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South Park

Season 10 Episode 3

Cartoon Wars (1)

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Apr 05, 2006 on Comedy Central
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Cartman and Kyle are at war over the popular cartoon, Family Guy. Kyle loves it and Cartman hates it. When the show airs some controversial content the boys go on a cross country chase with the fate of Family Guy lying with the first boy to reach Hollywood.moreless

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  • South Park is one of my all time favorite shows; however, this particular one did not win me over. Let's just say I don't like when two of my favorite shows fight. I think the swipe was low and petty.moreless

    This particular episode did not sit well with me because I felt it was a cheap shot against Family Guy. I feel that South Park utilizes topical humor in it's genius story lines, whereas Family Guy uses more a slapstick technique in achieving comedy. I really see no simularity between the two shows aside from the crude references that keep me watching every time. In addition to this argument, I was especially annoyed with Cartman's attitude in this episode. In this episode, Cartman insists that the Family Guy show in question is so insensitive to Muslims and that he is outraged buy this. Although in the end his true intentions are revealed, this alone bothered the crap out of me.moreless
  • Family Guy was portrayed perfectly in this episode.

    *sighs* This episode pointed out to me how much the new Family Guy episodes have changed from the old ones, such as how it is joke after joke after joke, and pretty much no story. However the reason this episode got such a low rating is because, I did not laugh the entire way through it, aside from the Family Guy Parodies, and some times I didn't even laugh at them. I think Trey and Matt were so sure on their storyline here, that they pretty much forgot about putting in the jokes.

    I do like how they point out Family Guy's flaws in this episode, but I rarely laughed. :(moreless
  • omg this is a funny episode. Kinda sux that it got split in 2 but good nonetheless. It was about time that South Park said something about the whole Mohamed cartoon ordeal and they did in in style. I couldn\'t stop laughing for the first 10 min of the shomoreless

    Great episode and right on the money. Not sure why exactly they chose to make fun of The Family Guy but I guess you can\\\'t make fun of your own show. Oh and making fun of the Fox executives is just classic.

    Yet one of the best parts of the episode is when Kyle says to Cartman: \\\" You unbelievable son of a bitch. \\\" I actually never though that I would ever hear this combination in the show. It\\\'s usually fat ass or just son of a bitch but this was simply awesome. The background musik and the plot just clicked together.

    Anyway all the stupidity aside this is a good episode and I like it a lot. Oh and for those poeple that seem to not understand the whole Family Guy joke ... it is not really supposed to put the show down. However, in order to make comedy you need to use something and it just happens that Fox+The Family Guy fit the bill perfectly.moreless
  • The episode comments on freedom of speech and Islam, and bashes Family Guy while at it.

    OK, they made their point, they hate Family Guy.

    Yes, it has random interchangeable jokes, but that's what makes it way funnier than South Park. They have different styles. FG concentrates on just making you laugh, while SP focuses on criticism and social comment. They can't say they're better because of that.

    The episode itself bored me a little at times. Maybe they should make some interchangeable jokes.

  • Season 10, Episode 3.

    Great episode! Cartman and Kyle are at war over the popular cartoon, Family Guy. Kyle loves it and Cartman hates it. When the show airs some controversial content the boys go on a cross country chase with the fate of Family Guy lying with the first boy to reach Hollywood.

    "We forgot Butters!" "It's too late for him!" LMAO! Family Guy does really rock. I love it, and I love how it was animated on this show. Ew, FOX censored the image of Mohammad. I love Peter's voice and how the flashbacks kept coming on! LMAO! Cartman doesn't care about religion! LMAO! Perfect episode!moreless
Matt Stone

Matt Stone

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

Mona Marshall

Mona Marshall

Voice of Sheila Broflovski; Linda Stotch; Various Others

Trey Parker

Trey Parker

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

Jane Bussmann

Jane Bussmann

Voice of Unknown

Guest Star

Dave Tennant

Dave Tennant

Voice of Unknown

Guest Star

Kyle McCulloch

Kyle McCulloch

Voice of Unknown

Recurring Role

Juan Kimmelini

Juan Kimmelini

Voice of Unknown

Recurring Role

Dimitri Mendoza

Dimitri Mendoza

Voice of Unknown

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Gerald: Kyle! We have to get up! The terrorists are attacking!
      Kyle: Are you sure this time?

      This is an allusion to the episode "Two Days Before The Day After Tomorrow" in which everyone was forced out of bed because they thought terrorists were attacking.

    • Right before Stan's dad smashes the beer bottle on the floor, if you freeze the action and look closely, you can tell that he's drinking a Corona Extra.

    • In the Family Guy parody Brian has black ears and Peter wears a blue tie, while in the real Family Guy Brian has white ears and Peter doesn't wear a tie at all.

    • There's an animation error in this episode. When Kyle walked past one of the big wheels to yell at Cartman, the back wheel is in front of him as he passes by, while the rest of the bike remains behind him.

    • Mohammed previously appeared in "Super Best Friends". However, that was prior to the international furor over the depiction of him in Western media, which began in 2005.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Linda: So what happens now?
      Randy: We stay here throught the night, wait it out to see if they do anything. If were still alive in the morning, then we'll know where not dead!

    • Randy: (angrily) Family Guy, I damn you to hell!!!!!!

