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237 - breayle: June 01, 2001

Here's a picture of Mr. Matt Stone with Snoop Dog and Trevor Pryce of the Denver Broncos.

238 - breayle: June 01, 2001

Part Two of my dispatch. Enjoy.

Okay, I was still a little bitter about the beer situation, but I dealt with it like a man - I drank some red wine instead. Comedy Central's reel was playing as we sat down. Not bad, I wonder who put it together. People were cracking up and clapping along to "Kyle's Mom is a Bitch." Hmmm, that wine wasn't bad at all. The place filled up in a hurry as Eric Idle came out to start the festivities. After taking the piss out of Matt and Trey in the way only a British person can, Eric introduced our reel. It began with a clip from the original "Santa vs. Frosty" short from 1992, then segued into "The Spirit of Christmas," before moving through the seasons with four montages: Stan Barfing, Cartman complaining, Kenny's many deaths, and Timmy!

As the reel ended, Eric introduced the guys, who came out carrying 40's of Bud. Damn! They got beer! The three settled down into these ridiculously large, black leather chairs and proceeded to cover familiar territory about the origins of South Park. One cool tidbit was the genesis of Cartman's voice. Apparently it was a voice Matt and Trey used in film class to make fun of the other students' work (mostly black and white films about lesbians). Wow, they were really pounding that beer! Eric then asked a bunch of questions via email from Terry Gilliam. Matt and Trey returned the favor by saying how Terry's "crappy" animation on Monty Python was an inspiration for their own "crappy" animation. Eric made a nice transition to the South Park movie, but I've hit my word limit so you'll have to read about it in my next update.

Be on the look out for Part Three: Electric Boogaloo.

240 - breayle: June 04, 2001

Episode #409 - "Something You Can Do With Your Finger" - was originally called "Fingerbang," but at the last minute Comedy Central balked at using the term. It was too late to change the television listings (at least on Replay TV) so my recording of the episode is still labeled "Fingerbang." Of course, now we have "Fingerbang" posters and stickers, and the expression was used no less than a million times in the episode, but don't ask me to explain. Heck, they didn't even have a problem with Mrs. Cartman peeing into a cup! It doesn't make sense!

And props to Eric Stough and the Storyboard department for watching numerous (one is too many in my book) N'SYNC and BSB concert tapes in order to get the opening sequence just right. We feel your pain.

And for all you "That's My Bush" fans: Cartman getting pepper sprayed was the inspiration for the scene in #105 - "The First Lady's Persqueeter" - where Karl Rove (Kurt Fuller) gets gassed by Officer Smiley.

241 - breayle: June 04, 2001

Well it looks like the South Park Big Brother site is up and running. It's a great idea with some excellent content all the while being very true to the original TV show Big Brother. I just like the fact they picked Butters as one of the characters. Anyways, I hope he lasts a while. Check it! And remember to support our little Puff Puff.

8 Characters, 8 Weeks, 1 House, 1 Website, 1 Winner.


http://bigbrother.southparkx.net


242 - breayle: June 04, 2001

Hey guys,

It seems that South Park Big Brother has started up, click the link below to check up on the characters.

8 Characters, 8 Weeks, 1 House, 1 Website, 1 Winner.


http://bigbrother.southparkx.net

243 - breayle: June 04, 2001

Hey Everyone,

One of our writer/animators wanted you to see his own personal site. It's in Japanese so you'll need a character translator to read it but you can check out some of the cool pictures he has of people from the South Park office and even some pictures of Matt and Trey at Halloween. Trey was a Vegas Showgirl while Matt was an old childhood favorite "Slim Goodbody" from all those science films our teachers made us watch. So check it and sign his guest book. Don't piss him off either, just look how vicious he is.


Click here now!

244 - breayle: June 05, 2001

The first draft of Episode #502 came in this morning. That's it, move along, nothing to see.

"Waiting For Guffman" comes out on DVD on August 21st. A South Park staffer has a cameo in that pic. Guess which one.

245 - breayle: June 06, 2001

The batting order has changed. Episode #502 will air on June 20th before #501.

We'll be giving you some details about the episode shortly.

246 - breayle: June 06, 2001

Hey guys,

themac posted this on the BBS but I thought it could use a mention on the main page. Looks like the real Orgazmo suit is on sale at ebay so those of you who think it would be the coolest thing ever to have the original Orgazmo suit check it out.

