South Park Team to Spoof Thunderbirds

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the duo behind Comedy Central’s animated hit South Park are go on a feature that will take shots at terrorism and public figures Thunderbirds-style. Matt Stone and Trey Parker will reportedly write, direct and voice the pic for Paramount Pictures and South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut exec. producer Scott Rudin.

While The Reporter quotes Stone saying the film will be animated, it is also referred to as a superhero marionette project like Gerry Anderson’s classic ’60s series Thunderbirds, which Anderson is currently updating as a CG feature.

The Parker/Stone production will not be at all related to South Park, but it will apparently feature the same irreverent, take-no-prisoners humor that made their crudely animated property a hit on both the small and big screens. And though details on the style of animation to be used are still ambiguous, it is likely to look far different from the simple, construction paper cut-out style employed to bring Cartman and pals to life, or the Flash animation used in the segment they produced for Michael Moore’s Oscar-winning documentary Bowling for Columbine.

As cutting-edge as Stone and Parker tend to be, they may be treading on familiar ground with this new venture. A few seasons ago, NBC’s sketch comedy stalwart Saturday Night Live spoofed Thunderbirds with a segment of Robert Smigel’s Saturday TV Funhouse called Go-Lords. The spot featured puppet nudity, gratuitous violence and political satire as the heroes set out to foil the terrorist plots of Saddam Hussein and others.