South Park

Season 4 Episode 17

A Very Crappy Christmas

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Dec 20, 2000 on Comedy Central
out of 10
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Episode Summary

The town has lost its Christmas spirit and the boys want to do something to bring it back. They decide to make their own little Christmas special, seeing as there are so many others out there already. They also run into Mr. Hankey, who has acquired a wife and kids since the boys saw him last, and they find him living in the sewer.moreless

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  • Christmas Review #80

    NOTE: This review will end my HUGE set of Christmas Reviews and I will NOT be reviewing a set of Christmas reviews until next year.

    The town has lost its Christmas spirit and the boys want to do something to bring it back. They decide to make their own little Christmas special, seeing as there are so many others out there already. They also run into Mr. Hankey, who has acquired a wife and kids since the boys saw him last, and they find him living in the sewer. I thought that this was a great Christmas episode of "South Park". It was actually funny but not like super hilarious though. I enjoyed the storyline to it also but my score is a little low because I found the storyline to be a little weak and some parts to be a little boring. It could have been better but it's still an episode that is worth watching every year... I'm sure "South Park" fans will enjoy this episode just much as I did though. Overall, a great Christmas episode of "South Park" but it could have been better in my opinion. 8.5/10moreless
  • 8th Holiday Review

    This was a great episode. Everyone in town has lost their Christmas spirit, and so Kyle and the boys plan on making a Christmas film, one that closely resembles the original Christmas short in which this show was conceived.

    This was pretty funny of an episode. Mr. Hankey was a wonderful character and I wish he appeared more often. The town not being in the spirit of Christmas was nice, and I liked the joke that the holiday film the boys make is so similar to the original short that started this show. A+ episodemoreless
  • A Very Crappy Christmas

    This is a Chritmas 2000 special full of spectacular puns and laughs. You get to meet Howdy Ho`ing Mr. Hankey and his beautiful children (one born with a pea nut in his skull), and wife who is a druggie and alcohol. The wife makes me giggle, she really does.

    With fifty words left, I will start into details about this episode. This Christmas special, aired at the end of Season Four is not a great episode but it is an exciting and entertaining one. If you love Mr. Hankey, or The Spirit Of Christmas South Park short then you might just like this.

    :) An okay series finale.moreless
  • The best episode of Season 4.

    I thought this episode was absolutely fantastic. I was glad they showed Mr Hankey's family, because they were hilarious, especially his wife, Cornwallis and Simon, who was born with a peanut in his head. I like how the storyline paralleled Matt and Trey's own troubles while making the first South Park short, but the two funniest parts of the episode were 'The Circle of Poo' song, especially how Cornwallis' voice changed when he sang his solo and also the cutout Butters and the Barbie doll, "Would you like to slap my (insert female chest lump word here) around?" " ma'am, I'll get in trouble again".moreless
  • Poo is the circle of life.

    In this episode, the boys and everybodys favorite pice of **** Mr. Hankey and his family [the retarded one with a peanut in his head was my favorite] try to bring back the spirit of Christmas, all the adults are filled with a false vision that love is important, so the boys use the real catroon [not the entire thing] that Trey and Matt started with "The Spirit of Christmas" and convince everyone, shopping is the spirit of Christmas. I had a hard time beleiving how some things in here happend, but it was funny and I enjoyed Mr Hankeys song.moreless
Trey Parker

Trey Parker

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

Matt Stone

Matt Stone

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

Isaac Hayes

Isaac Hayes

Voice of Jerome "Chef" McElroy

Eliza Schneider

Eliza Schneider

Voice of Mayor McDaniels; Liane Cartman; Mrs. McKormick; Wendy Testaburger; Shelly Marsh; Sharon Marsh; Various Others

Mona Marshall

Mona Marshall

Voice of Sheila Broflovski; Linda Stotch; Various Others

Pam Brady

Pam Brady

Voice of Unknown

Guest Star

Remy Mitchell

Remy Mitchell

Voice of Unknown

Guest Star

Lewis Price

Lewis Price

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Guest Star

Kyle McCulloch

Kyle McCulloch

Voice of Unknown

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Whilst being interviewed by the news on how people are sick of Christmas, one man says:

      "You know, it's just that a lot of people don't really believe in the whole Jesus thing anymore, you know? So what's to celebrate?"

      I guess this man forgot that Jesus actually lives in town.

    • When we see the podium, with the mayor and kids, we first see Kyle, Stan, and Cartman; then in the next scene, we see Cartman going up to the podium.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Stan: Why does everyone in cartoons have such big heads?

    • Mr. Hankey: Come. You have to meet the little nuggets, too. Kids! This is our son, Cornwallis.
      Cornwallis: Howdy Ho!
      Mr. Hankey: Our daughter Amber.
      Amber: Howdy Ho!
      b>Mr. Hankey: And our son, Simon.
      Simon: Eee, hey! Hnhn.
      Mr. Hankey: Simon's not so smart. He was born with a peanut in his head.

