Homestar Runner To Return Later This Year, Co-Creator Confirms

Homestar Runner To Return Later This Year, Co-Creator Confirms

Blown away by the response to the April Fools episode, The Brothers Chap return to the animation game.

Homestar Runner is an internet legend. It served up witty videos long before YouTube was even technologically possible. Matt and Mark Chapman's flash animations were imbued with a sense of eternal childhood, where the things of the past never really went away. Eventually, the updates started to dwindle and eventually stopped, until earlier this year. On April first, the site mysteriously updated with an unexpected April Fools episode. Now, Matt Chapman has confirmed that the web series will indeed continue later this year.

"When we did that April Fools update this year, way more people looked at it than we ever even imagined would have at this point," Chapman said on the Jeff Rubin podcast. "[W]e did that thing as sort of a test to get back into doing it. We'd love to start making things again."

The world has changed a lot since the series went dark four years ago, and even more so since it first launched in 2000. Will Strong Bad check his twitter account? Will the lappy be replaced with a tablet? While he confirmed that The Brothers Chap will return later this year, Matt gave no hints as to how often we could expect new updates. "That's all stuff we'd have to feel out," Chapman said. "I'm just excited to make these dumb animal characters talk again."

Source: Jeff Rubin Rubin Show via Mashable

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But the real question is, what will become of those peasants and their (formerly) thatched roof cottages?

Hell frickin' yeah!

Homestar Runner is one of my favourite websites. Seeing the April Fool's update had me grinning from ear to ear, remembering all the good stuff.

This is the most important thing to happen in two years. Can't wait for it to start up again.

I think the real question is this...

Can we REALLY have them running around with their short pants, upsetting the balance?!?

Holy shit! The Nostalgia.

WINDOWS 98! andhomestarrunner, AHEM!!!

Reminds me of skulking out old flash sights such as funny-part, funny-flash, and newgrounds before youtube even existed. Ahhhhhhhhh, the mammaries, I MEAN MEMORIES!

Actually kinda' exciting. I mean they'll need to change a few things, but I still play SBCG4AP and its still legit funny!

Next you're going to tell me STICK DEATH is coming back.

Geez, do I feel dated sometimes.

Oh.
Oh.
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH
This site was like the first proper animation series I got into when I found out about the internet. Aw man I'm excited now, I just hope there'll be a way to watch it that doesn't mean using the (not very good for animation viewing) flash thing.

YES! YES! OH HAPPY DAY!

I seriously can't wait, I used to watch Homestar every day. I can recite several episodes word-perfect in my head.

Yeah, sure. I'll see it when I believe it.

YEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!

I started watching Homestar Runner during the last year it was on (2010), and I had no idea that the Christmas Costume Episode would be the last, but by next year I realized it was done. During that whole year, I watched all of the Strong Bad Emails and most of the main material, and it certainly was fun.

I hope they don't change too much though when coming back. I also hope that everyone's favorite Midget Homestar and mine, Homsar, is alive and well (The Christmas Special in 2010 had him dying in the snow).

Long live Homestar Runner!

This...is...AMAZING! Best news I've heard all year!

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go watch some of my favorite Sbemails in anticipation.

Huzzah! This is the best news I've heard in a while... now if you'll excuse me, I got some cartoons to watch.

First off, yes!

Secondly, I had no idea they did an April Fool's Episode. I have now wasted the past two or so hours going down a homestar runner themed rabbit hole.

I've got just one thing to say: TRAGDOR!!!!!

Saulkar:
Holy shit! The Nostalgia.

WINDOWS 98! andhomestarrunner, AHEM!!!

Reminds me of skulking out old flash sights such as funny-part, funny-flash, and newgrounds before youtube even existed. Ahhhhhhhhh, the mammaries, I MEAN MEMORIES!

I guess most of us started to consume internet media with flash animations (some really crude by today's standards), so yeah, Newgrounds was a site I frequented a lot in the early 2000's.

