Creating an entire animated series is hard work enough, but finding a way to implement up-to-date pop culture references into that show is a whole other beast to contend with. But the team behind “South Park” have been doing just that and then some for nearly 30 years now, with the long-running adult animated series satirizing movies and shows with the same unflinching brutality reserved for real-life political and cultural figures.
And the team behind the Emmy-winning series can’t get enough of doing so. In a 2021 interview with Bloomberg, “South Park” co-creator Matt Stone was asked how he stays in touch with the cultural landscape as he grows older. Stone responded, “I just turned 50 this year. In some ways we are out of touch. The one thing that unites us, whenever we come back into the writer’s room, is just being unreasonably, emotionally interested in the movie industry. What movies were to us, and are now, seem so far apart, and there seems to be some deep cultural criticism of America nestled in it.” He further elaborated that if they were to parody any film at that time, it would have been “Space Jam 2.”
Thankfully for longtime fans of the iconic animated comedy series, “South Park” has shown no halt in its chaotic jeering at the world of pop culture.