South Park series
|South Park series|
|Developer||Trey Parker, Matt Stone|
Xbox Live Productions, Ubisoft
|Systems||As noted below|
|Released||1992, 1995 (Spirit of Christmas)|
1997-present (South Park)
1998-present (video games)
1999 (Bigger, Longer, and Uncut)
|As noted below|
The South Park series is an American adult multimedia series consisting of a television show, a film, music, and video games. The series centers around the American adult animated sitcom titled South Park. The television series was created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone and began airing in 1997.
The South Park television series spawned from two earlier animated shorts, both titled The Spirit of Christmas. The first short, that pit Jesus against Frosty, was created by Parker and Stone in 1992 after they had met at a film class at the University of California. In 1995, Brian Graden, then a Fox network executive, commissioned Parker and Stone to create a new short. This new short pit Jesus against Santa, and became popular after it became widely distributed. This short was also distributed on the internet, where it became one of the first viral videos.
Parker, Stone, and Graden developed South Park for Comedy Central, based on the Spirit of Christmas shorts. It was a major hit for the network, which led to the development of South Park merchandise, including a film titled South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut, musical albums, and video games. Parker and Stone initially had no involvement in the design of the video games, although they did lend their voices for the characters. They were not happy with the final products, and as a result, they set up South Park Digital Studios so that they could assist with the design and story of South Park games.
Characters that have been playable in one or more games
Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, Kenny McCormick and Eric Cartman are children who attend South Park Elementary in South Park, Colorado. Other children in South Park have included Wendy Testaburger, Butters Stotch, Bebe Stevens, Jimmy Valmer, Craig Tucker, Clyde Donovan, Timmy Burch, Red, Token Black, Damien, Starvin' Marvin, Pip Pirrip, Shelly Marsh, Tweek Tweak, Ike Broflovski, Henrietta Biggle, and Bradley Biggle. Staff at South Park Elementary have included Herbert Garrison, Jerome "Chef" McElroy, and Mr. Mackey. Adults in South Park have included Officer Barbrady, Jimbo Kern, Ned Gerblansky, Big Gay Al, Marvin Marsh, Jesus, Satan, Death, Dr. Mephesto, Sheila Broflovski, Liane Cartman, Terrance, and Phillip. Creatures in South Park have included an alien Visitor, Scuzzlebutt, Lemmiwinks, and a cow.
Some games have the ability to create a custom character, portrayed as a silent protagonist, simply known as the new kid.