South Park

Season 10 Episode 3

Cartoon Wars (1)

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Apr 05, 2006 on Comedy Central



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • Because this episode had partly controversial themes for the time, SBS Australia did not show this episode, nor Part 2. SBS has a large Muslim audience for which it did not want to offend.

    • Music from the 2004 movie Team America: World Police (which was made by the show's creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone) can be heard near the end of the episode.

    • Cartman's rant about his sense of humor being like that of Family Guy mirrors Trey Parker and Matt Stone (the creators)'s own anger at their show constantly being mentioned as similar to Family Guy.

    • This episode has two parts. The reason for this was because Matt Stone and Trey Parker were still arguing with the network about whether an image of Mohammad should be shown or not in the episode.

  • Allusions

    • 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.

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