Top 20 South Park Movie Parodies

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Top 20 South Park Movie Parodies

VOICE OVER: Callum Janes WRITTEN BY: Matt Klem
"South Park" has parodied multiple forms of entertainment, including a ton of movies. For this list, we'll be looking at episodes of this famous animated comedy that satirized some of the most popular films of all time. Our countdown includes "The Da Vinci Code" (2006), "The Shining" (1980), "Inception" (2010), "Rocky" (1976), "Braveheart" (1995), and more!
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"South Park" has parodied multiple forms of entertainment, including a ton of movies. For this list, we’ll be looking at episodes of this famous animated comedy that satirized some of the most popular films of all time. Our countdown includes "The Da Vinci Code" (2006), "The Shining" (1980), "Inception" (2010), "Rocky" (1976), "Braveheart" (1995), and more! Do you have a favorite “South Park” parody? Let us know in the comments.

#20: "Tron" (1982)

"You Have 0 Friends"

Facebook is a train everyone else seems to have jumped onboard, but Stan doesn’t want any part of it. So, when he finally does cave in, he’s inundated with all aspects of the social platform that annoy most participants. But when he tries to leave for good, we get arguably the greatest nod to Disney’s “Tron” ever made. In the same way Flynn was “sucked” into his game, Stan is deconstructed and pulled “inside” Facebook. From there, it’s a dark world, filled with the same splashes of vibrant color. Instead of throwing disc games, dwellers are subjected to Yahtzee matches against Facebook itself. It’s a beautiful take on such a classic movie.

#19: "Cloverfield" (2008)

"Pandemic” & “Pandemic 2: The Startling”

This two-part episode makes fun of the original “Cloverfield” movie in two very particular ways. It starts with Randy’s new obsession with his video camera. Forever filming even the most mundane of events, when the disasters begin to strike, much of what we see is from his camera's perspective. Yet, even though “Cloverfield” uses the same “POV” style filming, it’s “South Park”’s version of the monster that makes these episodes great. Instead of an oversized lizard, the show uses live-action guinea pigs, superimposed into the animation. As a viewer, it’s hilarious to see the townsfolk so terrified of something that would otherwise be so adorable.

#18: "Braveheart" (1995)

"Starvin' Marvin"

Intended to feed the poor, Dr. Mephisto’s genetically engineered turkeys have gone rogue and now the town is in danger. It’s here we get a great parody of Mel Gibson’s film “Braveheart.” Instead of William Wallace rallying his warriors, we get Chef reciting a similar speech to the townsfolk, all while dressed in a kilt and makeup on his face. That alone is cute, but the show takes it a step further by showing the turkeys themselves being given a “gobbly” speech by their leader, also donning the famous “Braveheart” leader’s look. Come on, who doesn’t love an inspirational speech from a turkey?

#17: "Pet Sematary" (1989)

"Spookyfish"

Stephen King’s “Pet Sematary” has been the subject of countless jabs and odes from this show over the years. The “Old Farmer,” inspired by “Sematary’s” Jud Crandall, has appeared multiple times on the show, always warning the locals about one thing or another. Season Two also gave us the Halloween themed episode “Spookyfish,” which takes a few shots at the horror film. Most notably, Stan’s evil fish is from a pet store that was built on an ancient burial ground, just as the pet sematary is on a Miꞌkmaq burial site. It’s silly and funny and pays homage to a memorable movie from this classic horror writer.

#16: "The Sixth Sense" (1999)

"The Death of Eric Cartman"

Much like how Cole Sear could see those who had passed on, Butters comes to believe the same thing. After having irritated his friends for the last time, all the boys in town decide to simply ignore Cartman entirely. Since no one will acknowledge him, he now thinks he’s dead. Butters, unaware of what the other boys are doing, interacts with Eric, making both of them believe he can now see and talk to dead people. It’s clearly poking fun at the supernatural ability depicted in the Bruce Willis film. Butters can’t see the dead, and Cartman certainly isn’t a ghost but that doesn’t make it any less funny.