New office photos in!! I'll be putting two new office photos up each day for the rest of the week and more and more as we get closer and closer to crunch time. Some of you asked us to get you pictures of Matt and Trey in the sound booth so when they go in tomorrow I'll snap a couple of good ones, those should be in by tomorrow or the end of the week so keep checking back.

Thats all for now!

Breayle

249 - breayle: June 06, 2001

The batting order has changed. Episode #502 will air on June 20th before #501.

We'll be giving you some details about the episode shortly.

250 - breayle: June 07, 2001

The "Interview" page is up. Learn more about some of the "other" people who bring you South Park. We've reposted the interview with Karin Perrotta, and there's a new interview with Adrien Beard. Sorry about the Lakers, Adrien.

Also, we'll be posting two new pics in the "Office Photos" page every day. Who's that dork standing behind Eric Stough? I wonder...

251 - breayle: June 08, 2001

Hey All,

I just put in a couple of new Office Photos so check 'em out. One of them is a teensy sneak peak at one of the characters in episode 501 (which we mentioned would be aired after 502). More photos on Monday.

I also put in a new poll in so check that out too. If you guys have any ideas on polls send 'em into me at info@southparkstudios.com and I'll put it up.

Don't forget to check out the REAL Orgazmo suit thats on auction over at Ebay. It's only got 11 more hours on it so those of you who seriously want this thing you'd better get bidding!

Have a great weekend folks and I'll see you all on Monday!

Breayle

252 - breayle: June 11, 2001

Here's the first Comedy Central press release for the new season of South Park. The pubic hair episode should air after the "sh*t" show.

On the season premiere of "South Park," the boys take their place among an elite group who have made television history when Cartman proclaims the "S" word for all the world to hear, debuting Wednesday, June 20 at 10:00 p.m. on COMEDY CENTRAL.

This groundbreaking episode will kick-off eight, all-new episodes of "South Park." Other upcoming episodes include Chef's meteoric rise from an unassuming cafeteria cook to international fame and fortune as a culinary expert. And, in a very special episode of "South Park," Cartman gets pubic hair.

And yes, "sh*t" will be unedited.

We've also received three drafts of #501, two on Friday and one on Monday. More later.

253 - breayle: June 11, 2001

I found this picture in a Variety Magazine and I thought it was pretty damn funny so here it is!

Apparently working for Comedy Central is hard..... VERY hard.

254 - breayle: June 11, 2001

"I loved Krazy Kenny!" "More Krazy Kenny!" "I know the inspiration for Krazy Kenny!"

Actually you don't. The true inspiration for the very sick "Krazy Kenny" storyline (in this week's episode: #415 - "Fat Camp") was our very own Post Production Coordinator, Mark Munley. Let me explain.

For some reason yet to be determined, "South Park" always ends up being a last minute affair. And when you're working late nights, through the weekend, on your seventh can of generic Diet Mountain Dew, you tend to get a bit wacked out.

One night, a Monday I believe, Matt and Trey (along with several other employees) offered Mark a considerable sum of money to eat some pickled pig lips. Now that may not sound like a big deal, but then you didn't see these lips. A lip syncher (ha!) brought the pig lips back from some truck stop in Louisiana. The lips were packed in this strange almost flourescent red/purple liquid. You could even see sores on the lips along with some hairs. Believe me, it was most foul.

The pressure was on and Mark complied, with nothing to wash it down. Nothing! He also had to maintain for at least ten minutes. After the time was up Mark tried to puke up the lips, unfortunately they found a new home and weren't leaving anytime soon. Apparently, he couldn't eat solid foods for a couple days, it was that traumatizing.

A couple days later, you guessed it, "Krazy Kenny" was born. Let's see Jackass top that.

Charles "Butters" Song

255 - breayle: June 12, 2001

Some of you have asked us what the Lyrics are to Wendy's Fingerbang audition song. Well after I looked in the script for episode 409 I found it. Most of the songs that are in the shows are written out in the scripts, so those of you who want the lyrics to songs check out the scripts and you should find them in there, Until then here's Wendy's Fingerbang audition lyrics!

