Trey Parker
American actor, writer and director
Trey Parker
Trey Parker is an American actor, voice artist, animator, screenwriter, director, producer and musician, best known for being the co-creator of South Park along with his creative partner and best friend Matt Stone. Parker started his film career in 1992, making a holiday short titled Jesus vs. Frosty. His first success came from Cannibal! The Musical. From there he made another short titled Jesus vs.
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Homer Simpson Kills The 'South Park' Kids In New Couch Gag
Huffington Post - about 1 month
In a new couch gag for the famous “Simpsons” intro sequence, Homer Simpson stiff-arms through the “South Park” kids ― killing them all on impact as they’re beheaded and dismembered by his yellow hand. Seth Green, of “Robot Chicken” and “Family Guy” animation fame, created the segment for last week’s episode, “Fatzcarraldo,” which was uploaded online a few days later. The premise for the intro is that the Simpsons’ sailboat painting goes missing from its usual spot right above the family couch. After Homer asks where it went, Bart suggests, “Maybe another animated show stole it?” Homer decides to go on a quest to retrieve the painting, which Lisa dismisses as a “derivative” work of art. After he leaves, Bart admits to the rest of the family, “Or maybe I sold it on Craigslist.” Homer’s first stop in his search for the painting is a place that looks a lot like “South Park,” inhabited by four children modeled after Kyle, Cartman, Kenny and Stan. Homer says m ...
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'South Park' Frantically Rewrote Last Night's Episode After Trump's Win
Huffington Post - 4 months
#SouthPark pic.twitter.com/y3n59AAAtQ — South Park (@SouthPark) November 9, 2016 Considering the rapid pace at which “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone work, it’s to be expected that the pair was all but finished with this week’s episode when Donald Trump was named U.S. president-elect in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The episode, “The Very First Gentleman,” was announced by Comedy Central on Monday and scheduled to air at its usual 10 p.m. ET time slot on Wednesday evening. In a release, the network summarized the plot: “PC Principal tries one more time to make peace between the boys and the girls. Meanwhile, Gerald comes face-to-face with the Troll Hunter. But following the election of Republican nominee Trump, Parker and Stone frantically rewrote portions of the script and renamed the episode “Oh, Jeez,” as Esquire first reported. The episode opens with a silent, shocked crowd ― comparable to that at the Javits Center on Tuesday night ― ...
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‘South Park’: After Two Decades, It’s Still by the Seat of Their Pants
New York Times - 6 months
While the show’s staff has grown exponentially, the Comedy Central series remains fundamentally the work of its creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
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Will Big Data Be Used to Create Ad Zombies or Digital Assistants?
Huffington Post - over 1 year
I usually don't expect deep insights from South Park. The producers of this animated comedy invariably deliver quirky, spot-on observations of modern culture. The episodes are usually funny, occasionally sophomoric and populated with throwaway lines about human behavior. However, season 19 of South Park offered some penetrating interpretations of Internet privacy that resonated with me. The last three episodes of the season delightfully skewered online advertising and and the "ad zombies" big business wants us all to become. Between bouts of outright laughter and knowing chuckles, it wasn't hard to see the truth in the dystopian view delivered by Trey Parker, writer and director of these episodes. Parker shrewdly avoided giving his characters the "tech-speak" dialogue typically associated with discussions of big data algorithms that drive online advertising. Instead, he very effectively presented a vision of an online world dominated by a blizzard of popup ads and sponsored content m ...
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And, But, Therefore: Randy Olson and the Art of Science Storytelling, Part 1
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Opening a book about science communication by talking about Comedy Central's hyper-vulgar South Park is likely to lose many readers. And among these readers may be the mature scientists who most need to rethink how they communicate. But Randy Olson's new book, Houston, We Have a Narrative: Why Science Needs Story, starts off exactly this way. Therefore, we'll talk about his interesting insights into science communication. See what I just did there? And, but, therefore--ABT. Olson taps ABT as the winning formula for communicating science, but it's not his invention; Olson writes that a documentary about the making of South Park hit him "like a bolt of lightning" and "changed [his] life." In this documentary, South Park co-creator Trey Parker talks about how he edits South Park scripts: I sort of always call it the rule of replacing and's with either but's or therefore... this happens, THEREFORE this happens, BUT this happens. Olson writes that every "story can be re ...
