25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: SOUTH PARK THE CHRISTMAS EPISODES – PART 11

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CHRISTMAS SNOW

 

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Trey Parker (Tales From The Crapper)
Matt Stone (Orgazmo)

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25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: SOUTH PARK THE CHRISTMAS EPISODES – PART 10

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Trey Parker (Tales From The Crapper)
Matt Stone (Orgazmo)

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BIKE PARADE

The 22nd season ends with an insightful, tremendously clever episode that reflects on the long history of South Park and how the world has changed since the show’s inception, while managing to tie every random plot thread from the season into a neat bow. As Amazon roars back to life with the questionable help of the “mall people,” the boys find their bike accessories waiting for them, a reward for their consumerist complacency. But Kenny’s dad isn’t a fan of what his son has done, seeing as the boy’s short-sightedness has damaged the struggle for workers rights. Jeff Bezos, of course, hears the whole conversation, using his army of Alexas to flick through the audio of private households, as casually as one searches for a radio station. The scene really underlines the inherent creepiness of the home assistant, how privacy has been eroded away with convenience.Sp-2210-news-episode-announcement_v01But hey, Butters looks absolutely fabulous, a glittering hybrid between Kim Kardashian and King Leonidas, and the boys finally have everything they need to destroy their bike parade competition. But Kenny is finally starting to soak in the messages of the Marxist box, and bails on the boys, destroying their chances. In a very Cartman fashion, the boys decide that the only way to win is to ensure that everybody loses, and plot to cancel the parade outright. And there’s a great way to do that nowadays – feigning outrage. Outrage might have erased Mr. Hankey, but it can’t hurt the bike parade, which just isn’t important enough to get people pissed off, it seems. In an amusing, insightful reference to South Park’s inception, good old Santa returns to town, a wholesome replacement to Jeff Bezos. But after learning of how the townsfolk overreacted to Mr. Hankey, Santa flies off in disgust; it seems even Santa Clause finds outrage culture annoying.south-park-s22e10c16-the-bike-parade_16x9In a hilariously meta scene, the boys reflect on the fact that even in this day and age, when a show as innocuous as The Simpsons plunges into controversy over Apu, South Park fails to attract anger. Hell, even their mockery of that situation was somehow misinterpreted as a moral condemnation of The Simpsons. It might just be because South Park has lost its pop culture potency, no longer regarded as influential enough to attract outrage. Or perhaps it’s because the show has always been so outrageous from the beginning, that even the most easily offended Twitter accounts don’t see it as abnormal. Meanwhile, Jeff Bezos flexes his muscle and clenches his butt-brain, inviting a group of children to give in to their consumerist urges and tear open the Marxist box, and casually asking Alexa to kill Kenny. Bezos even claims to have created a new class of people, workers who are financially repressed but materialistically wealthy. He might have a point there, sadly.santahankeyBut after seeing a spike in sales, Randy’s weed farm begins to embrace the Amazon method too, highlighting the fact that Amazon itself is not inherently evil; they’re just playing by the rules of capitalism, passing go and collecting $200 every turn. It all comes to a head when the town, high out of their minds, simply rejects Bezos. They might not have anything left, but at least they have legal weed. That’s … a happy ending? Perhaps this is the sunniest conclusion Matt and Trey can give this story. The episode ends with a parade featuring the highlights of this season, revealing the fact that Kenny did indeed die, again, and Ned is still alive. It also shows a glimpse of Garrison-Trump, a character conspicuously absent from this season. But in a few seconds, South Park makes its feelings about President Trump very clear indeed, seeing as the character is locked up in handcuffs. Ouch.12-south-park.w700.h700It’s a fantastic end to a very strong season, one that was less concerned with week-to-week controversy, but general societal trends. The South Park season arc seems to have been perfected, with a good amount of continuity, and each episode serving as a stand-alone story. Well, apart from the two-parters.

