Homestarloween Party

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Toon Category: Holiday Toon
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Strong Sad's take on the tale

Homestar Runner throws a Halloween party. They take turns telling a story about a goblin.

Cast (in order of appearance): The King of Town, Coach Z, Bubs, Homestar Runner, Strong Bad, Strong Mad, The Cheat, Pom Pom, Marzipan, Strong Sad, The Poopsmith, The Goblin, Pom Pom's Girls, Visor Robot, The Sad Kids

See Homestarloween Party Costumes for more information on what everyone was wearing.

Places: Spooky Woods

Date: Before Tuesday, October 31, 2000

Running Time: 4:55

Page Title: Homestarloween Party

DVD: Everything Else, Volume 2

Contents

[edit] Transcript

{Spooky music plays.}

Homestarloween
Party

Written, drawn,
and directed by
Matt, Mike, and Craig

Voices by
Matt Chapman
and Missy Palmer

Animation by
the Brothers Chaps

{Cut to The King of Town, Coach Z and Bubs.}

COACH Z: Oh jeez, I don't know, I think I prefer his work with the Furious 5 much more. Uh, he had more street cred back then...

{Homestar walks by, and continues to do so throughout the scene.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Hey, thanks for coming to my party, guys. Ahh, Coach Z is down with the PE! {Coach Z dances to Homestar's second remark.}

{Switch to Strong Bad, Strong Mad and The Cheat.}

STRONG BAD: ...ya know, I think it turned out pretty good. I mean Mom helped me do the fruit {gestures to hat}, and I did the sewing—

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh, lookin' good, Strong Bad. The Chiquita Banana lady, that's great!

STRONG BAD: Oooh, Chiquita Ba—?! {shouting} For the last time, I'm Carmen freakin' Miranda!

{Switch to Marzipan, Strong Sad, Pom Pom and The Poopsmith, who is bobbing for pumpkins. He picks up a pumpkin and spits it into the bucket twice.}

MARZIPAN: Yesterday, I was out in the garden, and I was weeding, and there was this little worm... and...

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Aww, everybody looks so great! {stops walking} You know, there's more punch over there, if anybody... wants any. All riiiiiight, everybody! Line up! {holds up flashlight} We're gonna play {clicks flashlight on and off} Flashlight Ghost-Story-Telling with a Flashliiight! {thunder booms}

MARZIPAN: We should stand boy-girl-boy-girl. {thunder booms, organ sting}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Good one, Marzipan! That way we know it's fair!

MARZIPAN: I get to stand next to you, Homestar.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Nope. I'm standing next to Bubs. You get to stand next to Strong Baaad. {walks away}

MARZIPAN: {gasps} Uh!

STRONG BAD: Psst! {whispering} Hey, Marzipan... is my slip showing?

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Okay, okay, okay! I'll go first.

{A circle forms around him so his picture is now an inset of a new scene.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Umm... okay! Once, there was this green gobliiiin... {a goblin appears} and um, he used to... look aroooound... {the goblin looks around} And um, I guess he did a daaance. {the goblin dances} Oh man, that was terrible.

{Homestar passes the flashlight to Bubs.}

BUBS: And... the goblin, he had a Gremlin! {A car appears next to the goblin. As Bubs talks, the car's tires grow and numerous accessories are added to it.} And he jacked it up on some fat tires, and uh, and he tuned it up on some 4.11 positrak out back, 750 double pumper, Edelbrock intake, bore over 30, 11-to-1 pop-up pistons turbo jets 390 horsepower! I mean, he had some freakin' muscle!

{Bubs passes the flashlight to Pom Pom, who makes bubbling noises throughout his segment. As he does, a giggling blonde girl in a pink bikini with a Pom head appears next to the Gremlin, as well as a redhead with a blue bikini and a brunette in a leopard-pattern bikini, followed by beer and sports paraphernalia. Pom Pom passes the flashlight to Marzipan.}

MARZIPAN: One of the girls had a cute little kitten named Kitty-kitty.

{A cat appears beside the girl on the left.}

MARZIPAN: The other girl had a cute little puppy named Chris.

{A dog appears beside the girl on the right.}

MARZIPAN: And then the third girl was a Republican.

