“Starvin’ Marvin” is the eighth episode of the first season of the American animated television series South Park. It first aired on Comedy Central in the United States on November 19, 1997. In the episode, Cartman, Kenny, Kyle and Stan send money to an African charity hoping to get a sports watch, but are instead sent an Ethiopian child. The episode simultaneously served as a satire on American indifference toward impoverished countries and the humanitarianism industry.
About Starvin’ Marvin in brief
“Starvin’ Marvin” is the eighth episode of the first season of the American animated television series South Park. It first aired on Comedy Central in the United States on November 19, 1997. In the episode, Cartman, Kenny, Kyle and Stan send money to an African charity hoping to get a sports watch, but are instead sent an Ethiopian child. The episode simultaneously served as a satire on American indifference toward impoverished countries and the humanitarianism industry. In an accompanying subplot, after genetically engineered turkeys attack South Park residents, Chef rallies the residents to fight back, in a parody of the film Braveheart. It was written and directed by series co-creator Trey Parker, and it was the first South Park Thanksgiving-themed episode. According to Nielsen Media Research, it was viewed by about 2. 2 million households during its original broadcast, which at the time was roughly eight times Comedy Central’s average viewership. It introduced regular characters Kyle’s father Gerald Broflovski and Kenny’s family members Stuart, Carol and Kevin McCormick. The boys take Marvin to an all-you-can-eat buffet, where he is shocked by how much food the townsfolk consume compared to his home country. Meanwhile, Dr. Mephisto shows Chef that the turkey DNA is growing so rapidly that the turkeys might take over the world if they are not stopped. The FBI arrives to take Marvin back to Ethiopia, but Marvin tricks them into taking Cartman instead. A massive battle ensues in which Kenny is killed, but eventually the South Park Residents kill all the wild turkeys and claim victory.
Marvin is then hailed as a hero by his people while they pass and gagged over a fire over a gagged Struthers being bound to a gurney. The episode received generally positive reviews and several commentators have described it as a classic South Park episode. It was reportedly deeply offended by her portrayal in the episode. In addition to being a popular minor character, the episode introduced regular character, who became a popular major character, Kyle’s family member, Stuart, Carole, and Carol McCormick, as well as Kenny’s father, Gerald Bro flovski, and Kyle’s brother, Kevin. The boys present Marvin to the class during show and tell, after which Mr. Garrison and Principal Victoria tell the boys they will have to call Red Cross and send Marvin home. They do not care about the cause, but want the free sports watch that comes with the sponsorship. However, due to a miscommunication, an Ethiopian boy is delivered to the boys instead of the watch. Cartman is unable to bear the lack of food and poor living conditions there; furthermore, he attempts to convince the Red Cross there that he’s not one of the Africans, but fails. While praying to God in Addis Ababa, he eventually finds a Red Cross shack, where Sally Struther is hoarding all the food meant for charity. Back in South Park, Chef rallied the townspeople to fight the genetically engineered turkey.