    • Announcer: Will the cartoon be allowed to appear uncensored? Will Family Guy be destroyed??? Will television executives fight for free speech? Or will Comedy Central puss out? Tune in to see Part 2 of Family Guy, next week, on South Park!

    • Jimbo: How could Family Guy do that?
      Sheila: Why would Family Guy so blatantly insult Muslims?
      Randy: Because Family Guy doesn't care who they insult! They only care about their precious money!

    • Stan: Dad, what the hell is going on?!
      Randy: A cartoon…! A cartoon is about to air on American television with… with the Muslim prophet Muhammad as a character!
      Stan: So?
      Randy: So?! Stanley, Muhammad is sacred to the Muslim people. Ever since those cartoon in Denmark, the rules have changed. Nobody shows an image of Muhammad anymore.
      Gerald: Which cartoon is it? What cartoon'll be so insensitive as to have Muhammad as a character?
      Randy: Who do you think?! The cartoon that's always pushing buttons with their careless toilet humor! Family Guy!
      Crowd: Awww!

    • Linda: Oh my God, Stephen, we've left Butters.
      Stephen: We can't go back out, Linda! It's too late for him!

    • Randy: Shelley, go get my gun!
      Shelley: Which gun's armed, Dad?
      Randy: Just get the gun!

    • Chris: Freedom of speech is at stake here, don't you all see? If anything, we should all make cartoons of Muhammad, and show the terrorists and the extremists that we are all united in the belief that every person has a right to say what they want! Look, people, it's been real easy for us to stand up for free speech lately. For the past few decades we haven't had to risk anything to defend it. But those times are going to come! And one of those times is right now. And if we aren't willing to risk what we have, then we just believe in free speech, but we don't defend it!

    • Cartman: What, you guys think that's okay?! Do you care at all about people's feelings!?
      Kyle: Since when you care about being sensitive to people's religion, Cartman?
      Stan: Yeah, you rip on people's religion all the time!
      Cartman: That's different. I'm just a little boy. That's a cartoon! Millions of people watch it! How would you feel, Kyle, if there was a cartoon on television that made fun of Jews all the time? Huh!?
      Kyle: Uhh…

    • (While the town is freaking out in the streets.)
      Stan: Kyle, what the hell is going on this time?!
      Kyle: I have no idea!

    • Kyle: Off the air? But we're just going to try to get the Mohammed episode pulled.
      Cartman: It's simple television economics, Kyle - all it takes to kill a show forever, is to get one episode pulled. If we convince the network to pull this episode for the sake of Muslims, then the Catholics can demand a show they don't like get pulled and then people with disabilities can demand another show get pulled and so on and so on, until Family Guy is no more - it's exactly what happened to Laverne & Shirley.

    • Cartman: Don't you ever, EVER compare me to Family Guy, you hear me Kyle? Compare me to Family Guy again and so help me, I will kill you where you stand!
      Kyle: You unbelievable son of a bitch. You didn't care about the Muslim people at all; you just wanted to get rid of Family Guy.
      Cartman: Do you have any idea what it's like? Everywhere I go: Hey Cartman you must like Family Guy, right? Hey, your sense of humor reminds me of Family Guy, Cartman! I am nothing like Family Guy! When I make jokes they are inherent to a story! Deep situational and emotional jokes based on what is relevant and has a point, not just one random interchangeable joke after another!

  • NOTES (4)


    • Cartman: (to Kyle) How would you like it if someone made a cartoon that made fun of Jews?!

      Cartman could be making a nod to their own show, in how Cartman constantly picks on Kyle for being a Jew. Also, this could also be a nod to Family Guy, that is also known for making fun of Jews.

    • CNN:

      The news station SNN is an obvious parody of CNN.

    • Fake Subtitles:

      Putting fake subtitles on terrorist videos has been done before on the Australian comedy/news program, "The Chasers War on Everything."

    • Terminator 2: Judgment Day:

      The dream sequence where Ike runs towards the Ice Cream store and then he and Kyle are burned alive by the terrorist bomb might be an allusion to the dream of Sarah Connor where a nuclear bomb detonates and incinerates everyone around her, including herself.

    • Yamaha:

      The keyboard used in the Family Guy parody is labeled "Yaomaha," this is an obvious parody of Yamaha.

      Yamaha is a fairly large company that puts out many musical instruments and electronics.

    • Cartman's Episode Cancellation Theory:

      Cartman's theory regarding getting one episode of a show cancelled to get it taken off the air, could possibly be seen as a mirror for what's happened as of late with South Park.

      First the re-run of the episode Bloody Mary was pulled last season, as well as the re-run of Trapped in the Closet.

    • Current Event/Danish Cartoons:

      The main controversy in the episode, surrounding the fact that the Danish published cartoons of the Muslim prophet Mohammad. These editorials sparked riots around the globe, and much controversy.

      In this episode, the cartoon Family Guy decides to use Mohammad in one of their many flashbacks. This in turn creates a furious response from the Muslim people, as well as the citizens of South Park.

    • Current Event/The Cartoon Wars:

      Lately, in various forms, the kings of animated comedies on FOX, The Simpsons and Family Guy, have been duking it out, taking stabs at one another.

      While this has been going on for a while, this is the first time that South Park will be entering the fray against Family Guy.

    • Family Guy:

      Family Guy is a popular cartoon made in 1999, known for it's wisecracks and sharp parodies and for one of the only shows to ever be brought back after being cancelled.