Well
Mrs. Landers was a health nut
She cooked food in a wok
Mr. Harris was her boyfriend
And had a great big
Cockadoodle doodle
The rooster just won't quit
And I don't want my breakfast
Because it tastes like
Shitzus make good house pets
They're cuddly and sweet
Monkeys aren't good to have
'cause they like to beat their
Meeting in the office
A meeting in the hall
The boss he wants to see you
So you can suck his
Balzac was a writer
He lived with Alan Funt
Mrs. Roberts didn't like him
But that's 'cause she's a
Contaminated water
Can really make you sick
Your bladder gets infected
And blood comes out your
Dictate what I'm saying
Because it will bring you luck
And if you all don't like it
I don't give a flying f_ck!

256 - breayle: June 13, 2001

The 9th Draft of #501 just came in this morning.

The writers are on a short retreat, and from what I hear, a very productive one.

Just one week until the new season begins. Speaking for the rest of the crew: to our friends and family, it's been nice knowing you. See you in about two months.

257 - breayle: June 13, 2001

Somewhere, Terrance and Phillip are smiling...and farting.

Kraft Foods has spun off from the Philip Morris Company (evil tobacco purveyors to America's youth). It was the second largest IPO ever (I think Lucent was the first). The stock is trading at $32 as I type this, so call your brokers and have some Kraft Dinner!

258 - breayle: June 13, 2001

Just received a copy of the first Season 5 South Park ads that actually use clips from the season premiere (Episode #502 - currently known as "The Sh*t Show").

Comedy Central will probably show it during tonight's rerun of "Fat Camp," so tune in if you want a sneak peek.

259 - breayle: June 13, 2001

The Many Deaths of Kenny desktop theme for MAC and PC is now ready for download so check it out in the downloads section!

260 - breayle: June 13, 2001

The 2nd draft of Episode #502 has just come in. It looks like we'll be working through the weekend.

Speaking of, I always thought the lyrics to that Loverboy song was: "Everybody's working on the weekends." I guess the real lyrics ("Everybody's working for the weekends") make a lot more sense.

And I don't know about you guys but that pop up ad is bugging the sh*t out of me.

261 - breayle: June 14, 2001

The 3rd draft for #502 has been delivered, and Matt and Trey are in the audio booth recording the new lines.

In other news, there have been people walking around on our roof for the past three days. Irate Phil Collins fans, you may ask? No my friend, that was last year.

This summer we're installing a new generator system on the off chance that we may be hit by a California black out. Seeing as we here at South Park can suck energy faster than a Bush twin can suck down an illicit brewski, it was imperative that our little last minute production possess a bit of ass coverage.

262 - breayle: June 14, 2001

Well it looks like #501 (the pubic hair episode) will be the fourth show to air this season.

More news later.

263 - breayle: June 15, 2001

Well it looks like #501 (the pubic hair episode) will be the fourth show to air this season.

The 9th Draft of #501 just came in this morning.

The writers are on a short retreat, and from what I hear, a very productive one.

Just one week until the new season begins. Speaking for the rest of the crew: to our friends and family, it's been nice knowing you. See you in about two months.

264 - breayle: June 15, 2001

Here's the Official Description for Episode 502, airing Wednesday:

The citizens of South Park are all tuned in for the biggest moment in television history when the word "sh*t" is broadcast for the very first time. This epic utterance triggers a chain of events that threaten the world, as we know it, leaving Chef and the boys to save the day.

We also received the 4th draft of Episode 502 yesterday and the 5th and 6th drafts today. Looks as though they're going to be working throughout the weekend (one of many to come) from now until August!

265 - breayle: June 15, 2001

A couple of people in the office are taking a little break to watch the NBA Finals. The Lakers are losing, but Iverson already has three fouls. If this means nothing to you, then there's at least two of us.

I just hope I get home before the riots begin.

266 - breayle: June 16, 2001



Southparkstudios.com is having it's first Online Contest!

Your mission... if you choose to accept, is to guess the number of times "sh*t" will be spoken throughout the season premiere June 20th 2001.

This means EVERY time we say sh*t, sh*tty, sh*ttiest, sh*tcan, sh*tkicker, sh*tstorm and... well you get the idea.

Grand Prize - Vespa ET2
1st Prize - Autographed (by Trey and Matt) script from this episode
2nd Prize - DVD, Plush & T-shirt

Please check out the contest section for more information and GOOD LUCK!

