Homestar Runner

Homestar Runner
Homestar Runner logo.svg
Homestar Runner logo
GenreSurreal comedy
Created byMike Chapman
Matt Chapman

Craig Zobel
Written byMatt Chapman
Mike Chapman
Voices ofMatt Chapman
Missy Palmer
Mike Chapman
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
AnimatorsMike Chapman
Matt Chapman
Original releaseJanuary 1, 2000 –
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Homestar Runner is an American Flash-animated surreal comedy web series created by Mike and Matt Chapman, also known as The Brothers Chaps. It mixes surreal humor, self-parody, and references to pop culture, in particular video games, classic television, and popular music.

While the site originally centered on the title character, Homestar Runner, the Strong Bad Email cartoon skits quickly became the site's most popular and prominent feature, with Strong Bad becoming a breakout character. Since 2000, the site has grown to encompass a variety of cartoons and web games featuring Homestar, Strong Bad, and numerous other characters.

At the peak of its popularity, the site was one of the most-visited sites with collections of Flash cartoons on the web, spreading via word of mouth.[1] The site sustains itself through merchandise sales and has never featured advertisements.[2] The Brothers Chaps have turned down offers to make a television series.[3]

After a four-year hiatus beginning in 2010, Homestar Runner returned with a new Holiday Toon on April 1, 2014, for April Fools' Day. Afterwards, co-creator Matt Chapman announced plans to give the site semi-regular updates starting in fall 2014, due to the positive reception given to the April Fools' Day cartoon.[4] More cartoons have since been released on the website on an occasional basis, usually to celebrate holidays.

Despite its sporadic release schedule, it is still considered the longest running web cartoon, beating the likes of Neurotically Yours, Red Vs Blue, and Salad Fingers.

  1. ^ Dean, Kari Lynn (June 2003). "HomestarRunner Hits a Homer". Wired News. Archived from the original on June 13, 2006. Retrieved June 12, 2006.
  2. ^ Chapman, Matt; Chapman, Mike (2005). "FAQ". Archived from the original (SWF) on December 17, 2006. Retrieved December 18, 2006.
  3. ^ John Scott Lewinsk (June 18, 2007). "Homestar Runner Rejects TV to Stay True to Web". Retrieved August 26, 2008.
  4. ^ "Timeline of Homestar Runner". Retrieved November 21, 2011.