My only exposure of Homestar Runner was on Telltale's Strongbad's games and I found them pretty funny, even if I couldn't understand half of the jokes (it relied a bit too much on references of it's own show), but I saw the aprils fools episode and I REALLY liked it, I'm definitely looking forward to seeing more of these in the next few months :)

Did you listen to a different Jeff Rubin podcast than I did? Because in the one I listened to, he very explicitly didn't confirm anything, because nothing was set in stone and he didn't want to make promises he couldn't keep and disappoint people.

He said he really wanted to bring it back, was actively trying to bring it back, hoped it would come back this year... But didn't confirm anything.

In short: I recommend everyone enthused by the news to actually listen to the whole podcast, as it's very interesting, and don't just trust this summary.

fix-the-spade:
But the real question is, what will become of those peasants and their (formerly) thatched roof cottages?

They'll be burninated, obviously!

OT: Sweet. If this returns, I'll be happy to check it out once more~

> The world has changed a lot since the series went dark four years ago, and even more so since it first launched in 2000.
> Will Strong Bad check his twitter account? Will the lappy be replaced with a tablet?

Ummm... you may have missed the point on that one. (:
It'll be more like Strong Bad checking his MySpace page on his Blackberry, or PC with WindowsME and Netscape, or maybe an Apple Newton.

Yay yay yay!

I didn't even get a bunch of the pop cultural references, as they were, when I watched the Strong Bad at the height of his peak, but it indelibly became a part of my being.

I can't tell if it's ironic or appropriate that the one day serving as an acid test for the website happened to be April Fools'.

EMAIL IS AWESOME, EMAIL IS WEIRD, EMAIL IS AWESOME AND EMAIL IS WEIRD! And I'll never forget the way it was, GRRRL!

Can't wait for new strong bad emails.

First new episode should be Strong Bad and the gang singing a Strongbadian version of "Are You Ready for a Miracle?"

Because I am ready. As ready as I can be.

I did sort of jump onto the ride late, so it isn't as nostalgic for me as it is for... like, everyone else. But I still loved the series, and I make a monthly habit of watching all of one series of toons.

I really can't wait for this.

This is going to be great. I really hope that today's market is a viable profitable business for them since it must not have been back then. I'd love to have these guys around for years to come.

That is awesome news if it turns out to actually happen.

Homestar Runner was one of my favorite websites back in the day.

I hope so. I'm currently re-watching everything on the site for the millionth time, wouldn't mind getting new content. Though I have to say, Homestar cartoons never had a real decline, if it returns, there is the concern it may not live up to the originals.

Basically I just hope they maintain the same type of humor, would hate to see it become desperate topical humor the newer Simpsons is only capable of doing.

I wonder if they're actually going to stick with Flash. I'm not saying they should host everything on YouTube (LORD NO), but an increasing number of people don't have it installed on their computers anymore since it's 90% security and stability hazard, 10% actually-useful program. Homestar Runner episodes in particular don't work properly on my machine anymore; the framerate starts to chug at around the one-minute mark, and no other Flash content does that. Sadly, there's not really a good alternative that suits their purposes; HTML5 is just a fancy way of saying embedded, self-hosted videos (which are way bigger than the files Flash uses but worse quality), and I don't think SVG ever made it to becoming an animation format, let alone having sound. Web development in general is kind of stuck in 2008 right now while the people behind different formats bicker about which one is best rather than actually improving them.

The other thing they desperately need, especially if they're planning to make an epic comeback, is an updated "First Time Here?" video, complete with a more comprehensive list of what order to watch stuff in. Their videos are all spread out over the site in no particular order, and for a series that relies so heavily on inside jokes, that's not a good thing for new viewers.

Speaking of desperate needs, incidentally, this article desperately needed a once-over by a copy editor, or maybe just someone who has more than a passing familiarity with the series. "The Brothers Chap"? "Mark Chapman"? "Replacing the lappy"? Who wrote this? The geniuses behind She-Hulk?

 

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