Mary Kay Bergman
It may seem ridiculous, but that’s the kind of esteem for which I hold the creators of South Park. And in 13 years of creative genius and epic hilarity, 1999’s SOUTH PARK: BIGGER, LONGER AND UNCUT still remains a high watermark for the series. It’s crudely funny, smartly crafted and surprisingly maintains the show’s ridiculous sense of anarchic glee for an entire feature length. And did I mention that’s it’s a full on musical as well? One with catchy, clever tunes that recall a dirtier version of Disney’s best during their heyday. And who thought you’d ever see Satan have rough anal sex with Saddam Hussein and then sing a rousing song and dance number about it? (I think that sums up South Park pretty well.)
Like the earlier seasons of the show, BIGGER, LONGER AND UNCUT is a very different animal than what South Park has grown in to the past few years (especially the quality of the animation). But aside from similar scatological jokes and foul mouthed irreverence, the film still provides a great outlet for the same social satire and common sense commentary that Parker and Stone are known for. Their brutal take on the MPAA, for example, is just as subversive and justified as it is hilarious. Same goes for violence in the media, hands on parenting, war and politics, and more. And more importantly, all these messages are presented through entertaining and often ridiculous outlets that mixes comedy with rationality in a way that doesn’t feel like you’re being preached to.
Even if you don’t buy in to the thematics of the film, there’s plenty of little stuff to enjoy and make you laugh, from Cartman’s malfunctioning V-Chip, to the deity loathing French mole to the war with Canada and the senseless sacrifice of the Baldwins. Let’s all be grateful that not only does this R-rated comic gem still hold up a decade later, but that the creators are still working hard to entertain and enlighten us.
“What Would Brian Boitano Do?” Music Video: Does anybody else think it’s weird that Brian Boitano now has his own show on the Food Network called “What Would Brian Boitano Make?”
Extra Tidbit: Yes, that’s George Clooney doing the voice of the ER doctor who kills Kenny. Clooney also voiced Stan’s gay dog way back in the first season.