Parsnips A-Plenty

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"Let's make soup!"

The Homestar Runner goes to get some parsnips for a soup.

Cast (in order of appearance): The Homestar Runner, Old-Timey Marzipan, Fat Dudley, Old-Timey Strong Bad, Strong Man, The Sneak, Old-Timey Bubs, Sickly Sam, The Kaiser (Easter egg), The Demon (Easter egg)

Places: The Field (Old-Timey), Parsnip Depot, Old-Timey Cliff, Hell (Easter egg)

Date: Monday, October 21, 2002

Running Time: 2:38

Page Title: Presented in Glorious "SOUND-O-VISION"

DVD: Everything Else, Volume 2


[edit] Transcript

{A crackly, simple melody plays in the background of an old, grayscale television screen.

The following words appear:

The Homestar Runner in a "Cartoon" for "Kids" "Parsnips a Plenty"

Presented in Glorious Sound-O-Vision copyright 1936

Featuring: (Accompanied by a picture of The Homestar Runner) The Homestar Runner

(Accompanied by a picture of Old-Timey Marzipan) Marzipan

(Accompanied by a picture of Fat Dudley) 'Fat Dudley'

(Accompanied by a picture of Old-Timey Strong Bad) Strong Bad

(Accompanied by a picture of Strong Man) Strong Man

(Accompanied by a picture of The Sneak) The Sneak! }

{Cut to a scene with The Homestar Runner, Fat Dudley and Old-Timey Marzipan, standing in a field. When voices speak, they are crackly and difficult to understand.}

THE HOMESTAR RUNNER: Let's make soup.


FAT DUDLEY: {Flaps his hands and makes musical noises}

THE HOMESTAR RUNNER: Parsnip soup it is.

{There are a few flashes and changes in position on the part of the characters, suggesting that several takes were required to get this scene right.}

OLD-TIMEY MARZIPAN: Let's make soup!

{Marzipan's image can be seen reflected in a long and complicated telescope, which the camera follows until it reveals Old-Timey Strong Bad on the other end, peering out. He puts it down, looking malicious.}

OLD-TIMEY STRONG BAD: {Turning his head} Parsnip soup, eh? We'll make parsnip pie!

{The camera cuts to a position from which you can see Old-Timey Strong Bad, The Sneak and Strong Man standing in front of some very badly drawn buildings. Dramatic music begins. The Sneak scratches himself and wiggles his nose.}

STRONG MAN: {Flexing his arms} RRAAAAHH! {The dramatic music ends.}

{Cut to a scene with The Homestar Runner, Marzipan and Fat Dudley standing in front of the 'Parsnip Depot'. A sign on it reads, "No hobos!"}

THE HOMESTAR RUNNER: This must be the depot. {says it "Day-po"}

{The three of them go into the depot together.}

{Dramatic music plays. Old-Timey Strong Bad sticks his head out of the bottom of the fence.}


{Old-Timey Strong Bad's head retreats. The music stops.}

{Cut to the Parsnip Depot counter. Old-Timey Bubs shakes a cup with three pencils in it.}

OLD-TIMEY MARZIPAN: Parsnips, please.

OLD-TIMEY BUBS: {wheezily} We're all out. {He shakes the cup again.}

{Cut briefly to a scene of many tables upturned, empty of parsnips. Cut to Marzipan's shocked expression, then to The Homestar Runner's.}

THE HOMESTAR RUNNER: {Speaking in a slow monotone} Where have all the parsnips gone?

FAT DUDLEY: {makes musical noises}

{Cut to a scene showing Old-Timey Strong Bad, Strong Man and The Sneak pushing a wheelbarrow full of parsnips. The dramatic music plays once again.}


{Cut to The Homestar Runner again.}

THE HOMESTAR RUNNER: {Doing a double take} Strong Bad!

{Cut back to Old-Timey Strong Bad.}

OLD-TIMEY STRONG BAD: {Brandishing a parsnip, and then throwing it away, while speaking dramatically} Now we'll have our parsnip pie, and The Homestar Runner will go hungry! It's curtains for you!

{Cut to The Homestar Runner, looking confused. There is a short pause.}


{Cut once again to Old-Timey Strong Bad.}

OLD-TIMEY STRONG BAD: {Brandishing an old-fashioned gun.} We'll have a duel!