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'South Park' To Take On Police Violence In New Episode
Huffington Post - over 1 year
The national debate on police violence has spread from Ferguson and Baltimore all the way to the small town of South Park, Colorado. On this Wednesday's episode of long-running animated series "South Park," the town's residents decide to abolish the police because they're fed up with people who "impose their authority on the underprivileged." Given the Comedy Central show's history of iconoclasm, and its focus in Season 19 on political correctness, we're gonna go ahead and guess that it doesn't end well.  Here's a clip from the episode, in which one of the town's police officers defends his kind, saying that "not all cops are racist, trigger-happy assholes."  "South Park," which was created by college friends Trey Parker and Matt Stone, has a long and storied history of tackling controversial topics. Many of its most inflammatory episodes have focused on religious figures like Muhammad to the Virgin Mary.  CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story transposed t ...
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Oscars highlight next generation of filmmakers
Hollywood News - about 2 years
The Academy is now accepting entries for its 2015 Student Academy Awards competition. All Student Academy Award® winners become eligible for Oscars consideration. The 42nd Student Academy Awards presentation will be held on Friday, September 18, at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Beginning this year, students are able to submit their films online using FilmFreeway, a widely used festival and competition platform. Also new this year, the entry deadline has moved to June 1, and the awards ceremony date has been changed from June to September to better align the competition with the academic calendar. Complete rules and a link to the online submission platform are available at www.oscars.org/saa. Past winners have gone on to receive 47 Oscar nominations and have won or shared eight awards. Two previous Student Academy Award winners received 2014 Oscar nominations: J. Christian Jensen, a 2014 Silver Medal winner, received a nomination for Documentary Short Subjec ...
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'Book Of Mormon' Breaks More Records On The Road
Huffington Post - about 3 years
“The Book of Mormon” can add another impressive record to its already vast collection of accolades. The production’s national tour become the highest one-week gross of a national Broadway tour ever. According to Broadway World, “Mormon” raked in $2,802,606 at the 4,678-seat Fox Theater in Atlanta, Ga., for the weekend that ended Feb. 9. This dethrones the previous record holder, “Wicked,” which grossed $2,755,070 for a single week at the 4,500-seat Fabulous Fox Theater in St. Louis, Mo. “The Book of Mormon” is the creative masterpiece from the minds of "South Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker. Since it debuted on Broadway in 2011, the play has won nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical. During its run on Broadway, “Mormon” broke the Eugene O’Neill Theater house record some 50 times, selling out the theater for the highest cost per ticket. So far during its tour, it has set house records at 27 theaters across the country. Due to its home theater’s relatively small cap ...
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'Lego Movie' review: Good film built on low expectations
San Francisco Chronicle - about 3 years
Adding to the cynicism is the early February release date, a time when quality family cinema is typically as plentiful as tulips on a freeway median. [...] the first big-screen animated Lego movie has the feel of a passion project - where smart people were given a lot of resources and allowed to execute the craziest thoughts that came to their head. "The Lego Movie" is a PG film, but its closest comparison is the work of "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. With plastic brick people instead of flesh and blood, the filmmakers and skilled animators at effects studio Animal Logic get a bit of a pass on the violent and racy content. Lord and Miller offer a lot for adults - from unexpected pop culture nods to a blink-and-you'll-miss-it joke about failed Lego play sets. [...] many lazier family filmmakers have dropped a line from "Taxi Driver" or a double entendre, counting on the fact that the joke will sail over kids' heads.
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'South Park' won't air as scheduled for the first time ever because of a power outage
Yahoo News - over 3 years
South Park has been on our television sets since 1997, but after more than two hundred episodes, the show won't air on time tonight for the first time in its history. The episode, "Goth Kids 3: Dawn of the Posers," will be delayed, according to show creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker.
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Tonight's 'South Park' Episode, 'Goth Kids 3,' Postponed, Rescheduled For Next Week
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The October 16 episode of Comedy Central's "South Park" will not air tonight as planned, instead being rescheduled for Oct. 23. Due to a power outage on Tuesday night, all the computers at South Park Studios reportedly went dark, leaving the show's creative team unable to finish Episode 1704, titled "Goth Kids 3: Dawn of the Posers," in time for tonight's broadcast. Co-creator Trey Parker said, "It sucks to miss an air date but after all these years of tempting fate by delivering the show last minute, I guess it was bound to happen." "Goth Kids 3" will be replaced by an encore, Live-Tweeted presentation of "Scott Tenorman Must Die" at 10 p.m. ET.
