South Park Creators Admit They Stole ‘Inception’ Gag (VIDEO)

Did last week’s episode of South Park seem a tad familiar? There could be a very good reason for it—especially if you’re a fan of Internet humor sites.

South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have issued an apology for swiping material that appeared on the episode, titled “Insheeption,” admitting that they lifted dialogue from a skit called “Inception Characters Don’t Understand Inception” that appeared on the Web site College Humor back in August.

In the original skit, which was loosely based on a scene from the movie in which a team of characters attempt to transport a wounded colleague, one of the characters states, “We need to move to the next dream level before these projections kill us.” The South Park version, meanwhile, contains the line, “We need to move them all to the next dream level before the projections kill them.” Both skits, meanwhile, contain the identical line,

“Sometimes my thoughts of my dead wife manifest themselves as trains.”

In a phone interview with the New York Times, Stone copped to cribbing the lines, blaming the show’s tight production schedule. Stone says that, unable to obtain a DVD of the original movie, he and partner Parker turned to the Internet for material:

“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 [College Humor] and apologize for.”

Stone adds that the intention of the episode was to parody the movie’s complex plot: “It was like, ‘Let’s parody the gobbledygook’ — because honestly, that movie — all those explanations, and explanations of explanations.”

Ironically, Inception itself was the target of plagiarism accusations when it was released, with many noting similarities between the movie’s plot and an old issue of the comic Uncle Scrooge. Hmm; a cartoon copies a spoof of a movie that itself was accused of copying a comic book. And people thought Inception was complex…

Check out the original College Humor skit, along with the relevant scene from last week’s South Park, below: