- A Very Crappy Christmas
Infobox Television episode
Title = A Very Crappy Christmas
Series = South Park
Caption = Mr. Hankey, his wife, and kids celebrate Christmas in the sewer.
Season = 4
Episode = 65
December 20, 2000
Production = 417
Trey Parker Matt Stone
Episode list = List of "South Park" episodes
Season list = Infobox South Park season 4 episode list
Next ="A Very Crappy Christmas" is episode 65 of the
Comedy Centralseries " South Park". It originally aired during season 4 on December 20, 2000.
Mr. Hankeyfails to show up on Hanukkah, Kyle leads Stan, Cartman and Kenny into the sewers to investigate; this is the first scene where you get to see any part of Stan's hair until season 5. When they find him, Kyle questions him, stating that nobody seems to have the Christmasspirit anymore. Mr. Hankey reveals that he hasn't surfaced due to issues with his family: his dissatisfied wife Autumn, and their children Cornwallis, Amber and Simon.
The boys, along with Mr. Hankey's kids, attempt to revive the Christmas spirit by singing carols on the sidewalk, but are totally ignored. While they lament not getting any presents, Cornwallis begins to wonder about his significance in the world as a piece of poo.
While watching a "
Peanuts" Christmas special, where Snoopy is seen beating a naked Charlie Brown with a board, the boys get the idea to create a short animation to show the townspeople at the local drive-in. With backing from Mayor McDaniels, worried about South Park's economic state, the boys set about using cut-out animation to create their cartoon.
Meanwhile, Cornwallis, who has sunk further into depression, reveals his feelings to his father, who comforts him by singing "The Circle of Poo", based on Disney's
The Circle Of Lifesong. This shows how poo is the lifeblood of the whole planet, and the song even finishes with Mr. Hankey holding Cornwallis over a cliff. Rejuvenated, Cornwallis and the others begin preparing the dilapidated drive-in for the screening.
After Cartman destroys a frame of the cartoon and quits the project, and Kenny is run over, Stan and Kyle proceed with the project themselves, with Stan dubbing Cartman's voice over (taking extra opportunities to poke fun at his weight in the meantime), Kenny being killed off in the cartoon as well, and sending their cut outs to get made in
Finally the film is ready and the whole town gathers to see it, including Cartman, who joins in getting credit for the movie, and claims he never quit in the first place. Only a few seconds in, though, the film breaks up.
As everyone sits at home, forcing the children of South Park to celebrate a Christmas with no presents, Cornwallis and Mr. Hankey fix the projector and the film restarts playing. Upon seeing the film, the townsfolk finally come to realize that the true spirit of Christmas is
commercialism, and rush to the shops for last minute presents. Finally content, the boys head off to open their presents, turning down an offer to make a cartoon show out of their film. [Mayor: Kids, that cartoon was fabulous. How would you like to have your own show and make 100 more of them? / Stan: Are you kidding? I think we'd rather stab ourselves in the head. / Cartman: Yeah. Let's just go home and open our presents. cite episode |title = A Very Crappy Christmas |series = South Park |credits = Trey Parker (writer), Adrien Beard (director) |network = Comedy Central |airdate = 2000-12-20 |season = 4 |number = 65 |transcripturl= http://www.spscriptorium.com/Season4/E417script.htm]
* [http://www.southparkstudios.com/media/video/misc/spirit_xmas_jesusVSsanta.mov Watch "The Spirit of Christmas" on The Official "South Park" Website]
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