‘South Park’ Specials Were Harder Than 2-Parters, Trey Parker, Matt Stone Say

<p><em><a href="https://ift.tt/yRTNSAK Park</a> </em>has straddled many different formats. It began as a five-minute short, and in their first few seasons, they made a feature-length movie. There have been <em>South Park </em>video games and more throughout the show’s 25 seasons. Now there have been four <a href="https://ift.tt/noyvIbe specials on Paramount+</a>. Matt Stone said those were harder than even doing two part Comedy Central episodes. </p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-custom-image-1200"><img loading="lazy" width="1422" height="800" src="https://ift.tt/iq8bGC2" alt="'South Park': Mr. Hankey and Kyle sit on the stoop, after 'Beavis and Butt-Head' scared the show off MTV" class="wp-image-3065032" srcset="https://ift.tt/kNMj12R 1422w, https://ift.tt/EqXOz70 640w, https://ift.tt/GubicPe 768w, https://ift.tt/4hMyjAH 1024w, https://ift.tt/ZD46jrh 1200w, https://ift.tt/dAKWLH9 107w, https://ift.tt/2oucW1m 150w" sizes="(max-width: 1422px) 100vw, 1422px" /><figcaption>L-R: Mr. Hankey and Kyle | Comedy Central</figcaption></figure> <p>Stone and Trey Parker spoke to the Los Angeles Times in a recent interview. Looking at the past, present and future of <em>South Park</em>, Stone explained the different challenges of each format. </p> <h2>The Comedy Central ‘South Park’ specials reinvented the process </h2> <p><em>South Park </em>Season 24 only consisted of two hour-long specials. This was the 2020 season, and the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic required <em>South Park </em>to shut down their physical offices. <a href="https://ift.tt/h2dbrWB many other animated shows</a>, they figured out how to continue remotely. But those specials represented the learning curve, even though they ended up being 44 minutes to leave room for commercials on Comedy Central.</p> <figure class="wp-block-embed is-type-video is-provider-youtube wp-block-embed-youtube wp-embed-aspect-16-9 wp-has-aspect-ratio"><div class="wp-block-embed__wrapper"> <div class="jetpack-video-wrapper"><iframe loading="lazy" title="South Park 25th Anniversary Concert Premiere Announcement" width="925" height="520" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/1HH1rBRVrDI?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> </div></figure> <p><strong>RELATED: <a href="https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/south-park-trey-parker-and-matt-stone-1-rule.html/">‘South Park’: Trey Parker and Matt Stone Use 1 Rule to Write Stories</a></strong></p> <p>“I think it cuts both ways,” Stone told the <a href="https://ift.tt/uds6pvl" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">L.A. Times</a>. “I really like the ‘Pandemic Special’ and the ‘Vaccination Special.’ Like a lot of people, we had to go fully remote, so we had to come up with a new production process, and that was pretty painful. The longer ones are sometimes really satisfying because Trey gets to write stuff that breathes a little more.”</p> <h2>‘South Park’ Season 25 was a relief for Matt Stone</h2> <p><em>South Park </em>Season 25 was a respectable six episodes, instead of the usual 10. It aired in 2022, after they had made the hour-long <em><a href="https://ift.tt/eEXGKdN Park: Post COVID</a> </em>and <em>Post COVID: The Return of COVID </em>on Paramount+.</p> <figure class="wp-block-embed is-type-rich is-provider-twitter wp-block-embed-twitter"><div class="wp-block-embed__wrapper"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="550" data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Catch up now on SOUTH PARK THE STREAMING WARS Part 1 on Paramount+. SOUTH PARK THE STREAMING WARS Part 2 premieres on Wednesday, July 13. Get a month free with code SOUTHPARK at checkout: <a href="https://ift.tt/xwDz0W6> <a href="https://t.co/VI1uxe360C">pic.twitter.com/VI1uxe360C</a></p>— South Park (@SouthPark) <a href="https://twitter.com/SouthPark/status/1546593459888422912?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 11, 2022</a></blockquote><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </div></figure> <p><strong>RELATED: <a href="https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/south-park-leaves-hbo-max-2025.html/">‘South Park’ Leaves HBO Max in 2025 — Where to Find It Next</a></strong></p> <p>“But then, we just went back to do our first series of six regular 22-minute shows after the pandemic, and I thought they were really great,” Stone said. “It’s almost like going back to our roots. It’s like a pop song that’s gotta be three minutes. These last hour long specials we did were hard. We had a hard time finding our groove.”</p> <h2 id="h-trey-parker-agrees-episodes-are-easier">Trey Parker agrees episodes are easier </h2> <p>Parker concurred with his co-creator. During a season, Parker and Stone create <a href="https://ift.tt/D8KFW2f <em>South Park </em>episode in six days</a>, from the Thursday after it airs to the Wednesday it goes out on Comedy Central. Returning to 22 minute episodes gave Parker a new appreciation for economic storytelling. </p> <p>“After we had done some specials and we went back to the regular season, it was definitely like, ‘Holy sh**,’” Parker said. “They felt so fast. And it felt like, ‘Dude, we’ve already got 15 minutes but we’ve got to finish this story.’ It was nice to go back to that, but it was also definitely jarring.”</p> <p><strong>RELATED: <a href="https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/south-park-how-beavis-and-butt-head-drove-trey-parker-and-matt-stone-away-from-mtv.html/">‘South Park’: How ‘Beavis and Butt-Head’ Drove Trey Parker and Matt Stone Away From MTV</a></strong></p>

‘South Park’ Specials Were Harder Than 2-Parters, Trey Parker, Matt Stone Say
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