This post is brought to you by Out There, premiering tonight at 10:30/9:30c on IFC.
Ryan Quincy has been working in animation for well over a decade. He spent 12 years on South Park (he's featured in the behind-the-scenes documentary 6 Days to Air) and now he's taking his original characters to IFC in his new animated series Out There (which premieres tonight at 10:30/9:30c on IFC). I had a chance to chat with Quincy about the show, his "out there" character designs, and fainting in sex ed class.
Tell us what Out There is all about, and how it came to IFC.
Out There is about two best [...]
Matt Stone and Trey Parker, creators of South Park, have just been slapped with a copyright infringement lawsuit over a character featured in their popular "Imaginationland" episode trilogy. TMZ reports that a man by the name of Exavier Wardlaw filed a suit in federal court in Philadelphia, claiming that the "Imaginationland" character "The Lollipop King" is a rip-off of his character "Big Bad Lollipop" from an independent kids show he made called The Lollipop Forest. According to the suit, Wardlaw is miffed that his family-friendly character was exposed to "unwholesome language and sexual innuendo" and he is asking that South Park remove all traces of the character [...]
There have been a few South Park video games before, and there's even a relatively minor-looking Xbox Live Arcade game coming out soon called South Park: Tenorman's Revenge, but there's a new game in the works that looks to be far more ambitious. Simply titled South Park: The Game, this is going to be a vast open-world RPG set in the world of South Park. Trey Parker and Matt Stone are writing it, performing the voices, and overseeing the development, which I assume is more than they've done for past games.
And there's reason to believe it'll be good: it's being developed by THQ and Obsidian, the latter [...]
I don't even want to write this, I'm so afraid of being targeted by Scientology (Haha, no I'm not! Bleep blorp! Thetans!). Newly leaked documents apparently reveal that the South Park Scientology episode, which aired in 2005, kicked off an extensive church investigation into the lives of Matt Stone and Trey Parker. According to papers released by former Scientologist exec Marty Rathbun, Scientologists staked out the South Park studios and even plotted to get a mole into the writers room, which is both horrifying and hilarious. Operatives also pawed through the pair's garbage and went after their friends John Stamos and Rebecca Romijn. I can only assume [...]
This is really great: Vulture's Nine Commandments of South Park brings together a bunch of lessons Parker and Stone have learned about storytelling, their audience, taking themselves too seriously, and how to justify a talking piece of shit.
With the huge success of Book of Mormon, they're taking a bit of a talking-about-themselves victory lap, between this, their 60 Minutes piece and their talk to an NYU class for an MTV show. But if anyone's earned it, it's them. Few people can speak with authority about comedy writing, and specifically finding the balance between heart and filth in comedy writing, than they can, and it's [...]