269 - breayle: June 18, 2001

In a very special day here at South Park Studios (insert sensitive, tinkling piano music here) Jerome Chef McElroy himself, Mr. Isaac Hayes, made a surprise guest appearance. Since Isaac usually records his lines in New York, it was pretty cool to finally see him in person. Hello! He sang "Shaft" at the Academy Awards with his shirt off, covered in chains, with dry ice and disco lights all over the place. How cool was that? The last time Isaac paid a visit to South Park was way back during our wee first season. That's when we were still in our old offices in Westwood, so it's been a while.

Also on the cool front is this little piece of news that I've just received. Next week, on South Park, Big Gay Al returns! You heard correctly, everyone's favorite scarf-wearing animal hospice owner is back in South Park for the first time in nearly four years (not including the movie).

In other news, not much happened over the weekend. And it's pretty quiet right now as well. Too quiet... We have a bunch of leftover cous cous (not in the Microsoft Dictionary, by the way) from lunch. As you know, there's always room for cous cous.

Media Alert! Clips of the new episode were sent out to Access Hollywood, CNN, and KTLA earlier today, so be on the lookout for new segments on South Park at these fine television outlets.

That's all for now. Remember to enter the Sh*t contest daily. Good luck!

270 - breayle: June 18, 2001

A new Employee of the Month has been selected!

Yes, yes your hours of waiting are over check out the new employee of the month right now!

Also, new office photos up check em out!

We're in crunch mode here at South Park episode #502 is still underworks... this is the closest thing to live as cartoons get!

271 - breayle: June 19, 2001

Calling all you South Park heads! The one and only Beef-Cake.com is back. Check it out here. Juz at Sweeet.com has been helping Elvis out, so props yet again to the Juz-man.

In other news, the South Park Convention rages on. We'll try to get a report from someone who's attending. Paul Wein, moderator of the South Park Mailing List, is there - probably getting smashed on pumpkin margueritas, so we'll try to dial him up when he stumbles back to New York.

Just one more day kids.

272 - breayle: June 19, 2001

The crew here at South Park will be working through the night to finish this episode by Noon tomorrow. That's when we send it by satellite to those Comedy Central folks in New York. One down, seven more to go. Dear, Lord...

As I mentioned in a previous update, we've sent a clip from the season premiere to a variety of media outlets. KTTV Channel 11, a local FOX affiliate, will be showing the clip Wednesday morning on Good Day L.A.. I'm not sure about the time, but I was told it should be around 7 to 7:30 a.m. On the national level, Access Hollywood and CNN will also be airing the clips. Check your local listings for Access Hollywood. The CNN segment should be broadcasting throughout the day.

273 - breayle: June 19, 2001

South Park got a brief, and I do mean brief, mention in the most recent issue of Entertainment Weekly. It's the June 22nd, 2001 issue with those harlots from Sex in the City on the cover. The feature was about the apparent showdown between Disney Style 2-D animated movies and the new breed of 3-D computer animated films that have been released over the past few years (e.g. Shrek, Toy Story, Final Fantasy). One of the producers of Final Fantasy, Chris Lee, made a brief comment about South Park at the end of the article. Here's the quote:


Even computer animation's boosters think the old way is here to stay. "If you want to be engaged by characters and story, it could be the paper cutouts from South Park," says Lee. "It doesn't get any simpler than that."


It's a nice comment, though a bit outdated. Maybe Chris Lee doesn't realize that South Park is now created with the exact same software Final Fantasy was created with, namely Maya. Anyway, he's right - story and characters are the most important thing. But the animation on South Park is a stylistic choice that works perfectly with said story and characters. Besides, I would match our animators with those at SquareSoft any day. Wouldn't mind switching locations, however.

We'll be getting a #503 show description out to you shortly (probably Monday). As you may already know, Big Gay Al returns in all his splendor.

274 - breayle: June 19, 2001

The true inspiration for the very sick "Krazy Kenny" storyline was our very own Post Production Coordinator, Mark Munley. Let me explain.

For some reason yet to be determined, "South Park" always ends up being a last minute affair. And when you're working late nights, through the weekend, on your seventh can of generic Diet Mountain Dew, you tend to get a bit wacked out.

