South Park: 14 Clever And Crafty Easter Eggs
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They’ll clearly let us know the TV shows and movies they despise, but as they’ve shown in a few of these 15 Easter eggs, they’re not afraid to show appreciation for ones they love.
An homage to A Clockwork Orange.
The slow motion shots and the music… brilliant.
In the season 14 episode, “Coon 2: Hindsight”, Cartman (as the coon) starts beating up his friends. The shots mirror the scene where Alex turns on his droogs and beats them up in A Clockwork Orange.
Aliens. So many aliens.
Whether you’ve seen them or not, aliens have appeared more than some well-known characters.
As early as the pilot episode, "Cartman Gets an Anal Probe," aliens have become a staple of South Park. In that first season, there was rumor that at least one alien could be found in every episode.
The alien easter eggs began tapering off after the first few seasons, but they picked back up again around 2008. Comedy Central even had a "find the hidden aliens" contest during the first seven episodes of season 12.
James Bond: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut.
In their first film South Park Bigger, Longer, and Uncut back in 1999, Kenny sets himself on fire after trying to light one of his farts, and a dump truck pours salt on him before he’s rushed to hospital.
In the hospital, just outside the emergency room, there’s a board with the doctors’ schedules on it. At the bottom, Dr. No’s schedule is to kill Bond.
He’s died a lot, and this is how we pay our respects.
In the show’s opening credits that began in season 17, a gravestone for Kenny McCormick can be seen right away.
The stone reads, "Sleep well, little child. The Lord holds thee now."
Eric Cartman's mom Liane is notoriously promiscuous, and the story behind that is personal.
She shares her name with Trey Parker's college girlfriend, who was cheating on him with multiple guys.
The real Liane… Liane Adamo, seems to take it all in stride, and the pair remained friends despite Parker's not-so-flattering homage.
An egg to crack with The Stick of Truth.
A memorial to Clyde's mother can be seen in his garage. This references season 16, episode 1, “Reverse Cowgirl” where she's sucked into a toilet and killed after he forgets to put the seat down.
Mad Max 10.
Mad Max just keeps pumpin’ ‘em out.
The timeline of South Park: Post Covid jumps 40 years in the future to 2061, and when Stan in his home office, a poster for Mad Max 10 is displayed on the wall.
Looks like Stan’s love of the franchise continued into his adult years, because (as a boy) he has a Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior poster in his room (it’s the image, but the poster reads The Street Warrior).
There was also an episode where the poster changed to Fury Road, when Fury Road came out, so this change to the poster isn't unprecedented, either.
Star Trek References.
In the season 4 episode, "Something You Can Do With Your Finger" the boys start a boy band.
When Randy first learns of Kyle's activities, he lets out a tortured "NOOOOOO!" and puts his head through a glass cabinet.
If you think Randy sounds like Captain Picard for a moment there, it's because a brief audio clip from Star Trek: First Contact was slyly inserted as Randy’s voice.
A season 2 episode, "City on the Edge of Forever," shares its title with an episode of the original Star Trek series, and loosely follows its plot.
Unlike the LEZBO calculator numbers, these ones are nods to movies.
In season 4, episode 2, “Cartman’s Silly Hate Crime 2000”, Cartman goes to prison for throwing a rock at Token.
Even though they audibly say that Cartman’s number is 24601, he wears number 26354 on his orange jumpsuit - which is a nod to Rick Deckard’s I.D. in Blade Runner.
Chewbacca on Halloween.
Al Gore as ManBearPig.
Al Gore is lurking. Always lurking
Another egg from the opening credits is former Vice President, Al Gore, hiding behind a tree next to Skeeter’s bar & cocktails, dressed as ManBearPig.
We won’t let go of Orgazmo.
It didn’t do well at the time? All good. We’ll make it a slow burn.
In the pilot, a poster for Parker & Stone’s 1997 movie Orgazmo is found on Cartman’s door, and remains there for the first 12 seasons.
Orgazmo is the figure on the trophy in an award ceremony with Kathy Lee Gifford, and again when the boys win a dodgeball championship.
He also shows up briefly in the opening credits, and appears as a statue in a graveyard. Orgazmo's theme music plays during the end credits of season one's "Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boat Ride."
Fight scene re-creation.
“They live” for a cripple fight.
In season 5, episode 2, Timmy and Jimmy’s street brawl is a direct parody of Rowdy Roddy Piper and Keith David’s fight in 1988’s “They Live”.
The angles, dialogue, and fight choreography are recreated almost to a T. Even the reason for the fight is similar. Jimmy wants Timmy to put on a hat instead of sunglasses.
The Geisha candy ad.
Man, they like Blade Runner.
The South Park: Post Covid timeline has a repeated re-creation of the Geisha candy advertisement from Blade Runner.
First shown on a screen above the Denny's Applebee's Max, a slight variation of the same ad also appears above the Shady Acres Retirement Community building, which is a skyscraper similar to the one displaying the commercial in Blade Runner.
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