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So South Park Made A George Zimmerman Episode
The Superficial - over 3 years
Last night, South Park aired its new episode “World War Zimmerman” which basically spent 21 minutes ruthlessly kicking George Zimmerman and Stand Your Ground in the dick by way of World War Z. Which was even more amazing considering Trey Parker and Matt Stone usually make it a point to expertly slam both liberals and conservatives, yet they went straight for the headshot this time (Let that pun illustrate how completely shit my satire is in comparison.) because there’s only so much you can ignore the realities of this situation without looking like a goddamn idiot. To put it in terms of the people who will hate this post, I spent the whole episode wishing I was getting double-jerked off by Osama bin Laden and Karl Marx on top of Charlton Heston‘s grave. That’s the only way to put that. South Park – World War Zimmerman (Full Episode) – 10.9.13
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Pam Grout: Here's to a Great Beach Vacation in... Chicago
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Summer's coming to an end and you're torn. You want a weekend at the beach, but you could also use a little culture, a bit of big city shenanigans. Why not have it all in the beach town of... Chicago. The third largest city in America has more than 26 miles of free, public beaches (more, in fact, than Bermuda), all with gorgeous views of Chicago's stellar skyline. Let me just say that Oprah did NOT abandon Chicago because of its summers. Photo: ©Choose Chicago But even better than all the beach volleyball, the laidback vibe, the bikes, the piers and the soul-warming sand is that you can walk or ride a bike (look for the powder blue fleet of 700 DIVVY bikes that can be rented for a mere $7 a day) to Michelin-starred restaurants, two world-class conservatories, fabulous museums and shopping that plays in the major leagues with New York, London and Paris. I'm more of a blue jeans kind of gal so I chose a first night on the town at Second City, the iconic comedy c ...
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'The Stick of Truth' Is a 'South Park' Game That's Just Like The Show, For Real This Time
MTV News - over 3 years
By Matt Hawkins Ubisoft was in New York City yesterday, to show off their upcoming holiday offerings. Including the upcoming RPG based upon the hit Comedy Central show, "South Park: The Stick of Truth." In the game, you assume the role as "the new kid" who has arrived in town just as a live action role playing game (or LARP) is playing out, one that’s pretty much taken over all of "South Park," which has gone all "Lord of the Flies" apparently. So right off the back, you have to choose a side, one led by Kyle, or the other led by Cartman. In the demo, our silent protagonist is on Cartman's side, and I watched him infiltrate Kyle's territory, which is situated deep inside South Park Elementary. In the process, we end up seeing a boss battle with Stan, fighting on the behalf of Kyle it would appear. Afterward, the player has to reconsider his allegiance; continue to side with Cartman, or join Kyle's army. The latter option was chosen, which led to another showdown. But we soo ...
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Best of E3 wrap up: Titanfall, Destiny and Batman (oh my)
Financial Post - almost 4 years
It’s impossible for just two reporters to take in everything that the Electronic Entertainment Expo has to offer, so we’ve decided not not to be so presumptuous as to bestow any accolades as grand as “best in show.” That said, we still saw an awful lot of games we liked and want to tell our readers about. Below, you’ll find quick takes on some upcoming titles we didn’t have a chance to cover in our initial crop of dispatches from E3 that we think are worth calling out. And keep in mind we’ll be writing more about these and other games we took in while in Los Angeles in the coming days and weeks. ActivisionA screenshot of Bungie's Destiny. Destiny (Bungie/Activision; PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC) Bungie’s first post-Halo enterprise has a fair bit in common with the series that made the acclaimed American studio famous. It’s a sci-fi shooter that pits humans against aliens and features lots of neat-o guns, like the awesome-looking Thunderlord. It also has a fu ...
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Q&A: Parker, Stone talk 'South Park' game at E3
Seattle Pi - almost 4 years
Q&A: Parker, Stone talk 'South Park' game at E3 Associated Press Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 9:17 am, Thursday, June 13, 2013 Parker, Stone talk 'South Park' game at E3 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Trey Parker and Matt Stone have killed Kenny hundreds of times on "South Park," but the video game based on their popular Comedy Central animated series is still very much alive. After being delayed for months, Ubisoft revealed Monday during its Electronic Entertainment Expo presentation that South Park: The Stick of Truth will be released this holiday season for current-generation PC and consoles. The game's fate was up in the air when original publisher THQ Inc. sold off its assets earlier this year after filing for bankruptcy. While at the Ubisoft booth Wednesday on the E3 show floor, the creators of the Broadway hit musical "The Book of Mo ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Trey Parker
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 46
    On April 13, 2016, Universal Pictures announced that Trey Parker would be voicing the villain Balthazar Bratt in Despicable Me 3, set to be released in June 2017, making for Parker's first voice role not scripted out by either himself or Matt Stone.
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  • 2014
    Age 44
    Parker and Stone had little to do the development of video games based on the series that were released at this time, but took full creative control of South Park: The Stick of Truth, a 2014 video game based on the series that received positive reviews.