One night, a Monday I believe, Matt and Trey (along with several other employees) offered Mark a considerable sum of money to eat some pickled pig lips. Now that may not sound like a big deal, but then you didn't see these lips. A lip syncher (ha!) brought the pig lips back from some truck stop in Louisiana. The lips were packed in this strange almost flourescent red/purple liquid. You could even see sores on the lips along with some hairs. Believe me, it was most foul.

The pressure was on and Mark complied, with nothing to wash it down. Nothing! He also had to maintain for at least ten minutes. After the time was up Mark tried to puke up the lips, unfortunately they found a new home and weren't leaving anytime soon. Apparently, he couldn't eat solid foods for a couple days, it was that traumatizing.

A couple days later, you guessed it, "Krazy Kenny" was born.

Let's see Jackass top that.



Actual Photo of the event!

275 - breayle: June 20, 2001

Yep, we finally have a title for Episode #502 (Up until now, known as "The Sh*t Show"). "It Hits the Fan," is the title we finally got out of Trey. It has a nice ring to it, doncha think?

It's a bit past 10:00 p.m. right now, and it's way, way quiet. That's actually a good thing because it means people are working...hard. It also means Storyboard has left for the day.

276 - breayle: June 20, 2001

12:00am

The Premiere Episode "It Hits the Fan" is still underway. Right now we're looking for mistakes in the scenes, getting scenes animated and approved. Everyone seems in good spirits but I've heard that it gets pretty stressful in the wee hours of the morn. I've been snapping photos of everyone but wont be able to get them in till tomorrow. My machine was worked on yesterday so I forgot to install the program that lets me use the digital camera images. This is one of the most complex episodes we've ever made! It's gonna be the shit! OOOoops... I said it! More to come... so keep your eyes open!

Breayle

278 - breayle: June 20, 2001

It's 9:00 a.m. here at South Park Studios. Do you know where your children are?

Answer: They're still here, finishing up tonight's episode.

279 - breayle: June 20, 2001

Comedy Central will be releasing new DVDs and VHS's on November 7th. Yeah, I know, it's a long way off, but just in time for Christmas.

280 - breayle: June 20, 2001

The Holy Sh*t Sweepstakes is over!

Thanks to everyone who entered the contest, watch "It Hits the Fan" tonight at 10:00 pm ET and PT for your answer. We will be choosing the winner on Saturday June 23rd and will contact them via email and phone so you'd better be home! If you're not contacted within 24 hours we will have to go on to the next winner. Thanks once again and have fun watching the show tonight!

Breayle

281 - breayle: June 21, 2001

How many baseball games do they play in a regular season?

Well, the sh*t hit the fan a 162 times last night and now it's all over the walls and sh*t. My guess was 160, but then I had the script, so my proximity to the correct answer wasn't that impressive. We'll get you the final results to the "Holy Sh*t Dude" Sweepstakes by Saturday. Until then... patience.

The electricians are currently finishing up their work on our spanking new generators. We had to shut down our networks and power yesterday to facilitate the final installations. As a result, there will be a brief delay before we can get the #502 media up on the site. D.A. is working on the sound files, Storyboard has already selected three pages to put up, and Mark should have the final script done by Friday; images and clips should follow shortly after.

282 - breayle: June 21, 2001

Jennifer at DTISFU beat us to the punch again. Here's a little article from the Entertainment Weekly site where our Director of Animation, Eric Stough, talks about the upcoming season. To read the article click here.

There was also a short article on Zap2it.com that mentioned the record-breaking number of times the word "sh*t" was used in the episode. They also called us envelope pushers... whatever. To read the article, click here.

283 - breayle: June 21, 2001

Here's the show description for Episode #503. Enjoy.

Big Gay Al is Back!! The boys show up for their new troop meeting only to find their new leader is none other than Big Gay Al! Timmy is happy and excited to join the group until Jimmy, the new "handicapped" kid, steals his spotlight.

284 - breayle: June 21, 2001

Hey Guys,

I just added 3 story boards of Episode 502 "It Hits the Fan" in the production process section so check them out. Also, I will be adding sounds, images and video along the next week so please feel free to email me at info@southparkstudios.com for any specific downloads you would like to see and I'll try and get them for you as soon as possible. I'm going to put up some crew photos of the night of the Premiere Episode, they're pretty funny so keep checking back here for that. More to come very soon...

Breayle
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