The South Park Movie: Bigger, Longer and Uncut

The American animated musical movie is set in a quiet little mountain town called South Park, where four fourth graders, Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, Eric Cartman and Kenny McCormick decide to watch the new Terrance and Phillip “A” Rated movie by cleverly tricking the ticket seller through paying off a homeless guy in return for purchasing tickets. The T & P movie, full of toilet humour as quoted by Sheila Broflovski (Kyle’s mother), makes all four of them foul-mouthed, at the same time popular in class for applying unclean words in their normal classroom conversations. As a result, one day their parents are called for by the school counsellor, Mr. Mackey to report their degrading vocabulary limited to the four or six letter words in school. They all discover and realize the damage this movie has done on the kids. The movie and all its merchandized goods are banned from the school and Kyle’s mom leads a movement called “MAC” (Mothers Against Canada) leading to the arrest and death sentence of T & P. Kenny dies as a repeated stunt in the movie by trying an act of T & P.

Meanwhile in hell, Satan is portrayed as the devil we all know him as and more. He is a homosexual in love with Saddam Hussein who dominates him emotionally. Together, they are both preparing for the death of T & P and waiting for their rise over all humans to rule the Earth again; as soon as T & P’s blood touches the soil. Can Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny stop the killing of their favorite comedians, stop their parents from Blaming Canada for their bad behavior and save the world from the rule of Satan?

This movie also known as “South Park saves the world” and “South Park: All hells break loose” had a wide spread theatrical release in June 1999 with Terry Parker as director, producer and writer along with Matt Stone and Pam Brady with Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. in association with the Comedy Central Television Network. The movie got extreme reactions from audiences of all types. It seemed on the release that the whole audience group’s been divided into two very opinionated clans: “Haters of the movie” and “Lovers of the movie”. I suspect that those who hate the movie are the ones who hate the South Park TV show while the ones who love it are the ones who love the series. Out of all the seasons of the South Park TV Series, we do have dry humoured and wit lacking episodes that never go unnoticed not only by critics but also by fans, nevertheless, the movie is a different league of “Cheap, funny and Vulgar” yet meaningful and fictional with distinct paper-cut animation. The music and lyrics by Terry Parker and Marc Shaiman highlight the situational humor all the more with a perfect timing, person or sentence and add to the running time of the movie. For Example the song “Up There” is beautifully written yet becomes funny when sung by a character like Satan.

South Park as the sharp satirical TV series that it is faced a lot of criticism until the viewers got used to the humor of its “own kind”. This movie holds its irony to the core and answers the critics too through the movie itself. The movie offends a lot of people who need to be offended once in a while. Somewhere though it also goes over the top and thinks it to be cleverer than it actually is. Still, all in all a must watch, genuinely outrageous, nasty, hysterically funny, shocking thought-provoking and close to brilliant. As rightly quoted by Ron Wells, “If, like me you’re sick of every work of art getting judged by your grandmother’s delicate sensibilities and would like to watch some real artists have some fun while flipping off the cultural watchdogs, this film was made for you.”

Sugandha Arora

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