Monday, March 30, 2009

Trey Parker and Matt Stone


Today we celebrate Trey Parker and Matt Stone for their animated creation, South Park. Stone and Parker first met in 1992 as film students at the University of Colorado. When they agreed to collaborate on a class project - a film short titled: Jesus vs. Frosty - the main characters of South Park - Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny - were born.

Parker and Stone were commissioned to create a second film in 1995 with the same characters - the characters resembling those of today's episodes only with the names re-arranged - as a video Christmas card for a fee of $2000 - titled Jesus vs. Santa. The popularity of these two initial videos over the internet eventually led to talks of an animated series. In 1997, episode 1 of season 1 aired on Comedy Central. South Park is now in its 13th season and remains the highest rated series on Comedy Central.

South Park has won a series of awards including: the CableAce Award for best animated series, two Emmy Awards - backed by seven Emmy nominations - , and more. The success of the series led to production of a full-length movie in 1999. It has also expanded to a successful market for South Park merchandise - video games, toys, clothing, etc.

Trey Parker and Matt Stone are both fine examples of Heroes of Capitalism: they combined their intellectual and artistic abilities to create world-wide wealth in entertainment.

See South Park's take on the financial crisis (the Margaritaville episode) here.

Sources

Wikipedia - South Park
South Park Studios
xepisodes.com

8 comments:

Cyril Morong said...

I watched the show for the first time last week. One of my students told me that they did an episode on the economy. It was called "Margaritaville" and was very funny.

Stone's father is a economics professor.

dorsey said...

Trey Parker has voiced for two main characters in ‘South Park’ tv show. He gives his voice for “Stan Marsh” and for “Eric Cartman“. today i watch south park season 1 episodes Cartman Gets an Anal Prob. this episode is very interesting.

drew said...

Parker and Stone both have given a great contribution to South Park series. And both are hardworking as well.

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Nigrilaforever said...

Hartmann for president!! most lovely character for all time! best of the best!

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