October 25th, 2010
01:40 PM ET
Last Wednesday, "South Park" parodied the box office hit, "Inception." Funny stuff, and very similar in tone to a lot of their parodies, but not exactly new ground.
"South Park" co-creator told the paper that they actually called the creators of the parody video personally, including Dan Gurewitch, who had accused them of plagiarism on his blog. "It’s just because we do the show in six days, and we’re stupid and we just threw it together."
Lines like, "Sometimes my thoughts of my dead wife manifest themselves as trains," were word-for-word from the original parody, which Stone said was used as a reference point for the episode.
He went on to explain to the Times, "We thought their joke was that a lot of those lines were actually in the movie, and they were banging them against each other, and showing that the ‘Inception’ characters didn’t even know 'Inception.' That was a mistake, and it was an honest mistake."
Why didn't Stone and co-creator Trey Parker check the movie itself? They say they were unable to find it in theaters, or anywhere else for that matter.
As for Gurewitch, he wrote on his blog that all was forgiven after his conversation with Stone, and he plans to meet with the "South Park" pair soon.
What do you think about this? Does this make you think differently of Stone, Parker and "South Park?" Do you believe their explanation that it was an "honest mistake?" (It wouldn't be the first time an animated series has been accused of stealing material.) Share your view on video or in the comments below.
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