{Cut to The Homestar Runner, looking just as confused.}


{Fade out in the form of a black circle. We see Old-Timey Strong Bad and The Homestar Runner standing with their backs facing each other, Strong Man and The Sneak on the left side (Old-Timey Strong Bad's side) and Marzipan and Fat Dudley on the right (The Homestar Runner's side ).}

OLD-TIMEY STRONG BAD: Five paces, turn and fire!

THE HOMESTAR RUNNER: {Sounding just as confused as before} What?

{Old-Timey Strong Bad starts walking away, but The Homestar Runner doesn't.}

{The sound of a record rewinding resonates briefly. The text "SCENE MISSING" appears with a stylized border}

{An image appears of Old-Timey Strong Bad falling off a cliff. The word 'Cliff' is written on a sign at the top. His gun spirals after him.}

OLD-TIMEY STRONG BAD: {Yelling in a monotone} AAAAHHHH!!

{Cut to a scene with Old-Timey Marzipan, The Homestar Runner, Fat Dudley, Old-Timey Bubs, The Sneak and Strong Man standing at the former dueling grounds.}


STRONG MAN: {simultaneously} Rarr!


THE HOMESTAR RUNNER: Now I'll do a dance.

{The Homestar Runner does his trademark dance, to the trademark music. Fat Dudley flaps his hands and The Sneak moves his nose.}

{Once again, cut using the black circle, this time to a table with soup on it. Old-Timey Marzipan and The Homestar Runner can be seen sitting in front of the soup.}

OLD-TIMEY MARZIPAN: How's the soup?

{The Homestar Runner eats a spoonful, gags twice, then spits it out all over Fat Dudley, who was evidently sitting off-camera. Soup pours down his head.}

{Cut to a scene of the door to the room.}

SICKLY SAM: {Emerging from the door. In a weak voice...} Can you spare any mush for me?

THE HOMESTAR RUNNER: {from off-camera} Sorry, Sickly Sam, I wish you'd leave us alone.

{Sickly Sam silently sighs and disappears in a puff of smoke, to the sound of someone gasping for breath.}

{Cut back to The Homestar Runner.}

THE HOMESTAR RUNNER: Fat Dudley, you're all wet.

{Fade out with the black circle once more, this time centering on The Homestar Runner's eye, which winks.}


[edit] Easter Eggs

"Curses! I've gone to Hell!"
  • At the end click on the "D" in "end"
{Old-Timey Strong Bad is in hell with the Kaiser (dressed as Satan) and the Demon, stabbing him in the back.}
OLD-TIMEY STRONG BAD: Curses! I've gone to Hell! How unfortunate!
  • Then click on The Kaiser's head in the background and it will say "Buy U.S. Soup Bonds" in front of a faded picture of The Homestar Runner wearing an army helmet, standing in front of the American Flag, with crumpled cans of soup on the ground around him.

[edit] Fun Facts

[edit] Trivia

  • Clicking "again" at the end actually reloads the html file instead of merely restarting the SWF. This is evident if you watch the SWF file; clicking "again" takes you to the HTML page.
  • This is the first time the Old-Timey characters' voices are heard.
  • This is listed on the Toons Menu as "the first Homestar Runner talkie." In the early days of film, movies made with sound and voice synchronized with the image were called talkies.
  • The Homestar Runner pronounces "depot" — a word of French origins — with the French pronunciation.
  • The phrase "(to be) all wet" is slang from the Roaring Twenties, meaning "(to be) wrong" or "incorrect".
  • In a 2003 interview, Mike Chapman gave this as his favorite toon.

[edit] Remarks

  • A parsnip is a root vegetable related to the carrot.
  • The flag in the Easter egg is based on the original United States flag. However, it has only eight stars and five stripes.
  • In the Hell Easter egg, the projector noises and, slightly later, the music will eventually stop after waiting for a while.

[edit] Goofs

  • When Old-Timey Strong Bad is looking through the telescope, the image of Fat Dudley, The Homestar Runner, and Old-Timey Marzipan should be reversed.
  • The Flash file for Parsnips A-Plenty is parnsips.swf , while the page filename for Parsnips A-Plenty is parsnips.html
  • While The Homestar Runner is doing a dance, Old-Timey Bubs's pencils are missing from the can he is holding.

[edit] Glitches

  • You can still click on the Kaiser's head when it says "Buy U.S. Soup Bonds". It is generally in the same spot as the Homestar Runner's helmet. This also applies to the "back" and "again" buttons.

