Every once in a while, a movie or TV show comes along that seemingly predicts the future. Eddie Murphy’s Prince Akeem predicting the outcome of the 2008 NFC Championship game in Coming to America, Bart Simpson holding up a magazine advertising New York City, with the “$9” price tag placed eerily close to the Twin Towers, forming “9/11″, half of the technological advances shown in Back to the Future II; as the saying goes, life imitates art.
South Park laid claim to one of those prophetic instances this weekend when, during a Comic Con panel celebrating the show’s 20th season, show creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone said that they’d come up with the idea of Pokemon GO, the popular mobile game that has people young and old alike losing their collective minds, way back in 1999.
“People keep telling us about this Pokemon GO thing and asking if we’re going to do something on that, and I’m like ‘We did, in 1999!’” Parker said to the bemused audience.
Fans of the show know that they’re referring to the episode Chinpokomon, in which Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny become hopelessly obsessed with a Pokemon-style Japanese game. The game is focused around collectible Chinpokomon dolls that are all fitted with GPS tracking devices that transmit data back to Japan, aiding their plan to eventually take over the U.S.
It’s a bit of a stretch to be sure, but the basic concept is there. Later in the panel, Parker and Stone go into detail about their creative process and how it’s changed as they’ve gotten older. It’s an interesting insight into some of the best comedic minds of this generation, so check out some snippets from the panel over at Time.