Frequently Asked Questions

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

Question:

When do Butters' parents yell at him for making a face in his school photo?

Which episode does Butters' parents yell at him for making a face in his school photo?

Answer

You're looking for "How to Eat With Your Butt", the ass-tastic-classic from Season 5. Watch it right here, and try not to make a stupid face...

Question:

How come ONLY Ike's curses are beeped?

Hey mr. all knowing faq guy, I was wondering in the episode "Dead Celebrities," at the end when Michael Jackson moves on as a little white girl (priceless by the way) and is out of Ike's body, why is his potty mouth bleeped when the other parts in the episode are not? Love, one curious fan.

Answer

Ahhh...that's a little South park trick we've been doing for years now. Here's why: We use ACTUAL kids to record Ike's voice overs. So when they're recording the dialogue, we just have them say regular (non-curse) words...then we beep it out to make it sound dirty. For example, that line Ike says here, "Holy Shit! What the fuck am I wearing?!"...can be recorded as "Holy Shoe! What the food am I wearing?!", without the a 3 year old having to wash their mouth out with soap.

It's also done pretty amazingly with Trent Boyett in the episode "Pre-School" (810). Works like a charm...

Question:

Why does the Catatafish have a gun?

In the episode "Death Camp of Tolerance," why does the Catatafish have a handgun?

Answer

To protect against intruders. Mr. Slave's ass is filled with peril and danger.

Question:

How many fingers do SP characters have?

Hey there, I was wondering how much fingers a south park character has? Cause in the early days you never saw a finger. But in the coon episode i saw that cartman only has four fingers. Same in the margaritaville episode. So are all characters doomed to walk around with four fingers?

Answer

This is a dangerous question to answer...because the answer is both. Cartman, the boys, and most of the SP regulars have 5 fingers traditionally, but depending on the episode, costumes and/or poses, sometimes we'll cheat the animation and use 4 fingers. We did that, as you mentioned, with the Coon claws that Cartman has, and we've done it many other times too. But, come on, whose counting?

Question:

Why is Randy holding a red shoe at the end of "Pee"?

Hey FAQ, in the "Pee" episode, is there a movie being referenced when Randy flies in on the helicopter, shouting "Staaaan" and holding a little red shoe? If not, why is he holding a shoe??

Answer

You should watch the ending to the 1993 snowy action flick "Alive." It will make a lot more sense.

Question:

What paintings are those in Kyle's nightmare?

What is the second piece of art flashed in Kyle's dream in the episode "Passion of the Jew" I know the first is Bosch's "Road to Calvary". The second is also a piece of art depicting the Passion, but I cannot place the artist nor the title of the piece.

Answer

There are actually THREE paintings that are flashed repeatedly during Kyle's nightmare. If you watch real, extra-close, you should see all three paintings. You are right on point with that artist too...all three are by 15th century painter H. Bosch, although I believe the one you mentioned and the 3rd one are both named Christ Carrying the Cross (painting #2 in "Vienna"; #3 in "Ghent"). The first painting that flashes is called Christ Before Pilate, also by Bosch.

POW!!! We had to call in some extra help on that one.

Question:

What movie are you parodying in "Over Logging"?

Dear mr. FAQ guy: On the episode "Over Logging," when scientists are trying to communicate digitally with the internet in order to reason with it...is that a reference to something there? I think i remember that sound from a movie!

Answer

It absolutely is referencing something awesome. That scene you're talking about is an homage to the 1977 classic "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." In fact, the scientist manning the digital communicator looks an awful lot like Director Steven Spielberg. Bonus "Over Logging" fact -- The Marsh family's journey out Californie-way is also a parody of the "Grapes of Wrath".

Question:

FAQ dude, give us a random factoid that even the most avid fans wouldn't know.

Dear Mr. FAQ guy, person, dude, whatever... What is a random factoid about South Park that even avid South Park fans, and frequent FAQ readers might not know?

Answer

Hmmmm....how about this?

In "Medicinal Fried Chicken", the scene with Randy tying to move after his balls fall out of the wheelbarrow (below) was originally acted out by Trey using a big yoga ball. The animators took this video and animated it, pretty much frame-for-frame. Watch that clip below, and then try imagining that. Should kick it up a few notches.