    More Details Hide Details Broadcast syndication rights to South Park were sold in 2003, and all episodes are available for free full-length on-demand legal streaming on the official South Park Studios website. In 2007, the duo, with the help of their lawyer, Kevin Morris, cut a 50-50 joint venture with Comedy Central on all revenue not related to television; this includes digital rights to South Park, as well as movies, soundtracks, T-shirts and other merchandise, in a deal worth $75 million.
  • 2013
    Age 43
    Their daughter, Betty Boogie Parker was born in late July 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Through his marriage, Parker is also a stepfather to Tillmon's son Kobe Ervin (born February 2001), from a previous relationship. In a September 2006 edition of the ABC News program Nightline, Parker expressed his views on religion, stating that he believes in "a God" and that "there is knowledge that humanity does not yet possess" while cautioning that it would take a long time to explain exactly what he meant by his belief in God. Parker believes all religions are "silly". He states that "All the religions are superfunny to me... The story of Jesus makes no sense to me. God sent his only son. Why could God only have one son and why would he have to die? It's just bad writing, really. And it's really terrible in about the second act." Parker further remarked, Basically... out of all the ridiculous religion stories which are greatly, wonderfully ridiculous—the silliest one I've ever heard is, 'Yeah... there's this big giant universe and it's expanding, it's all gonna collapse on itself and we're all just here just 'cause... just 'cause. That, to me, is the most ridiculous explanation ever.
    In April 2013, Parker and Tillmon married in a private ceremony.
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    Parker's representative confirmed on March 22, 2013 that the couple were expecting their first child together.
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    In 2013, he and Stone established their own production studio, Important Studios.
    More Details Hide Details Parker has been the recipient of various awards over the course of his career, including five Primetime Emmy Awards for his work on South Park, as well as four Tony Awards and a Grammy Award for The Book of Mormon. Parker was born in Conifer, Colorado, the son of insurance saleswoman Sharon and geologist Randolph "Randy" Parker. He was a shy child who received "decent" grades and was involved in honors classes. He idolized Monty Python, which he began watching on television in the third grade; his later ventures into animation would bear considerable influence from Terry Gilliam. In the sixth grade, Parker wrote a sketch titled The Dentist and appeared in his school's talent show. He played the dentist and had a friend play the patient. The plot involved what can go wrong at the dentist; due to the amounts of fake blood involved, Parker's parents were called and were upset, with Parker later recalling that "the kindergartners were all crying and freaking out".
  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    Age 39
    In 2009, Parker began a relationship with Boogie Tillmon.
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  • 2006
    Age 36
    In 2006, Parker married Emma Sugiyama. The officiant was 1970s sitcom producer Norman Lear. That marriage ended in 2008.
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  • 2001
    Age 31
    Although That's My Bush!, which ran between April–May 2001, received a fair amount of publicity and critical notice, according to Stone and Parker, the cost per episode was too high, "about $1 million an episode."
    More Details Hide Details Comedy Central officially cancelled the series in August 2001 as a cost-cutting move; Stone was quoted as saying "A super-expensive show on a small cable network the economics of it were just not going to work." Comedy Central continued the show in reruns, considering it a creative and critical success. Parker believed the show would not have survived after the September 11 attacks anyway, and Stone agreed, saying the show would not "play well". During this time, the duo also signed a deal with Macromedia Shockwave to produce 39 animated online shorts in which they would retain full artistic control; the result, Princess, was rejected after only two episodes. In 2002, the duo began working on Team America: World Police, a satire of big-budget action films and their associated clichés and stereotypes, with particular humorous emphasis on the global implications of the politics of the United States. Team America was produced using a crew of about 200 people, which sometimes required four people at a time to manipulate a marionette. Although the filmmakers hired three dozen top-notch marionette operators, simple performances from the marionettes was nearly impossible, with a simple shot such as a character drinking taking a half-day to complete successfully. The deadline for the film's completion took a toll on both filmmakers, as did various difficulties in working with puppets, with Stone, who described the film as "the worst time of my life", resorting to coffee to work 20-hour days and sleeping pills to go to bed.
  • 2000
    Age 30
    In 2000, Parker and Stone began plotting a television sitcom starring the winner of the 2000 Presidential election.
    More Details Hide Details The duo were "95 percent sure" that Democratic candidate Al Gore would win, and tentatively titled the show Everybody Loves Al. The main goal was to parody sitcom tropes, such as a lovable main character, the sassy maid, and the wacky neighbor. Parker said the producers did not want to make fun of politics, but instead lampoon sitcoms. They threw a party the night of the election with the writers, with intentions to begin writing the following Monday and shooting the show in January 2001 with the inauguration. With the confusion of who the President would be, the show's production was pushed back. The show was filmed at Sony Pictures Studios, and was the first time Parker and Stone shot a show on a production lot.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    Age 29
    South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut opened in cinemas in June 1999 and received critical acclaim, grossing $83 million at the box office.
