‘South Park’ Creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone Aren’t Surprised These Characters Never Took Off

by Jeremy Spirogis
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When South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone bought to show their animated Christmas brief right into a Comedy Central TV collection in 1997, they by no means imagined they’d nonetheless be making it in 2020. The present’s Sept. 30 “Pandemic Special” marks the start of their 24th season in keeping with IMDB’s season and episode guides. In these seasons, many supporting characters have come and gone. 

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Parker and Stone discovered comparatively rapidly which characters would work and which might not. While they had been selling their movie, Team America: World Police, in 2004, South Park was in its eighth season, gearing up for the election episode “Douche and Turd.” Here’s what they needed to say about their profitable characters, and those that turned forgettable.

Trey Parker and Matt Stone understood which ‘South Park’ characters related

By season 8, Butters had emerged as a standout supporting character. He’s just about turn into one of many foremost children. South Park tried to make Tweek the fourth friend after Kenny died for good (till he returned), however Tweek hasn’t appeared a lot since. Timmy and Jimmy nonetheless present up often, and Towelie, whose complete premise was being the worst character ever, made a comeback with season 23’s Tegridy Farms subplot. 

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L-R: Tweek, Cartman, Stan and Butters in entrance of Father Maxi | Comedy Central

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“There’s good characters and bad characters,” Stone mentioned in 2004 when requested about Tweek vs. Butters.

Parker mentioned there are natural concerns that make South Park characters final.

“It’s been a captivating factor as a result of we didn’t actually know methods to write once we began South Park in any respect,” Parker mentioned. “We’ve just sort of grown up a bit and it’s amazing to just see how, if you take Butters and Cartman and put them in any scene, it works. It’s this simple law, which every writer knows, of taking two opposites and putting them in a room together. I love anything with Cartman and Butters at the same time, it’s great.”

‘South Park’ stopped being controversial a very long time in the past

South Park was identified for coping with topical points like Terry Schiavo and Osama bin Laden as quickly as these real-world figures made information. There Scientology episode ruffled some feathers, however as soon as critics bought used to the notion that Parker and Stone’s 8-year-old characters would swear and do offensive issues, the present itself stopped being information.

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L-R: Trey Parker and Matt Stone | Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images

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“I think that we’re so left alone now, we kind of do whatever we want,” Parker mentioned in 2004. “There’s still obviously the certain language things we can’t do, but it’s changed so much.”

Since 2004, cable networks would even turn into extra liberal with the usage of the F-word and C-word.

“It’s so humorous wanting again now on the first season or two of South Park and being like, ‘Wow, people thought that was [raunchy]? That got the cover of Newsweek?’” Stone mentioned. “It’s just so tame.”

Trey Parker and Matt Stone leaned into the emotion of ‘South Park’ characters

As raunchy as South Park will get, followers nonetheless care about Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny. Cartman’s breakup was painful for him, regardless that it simply led him to concoct extra terrible schemes. Parker and Stone had been already studying that eight seasons in.

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L-R: Cartman and Butters | Comedy Central

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To us, it’s been fascinating as a result of once we began South Park, we didn’t know methods to write. I imply, we knew methods to be humorous, however you may watch these [episodes], they’re not that good. It’s mainly like they’re simply not written nicely. And we’ve discovered over the previous eight years of doing South Park, we’ve discovered the craft of writing. We’ve discovered all of the stuff about the way it’s all about emotion and methods to repay these feelings. That’s why to us, we really feel just like the present’s gotten higher each season, simply because we do care.

Trey Parker, Team America: World Police press junket, 2004

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