‘Member the Member Berries? Trey Parker members the Member Berries. So much so, in fact, that the “South Park” co-creator used them as a point of reference for “Ready Player One,” Steven Spielberg’s nostalgia-laced new film, in a Hollywood Reporter interview.
An adaptation of Ernest Cline’s novel of the same name, the film concerns a virtual-reality game that brings together a huge number of ’80s pop-culture touchstones: “Back to the Future,” Freddy Krueger, “Mad Max,” and so on and so forth.
“Now that Spielberg is doing ‘Ready Player One’ — which is like the most Member Berry thing ever invented — we can’t out-Member Berry that,” Parker joked. “All the Member Berries left our show to go be on that.” On the most recent season of “South Park,” Member Berries are talking berries that wax nostalgic about everything from Chewbacca to the Bionic Man.
Eventually, however, their reminiscences turn sinister — they begin fondly recalling not just movies and TV shows but a time when there were fewer immigrants and marriage was just between a man and a woman. “Ready Player One” likely won’t have the same satirical edge, but we’ll find out for sure when it arrives in theaters on March 30, 2018.