Homestar Runner is a Flash-animated Internet cartoon series created by Mike and Matt Chapman, also known as The Brothers Chaps. Its comedy mixes surreal humor, self-parody, and references to 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s pop culture, in particular video games, classic television, and popular music.
While the site originally centered on the title character, Homestar Runner, the cartoon series Strong Bad Email 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 several other characters.
At the peak of its popularity, the site was one of the most-visited sites with collections of Flash cartoons on the Internet, spreading via word of mouth. The site sustains itself through merchandise sales and has never featured advertisements. The Brothers Chaps have turned down offers to make a television series.
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 the fall, due to the positive reception given to the April Fools’ Day cartoon. More cartoons have since been released on the website on an occasional basis, usually to celebrate holidays.