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South Park creators discuss their crazy year

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 19th 2006 3:02PM

south parkIGN has a lengthy two-part interview with South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, whose show has been on for ten years but has probably received more press in just the last year due to controversial episodes that ruffled the feathers of more than a few, including Isaac Hayes, Catholics, and their own bosses at Comedy Central. The best parts are included in the second part of the interview, when Comedy Central president Doug Herzog actually chimes in to give the network's side of the story as to why they chose not to show an image of Mohammad during the second "Cartoon Wars" episode, despite the religious icon being shown, without incident, three or four years previously. In fact, Parker mentions that when the Danish cartoon controversy ignited he thought it was because they had finally seen that particular episode.

What they also point out, and what I found especially interesting, is that South Park, in many ways, got its start online when people began downloading precursors such as "The Spirit of Christmas" and "Jesus vs. Frosty." These days, it's also one of the top downloads on iTunes. As Parker points out, "It doesn't lose anything. It's not like you're waiting for the kick-ass visuals and the surround sound or anything. So on an iPod -- it's a perfect iPod thing. So I think it's great." The series has gone through a lot of changes, both visually and even politically, but it still maintains the same kind of minimalist charm.

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Rita Sitron

I am looking for South Park episodes where the kids are in the school library or reading books - videos which I could show in a high school. Any suggestions?

July 21 2006 at 7:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tom WP

From the Wikipedia article relating to the two short films that preceded the series, "The Spirit of Christmas is the name of two different animated short films that launched South Park. To differentiate the two, they are often referred to as Jesus vs. Frosty and Jesus vs. Santa." I know I looked it up because I had never seen the Frosty one and thought there was some kind of mistake.

P.S. - Hurricane Andrew should be a writer for South Park, his clever story is only made better by caps lock. Because everything is funnier when shouted.

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