 

25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: SOUTH PARK THE CHRISTMAS EPISODES – PART 9

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Trey Parker (Tales From The Crapper)
Matt Stone (Orgazmo)

Kyle Broflovski laments how his younger brother Ike’s generation’s preoccupation with trending topics and Let’s Play videos has led him to be seen as an out-of-touch “grandpa” by younger kids. Kyle sends out a Twitter message to help families come together. In response, Bill Cosby appears at Kyle’s home to invite him to participate in a television special to be watched by families together. Kyle agrees, but after Cosby leaves, he is revealed to be a hologram.
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Randy and Sharon Marsh go to the police to report about the hologram of Randy created by his ex-manager to replace his stage persona Lorde, but the police are skeptical. Meanwhile, a patrolman brings in the rogue Michael Jackson hologram, but despite the fact that the patrolman says he shot the hologram and used a chokehold on him, the hologram’s light skin and features present a problem for the police, as they can only use such harsh tactics on black people.
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The television special will feature various celebrities, holograms of deceased celebrities, and LP commentary by Cartman. The special is the brainchild of Randy’s ex-producer and Cartman. The producer’s staff, however, feel he has given too much power to Cartman, whose growing popularity results in his commentary window appearing not only on computers and other devices, but in thin air throughout the episode. Upon seeing a TV commercial for the special, Kyle is angered that his idea has been turned into a social media project, while his best friend, Stan Marsh, is upset because he thinks his father, Randy, is performing again as Lorde. Randy and the Jackson hologram learn about the television special and its intent, and agree to work together to stop it. When the Tupac Shakur hologram sent to capture the Jackson hologram appears at the police station, Randy and the Jackson hologram flee to the Marsh home. Randy then learns that Stan and Kyle have been taken hostage by his ex-producer, and is confronted by the Shakur hologram in his home.
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When Kyle asks the producer why he is doing this, the producer explains that when he became a grandfather, one day he asked his grandson who his favorite celebrity was, and his grandson said it was PewDiePie. Bewildered that his grandson worshiped an insignificant Internet personality, and was unimpressed with anyone to whom he tried to introduce him, the producer says that with the television special, he will assimilate the younger generation’s culture into his own. Stan is astonished that the producer is “such a grandpa”.  The Shakur hologram and the Jackson hologram decide to team up against the producer. When Cartman’s window appears before the producer, he tries to have him shut down, but Cartman is trending so much and has grown so powerful that he has reached “trend-scendence”, “like Johnny Depp, but cool”. As Cartman continues to appear on screens all around the world, he states that he is now “trends-gender” and therefore must be given his own bathroom, which was his motivation for being involved in this plan. The Shakur and Jackson holograms appear at the restaurant where the producer is hiding with the hostages. As Jackson fatally shoots the producer, Kyle, realizing that everyone on the planet can see everyone else on their computers, speaks out to his brother, Ike, apologizing for being a “grandpa”. He accepts that Ike will develop his own generational interests, and admits that he was merely sore that Ike was a fan of Cartman in particular. He says that he just wants to be a family again. Ike and his friends resolve to get the public to “believe” again, and create a new trend which Kyle, breaking the fourth wall, urges the home audience to spread. In response, PewDiePie’s window appears, and his commentary is so powerful that Cartman’s window is eliminated.
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In an epilogue, Kyle says he managed to get their family to use the living room again for one hour each night, though Stan is still confused over the events that have just concluded. Kyle suggests that perhaps they are not going to understand it, and further says that at least YouTube celebrities are authentic, and have not been marketed to the public by corporations. PewDiePie’s window then appears, and he thanks South Park for being on his show.hqdefault

A Great festive epiosde, hopefully there will be more christmas episodes to come. A great watch along with the other festive epsiodes for the christmas season.

