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    [08:49:29] <@j0l0n> from superhippie20 -> why do alot of characters that do
    nothing have the name of kevin?


    [08:50:02] <@MattStone> Because Kevin is such a shitty, whitebread name.
    Aplogies to all the kevins out there. Not you.



    imo die geilste Antwort :rofl:

    Zitat

    Wenigstens wissen wir jetzt, dass Japaner keine Seelen haben.


    und dass Engel gerne mal am Edding riechen ;)


    hab mich auch über die Aktualität gewundert, am geilsten fand ich den Kommentar von Satans Handlanger (wer war das? sollte der auf HdR anspielen?), wie sie ihre bösen Absichten unters Volk bringen: "we're gonna use the Republicans."

    kann mich den meisten hier nur anschließen: die folge war ganz OK, v.a. die Schießerei und die "fountains" fand ich lustig ;)


    6von 10 punkten

    hm, so spontan fallen mir keine 10 ein, great expectations war irgendwie... seltsam, konnt ich selten lachen.
    ansonsten fallen noch die terrance & philipp noch ein wenig ab, aber den rest will ich nicht als "schlecht" bezeichnen ;)

    erstmal vielen Dank euch allen für das Lob :]


    Zitat

    Viel mehr bleibt mir nicht zu sagen. Gibt allerdings ein paar Dinge, die mich noch interessieren:
    1. War es schwierig, das Thema durchzukriegen, oder fand dein/e Lehrer/in das nicht so heikel? Gäb bestimmt einige, die von South Park als Thema nicht grad angetan wären.
    2. Wie lang ist denn die Arbeit geworden, also wieviele Seiten? Und weißt du noch irgendwelche genauen Kommentare von deinem/r Lehrer/in?
    3. Und zu guter Letzt: Ich hab damals auch über einen Film / Buch Facharbeit in Englisch geschrieben und ich weiß noch, dass ich diesen danach erstmal 'ne zeitlang echt nicht mehr sehen konnte. Geht's dir da jetzt auch so mit "SP:BLU" und "Bowling for Columbine"?


    Merci nochmal für's Posten, hat Spaß gemacht zu lesen!


    1. war überhaupt kein Problem =) hab mir überlegt, was mit Film zu machen, bin dann relativ schnell auf SP und Bowling for Columbine gekommen. Hab das dann meiner Lehrerin mitgeteilt, die meinte dann nur: ok, formulier das mal in eine Themenfrage! Gesagt, getan und sie hat nen Haken drunter gemacht ;) (ich wollte eigentlich anfangs nur die Darstellung der amerikanischen Gesellschaft vergleichen, die erste Themenstellung lautete American Society in SP and BfC, hab aber dann festgestellt, dass ich nicht soviel aus dem Vergleich rausholen kann- die Umformulierung des Themas war aber auch kein Problem)
    2. die oben gepostete Arbeit ist Seite 2-20 (hab allerdings ein paar Bilder drin), dann kommen 4 Seiten Attachments (Lyrics von Mountain Town und Blame Canada und das Joan Rivers Interview von den Oscars). zusammen mit Titelblatt und Quellenangaben macht das genau 25 Seiten
    Kommentare weiß ich leider nicht mehr genau, die FA liegt momentan in der Schule rum. Hauptfehler waren zuviele kleine Fehlerchen, Sprache, Inhalt und Aufbau waren Ok
    3. das hab ich mich auch gefragt ;) SP hab ich 3 mal am Stück durchgesehen, einzelne Szenen bis zu 12 mal- und ich kann immer noch drüber lachen :D
    BfC reicht mir jetzt erstmal- aber der Bruder von Timothy McVeighn (oder so ähnlich^^), der mit der Magnum unterm Kopfkissen schläft und am Ende des Interviews meint, dass Atomwaffen nicht für jederman zugänglich sein sollten, "because there are a lot of weirdos out there" find ich immer noch... beeindruckend ;)

    Danke für das Lob, wenn mich nicht alles täuscht, gibt es aber nur bei den Simpsons eine Folge mit Tony Blair und der Queen.
    Außerdem bezieht sich die Facharbeit speziell auf den Kinofilm und weniger auf die Serie (wobei sich natürlich große Teile daraus übertragen lassen)

