The September 30th debut will be a one-hour special focused on COVID-19
Animation is one of the only games unaffected much by COVID-19 However, it often takes years to plan out, draw, and color pages… that is of course unless you’re South Park.
Because creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have very much changed the industry. Known for their lightning-fast production and last-minute deadlines when it comes to creating their long-running animated comedy series, South Park, a feature captured their process well in the documentary: 6 Days to Air. Which is why it should come to no surprise, that Comedy Central has both suddenly and officially announced a special hour-long episode of South Park dedicated to life in the pandemic.
Known for their brand of gut-wrenching popular culture attacks and ridiculous offend-at-all-costs humor, South Park will be addressing the COVID-19 issue directly in an unprecedented hour-long episode. Something never attempted before in the series thus far (although two-and-three part episodes have).
The episode will be both squarely shot during and focused on: COVID-19. With the storyline taking place in the show’s current timeline of Randy’s Tegridy Weed farm. The official description for the unofficial premiere can be seen below:
“Randy comes to terms with his role in the COVID-19 outbreak as the on-going pandemic presents continued challenges to the citizens of South Park. The kids happily head back to school but nothing resembles the normal that they once knew; not their teachers, not their homeroom, not even Eric Cartman.”
The episode will air on Comedy Central and then be available on HBO Max and South Park Studios the day after.
Personally, I’m also hoping the debut will also serve as the official season premiere. And given how easy it is to make the series, if possible, perhaps even extend the season? As comedy parody is needed now more than ever.