The Uncut Version of the South Park Pilot Has a Stronger Plot and Worse Language Than the Original

Comedy Central recently released the Uncut Version of the South Park Pilot which contains two and a half additional minutes of footage over the pilot that we all know and love.

There were a few things in there that made me wonder whether or not they were in the original because it’s been so long since I saw the original. I’m pretty sure that the considerably more rampant use of the word ‘fuck’ was not part of the classic pilot.

In addition to a few interspersed lines here and there, there were two main scenes in the uncut version that weren’t in the original episode.

1. The first is the boys on the playground about to eat the hot tamales that Chef gave them so they could have fevers, get out of school and go find Ike. This part was almost entirely absent from the classic pilot. Where were the hot tamales? I’ve got to say, the plot made a lot more sense with Cartman farting fire after the tamale thread was introduced.

2. The other scene was the one in the nurse’s office – and where was her coinjoined twin? There sure was some awesome Pip bashing in this episode.

Other extended scenes included the alien one towards the end with Chef, the Barbrady conclusion, and ones with Cartman’s mother (and was that his father and/or sister!?!?). Even Wendy and Pip had bigger roles in this episode.

All in all I would say that this uncut version gave the episode a more meaningful and understandable plot, a more robust depth, and a more thorough introduction to characters that would appear later on. Check it for yourself and let me know what you thought.

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It’s the Classic First Episode of South Park, “Cartman Gets an Anal Probe” (101)!

Wow! – Talk about a throwback to the beginning. This episode was actually made out of cardboard, it’s covered in shadows and the voices and art are primitive. And it’s in all of those things that it’s so awesome. Parker and Stone had to work so hard to produce this episode. Now they can throw them together in a matter of days with computer animation and a huge team of worker-bees. Not so for episode 101. They did it all themselves, by hand, with cardboard cut-outs. Does that make it better? No. But it does make it really neat.

That’s in part why I really like the episode in which Steven Spielberg and George Lucas are mocked for updating their movies. Episode 101 is recalled and the guys say that they meant to have different things in it but just couldn’t make it happen within the budget and technology at the time. Now, however, they can update it and make it better. No! This episode is great just like it is (which is, of course, their entire point).

The episode is also funny – and I don’t mean funny in South Park‘s profound and socially commentary-y way. Funny in that it’s filled with cursing eight-year olds and fart jokes and toilet humor. Funny in that when it was released, this sort of thing wasn’t on television. There were very few adult cartoons at the time, save the Simpsons. This was before the days of Adult Swim. At the very least, adult cartoons didn’t feature children. This was something new and fresh and though the show has become more ‘refined’ and profound over the course of the last decade plus, I’ll always love this first episode for its total ‘id’ quality.

What did you think about this episode? What was your favorite part?

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