South Park: Bigger Longer and Uncut - Blame Canada!
|South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut (1999).|
|Class is in session!|
They are Colorado boys, and their work is loaded with references to their home state (South Park is a plain between mountain ranges in the Rockies). In the animation world, they are kings, even though as animators they aren't all that special. It is their swagger and hook that keeps 'em coming back. They get top celebrities such as George Clooney and Jennifer Aniston to voice their characters, and as of this writing continue with their flagship animated TV series.
|Casualties of war.|
Their presence helped cause the 1998 "BASEketball" to tank at the box office. But they learned from their mistake that animators should stay behind the camera, not in front of it, and this film, "South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut" (1999), wisely sticks to animation. Naturally, like pretty much all their animation efforts, it was another huge success.
|Kids just causing trouble.|
|Saddam is quite funny in this.|
As usual, Trey Parker and Matt Stone hog all the main voices themselves, with celebrities like Clooney, Brent Spiner, Dave Foley, Eric Idle and Minnie Driver sprinkled in for name value here and there. It's all about pop culture, with the biggest consequence of a war with Canada being an air attack on the Baldwin brothers (who are from Long Island, New York, not Canada, but really, who cares?). There's nothing particularly original about the plot, though a teen audience might think so. Alan Alda and John Candy, in fact, did a take on that very idea just a few years before this film in "Canadian Bacon (1995)." The plot, though, is just an opening through which to throw salvos of brickbats at whatever target suits Stone and Parker, whether it be parenting, the media in general, or America's predilection for invading weaker countries. Clearly, given that they are in the gross-out animation business, one of their targets is the idea that kids can be corrupted by gross-out films. Perish the thought!
But we are not talking about Shakespeare here. Nobody is going to care about this 400 years from now, or maybe even forty. It is "cutting satire" designed to offend "soccer moms" everywhere. You will probably find it amusing, but, like all topical humor, it no doubt will tend to fade with age.