"Imaginationland Episode I", or "Kyle sucks Cartman's Balls"is the tenth episode of the 11th season of Comedy Central's animated television series South Park. "Imaginationland' premiered on October 17, 2007. It is the first episode in a three-part story arc that won the 2008 Emmy for "Outstanding Animated Program for One Hour or More". The three episodes were later reissued together, along with previously unreleased footage, as the uncensored Imaginationland: The Movie. The episode is rated TV-MA-LV.
The episode begins with Cartman directing the other boys through a forest in search of a leprechaun. A skeptical Kyle is there, having made a bet that if Cartman can prove leprechauns exist, Kyle will suck Cartman's balls, but if not, Cartman will owe Kyle $10. To Kyle's shock, they do spot a leprechaun and give chase. They eventually successfully catch it in a trap. The leprechaun says he was sent to warn of a terrorist attack, and that being chased by the boys has made him late, before vanishing. A triumphant Cartman declares that Kyle must now suck his balls, but Kyle initially refuses, asking why a leprechaun would be warning of a terrorist attack and insisting that there has to be a logical explanation. The next day, as Kyle is conversing with Stan, Kenny, Jimmy and Butters, a strange man suddenly appears (Dreamfinder from Epcot's Journey Into Imagination), asking them if they have seen the leprechaun. When Kyle argues that leprechauns are just imaginary, the man tells him that just because something is imaginary doesn't mean it is not real. He then invites the boys for a ride in his magical "Imagination Flying Machine" while he serenades them with "The Imagination Song" (consisting simply of the word 'imagination' sung repetitively in various tonal inflection).
The group arrives in a place called Imaginationland, where all the beings created by human imagination reside, including: Mario, Santa Claus, Rapunzel, Dick Tracy, Mr. Clean, Jason Bourne, Cinderella, Napoleon Dynamite, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Fat Albert, Count Chocula, Edward Scissorhands, Bigfoot and John Wayne's character Rooster Cogburn from True Grit, and the strange man turns out to be the Mayor of this land. The imaginary creatures are all fascinated by the presence of "creators", and ask them about the leprechaun. At that moment a band of Muslim terrorists suddenly appear and set off a series of bombs, which kill hundreds of the imaginary creatures and destroy most of the city, with Stan watching in a manner quite like that of Tom Hanks' character during the initial beach-head storm in Saving Private Ryan. The boys flee on the back of a Scottish dragon who flies them to safety. Butters, however, gets left behind, and he and the surviving imaginary characters are taken hostage by the terrorists. The next morning, Kyle wakes up in his bed, and is at first sure the whole thing must have been a dream — until he calls Stan who tells him the same story. They also discover that Butters is missing, much to his parents' shock.
Meanwhile, Cartman, angry that Kyle has refused to fulfill his part of their agreement, takes Kyle to court, where the judge sees the contract Kyle signed and orders Kyle to suck Cartman's balls within twenty-four hours or he will be arrested. The United States Department of Defense has received a video from the terrorists, which shows they are holding the survivors of the attack hostage, including Butters. Butters reads a note from the terrorists at gunpoint, and cries out to Stan and Kyle as the video ends. Unsure of how to counter the terrorists, they turn to Hollywood, hoping that they can use their creativity to get ideas. After being disappointed by several directors, including M. Night Shyamalan (who can offer nothing but twist endings) and Michael Bay (who just suggests random action sequences), they seek the advice of Mel Gibson, who suggests that they examine the video the terrorists sent and determine if there is anyone in it that somehow doesn't fit. The officials at the Pentagon immediately perform a background check on the video and realize that Butters is not an imaginary character. The general orders his men to locate both Stan and Kyle.
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