    III. Importance of Biographical Background


    Michael Moore’s comment on Trey Parker and Matt Stone- they “found a way to take out their anger of being different and to turn it not into carnage, but into a cartoon” (BfC, chap. 6)- is definitely correct, but in fact it could also refer to himself- he also began to be creative and finally to do films as well.
    Moore very early started to be interested in politics, then started to work as a journalist. General Motors downsizing their production in his home town Flint, although the yield was excellent, was certainly a significant point in Moore’s life. He started making films whose topics were problems of society, for example poverty, discrimation and violence, all of which he experienced by him and existent in Bowling for Columbine as well.
    Yet, the biographical background of the authors is also of decisive matter for the creation of Stone and Parker. Describing Littleton, his home town, as “just absolutely, painfully, horribly average” and the school he attended as “a crappy school in the middle of a bunch of crappy trees”, Matt Stone also comments on the time he grew up, when he was scared “into conforming and doing good in school” (all BfC, chap. 6) by his teachers and counsellors. Getting older, he some when realized that the adults had not been completely honest with him and that it is possible to lead a good life without receiving excellent marks in school. Thus his anger towards the mature world, which had turned into a world of lies for him, arose. He finally met Trey Parker, someone who felt like him, and together they tried to fight the things they had to suffer from in their youth, most of all the lies of adults. As mentioned in 1.4 the majority of the characters in South Park is based on real persons and Parker and Stone’s appearance at the Annual Academy Awards perfectly fits to their biographical background as well: Hollywood, emphasizing its glamour and integrity, is revealed as a world of illusions to them, which they completely decline. Therefore they taunt it by exposing their disinterest in the Academy awards. Having participated omly once in the Oscars, probably they will not share in them soon.
    Michael Moore’s appearance can be interpreted the same way: he uses the huge attendance to state his opinion on President Bush and the war on Iraq, just as he always attempted to proclaim his notions to the biggest audience reachable.
    Hence Parker, Stone and Moore’s opus can be regarded as working up their past- and as advise for the viewer to learn from their experience.



    So, gratuliere, dass du dich durch das ganze Zeugs durchgekämpft habt - dir muss verdammt langweilig gewesen sein :P

    2.2 Misbehaviour of Youths
    In both films the children and adolescents have to face severe reproaches of matures, they are regarded as “getting worse, they won’t obey their parents, they just want to fart and curse” and even as “little monsters” (BfC, chap. 6) by adults.
    If this aggravation is real is certainly disputible, but Moore and Parker/Stone are especially eager to examine speculations and statements concerning the debasement of youth which are actually wrong and have desastrous effects on society.



    2.3 False Reasons for Grievances in Society
    An important similarity is the alligation Americans were not able to state the true reasons for the problems in society, they suppose it was misbehaviour of youths. In South Park, this is presented in the song “Blame Canada” , in which parents try to name some of the possible causes for the children swearing. The song changes to a kind of anti-Canadian propaganda-song, ridiculous theses are the ideologic foundation for war. In Bowling for Columbine, Michael Moore presents many statements showing people who attempt to find answers why youths are able to commit such bloodsheds as in Columbine (BfC, chap 6-7). The reasons given are very similar to those in South Park: parents, violent videos, TV, society. Like Parker and Stone, Moore soon points out that these often discussed issues have no logical argumentative base, they do in fact not differ from other countries where the rate of murders committed with firearms is exorbantly smaller or do simply not make any sense (like Satan or South Park, for instance).
    The only reason remaining for waging a war or for having little qualms using weapons is something different: a nation of fear.




    2.4 American Society as a Nation of Fear
    As reported, Americans are accused of not being able to realize the real problems in society, they repute children causing tensions in communities. Actually both films show that this is not true, the children save the world from Satan in South Park, Michael Moore explicitely states another thesis for the grievances in American society: fear.
    It is fear that makes people want to possess a gun and it is fear that makes them use it. As Moore points out in chapter 2 of “Bowling for Columbine”, the members of the Michigan Militia do not feel safe in their homes, they are afraid of someone intruding their houses threatening their lives. It is even seen as an “American responsibility to be armed”, the “cops” or “the federal government” are not regarded trustworthy if it comes to “defending your kids”.
    On the contrary two Canadians state that they do not lock their doors at night and that they are not frightened, though they had been victims of trespass and they had been stolen from before (comp. BfC, chap. 11)
    So Moore points out that the main difference between Canada and the United States is the U.S.-citizen living in awe and scare, feeling immediately threatened by the slightest sign of peril and therefore being susceptible to overreactions, hence using firearms instead of negotiating at first is the usual procedure. According to Moore, Afro-Americans have to suffer most from the resulting intolerance, it has become common to suspect black men of committing crimes without any proofs (BfC, chap. 10).
    Moore even proclaims an American history of fear in a cartoon in chapter 8, asserting several important events and developments of the USA can be ascribed to the fear of the people, for example the displacement of Indians, the Witch Craze and the discrimination of Afro-Americans.


