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* GeorgeLucasAlteredVersion: Parodied. The referenced variations made to ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'' were based on real life, but the ones for ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'', ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', and the show's own first episode are deliberately silly. The boys hope to prevent a similar fate befalling ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk''.

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* GeorgeLucasAlteredVersion: Parodied. The referenced variations made to ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'' were based on real life, but the ones for ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'', ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', and the show's own first episode are deliberately silly. The boys hope to prevent a similar fate befalling ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk''. UpToEleven at George's house, where the boys find digitally enhanced versions of his own home movies.



* {{Hypocrite}}: Kyle points out that George Lucas led the campaign against colorizing old movies. Lucas, in turn, responds: "But these are ''my'' movies." Of course, Lucas was criticizing ''other'' people messing with other people’s movies while Lucas is only altering movies that are ''his'' in the first place.

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* {{Hypocrite}}: Kyle points out that George Lucas led the campaign against colorizing old movies. Lucas, in turn, responds: "But these are ''my'' movies." Of course, Lucas was criticizing ''other'' people messing with other people’s movies while Lucas is only altering movies that are ''his'' in the first place. On the other hand, Stan and Kyle remind him that the work of an artist belongs to society, which nearly gets Lucas to reconsider his actions.


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* PrisonRape:
-->'''George''': Soon, you'll be in jail getting rammed!\\
''[Tweak screams]''\\
'''Stan''': [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Those rams can do to us what they will, Mr. Lucas.]]


* {{Hypocrite}}: Kyle points out that George Lucas led the campaign against colorizing old movies. Lucas, in turn, responds: "But these are ''my'' movies. Of course, Lucas was criticizing ''other'' people messing with other people’s movies while Lucas is only altering movies that are ''his'' in the first place.

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* {{Hypocrite}}: Kyle points out that George Lucas led the campaign against colorizing old movies. Lucas, in turn, responds: "But these are ''my'' movies. " Of course, Lucas was criticizing ''other'' people messing with other people’s movies while Lucas is only altering movies that are ''his'' in the first place.


* {{Hypocrite}}: Kyle points out that George Lucas led the campaign against colorizing old movies. [[CriticalResearchFailure Of course, Lucas was criticizing]] ''[[CriticalResearchFailure other]]'' [[CriticalResearchFailure people messing with other people’s movies while Lucas is only altering movies that are]] ''[[CriticalResearchFailure his]]'' [[CriticalResearchFailure in the first place]].

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* {{Hypocrite}}: Kyle points out that George Lucas led the campaign against colorizing old movies. [[CriticalResearchFailure Lucas, in turn, responds: "But these are ''my'' movies. Of course, Lucas was criticizing]] ''[[CriticalResearchFailure other]]'' [[CriticalResearchFailure criticizing ''other'' people messing with other people’s movies while Lucas is only altering movies that are]] ''[[CriticalResearchFailure his]]'' [[CriticalResearchFailure are ''his'' in the first place]].place.

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* AnAesop: Don't try to fix what isn't broken.

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* NonStandardCharacterDesign: The updated alien visitors featured in the fake promo for the fake series premiere remake use full 3D models rather than the show's usual paper cutout style, as does their new mother ship.


* {{Hypocrite}}: Kyle points out that George Lucas led the campaign against colorizing old movies.

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* {{Hypocrite}}: Kyle points out that George Lucas led the campaign against colorizing old movies. [[CriticalResearchFailure Of course, Lucas was criticizing]] ''[[CriticalResearchFailure other]]'' [[CriticalResearchFailure people messing with other people’s movies while Lucas is only altering movies that are]] ''[[CriticalResearchFailure his]]'' [[CriticalResearchFailure in the first place]].

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* BaitAndSwitch: The boys attend a celebration in their honor, but they learn partway through it's not about their actions against Spielberg and Lucas but about Hat being freed.
* BrickJoke: Spielberg's mooks carrying walkie-talkies in place of guns.


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* DarkestHour: Parodied. The boys refer to Spielberg and Lucas wanting to alter ''Raiders'' as this.
* GeorgeLucasAlteredVersion: Parodied. The referenced variations made to ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'' were based on real life, but the ones for ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'', ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', and the show's own first episode are deliberately silly. The boys hope to prevent a similar fate befalling ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk''.
* HopeSpot: George Lucas is just about to hand over the ''Raiders'' print to the boys when Spielberg arrives.


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* {{Hypocrite}}: Kyle points out that George Lucas led the campaign against colorizing old movies.


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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: During the news interview, Kyle accidentally gives Spielberg and Lucas the idea to alter ''Raiders''.


