The Li'l Brudder Show

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The Li'l Brudder and Maybe Tendafoot Too Show!

The opening to "The Li'l Brudder and Maybe Tendafoot Too Show," featuring everyone's favorite one legged pup.

Cast (in order of appearance): Li'l Brudder, Tendafoot, Possum, Parrot, Strong Bad, The Cheat, Homestar Runner

Places: The Junkyard, Basement of the Brothers Strong, Race Track

Date: Monday, April 18, 2005

Running Time: 1:50

Page Title: Things Are Lookin' Up!

DVD: Everything Else, Volume 1


[edit] Transcript

{A notebook page with Li'l Brudder drawn on it is laying on a table with a pencil. The screen pans out, and then Li'l Brudder suddenly glows rainbow colors as stars fly out of the page. He jumps off of the page, lands on a sidewalk and drools.}

SINGERS: Here comes Li'l Brudder!

{Li'l Brudder's leg wobbles and collapses. Cut to a front of the Family Italian Food Place. Li'l Brudder is scraping toward the open door. When he gets close, the door closes with a sign reading "CLOSED" on it. Then the sign spins around to reveal the words, "4 LEGS ONLY."}

SINGERS: He can make it on his own!

{Cut to a kitchen with a bowl of dog food labeled "li'l brudder" and Li'l Brudder nearby. Li'l Brudder scrapes up to the dog food bowl and pushes it with his face.}

SINGERS: He'll scrape right along, while I'm singing this song.

{Cut to Li'l Brudder falling through the sky while wearing a parachute pack and goggles.}

SINGERS: You know he was born to ramble and roam!

{Cut to two oval-shaped pictures hanging on a wall. The one on the left is a picture of a dog and reads, "MAW," while the one on the right is a picture of a unicycle and reads, "PAW." The screen slowly pans out to reveal Li'l Brudder looking at the pictures sadly.}

SINGERS: Here comes Li'l Brudder.

{Cut to a white silhouette of Li'l Brudder scraping along in front of the words, "One Leg!!" The sun behind them is casting moving shadows.}

SINGERS: He's got one leg up on life!

{Cut to a trophy with the words "Just One" inscribed. Li'l Brudder and his leg pop out.}

SINGERS: (Just one!) (That's right!)

{Cut to Li'l Brudder in a junkyard with Tendafoot, a possum with a human nose for a face, and a wobbling parrot whose legs are missing and has his bottom wrapped up.}

SINGERS: He's the king of the dregs, with minus...

{Cut to Li'l Brudder on a football field a football helmet and a shirt that reads, "-3." He is balancing a football under his chin. The football squeezes out and rolls away, causing him to fall down.}

SINGERS: ...three legs. And he'll probably...

{Cut to Li'l Brudder wearing a party hat in a gray area with two pairs of girl legs behind him. Li'l Brudder is happy and winks. One of the girls moves her legs and trips Li'l Brudder, making him sad. He drools.}

SINGERS: ...never take him a wife!

{Cut to Li'l Brudder surfing a giant wave, his leg wobbling.}

SINGERS: Here comes Li'l Brudder! He's gotta...

{Cut to Li'l Brudder on a pirate ship's plank. A sword pokes him from behind.}

SINGERS: ...pocket full of...

{Cut to a close up of Li'l Brudder's face next to his food bowl. He stretches out his tongue, but can't reach his food.}

SINGERS:! He can...

{Cut to Li'l Brudder scraping along on a tall, scrolling version of his name spelled "Lil' Brudder." Unable to move fast enough, he flies off the edge, flips around and lands on the ground.}

SINGERS: ...barely stand up, your favorite one-legged pup. He'll do a...

{Cut to Li'l Brudder scraping along on a running track at sunset, approaching the finish line.}

SINGERS: ...twenty minute hundred yard dash.

{Cut to Li'l Brudder scraping toward the logo of his show, which comes down from the top.}

SINGERS: Li'l Brudder! Li'l Brudder! And maybe Tendafoot, too! {They pronounce Tendafoot "Tenderfoot".}

{A circle with Tendafoot on it appears on screen. Li'l Brudder falls down.}

LI'L BRUDDER: I can make it on my own!

{Camera pans out to show the whole Telebision.}

NARRATOR: It's the "Li'l Brudder and Maybe Tendafoot, Too" show! {Also pronounces Tendafoot "Tenderfoot".}

{Camera flips around to show Strong Bad and The Cheat sleeping on the couch in their basement.}

THE CHEAT: {snoring like "Curly Joe" DeRita}

{Suddenly Homestar Runner jumps out from behind the couch and flies into the air, crying.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {crying uncontrollably} Oh-ho-ho-hooooooooo!

{Homestar falls back down, creating a thump that moves Strong Bad's and The Cheat's limbs a little. About a second later he flies back up.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {crying} Li'l Brudd-or-or-ooor!

{Homestar falls down, thumps, and then jumps back up with his legs crossed.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {crying} Blah-ah-ah! Blah! Blah! Blah! Blaaah!