    In South Park- Bigger, Longer & Uncut the thesis of a “nation of fear” is not stated as explicitely as in “Bowling for Columbine”, although the outbreak of aggression can be refered to the mothers’ fear of a corrupted youth. In Bowling for Columbine it is Afro-Americans that have to face prejudices, in South Park- Bigger, Longer & Uncut the scare of the people finds another target: Canada. Due to the Canadian film Asses of Fire the Americans are terrified because of the assumption, this movie would cause an ultimative collapse of American society. Suddenly all Canadians are regarded as foes, imprisoned in concentration camps and Canadian cities are under attack.
    Like in Moore’s documentary, arbitrary fear makes it impossible for the parents to decide rationally, they simply overreact due to self-protectional reasons, evinced in the end of the song Blame Canada : “We must blame them and cause a fuss, before somebody thinks of blaming us!” and furthermore in their abrupt fury against Canadians, shown in chapter 26 of South Park when Sheila Broflovski again speaks her mind in front of a devasteted and disgusting battlefield: “This is what we wanted!”
    The postulate for this burst of mass-hysteria is the possibility to distribute information quickly and broadly: achieved by the media.


    2.5 Media
    In both Bowling for Columbine and South Park- Bigger, Longer & Uncut the media is used to spread wrong information or even propaganda, emphasizing the influence of mass media. Most citizens behave as the TV-programmes want them to: in chapter 15 of South Park, a propaganda advertisement is presented in which all U.S.-citizens are requested to join the army against their evil foe Canada. This TV-spot is definitely a parody on WWII as it has the same style: it is black and white and the language is very similar to the one used in WWII- reports. The ridiculous “Eat Smacky Smores” in the end refers to an issue that is momentous in Bowling for Columbine as well: ways to make the viewer consuming.
    Moore gives examples of several cases of deliberate misinformation by the media terrifying the viewers: the Year 2000 computer crashes, the “killer bees” in southern states and razorblades hidden in apples. All of these topics did not happen as predicted or had actually no real background, they were just fantasy. However, masses of people were scared and reacting wrong, for exapmle purchasing gallons of water at the end of December 1999 (comp. BfC, chap. 8).
    Another difference between Canada and the USA is, according to Moore, that Canadian television does not present that much uninvestigative journalism, in general they stick more to the truth and exaggerate less (comp. BfC, chap. 11).


    2.6 Main Message and Demand on the Viewer
    To sum everything up both films present American society in a very negative way, there are hardly any positive aspects in them despite the hope for a change. Adults, indoctrinated by dubious media, are too scared to assess the most important issues, instead they try to fight even the least objectionable persons and institutions.
    However, the main message of the authors is a way to achieve a positive change in society: the will to realize and accept the real problems in society and then the will to solve them- as the children of South Park do and as Michael Moore claims to do.
    Furthermore in South Park- Bigger, Longer & Uncut the main demand is on the parents to not neglect their children, to be honest towards them and to also accept their behaviour, which can be obtained in the end of the film.
    In Bowling for Columbine it is to get rid of unfounded fear which causes fatal consequences for society, hence it is a more general request than in South Park- Bigger, Longer & Uncut, but the problems occurring in South Park can be seen as one aspect of the thesis of the Nation of Fear as presented in Bowling for Columbine.

