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South Park “Medicinal Fried Chicken” vs Scarface

KFC becomes illegal and Cartman, experiencing KFC withdrawal, delves into a black market KFC exchange. Getting deeper into the business, Cartman loses his sense of knowing when to stop until he is in too far to quit. This episode is a spoof of Scarface and uses many of its famous quotes and transforms its plot.

Tony Montana, a Cuban refugee, joins his friend in selling drugs to make it in America. Tony gets deeper into the business and eventually forms his own cartel. With the power Tony receives he loses himself in his self-destructive life.

South Park’s comedic take on the dramatic plot of Scarface is nothing short of interesting.The cartoon spoof contains a stupid type of humor that forces an under-the-breath chuckle. The use of KFC chicken instead of drugs is a strange and fitting twist, and the cartoon style of the show is a cool artistic change from the movie. Cartman’s desperation for the chicken and its development into a greed for more matches Tony Montana’s need to have all the power in the world. What this episode lacked in thematic depth, it picked up on in uniqueness. While South Park could never reach the magnificence of Scarface, its nod to the 1983 film is nicely scripted and carried out.

Basis for Boy Meets World episode. Courtesy of Flickr.

Basis for Boy Meets World episode. Courtesy of Flickr.

Boy Meets World “As Time Goes By” vs Lost Horizon

Topanga falls asleep and imagines herself in the creepily perfect land of Shangri La. When she gets there, all memory of her identity and life outside the land disappear. Topanga gets caught up in the fantasy land, but eventually her plans to educate those on the island turns them against her until they snap and kill her. When Topanga wakes up she realizes her “Shangri La” includes the balance of her stress and Corey’s carefree attitude.

A plane crashes and lands on Shangri La. It is the perfect place, and everyone grows to love it with the exception of Bob Conway’s brother, who convinces himself that it isn’t as great as it seems. The movie deals with the struggle of finding your own utopia and proves that everyone’s idea of the perfect place is different.

While it is not necessary to watch Lost Horizon in order to understand this episode of Boy Meets World, I’d highly recommend it. Frank Capra never fails to leave you with a smile on your face, and this movie is no exception. This episode has a nice contrast of Shangri La and Topanga’s home, showing Shangri La in black and white instead of in color. The theme of the movie is used nicely in this episode as Topanga discovers she is living in her perfect place by being with Corey. Although the plot is not followed closely, the script of the episode is funny and enjoyable.

Movie the Victorious episode is based upon.

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Victorious “The Breakfast Bunch” vs Breakfast Club

Six Hollywood Arts students get detention and recall why they ended up there. All the while they share personal stories and strengthen their friendship.

A group of students get Saturday detention and are forced to spend time with strangers. Eventually they open up about why they ended up there and develop a friendship that can only go so long as they are in that room.

Without prior knowledge of the movie this episode seems confusing and weird, and as for someone who has seen the film this episode doesn’t even come close to capturing the greatness of The Breakfast Club. Although this episode matches the characters and color scheme of The Breakfast Club fairly well, the episode failed to capture the depth of the film. This children’s show could not use vital plot points from the movie due to its young target audience, and instead changed the plot into one that was extremely awkward and lost the lesson taught in the movie.

Basis for Chuck episode. Courtesy of Flickr.

Basis for Chuck episode. Courtesy of Flickr.

Chuck “Chuck Versus Operation Awesome” vs Fight Club

When Chuck accidentally uses his powers to kick Lester, Jeff and Lester become obsessed with fighting and create a fight club at the Buymore. With his newly received assistant manager status, Morgan decides to put an end to Jeff and Lester’s shenanigans. Morgan’s demonstration of authority costs him the respect of his coworkers, and he tries to figure out how to gain it back.

Two men become acquaintances after one loses his apartment in an explosion. The two men discover a common peace found in fighting and form an underground fight club. As the foundations of the club spread the two begin a struggle of power and sanity.

This episode of Chuck uses the most basic piece of plot from Fight Club to deepen the power struggle of Morgan and his coworkers. The use of the plot is not taken very deeply and is only used as far as the imbalance of power between the assistant manager and his coworkers. The visuals of the fight scenes are funny in the sense that the creators and the participants of it are scrawny and strange. Although the use of the Fight Club plot is not the main plot of the episode, the purpose of its inclusion is to deepen the power distinction and to add humor to the episode.