Did South Park Plagiarize Inception Spoof?

If South Park's spoof on Inception sounded familiar, it's because you may have seen it before when it was actually a Web video from CollegeHumor.com. South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have apologized to the creators of the Web video "Inception Characters Don't Understand Inception" for striking similarities, saying, "We're stupid and we just threw it together."

The two told The New York Times they had called CollegeHumor.com and apologized.

In both clips, characters from Inception squabble over the over-complexity of the sci-fi movie and its dream-within-a-dream-within-a-nightmare-within-a-deep-emotional-disturbances-manifested-as-trains scenario.

Take a look at both. First, College Humor's skit from August:


Now, South Park's, which aired last week:


That's good and all, but how come no one is pointing out the similarities between the South Park guy "singing" the Inception score and the a capella Inception YouTube clip?



It's cool Matt and Trey, I still love you. Just don't do it again.

Do you think South Park stole their ideas? And why is it always funnier when things are done in South Park's crappy animation style?


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I think they were in the same dream within a dream, did their funny stuff with the things they have seen individually, but came up with similar skits, because the dream they were dreaming in was "Inception", and well, the movie was stupid. And by the way: Yesterday I dreamt about Call of Duty: Black Ops plagiarizing Inception (Russia/snow/station etc/whatever) 3 months after its release, but in that dream I again fell asleep and dreamt that the trailer for CoD:BO was released before the trailer for Inception and allready featured the scenes... Who wants to discuss which dream was "realler"??? BTW I love South Park. Both other videos are really funny, too.
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I can see the similarities, but one thing is for certain, South Park's is funnier.
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Who cares. CollegeHumor hasn't produced anything good in 2 years. South Park stole it and made it better.
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The CollegeHumor clip is even less funny than the South Park clip. That's not easy to pull off!
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The YouTube fan trailer was way funnier than the college humor skit. And I think that the YouTube clip was ripped off way more than the college humor one. I mean come on.
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I think the parody of the movies concept would be similar no matter who satired it. But maybe the dude doing the a capella in South Park seems a bit more borrowed from that previous parody more than the CollegeHumor parallels. Despite any similarities though, South Park still ties together any send up in 22 minutes better than anything on television, the internet, or anywhere else.
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Who cares?? It was one of the funniest episodes of the season. I loved Inception and I thought South Park parodied it brilliantly. It was very funny. No one has rights on parodying something.
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Parodies usually always follow the same spheel and in here, it's no different. I think I could find at least five other Inception parodies with similar ideas to each other: people being severally frustrated with the ending, (Freddy-dream association :}), the burrm sound, the overly "convoluted" logic of the movie, those are just easy pickings for everyone.
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I prefer south park's version! I dont think they needed to apologize they didn't copy what coolege humor did only the idea, an idea anyone can come to because most who didnt like inception use it to explain why they dont like it. Personally I view the movie as science fiction so everything doesnt have to make sense (unlike action movies which bother me for the complete lack of law of physics).
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I loved the Hoarders bit!
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Are you kidding me?!?!!? South park was way better. Way funnier. and so much more thought out than that college humor crap. I liked Inception, but I laughed my ass off watching this episode. It was pure genius.
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This College Humor's video isn't funny. South Park's episode was hilarious! Really great, especially the scene with cluttered locker.
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I think South Park did it better, but I still don't agree with them. Inception wasn't SO complex. It was an awesome film!
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The college humor one was funnier... It's nice that South Park owned up to the plagiarism but sad that they took the dialogue word for word to begin with.
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That episode of South Park was hilarious though. So any of the other creators should be honored to be plagiarized by Matt and Trey.
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Neither of those clips were funny at all... Inception was spectacular.
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South Park is a **** show! Inception is a Masterpiece !
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I was wondering why this episode sucked so much!
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Who cares? South Park is legend and can get away with anything as far as I'm concerned
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