In the early 2000’s, Homestar Runner was one of the most popular sites on the internet, and according the A.V. Club, it was “the first online provider of TV-like content to see significant crossover success.”
The flash-animated cartoon series featured a group of outrageous characters, most notably Homestar Runner (shown above), an earnest and dorky athlete as the main character, and his snarky arch-nemesis Strong Bad, who was continuously donning a Lucha libre-style mask and boxing gloves. Over time, the site grew organically until a series entitled Strong Bad Email, in which Strong Bad answers fanmail from viewers, exploded and became the most popular destination on the site and the web.
For the next decade or so, creators Mike and Matt Chapman churned out cartoons, while refusing to succumb to advertisers, unofficially ending the series in 2010. However, after releasing a new cartoon on April Fool’s Day, which Matt later indicated as a “sort of test,” it is now clear that Homestar Runner is trying to make a comeback!
So to celebrate (and to catch everyone else up what this is), here are a few of the most popular features from Homestar Runner:
Strong Bad shows the proper way to draw a dragon. The key is to use consummate V’s, along with a beefy arm coming out of the back of the neck, you know, for good measure.
Homestar Runner struggles to film a commercial for Fluffy Puff Marshmallows. Seriously folks, it’s the best.
Strong Bad is asked to illustrate a Japanese cartoon-version of himself. Why? Because Japanese cartoons are weird, man.
Strong Bad creates a comic about a reader named Brittany and her little friends, cheerleader, so-and-so, what’s-her-face, and the ugly one.
Strong Bad and his sidekick The Cheat throw a techno light switch rave party accompanied by some obligatory old movie quote from a sci-fi movie.
Strong Bad demonstrates how he performs all of his movie stunts. Is it dangerous? No. It’s dangeresque.
Homestar breaks down after seeing a drawing of a one-legged puppy named “lil’ brudder” who has the heart of a champion.
Strong Bad narrates his children’s book “Everyone Is Different,” which discusses the lives of people like Frankie, who is about to be run over in 5 seconds, and Beth, who looks like a dude.
Marzipan sends Homestar on a mission to cover up his writing on the wall, which gets out of hand after he runs into Bub and Strong Sad, and a bag of four grapes.