South Park

Season 3 Episode 11

Chinpokomon

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 03, 1999 on Comedy Central
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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

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  • great

    8.0
    What I liked: the Bill Clinton scene, how the Japanese kept talking about the lengths of penises, the Japanese man showing Sharon his penis to prove it is small, Kyle always being slow to catch up to the fad, the ending of the episode, Kenny's seizure (great reference to a real-life incident), amongst other things.



    Stellar episode. It's not one of their best episodes but it did have a nice plot with some really funny parts. B- or so is going to be my final grade, I think is fair for this particular episodemoreless
  • Good older episode of SP

    8.5
    To be honest, I don't like the first 3 seasons of South Park as much as season 4 on, but this is one of the best older ones. In this episode, the boys all get addicted to "Chinpokomon" (obvious pokemon parody) from Japan, to the point where they're going to Summer Camp for it. It turns out that the Japanese are using the Chinpokomon figures to brainwashing the kids to unleash an aireal attack on Pearl Harbor (again!) The main problem with this ep, is that the story is a little too wacky here, and there are too many penis jokes with Japanese. Overall, a good older episode. 8.5/10 Bmoreless
  • Suprisingly freaky but excellent episode of South Park.

    9.0
    In Chinpokomon; All the kids except for Kyle, are going crazy over Chinpokomon, a new toy, game, and TV show set that's just arrived from Japan. And when the kids are brainwashed into bringing down the American Government by all means possible; it looks like South Park will never be the same again. This episode is essentially one continuous go at the Japanese but rather than the usual sushi, sumo wrestling and cheesy game show gags which was found in the Simpsons episode based in Tokyo. The culturally enriched Trey Parker and Matt Stone go for the more subtle approaches which includes an in - joke as to what "Chinpoko" actually means. (You'll have to look that one up because i'm not saying it here.)



    By the way; if you didn't know that the anime series Pokemon caused seizures, has bad animation and lip - synching, cheesy characters, Japanese in - jokes and drove it's young fans into obsession. These are (not so) subtly referenced to in this episode.



    The plot is the classic South Park method of taking a mild thing way too far until it's utterly ridiculous but that's what makes it so irresistable. The jokes also border along the lines of too much but you can't help but respect it. The visuals in the first seasons were rough and dog ugly but in the later seasons it's so cinematic and detailed that the true spirit of the show is obscured but this episode is right in the middle of them and it's great. We're also treated to some creepy live action sequences.



    Same goes with the audio; in the early seasons they were premature and in the later seasons they're a little broken but here they're at their best. This is also one of your last chances to hear Mary Kay Bergman as the female characters on the show as she's taken from us in about 4 episodes time. Overall this is a superbly surreal experience.moreless
  • Great filler episode.

    7.0
    This episode of South Park was a pretty good one. I kept on finding it funny how there was a big fad and all of the kids kept on getting the new kind of Chinpokomon item such as dolls and video games and then Kyle was always one step behind the others in getting the same item as the others. I mean this episode was almost just like pokemon because Pokemon kept on coming out with something new such as games, cards, dolls, and averything in between. But I will say this, those Japanese are smart and can get kids to buy into just about anything.moreless
  • The greatest tribute to Pokemon ever.

    9.8
    Stan, Cartman, and Kenny and the rest of America, besides Kyle are all caught up in the fads. The newest fad Chinpokomon turns out to be a terrorist attack on the american government. This is my 3rd favorite episode of South Park is the best. Tou should go watch it right now.
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

Mary Kay Bergman

Mary Kay Bergman

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

Isaac Hayes

Isaac Hayes

Voice of Jerome "Chef" McElroy

Saki Miata

Saki Miata

Commercial Lady (in real image)

Guest Star

Junichi Nishimura

Junichi Nishimura

Hirohito (uncredited)

Guest Star

Milan Agnone

Milan Agnone

Voice of Unknown

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (9)

    • 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"

    • Cartman clearly states that there are no more penguins, but when the store clerk looks at the shelf when he closes the store, there is a penguin on bottom shelf in the middle.

