Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions. You ask them, the staff of South Park answers!

Question:

How are episode titles selected?

How do you come up with the episode title names? Is it already determined for the episode before production, or do you make up the title in the middle of that episode's production?

Answer

That's an awesome question. Much like the show itself, nothing is ever locked before production starts. So name changes do frequently occur in the 6-day production process. Here's how it works: each show is given a title on the first draft of the script (usually on a Thursday). But as more drafts and pages come in, the story often changes and similarly, so does the title. For instance, the episode "It's a Jersey Thing" started with the name "New Jersey" on Thursday, then changed to "It Came From New Jersey" on Friday afternoon, before finally settling on "It's A Jersey Thing" on Sunday. All of those titles reflect where the story was heading at the current time. But in general, no matter how many times it changes, the episode title is locked by the Sunday before it airs. Usually Sunday night we we post a preview clip for the new episode.

Some episodes, however, get a name on the first draft of the script and stay with it all the way through. That happened with recently with the episode "Creme Fraiche". It really just depends on the episode.

Question:

Have we seen Scott Tenorman/Cartman's dad?

So is Scott Tenorman's Dad -- the one that they showed in "Scott Tenorman Must Die" -- actually Cartman's Father?

Answer

That's his dad all right. He's seen only briefly in "Scott Tenorman Must Die" (501) before Cartman plans his demise, but yep, that red haired, mustached gentleman is (or rather, was) Cartman's biological father.

Question:

What's the deal with that fan that did a guest-voice?

I'm watching Red Man's Greed with the guest-voice Alex, was that a competition he won or something to get on there?? Will you ever do it again?? Do you like my double question marks??

Answer

You got it right -- that was a Season 7 competition where one fan won the chance to do a minor guest voice on the show. His name is Alex Glick and he was a seriously lucky dude. We actually just did something similar at the beginning of Season 14 as well, where we animated one lucky fan into the intro of our show. As for future competitions like that, you're just gonna have to stay tuned. Season 15 is coming up and believe me, this is gonna be a big one...

(And yes, I do like your double question marks. Nicely done.)

Question:

Are there any episodes ripping on blondes?

Me and my friend love SP like..alot! We just noticed there is no like episode making fun of blonds. Are we just blind or is there like really not one? If there is not thank you :-) I'm blond.

Answer

Wow! You love South Park AND you get to have more fun? Blonds really do have it pretty good. Unfortunately, at this point there isn't an official episode ripping on your minority group. Sure, there's lots of stuff on stupid spoiled whores and boobs destroying the world, but nothing directly aimed at blonds. Bebe is a blondie. Maybe she'll get her very own episode one of these days...

Question:

Where's your Behind the Scenes pages?

What happened to the "Making of Major Boobage" page?

Answer

When we rebuilt our site and launched the new homepage about two months ago, those behind-the-scenes pages didn't cooperate so well. So "Boobage", "Guinea-Saurus", and all those "6 Days to South Park" pages are currently being rebuilt and should be back up online in no time!!

Question:

Do Matt and Trey put hidden messages in shows?

Do Matt and Trey put hidden messages or symbolism in their show a lot, or am I just reading too much into things like in Scrotie Mcboogerballs.

Answer

You're just reading too much into things dude. There's a lot of social commentary and parody in the episodes -- usually, it's quite poignant. But it's not hard to find. It's right there. The only things occasionally hidden in episodes is alien Visitors, and they're pretty harmless. Unless they are in a probing mood.

Question:

Was Kenny supposed to die for good in Season 5?

Did Matt and Trey mean to kill off Kenny forever at the end of Season 5?

Answer

Yep. At the time, they were really sick of having to put a "Oh my god, you killed Kenny!" gag into every episode. They'd been making the joke for 5 seasons and they wanted to move past it. So that episode "Kenny Dies" (513) was supposed to be the great Hooded One's official farewell. The plan at the time was to replace Kenny with a revolving door of characters to take that role as the 4th friend...which is actually what they began to do in Season 6.

But midway through that 6th Season, they decided it would be better if Kenny was still around. So they began to re-introduce him into the show (Cartman drinks his ashes in "A Ladder To Heaven" (612), etc...). When Kenny re-appears in the last scene of Season 6, he just shows up like nothing happens. After that point, he's still in the show, but he doesn't die in every episode.

Question:

When does Butters reveal his secret identity to Stan?

Hello FAQ dude! Can you remind me please what was the episode Butters reveals to Stan his true identity as Professor Chaos in his room? (and then Stan calls him gay i think!)

Answer

Sure dude! That sexually-confused scene you're looking for happens in "My Future Self n Me" (616), and you can watch it right here! For the record, Butters definitely used a little too much silver.

Question:

Will Mr. Hat ever make a return??

