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This episode was the last to feature the town as a backdrop in the closing credits. From "Chickenpox" onwards the credits are played over a black screen. This stays in the same way until the season ten episode "Smug Alert!".
This is the first time Kenny dies and his friends aren't with him, thus two movie goers parody Kyle and Stan's catchphrase with, "Oh my god, I found a penny!" and the other replying with, "You bastard!"
This episode shows Kenny's precocious sexual knowledge, as he was the only character who laughed at double sense of Chef's products names.
Stephen Stotch is shown to be a movie theater projectionist in this episode.
References to Popular Culture
This episode is a giant commentary on the Sundance Film Festival and its chairperson Robert Redford which happens every year in Park City, Utah. It claims to be an independent film festival, however over the years it's been transformed into a big Hollywood event. Matt Stone and Trey Parker have some personal history with Sundance: They attempted to get their first film Cannibal! The Musical to screen there and it was rejected. According to Lloyd Kaufman founder of Troma Entertainment (Who releases Cannibal!) Stone and Parker rented out some space and screened their movie in Park City the year they were rejected. This apparently inspired Troma to start Tromadance that also happened every year next to Sundance in Park City until most recently when soaring costs and restrictive advertising campaigns (in place to eek out competition) Tromadance was moved to New Jersey.
Kyle hopes they don't play that "stupid ass Godzilla movie again" at the South Park Film Festival. Kyle is referring to the 1998 American remake of Godzilla. It came out a few months before this episode aired, and it was panned by critics for everything from its ridiculous amounts of cross promotion, sloppy continuity, etc. Stan also confuses independent films with the 1996 science fiction film Independence Day, which was also panned by critics for focusing too many on special effects and not on the plot. Both these films were directed by Roland Emmerich.
Celebrity name droppings by producers on their cell phones: One mentions that he wants to work with actress Demi Moore, while the other says that director/producer Steven Spielberg can kiss his ass.
People are disappointed by the arrival of Fred Savage. Savage was a child actor best known for his role in the "Wonder Years". When this episode aired, Savage's fame had faded into obscurity.
The boys think the only format that could possibly capture Cartman's ass is IMAX. The standard IMAX screen is 22 × 16.1 m (72 × 52.8 ft).
While the boys are searching for Mr. Hankey in the sewers, Cartman is frustrated and asks the others if they look like the The Goonies. The Goonies is a 1985 adventure film following a group of boys who go searching for a lost pirate treasure.
A director mistakes Kyle for Leonardo DiCaprio. There is no visible resemblance, but Leonardo DiCaprio is an actor who was popular at the time this episode aired due to his role in the 1997 James Cameron film Titanic.
The assembled producers believe that Mr. Hankey's troubles could be the next Free Willy. Free Willy was a 1993 film about a boy who helps free a whale named Willy from captivity.
Kyle and Mr. Hankey's exchange where Kyle decides to bring Mr. Hankey out into the open to prove that he is real is a parody of a similar scene from 1969 Christmas special Frosty the Snowman.
The film Mr. Hankey and Me supposedly stars academy award winning actor Tom Hanks, the film is a parody of the 1993 film Philadelphia wherein Hanks plays the role of Andrew Beckett who is dying of AIDS/HIV.
As Mr. Hankey is "dying" his last words are "There is another Skywalker", this is a reference to the Star Wars film Return of the Jedi. There is a scene where as Yoda is dying, he tells Luke Skywalker that he has another sibling, who turns out to be Princess Leia.
The Mister Hankey song that plays, albeit in a slower sadder rendition than the episode "Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo" is done in the theme of many old Rankin/Bass Christmas specials, notably the aforementioned Frosty the Snowman.
Mr. Hankey dons a wizard outfit and conjures a storm of feces, this is a parody of a scene from the 1940 Disney film Fantasia that features the symphonic poem The 'Sorcerer's Apprentice. In the scene Mickey Mouse, a wizards apprentice, attempts to mop the floors of his masters chambers by enchanting a mop to come to life. This leads to a flood which Mickey tries to control with magic, much in the way Mr. Hankey is controlling the torrent of feces.
After finishing drowning Robert Redford in feces, Mr. Hankey says "Golly, I guess I don't know my own strength". He says it in the same manner as Bullwinkle Moose on the "The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show" cartoon series (1959–1964). One regular occurring segment would feature Bullwinkle attempting to pull a rabbit out of his hat. The running gag would be he would pull some wild animal (lion, tiger etc.) and quickly shove it back into the hat before it can attack him, to which he would respond "I guess I don't know my own strength."
In the first film that Stan and Wendy watch, Witness to Denial, one of the two women is wearing a "Lillith Fare" t-shirt, a reference to "Lilith Fair", an all female traveling music festival that operated from 1997 to 1999.
In the scene where Cartman gets sent to the Principal's office, the poster on Mr. Garrison's desk changes from a poster with various leaves and the word 'Leafs' to a poster with a giraffe.
When Stan and Wendy go to their first independent film together, Fred Savage can be seen in the audience. Fred Savage does not arrive in South Park until later in the episode.
When Mr. Hankey plays the organ, he has his bow tie on. But when he turns around, his bow tie is gone. But in a few scenes, the bow tie is back.
After Cartman mocks Wendy when she meets up with Stan and the rest of the boys at the film festival, she stops existing temporarily when the camera pulls back for a few seconds.
Kenny is trampled by a crowd leaving a theater. Stan and Kyle are not present; instead, a moviegoer says, "Oh my God, I found a penny!", and his friend replies, "You bastard!"