    • Kyle: He's gonna be here any minute, Ike.
      Ike: Oooh nooo, poopies.
      Kyle: He might not come if you're too close to the toilet bowl, Ike.

    • Mrs. Hankey: (to Mayor's aide) You wanna bet me I won't take off my clothes and run naked through this parking lot?
      Mr. Hankey: Honey, please don't start.
      Mrs. Hankey: I didn't start it! He was lookin' at my breasts!
      Mr. Hankey: They're not real, ya know!
      Mrs. Hankey: Don't you say that!
      Mr. Hankey: Oh, big secret, everyone can tell they're made of silicorn!

    • Mr. Hankey: Kids, Christmas is back on! We gotta all go get that old drive-in working again!
      Hankey Kids: Okay!
      Mrs. Hankey: That's not the only thing we gotta get working again, if you know what I mean. [Points at Mr. Hankey's "crotch"]
      Mr. Hankey: Why, why, why do you have to say things like that in front of people?

    • Cornwallis: We fixed it!
      Mrs. Hankey: What's that kids?! They got your father's penis working again!

    • The Cycle Of Poo

      Mr. Hanky: Everything that lives on Earth, poos in some way, and that's how the cycle happens each and everyday. Just look at the green, green grass and the birds up in the sky, it's all here because of poo and now I'll tell you why! Grass is eaten by the cattle, which is eaten by women and men, and fuses with their body, and becomes poo again. And that poo goes through the sewer, where it's dumped into the sea, and it's eaten by the plankton, it becomes the fishes' meal. And when that bigger fish with the poo still inside, swims up onto the shore and gets eaten alive. A grizzly bear that poos on a dead piece of sand, so it can spring to life and become poo for the land!!!! It's the poo of the antelope, the poo of the giraffe, it crawls into the earth, and becomes the blades of grass, the grass is eaten by the cattle, which comes out the other end, to make food for humans, and start all over again!
      Cornwallis: (in Brian McKnight mixed with Temptations type voice) I'm the poo of the antelope! That flows onto the ground!
      Mr. Hankey: Becomes the grass of tomorrow, which the grazers turnaround!
      Cornwallis: So I'm the leg of a leopard, and the wings of the hen!
      Mr.Hankey and Cornwallis: Which becomes dinner for the humans, and turns back to poo again!!! That's the cycle, the cycle of poo!!

    • (while making the Christmas Card)
      Kyle: Ok. 'woo' mouths again...
      Stan: (clicks camera) one. two.
      Kyle: So how much done is that?
      Stan: "We wish you a m-merry..."
      Kyle: Jesus Christ.

    • Mr. Hanky: I'm just a stupid piece of crap.

    • Butters: (as Barbie) Butters, would you like to slap my titties around?

    • Mayor: (enthusiastically) An animated Christmas card! Kids, that just might be the dumbest idea I've ever heard, ever!

    • (in "The Spirit of Christmas")
      Stan: Don't you see guys Christmas is about presents.

    • Cornwallis: But Dad, we're just pieces of crap, Christmas isn't for us.

  • NOTES (7)

    • For the last 3 episodes of this season, the show was nominated for the 2001 American Comedy Award for "Funniest Television Series-Animated".

    • The ending to this episode was exactly like the one in Jesus vs Frosty. The writers obviously added this as a joke.

    • This episode contains a segment to the pilot episode "The Spirit of Christmas"the film the boys made.

    • In case you wondered how Kenny died in the short (If you didn't see the short), he gets his head knocked out while Santa and Jesus were fighting.

    • After this episode no new episode aired for almost six months.

    • In scenes from the Charlie Brown Christmas Special seen in the background, the first two scenes are normal, but then in the last scene shown Charlie Brown is naked, being hit in the head by Snoopy. I wonder what was happening there.

    • This episode pays homage to the film that started it all, "The Spirit of Christmas". This film was a Christmas card that a producer hired Matt & Trey to create for him. So successful was this Christmas card that it inspired the creation of this series.


    • A Charlie Brown Christmas:

      There is a spoof of this special shown in this episode.

    • Cornwallis:

      Cornwallis would appear to be inspired by the smart kid mouse from the aforementioned "Twas the night Before Christmas." His hat, scarf and glasses are similar if not identical.

    • 'Twas the Night Before Christmas: The song "Even a Miracle Needs a Hand" sung by the kids while making the film is a directly taken from Rankin/Bass's 1974 Christmas special "'Twas The Night Before Christmas."

      In addition, the plot line of the episode closely follows the special as well. When the projector breaks when first testing the short cartoon, it is an allusion to the clock going kerplunk in the mentioned special. As a result, the whole town falls into despair and the Mayor gets upset in both specials. Also, the projector gets fixed and Christmas is saved, just like when the mouse fixes the clock to save Christmas from the special.

    • The Lion King:

      The musical number, "The Cycle of Poo," is a direct spoof of the 1994 Disney film, The Lion King. The sequence parodies the opening sequence from the movie along with the song, The Circle of Life, by Elton John, Tim Rice, and Lebo M.

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