Thursday, November 12, 2009

This is why South Park still matters

Just got done watching the newest "South Park," titled "Dances With Smurfs." Let it be said for the record that not only do Parker and Stone now officially hold the Heavyweight Championship in the category of Glenn Beck mockery; but that the long, drawn-out "are they really going there" reveal of what they're really looking to slap-around is one of the best "South Park Misdirections" ever, easily.

As usual, you can watch the whole thing at southparkstudios.com right now:
http://www.southparkstudios.com/episodes/251890

12 comments:

Drunken Lemur said...

I certainly did not see that coming, but yeah, that's pretty much how I felt about that movie once I saw the trailer. I had really thought it was going to have a different plot, but what are you going to do. As for the episode itself, pretty good. A little flawed in some parts, but as a whole I enjoyed it.

Andy said...

I thought this was definitely the best South Park in years.

Bob said...

What's great is, it's another example of how much P&S's amazing turnaround time benefits them - yeah, "Cartman as Glenn Beck" is a slam-dunk 'duh' of an obvious winner, ditto Butters becoming the equivalent of a "Teabagger"... but "South Park" is generally contrarian and EVERYBODY bags on Beck, you'd half expect them to actually make him the good guy just to hack people off.

But using it as sleight-of-hand to mask an episode-length setup to a punchline about the still essentially brand-new meme about "Avatar" ripping off that Poul Anderson book? Only "South Park" could do that - any other series would still be in animatic by the time that story was over.

A Tribe Called Helloween said...

Vehemently disagree. based on the first 8 minutes it's the reason why South Park hasn't been relevant in 8 years. Because they give their opinion on current events that nobody asked them for in the first place. it's stupid.

Anonymous said...

Okay, I haven't been following anything having to do with Avatar at all, so I was left in the dark for the big reveal. Can someone please explain what it meant? Thanks in advance.

Bob said...

Anonymous-

It's basically two jokes, the first being that after all the waiting and wondering the new trailers for "Avatar" confirm that it's story is literally just "Dances With Wolves" in space with blue people instead of Indians.

The second one is newer: Apparently, it's really REALLY (as in maybe someone could sue) similar to the the plot of a Poul Anderson book from awhile back - hence the subtext behind Cartman's "eff you, you can't just put a new name on something someone else wrote!!" rant at the end.

Anonymous said...

Ah, thank you.

Anonymous said...

Well, it's good to see at least they're detatching their lips from the republican's part balls.

Robert said...

Yeah that episode was no small genius. I hadn’t watched this movie yet it seemed way too pretentious and much too much like I’ve seen it before. Only to find out that I had made me laugh. The pot-shots at Beck were great too.

Mykal said...

Someone needs to explain how South Park is funny. I did get the John Steward bit on the Daily Show on Beck was enjoyable. Though keep in mind the reason people watch Glen Beck is that a good chunk of the crazy stuff is right. Don't like it, but that seems to be the case. Though Red Eye with Greg Gufford is more enjoyable then Beck.

Reese Kaine said...

Hate to nit-pick, but:

"Due to pre-existing Contractual Obligations, we cannot stream this episode until 12.12.09"

Andy said...

I really don't understand some of the complaints with the similarities with the story. I don't think it's right for someone to rip off another persons work, but people act like this is a new development. I mean, Sergio Leone ripped off Akira Kurosawa's "Yojimbo" to make "Fistful of Dollars." And Kurosawa himself took his idea from "Red Harvest." Yet no one complains about those films being ripped off anymore because Kurosawa and Leone are now considered legendary directors.

Yet, the thing that makes Avatar pretty damn good is that nearly everything else but the story is about as good as it gets. People just can't get the story out of their heads and completely forget about everything else that makes a film great.