{Homestar falls back down, making a thump again, moving Strong Bad and The Cheat. Then he stands up behind the couch.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {crying} I couldn't be happier with your network debut!

{Homestar sinks behind the couch. Then he pops up again and moves across the couch.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {crying} Wah!

{Homestar sinks out of sight and then pops up again on the other side of the couch.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {crying} This is your most ambitious album to date!

{Homestar sinks below the couch again. Then he flies out from behind the couch one last time, waving his legs.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {crying} Blah! Blah! Blah! Brud-dor-or-or!

{Homestar crashes into the ground once more.}

STRONG BAD: {mumbling} ActRaiser. {wakes up} What?

THE CHEAT: {wakes up} {confused The Cheat noise}

STRONG BAD: Nnnnn... you guys hear something?

THE CHEAT: {dismissive The Cheat noise}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {sticks up his leg from behind the couch} Nope!


{The Cheat and Strong Bad instantly fall back asleep and Strong Bad snores loudly. After a few seconds, a circle with Li'l Brudder appears on screen.}

LI'L BRUDDER: Things are looking up!

{Everything besides Li'l Brudder and his circle fades to black and the toon ends with a single guitar note.}

[edit] Easter Eggs

  • At the end of the cartoon, click on Li'l Brudder to view dialogue with Li'l Brudder and Tendafoot.
{Cut to the junkyard with Li'l Brudder and his three friends.}
LI'L BRUDDER: Well, we got 'em where we want 'em now! I can't tell you how happy I am for you to be with me! Let's... trace! Let's trace some drawings!
TENDAFOOT: Oh, Piddles. Wait, is your name Piddles?
{The legless parrot falls over with a thwack.}

[edit] Fun Facts

[edit] Trivia

  • This is the first time Strong Bad's eyes are seen while he's sleeping.
  • Since it takes Li'l Brudder 20 minutes to complete the 100 yard dash, he travels an average of 0.17 mph, or 3 inches per second — about the speed of a giant tortoise.
  • The sign for "Family Italian Food Place" reads: open 11-10 P.M.
  • This short was released on The Cheat's cheatday (according to his fake ID).

[edit] Remarks

  • The basement ceiling in this cartoon is much higher than in previous cartoons. For example, Homestar is able to stand on Strong Mad's head through the ceiling in email preview on PAY PLUS! However, in couch patch, the ceiling seems just as high as it is in this toon.
  • At the beginning, the lines farther back on the notebook paper appear the same size as the ones closer up.
  • When Homestar Runner remarks "This is your most ambitious album to date!", it goes along with his "network debut" comment as one of those meaningless, silly praises often heard for media outlets.
  • Apparently, no humans are allowed in the "Family Italian Food Place" since the sign said "4 Legs Only" (unless that human has 2 extra legs).
  • Homestar must be a terrific athlete if he can jump that high from a kneeling or lying position behind a couch.
  • The singers and narrator pronounce Tendafoot's name as "Tenderfoot", as did Strong Bad when he first introduced Tendafoot in crying. His name is always pronounced this way.
  • Li'l Brudder's leg appears to be on the side closest to the viewer no matter which way he's turned.
  • The Cheat's eyes are closer to the back of his head than usual.

[edit] Goofs

  • When Li'l Brudder tries to lick his dog food, his reflection doesn't move at all.

[edit] Inside References

  • Li'l Brudder is a character shown in the email "crying" that was created by Strong Bad solely to make Homestar Runner cry. Tendafoot was shown off in the same email and was used to show Strong Bad's view of Strong Sad. Li'l Brudder on a football field dressed as a quarterback is also a reference to the email "crying". Strong Bad as Li'l Brudder told The Cheat "I'm gonna be a quarterback when I grow up."
  • This is another instance of Strong Bad's couch mumbling.
  • The page title "Things Are Lookin' Up!" was also used in an early sketch of Li'l Brudder.
  • When Homestar jumps up from behind the couch with his legs crossed, his position is similar to the pose he makes on the final page of the Original Book.
  • Most of The Dregs are missing body parts.

[edit] Real-World References

  • ActRaiser was a game for the Super NES by Enix and Quintet.
  • The hole in Lil' Brudder's tooth is possibly based on Courage the Cowardly Dog, a television show featured on Cartoon Network.
  • The sound at the beginning when Lil' Brudder is coming out of the paper as well as the rainbow surrounding Lil' Brudder is reminiscent of that of the popular children's show Barney and Friends, in which a stuffed animal would come to life as the famed purple dinosaur.
  • The line "and maybe Tendafoot, too" refers to various cartoons in which the secondary character wouldn't be mentioned until the very end of the theme song. Examples include Touché Turtle and Dum Dum and Lippy the Lion and Hardy Har Har.
  • The Cheat snores exactly like "Curly Joe" DeRita, best known as one of The Three Stooges.
  • Li'l Brudder scrapes across the show's logo as SpongeBob SquarePants does in the opening of his show.

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