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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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TV Series:
Original Air Date:
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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 (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

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The Speech that Chef and the head turkey give before the fight, is the speech from Braveheart (1995).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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Another Great Episode!, 26 July 2012
Author: SebMModernsII from United Kingdom

Starvin' Marvin Was Trey Parker And Matt Stone's very first Thanksgiving Special! (I am British, so I do not celebrate Thanksgiving.) The episode evolves around The Boys watching a commercial ran by A Fiction Sally Struthers about starving families in Africa, the boys are very interested in donating and they are hoping to get sports watches (Kid's are into watches and nothing better these days?!) in return! Some security guards take Cartman to Africa and they send A Starving Ethiopian Child To South Park instead of The Boy's watches! The episode very strangely ends with Cartman saving the day! (I do not want to ruin the ending for those who have not seen it yet!) I really enjoyed this episode, because it has a very useful and sweet moral about understanding that most of the things and people that you see on television are real! If you are A South Park Fan and you have not seen it, then please give it a go, it is definitely a must see!

Overall Rating: 9/10!

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