South Park (S4)
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Another complete season of South Park, the fourth, comes along in this 3-disc collector’s edition set. The animated show that rocketed to popularity years ago, with the likes of Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny as the four naughty schoolboys of this small Colorado town, is back to seriously entertain us and make us laugh…hard. Nasty language, naughty antics, seriously disturbed story lines...it’s all here folks.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I've been a dedicated South Park fan since the show first came out so I believe this fourth season to be as hilarious and intelligent as the previous three have been. Yes, intelligent because although the characters and the stories are often silly -- which makes the humor of the show -- they are often counterbalanced by some really intelligent writing based on current events and social commentaries. When the boys learn in Sunday school that unless they confess their sins and “eat crackers”, they will burn in Hell, they get worried about their new schoolmate Timmy, a handicapped boy who cannot speak except to say “Timmy”, because how can he confess if he can’t talk? Timmy is the new character in this season: a cute, lovable one, in my opinion, and he even fronts a rock band in his own episode. Very cool. The disabled are not made fun of here, they are part of the gang, that’s all. Another beloved show is the one in which the boys dislike being in fourth grade, so they want to go back in time, to the third grade. It brought me back to when that happened to me, so long ago, how new classes and teachers were freaky and scared me. I related.
The tooth fairy episode parodied the mob movies we all know and love, with the mobsters as cute tykes, but talking and walking like real gangsters. We also encounter Satan again (and his ex-lover Saddam Hussein) in one of the funniest episodes as we enter Hell and see the different celebrities who are there and all that goes on. The gay Hussein character is perfectly sleazy and seeing Satan with his precious Hummel collection was too much! The kids’ new teacher, Ms. Choksondik, is another great new character, complete with her own litter of kittens that follow her drooping breasts around and in the same episode, we find out what happened to Mr. Garrison. The latter finally comes to terms with his sexuality in this season, which was long overdue. Sweet touches warm the heart too, such as the homage to Oz, when Cartman goes to jail. Oz theme music and all. Way too many classic episodes to get into, 17 in all, and every one is hilarious.
Commentary by the creators of South Park: Trey Parker and Matt Stone. As in the previous seasons on DVD, Parker and Stone include 3-6 minute mini-commentaries before each show and delight the viewer with funny and interesting information about the ideas behind each episode and other tidbits. We find out what ideas were controversial too (Timmy, for example). The creators are sweet, they apologize after almost each mini-commentary for talking too much and boring us, but trust me, it is not boring at all. We find out why they are against Phil Collins, and why they make fun of almost everything under the sun. Very fun and captivating feature, worth checking out big-time.
If you like your humor raw and offensive, you will love this season of South Park. Everything from NAMBLA (North American Man Boy Love Association), Ritalin consumption, the KKK, Janet Reno, Cirque du Soleil, new age healing, trekkies, hate crime laws, Southern preachers, boy bands and more is mocked, in a big way. I was in stitches during the whole time and you will be too. Not to be viewed by youngsters or the politically correct.