Original internet humor comes to DVD
calvinnme | 11/18/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Strong Bad is the lead character in the animated fictional world of Homestar Runner, in which he answers emails from fans throughout the world who have visited the actual website. The answers Strong Bad gives to these emails are each the subject of 100 comedic animations under one minute in length and are the centerpiece of this DVD. Strong Bad is modeled after a Mexican wrestler from Nintendo's "Tag Team Wrestling", and the creators obviously like poking fun of 1980's era computing by featuring Strong Bad's computer the "Compy 386", and then when that computer is destroyed by a virus- and a shotgun - the "Lappy 486". My favorite emails include:
"trevor the vampire"- An incomplete email from Trevor the Vampire has Strong Bad fearing the worst- that Trevor has been done in by vampire hunters!
"credit card"-Strongbad gets "phished" by someone seeking his credit card information & forwards the email to Homestar. Homestar gives out his credit card info and Strongbad proceeds to buy a spaceship, rocket launcher, killer robot, and 200 bean burritos using the information.
"techno"-Strong Bad gets an e-mail asking if he likes techno. He proceeds to make up and sing a techno song of his own, with accompanyment by The Cheat.
"english paper"- Strongbad writes an English paper for someone- convinced that the secret to success is to have a cool knickname- in this case "Kyle the Yellow Dart"-, and to tape some money to the last page of the report.
My personal all-time favorite is "dragon" in which Strong Bad displays his "skills as an artist" as he shows Strong Mad, Strong Sad, and CoachZ how to draw a dragon. Strong Bad names his own drawing "Trogdor the Burninator". Trogdor is mentioned on the series finale of Buffy the Vampire Slayer as a tribute by Joss Whedon, who happens to be a big fan of Strong Bad.
In short, the Strong Bad emails are hilarious and the accompanying commentaries and extras found on the DVD are great and are suitable for kids and adults alike. Strongly recommended."
ChibiNeko | Whereever I go, here I am. | 09/17/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you weren't aware of the site homestarrunner(dot)com (amazon won't let you post the web addresses in reviews, I guess), you wouldn't be familiar with this DVD set. The site is named after the annoying & dimwitted character of Homestar Runner, but it's the e-mails of his rival Strongbad that gains much of the attention of the average site visitor.
There's no need to study up on the background of the characters- you can catch on to things pretty quickly & besides, most of the e-mail topics are incredibly random & varied. If you aren't a fan of madcap, zany & pointless humor then there's a chance that you may not like this set. I do recommend that any potential buyers give it a chance, though. There's something for everyone to laugh at in this set.
Unsure if you want to plunk the money down for this set? An easy solution is to go to the site itself & view a few of the e-mails. After viewing a few you'll be sure to have a greater appreciation for this set. (Most of the people interested in this set will more than likely already be aware of this set, but there's always the potential for new fans of the series!)"
Japanese cartoons are weird!!
Adam | 12/24/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Thank goodness this isn't one of them. Everybody's favorite masked man is on DVD!! This collection is simply great. All of the first 100 emails are here in their entirety and complete with the add-ons and easter eggs (be warned though the easter eggs only work when viewing on your computer.)
There isn't too much to say about this collection that you already shouldn't know if you are a strong bad fan. The emails are all great and only get better with time.
Here's hoping that Strong Bad keeps up the great work, as these gems are the bright light that shines through the muck of every day life."