South Park: Imaginationland
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Stan, Kyle and Butters are transported to a magical world called “Imaginationland,” where are all the good characters like Charlie Brown, Super Mario and Popeye reside. Once there, terrorists attack and unleash evil characters like Storm Troopers, Alien and that robot thing from War of the Worlds to take over the land. When the government hears about this they plan to nuke Imaginationland to put an end to the chaos.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
IMAGINATIONLAND starts off much in the same way every great South Park episodes begins: with a bet that has Kyle licking Cartman’s balls. Cartman bets Kyle that leprechauns are real and if he proves it, Kyle has to lick Cartman’s balls. Unfortunately for our young, Jewish friend, the boys spot a leprechaun while playing in the woods, leading Cartman to obsess on his balls getting licked throughout the whole flick. Turns out the leprechaun was sent to the real world to warn of a terrorist attack on Imaginationland. The mayor of Imaginationland then proposes that the boys visit the magical land to see where all imaginary creatures live. While there, “durka durka” terrorists show up and annihilate all the good imaginary characters, and blow up the wall that keeps the evil characters from mingling with the good.
What follows is a brilliant parody of Star Wars and the Lord of the Rings movies, mixed in with an equally brilliant theme of the power of imagination and how important it is keep that world in your mind open. That is unless I’m reading too much into it. What I took away from it was almost a warning. It seems like if we keep hammering away this whole censorship thing with free speech and what you can or can’t do to get a message or even a joke across, then we won’t be able to freely think even in our own minds without someone f*cking with us. Matt & Trey still remain the top dogs when it comes to social commentary. After more than ten years, they’re as relevant and poignant with mixing in a message under all the dick and fart jokes as they ever were.
Commentary by Matt Stone & Trey Parker – The boys talk about the genesis of Imaginationland, problems they had with Comedy Central’s Standards & Practices department and the movies and TV shows that inspired certain scenes in the episode. There’s also an ongoing bit in which the theme music plays when the boys say something they can potentially be sued for. Great commentary track, I wish they did more.
Woodland Critters Christmas – The Woodland Critters show up in Imaginationland in a critical scene I won’t spoil. In this Christmas episode, Stan comes across the critters who need a mountain lion killed in order for the saviour to be born. Stan finally realizes that the critters serve the devil, and not God, so he and the mountain lion battle the critters in order to restore peace to South Park.
ManBearPig – One of my favorite episodes from Season 10, crazy ass Al Gore comes to South Park and is convinced that the mythical ManBearPig creature is inside the Cave of the Winds. After bumming everyone out, he breaks down while talking to Stan and convinces Stan to go hunting for ManBearPig in the caves. “I’m totally cereal!”
Storyboards: A couple of the scenes in their storyboard form. Kinda cool.
A worthy three part epic story, all put together in one neat little package. It has violence, laughs, nudity and some ball licking. In other words, a classic South Park episode.