[edit] Inside References

  • This toon is very reminiscent to The Reddest Radish; in both toons, Strong Bad, Strong Mad, and The Cheat (or their old-timey counterparts) acquire a root vegetable for nefarious purposes, bringing them into conflict with Homestar, Pom Pom, and Marzipan, and culminating in a fight or duel which the heroes win.
    • The Strong Bad, Strong Man, and The Sneak stealing the parsnips in the wheelbarrow is reminiscent of the scene in the aforementioned toon where their modern counterparts steal Marzipan's radish in a Radio Flyer wagon.

[edit] Real-World References

  • Fat Dudley's "lines" are taken note-for-note from Jack Frost, a 1934 ComiColor Cartoon. The cartoon features a scarecrow whose singing inspired Fat Dudley's voice.
  • Old-Timey Strong Bad's telescope is visually similar to the works of Dr. Seuss, particularly the one in The Hoober-Bloob Highway.
  • "Buy U.S. Soup Bonds" is a reference to cartoons supporting World War II war bonds.
  • The "scene missing" gag may be inspired by a near-identical scene in an episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus.
  • "Sound-O-Vision" is a reference to gimmicky new technologies used to attract more people to movie theaters, particularly the infamous Smell-O-Vision.

[edit] Fast Forward

Now I'll play a song.

[edit] DVD Version

  • Both Easter eggs at the end (Old-Timey Strong Bad in Hell and the U.S. Soup Bonds poster, respectively) have now been separated. To access the Hell egg, click down on the remote until the HR logo lights up. To access the Soup Bonds egg, click right until the star of the logo lights up.
    • The scene in Hell lasts only long enough for Old-Timey Strong Bad to say his line heard in the scene.
  • The DVD version features hidden creators' commentary. To access it, switch the DVD player's audio language selection while watching.

[edit] Commentary Transcript

(Commentary by: Matt Chapman, Mike Chapman)

MIKE: Okay, here's an old classic!

MATT: You think so?

MIKE: Yeah. I like this one.

MATT: This is a good one. This is the first talkie, everything else up to this point have been the silent... what are they called?

MIKE: Uh... kick the cans?

MATT: Kick the cans!

MIKE: I don't remember anything we've ever did, Mike.

{Mike laughs}

MIKE: So this is the first time you see...

MATT: Fat Duds.

MIKE: Fat Duds, Marzipan, and The Sneak.

MATT: Yeah.

MIKE: This is the first appearance of The Sneak.

MATT: ...Strong... Strong...

MIKE: Man.

MATT: Strong Man.

MIKE: Strong Man, yeah. Um, there was a particular episode of... "Our Gang" or something that we had watched sometime close to this where one of them was making pancakes or something, and he's babysitting a one-year-old, and trying to make pancakes. It seems like because they were kid actors that some stuff had to be cut out, and you lose some plot points, and stuff, and things would happen... there would be lots of weird cuts.

{Matt laughs}

MIKE: It may be also because the film was 80 years old.

{Matt laughs again}

MATT: Fat Dudley's voice... is taken off of an old "King of Cartoons" cartoon from "Pee Wee's Playhouse". There was some crazy scat-singing... scarecrow I think came to life. {Imitates the scarecrow's voice} Oh, hagee sha-ga-lagee sha-gee!

{Strong Bad is speaking}

MATT: His voice is deeper here. Yeah. He's in a higher register now. {chuckles} Look at his thumb! He has a weird thumb, Strong Bad does, coming through holding that pistol!

{Mike laughs}

{The "Scene Missing!" cut happens}

MATT: Well, what do you think happened in that scene, Mike?

MIKE: Uh, I can only imagine that he got thrown off the cliff somehow.

{Matt laughs}

MATT: Oh, yeah. That's a good dance!

MIKE: That's still a line that I use to this day...

MATT: When there's soup to drink?

{Mike laughs} When there's soup to drink.

MATT: Oh, Sickly Sam. Those Potates! A reoccurring theme. The saddest exit ever...

{Mike laughs}

MIKE: Uh, Fatty Arbuckle is all wet!

MATT: That's right.

MIKE: Uh huh!

[edit] Fun Facts

  • Our Gang, also known as The Little Rascals, was a series of short comedy films featuring a ragtag bunch of children.
  • One of the regular features on Pee-wee's Playhouse was the King of Cartoons, who would visit the Playhouse and show short clips of old public domain cartoons such as the aforementioned Jack Frost.
  • Fatty Arbuckle was a popular comedian of the silent film era.
  • Strong Man and The Sneak's debuts were actually in little animal, not in this toon as the commentary claims. However, in little animal, The Sneak was simply a nameless standby character, and Strong Man also had no name.

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