{A Republican Party Elephant sign appears in the hand of the girl on the Gremlin.}

STRONG BAD: Oh, brother! Gimme that! {snatches the flashlight from Marzipan} So then the robot came—

{The Visor Robot appears onscreen, to the right.}

STRONG BAD: —and he started vaporizing everybody with his vapor-gun! {the Visor Robot begins doing just that} And he was like "You take this, and you'd better, you, and you take this, everybody's gonna die!" And then he said, "Oh, the Gremlin! I hate the Goblin Gremlin! Bah!"

{The Visor Robot kicks the Gremlin over the trees.}

STRONG BAD: I need to get some more punch.

{Strong Bad passes the flashlight to the King of Town and walks off}

THE KING OF TOWN: Oooh, oooh!

{The Visor Robot and Goblin stand across from each other and all the food appears that the King mentions in between them.}

THE KING OF TOWN: And then there was fried fish and heavenly ham and Salisbury sundaes and globs of meringue and strawberry frosted donuts and bowls full of jelly and Klondike pudding and scrumptious fillers... and—DOO! DOO-HOO-HOO-HOO-HOO!

{All the food inexplicably disappears. The King passes the flashlight to Strong Sad and hurries off.}

STRONG SAD: And so it turns out the robot had a human brain which was stolen from a kindly old man. And the children of that old man came to the robot looking for their father, and they called out to him.

{Speech bubble with an exclamation point in it appears on the girl.}

STRONG SAD: And the robot's human brain remembered his children and his stolen life, and he was moved to tears. {robot starts to cry.} But the tears shorted out his circuits, and fried his brain. {Electric bolts appear on the Visor Robot's head} And the robot toppled over, and he crushed his children, and the Goblin, too. {Visor Robot falls on them and his brain comes out.} And none of them lived.

{Cut to Bubs, Coach Z, and The King of Town crying.}

COACH Z: {crying} Oh, jeez, what a total downer! {they walk away, still crying}

STRONG BAD: Oh man, I'm outta here!

MARZIPAN: {crying} That's the saddest story I've ever heard! You can't come to next year's party.

{Marzipan walks away crying, while The Poopsmith sighs deeply and also walks away.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {sadly} Gee... thanks for coming to my party, Strong Sad. {sighs, walks away.}

{Everyone except Strong Sad leaves, and crickets start chirping. An owl hoots and a far-off wolf howls. Strong Sad clicks the flashlight on and off a few times, then the screen fades.}

[edit] Fun Facts

[edit] Trivia

  • With nine deaths, this cartoon has a higher body count than any other cartoon on the website, including Teen Girl Squad.
  • This is the only time Coach Z is seen with a full complement of fingers.
  • Strong Mad, The Cheat, The Poopsmith, and Coach Z never contributed to the ghost story, but the Poopsmith probably doesn't contribute to the story on purpose, courtesy of his vow of silence.
  • This toon was "Written, drawn, and directed by Matt, Mike, and Craig". This is most likely Craig Zobel.
  • According to Strong Bad is in Jail Cartoon, the spooky trees in the background are just next to Bubs' Concession Stand.
  • This toon marks the first appearances of The Goblin, who has become something of a Halloween toon staple, as well as the Gremlin, Pom Pom's Girls, the Visor Robot, and the Sad Kids, which have all later reappeared in several toons.
  • Marzipan has one of Pom Pom's girls hold up a Republican sign with an elephant on it.
  • This marks the only major Halloween toon which Homsar doesn't appear in, due to the fact that he had not yet been created.

[edit] Remarks

  • When Homestar turns the flashlight on and off for Flashlight Ghost Storytelling with a Flashlight, his face isn't illuminated any better, so much as the rest of his body is cast into shadow.

[edit] Goofs

  • The birthmark on Strong Sad as Gorbachev is on the wrong side of his head.
  • When Strong Sad turns the flashlight on and off at the end, his hands do not move.
  • Although the flashlight has a sliding switch, it makes a sound like that of an on/off button.
  • When Marzipan is weeping as she leaves, her mouth doesn't move. Also, Homestar's mouth doesn't move when he sighs.
  • The Goblin's pupils shrink when he turns his head to look at the second girl.
  • After the robot kicks the Gremlin, the front loses the double bumper.
  • In the beginning, Strong Bad's right sleeve is off center, and hangs down below his shoulder.
  • When the King of Town's imagined desserts fade away, one of the desserts changes color before fading. This is because the dessert is a tinted version of an existing dessert, and in Flash a symbol cannot have its opacity and tint be modified at the same time, so it reverts to its original color.
  • When Strong Bad leaves the party, his mouth disappears for a split second.
  • Chris's eyes are transparent.