    • Cartman has an intense hatred for hippies, yet in order to gain money for Chinpokomon toys, he sings a classic hippy style song, while later stating he had to be out playing like a hippy.

    • When Cartman walks towards the penguin basket there is one on the shelf behind him, but he tells Kenny that he has the last one.

    • While Kenny is in his seizure, there are times when he is actually walking around. This is most noticable when all the children are marching through town.

    • When the kids in the class were laughing and speaking Japanese, everytime they laughed and their eyes turned into a different shape, Kenny's did too. How can kenny's eyes move if he was in a siezure?

  • 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!

    • Chinpokomon Executive: You have such a large penis.

      Sharon Marsh: What??

      Chinpokomon Executive: Your penis, wow!

      (Mr. Hosik slaps his executive and pushes him aside)

      Mr. Hosik: What he means is all MEN in this town have very large penis.

      Sharon Marsh: Can't you see what's happening? They're just using their talk to distract you! He doesn't really have a small penis!

      (Mr. Hosik pulls down his pants, everybody looks shocked)

      Sharon Marsh: Oh.

    • Mr. Garrison: For the last time I am not Garrison-san! and this is not Hat-san!

    • (From the 'Wild Wacky Action Bike' commercial)
      Singer: Wild, Wacky Action Bike! Very hard to drive!
      Narrator: Wild Wacky Action Bike is impossible to steer. And it glows in the dark!

    • Cartman: (Singing on the streets) Come on, people, join together. Join-together-so-I-can-get-more-money-for-ChinPokoMon!

    • Gerald: You see, son, fads come and go. And this "Chin-po-ko Mon" is obviously nothing more than a fad. You don't have to be a part of it. In fact, you can make an even stronger statement by saying to your peers, "I'm not going to be a part of this fad, because I'm an individual." Do you understand?
      Kyle: Yes. Yes, I do, Dad. Now let me tell you how it works in the real world. In the real world, I can either get a Chinpokomon, or I can be the only kid without one, which singles me out, and causes the other kids to make fun of me and kick my ass.
      Gerald: Hmm. Good point; here's $10. On second thought, here's $20 pick up one for your brother too.

    • Bill Clinton: My fellow Americans, I wish to address the concerns many of us have over the growing number of Japanese military bases forming in the United States. The new Japanese emperor, Hirohito, has made our own children into fighter pilots who will soon fly to Hawaii and attack Pearl Harbor. I spoke with Mr. Hirohito this morning, and he assured me that I have a very large penis. He said it was mammoth, dinosauric, and absolutely dwarfed his penis, which, he assured me, was nearly microscopic in size. My penis, he said, was most likely one of the biggest on the planet. I applaud Mr. Hirohito in his honesty. Thank you.

    • Kyle: Dude, you're just jealous because I'm Chinpoko Master!

    • Alabama Man Commercial: When his wife asks him where he's been, just use the action button and Alabama Man will bust her lip open.

    • Alabama Man Commercial: You can take Alabama man to the bowling alley where he drinks heavily and chews tobacco.

    • Chinpokomon Trainer: I've got to collect all Chinpokomon! I've got to collect them all so I can become World Crown Chinpoko-Master! Oh!
      Japanese Spokeswoman: All Chinpokomon, and you will have happy feeling-su!

    • Cartman: (in high-pitched voice) But, moooooooom, I have to get the first one so that people will think I'm kewwwwwl!!

    • Chinpokomon Executive: You are American.
      South Park Toy Store Owner: Yes.
      Chinpokomon Executive: Ohhh, you must have very big penis!
      South Park Toy Store Owner: Excuse me, I was just asking you what your up to with these toys.
      Chinpokomon Executive: Nothing, we are very simple people with very small penis. Mr. Hosik's penis is especially small!
      Mr. Hosik: So small.
      Chinpokomon Executive: We cannot achieve so much with such small penis, but you American wow, penis so big, so big penis!
      South Park Toy Store Owner: Well aah I guess it is pretty good size.

  • 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.

  • 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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