#15: "Rocky" (1976)

"The Losing Edge"

In “The Losing Edge,” Randy becomes one of those parents who picks fights with others in the crowd of a Little League game. Except in his case, he’s actually fighting people. Randy’s entire journey to be the best is a hysterical take on the entire “Rocky” franchise. He’s consistently dressed in a gray hoodie much like Balboa’s character, and we even catch glimpses of Mickey Goldmill while Randy takes on the Bat Dad. But our favorite has to be when Randy cracks eggs into a glass, presumably about to drink them as Rocky did, only to fry them up for his breakfast. That’s comedic gold.

#14: "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991)

"Toilet Paper"

It’s a classic prank. Take out a few rolls of toilet paper and toss them around someone’s home. But when the boys decide to use it in retaliation against a teacher, the police get involved and it’s here we meet Josh Myers. In every way that matters, Josh is essentially the “South Park” version of Hannibal Lecter. All of Officer Barbrady’s scenes with him play out much like they did with Clarice in “The Silence of the Lambs.” He’s a kid, in a cell, for tp’ing too many people. The entire idea is ludicrous but when played for laughs like this, we can’t help but smile.

#13: "300" (2006)

"D-Yikes!"

Say what you want about the historical accuracy of the movie “300,” but both the look and feel, and iconic dialog have made an impression on popular culture. Having been parodied multiple times, it didn’t take long for “South Park” to do their own version. When a group of Persians buy up a local lesbian bar, Mrs. Garrison isn’t having any of it. From walking to dialing a phone, everything gets sped down a notch, all while intense theme music plays in the background. Throw in some gloriously cheesy voiceover dialog, and a bad guy named Xerxes, and it’s a recipe for a perfect parody.

#12: "The Da Vinci Code" (2006)

"Fantastic Easter Special"

The movie “The Da Vinci Code” is filled with conspiracies and secrets that have been held away from the public for centuries. With material like that, it’s no wonder “South Park” had a field day taking those ingredients and baking us an Easter treat. The episode goes far beyond poking fun at secret societies. It takes the most ridiculous conspiracy theory and spins it in such a hilarious way you can’t help but laugh all the way through the episode. Connections to religions, freemasonry, and countless other nods all poke fun at the film, and all things related to it.

#11: "The Day After Tomorrow" (2004)

"Two Days Before the Day After Tomorrow"

Long before the show made fun of Al Gore and his take on climate change, “South Park” went after it when they parodied “The Day After Tomorrow.” Much like the movie, the episode tries to use climate change, which happens slowly over time, as the cause of a massive flood in Beaverton. As usual, the show uses Randy as the one inciting panic, blaming climate change, and preparing for what they feel is the end of the world. What makes this one notable is how not only it mocks the movie’s premise itself, but the entire idea that “climate change” is something that happens overnight.

#10: "Scarface" (1983)

"Medicinal Fried Chicken"

In a world where KFC restaurants have been replaced by marijuana dispensaries, Cartman becomes the kingpin of an underground fried chicken ring. In much the same way that Tony Montana became addicted to his own illegal substances, Cartman too can’t help himself to his own product. Although the episode is heavily focused on Randy, many of the Cartman scenes play out much like the movie “Scarface.” From death by helicopter to a shootout at the compound, it’s a fantastic play on a classic movie. And although Randy’s antics don’t play into the parody, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention his hilarious bouncing around town.

#9: "Inception" (2010)

"Insheeption"

Sometimes this show pokes fun at modern media in subtle ways. But in the case of “Insheeption,” the show goes full-on parody and leaves us in stitches the entire time. Stan, Randy, and Mr. Mackey all end up sharing a dream which of course reminds us of “Inception.” We’re then treated to a group of gun-wielding “experts” who look strikingly similar to Cobb and his crew from the movie. What follows is essentially the show’s creators criticizing how the movie’s complicated plot does not necessarily make it cool. Plus, we can’t help but laugh at both the sheep hoarding jokes, and the doctor’s “Inception” like background humming.

#8: "World War Z" (2013)

"World War Zimmerman"

One of the biggest strengths of this show is its ability to both parody pop culture, while simultaneously finding ways to comment on the world around us. This Season 17 episode chose to replace the zombie infestation from “World War Z” with those who were protesting the verdict of the George Zimmerman trial. With Cartman acting as “Brad Pitt,” the entire episode plays with the idea of an “infection” and countless scenes are clearly ripped from the movie. Although it serves up plenty of nods to the zombie flick, it’s probably one of the more controversial uses of satire on this list given the subject matter.

