World War Zimmerman
Cartman is deeply disturbed by a single person who he sees as a threat to all humanity. He races around the country to put an end to patient zero, the ticking time bomb that is Token.
- "Fist bump, bro." Eric Cartman
- "Did you know if it wasn't for African Americans we wouldn't have rock & roll? So cool that we have a black president." Eric Cartman
- "MY BRAINS! STOP EATING MY BRAINS! BRAD PITT! AHGHGHG!!!!" Eric Cartman
- "I was not bullet! I was not the gun! I was not the jury, so don't blame me, son." Eric Cartman
- "Oh wait, is this a Tesla? SHIT! Well step on the prissy pedal, we're gonna die!!!" Eric Cartman
- "BLACK GUY IN THE BACK!" Eric Cartman
- "Nobody can see us wearing black." Eric Cartman
- "I'll have to live with this the rest of my life, even though I'll be walking around a free man." George Zimmerman
- "Brad Pitt… but cooler" (Reporter)
- "Fist Bump?" Eric Cartman
- "You made everyone think I'm a fucking patient zero!" Token
- "Bump that shit bro, be the bigger person." Eric Cartman
- "Yeah Token, that's the law. Everything inside the red line is lava." Eric Cartman
"Black or White it's alright! Black or white let's not fight! White People say HO!!!!" Eric Cartman
"Not a chance. By now most of the urban cities will be compromised…" Eric Cartman
- Zimmerman Residence
Behind The Scenes
- Where did the "fist bump" idea come from? From the writers: "Just another opportunity for Cartman to be racist."
- Mr. Mackey is featured throughout this episode, trying to mend the relationship between Cartman and Token. Trey says Mr. Mackey was modeled after his own junior high school counselor.
Where Did the Idea Come From?
Where did the episode idea come from? Originally, this was gonna be our first episode coming back from our hiatus. At the Writer's Retreat, we talked about stuff that had happened while we were on hiatus and how we could make a show about it. This episode was going to begin with Token waking up from a 9 month coma (the number of months South Park was on hiatus). The boys were going to rush in in and tell him everything that had happened while he was asleep. Cartman was scared that Token would freak out when he heard about the Zimmerman verdict.
So Cartman’s racial paranoia launched the idea. And then there is the happy coincidence that Zimmerman starts with ‘Z”
Fist Bump: Storyboard
After the script is written, the first step in our production process is creating storyboards. Here's a "board" of the fist bump scene, before it was animated bro.
Animating Cartman's Zombie Nightmare
This intense specialty shot of zombies crawling up the building required unique setup, textures and character design. It was by far the most complex shot we had to animate for "World War Zimmerman".
Hip Hop Cartman: Character Design
Our art department created this special hip hop outfit for Cartman. You can see it in action during his "I Was Not The Bullet" presentation.
No-Armed Pilot: Character Design
Any new character, like this no-armed pilot, must first be storyboarded by the art department.
The injections Cartman gives himself on the plane? That's a direct parody of "World War Z". It was going to be part of Cartman's storyline, but the writers went in another direction and just didn’t remove it. Cartman was all about being like Brad Pitt and we thought it would be funny if some people “got it”.
Storyboard: Electrocution Scene
Check out the storyboard from the notorious electrocution scene.
"Patient Zero" Art
Here's a better look at the art for Cartman's "Patient Zero" sketch. All props used in the show are created by our Art Department.
Pop Culture References
- Many scenes throughout this episode are spot-on parodies of the 2013 blockbuster "World War Z", with Cartman playing Brad Pitt.
- Cartman's song (featured twice in this episode) is a pretty awesome rendition of Michael Buble's "It's A Beautiful Day". Why? Because the writer's just found it funny.
Garrison's History Lesson
Garrison's lesson on the French Revolution is taken right out of the 2012 movie, Les Misérables.
- Token's girlfriend Nichole made her debut in Season 16's "Cartman Finds Love". As seen in this episode, they are clearly still together.
- This is the first time in 17 years Jimbo's Gun Shop has re-appeared in the show. It's debut was in our second episode ever, "Weight Gain 4000".
- Easter Egg The sign on the wall in Jimbo's Gun Shop reads: "Criminals: Can you run 850 feet per second? If not, your head better be bulletproof!"
- The Moovit! van (which kills Cartman's female partner on this adventure) has been seen in a number of previous episodes.
- This is not the first time Cartman has dressed in black-face. The first time was back in Season 2's "Summer Sucks".
Season 17 Intro: Bus Driver
The Season 17 intro prominently features the "new" bus driver, Mr. Jose Venezuela. He also doubles as the school's janitor (a fact we learned in "Mystery of the Urinal Deuce"). He's taken over as the boy's bus driver ever since Miss Crabtree died in Season 8's "Cartman's Incredible Gift".
The Return of Ned
Although seen in the background of several episodes recently, Ned actually got some legit screen time in this episode. His last big speaking role was in Season 5's "Here Comes The Neighborhood".
Token vs. Cartman
Token and Cartman have always had a love/hate relationship. Token even kicked Cartman's ass in "Christian Rock Hard".