Strindberg and Helium
January 19, 2005 3:54 PM   Subscribe

I know, Srindberg and Helium has already had it's own FPP. However, that old thread is broken, and has been so for more than a year (or so it seems).

I call loophole!

Parenthetically: I was just introduced to this cartoon today, and I thought it was brilliant. For what it's worth, here's the write-up of the original FPP (also, really well done; unfortunately most of the links are broken).
August Strindberg & Helium. In 1978, the artist and writer Edward Gorey met the members of Monty Python at a fort in Tunisia. The group was in the process of filming The Life of Brian. Although Gorey contributed little to the finished product, the British troupe's impact on him was sizable. In the twenty years that followed, Gorey slowly retired from civilization. Since 1996, he has been studying Macromedia Flash. Strindberg & Helium is the result.

posted by funkbrain at 3:55 PM on January 19, 2005

Well, certainly I'd have to call it Anti-Homestar in the sense that it is anti-funny.

IMO, of course. YMMV.
posted by zoogleplex at 4:14 PM on January 19, 2005

I think I'm in love with Helium.
posted by mudpuppie at 4:23 PM on January 19, 2005

Reminds me of the "Rejected Cartoons" short.
posted by mervin_shnegwood at 4:25 PM on January 19, 2005

Just when I thought I'd heard the last of that infernal Slimer voice...
posted by basicchannel at 4:32 PM on January 19, 2005

Ah, yes, I remember watching this in high school. Good times.

It always bothered me, though, that the symbol for Iron is Fe, not F. Still, it's fun to say "F AND S! IRON AND SULPHUR!"
posted by buriednexttoyou at 4:41 PM on January 19, 2005

I have a Helium t-shirt. When I wear it, I cry "Heeliuuuuuum." This does not go over well with the Spousal Unit.
posted by frykitty at 4:54 PM on January 19, 2005

Yeah. It's 'Anti' all right. Anti-witty.

But very much Pro monotony.

I don't think the vastly superior Strong-Bad will lose any sack time over this poo gas.
posted by tkchrist at 5:28 PM on January 19, 2005

Poo gas'd be methane, tkchrist.
posted by The White Hat at 5:49 PM on January 19, 2005

The agony becomes intolerable. After about the first one.
posted by Foosnark at 6:01 PM on January 19, 2005

i'm in hell.
posted by NationalKato at 6:01 PM on January 19, 2005

yeah that cartoon sucks.
posted by rxrfrx at 6:06 PM on January 19, 2005

damn hipsters
posted by TwelveTwo at 6:20 PM on January 19, 2005

"Anti" in that there is perhaps a strong correlation between people who love Strongbad and don't really enjoy S&H?

Me, I'm in the opposite category...
posted by catachresoid at 6:21 PM on January 19, 2005

I would also point out that another way it is anti-Homestar is...

...four episodes in more than a year is not exactly what I'd call "creative output."

Especially when compared to the astonishing regularity of Homestar updates.
posted by zoogleplex at 6:23 PM on January 19, 2005

But can Helium get all up ons?
posted by picea at 6:39 PM on January 19, 2005

Anti-Homestar? Shut up, kid!

There goes the Thnikkaman....
posted by Smart Dalek at 6:46 PM on January 19, 2005

Guess I'm better without absinthe.
posted by sled at 6:48 PM on January 19, 2005

posted by majcher at 7:31 PM on January 19, 2005

I want to perfect the Helium voice so I can console, if you will, friends who are in "miseryyyyyyyyy." I wonder how it'll go over at a wake...
posted by kimota at 8:21 PM on January 19, 2005

Bah. rxrfrx, Foosnark, zoogleplex, mervin_shnegwood: you're all objectively anti-humor.
posted by Tlogmer at 10:37 PM on January 19, 2005

Who's out tonight? Strindbergs out tonight!

Has been my rallying call ever since I first saw it (last FPP). I (heart) Helium.
posted by dabitch at 12:28 AM on January 20, 2005

Picea: Maybe, but can he (she?) get all up ins?
posted by jennaratrix at 6:07 AM on January 20, 2005

I love these! Miseryyyyyyy has been a sort of catchphrase in my office ever since we all watched these cartoons a year ago. It hasn't gotten old yet.
posted by kittyb at 6:20 AM on January 20, 2005

kimota, MrsMoonPie has it perfected. "Miseryyyyyy" and "I'm dead, too!" are commonly-heard phrases at chez MoonPie.
posted by MrMoonPie at 8:19 AM on January 20, 2005

"you're all objectively anti-humor."

Oh, so that's why I belly laugh at the Simpsons, Futurama, Penny Arcade, WIGU, Diesel Sweeties, Python, Harold & Kumar, Bush speeches, etc. etc.

Well that's a relief then! ;)
posted by zoogleplex at 10:57 AM on January 20, 2005

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