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Yes. The South Park movie is one of my favorite animated feature films.
Well, first off, it’s funny as all hell. Second, I’ve been a fan of the show since it first came on the air (like I said before…it brings out the 20 year old frat boy in me). And third, it proves the point I made in the Toy Story post.
That point being, the technology doesn’t matter. You can tell a good story with stick men.
Or in this case, with paper cut-out, potty-mouthed little kids.
And yes, I’m fully aware of the irony that it’s not made with paper cut-outs but with a super-powerful computer program called Maya. It’s still meant to look like paper cut-outs, so that’s really the point. It’s still simplistic in style and execution.
In other words: Crappy.
And I love it.
My personal opinion is the best seasons of South Park are 4 to 8. The movie came out after Season 3, so I think this is where it really took off. They found their voice. The characters were solid. It was ready to evolve. And it did.
This movie isn’t for everyone. If you already love South Park and haven’t seen it, what are you waiting for? If you only kind of like South Park, watch it to see them at their best. If you hate South Park, you’ll either become a convert or hate it more.
I’m not here to convert you. But I will explain why it’s on my top five list of animated features.
And I’ll do my best to talk about a profanity-heavy movie without using any. Maybe.
So here’s why I love South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut.
The title. When I saw South Park Live in Montreal, the guys said the movie was going to be called ‘South Park: All Hell Breaks Loose’. But the MPAA (the dudes who rate the movies) didn’t want the word ‘hell’ in the title.
So they came up with this title and it was approved. Only much later on, did they realize, “Heyyyy…that’s about wee-wees isn’t it?” (I’d use the real word, but don’t need the spam.) Too awesome.
It’s a musical. Trey Parker loves his musical numbers. There’s something so charming and hilarious about a movie like this going the Disney route. The songs are catchy and funny and they work.
“The animation’s all crappy.” – Cartman. In regards to Terrance and Phillip. The boys then proceed to be animated all crappy themselves. The self-awareness isn’t annoying, it’s funny.
The Terrance and Phillip movie. This is what the whole story revolves around. The potty-mouths of these characters is what sets the story in motion. Now the big question: cartoon characters or people? Cartman just said “the animation’s all crappy”, yet later on in the film they are referred to as ‘actors’.
I believe it was during this movie the confusion about these flapping-headed Canadians was born. Hooray for Canadians! We’re just happy to be part of the fun.
“I hate you Kenny” – Cartman. Pretty much for no reason at all. I still cracks me up.
When Carman’s mother explains a certain ‘activity’. I won’t write it. It involves licking. And it’s nasty. Anytime we see Cartman’s mom for what she really is, it’s gold. It’s her ‘proper-ness’ that makes it so funny.
All the kids wearing profanity on their shirts. I won’t write it, but I can show it!
The ‘It’s Easy MMMKay’ song. Anything with Mr. Mackey is always fun, m’kay? The song tries to give the kids alternative phrases to the naughty words they’ve been exposed to. Just say, “you’re a buns-hole”.
When Kenny bursts into flames. Because he lights his fart on fire. I usually hate fart jokes. But I like this one. Don’t try this at home, kids.
The gore of the operating room scene. Not because it’s a gory operating room scene, but because of the point Matt and Trey were making. Nothing from these sequences were cut by the MPAA. All they mostly went after (in real life) was the profanity. Gore is fine. Naughty words aren’t.
In South Park, everyone goes to Hell. Except Mormons. We learn that in Season 4.
The whole ‘Blame Canada’ thing. I’m Canadian. And no, I’m not offended. Because this is the point that so many people miss: they’re not making fun of Canadians, they’re making fun of (some) Americans.
You know why it doesn’t bother me? Because the whole concept of starting a war with Canada over profanity is so out-of this-world-ridiculous. I mean, come on! The song is making fun of over-reactive parents that like to blame everything and everyone else for their kids’ actions.
So we Canadians aren’t offended by the ‘Blame Canada’ song because we get the joke. We’re funny like that.
Actual footage of the Canadian Air Force. (See? We make fun of ourselves for goodness sakes).
The ‘Kyle’s Mom’s A Bitch’ song. Best. Song. Ever. Never get tired of it. Everybody sing along!
Eric Idle does a voice! How cool is that? Plus, it’s the introduction to Cartman’s V-chip. Which really comes into play for the climax of the story.
When the General shoots Bill Gates. Yes, it’s immature of me to find this funny. But it is. And it was yet another violent scene that was left untouched by the MPAA. It also got a huge cheer when I saw it in the theatre.
The relationship between Satan and Saddam Hussein. I mean Satan is like, Satan, and all he wants is a functional relationship with Saddam. The whole thing works really well.
It’s also completely insane that they got away with showing ‘that certain part of the male anatomy’ in this scene. Just because they said “it wasn’t real”, it was OK.
The un-cut violent battle scenes. Yet more footage of bloody violence that passed the censors without a blink of the eye. The whole movie is a statement inside a statement.
Cartman saving the day with his filthy mouth. The concept just wraps up the story so beautifully. The whole profanity thing comes full circle.
Seeing Kenny’s face for the first time ever. How ridiculous is this? We’re excited to see his usually covered, hooded face. And all the kids have the same face! We’re basically thrilled to see a new overlay of hair. But we’re excited nonetheless.
Kenny going to Heaven. After three seasons of Kenny dying a horrible, violent death each and every episode, he gets a break (even though he’s still dead).
In all the craziness, profanity, violence and offensiveness, the movie wraps up with nice feel-good moment. It’s perfect.
So this movie may not be on the same level as my other feature favorites artistic-wise (or maturity-wise). But so what? It has what many other animated features lack.
- A solid story.
- Strong, memorable characters.
- A message.
- And very, very funny.
What more can you ask for?
So that wraps up my feature favorite series. It was lots of fun. I’ll do more of these in the future and will even throw in some not-so-good ones occasionally. We can learn from those too.
Hey, and I made it through the whole post without much profanity.
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