    1.2.1.3 Reproaches on Parents
    In South Park- Bigger, Longer& Uncut there are several severe reproaches pertaining the parents.
    At first, the parents are even more naïve than their children. They do not recognize the true reason for the children cursing, which is the children themselves, as Kyle tries to explain his mother in Chapter 27. Instead the adults search for something else to blame- and wage a war on Canada in their fury. In the song Blame Canada their point of view is expressed. They no longer see government, society or the images on TV responsible for the misbehaviour of their children, which they have probably suspected before, now they found another target: Canada. Believing in ridiculous reasons (Terrence & Philipp, Celine Dion and Bryan Adams) their hatred grows, thus they rather stick to their illusions than realizing the truth, which is destroying Canada to save American society is just absurd.
    Furthermore, their ignorance is a kind of self-protection, which is sung at the end of “Blame Canada”: “We must blame them and cause a fuss, before somebody thinks of blaming us!” So they are also afraid of being responsible for their children’s misbehaviour themselves, another reason for accusing Canada.
    To keep their illusionally perfect society alive, the parents additionally ignore all kinds of difficult questions asked by their children and neglect them. This is demonstrated in the song Mountain Town, when Stan is singing: “ ‘cause the movies teach us what our parents don’t have time to say!” and in Chapter 14 when the kids are elided by their mothers giving a speech. Parker and Stone evince the peril of such behaviour in the further plot: due to their curiosity, the kids use the internet to get more information on the term “clitoris”, soon leading them to unapproved internet sites containing pornography.
    The children even get further repressed when the “V-Chip” is invented, tested on Eric Cartman and planned to be used on every kid (comp. SP, chap. 14). The authors again evince the wrong way the parents attend: instead of fighting the core of the problem, the children’s will to swear, they simply want to compress its effects, that means the children receive an electric shock whenever they curse. Their deliberateness to swear, however, is not affected, when the V-Chip gets a malfunction, Eric Cartman returns to his habit behaviour (comp. SP, chap. 28). Ironically the fault of the V-Chip gives him the ability to beat Saddam Hussein and thereby to save the world.
    But “South Park” contains more critisizism than just wrong forms of education by parents.
    1.3 American institutions


    1.3.1 Politics
    First of all American foreign policy is accused of being extraordinary aggressive. This can be seen in chapter 11, when the U.S.-ambassador simply replies “fuck Canada” on the allegation of the Canadian ambassador, the arrest of Terrence and Philipp was against international law. Mocking at him because of pronouncing “about” like “aboot” directly leads to a U.S.-Canadian war, that means the Americans completely disregard every argument and negotiation. Another instance for aggressive U.S.- foreign policy is displayed when President Clinton appoints the “Secretary of Offence” (Chapter 12), Sheila Broslofski.


    1.3.2 Military
    Concerning military Parker and Stone demand the Civil Rights Movement not to be stopped yet, as all Afro-American soldiers are grouped together in one squad, forming the “Operatin Human Shield”. Their task is protecting all white soldiers from Canadian missiles, this squad is simply called “Operation Get-Behind-the-Darkies”. However, the military in general is regarded extremely negative: the U.S.O-show, with its highlight being Terrance and Philipp dying on electric chairs, reminds of Roman times, the execution is a great event, the soldiers are well-entertained and very delighted.
    It is also the military running the new concentration camps, although the official name is “happy camp” (SP, chap.19). This is obviously a reference to the German concentration camps in WWII, where thousand of Jews and critics of the Nazi-regime had to die. Known as one of the, maybe even the cruelest violation of human rights in the last century, this is definitely the most provoking aspect of the film, a U.S. society being blindfolded, intolerant and furious enough to repeat one of history’s most disgusting events: searching and imprisoning human beings due to their origin.


    1.3.3. School
    Additionally the authors intend to make the scholar institution appear extremely ridiculous. The teacher of the children, Mr Garrison, is obviously mentally diseased, almost schizophrenic, as he always talks to his doll “Mr Hat”. The psychological reason for this is probably that the teacher cannot withstand any contradiction, so Mr Hat usually replies: “That’s right, Mr Garrison”. Furthermore he is very sexist originating the mothers’ actions in their “periods” (SP, chap.12).
    In conclusion he is definitely not the appropriate teacher for 3rd grade, apart from his psychological problems he has an offensive attitude towards his students, even calling them “complete retard” ( SP, chap. 4).


