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"South Park" Starvin' Marvin (1997)

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South Park: Season 1: Episode 8 -- Mistaking Cartman for a starving African child, government authorities send him to Ethiopia where he runs into Sally Struthers.


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19 November 1997 (Season 1, Episode 8)
The boys sponsor a starving Ethiopian child, only to have him show up on their doorstep. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Best of South Park Season One Quotes
 (From TVfanatic. 9 February 2010, 1:28 PM, PST)

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One of the best South Park episodes! See more (4 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)
Mary Kay Bergman ... Liane Cartman / Sally Struthers / Wendy Testaburger / Mayor McDaniels / Principal Victoria / Carol McCormick / Red Cross Woman (voice) (as Shannen Cassidy)
Jennifer Howell ... Woman in Park (voice)
Jesse Brant Howell ... Ike Broflovski (voice) (as Jesse Howell)

Trey Parker ... Stan Marsh / Eric Cartman / Phillip / TV Announcer / Mr. Garrison / Clyde / Dr. Mephesto / Man in Park / Randy Marsh / Charity Worker #1 / Officer Barbrady / Ethiopian Man (voice)

Matt Stone ... Kyle Broflovski / Kenny McCormick / Terrance / Ted / Stuart McCormick / Starvin' Marvin / Red Cross Man / Man in Crowd / Woman in Crowd / Jimbo Kern / Charity Worker #2 (voice)

Isaac Hayes ... Chef (voice)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Trey Parker (uncredited)
Writing credits
Trey Parker (created by) &
Matt Stone (created by)

Brian Graden (developed by)

Trey Parker (written by)

David R. Goodman (staff writer) (as David Goodman) &
Philip Stark (staff writer)

Pam Brady  consultant writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Frank C. Agnone II .... post-production producer
Pam Brady .... consulting producer
Anne Garefino .... supervising producer
Jennifer Howell .... associate producer
Deborah Liebling .... executive producer
Trey Parker .... executive producer
Matt Stone .... executive producer
Original Music by
Adam Berry 
Film Editing by
John M. Watson 
John Laus (uncredited)
Production Management
David Yanover .... post-production supervisor (as David L. Yanover)
Art Department
Adrien Beard .... storyboard artist
Greg Postma .... storyboard artist
Sound Department
Bruce Howell .... audio producer
D.A. Young .... sound editor (uncredited)
Animation Department
Jennifer M. Allen .... lip sync artist
Chris 'Crispy' Brion .... animator
Martin Cendreda .... animator
Warren Fuller .... animator
Angi Glenn .... animator
Dave Koch .... lip sync artist (as David Koch)
Carlos Palazio .... animator
Ivy Panlilio .... lip sync artist
James Sant'Anselmo .... lip sync artist
Eric Stough .... animation director
Jackie Watson .... animator
Holly Wenger .... lip sync artist
Heather R. Wilbur .... lip sync artist
Amy Winfrey .... animator
Toni Wurts .... animator (as Toni Nugnes)
Editorial Department
Andrew Kemler .... post-production assistant
Christine A. Mueller .... post-production coordinator
Brian Turner .... assistant editor: high definition department
Kent Pritchett .... colorist (uncredited, co-colorist)
Music Department
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist
Jamie Dunlap .... composer: theme music
Bruce Howell .... composer: additional music
Bruce Howell .... music performer: additional music
Trey Parker .... composer: additional music
Trey Parker .... music performer: additional music
Other crew
Dariush Derakhshani .... technical director
Sean Laverty .... systems administrator
Peter Merryman .... technical director
Melissa Morvant .... production assistant
Paul Shomer .... script supervisor
Alecia Shyngle .... production accountant
Jon Singer .... technical director
James Valladao .... supervising technical director (as 'Uncle Jimbo' Valladao)
Ana Wolovick .... technical director
Chris Greenleaf .... special thanks
Kevin Morris .... special thanks

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Brian Graden  developer
Trey Parker  creator
Matt Stone  creator

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

23 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Canada:14A (DVD re-rating) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) (VHS/DVD rating) | Canada:18A (original rating) (VHS) | UK:PG | USA:TV-MA

Did You Know?

Tom Vogt, who served as the editor of the show for several years, was inspired to join the show after watching a bootleg copy of this episode. He had never seen the show before, but was so impressed by the episode he decided to drive to Colorado and seek a job with Trey Parker and Matt Stone. He was hired as the show's editor after contacting one of the animators who used to work for the same company as he had.See more »
Stan:[on the phone] Yeah, yeah; we want to adopt a starving Ethernopian.
Eric Cartman:When do we get the sports watch?
Stan:[annoyed] Just a second, fatass.
Eric Cartman:You Vas Deferens.
Stan:[continuing] Hello? No, it's a ma...
[he pauses]
Stan:Vas Deferens?
[Kenny mumbles something, possibly about "peepee"]
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
One of the best South Park episodes!, 1 April 2006

The premiere of "South Park" in the summer of 1997 brought Comedy Central some of the biggest ratings that it has ever received. The show, about four eight-year-old boys and their misadventures in Colorado, was unlike anything that had ever been seen on television. It was tasteless, it was politically incorrect, and it was hilarious. During the first season, the hype and fan base of "South Park" grew larger and larger with every episode. By the time this Thanksgiving episode aired, the show was already considered the biggest television hit of 1997. This was the 8th episode of "South Park". Normally in the first seasons of shows, the first ten episodes is the creators trying to figure out what exactly their show is and what to do with it, but by this episode, creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone already had a pretty good idea of what the show was. As a result, this is one of the better episodes of Season One and one of the best "South Park" episodes to air yet. The BRAVEHEART spoof towards the end of the episode is a definite highlight.

When one analyzes this episode, it becomes evident just how similar it is to Charlie Brown's Thanksgiving. Plot centered around elementary school kids? Check. Lesson in the end? Check. The only difference is this is definitely not for young kids. For everyone else though, Starvin Marvin' is perfect for watching around Thanksgiving time. My Grade: A

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