appearance in this toon.

[edit] Real-World References

  • The piano T-shirt Homestar is wearing in bed is essentially the same as that worn by Michael Jackson in bed in the video for "Beat It". This includes the inaccurate depiction of a keyboard, showing both single black keys and three white keys in a row.
  • The toy seen briefly on the floor in the Strongs' living room is a Capsela set, a module-based construction set which can be used to make portable fans, real floating boats, all manner of wheel and caterpillar-driven vehicles, and even remote-controlled robots. It appears as though their set in particular was used to make a boat (the "balloon" capsules on the bottom are a dead giveaway).
  • Strong Mad's rock, Tony Stony, is a reference to "pet rocks" which were popular in the mid-'70s.
  • Homsar's "Alms for the pudgy" request, and Baked Beans bucket/complimentary spit-bucket is a take on the Salvation Army's annual Christmas drives.
  • While locked in the bathtub, Strong Sad sings a misquoted lyric from the song "One Night in Bangkok," from the musical "Chess". It became a number one hit for Murray Head in 1985, and was composed and written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus of ABBA and Tim Rice. The correct quotes are "One night in Bangkok and the world's your oyster," "One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble," and "One night in Bangkok and the tough guys tumble."

[edit] Fast Forward

[edit] DVD Version

  • Homestar's clock at the end of the toon says "e:nd" instead of having the countdown.
  • The DVD version features creators' commentary. To access it, switch your DVD player's audio language selection while watching.

[edit] Commentary Transcript

(Commentary by: Matt Chapman, Mike Chapman)

MATT: This is the—

MIKE: Well if it isn't Mike Chapman!

MATT: That's you.

MIKE: Yeah.

MATT: Oh.

MIKE: Who are you?

MATT: I'm...Matt.

MIKE: I wish I had that alarm clock.

MATT: Yeah. It's Homestar's Clock brand.

MIKE: {laughs} So there's ol' Michael Jackson's shirt from the "Beat It" video?

MATT: Yeah. It's from when he wakes up and finds that some street toughs are fighting outside, before he decides to go outside and break it up.

MIKE: {laughs} Is that the premise of that video?

MATT: I think so!

MIKE: He just wakes up and there's a fight outside his... house?

MATT: Mm hm.

MIKE: I think we improved the snow-falling clips in this one.

MATT: Yeah, originally—

MIKE: Or is this one... dynamic?

MATT: Uh, it was going to be but it took too much— Jonathan made one that was totally, uh, action scripted.

MIKE: Just random...

MATT: Right.

MIKE: ...snowflakes?

MATT: But it took up too much—

MIKE: Were any of the snowflakes the same in that?

MATT: No, Mike, it was just like in nature.

MIKE: I don't believe that to be true.

MATT: {laughs} Look— Wha—?! Uh.. wha—?! That's seems irreverent, Mike! "Blah blah blah"?! {Mike laughs} That's not the way that it should go! Look, some Capsela.

MIKE: Ohhhh.

MATT: And— And a Penguins jersey, maybe.

MIKE: {laughs}

MATT: That's a good... sweater that he's got on too! I want that sweater; I gotta get Jackie to knit me one of those!

MIKE: Do you think that ribbon is part of the... what is his name? Stony Tony?

MATT: Tony— Tony Stony.

MIKE: Tony Stony?

MATT: Yeah... I don't like that, uh, bell sound. I can't believe that we couldn't find a bell to record to make that bell noise, Mike.

MIKE: It didn't bother me, Matt.

MATT: It bothers me to this day.

MIKE: {long pause; breathes a sigh.}

MATT: ...Say a few syllables, Mike.

MIKE: Ehh, it's uh— that's a very soothing scene...

MATT: {laughs}

MIKE: The stars...

MATT: Homestar sliding softly through the snow.

MIKE: The wind sound... yeah...

MATT: "Why would I be closed"?!

MIKE: Well... because it's almost Decemberween, Bubs.

MATT: It's almost over, in fact.

MIKE: Yeah!

MATT: It is Decemberween. {pause; makes snow-squish sound effects with his mouth.}

MIKE: Was that you—?

MATT: Yeah. It might be you actually.

MIKE: I doubt that.

MATT: {pause} Uh oh. I have a feeling that we're going to see something depressing with Coach Z, Mike.

MIKE: Shh! {pauses and laughs a little as Coach Z talks on the phone.}

MATT: So... do you think that he has parents? I hope that he has parents.

MIKE: I don't think he parents like him very mu— They wouldn't— they wouldn't call him.

MATT: {laughs} So he has to have imaginary conversations with his parents on holidays. {Coach Z says the phone is plugged in; both laugh} He has to argue with them too!

MIKE: It's sort of like when Homestar is controlling Carboard Marzi. {laughs}

MATT: Yeah. He's doing a very accurate job—

MIKE: Yeah.

MATT: —including the arguments, and... {laughs as Homestar holds up his present to The Poopsmith} I think I'm going to give you a banana with an arrow through it for the next Christmas, Mike.

MIKE: Until I watched this cartoon, if you had given me that, I would not have known what it was from.

MATT: {laughs} Oh, so we see that he actually gets locked— that's how you get locked in the bathtub, Mike.

MIKE: Which one was that in? The fir—

MATT: The first one.

MIKE: —er, uh—

MATT: The Best Decemberween Ever.

MIKE: The Best Decemberween Ever.

MATT: That's a nice setup she's got in her hair, too. I'd like— I'd like to see that happen...in real life.

MIKE: I used to have a set of Christmas lights that were battery operated.

MATT: And you'd put them in the back of the windshield of the Madstyle—

MIKE: That's right.

MATT: —I remember that.

MIKE: You might be able to pull that off if you had a big ol' ponytail like you used to.

MATT: Me?

MIKE: Hey guys, Matt used to have a big long hair ponytail!

MATT: The ponytail wasn't very long, actually.

MIKE: Well...

MATT: The hair was long, but the ponytail was meager. {long pause} So Homestar gets redeemed; he kind of wins in this one. It's been a while, it seems like. {pause} I'd like a Grabbo-arm, too. I like that little purse! A little, uh... statchbook.

MIKE: {laughs} Is that what they call those?

MATT: Yeah!

MIKE: Is that what all the sweater girls are calling them these days? Statchbooks?

MATT: Uh huh. That you can knit your own statchbook on my stu-blog!

MIKE: {laughs} A stu-blog!

MATT: Statchbook stu-blog, I'm adding S-T to the beginning of words, Mike, and replacing... {sighs} Ahhhh...

MIKE: Sorry about my brother Matt, guys.

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