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C'MON HOLLYWOOD: Matt and Trey give us another movie already!

Apr. 26, 2011by:

I donít think it would be too much of a stretch to call Matt Stone and Trey Parker two of the most important comedic talents to emerge in the last twenty years. "South Park," now on its 15th season, started off great, but ended up brilliant. It amazes me that "The Simpsons," which WAS brilliant, but hasnít been truly funny in at least a decade, is exalted as the height of animated comedy, yet SOUTH PARK, has never slowed down, but is still ignored by many.

SOUTH PARKís not just funny, but it can also be a scathing critique of current events, with SOUTH PARK being among the first shows to address 9/11, critique Scientology, and dare to satirize Islamic Fundamentalism. At the same time, SOUTH PARK is never preachy, and has never lost sight of the fact that its main objective is to be funny.


On film, Matt and Trey have been far less prolific, but just as brilliant. ORGAZMO was a funny porn spoof, and BASEKETBALL, which they only starred in, but didnít write, produce or direct, was a b-comedy, funny at times (especially if you happen to be ďunder the influenceĒ), but the extent of their talent wasnít obvious until they turned SOUTH PARK into a feature film.

I remember how everyone expected SOUTH PARK: BIGGER, LONGER, UNCUT to be a disaster, with it having a deceptively dumb teaser. But then the film opened, where it was brilliantly counter-programmed against the notorious Will Smith flop, WILD,WILD WEST. BIGGER, LONGER, UNCUT was so much smarter than anyone thought it would be, with Matt and Trey brilliantly satirized US foreign policy (and this was BEFORE George W.), took this piss out of Saddam Hussein, and took a flamer-thrower to the knee-jerk bout of censorship that just happened to be rearing its head once again in the wake of Columbine (although the film was completed before that tragedy took place).


The film was sleeper hit (grossing $83 million worldwide), and even garnered an Oscar nomination for best original song ("Blame Canada," although I still think they would have won had "Uncle Fucka" gotten the nom instead). The success of the film seemed to push SOUTH PARK into exploring bolder territory, but it took another five years before their next film came out: TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE.


On paper, TEAM AMERICA seemed idiotic. A musical Jerry Bruckheimer/Michael Bay spoof done with marionettes? Well, it was anything but with TEAM AMERICA pulling in modest box-office ($50 million worldwide), but getting a lot of critical acclaim, and great DVD sales. Shockingly, the soundtrack didnít get an Oscar nomination although it should have for the brilliant "America, Fuck Yeah!").

Sadly, in the seven years since TEAM AMERICA hit theaters, Matt and Trey have not given us a follow-up, and none seem to be in the works. This would be a tragedy, were it not for the fact that "South Park" continues its strong run on comedy central. However, they do have a hit play, "The Book of Mormon," which has been universally acclaimed (with our own Jason Adams having seen it and loved it). Could a film version be in the works? One can only hope, but it hasnít been announced. Matt and Trey: do it!!! Make it a movie, and give us another brilliant comedy for us to rewatch and quote endlessly. It might not make $100 million, but who cares? Give it to us, and while youíre at it, how about another big-screen SOUTH PARK and a TEAM AMERICA sequel? Hollywood: make it happen!

Source: JoBlo.com

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11:21AM on 05/13/2011
"Imaginationland" was actually supposed to be the second theatrical South Park movie as well as the end of South Park altogether, but it ended up getting cut into the 3 part episode that aired and obviously South Park is still running strong.

I really want these guys to make a new movie (You left out "Cannibal: The Musical" by the way, which is also pretty damn funny), but I'm glad that Imaginationland didn't go the way they planned. It was funny, but not really film/series finale quality.
"Imaginationland" was actually supposed to be the second theatrical South Park movie as well as the end of South Park altogether, but it ended up getting cut into the 3 part episode that aired and obviously South Park is still running strong.

