Crazy Childhood: South Park
This movie has warped my fragile little mind!
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South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut (1999)
Directed by: Trey Parker
Starring: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mary Kay Bergman, Issac Hayes, George Clooney, Eric Idle, Brent Spiner, Minnie Driver, Dave Foley, Michael McDonald, Howard McGillin, James Hetfield
"Uh Oh?" Did the poster just make fun of itself for me?
What can you say about South Park? Much like Simpsons, it's one of my favorite shows of all time, but I certainly watch it everytime I can get the chance. Sure, South Park is raucous and offensive to the faint-hearted, but if you just remember that it's just a friggin' cartoon, it's smart, teaches some interesting lessons that most animated films nowadays don't really go into, and it's hilarious. REALLY hilarious.
I never did watch the show when it first came out on TV, but I remember when it first came out. It was everywhere! At a Wal-Mart, I saw big plush dolls of the four main kids in the toys section (!). At school, I saw a 6th-grader wearing this shirt below. Seeing how I wasn't part of the right demographic, and didn't understand the running joke, I though to myself, "How tragic!".
Of course, with a show so crude and popular at the same time, you can bet your asses that a movie was in the works. And I can guess that Parker and Stone must've had fun making this film. After 2 years of under the terrors of censorship, it must be great to stretch out into the silver screen and do all the things they couldn't do on the silver screen. And what was that, you might ask?
Just...use the 'f' word a lot and show a penis...three times. Yeah, you can tell the show already had a lot of freedom.
"This movie will totally NOT warp our fragile little minds!"
"You kids stop throwing babies through our windows!"
WHAT'S THE FILM ABOUT?
In the sleepy town of South Park, four children named Stan Marsh, Eric Cartman (both played by Parker), Kyle Broflovski, and Kenny McCormick (both played by Stone) sneak into an 'R' rated Canadian film "Asses Of Fire", starring the Canadian duo Terrance and Phillip.
After watching the film, the four kids start to mimic the movie's foul language, which shocks the parents of the little town. When they decide to declare war on Canada and execute Terrance and Phillip, it is up to our four little heroes to prevent the execution...or else Satan and Saddam Hussein shall rise and rule the world.
WHAT'S BAD ABOUT IT?
The character of Saddam Hussein. Throughout the whole film, we have to hear him say "Hey, Satan! Let's f**k!" every frickin' time. The joke dies off faster than jokes from Two & A Half Men, but aside from that, there's not much else.
WHAT'S GOOD ABOUT IT?
Despite the incredibly crude animation, there's a standout sequence where Kenny dies (typical) and drops straight into the depths of hell. It's not great animation, but it certainly stands out from the rest of the film's animation, which is still fun to watch.
Why do I get the feeling that they spent 90% of the budget on that single scene?
Greetings from Los Angeles!
The songs, of course, are tremendously fun to listen to. One of them was even nominate for a friggin' Oscar! That song was "Blame Canada", where all the parents blame my home country and our...different ways of living.
Hey, bitch all you want, but WE have The Raccoons, the band Honeymoon Suite, and Rock & Rule! Nyah nyah!
Anyways, my favorite songs are "Hell Isn't Good" (sung by Metallica's lead singer James Hetfield!), "Kyle's Mom's A B***h", "La Resistance", and the best one "Up There", sung by Satan in the style of "Part Of Your World". It's pretty weird when the cleanest song in the entire song is sung by the Lord Of Darkness!
Finally, the film just takes any chances it gets. I don't know what's raunchier: The works of Ralph Bakshi or this. However, both Bakshi and this film know that there's more to making an animated film than just violence and language. They fully understand that they need to show all of this horrid and offensive material to get it's message across. For this movie, that message is that no matter where you go, foul language is all around us and there will be people trying to fix that, wheter it changes our lifestyle or if it blurs out the true meaning of our thoughts.
The day the Teddy Bear Picnic went berserk.
"IT'S OVER NINE THOUSAAAAND!!!!"
The major influence for Kenny fanart everywhere!
South Park: Bigger, Longer, & Uncut has a dirty mouth, but has a heart of gold. It takes chances and knows what it wants to say. It's crude, it's offensive, and downright hilarious. Not for everyone, but definately for those who can handle a little potty mouth, mmmkay?
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