    The school counselor Mr Mackey tries to persuade the children to stop swearing by replacing curse words with expressions regarded less offensive. His success, however, is very little. When the kids are told to find “their own constructive way to better themselves” (SP, chap. 6), they watch Asses of Fire again. Furthermore the collar of his shirt is very tightly bound, maybe that is the reason why his head is so enormously big. The fact that he ends almost every sentence with the word “m’kay” additionally diminishes his reputation.



    1.4 The claim of South Park- Bigger, Longer & Uncut for reality
    In conclusion the South Park society is a discerning example of American society.
    Stone and Parker want every member of American society to be represented, hence one of the children is Jewish, one is fat, one is poor and one is just the average American boy.
    The complete plot is settled in South Park, it is always in the centre of action. All significant events take place there, so it can be seen as the USA as a whole, which of course increases the claim of the authors not to criticize society in a “quiet little [..] mountain town” (SP, chap.29), but to criticize society in the entire USA.
    To enhance this afford the badly animated figures and the exaggerations concerning religion, government and education are done. They do not let South Park seem fictional, in fact it becomes realer by having unspecified characters. Additionally most of the figures were not created by the fantasy of the authors, but have a correlation to real people: Mrs Cartman cooking food for her little boy, for instance, refers to Trey Parker’s mother trying to calm him down by feeding him whenever Trey got upset or angry, the school counsellor Mr Mackey is based on Parker’s Jr. High school counsellor, Mr Lackey, Mr Garrison on Parker’s homosexual College English Literature teacher and Mr Hat on a puppet, his Kindergarten teacher used, even the first names of Kyle and Stan’s parents are the same as Parker and Stone’s .
    Moreover the viewer can hardly identify himself with one of the simple characters and therefore keeps a distant look on the action. Quite similar to epic drama, this allows the viewer to conceive the nuisances Parker and Stone decry, especially because of the ridiculously exaggerated happy end.
    This happy end, however, does not diverge much from the situation presented in the beginning, apart from one keen exception: in the end, the adults realize their mistakes and that their hope for an utopian society could not be fulfitted, in fact it led to disaster. Now they admit they live in “this quiet little pissant podunk jerkwater redneck […] mountain town” (SP, chap. 29) and they seem proud of it (comp. SP chap. 26 and 29).




    2 Similarities to Bowling for Columbine
    Though South Park- Bigger, Longer & Uncut and Bowling for Columbine belong to two completely different types of movies – one being an comedic animated cartoon, the other one a documentary- there are several similarities in American society, which will be analysed in the following text.


    2.1 Academy Awards
    The first similarity examined does not pertain the plots, but the great success both films had. They were both nominated for the Academy Awards, Bowling for Columbine for best documentary feature in 2003 and the song Blame Canada out of South Park- Bigger, Longer & Uncut for Best Song in 2000, Bowling for Columbine even gained the coveted Oscar.
    However, the authors created “scandals” at their Academy Award appearance: Matt Stone came dressed up like Gwyneth Paltrow, Trey Parker like Jennifer Lopez and co-compositioner of Blame Canada, Marc Shaiman, wearing extraordinary spacey clothes, resembling those worn in the 70’s. Additionally their ironic statements revealed their attitude towards the Oscar-presentation. Trey Parker replied to Reuters when enquired for his fancy dress: ''We're not ashamed of our bodies This event is the most important thing in the world'' and in the interview with Joan Rivers, they mocked at the supposed glamour of Hollywood, the press usually presents .
    Michael Moore attracted the focus of public interest on him due to his acceptance speech after receiving the Oscar. He avered his animadversion on the Iraq war and on President George W. Bush. His speech was attempted to be ended by music suddenly getting louder and louder, the audience either cheered or hooted. Moore’s last words- before he had to stop- were: “Shame on you, Mr. Bush, shame on you. And any time you got the Pope and the Dixie Chicks against you, your time is up.”

    denk das Thema passt hier am besten, warne euch gleich im Voraus: ist ein wenig lang ;) außerdem englisch ;)
    Quellen und Anhänge denkt ihr euch einfach am besten dazu, bin zu faul, die ganzen Fußnoten einzufügen ;) ebenso sind noch ein paar kleine Tipp- und Schreibfehlerchen drin (die haben mir ein perfektes Ergebnis verbockt :aeh: ), aber für mich ist das künstlerische Freiheit ;)
    hier also meine Facharbeit in 4 Teilen...