[edit] Glitches

[edit] Inside References

[edit] Real-World References

  • Coach Z's opening line references the Furious Five, a pioneering rap group in the early '80s. The specific artist Coach Z refers to could either be Grandmaster Flash, the original leader of the Furious Five, or Grandmaster Melle Mel, who led the group after Flash's departure.
  • Bubs's description of the Gremlin is quoted almost directly from the movie Dazed And Confused.
  • The flux capacitor visible on the Gremlin is a reference to the Back to the Future movies.
  • Strong Sad turning the flashlight on and off is possibly an homage to the movie Shallow Grave, in which Christopher Eccleston's character turns a flashlight on and off into his face while spiralling into insanity.
  • Homestar's shirt says "corporate rock still sucks", which is the motto of SST Records, a favorite record label of Cobain's. Cobain once wore a shirt parodying the slogan on a famous Rolling Stone cover saying "Corporate Magazines still suck". Also, his shoes look a lot like Chuck Taylor All-Stars, which the video for Smells Like Teen Spirit helped to repopularize.
  • Homestar's line "Coach Z is down with the PE" is a reference to the Public Enemy song "Burn Hollywood Burn", wherein guest-rapper Ice Cube raps "Ice Cube is down with the PE".
    • This could be a play on words; PE could also stand for physical education, as Coach Z is allegedly a coach.
  • The bear The Cheat has is Pooky, Garfield's teddy bear.
  • Edelbrock is a seller of performace parts for automobiles.
  • Homestar makes reference to the logo for Chiquita Bananas, which was created by cartoonist Dik Browne and was inspired by Carmen Miranda.

[edit] Fast Forward

  • Marzipan's line, "You can't come to next year's party," was revisited in The House That Gave Sucky Treats, when Marzipan said, "I like your costume, Strong Sad, but you weren't invited this year." Then, in Doomy Tales of the Macabre, he gets "literary justice" when he's invited to no one's party.
  • The music that was used for the Flashlight Ghost Storytelling Using a Flashlight was used again in The House That Gave Sucky Treats and the Strong Bad email theme park during "The Strong Sad Gets Decked Repeatedly Stunt Spooktacular".
  • A slight variation of Homestar's "Corporate Rock Still Sucks" (the motto of SST Records) shirt was worn by Strong Sad in geddup noise, which said "Corporate The Geddup Noise Still Sucks".
  • The Poopsmith later puts a pumpkin in his mouth in The House That Gave Sucky Treats.

[edit] DVD Version

  • The spot at the very end to see what the characters were dressed as has been removed.
  • 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: Oh, Mike, listen to how you can hear your fingers hitting the keys—

MIKE: Really?

MATT: —on the little—yeah. {pause} They're kinda little puh puh puh clicky—

MIKE: Yeah. Yeah.

MATT: —holding a mic up to the Casio SK-1 keyboard.

MIKE: Does that not have a line out?

MATT: Uh, it didn—it sounded crappy, I think.

MIKE: Yeah.

MATT: It just had to go from like an 8-inch to an adaptor, et cetera et cetera.

MIKE: So here's our first Halloween cartoon.

MATT: Yeah, it was a really nice credit sequence... Mike.

MIKE: ...Not sure why Matt is taking this tone with me, everyone!

MATT: {laughs} "Every single {clears his throat conspicuously} wanna see me."

MIKE: Ohh, interesting.

MATT: Yeah.

MIKE: Uh, The Cheat's costume, while he looks pretty good, wasn't very involved. It's just a pair of glasses... Garfield-looking glasses.

MATT: He has a very authentic Pooky, though... {Mike chuckles} for sure.

MIKE: I think the Mikhail Gorbachev still may be my favorite costume.

MATT: It's a good one.

MIKE: Although his glasses don't have any, uh...

MATT: {laughs} They're just taped to his face.