I really want these guys to make a new movie (You left out "Cannibal: The Musical" by the way, which is also pretty damn funny), but I'm glad that Imaginationland didn't go the way they planned. It was funny, but not really film/series finale quality.
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1:49PM on 04/27/2011
And South Park hasn't been brilliant in a while, unless spoofing Jersey Shore and the Shake Weight about a year after the rest of the world registers as brilliant.
And South Park hasn't been brilliant in a while, unless spoofing Jersey Shore and the Shake Weight about a year after the rest of the world registers as brilliant.
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1:49PM on 04/27/2011

Another Matt and Trey movie would be great

But it's not like they've got loads of projects Hollywood's just submerging. They'll do one when they've got one.
But it's not like they've got loads of projects Hollywood's just submerging. They'll do one when they've got one.
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4:36AM on 04/27/2011
I love their kind of satire! I like to see more movies too.
I love their kind of satire! I like to see more movies too.
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12:44AM on 04/27/2011

Imagination Land

Apparently Imagination Land was suppose to be a movie released in theaters, but they ran out of episode ideas that season and split it up into 3 episodes that year.
Apparently Imagination Land was suppose to be a movie released in theaters, but they ran out of episode ideas that season and split it up into 3 episodes that year.
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4:37PM on 04/26/2011
Team America sequel. America is just begging for it lately.
Team America sequel. America is just begging for it lately.
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10:16PM on 04/26/2011
There are so many directions they can take the sequel.
There are so many directions they can take the sequel.
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2:20PM on 04/26/2011
I have a sneaky suspicion there will be a "Book Of Mormon" movie soon. And I hope so cause I want to see it!

Also, yes I think another "South Park" movie could be great. I mean hell, Timmy & Jimmy didn't even exist yet when the first movie was made - that's reason enough for a second movie right there!

And "BASEketball" is indeed underrated.
I have a sneaky suspicion there will be a "Book Of Mormon" movie soon. And I hope so cause I want to see it!

Also, yes I think another "South Park" movie could be great. I mean hell, Timmy & Jimmy didn't even exist yet when the first movie was made - that's reason enough for a second movie right there!

And "BASEketball" is indeed underrated.
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1:46PM on 04/26/2011

Meh...

Stupid double post
Stupid double post
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1:46PM on 04/26/2011

Oh yeah...

And Season 15 of South Park isn't out yet. The first episode airs tomorrow.
And Season 15 of South Park isn't out yet. The first episode airs tomorrow.
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1:42PM on 04/26/2011

Eh....

You forgot to mention 'Cannibal The Musical' in your article....
You forgot to mention 'Cannibal The Musical' in your article....
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1:26PM on 04/26/2011

Parker and Stone admitted they

didn't make a lot of money on the feature films, which is why they've been few and far between. It's a shame, but I understand why they'd want to stick with South Park; they've said that the 2nd and 3rd seasons "sucked" because they were too busy with Orgazmo and Baseketball.
didn't make a lot of money on the feature films, which is why they've been few and far between. It's a shame, but I understand why they'd want to stick with South Park; they've said that the 2nd and 3rd seasons "sucked" because they were too busy with Orgazmo and Baseketball.
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1:08PM on 04/26/2011
Easy on the word "brilliant" there, buddy.
Easy on the word "brilliant" there, buddy.
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11:00AM on 04/26/2011
It's Matt Stone and Trey Parker. You had them backwards.

I think Baseketball is one of the best comedies ever! There are so many great one-liners! Did I just fart??
It's Matt Stone and Trey Parker. You had them backwards.

I think Baseketball is one of the best comedies ever! There are so many great one-liners! Did I just fart??
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1:31PM on 04/26/2011
Whoops. Thanks!
Whoops. Thanks!
10:30AM on 04/26/2011
any hardcore fan should definately own Cannibal:The Musical. Trey and Matt were hysterical, though the film lags in parts, overall, it's a hoot!
any hardcore fan should definately own Cannibal:The Musical. Trey and Matt were hysterical, though the film lags in parts, overall, it's a hoot!
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10:25AM on 04/26/2011
I would love a new South Park movie. Look at how many characters are huge on the show now that were irrelevant in the 1st movie (i.e. Butters!). I read an interview w/ Matt and Trey where they said that their original idea for a 2nd movie was the entire Imaginationland trilogy, but they were running short on ideas for that season and split it up into 3 episodes. I thought that Imaginationland was genius and I kind of regard it as an "unofficial" 2nd South Park movie.
I would love a new South Park movie. Look at how many characters are huge on the show now that were irrelevant in the 1st movie (i.e. Butters!). I read an interview w/ Matt and Trey where they said that their original idea for a 2nd movie was the entire Imaginationland trilogy, but they were running short on ideas for that season and split it up into 3 episodes. I thought that Imaginationland was genius and I kind of regard it as an "unofficial" 2nd South Park movie.
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1:20PM on 04/26/2011
Yep, you took the words right outta my mouf. ImaginationLand is the true "South Park 2" to me. Imagination, EEEmagination, ImagEEEnation, [link]
Yep, you took the words right outta my mouf. ImaginationLand is the true "South Park 2" to me. Imagination, EEEmagination, ImagEEEnation, [link]
10:07AM on 04/26/2011
Matt and Trey are geniuses and South Park remains one of the best shows on television.