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    American Society as Presented in


    Table of Content
    I. Background Information on and Plot of South Park- Bigger, Longer & Uncut and Bowling for Columbine


    II. American Society as Presented in South Park- Bigger, Longer & Uncut and Detecting Similarities to Bowling for Columbine
    1. American Society as Presented in South Park- Bigger, Longer & Uncut:
    1.1 The Introductary Song
    1.2 The Characters and Institutions Forming South Park Society
    1.2.1 Characters:
    1.2.1.1 The Kids
    1.2.1.2 The Parents
    1.2.1.3 Reproaches on Parents
    1.3 American Institutions
    1.3.1 Politics
    1.3.2 Military
    1.3.3. School
    1.4 The claim of South Park- Bigger, Longer & Uncut for reality


    2. Detecting Similarities to Bowling for Columbine
    2.1 Academy Awards
    2.2 Misbehaviour of Youths
    2.3 False Reasons for Grievances in Society
    2.4 American Society as a Nation of Fear
    2.5 Media
    2.6 Main Message and Demand


    III. Importance of the Biographical Background
    IV. Attachment


    V. Sources



    Please note: Quotations taken from South Park- Bigger, Longer & Uncut DVD, written by Matt Stone and Trey Parker, published by Warner Home Video, 2000, will be abbreviated SP, from Bowling for Columbine, Special Edition 2 Disc Set, Disc One, written and directed by Michael Moore, published by Alliance Atlantis and United Artists, 2002, will be abbreviated BfC and the respective chapter of the each DVD chap.


    I. Background Information on and Plot of South Park- Bigger, Longer & Uncut and Bowling for Columbine
    Matt Stone and Trey Parker created one of the most successful Cartoon Comedy Series ever, the story of four little boys in a little mountain town, called South Park. Starting in 1997, they completed nine episodes by now and South Park is still to continue. In 1998 Stone and Parker set work on a bigger project: a South Park film, which could be seen in cinemas in 1999 and was extraordinary successful.
    The plot is full of exaggerations, just like the TV-episodes: due to corrupting the youth with their film Asses of Fire, Canadian Film Stars Terrance and Philipp are arrested in the U.S.A. and sentenced to death. While the boys Stan, Kyle and Eric, the protagonists, desperately attempt to free their idols Terrance and Philipp and to find a way to convince their parents to be less radical, but fail, a war between Canada and the U.S.A. breaks out, soon turning into WWIII. After the blood of Terrance and Philipp touches American soil, Satan, supported by Saddam Hussein, is free to walk on earth and wants to bring doom, but is finally persuaded to break with Saddam, to return to hell and to turn everything the way it was before the war broke out.


    Michael Moore was born in Flint, Michigan, a town, where most employees used to depend on General Motors. After the car production had been displaced, many workers were fired in Flint leading Moore to the plot his first successful documentary film, Roger & Me, which he directed in 1989.
    Gaining more and more attention due to his following films and publications, he made his most fruitful documentary film in 2002: Bowling for Columbine, in which Moore tries to examine reasons and results of a massacre two youths committed at Columbine High School on april, 20th 1999 where they killed twelve students, one teacher and finally themselves. Bowling for Columbine was awarded Best Documentary Feature at the Annual Academy Awards 2003.
    The following report will at first analyse the American society as presented in South Park- Bigger, Longer & Uncut and then detect similarities to Bowling for Columbine by Michael Moore.



    II. American Society as Presented in South Park- Bigger, Longer & Uncut and Detecting Similarities to Bowling for Columbine