25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: SOUTH PARK THE CHRISTMAS EPISODES – PART 7

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Trey Parker (Tales From The Crapper)
Matt Stone (Orgazmo)

WOODLAND CRITTER CHRISTMAS

This episode, which like many routine Christmas specials has an anapestic rhyming narration and storybook style, begins in the forest, where “the boy in the red poof-ball hat” discovers a group of talking animals building a Christmas tree. They convince a surprised but apathetic Stan to help make a star for their Christmas tree before he goes home. That night, they wake him in his room and explain that one of the animals, a porcupine named Porcupiney, is pregnant with the creatures’ Savior. Drowsy and annoyed, Stan nevertheless agrees to help them build a manger for the baby. However, another problem soon appears: the Critters explain that one of their members conceives their Savior every year, only for the pregnant animal to be killed by a mountain lion. Exasperated, Stan goes to its mountain and manages to kill the beast (by tricking her into jumping off a ledge), but is dismayed to find that the lion was the mother of three now-orphaned cubs. Stan is then horrified to discover that the woodland critters are Satan worshippers, and that their Savior is actually the Antichrist. They celebrate Stan’s victory by sacrificing Rabbitty the Rabbit (much to his delight), devouring his flesh and having an orgy with his blood.

After much coercion from the narrator, Stan tries to stop the animals himself. But they easily rebuff him with their Satanic powers, which will apparently grow stronger as the Antichrist’s birth approaches. Since the Critters claims that only a mountain lion can kill the Antichrist, Stan (heeding the narrator’s instructions) returns to the mountain to enlist the orphaned cubs. Since they’re too small to take on the Critters, however, they can only stop the birth by learning to perform abortions. (Stan refuses to bring them to the town’s abortion clinic, but the narrator simply forces him using a scene cut.) Meanwhile, the evil Critters are searching for a human host for the Antichrist, who must have never been baptized. They discover Kyle, who is Jewish, and kidnap him to serve their purpose.

Stan returns in time to discover that the Antichrist (a hairless, jabbering little creature) has already been born, and that his best friend Kyle is tied to a Satanic altar. Santa Claus arrives and, when he learns what is happening, pulls out a shotgun and slaughters all the Critters. He explains that the Antichrist will die without a human host to inhabit, but Kyle – now free from the altar – suddenly decides to allow the Antichrist to possess him, declaring that he will conqueror the world in the name of the Jews.The scene suddenly cuts to Mr. Garrison’s fourth-grade class, revealing that the entire episode up until now has been a story read by Eric Cartman for a class assignment to write a Christmas story. Kyle objects to its obvious anti-Semitism, and Mr. Garrison, fearing complaints from Kyle’s mother, forces Cartman to stop. However, the rest of the class want to hear the ending and plead with Kyle to let Cartman continue; Kyle objects that the ending is obvious, that Kyle (in the story) will merely be killed by Santa Claus so that Christmas is saved. Cartman says that that is not the ending, and as the other kids persist, Kyle angrily allows Cartman to continue.

Back in the story, Kyle begins to react with horror at how evil the Antichrist feels and begs the others to get it out of him. Santa, however, says that they have no choice but to kill Kyle before the Antichrist can consume his soul and take full control of him. Thinking quickly, Stan has the lion cubs perform an abortion on Kyle’s anus, removing the Antichrist, which Santa unceremoniously smashes with a sledgehammer. Santa gives Stan a special Christmas wish, which Stan uses to resurrect the mountain lion he killed. Everyone then goes home to a happy Christmas. The narrator (i.e., Cartman) concludes, “they all lived happily ever after, except for Kyle, who died of AIDS two weeks later”, as seen with an image of a sickly Kyle in the hospital. The episode ends with a Christmas-themed title card reading, “The End,” and the real Kyle (unseen) shouting, “Goddammit, Cartman!”012-the-blood-orgy

South Park” is one of my favorite cartoons, and “Woodland Critter Christmas” is one of my favorite episode of the whole series. It is easily the best of all the Christmas episodes from South Park, being incredibly twisted and gory, but hilarious at the same time.

