South Park Sources

Gleaned from: other sites, the South Park Digest, various interviews the duo have done for TV and print (31 and counting), newsgroup posts going back to 1997, David Goodman's articles in Salon Magazine, and newspaper articles.
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The Table

  1. Fairplay
  2. The sources of South Park
  3. South Park: Bigger, Longer, & Uncut

Fairplay, Source Material for South Park

From Juice Magazine, February 1999, and the show.

  1. Fairplay is mentioned in "Jakovasaurs"
  2. South Park High is immortalized in the marching band in "Weight Gain 4000." The band's bass drummer bangs on a drum with "SPH" on it.
  3. Elevatione: 10,000 ft. This explains why the lava flowed towards Denver in "Volcano."
  4. Alferd Packer ate his friends here.
  5. Mayor McDaniels = Mayor Bonnie, but stupid
  6. Ms. Crabtree = Mrs. Eggolff, but much rougher
  7. Ned Gerblansky = Michael Smith
  8. Big Gay Al = A bisexual who lives outside of town. Hence, the "Big Gay Animal Sanctuary" outside of town.
  9. Wendy Testaburger = Wendy Gamsey. A cutie who chose a most plug-ugly boy.
  10. Scuzzlebutt = A monster that runs around the old mining tunnels there.
  11. Jimbo Kern = A man who lives on Front Street.
  12. Mr. Garrison = Steve Rzepca. His appearance is all that remains of him on the show. Mr. Garrison's personality comes from a college professor.
  13. Officer Barbrady = Chief of Police Rick Clark
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South Park is not a real town, but a reproduction of what a small Colorado town might have looked like in 1885.

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The Sources of South Park

A Charlie Brown Christmas

  1. Constants on the show
    1. Token = Franklin
    2. Dog Poo = Pig Pen
  2. Specific episodes
    1. Mr. Hankey, The Christmas Poo
      1. The title of the play: A South Park Christmas
      2. During practice, Stan quotes the same Scripture that Linus quotes.
      3. The choir moves quickly out of the way, doesn't it? And very quietly!
      4. Once they are free to leave the gym the kids go out in the falling snow and catch it on their tongues. The music heard then is very much like the music heard during the same sequence in A Charlie Brown Christmas.
      5. Try to catch snowflakes on your tongue. It's fun. - Patty (the original one) said this in A Charlie Brown Christmas.
      6. Merry Christmas Kyle Broflovski - similar to "Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown"
      7. At the very end when the people of the town are singing "Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo" the song sounds like a cross between "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town" and "Frosty the Snowman". "Casper, the Friendly Ghost" also comes to mind.
    2. Conjoined Fetus Lady
      1. One of the players on the Denver team looks like Charlie Brown
    3. Merry Christmas, Charlie Manson
      1. That Charlie is used in the title instead of Charles is a jab at Charlie Brown. But check out the first letters: MC, CM.
      2. Merry Christmas, Charlie Manson! = Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!
      3. Well, Howard, you've done it again! You've ruined Christmas! - In A Charlie Brown Christmas, this was said of Charlie Brown, for having bought such a wimpy tree.
      4. Hark, The Herald Angels Sing is sung here and in A Charlie Brown Christmas. Charlie joins the chorus midway in both specials.
      5. The Christmas tree Terrance and Phillip have at home looks like the one Charlie Brown bought for the Christmas play, but it's leafier.
    4. Hooked On Monkey Fonics
      1. Some of the kids dance the way the Peanuts gang does in A Charlie Brown Christmas (Wendy and Bebe dance the way the twins do).

A Christmas Story (1983)

Ralph Parker, a 9-year old boy, wants a BB gun - a Red Ryder air rifle - for Christmas. Trey was 13-14 when this film came out. Read the references, and you'll kow why this is Trey's favorite movie.
  1. Stan's beanie is seen here on the head of a man who stops by to look at a novelty leg lamp Ralphie's father had won on the radio and was showing off through the living room window.
  2. Sheila Broflovski's "Whatwhatwhaaat?!" is first heard on the phone when Ralphie's mother calls up Mrs. Schwartz to complain that Ralphie heard the F-word from her son. Mrs. Schwartz says, "Whaaat?! Whaaat?! Whaaaaat?!"
  3. Trey has used Schwartz several times in the show, and as a pseudonym Juan Schwartz.
  4. "Mommy's fat little piggy," heard in "Roger Ebert Should Lay Off The Fatty Foods," is derived from "Mommy's little piggy," uttered by Ralphie's mom to Randy, Ralphie's little brother, after she gets him to eat his food like a pig.
  5. The music heard when Stan sees Wendy in the cafeteria in "Cartman Gets An Anal Probe," and the classroom scenes in "Tom's Rhinoplasty" where the boys fall in love with Ms. Ellen, are taken from the classroom scene in which Ralphie daydreams that Mrs. Shields has given him an A++++++++ for writing such a wonderful paper about what he wants for Christmas. It's from "Romeo and Juliet" by Tchaikovsky.
  6. The scene in "Ike's Wee Wee" in which Stan imagines Kyle's parents turning into demons is derived from the scene in which Ralphie imagines his mother and his teacher standing at the classroom door dressed as witches.
  7. The female assistant at Mr. Hankey's Lollyland is derived from the the one in the mall when Ralphie goes to visit Santa. Kyle jumping up to get a good look at Mr. Hankey comes from Ralphie jumping up to get a good look at Santa. Kyle talking to the kid comes from Ralphie talking to the kid.
  8. The three fifth graders who appeared in the show's pilot and "KoRn's Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery" are derived from the two bullies who pester Ralphie and his friends. Scott Tenorman is based on Scut Farcus, the main bully.
  9. Kenny is derived from Randy, who was wrapped up so tightly in his clothes that he couldn't move or speak for a moment.
  10. Finally, in a wonderful case of parsing a scene, Cartman's question to Stan, and the same question on Wendy's paper, "If dolphins are so smart, why do they live in igloos?", parallels Ralphie's mom's statement and the one found on his C+ paper: "You'll shoot your eye out."
  11. The movie also hints at what became South Park's loopy sense of humor.
  12. And then there's a kid or two in each episode that wears glasses similar to Ralphie's.

