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This episode shows Mr. Mackey when he was a child along with South Park Elementary in roughly 1974 or 1975, judging from the poster in the school hallway that reads "Fall Fest '74".
Despite rescuing a young Mackey from getting molested, the original Freddy Krueger, though envisioned as a pedophile by Wes Craven, was only subtly implied as one. It wasn't expressly stated or even made canon until the remake.
The scene where Woodsy Owl is molesting Mr. Mackey is actually a reference to a real scandal involving Woodsy Owl.
Cartman and Kenny don't reappear after the scene when Stan's locker is being cleaned. Also. Kyle only has a small role.
Upon the episode's release, Dan Gurewitch from the humor website CollegeHumor, noted several similarities between "Insheeption" and his own Inception parody video, "Inception Characters Don’t Understand Inception", which he had made with David Young and first posted to the CollegeHumor website on August 2, 2010. He discovered that many lines from the South Park episode seemed to be lifted almost verbatim from their sketch. Matt Stone later issued an apology, admitting when they had intended to parody complexity of Inception, they did not have a copy of the film to reference, instead turning to the internet for information on the film. Stone explained:
"We thought their joke was that a lot of those lines were actually in the movie, and they were banging them against each other, and showing that the Inception characters didn’t even know Inception. That was a mistake, and it was an honest mistake... It's just because we do the show in six days, and we're stupid and we just threw it together. But in the end, there are some lines that we had to call and apologize for."
References to Popular Culture
The episode opens with Cartman saying, "So then, the guy hits the ping-pong ball with his dick, and it goes right in the other guy's mouth. " He is talking about a scene in Jackass 3D, a movie that premiered in theaters the weekend before this episode aired.
Woodsy Owl, the mascot who attempts to molest Mr. Mackey, is a real life icon, used by the United States Forest Service to teach young children about appreciating nature. Also, his former motto "Give a hoot, don't pollute" is mentioned in this episode.
Hoarders is a documentary TV program on A&E about people suffering from compulsive hoarding, and is what the episode parodies with the 'hoarders' dialogues.
Elements of the 2010 film Inception are parodied in this episode:
The name of this episode is a reference to the title of the film.
The episode alludes to the intricate (and confusing) plot line of the movie.
The concept of being able to enter a person's subconscious is an element of the film.
Most of the characters even appear in this episode with the exception of Ariadne appear to help pull someone out of a dream.
The scene where Freddy Krueger is recruited is a reference to the 1994 film, Star Trek: Generations, down to the line "the greatest dream infiltrator of all time." (originally "starship Captain")
Freddy's line about "killing those teenagers to stop the Russians" was a reference to the A Nightmare on Elm Street films he spawns from.
After the sheepherder is decapitated in the dreamworld, his headless body can be briefly seen near Mr. Mackey after they walk up. This is a reference to a concept in the A Nightmare on Elm Street films, where if a person dies in their dream by Freddie Kruger, the person will die in real life.
NFL player Matt Hasselbeck is shown to be one of the people sent into Stan's dream.
Doctor Chinstrap's musical accompaniment whenever the complicated dream rules are explained may be a reference to a Youtube video where the Inception trailer is re-dubbed A Capella, while the soundtrack itself is Mind Set composed by Zack Hemsey.
Mr. Mackey is seen watching ZOOM on his tv, which ran from 1972 through March 1978. Later the show "ZOOM" was re-released in January 1999 and continued to air through May 2005.
A poster that says "Space 1989" is seen in Mr. Mackey's room even in the 70's, this is a parody of the science fiction TV show Space 1999 which ran from 1975 through 1979.
In Mr. Mackey's room, there are poster of Snoopey (a parody of Snoopy possibly due to copyright issue), The Six Million Dollar Man In addition, there are figures of Getter Dragon and Raideen from Japanese anime Getter Robo G and Brave Raideen, respectively. Both figures actually existed, and were available in the United States in the late 1970s through the Shogun Warriors line of imported Japanese toys licensed by Mattel, with Getter Robo G also having an Americanized broadcast on TV as Starvengers, one of five different anime series given the treatment for the Force Five anthology series in 1979 in response to the popularity of the Shogun Warriors toy line.