25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: SOUTH PARK THE CHRISTMAS EPISODES – PART 6

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Trey Parker (Tales From The Crapper)
Matt Stone (Orgazmo)

IT’S CHRISTMAS IN CANADA

The Broflovski family is celebrating Hanukkah together when a Canadian couple, who introduce themselves as Harry and Elise Gints, come to their house. Just as Harry begins explain why they have sought out the Broflovskis, Kyle and Ike walk into view to see who is at the door and Elise immediately rushes in to hug Ike, who hides behind Kyle. While talking in the dining area, with Kyle and Ike outside listening in, Harry and Elise reveal they are Ike’s biological parents (and address him as “Peter”, which was his birth name), who gave Ike up during the Cola Wars in Canada. Harry justifies their right to change their mind about putting Ike up for adoption as, due to a new law made by the Prime Minister of Canada, all Canadian-born children living in America must be returned to their biological parents. The Gintses depart, with the Broflovskis vowing to fight them in court. Sadly, the Canadian law cannot be overturned by South Park’s court, so Ike is given to the Gintses. After Ike sadly leaves with his biological parents, Kyle notices his parents steadily getting worse as time without Ike goes on and attempts to get his friends to help him, but they have other things on their minds: Cartman selfishly believes that presents are more important, and Stan is obsessed with the Christmas adventures that he may have this year.
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South Park’s citizens decide to act kindly towards the Broflovskis and agree to give them their Christmas gift money to help fund their trip to Canada in order to talk to the Prime Minister. However, they do not take their children into account and their decision leaves the children upset with the thought of Christmas without any presents. Cartman blames it all on Kyle. Kyle has an idea of how to save Christmas: the boys can go to Canada and get Ike back themselves in the few days before Christmas, saving everybody’s money for presents. Everyone else agrees, with Cartman threatening to fight Kyle if they don’t get home in time for Christmas. They fly with City Airlines, run by City Wok owner Tuong Lu Kim. During the flight, the plane suffers from mechanical troubles and runs out of gas. Tuong parachutes from the plane, leaving the four boys inside. It crashes in Canada, but the boys get out relatively unscathed. Recovering, they meet a bunch of Canadians, including Scott, a Canadian who hates his own people and Americans, and is universally considered “a dick”. Traveling to Ottawa on the “only road” in Canada, the boys meet others plagued by the new Prime Minister’s laws, such as a Mountie named Rick, who is forced to ride a sheep instead of a horse; an unnamed French Canadian mime, who can no longer drink wine; and a Newfoundlander named Steve, who can no longer practice sodomy. In Newfoundland, Steve points out that they were heading in the wrong direction. However, they get there in enough time by using Steve’s boat.
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In the Centre Block of the Parliament Buildings, the boys ask for a guard to let them in, but he insists the Prime Minister sees nobody and slams the door. Steve and the mime turn around to go home, reasoning “We gave it our best, but our best wasn’t good enough, eh?”, but Kyle pleads with the guard, who says the Prime Minister is in China. Disappointed, the four boys sit on the steps and cry until the guard, now feeling sorry for them, admits he was lying and allows them entrance. The boys finally meet with the Prime Minister, a gigantic floating head who is a brutal dictator and refuses to repeal his laws. Scott then arrives with the Gintses, and, along with Kyle, appeal to the Prime Minister to support their separate views. The Prime Minister rejects Kyle’s speech, and to prove his point, vaporizes Kenny. Stan reveals that the gigantic floating head is mechanically controlled by Saddam Hussein in a spider-hole. Upon discovery of the Prime Minister’s true identity, the Canadians arrest Hussein (a reference to Hussein’s actual arrest four days before the episode aired) and declare all of the new laws null and void. The Gintses realize how much Kyle must care for Ike to come all the way to Canada and they give Ike the choice to go back to America, which he accepts as he hugs Kyle. Cartman’s watch goes off, and he is upset about missing Christmas, but Kyle insists that he got his brother back and that’s all that matters; Cartman, however, gets angry and tries to fight Kyle. Kyle at first is reluctant but then hits Cartman only once (barely), causing him to scream and cry for his mother. Rick the Mountie invites the boys to celebrate Christmas Canadian-style, being part of a parade celebrating Hussein’s capture and the boys’ efforts to remove him from power. Oblivious to what just happened, Stan and Cartman are unhappy; Stan sighs and says that maybe they will have a Christmas adventure next year.hqdefaultChristmas In Canada is the Season 7 Christmas episode of South Park.This is a pretty funny and good Christmas episode, not the best and not the worst either.

