The original cardboard South Park pilot that Trey Parker and Matt Stone created for Comedy Central is now viewable online at southparkstudios.com. The episode contains four minutes of footage that never made it into the show’s 1997 series premiere, “Cartman Gets an Anal Probe,” including this shot of Eric’s family (which originally included a dad — who wasn’t his hermaphrodite mom — and a sister!).
The pilot had to be trimmed for time, and Parker and Stone made an excellent call scrapping the idea that Chef would give the boys hot tamales to eat so they’d get sent home from school with fevers. (The resulting scenes, which included a visit to the nurse’s office and some interaction with Pip, drag a bit. In the aired episode, a fire alarm is pulled and the boys are off to search for Kyle’s brother, Ike, who’s been abducted by the alien Visitors.) Watch the original pilot, and you’ll also see that Mr. Hat had more screentime, that Chef showed up to aid the boys in signaling the Visitors as opposed to an 80-ft. satellite dish protruding from Cartman’s ass (“Hey, alien Visitor people! Down here! Come on now! Nice, juicy fat kid!”), and that the best line from the aired episode — Kyle’s “Ike! Do your impersonation of David Caruso’s career!” — is missing.
What other differences do you note? And what do you think is the best line from “Cartman Gets an Anal Probe”? (My second choice: Cartman’s “Why is it that everything today has involved things either going in or coming out of my ass?”)