South Park's Kenny - The animated
cartoon SOUTH PARK/COM/1997+ featured the adventures of four
foul-mouthed third graders (Kyle Broslofski, Stan Marsh, Eric
Cartman and Kenny McCormick) who attended South Park Elementary
School. Kenny is the little boy in an orange parka and hood who
mumbles under the cover of his winter clothes.
Unfortunately, during nearly every episode, the viewers hear
the catchphrase "Oh my God! They killed Kenny!" accompanied by
"You Bastards!" Kenny officially dies on episode No. 71 "Kenny Dies"
(12/05/2001) when he dies of a terminal illness.
On Episode No.
91 "A Ladder to Heaven" (11/06/2002) Kenny's friends find out
that his parent's cremated him and placed his ashes in an urn.
The boys sneak into their house, steal the urn, and dump out the
ashes while looking for a winning ticket stub that Kenny was
holding for them. Then thinking the ashes in the urn are really
powdered chocolate, Cartman mixes the remains with milk and
drinks Kenny. "OH MY GOD! He drank Kenny!" The ashes were
replaced with kitty litter. Despite his official death, Kenny returned to the show
later in the series.
TRIVIA NOTE: When asked why they
keep killing off this little kid, the series co-creator Matt
Stone remarked "We just like to kill him....And we really like
the line 'Oh, my God, they killed Kenny!'" To make Kenny's blood
for his death scenes, animators use an ink dot from a Sharpie
red marker that they scan into the computer. The killing theme
in the cartoon stems from a film short made by Trey Parker and
Matt Stone at the University of Colorado at Boulder about four
little boys trying to stop a snowman on a killing spree. This
later inspired their The Spirit of Christmas cartoon short which
spawned the SOUTH PARK craze.
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