#7: "Heavy Metal" (1981)

"Major Boobage"

Known for its over-the-top depiction of explicit themes, “Heavy Metal” seemed like a perfect pairing for a show like “South Park.” Through a series of hallucinations, Kenny and Gerald both get a glimpse into that world but with a far more comedic touch. Every vision is animated in the same style as the film, but with our characters essentially pasted into the fantasy. It also clearly takes aim at the cult classic’s use of animated nudity. This version of “Heavy Metal” is a world filled with mammary delight. You can’t help but chuckle at how many variations of this theme are used across the episode. Fans unfamiliar with the cult classic film might find themselves looking it up just to understand the episode.

#6: “The Human Centipede” franchise (2009-15)

"HumancentiPad"

Have you ever read any of the “terms of service” agreements you’ve been presented with? We’ve all seen them and by far and large, no one ever reads them. So what if a company put something really sinister in there? In “South Park”, Apple apparently included a clause that allowed them to make you a part of a human centipede. Kyle ends up quite literally in the middle of all this, and viewers are left with one of the most insane parodies to date. It’s both hilarious and a little scary if you spend a little too much time thinking about what you might be agreeing to when you click “Yes”.

#5: Kaiju Films

"Mecha-Streisand"

All the way back in Season One, fans got a treat when Barbra Streisand came to town and turned into a mechanical Godzilla-like monster attacking the city. As huge fans of the Kaiju genre, the creators held nothing back in adding even more nods to these films in this one episode. Robert Smith appears as “Mothra,” Leonard Maltin is “Ultraman,” and even Sidney Poitier appears as “Gamera.” It all comes together with just as much massive destruction as the original films, and a ridiculous soundtrack with a Japanese man singing. Mecha-Streisand would reappear again in the show’s 200th episode two-parter.

#4: "The Shining" (1980)

"A Nightmare on FaceTime"

Poor Randy. Ever so clueless about the world around him, he opts to buy a Blockbuster Video store, thinking it’ll be a good investment. It clearly isn’t and after the store doesn’t attract any customers, Randy goes slightly off the deep end giving us a great nod to “The Shining.” Randy transforms into the show’s own version of Jack Torrance. Between the creepy music and the faces he presents us with, it’s like watching an animated version of the classic horror film. The icing on the cake however is finding Randy frozen in the snow outside, while Stan puts an iPad in his hand. A great send-up of a classic film.

#3: Superhero Movies

Coon Episodes / “South Park: The Fractured but Whole” (2017)

In Season 13, Cartman dubs himself “The Coon,” a Batman-like superhero that no one in town knows about. Clearly poking fun at the comic book film genre, the show took this base idea and expanded on it a year later. All the boys in town become superheroes, sort of. Toolshed, Tupperware, Mosquito, and The Human Kite aren’t exactly the saviors we’re used to seeing elsewhere, and that’s the point. With so many comic book-themed properties out these days, the show clearly is making fun of the fact that anything can be a superhero now. The show even went on to do an entire video game around the same set of characters.

#2: George A. Romero's Zombie Movies

"Night of the Living Homeless"

“Night of the Living Homeless” instead of “Night of the Living Dead.” Do we even need to explain how these are related? From the man who practically invented the zombie genre, this episode of “South Park” replaces the undead with homeless people. Overrunning the town, residents are forced to try and find ways to rid themselves of what has become an infestation of people begging for change. There’s plenty of nods to Romero’s other work such as “Day of the Dead” and “Dawn of the Dead.” Everything about this episode is both hilarious, and a fantastic send-up of this classic horror director.

#1: “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy (2001-03)

"The Return of the Fellowship of the Ring to the Two Towers"

Even after 25 years of being on the air, this Season Six episode is still their best movie parody to date. The boys are playing “Lord of the Rings” and inadvertently end up in a real-world quest to retrieve an adult video from Butters. From the moment the boys acquire the tape, the episode plays out much like many parts of the famous movie trilogy. We’re not sure what’s funnier. The fact that the “Ting” has been replaced by an adult movie, Butters spot-on impersonation of Golem, or poor Jimmy trying to hold back all the sixth graders in the same vein as Gandalf.
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