    1. American Society as Presented in South Park- Bigger, Longer & Uncut


    1.1 The Introductary Song
    In the introductary song Mountain Town an excellent survey over the whole community of South Park is given. The main figures are presented, one of these Stan Marsh, described as “picture perfect child, just like Jesus, he's tender and mild” by his mother Sharon. That is contrary to Trey Parker’s view on little children: “There's this whole thing out there about how kids are so innocent and pure. That's bullshit, man. Kids are malicious little fuckers. They totally jump on any bandwagon and rip on the weak guy at any chance. They say whatever bad word they can think of. They are total fucking bastards, but for some reason everyone has kids and forgets about what they were like when they were kids.” And so the perfect scenery begins to get some clefts, when the lazy Eric Cartman sends his mother to open the door while watching TV, Kenny McCormick refuses to visit church, even though it is Sunday and his mother threatens him that he will be damned after his death, Kyle kicking his little brother Ike through window-glasses and Stan convincing a homeless man to buy them tickets for a restricted movie giving him money to purchase a bottle of vodka. But not only the four boys introduce themselves, also Sheila Broslowski, Kyle’s mother, shows her feelings: “Look at those frail and fragile boys. It really gets me down! This world is such a rotten place, and city life's a complete disgrace!” So the later conflict between parents and children is already settled in the beginning, as Sheila is very strict and consistent. Therefore Stan lies at her by saying that the boys want to go ice-skating because of not being allowed to see the Terrance and Philipp movie if he told her the truth.
    Furthermore the whole introductary song can be regarded as a Walt Disney parody, as the songs in Disney films usually take place in front of a perfect scenery and are full of cliches.
    Thus the perfect world soon begins to fade, for example when Stan sings of “the snow pure and white” and touches the snow some deer has just urinated on or at the songline “all the happy people stop to say hello” and the reply of an adult is: ”get out of my way!”


    So the American society is presented as an assumed Utopia, but that this is actually an illusion becomes obvious almost immediately, it can only exist as long as the adults are in control, pretending everything was perfect. The children are still too naïve to recognize the truth in the beginning, yet this situation is to be finite: both matures and kids develop in the plot, conclusively their view of an utopian society and therefore the society itsself changes.



    1.2 The Characters and Institutions Forming South Park Society
    To gain a more precise look at this process, the main characters will be analysed to their attitudes and the conflicts resulting of them in order to scrutinise the intra-community structure of South Park.



    1.2.1 Characters
    1.2.1.1 The Kids
    Stan is the average American child, he lives in a normal-sized family with his father Randy, a geologist, his mother Sharon and his tyrant older sister Shelley. He is in love with Wendy Testaburger, though he has to vomit every time he wants to talk to her.
    His best friend is Kyle Broflovski, who is jewish and therefore representing an ethnic minority in South Park. He suffers a lot from his consistent and dominant mother, Sheila, who is in full control of the family.
    Another friend of theirs is Eric Cartman. Although being always offensive, rude and egocentric which results in using his character to bring some funny elements into the film, he is important for the changing society, as he has to suffer most from the restrictions the parents introduce. He lives with single parent mother Liane, who strengthens his belief in being “big boned” (in fact he simply eats too many cheesy poofs), and tries to calm him down by always cooking him food when he is bored.
    Kenny McCormick and his family represent the poor member of South Park society. He can hardly be understood by the viewers as he always pulls his orange parker above his mouth. Like in every TV-episode, Kenny dies a horrible death.
    The boys are very closely connected, as Matt Stone explains on spscriptorium.com: “What people don't remember is that when you're in third grade, your close friends almost are your family. You have this little collective consciousness with your friends”.


    And as a high reputation to the other children in South Park is keenly important, Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Eric try to gain more prestige by using all curse-words they heard in the Terrance & Philipp Movie, thereby making other children jealous they have not seen the movie so far.
    Furthermore they got their idols - Brian Boitano is their most important hero- they long for their parents’ attention and they are extremely curious- in conclusion they are just usual kids.


    1.2.1.2 The Parents
    The most dominant parent is definitely Sheila Broflovski, Kyle’s mother. Though wanting “to make the world a better place for our children”, (SP, chap. 26) she carries her courage to excess, resulting in more violence, censorship, racism and allowing Satan to rule over the world (which is the ultimate exaggeration of the bad influence she has on society, which is destroying it completely). The other parents are willing to follow and support her without any disagreement.

    mit Motorrädern! :] (mit was auch sonst? :D )


    da ich mir sicher bin, nächste frage, auch wenn ich glaub, dass die viel zu einfach ist: Für welchen Namen steht das J. in Homer J. Simpsons?

    Danke ;)
    In einer Episode will der gewissenlose Besitzer der Springfield Isotops mit Hilfe seines hinterhältigen Dieners, des Duff-Man, die geliebte Baseballmannschaft aus Springfield verlegen. Homer erfährt von dem Plan und kann schließlich durch einen langen Hungerstreik den Plan vereiteln.
    In welche Stadt sollten die Isotops verlegt werden?




    p.s.: glaub, das ist zu einfach ;)