MIKE: And I think the Marzipan genie costume might be the least thought-out—

MATT: Yeah. We just—

MIKE: It was the first one, but, everyone else's costumes are pretty good.

MATT: Yeah. Yeah.

MIKE: Cap'n Crunch, that's a good... Ooh, Marzipan's old mouth.

MATT: {softly} Ooh, the—Oh... I don't think Kurt Cobain had that stringy of—his hair was that stringy.

MIKE: I don't— Our friend Craig made that hair.

MATT: Did he really? I didn't remember that. I know that Craig made the ladies, the hot ladies that show up in Pom Pom's story later on.

MIKE: Yeah, he made, he made—

MATT: Did he make that headdress on, uh, the fruit basket headdress?

MIKE: No... I made that.

MATT: Oh. It looks good. Oh yeah, you drew that and scanned it in, didn't you?

MIKE: Yeah.

MATT: I think we still have the drawing of that in the old sketchbook.

MIKE: So Matt one time when he was... what do you think, you were three maybe?

MATT: Uh, nnnnyeah, may—four.

MIKE: Yeah.

MATT: Four, probably four. It was right when we moved to Atlanta.

MIKE: There was his Halloween costume, it was this big inflatable head that you sort of have attached with this headgear of this Martian. Yeah, goblin?

MATT: He was a goblin, not a Martian, he was a gween gobolin.

MIKE: Our dad was interviewing him on Super 8, and said, "What do you dress up?" {imitating Matt's young, high-pitched voice} "A gween gobolin!"

MATT: It was true, man.

MIKE: Look, Bubs has no arms, Matt!!

MATT: {laughs}

MIKE: He has no arms!!

MATT: Good job, us!

MIKE: Who were we fooling?!

MATT: No one! {pause} These ladies are a little risqué for the website, honestly.

MIKE: {laughs}

MATT: Craig made them way too hot.

MIKE: Especially the way that one's kinda twisting her ankle like that.

MATT: Yeah, she's—

MIKE: Look, she's funneling beers too!

MATT: They're party girls. Pom Pom's into the party girls. {pause} I remember Melissa made all these things up and I was amazed by her improvisational talents.

MIKE: {chuckles}

MATT: I don't think I—I don't think I still—I didn't really like Melissa at that time, and I was really impressed. Naw, I was kidding. I liked Melissa plenty. {pause} He hates the Goblin Gremlin, Mike. {pause} Heh, the weird King of Town voice.

MIKE: {laughs}

MATT: —before it found its stride. There was really, what, like four or five different—oh, okay there was an impressive amount of different drawings, there. In my head that was a way bigger pile—

MIKE: Yeah.

MATT: —than what I remember.

MIKE: I don't know why—

MATT: {pause} There's a lot of things that were invented from this cartoon: The Goblin, the sad kids, that robot—the Visor Robot appeared.

MIKE: The Visor Robot.

MATT: Why is it called the Visor Robot?

MIKE: I dunno, I think the wiki—I didn—We didn't name it the Visor Robot, did we?

MATT: No.

MIKE: But I call it the Visor Robot, {in a funny voice} don't I, Matt?

MATT: {in a funny voice similar to Coach Z's} Yeah, you do; you gotta listen to that wiki, Mike!

MIKE: I like, watch the brain slide here.

MATT: Yeah, I did this part. {pause} Those squashed kids look pretty terrible. {both laugh} Not even sure how that works.

MIKE: Oh, Bubs has arms again!

MATT: {laughs} Good, see—he only has pointy fingers.

MIKE: Oh yeah, he's got fingers. Yeah, Coach Z—'Cause he says, uh, "the Furious 5", right?

MATT: Yeah, I think so. Well, he was just pointing too, when he's rapping, when he says, "Coach Z is down with the PE." But, now he just has mittens. {Mike laughs} He has never shown his fingers again. Maybe those are—

MIKE: He's never shown his true fingers before.

MATT: Maybe he's just wearing those on top of his mittens as part of his costume. We're really consistent, everybody! We think this stuff through ahead of time; we have a ten-year plan for the website...!

MIKE: {wolf howls in the cartoon} Hey, that's Matt.

MATT: That's me.

MIKE: Yeah.

MATT: I do an owl, too. On the website, sound effects master, mang! Manganese.

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