The Secrets of
'Team America'

by Wild Willie Westwood, with sources from all over the Web



Kim Jong Il

Chinese take-out boxes dot the landscape at Kim Jong Il's palace, which is under perpetual darkness.

The paint scheme on the Korean fighters is the actual one used by the North Korean Air Force in real life.

The Ticking Clock - Kim Jong Il mentions it here and sets off a countdown on a bomb, seen on Stan's watch in SP:BLU when The Mole gathers the boys to carry out the liberation of Terrance and Phillip.

Kim Jong Il has Hummel figurines much like Satan in "Do The Handicapped Go To Hell?"

Kim Jong Il sounds like Tuong Lu Kim in a few scenes

Kim Jong Il is impaled on the German officer's spike like Saddam was impaled on a rocky spur in SP:BLU. I say German because that hat was worn by Prussian police until World War I and German police until 1937.

The statue in between the two grand staircases in Kim's palace is a real person, possibly Junichi Nishimura. He blinks as Kim comes down one staircase during "I'm so Ronery."


South Park References

The cobblestone streets in Paris are made with a croissant pattern.

The faces on Mt. Rushmore, from left to right: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln

Montage
The version used in the film is a little different from this one.

"You're breakin' my balls!" - used by Cartman in several episodes, most notably in "Kenny Dies."

Gary puking and puking was somewhat like the over the top approach of Mr. McCormick in NAMBLA.

Matt Damon had a liitle bit of Timmy in his vocal patterns. Just like Timmy says only his own name on South Park Matt Damon says only his own name here.

The newscaster said "Thanks, Tom" when referring to one of the reporters. News anchors in South Park often say this to some field reporter or other.

The terrorists talked just like the ones in Osama Bin Laden Has Farty Pants. Durka durka!

In "Freedom Isn't Free," Trey used his Alan Jackson singing voice from A Ladder to Heaven.

"Have you ever seen a guy eat his own head? Then you haven't seen everything." - David Blaine ate his own head in "SuperBestFriends" Also a reference to Airplane where the pilot asks several "Have you ever" questions to a boy visiting the cockpit.

George Clooney sounds a lot like Fr. Maxi.

"If violence is all those bastards understand, then violence they'll get!" - In SP:BLU, Sheila Broflovski said, "Well! If it is war they want, then war they shall have!" This is also the rallying cry of the Right concerning the War on Terror: since terrorists have no interest in sending delegates to talk peacefully with the US, the US has no choice but to counter their terror with war. Terrorists have not figured out yet that you don't get the US out of a country by attacking American people.and facilities - that just makes us stay longer - you do it by being responsible adults and working things out. On the other hand, once the US is involved in something, it's loathe to leave it alone.

Matt Damon most sounds like Timmy when he and the other actors are fighting Team America in the main hall leading to the theater.


Movie References

There are many, so the stuff below is just a sample.

"Lease" is a spoof on "Rent"

Tomoyasu Hotei's "Battle Without Honor Or Humanity" was played before in Kill Bill, Vol. 1

The bar scene in Egypt echoes the Cantina scene in Star Wars: A New Hope, complete with music. Gary dressed in a hooded robe and waving his arm to hypnotize the guards is like the various hooded Jedi waving their arms to do the same. Even Darth Vader was a Jedi.


Et Cetera

There are two words used here for similar processes: Valmorphanization and Valmorification. Valmorphanization is the process of arming a vehicle so it can use heavy weaponry against terrorists. It is also the process which transforms a limosine into a plane and back again. Valmorification is reversible cosmetic surgery on a human.

American things seen in Cairo: Coca-Cola circle sign, Lucky Strikes cigarette sign.

Three of the four statues of Rameses II are still complete. The fourth is missing the head and upper body. The three missiles Chris fires off destroy the three remaining statues. :D

The Film Actors Guild building, both exterior and interior, is a parody of the Kodak Theater, which is part of the Hollywood & Highland complex

Shown in the FAG building:
George Clooney, Susan Sarandon, Liv Tyler, Samuel L. Jackson, Ethan Hawke, Helen Hunt, Sean Penn, Martin Sheen, Janeane Garofalo, Danny Glover, Matt Damon, Tim Robbins

911 x 2,356 = 2,146,316

There are no AMC theaters in Hollywood.

The huge heart atop a building refers to the House of Blues, which has a high-rise building at the NE corner of Sunset and Vine. Its symbol is a heart with rays shining from it, like those shone in the mural. The heart originally used in the House of Blues was the Sacred Heart of Jesus, wiith flame springing from the heart, a band of thorns around the middle of the heart, and beams of light emanating from the heart all around, like a starburst. The House of Blues eventually dropped the thorns, since they're such a Catholic symbol, something the House of Blues is not about.

Spottswoode is a real name. Google it. :)


Trey ParkerGary Johnston/Joe/Hans Blix/Kim Jong Il/Others (voice)
Matt StoneChris/Others (voice)
Kristen MillerLisa (voice)
MasasaSarah (voice)
Daran NorrisSpottswoode (voice)
Phil Hendrie I.N.T.E.L.L.I.G.E.N.C.E. (voice)
Dian Bachar(voice)
Maurice LaMarcheAlec Baldwin (voice)
Josiah D. LeeInternational Counter Intelligence Officer (voice)
Paul LouisAssorted Middle Eastern Folk (voice)
David MichieFrench florist (voice)
Elle RussVoice over (voice)
Stanley G. Sawicki(voice)