25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: SOUTH PARK THE CHRISTMAS EPISODES – PART 5

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Trey Parker (Tales From The Crapper)
Matt Stone (Orgazmo)

RED SLEIGH DOWN

Cartman has Kyle’s cousin perform a tally of his naughty and nice deeds. He informs Cartman that he has been too naughty to earn his coveted Christmas gift, a Haibo robot dog. In order to reverse his past misdeeds, he sets out to spread Christmas cheer to the people of Iraq. Meanwhile, at a tree lighting ceremony, Jimmy is given the honor of lighting, but first decides to sing “The Twelve Days of Christmas”. Due to his stutter, it takes most of the episode for him to reach the end of the twelve verses. With the use of Mr. Hankey’s Poo-Choo train, Cartman and the other boys travel to the North Pole to convince Santa Claus to bring Christmas to Iraq. With the assistance of the Underpants Gnomes, Santa prepares his sleigh and travels to Iraq, only to be promptly shot down by, brought in, and tortured. The boys realize that Cartman’s little ploy may have ended Christmas for everyone and set out to make things right.
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Taking a backup sled, they seek out Jesus. Upon hearing the news, Jesus promptly arms himself with an array of automatic weapons and travels with the boys to Iraq, brutally gunning down everyone who impedes him. The group breaks into the interrogation room and free Santa. As they make their way back to the sleigh, Jesus is shot dead by one Iraqi captor. Outraged, Santa kills the soldier, and proceeds to blast his way out. Back on the sleigh, Santa flies the children back to South Park, but not before covering Iraq in Christmas decorations. Much to the town’s delight, Jimmy finally finishes his song and switches on the Christmas tree, only for the lights them blow a fuse. At that moment though, Santa flies past the tree and magically restores them.
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Santa returns the boys home, hoping that people will always remember Jesus on this day. He gives the children all Haibo dogs as thanks, but Cartman is disgusted, as he wanted to be the only kid owning one and have his friends envy him. Kenny then shows up out of nowhere, (his first appearance since “Kenny Dies”), though the three seem unfazed by this.hqdefaultRed Sleigh Down is the season 6 Christmas special of South Park.It’s pretty entertaining and an action-packed episode.The episode spoofs elements of the movie “Three Kings”. This is a fairly good Christmas episode of South Park and it also marks the return of Kenny who was absent from this season.

25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: SOUTH PARK THE CHRISTMAS EPISODES – PART 4

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Trey Parker (Tales From The Crapper)
Matt Stone (Orgazmo)

A VERY CRAPPY CHRISTMAS

After Mr. Hankey fails to show up on Christmas Day, Kyle leads Stan, Cartman and Kenny into the sewers to investigate. When they find him, Kyle questions him, stating that nobody seems to have the Christmas spirit anymore. Mr. Hankey reveals that he has not surfaced due to issues with his family: his dissatisfied alcoholic wife Autumn, and their children (which he calls “nuggets”) Cornwallis, Amber and Simon. Cornwallis wears glasses, scarf, and hat; Amber wears a hair bow and a dress; and Simon has a peanut sticking out from the top of his head.