Question:

Why are the ads on the site so loud?!

Why is it that when you watch the SP episodes on here the ads/commercials are always twice as loud as the show? its getting really annoying having to adjust the volume every time the ads starts/ends.

Answer

We know, we know. We have to watch the same clips that you do. Unfortunately, the ads are delivered as-is and they plug into our player automatically as soon as we get them. The volume for every ad is different, and there is no way (currently) that we can modify every one so that they sound totally equivalent. But consider your complaint registered, we're working on it.

Question:

How many South Park episodes are named after Star Trek episodes?

Hey faq guy, just wondering how many South Park episode names are actually inspired by old Star Trek episode names? I've counted two ("City on the Edge of Forever" and "The Entity"), but I'm wondering if there are any I've missed.

Answer

Matt and Trey and huge Trek fans, so there are TONS of South Park references throughout the series. I'll sidetrack and name just a few: Miss Claridge's wheelchair in "Pre-School" (810) is an homage to that of Captain Christopher Pike from "The Menagerie"; Michael Dorn's cameo as Worf in "Fun With Veal" (605); the evil, alternate-universe versions of the boys in "Spookyfish" (references the Trek episode "Mirror, Mirror")....

But back to your question...you pretty much got it as far as episode TITLES go. "City on the Edge of Forever" is the direct name of a 1st season Star Trek episode. I don't think "The Entity" is the name of a Trek episode word-for-word, but it's absolutely a reference to it (I believe you're referring to the Crystalline Entity?). All that said, my knowledge of Star Trek is not that awesome, so I look forward angry emails from Trekkies telling me I'm wrong.

Question:

Why is Cartman's family photo so yellow??

I have always been soooo damn curious as to why Cartman and Mama Cartman are green in their family photo above the couch...bad Cheesy poofs? Thank you! Never stop the South Parkz!!!!

Answer

That yellowy-tinted family picture is a remnant from the pilot episode, just like the little smudge on the wall right next to it. That's how it looked when they first cut-and-pasted this show together back in 1997 and that's how they wanted to keep it looking as the seasons went on. Even as the animation got better, they kept those core construction-paper elements the same. That attention to awesomeness is probably why we're still rockin' after 14 years!!

Question:

Is Cartman referencing a Pink Floyd song?!

Is the line "Haha Charade you are!" from 'Cat Orgy' an homage to the Pink Floyd song 'Sheep' off the album Animals?

Answer

Hells yeah, it's from that Pink Floyd album. But it's actually from the song "Pigs (Three Different Ones)", not "Sheep". Also, Cartman has mentioned it more than just that once -- it's in "4th Grade" (412) and "Scott Tenorman Must Die" (501) too. I've attached all the clips below in all their floyd-ish glory.

Question:

What episode does Cartman keep saying "hella"??

Dear Mr. FAQie. Which episode of South Park has Cartman saying "hella" repeatedly? And yes, I'm from Northern California!

Answer

That hella-spooky episode you're looking for is "Spookyfish", all the way back from Season 2. Too bad it wasn't EVIL Cartman over-using that phrase, he would have been sucked back into the other dimension. That would have been hella-sweet.

Bonus factoid: Bebe also uses the term "hella" a few seasons later in "Bebe's Boobs Destroy Society" (610) -- but this time, all the boys think it's cool. Definitely had nothing to do with her boobs.

Question:

Was that a "Chorus Line" parody?

OK south park genius faq dood, I usually don't have a good enough question, but I have been watching a mad amount of SP lately and I am have one. In the episode "W.T.F.", where the boys take on being 'rastlers, is that part where the boys audition the new 'rastlers (where that guy breaks out in song) poking fun at the musical "A Chorus Line"? I think so, but your validation is so crucial here.

Answer

It was worth the wait, dude. That's a great question and here's your validation: You are absolutely correct -- that scene is an homage to the Broadway classic, "A Chorus Line." It's only fitting, this episode was written while Matt and Trey were in the midst of creating their own Broadway musical "The Book of Mormon".

Question:

Is that porn star Evan Stone?

In the episode "The Return of the Fellowship of the Ring," is that Evan Stone in the porn?

