Fortifying the Empire ‘South Park’ Built
Published: January 27, 2013
When it comes to success stories in the entertainment world, it doesn't
get much better than the one about a pair of regular guys from Colorado, Matt
Stone and Trey Parker, who took cutout paper dolls, animated them and
triumphed on cable television, on the Web, at the multiplex and on Broadway.
Last week, Mr. Stone arrived at a coffee shop in the Chelsea neighborhood
of New York so bundled up that he resembled Kenny, who always shows up on
"South Park" encased in a big orange parka. He was leaving the next day for
London, where the fourth production of "The Book of Mormon" will soon begin
老匯舞台；該劇是由Scott Rudin和Anne Garefino發行，Robert Lopez製作。
Over the course of 16 seasons and 237 episodes, “South Park,” an assault
on good taste built on the misadventures of four crudely animated and crudely
spoken boys, has entered every pore of the culture. In the meantime, the two
creators have helped put Comedy Central on the map, made four feature films,
produced a sitcom and landed a Broadway hit with “Book of Mormon,” produced
by Scott Rudin and Anne Garefino and created along with Robert Lopez.
Now Mr. Stone and Mr. Parker are about to finish a video game version of
“South Park,” and they recently announced that they were forming a production
company called Important Studios, valued at $300 million.
The success of “South Park” is a stark lesson in the fundamentals of
entertainment: if you tell stories that people want to hear, the audience
will find you. This is true no matter how fundamentally the paradigms shift,
or how many platforms evolve.
“We've been doing it long enough to figure out that content will ride on
top of whatever wave comes along,” Mr. Stone said.
You might think that after all they've accomplished, they would be ready to
step back a bit, and this is essentially true. Don’t worry, they aren’t
going to actually kill Kenny, who is ritually sacrificed in every episode.
But “South Park,” which generally has been produced in two batches of seven
episodes for a total of 14 every year, will be cut back to a single run of 10
episodes, beginning on Sept. 25.