Hey SPS! Just wanted to say, my girlfriend quotes SP in her sleep! And I was just wondering if Mr Hat will ever make a glorious return as Mr(s) Garrison's eccletic, homosexual, genius right-handed puppet. Thanks!

Answer

First things first, that girlfriend of yours...hold onto that one. Quoting SP in your sleep = she's a keeper. As for that gay little hand puppet, Mr. Hat actually DID make a triumphant return earlier this season in the "200"/"201" saga. I know those episodes aren't super easy to find, so I fully expect a mailbag of angry FAQs after this response. But Mr. Hat was a key player in helping Cartman find out the true identity of his father.

Question:

What are the lyrics to Russell Crowe's song?

What are the lyrics to the song Russel Crowe sings that makes poor little Tugger shoot himself?

Answer

That's a great scene, and it's best played out the way it was written. So in honor of Russel Crowe and his best mate Tugger, I've included the clip and the script excerpt. Feel free to sing along....

Russell takes a guitar out of nowhere and straps it on.

TUGGER
(No Oh God no)
MOOOOOOOOOP! MOOOOOOP!

RUSSELL CROWE
What's that tugga?! You say you REALLY LOVE THE SONGS ON MY ALBUM?!?!

Tugger shakes it's head violently.

TUGGER
MOOOO!

RUSSELL CROWE
Alright, then Tugga! I'll sing you another one!

Russell starts playing his guitar. Tugger suddenly turns around and tries to leave but it is chained to the dock. The chain pulls and pulls but won't let tugger leave.

TUGGER
MOOOOP!

RUSSELL CROWE
(Singing)
You know that you're my baby - You know I need you now

TUGGER
(Still struggling to get away)
MOOOOOP!

RUSSELL CROWE
Don't know where I'm goin' - but I gotta get there somehow - yeah gotta get there somehow -

Tugger gives up trying to leave and instead takes out a huge set of ear muffs and places them on itself.

TUGGER
MOOOP!! MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOP!

RUSSELL CROWE
Gotta get the somehow - And you can stay awake tonight but I'm gonna sleep in these fluffy clouds.

TUGGER
MOOOOOP!!! MOOOOP!!!

Tugger removes the earmuffs and tries to leave again, but he can't.

RUSSELL CROWE
SHA! I think I feel your heartbeat, can you feel mine - Lady looking lovely gotta take your love inside-

Tugger suddenly takes out a large pistol and points it to its head (its top part).

RUSSELL CROWE (CONT'D)
Yeah take it-

Tugger pulls the trigger and a huge spray of oil shoots out and Tugger falls sideways into the ocean.

RUSSELL CROWE (CONT'D)
TUGGA!!!

Question:

What was the mosh pit song in "Clubhouses"?

What song plays in the episode "Clubhouses", when Kenny dies in the mosh pit?

Answer

That is a ridiculously specific question...but fear not, young South Park apprentice, I have the answer. That raging mosh pit tune is by the punk band Dr. Know. The song is called "Piece of Meat". Get that and blast it at your next clubhouse party.

Question:

What's that French tune in "Cartman Joins NAMBLA"?

My question is about the classic episode 406 "Cartman Joins NAMBLA." During the hilarious chase scene toward the end of the episode, what is the name of the French song playing during the chaos?

Answer

Saque re bleu! That's actually an original little French tune that we whipped up in-house, with Trey singing the vocals. As for a name, all it says in the script is "A witty French song begins to play as we begin our very long French Farce shot." But feel free to call it "Saque re bleu!"...

Question:

Is "The Book of Mormon" musical coming to any other cities?

Is "The Book of Mormon" musical going to come to any other cities? If it could come to St. Louis' FOX theater that would be so tits.

Answer

As of now, it's just scheduled to be performed on Broadway in New York City. But hopefully, it will be a big success and maybe even grace many theaters across the land. Keep your fingers crossed. Even better, go see it in New York! It opens February 24, 2011...and it's gonna be epic.

Question:

Is that a "Tron" reference in the Facebook episode?

Is the way Stan is gets sucked into Facebook somehow related to the movie Tron from 1982?

Answer

Somehow? That's exactly what it's related to.. In fact, that whole part where Stan gets "sucked into Facebook" is a parody of the original (dare I say "classic") movie Tron. So is Stan's outfit and the whole Master Control/User thing. That "Yahtzee!" part was all Facebook though. As a bonus, here's an old-school clip from the episode Jewbilee (309) for some more "classic" TRON love.

Question:

Did I Marklar a Marklar in "4th Marklar"?

Is that a Marklar Marklar on top of the Marklars' Marklar in 4th Marklar? (Is that a Marklar figure on top of the nerds' computer in 4th grade?)

