I’ve never seen a Japanese talking poop character that looked or moved like “Nutty the Friendly Dump.” And I don’t remember anything about my toilet training, but I’m willing to admit that Trey Parker is a lot smarter than I am and might remember something from when he was three.
When I first saw Mr. Hanky, I thought he was supposed to be Nutty. (It’s not like South Park doesn’t have “guest stars.”) It was only later that I heard gossip. Not going to repeat the gossip because animators, especially the ones good enough to get jobs, are nuttier than Nutty the Friendly Dump.
However, I do think it’s interesting that Parker and Stone, who aren’t exactly shy, don’t seem to have made any claims about Mr. Hanky. All the news stories I saw quoted Comedy Central reps. I’m not saying this means any of the gossip is true, just that, you know, I noticed.