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Friday, 27 September 2013

South Park

What started out as a video christmas card, ended up being a long running series rivaling that of the Simpsons and Family Guy.  South Park was well known for it's intelligent satirical status overshadowed by it's many controversial forms of humor.  From vulgar subjects such as kids swearing, sex and violence to political, religious and all around topics no other show dared to cross, this show has no sign of losing it's touch.  When I was a kid I first caught South Park on late night Teletoon (Canada's answer to Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon.).  My parents, went through great lengths to make sure I never watched the show in fear I would repeat some of the vulgar humor of that show.  When I was old enough, I was able to watch and understand it in all it's glory.  My mother even liked it and my grandmother was one of the only people in the world that could understand what Kenny was saying without any need to look at transcripts.  My mother even said that it was a hell of a lot better than Family Guy.  Still I watched South Park a lot earlier and never had my "Fragile little mind." shattered by it's effect.  That's bullshit and anyone who says otherwise I'll kick them Squahr in the Noots. Seriouisly.  Anywho onto the storyline.

The show surrounds the town of South Park Colorado.  4 foul mouthed eight year olds (Now 9 and one is 10)  Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflowski, Eric Cartman and Kenny McCormick go on various misadventures.  Said adventures border between the following formulas:

1. Adult Stupidity gone horrifically wrong.
2. Supernatural figures influencing the world.
3. Politics going too far.
4. Religion related troubles.

And many more. 

Each boy has their own perosnality traits.

Stan, the unofficial leader of the group is essentially the most level headed. He tries to do what he feels is right and is often getting the most flack for it.

Kyle is Stan's best friend.  He is almost as level headed as Stan, but is easily lead to do stuff that is normally beneath him.  He is also Jewish and takes a lot of intolerant crap from the following next boy.

Cartman.  Where do I begin.  He is an overweight, spoiled, racist, greedy, sociopath, whose bigotry and temper get's the better of him.  Yet much of the lengths he goes through to achieve his goals, be it financial or political, we can't help but find him awesome.  He is the only person that Kyle would lose his composure against and sink low just to try to get him. 

And then there's Kenny.  Kenny is a poor kid who is the most mature.  Even if he does degrade to the same levels as Kyle and Cartman.  In the show's humble beginnings his existence was merely to get killed in various ways before they developed him.  You may now know him as Mysterion.

While the show does revolve around these characters mostly there are supporting characters both kid and adult that join in on the adventures.  From Randy Marsh, Stan's psycho manchild  of a father to Butters Stotch a kid whom has gone through so much it's a wonder he didn't snap; they all serve a purpose in either teaching the kids valuable lessons, or give them a reason to hate them.

Now for the fun part.  Could It Exist In Real Life? Yes.

First let's start with the main 4.

Stan and Kyle are their creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone respectively.  While they never truly met each other, until college. Much of what their characters' appearance and traits are based off of their experiences since they were kids.  Trey's father, who was also a geologist was the main inspiration for Randy Marsh.

Cartman is actually a composite character. Partial inspiration of him was based around Trey and Matt believing that they could make a character like All In The Family's Archie Bunker and make him a kid.  However the rest was based off all the darkest traits of humanity itself.  Greed, Racism, Selfishness, you name it, every bad trait  a human can be called out for, is personified by this person.  We cheer him on despite our hatred of him because in a way he is us.  Our bad side.  For example Cartman's hatred of Hippies stems from Trey's real life hatred of Hippies.

Last but not least is Kenny.  He was actually based off a childhood friend of Trey and Matt's.  Every Trait from his Orange Parka, his mumbled speech, his reputation for poverty and his tendancy of getting killed a lot. (The latter of which was mostly due to his absence from school.).  He is also another surrogate of us.

Now for the final question of the day.  Could South Park Colorado Exist in Real Life?  The answer is yes. If you are ever in Colorado, take the Route 285 near Denver.  There you'll find a grassland Basin.  Trey and Matt also stated that much of the fictional version of the Basin's history of weird shit was based around UFO sightings found in that particular Basin.  I theorize that South Park did exist as a town at one point and it was destroyed by said UFOs or sent to an alternate dimension and that most of the weird and stupid things happening to the town is the result of a Time Rift ala Torchwood.  Which I will get into soon.  But then again, it's word of mouth so I wouldn't really know unless I see for myself.

As usual debate, argue and let me know what I missed.  Stay Tuned For More.  OH MY GOD THEY KILLED KENNY, YOU BASTARDS!!!!

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