Rankin/Bass films

  1. Frosty the Snowman
    1. In "Chef's Chocolate Salty Balls," "Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo" is played as a dirge as Kyle remembers better days with Mr. Hankey. This comes from "Frosty the Snowman," when the title song is played after Frosty melts in the greenhouse.
  2. Rudolph
    1. In "Sexual Harassment Panda," The Island of Misfit Mascots Commune = The Island of Misfit Toys
  3. Santa Claus is Coming to Town
    1. In "Mr. Hanky's Christmas Classics," Mailman Timmy = Special Delivery Kluger
  4. The Year Without a Santa Claus
    1. In "Wacky Molestation Adventure," Kyle's letter = the "Blue Christmas" letter
  5. 'Twas the Night Before Christmas
    1. the plot for "A Very Crappy Christmas" - an attempt to bring the Christmas spirit back to a town that has lost it
    2. Mr. Hankey and his family - a parody of the the mice family, including the idea of the eldest child question Christmas
    3. the "Spirit of Chirstmas" short - replaces the clock that welcomes Santa with a song at midnight on Christmas, breaks down, and is repaired by the mice.
    4. "Even A Miracle Needs A Hand" - taken directly from the film, but sped up a bit and moved from Bb to C#.
    5. Kyle's brief but odd facial expression during storyboarding - Joel Grey's face in the film
  6. The Hobbit
    1. In "The Death Camp of Tolerance," the Lemmiwinks subplot. Also, "Lemmiwinks" = "The Greatest Adventure"

American History (1991)

This short is narrated by Junichi Nishimura. His first name is mentioned in "Jewbilee" (the Japanese Jew's name) his last name is seen in "Tweek vs. Craig" (The Nishimura School of Martial Arts). The little bird first seen in "Cartman Gets An Anal Probe" appears here. So does the squirrel in The Spirit of Christmas: Jesus vs. Santa. Mr. Hankey's smile comes from the one on the sun. A poster from the short appears in "Chickenlover" and in "Chickenpox," and another one appears in "The Mexican Staring Frog Of Southern Sri Lanka."

Cannibal! The Musical (Spring 1993, released to VHS and DVD 2000)

The Braniff jingle at the end of some episodes, actually a piece of "Shpadoinkle Day," is first featured here. And if you think The Blair Witch Project was the first film to be based on purportedly lost footage, think again:

The film you are about to see was originally
released in 1954. Upstaged by the overwhelming
popularity of "Oklahoma!", it's short-lived
theater run was cancelled, and "Alferd Packer:
The Musical" soon fell into obscurity.
The original negative, re-discovered just last year,
has been painstakingly restored using
state-of-the-art color enhancing and computer
reconstruction technology. The film's
violent scenes have been edited out for your
viewing pleasure.

Trey uses the pseudonym Juan Schwartz. The reason for this is that Alferd Packer (11/21/1842 - 4/23/1907), whom this movie parodies, was found under the alias "John Schwartze" by Frenchy Carbazon in Cheyenne on March 11, 1883. He was tried in 1883 (death sentence, later reversed) and 1886 (40 years, paroled in 1901). Poly Fry came into Alferd's life after he was paroled. He is buried in Littleton. Alferd's horse, Liane, is based on Liane Adamo. In the movie, the horse falls for an a capella trapper and leaves Alferd, just as Trey's girlfriend left him for an a capella singer. Here's more about Alferd Packer: The Other Side Of The Coin (this is the side of the coin Trey pursued). His real name is indeed Alfred Packer, but he took to Alferd after a tattooist got the spelling wrong while tattooing the name. :)

Orgazmo (Fall 1996, released in 2000, NC-17)

The NC-17 is for the subject matter the movie spoofs (though there's no actual sex), as well as the dildo on Choda-Boy's head. Happy Tarts, mentioned in "Volcano", are first presented here. Words Jesus and Santa said to each other in The Spirit of Christmas: Jesus vs. Santa are said again here by Choda Boy ("Yoktuki!") and Jizzmaster Zero ("Chung kwang do!"). The Mormons are spoofed here and in the episode "Summer Sucks". Statues and images of Orgazmo appear in Sightings