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The boys, along with Mr. Hankey’s kids, attempt to revive the Christmas spirit by singing carols on the sidewalk, but are totally ignored. While they lament not getting any presents, Cornwallis begins to wonder about his significance in the world as a piece of poo. While watching a Peanuts Christmas special, where Snoopy is seen beating a naked Charlie Brown with a board, the boys get the idea to create a short animation to show the townspeople at the local drive-in which they would call The Spirit of Christmas. With backing from Mayor McDaniels, worried about South Park’s economic state, the boys set about using cut-out animation to create their cartoon.

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Meanwhile, Cornwallis, who has sunk further into depression, reveals his feelings to his father, who comforts him by singing “The Circle of Poo”, based on the songs “Circle of Life” from The Lion King and “We Are One” from The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride. This shows how poo is the lifeblood of the whole planet, and the song even finishes with Mr. Hankey holding up Cornwallis atop a cliff. Rejuvenated, Cornwallis and the others begin preparing the dilapidated drive-in for the screening. Cornwallis’ singing voice is provided by former Temptation Louis Price (whose name was misspelled “Lewis” in the credits). After Cartman accidentally destroys a frame of the cartoon and quits the project, and Kenny is run over by a car, Stan and Kyle proceed with the project themselves, with Stan dubbing Cartman’s voice over (taking extra opportunities to poke fun at his weight in the meantime), Kenny being killed off in the cartoon as well, and sending their cut outs to get made in South Korea.

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Finally, the film is ready and the whole town gathers to see it, including Cartman, who joins in getting credit for the movie, and claims he never quit in the first place. Only a few seconds in, though, the film breaks up. As everyone sits at home, forcing the children of South Park to celebrate a Christmas with no presents, Cornwallis and Mr. Hankey fix the projector and the film restarts playing. (The film is made using excerpts of The Spirit of Christmas aka “Jesus vs. Santa”.) Upon seeing the film, the townsfolk finally come to realize that the true spirit of Christmas is commercialism, and rush to the shops for last minute presents. Finally content, the boys head off to open their presents, turning down an offer to make a TV series out of their film.

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Before South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone made two animated Christmas short films featuring early versions of the South Park characters. You can find them both on youtube, but this episode gives us some glimpses of the 1995 Spirit of Christmas. This is a funny and good Christmas episode

25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: SOUTH PARK THE CHRISTMAS EPISODES – PART 3

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Trey Parker (Tales From The Crapper)
Matt Stone (Orgazmo)

The episode is styled as a variety show and features Mr. Hankey as the host;[4] he sits by the fire in his sewer home and introduces shorts featuring unusual holiday songs. In a similar fashion to “Starvin’ Marvin in Space”, the episode was dedicated to Mary Kay Bergman, the original voice of most of the female characters on the show up to that point, who had committed suicide less than a month earlier. Since the episode features audio from the Christmas Classics album, which had been recorded months earlier, it marks the final episode in which Bergman’s voice is heard.
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During the “Christmas Time in Hell” song Satan is singing along with various celebrities in Hell, including Jeffrey Dahmer, John F. Kennedy, John F. Kennedy, Jr., Diana, Princess of Wales, Gene Siskel, Mao Zedong, Genghis Khan, Michael Landon and Jimmy Stewart. A framed picture of comedian Andy Dick is also seen during the dance number.
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“Mr. Hankey The Christmas Poo”, performed by a postman, Mr. Hankey and the students of South Park Elementary (students voiced by the voice actors of Ike Broflovski)
“Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel (The Dreidel Song)”, performed by Kyle Broflovski, with Eric Cartman, Stan Marsh, and Gerald, Sheila and Ike Broflovski
“O Tannenbaum”, performed by Adolf Hitler
“Christmas Time In Hell”, performed by Satan and the damned
“Carol of the Bells”, performed by Mr. Mackey
“O Holy Night”, incorrectly performed by Eric Cartman[5]
“Merry Fucking Christmas”, performed by Mr. Garrison
“I Saw Three Ships”, performed by Shelley Marsh
A Christmas medley performed by Jesus and Santa Claus as lounge singers, featuring: “Joy to the World”, “Up On the House Top”, “Away in a Manger”, “O Come All Ye Faithful”, “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”, “Silent Night”, “Rio”, and “Let it Snow”
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, performed by Mr. Hankey and the cast. During the scene, Kenny is killed when a chandelier falls on him.
During the ending credits a reprise of “Dreidel Dreidel Dreidel” plays.
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“Fighting the frizzies, at eleven.”

