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Gnomes (South Park)

"Gnomes" is the seventeenth episode of the second season of the animated television series South Park, and the 30th episode of the series overall. It originally aired in the United States on December 16, 1998 on Comedy Central. The episode was written by series co-founders Trey Parker and Matt Stone, as well as Pam Brady. It was directed by Parker, and was rated TV-MA in the United States. This episode marks the first appearance of Tweek Tweak and his parents.

In the episode, Harbucks (a reference to Starbucks), plans to enter the South Park coffee market, posing a threat to the local coffee business owners, the Tweak Parents. Mr. Tweak, scheming to use the boys’ school report as a platform to fight Harbucks, convinces the boys to deliver their school report on the supposed threat corporatism poses to small businesses, moving the South Park community to take action against Harbucks.

"Gnomes" satirizes the common complaint that large corporations lack consciences and drive seemingly wholesome smaller independent companies out of business. Paul Cantor described the episode as "the most fully developed defense of capitalism" ever produced by the show, because of various themes in the episode. In the episode smaller businesses are portrayed as being at least as greedy as their corporate counterparts, while their products are of lower quality compared to the products offered by large corporations.

Gnomes (film)

Gnomes is an American 1980 animated film, based on the book of the same name by the Dutch Wil Huygen and Rien Poortvliet. The movie was nominated for an Emmy in 1981 for Outstanding Animated Program.

Several years after this film was released, the television series, The World of David the Gnome was created, which was also based on the same novel.

Gnomes (book)

Gnomes (first published in Dutch in 1976 as Leven en werken van de kabouter; English, 1977), one in a series of books, was written by Wil Huygen and illustrated by Rien Poortvliet. The book explains the life and habitat of gnomes in an in-universe fashion, much as a biology book would do, complete with illustrations and textbook notes.

The 1980 film Gnomes, and the series David the Gnome and Wisdom of the Gnomes are based on this book.

The book was followed by:

  • The Secret Book of Gnomes by Huygen and Poortvliet
  • The Complete Gnomes (compilation of the first two books) by Huygen and Poortvliet
  • Gnome Life by Huygen
  • A Gnome's Christmas by Poortvliet
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gnomes

n. (plural of gnome English)

Usage examples of "gnomes".

It was crude yet effective, and since gnomes have the power of teleportation, Yap was in no real danger.

In this time of danger, why waste time dealing with scatterbrained little gnomes who, quite frankly, were rather unpleasant in large quantities?

They had finally convinced the gnomes to leave with them, although it had been a close call.

And Qurt must have realized that too, because she managed to save the gnomes before the banshees showed up.

There were hundreds and hundreds of them: gnomes on the floor, gnomes on the wall, gnomes hanging from the ceiling.

There were gnomes that were running and gnomes that were walking and gnomes that were sleeping.

There were gnomes that were dancing and gnomes that were fighting and gnomes that might have been doing either of these things, or maybe both at the same time, because it was quite simply a little hard to tell.

But most of all, there were gnomes, lots of gnomes, and they were all making noise.

The chant was quickly taken up by the other gnomes and soon the entire cavern was trembling rhythmically.

Instantly the gnomes were on their feet, dashing around the cavern blindly, shrieking and howling in mock terror.

The gnomes had arranged themselves in a massive half-circle around Elsie, Yap and Vork.

Every now and then a break in the argument would occur and all the gnomes would stare at Elsie for moments of unbearably long silence.

The heroic and wonderful gnomes have decided to kill the Shadow bugger!

They had lined up and waited for hours--Unicorns, gnomes, Less Deads, and one very nervous human girl--but the Dark Shadow had never appeared.

Most of the gnomes eventually forgot all about the threat of imminent carnage, and they went off to play hide-and-go-teleport and other remarkably stupid gnome games.