South Park

Chinpokomon

Season 3, Ep 11, Aired 11/3/99
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  • Episode Description
  • The kids in South Park have fallen victim to the latest fad: Chinpokomon, a Japanese cartoon/toy line/video game. The adults are concerned about the odd behavior of the children, who have started speaking in Japanese and resembling anime characters. It is soon discovered that Chinpokomon is actually a ploy by the Japanese to overthrow the American government with a loyal horde of brainwashed child-soldiers. To avoid fighting a war against Japan and their own children the adults set out to stop them.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Trey Parker

    Voice of Stan Marsh; Eric Theodore Cartman; Herbert Garrison; Officer Barbrady; Terrance; Timmy; Ned Gerblanski; Satan; Randy Ma

  • Matt Stone

    Voice of Kyle Broflovski; Kenny McKormick; Gerald Broflovski; Pip Pirrup; Jesus; Jimbo Kearn; Phillip; Saddam; Various Others

  • Mary Kay Bergman

    Voice of Wendy Testaburger; Liane Cartman; Sheila Broflovski; Sharon Marsh; Mrs. McKormick; Mayor McDaniels; Ms. Crabtree; Princ

  • Isaac Hayes

    Voice of Jerome "Chef" McElroy

  • Eric Stough

  • Fan Reviews (25)
  • great

    By futuramarama, Jul 31, 2011

  • Good older episode of SP

    By Southparkfa, Jun 18, 2010

  • Suprisingly freaky but excellent episode of South Park.

    By oceanic6, Mar 15, 2008

  • Great filler episode.

    By McKellars, Jul 30, 2008

  • The greatest tribute to Pokemon ever.

    By meganintendoguy, Nov 07, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (17)

    • Chinpokomon doll: I love you. Let's be best friends… and destroy American Capitalist government!

    • Chinpokomon doll: Down with America!

    • Randy: We love Chinpokomon too! It's super toy number one!

    • Stan: Dude! The video game just gave Kenny a seizure! Cartman: Ah, sweet! This game's cool!

    • Cartman: Jesus tap-dancing Christ Kyle, get with the program!

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    Notes (5)

    • Co-creator Trey Parker studied Japanese and lived in Japan for a time. Japanese jokes are sprinked thoughout the episode.

    • This episode was nominated for the 2000 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming One Hour or Less)".

    • On the season 3 mini-commentary of "Chinpokomon", Trey Parker mentioned that this episode featured the voice of an old buddy from college named Junichi Nishimura. Junichi had also done a voice in one of Trey's earlier animated shorts that he made in college called "American History."

    • The aircraft the kids were about to use to bomb Pearl Harbor were, ironically, American made F-15s which the Japanese currently use themselves in real life.

    • The actors used in the live action sequences featured in this episode were not credited.

    Trivia (10)

    • In this episode, Cartman finds the Alabama Man toy to be gay, but yet in the previous episode, he's circles the toy for his Christmas wish list in the toy catalog.

    • Sharon's question about what the Chinpokomon are if they are animals or robots. This was on every Americans' mind when they watch the Pokemon series when it first came on, if the Pokemon were animals or robots.

    • There were two flags displayed at the Chinpokomon Camp. The left flag is the first Flag of Japan, which was no longer adopted nearly 3 months prior to this episode. Note that the red disc is not placed perfectly at the centre of the flag. The right flag appears to have flames on the red disc, which does not exist in the real world.

    • At the last shot of the scene where the Marsh family showed 'Chinpokomon' to the other families, look closely at Carol McCormick's (Kenny's mother) right eye. Her pupils will fade for a short while, before it disappears.

    • Cartman was murmuring in his sleep that he had to buy all Chinpokomon but earlier he had stated that the Chinpokomon video game is the new "thing"

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    Allusions (4)

    • Independence Day: Sharon: We know how to take 'em out Mr. Garrison, spread the word. Get on the wire to every parent around the country and tell them how to bring those sons of b*tches down! This line is a spoof on the 1996 film Independence Day, starring Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum.

    • Hirohito: Emperor Hirohito was the Emperor of Japan during WWII. Note that Hirohito died in 1989, 10 years prior to this episode.

    • Infamous Pokémon Seizure Ep:

      Stan: Kenny's got a seizure!

      Kenny getting a seizure is a reference to the infamous Pokémon Episode #38: Electric Soldier Porygon. When first aired in Japan, it caused hundreds of Japanese kids to have seizures. Thus, it was never re-aired and did not air in the United States.

    • Pokemon: We all know that the episode name is a take-off on Pokémon. But what Trey and Matt also slipped into the script is that "chinpoko" is Japanese slang for "penis". Therefore the title of the episode is "Penis Monster."

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