Last week, we were overjoyed to hear that South Park would finally be coming to Netflix, adding more fuel to the fire of procrastination. But it looks like that joy might be short lived, as show creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone hinted at ending the most beloved adult cartoon in history.
But don’t worry. It won’t be any time soon. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, the two suggested they would retire from their multiple roles in the show when they hit the big six-oh.
When asked by the reporter how long they intended to continue the show, which first debuted in 1997, Parker said: “I don’t think we have ever had an “OK, let’s sit down and decide if we are going to keep going”.’
But Stone dampened the optimism by adding: “I am 48. Trey turns 50 this year. So I will say that I don’t think we will be doing this show when we’re 60.”
To be fair, Stone’s hesitation to continue voicing pre-pubescent boys when he’s technically eligible for a state pension is probably the right way to think. But then again, that doesn’t come anywhere close to the controversy that the show has generated over the past twenty-two years, so maybe not.
One such controversy includes the celebration of the 200th episode of the show back in 2010, where a two-part episode was censored by Comedy Central as the plot involved ridiculing the prophet Muhammad and has never been aired again. As a result, Parker and Stone are wary of going too deep to celebrate the 300th episode, which will air this October.
‘We did the 200 two-parter, and that was a disaster,’ Parker said. ‘We’ve learned the past few years to let the momentum of the season take us.’
Complaints about the episode were just more in a very, very long line stretching back all the way to 1997, but fans would agree that the cultural relevance of the episodes’ themes and stories are what make them so great. According to the creators, episodes are planned and produced the same week they air so as to keep up to date with current affairs and give the fantastical show a small but effective element of realism that keeps us empathising in some way with the characters.
But such a task does not come without a little bit of blood, sweat and pressure. Outside of South Park, the comedy duo are bustling with ideas for projects, hoping to release another movie following on from the success of Team America: World Police back in 2004.
“We think of ourselves as filmmakers, and it’s like, everyone is doing TV now,” said Stone.
“It’s like, movies, even though the movie business is all f***** up. And everyone will tell you don’t go into movies. We just want to do a movie.”
Following on from the announcement from Comedy Central that South Park would be renewed through to 2022, Parker said: “In this day and age, it is more of an achievement than it was before, the fact that we are still going.”
It’s a good point. In an age where political correctness is dominating the media, South Park‘s continued success is somewhat miraculous. It makes sense that Parker and Stone would be thinking ahead, weighing just how much PC culture will have progressed by the time they hit sixty in 2030.
Talking about the effects of ‘cancel culture’ on their work, Stone lamented: “It’s new. I don’t want to say it’s the same as it’s always been. The kids are f****** different than us. There’s a generational thing going on.”
But for a show that began life as a VHS short video constructed of four foul-mouthed boys in snowy Colorado, anything is possible.
There’s not long to wait, people. New South Park is coming 25th September, 2019
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