After every commercial break, a live action segment featuring a news anchor is shown, saying “Fighting the frizzies, at eleven.” In the DVD commentary, Stone and Parker indicate this is a reference to a bootleg tape of Star Wars Holiday Special. The original tape featured a brief clip at the end from WCBS-TV featuring newscaster Rolland Smith informing viewers, “Fighting the frizzies, at eleven.” However, while the original news ad was apparently referring to “frizzy” hair, the ending credits of this episode of South Park feature the news anchor boxing a man in a giant fuzzy suit

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In the summer of 1999 Trey Parker and Matt Stone released “South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut,” which was easily the best musical of the 90’s. In Christmas 1999 they solidified their reputations as musical masterminds with this Christmas special.

25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: SOUTH PARK THE CHRISTMAS EPISODES – PART 2

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Trey Parker (Tales From The Crapper)
Matt Stone (Orgazmo)

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Merry Christmas, Charlie Manson!

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Stan asks his parents for permission to see Cartman’s grandmother in Nebraska for the holidays, but is denied, then sent to his room for refusing to eat dinner. Feeling disillusioned with the idea of family, he runs off to Cartman’s house just in time to join the other boys. On the way to his Grandma’s house, Cartman and his mother sing “Over the River and Through the Woods” repeatedly, driving the other boys crazy. When they cross the border into Nebraska, the scenery goes from green and snow to endless wheat fields and grey skies (a sign reads “You are now in Nebraska, sorry”). They also see a sign for an appearance of Mr. Hankey in a mall near where Cartman’s grandmother lives. When they finally make it to the house, Cartman hopes to receive a cool present, instead he gets a Hawaiian shirt, prompting him to claim that “Grandma’s gone senile, let’s stick her in a home!”. Cartman’s relatives are there, all of whom share Cartman’s mannerisms, which include yelling at their pet dog named ‘Jimmy’ who growls for some pot pie. At dinner, they meet Cartman’s Uncle Howard, live via satellite from the state prison. Later that night, the boys hear someone breaking into the house and discover that it is Uncle Howard and another inmate, Charlie Manson.

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The boys want to go to the mall to see Mr. Hankey, but no one in the family will take them. Cartman is asked to keep an eye on his cousin, Elvin. Looking for action, Manson offers to take the boys to the mall. At the “Mall of Nebraska” Kenny goes off with Manson to a secluded part of the mall and Cartman “disciplines” his cousin Elvin after he gets upset about finishing his Fudgesicle (Cartman hits him on the head and Elvin becomes concussed, much to Cartman’s shock after realizing what he had done). Meanwhile, Manson has become obsessed with holiday specials and takes time out to watch The Grinchie-poo. Kyle and Stan meets a human-sized “Mr. Hankey”, whom Kyle exposes as somebody in a Mr Hankey suit and a riot breaks out. The boys (and Manson) escape from the mall when the riot police recognize Manson, and they get into a televised high speed chase with the police.