    More Details Hide Details Parker and Stone continue to write, direct, and voice most characters on South Park. Over time, the show has adopted a unique production process, in which an entire episode is written, animated and broadcast in one week. Parker and Stone state that subjecting themselves to a one-week deadline creates more spontaneity amongst themselves in the creative process, which they feel results in a funnier show. Although initial reviews for the show were negative in reference to its crass humor, the series has received numerous accolades, including five Primetime Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award, and numerous inclusions in various publications' lists of greatest television shows. Though its viewership is lower than it was at the height of its popularity in its earliest seasons, South Park remains one of the highest-rated series on Comedy Central. In 2012, South Park cut back from producing 14 episodes per year (seven in the spring and seven in the fall) to a single run of 10 episodes in the fall, to allow the duo to explore other projects the rest of the year. The show is currently renewed through 2019, when it will reach its twenty-third season.
  • 1998
    Age 28
    Parker and Stone signed a deal with Comedy Central in April 1998 that contracted the duo to producing South Park episodes until 1999, gave them a slice of the lucrative spinoff merchandising the show generated within its first year, as well as an unspecified seven-figure cash bonus to bring the show to the big screen, in theaters.
    More Details Hide Details During the time, the team was also busy writing the second and third seasons of the series, the former of which Parker and Stone later described as "disastrous". As such, they figured the phenomenon would be over soon, and they decided to write a personal, fully committed musical. Parker and Stone fought with the MPAA to keep the film R-rated; for months the ratings board insisted on the more prohibitive NC-17. The film was only certified an R rating two weeks prior to its release, following contentious conversations between Parker/Stone, Rudin, and Paramount Pictures. Parker felt very overwhelmed and overworked during the production process of the film, especially between April and the movie’s opening in late June. He admitted that press coverage, which proclaimed the end of South Park was near, bothered him.
  • 1992
    Age 22
    In 1992, Parker, Stone, McHugh, and Ian Hardin founded a production company named the Avenging Conscience, named after the D.W. Griffith film by the same name, which was actively disliked by the group.
    More Details Hide Details Parker again employed the cutout paper technique on Avenging Conscience's first production, Jesus vs. Frosty (1992), an animated short pitting the religious figure against Frosty the Snowman. The quartet created a three-minute trailer for a fictional film titled Alferd Packer: The Musical. The idea was based on an obsession Parker had with Alfred Packer, a real nineteenth-century prospector accused of cannibalism. During this time, Parker had become engaged to long-time girlfriend Lianne Adamo, but their relationship fell apart shortly before production on the trailer had begun. "Horribly depressed", Parker funneled his frustrations with her into the project, naming Packer's "beloved but disloyal" horse after her. The trailer became somewhat of a sensation among students at the school, leading Virgil Grillo, the chairman and founder of the university's film department, to convince the quartet to expand it to a feature-length film. Parker wrote the film's script, creating an Oklahoma! -style musical featuring ten original show tunes. The group raised $125,000 from family and friends and began shooting the film. The movie was shot on Loveland Pass as winter was ending, and the crew endured the freezing weather. Parker — under the pseudonym Juan Schwartz — was the film's star, director and co-producer.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1988
    Age 18
    Following his graduation from high school in 1988, Parker spent a semester at Berklee College of Music before transferring to the University of Colorado at Boulder.
    More Details Hide Details During his time there, he took a film class in which students were required to collaborate on projects. In the course, he met Matt Stone — a math major from the nearby town of Littleton — and the two immediately bonded over provocative, anti-authoritarian humor and Monty Python. Parker's first film was titled Giant Beavers of Southern Sri Lanka (1989), parodying Godzilla-style rampages with beavers; fellow student Jason McHugh later remarked that the idea nearly got him laughed out of class. Parker and Stone wrote and acted in many short films together, among those First Date, Man on Mars and Job Application. Parker later remarked that he and Stone would shoot a film nearly every week, but he has since lost most of them. Parker first used a construction paper animation technique on American History (1992), a short film made for his college animation class. It became an unexpected sensation, resulting in Parker's first award — a Student Academy Award. Parker recalled sitting in the auditorium in front of students from animation schools such as CalArts, who had produced works of a higher artistic caliber and were "fuming" that he won.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1969
    Born
    Born on October 19, 1969.
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