Answer

Finally, your adult film education has paid off. It's only shown for a very brief moment, but yep, that's porn king Evan Stone in the hottest porno ever (aka "Back Door Sluts 9" aka Butters' "precious"). That dude really gets around....

Question:

What episode is that "Aristocrats" scene from?

Hey FAQ guy, I haven't been on here in a while so I hope you haven't answered this, but what episode was the "Aristocrats" joke supposed to be in? And why wasn't it included? It's my favorite joke and the South Park one is pure win.

Answer

Actually, that Aristocrats joke was specifically made for the 2005 film "The Aristocrats". It wasn't meant to be in any episode and it never appeared in any, only in that documentary. That said, it is ridiculously obscene and hilarious, and may be the funniest joke Cartman's ever told. If any fans out there haven't seen that film (it features over 100 other comedians telling the joke as well), I recommend you Netflix that bad boy. Taa-daaaaa!!!

Question:

Will every episode be on the Season 14 DVD set?

Now that you've given us a date for Season 14's DVD release, here's something I'm betting a lot of people are itching to know: WILL EVERY EPISODE be included on the DVD/Bluray?

Answer

OK, so this is a pretty epic question that's been asked about a billion times -- and we have the answer:

YES. All 14 episodes will be included on the Season 14 DVD set!! So if you missed an episode or didn't get a chance to see one, release the confetti and party streamers -- all Season 14 episode will be on there!!

Question:

Why is Kyle bald in "Hooked on Monkey Fonics"?

Why is Kyle bald in "Hooked on Monkey Fonics"? Seriously, what's up with that? He's got a jew fro every other episode. Explain the ways of the masters (Matt and Trey) to us simple mortals, Oh Wise and Knowledgable FAQ Man!

Answer

Dude, how else could Rebecca have extirpated a lesion in Kyle's cerebral cortex?? Removing his auburn pilus (that's hair, dummy) is the first step in preventing infection to the synaptic responses!! I mean, come on! It's like you've never played Doctor before.

Question:

What's the deal with that "Braniff" Airplane in the end credits?

In the end credits, why does a Braniff airplane (with the saying "Believe it") appear at the end of each episode?

Answer

Great question!! When Matt and Trey delivered their pilot episode to Comedy Central, they didn't have a bumper (bumper = that card at the end of the show that tells you who created it). Not having an appropriate company name or logo to use, they tossed in the logo of Braniff Airlines -- a defunct airline from the 60s and 70s. After the show aired, they were contacted by a company that owned the rights to the Braniff name and logo. An agreement was made to allow them the use of the logo on South Park broadcasts, but not on any other projects in the future.

Question:

Who did the voice of Wing?

Who did the voice of Wing? For it is as beautiful as a Pomeranian summer or the smile on a mother's face.

Answer

How poetic. The voice of Wing was actually done by...Wing! The songs in the episode are all her real songs, unaltered and un-believably amazing. She even signed off on her image being used in the episode, with the only stipulation being the approval of her cartoon "self." The website that we plugged at the end of the show is her's too, you should check it out!!

Question:

Is the Chinese/Japanese in the show real?

Sometimes characters speak Chinese or Japanese - do those words have any actual meaning? Well it's pretty funny when Cartman speaks Spanish so I wonder :) If it has a meaning, I'll consider learning Chinese just because of that :p

Answer

Yeah, a lot of the Japanese you hear in South Park is legit. Matt and Trey are huge fans of Asian cultures -- and Trey even speaks a good amount of Japanese. Hence the major influence you see in many of our shows -- i.e. "Chinpoko Mon" (310), "Good Times With Weapons" (801), "Whale Whores" (1311), and even the recent "Mysterion Rises" (1412)...which had a reference to the classic Japanese anime film "My Neighbor Totoro". Looks like you got some studying to do buddy...

Question:

What is that song from "Butters' Bottom Bitch"?

In the episode "Butters Bottom Bitch," what artist provides the song about midway through the episode?? I believe it goes something like,"Suckin' on my (blank) like you wantin' me callin' me". It's a masterpiece and I must download it.

Answer

That is a song delicately titled "F**k the Pain Away" by Peaches. Great for weddings, bar mitzvahs, and any social events involving the elderly.

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