Starring Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mary Kay Bergman & Isaac Hayes
Directed by Trey Parker
It’s been a good ten years between drinks for me and South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut. I actually remember seeing it once as a kid, followed by numerous attempts at a repeat viewing that my mother objected towards. I didn’t actually see it a second time until I was a teenager and could afford the DVD. It didn’t age between the first and second viewing, and so it got one decent work-out between me and my friends.
Fast forward another ten years and it’s come around again. And like last time it’s still ageing perfectly. The political satire, which was lost on me as a child, now make the jokes even funnier, while the songs are the best to ever come out of South Park. It just proves that the work is timeless, and if you ever question the longevity just throw on Bigger, Longer & Uncut and you’ll understand how they’ve endured.
Starring Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Kristen Miller, Masasa Moyo, Daran Norris, Phil Hendrie & Maurice LaMarche
Directed by Trey Parker
How about practically the same thing, only no songs and the untraditional animation is replaced by untraditional puppets? That’s Team America: World Police. The uncompromising satire, once pointed at themselves, is now pointed at the society in which said satire has been nurtured. In Team America: World Police it blossoms forth, and is actually a signalling of the changes that would come in the work Parker and Stone have created since.
Let’s face it, Team America is the Parker/Stone brand of comedy with different visuals, but they know how to make use the presentation to their advantage. It’s a love/hate relationship with the comedic empire they’ve built these past twenty years. You’re either a fan or a derider, but when it comes to thinking outside the box, and doing so successfully, you can always bet your money on them.
Starring Seth MacFarlane, Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Giovanni Ribisi, Aiden Mincks, Joel McHale, Sam Jones, Jessica Barth, Patrick Warburton & Patrick Stewart
Directed by Seth MacFarlane
Then there’s this guy. The other animation creator who likes to challenge the norms of society with as many nonsensical jokes he can cram into a half hour of television. Again, it’s the same brand transplanted from your TV screens and into the cinema with a couple of famous faces to drive it home. And if you’re a follower of the church of MacFarlane then there’s nothing wrong with Ted.
Really it’s more of a stoner comedy, which is just up my alley, and that sits perfectly with Seth. He can utilise his style of humour through any medium, and the misadventures of pot-heads is a tried and true method. However, the talking teddy bear aspect is a move only a few could pull off, but in Ted he manages it effortlessly. Basically, if you’re like me and you identify with the creator then you can pretty much buy into anything he imagines.