Fifteen years into the lifespan of South Park and the show is still going strong. Or it is going full-bore, anyway; whether it is as strong as in seasons past is a regularly debated topic. Regardless, South Park still has the power to shock and amuse as it kicks sand in the face of popular American culture and life, and there’s a lot to be said for that.

Remarkably, the fifteen seasons have all been shepherded by creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, who continue to write, direct and voice each episode. Even more wild: as many know, those episodes are produced in the time span of only one week. The fast turnaround is a big part of what makes South Park such a quick responder to public events, and sometimes a shaper of public opinion.

On October 9, Comedy Central will air the documentary 6 Days to Air, which looks at the behind the scenes details of creating the show. The trailer for that is below, and as a bonus you can see Parker and Stone’s recent 60 Minutes appearance, in which they discuss their partnership, the show and their mega-hit Broadway outing, The Book of Mormon. Read More »

Last week, we reported on an as-yet-untitled documentary about South Park that would be airing on Comedy Central October 2, days ahead of the show’s October 5 return. We now have a bit more detail on what, exactly, the special will be about. According to Playbill (via Collider), the documentary will be:

an all-access pass to the behind-the-scenes world of creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone at South Park Studios in Los Angeles through this special documentary, providing an exclusive, insiders look into the making of a ‘South Park’ episode.

The documentary is apparently part of a year-long celebration of the series to mark its 15th anniversary. Other components of the celebration include the “South Park Fan Experience” at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, a traveling exhibit curated by artist Ron English, and limited-edition South Park-branded merchandise.

After the jump, lots of TV marketing: posters for Boardwalk Empire and Person of Interest, plus a poster and an intriguingly creepy teaser for American Horror Story.

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‘Animaniacs’ South Park-Style Opening

The Animaniacs Revival Project, a group on Facebook devoted to trying to convince Warner Bros. to produce more episodes of the animated television show Animaniacs, have recreated the opening sequence of Animaniacs. Created using Flash 8, the sequence is re-animated in South Park’s cut-out style by UK animator “Dr. Toonhattan”. I use to love this show, but who didn’t? Watch the video embedded after the jump.

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Last week, South Park aired their Inception parody episode, entitled “Insheeption”. You can watch the full episode for free, in HD, at South Park Studios. If you were planning to check it out but haven’t yet, I’d recommend doing so now, as waiting until after the article could seriously diminish your chances of enjoying it.

Although, you may not even need this article to recognize the resemblance between a scene in the recent South Park episode and a comedy sketch from College Humor called “Inception Characters Don’t Understand Inception”, which has garnered over half a million views and was even posted on this very site. The writers at College Humor certainly noticed the resemblance, and were quick to assert that South Park ripped them off.

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VOTD: The 100 Greatest Movie Insults

Pajiba has edited another wonderful montage of movie clips, this time compiling the 100 greatest movie insults of all time in under 10 minutes. Watch the video now embedded after the jump.
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VOTD: Real Life South Park Commercial

Real Life South Park

What if South Park wasn’t a cartoon? What if it was a live action weekly show? What might that look like? Watch now in this international Comedy Central commercial.
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VOTD: South Park’s Tron Parody

South Park Tron
Last week’s episode of South Park, titled “You Have 0 Friends” contains a Tron parody.

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