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* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: Parodied. Kyle says they changed the word "terrorist" to "hippie" in ''E.T.'' to be more politically correct. The trailer for the altered of ''Saving Private Ryan'' then notes that "Nazi" has been changed to "Person with political differences," while the altered ''Empire'' changed "Wookie" to "Hair-challenged animal." Also, both had the guns replaced with walkie-talkies.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Tweek is prepared to let the version of ''Raiders'' if Spielberg releases Stan and Kyle go, but he pointedly is okay with Cartman remaining a prisoner.
* PrecisionFStrike:
-->'''Spielberg''': You troublemakers shall be my guests of honor at the premiere of my new ''Raiders of the Lost Ark''. Your gay little club is over.\\
'''Stan''': Fuck you, Steven Spielberg!
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: The adults had the same idea as the boys: warm a person's cold heart with a cool island song.


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* WholePlotReference: The final act turns into a straight up parody of the final act of ''Raiders of the Lost Ark''.
-->'''Spielberg''': [[LampshadeHanging It's beautiful!]]


* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: In-universe: the boys feel this way about remakes of classic films.

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* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: In-universe: the boys feel this way about remakes of updates to classic films.


* WouldHurtAChild: Hat, obviously, and the reporter who interviews the boys seems to agree with Hat too. When Stan is asked why he's "Pro-toddler murder":
-->'''Stan''' (''hesitantly''): Because... it's easy?

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* WouldHurtAChild: Hat, obviously, and the reporter who interviews the boys seems to agree with Hat too. When Stan Tweek is asked why he's "Pro-toddler murder":
-->'''Stan''' -->'''Tweek''' (''hesitantly''): Because... it's easy?

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* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: The protesters who want Hat freed from prison, even though he murdered over twenty babies (which he claimed was in "self defense"). After he's released, the crowd sees nothing wrong with giving the clearly homicidal and unrepentant Hat a baby to hold.


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* ObviouslyEvil: Hat [=McCullough=].
* SustainedMisunderstanding: The protesters misunderstood the advertising saying "Free hat" as wanting to free Hat [=McCullough=] from prison not that free hats would be given to those attending the rally. The boys decide not to correct them because of how much support they can get to stop classic films from being digitally edited, but the Hat supporters aren't that useful for the boys' original goal and only care about Hat's release.


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* WouldHurtAChild: Hat, obviously, and the reporter who interviews the boys seems to agree with Hat too. When Stan is asked why he's "Pro-toddler murder":
-->'''Stan''' (''hesitantly''): Because... it's easy?
-->'''Reporter''': Yes... ''it is easy''...


* ContinuityNod: Cartman's suggestion to add a free hat because "more people will come" is similar to how he suggested offering punch and pie to those who join the LaResistance orginization in TheMovie.

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* ContinuityNod: Cartman's suggestion to add a free hat because "more people will come" is similar to how he suggested suggests offering punch and pie to those who join the LaResistance orginization in TheMovie.


Cartman, Kyle, Stan, and Tweek form a club to prevent Creator/StevenSpielberg and Creator/GeorgeLucas from releasing edited versions of their classic films, offering a free hat to those who join, but the townsfolk mistake it as a call to free a child murderer named Hat McCullough from prison.

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Cartman, Kyle, Stan, and Tweek form a club to prevent Creator/StevenSpielberg and Creator/GeorgeLucas from releasing edited versions of their classic films, offering a free hat to those who join, but the townsfolk mistake it as a call to free a child murderer named Hat McCullough [=McCullough=] from prison.

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'''Air date:''' July 10, 2002

Cartman, Kyle, Stan, and Tweek form a club to prevent Creator/StevenSpielberg and Creator/GeorgeLucas from releasing edited versions of their classic films, offering a free hat to those who join, but the townsfolk mistake it as a call to free a child murderer named Hat McCullough from prison.
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* ArtEvolution: The ParodyCommercial starring series' creators Creator/TreyParkerAndMattStone lampoons this, promoting a fake remastered version of the PilotEpisode "[[Recap/SouthParkS1E1CartmanGetsAnAnalProbe Cartman Gets an Anal Probe]]" with CGI, spaceships, Imperial Walkers, and overall things they wouldn't have been able to do in the past, due to a low animation budget.
* ContinuityNod: Cartman's suggestion to add a free hat because "more people will come" is similar to how he suggested offering punch and pie to those who join the LaResistance orginization in TheMovie.
* HypocriticalHumor: The entire episode centers around the boys' distaste for remakes of Steven Spielberg and George Lucas classics, yet midway through the episode, a fake commercial promoting a remade version of the show's pilot episode plays.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: In-universe: the boys feel this way about remakes of classic films.
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