I have a feeling that they will make another South Park movie.
Matt and Trey are geniuses and South Park remains one of the best shows on television.

I have a feeling that they will make another South Park movie.
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9:55AM on 04/26/2011
these guys are artists doing the projects that they WANT to do, not some lapdog hacks doing what you expect them to do for you own selfish "quoteable" reasons.

they'll do another movie when they want to and have another brilliant satirical story to tell.
these guys are artists doing the projects that they WANT to do, not some lapdog hacks doing what you expect them to do for you own selfish "quoteable" reasons.

they'll do another movie when they want to and have another brilliant satirical story to tell.
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9:55AM on 04/26/2011
Of all their feature films, I enjoy Baseketball immensely. Team America has two catchy theme songs - Amerca F*** Yeah and that Missing You song. It goes something like Ben Affleck need acting school and Michael Bay miss the mark on Pearl Harbor. Priceless songs.
Of all their feature films, I enjoy Baseketball immensely. Team America has two catchy theme songs - Amerca F*** Yeah and that Missing You song. It goes something like Ben Affleck need acting school and Michael Bay miss the mark on Pearl Harbor. Priceless songs.
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9:54AM on 04/26/2011
I'm a huge Trey/Matt fan. If I'm not mistaken, I think they said they never want to do another movie, because of all the work and Hollywood bullshit that goes into it. Am I crazy? I feel like they were pretty adamant about it in an interview somewhere along the line.

Creme Fraiche was the funniest South Park episode ever, which is a triumph.
I'm a huge Trey/Matt fan. If I'm not mistaken, I think they said they never want to do another movie, because of all the work and Hollywood bullshit that goes into it. Am I crazy? I feel like they were pretty adamant about it in an interview somewhere along the line.

Creme Fraiche was the funniest South Park episode ever, which is a triumph.
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9:37AM on 04/26/2011
Hated TAWP, it was nowhere near as good as South Park
Hated TAWP, it was nowhere near as good as South Park
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9:19AM on 04/26/2011

Oh yea. Love their movies.

South Park and Team America were great. Baseketall, although not their film was hilarious because of them! Bring on more of the funny! Do it!!!!!!!!!!
South Park and Team America were great. Baseketall, although not their film was hilarious because of them! Bring on more of the funny! Do it!!!!!!!!!!
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9:18AM on 04/26/2011

Agreed

I do enjoy everything Matt and Trey do, and I LOVE South Park. However I believe they've started to rely a tad too much on spoofing current events for South Park episodes.

Whilst it is funny at the time, I can't see how taking the piss out of Snooki for example will hold up in a couple of years time.
I do enjoy everything Matt and Trey do, and I LOVE South Park. However I believe they've started to rely a tad too much on spoofing current events for South Park episodes.

Whilst it is funny at the time, I can't see how taking the piss out of Snooki for example will hold up in a couple of years time.
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9:11AM on 04/26/2011

"The new world is inevitable.."

"One more time?"
"One more time?"
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9:06AM on 04/26/2011
loved it. loved everything about it.
loved it. loved everything about it.
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8:50AM on 04/26/2011
Love the article, I have been thinking about this for a while now. ANother South Park movie would be great, but i don't want to see a Team America sequel, movies like that shouldn't have sequels. I'd rathe them come up with something original if they don't make another South Park Movie
Love the article, I have been thinking about this for a while now. ANother South Park movie would be great, but i don't want to see a Team America sequel, movies like that shouldn't have sequels. I'd rathe them come up with something original if they don't make another South Park Movie
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8:48AM on 04/26/2011

Wait and see...

Indeed, South Park and Team America were absolutely brillant... but it's been around five years that Parker and Stone claimed that they wanted to direct an epic Kaiju Eiga parody, proof f love for the Godzilla, Gamera and others japanese monsters movies.

Remember Mecha-Streisand?
Indeed, South Park and Team America were absolutely brillant... but it's been around five years that Parker and Stone claimed that they wanted to direct an epic Kaiju Eiga parody, proof f love for the Godzilla, Gamera and others japanese monsters movies.

Remember Mecha-Streisand?
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