Answer

Yes, that is most certainly a Marklar on their Marklar. Great Marklar, young Marklar! There's also a little Huki-Lau devil magnet on the nerd's fridge behind the boys, a reference to "Do The Handicapped Go To Hell?". Marklar.

Question:

Was that Chickenlover in "Cartoon Wars"?

In "Cartoon Wars", did I catch the Chicken Lover running into the community center with everyone else?

Answer

I assume you're referring this naked dude with the red fro, who runs through the community center in a panic? That's actually not the Chicken Lover, although there is a very fro-y similarity. I've attached both characters below for you to study and compare. One will try to have sex with your chickens...the other just likes to party naked.

Question:

How difficult was Cthulhu to animate?

I have three questions. 1) Who put Timmy's super hero costume on him? 2) Will the Coon saga get made into a movie like Imagination Land? 3) How difficult was Cthulhu to animate??

Answer

I'll answer those questions in order, so as to preserve the freshness of mint and berries. Firstly, when you're a part of Coon and Friends, there is no such thing as handicapped. All the Coon Friends helped Timmy transform into the impenetrable Iron Maiden. That's how super-hero teams roll, dawg.

Secondly, they are no current plans to merge The Coon trilogy into a mega-movie, like we did with "Imaginationland." Doesn't mean we won't ever do it, but currently, it's not in the works. Lastly, animating Cthulhu was a bit of a challenge due to the fact that it was a huge, fully-3D model that was a main character. However, this isn't something totally out of our animator's realm of expertise. Even though the show is purposely made to look very two-dimensional, we animate every show in Maya (a powerful, cutting edge 3D program). So we can switch into that that top animation gear at any point. However, we normally do it in smaller doses. Cthulhu was a beast of an character, especially since he was in so many scenes.

Question:

There's a clip of a chef cutting someone's tounge off in the intro. What's that from?

Dear Mystical FAQ Guy: Okay, I'm totally stumped on this one. I was watching an episode of South Park ("Cartman Sucks", to be exact) when I noticed that in the Season 11 theme song, there was a clip of a guy in a chef's hat chopping off a guy's tongue...I am a major SP fan and I've seen every episode at least once, but I don't remember ever witnessing someone's tongue get cut off. Is that from a deleted scene or something?

Answer

It actually IS from an episode, it's just a pretty specific clip...so don't get all down on your fandom for not remembering. It's from "Hell on Earth 2006" (1011), when the serial killers dress up as bakers. If you remember, Satan hires "The Three Serial Killers" (Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, and John Wayne Gacy) to go to earth and retrieve his Ferrari cake for his super-sweet birthday party. And that's when things start to get bloody. Watch this and you'll find that gem... (*For you fans looking for this clip in the intro, it was only in the opening credits for the first half of Season 11. The opening sequences usually change after each run.)

Question:

Who drives the school bus now?

Who drives the school bus now? I remember Mrs. Crabtree being killed but nothing about another driver.

Answer

Good question, and even if you're a super-fan, the answer is not very easy to find. But if you look closely at this clip from "Ginger Kids" (911), you can see that it's the one and only Mr. Jose Venezuela behind the big wheel of the bus. He was introduced to us officially in "Mystery of the Urinal Deuce" as the school's Janitor, so it looks like he's pulling double duty.

Question:

In the original short, why was Cartman called Kenny?

Hi, I have a question for you "the God of South Park". In the very first episode of South Park ("Jesus vs Frosty") why was Cartman killed and why was he named Kenny?

Answer

That's a good question, and one I'm sure many hardcore fans out there are also curious about. That short "Jesus Vs. Frosty" actually pre-dates the show South Park by about 5 years. It was made while the guys were in college for an assignment in an animation class.

A few years later, Trey and Matt got some money to make a video Christmas card, and the infamous, stop-motion short "The Spirit of Christmas" was born (the one where Jesus and Santa duke it out for holiday supremacy). Both of these shorts were "South Park" before South Park ever existed. After the success of "The Spirit of Christmas" short, Matt and Trey got a deal from Comedy Central to make a pilot...and the rest is history.

As you mentioned, in that original short "Frosty vs. Jesus," Cartman was called Kenny, and his fat ass got killed. By the time "The Spirit of Christmas" came out, Matt and Trey started developing the characters a lot more. This was one of the big ones.

Question:

Is that Ashton Kutcher's name on a tombstone?

In "The Death of Eric Cartman," when Butters and Cartman find Scott Tenorman in the cemetery by his parent's graves, did the tombstone next to his parents' have Ashton Kutcher's name on it?

Answer

Geez cheese louise, you are one observant little bastard!! Yes, if you look closely at the tombstone behind Scott Tenorman, you can catch a glimpse of "A. Kutcher" on the tombstone. Watch closely, and you might be able to catch that easter egg.

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