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Back at the Cartman household, everyone is watching Terrance and Phillip, and do not seem to care very much when Manson arrives and together with Uncle Howard proceeds to hold everyone hostage. Stan’s parents arrive and express their disappointment (and anger) in him. Stan asks to make an escape with Uncle Howard and Manson. Uncle Howard says he can, but Manson talks to him about the meaning of family, which makes him change his mind. Kenny is shot dead by the police, but Manson and Uncle Howard surrender and sing a holiday-special style song. Stan’s parents agree that they were unreasonable when denying him a Christmas with his friends, so they tell him to come back home for Christmas and that they will hold off punishing him until after Christmas. Later Manson is seen in jail reading to the other inmates. After being ignored by the prisoners for reading his new book, he places his book on the shelf with the others and goes to sleep. Suddenly, Stan, Kyle, and all of the Cartmans appear to sing “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” to Manson during the credits. Near the end of the song, Stan states “Dude, this is pretty fucked up right here.”

daredevil-bloody-knucles-1Merry Christmas Charlie Manson is the season 2 Christmas episode of South Park.In my opinion, this is one of the best Christmas episodes.This one is simply hilarious! This is a very good episode and has some hilarious moments!

25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: SOUTH PARK THE CHRISTMAS EPISODES – PART 1

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Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo

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Trey Parker (Tales From The Crapper)
Matt Stone (Orgazmo)

Kyle is playing Saint Joseph in the South Park Elementary School’s Christmas nativity play, but he is forced to quit when his mother hears of the play and expresses outrage that her Jewish son is being forced to participate in a Christian production. She demands that the religious elements be taken out of the public school, and threatens to take her case to the mayor. Kyle suggests he could sing the “Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo” song as a non-religious substitute, but his suggestion is rejected because nobody else believes in Mr. Hankey, a living and talking “Christmas poo”. Kyle leaves the school feeling lonely and excluded because he cannot celebrate Christmas with everyone else.

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Mayor McDaniels decides that anything offensive to anyone will be removed from the Christmas celebrations, including Santa Claus, Christmas trees, wreaths, fairy lights, candy canes, mistletoe and the Star of Bethlehem. Kyle once again tries to suggest that they use Mr. Hankey as a non-religious Christmas icon since he does not discriminate against anyone. At home, Kyle is scolded by his parents for believing in Mr. Hankey. While Kyle is brushing his teeth, Mr. Hankey comes out of the toilet, spreading feces stains everywhere he goes, prompting Kyle’s parents to blame Kyle for the mess. Kyle decides he will bring Mr. Hankey to school to prove he is real, but this only causes more problems as Mr. Hankey disguises himself as an unadorned, dried-out piece of feces when he is around people who do not believe in him, leading Cartman to ask if carrying around boxes with feces in them is some kind of Jewish tradition. Mr. Hankey leaps at Cartman’s face as he sings “Kyle’s Mom is a Big Fat Bitch” in D Minor, and Kyle is blamed. He is sent to talk to guidance counselor, Mr. Mackey, but Kyle only gets into further trouble when Mr. Hankey takes a bath in Mr. Mackey’s coffee. Cartman, Stan and Kenny believe Kyle is insane and check him into a mental institution.

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Like the whole town, the school Christmas pageant is stripped of all symbols of Christmas, and the children instead present a minimalist song and dance created by composer Philip Glass. The parents, astounded by how awful the pageant has turned out, begin blaming one another for destroying Christmas and a fight breaks out. When Chef finds out where Kyle is, he reveals to the children that Mr. Hankey does actually exist. When all the children start believing, Mr. Hankey finally reveals himself to everyone and scolds them for losing sight of the good things of Christmas and focusing on the bad. The townspeople release Kyle from the asylum and apologize, then they all sing Christmas songs and watch Mr. Hankey fly away with Santa Claus. Cartman, Stan, and Kyle feel that something is still missing. “THE END” then appears, and Kenny is excited and relieved that he has survived the entire episode without getting killed in spite of being involved in dangerous and life-threatening situations throughout. During the end credits, Jesus dejectedly sings, “Happy Birthday” to himself alone in his television studio.

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Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo has been described as one of the classic episodes of South Park and its easy to see why it’s a classic Christmas episode that brings us an iconic character who wil lreturn in other holiday specials