I haven't watched "South Park" for years. Not that I don't like the
show. With a young kid in the house, usually it's Disney Channel or
something about animals on TV. That's okay with me. But every once in a
while, when my daughter's asleep, I'll turn on "South Park" to see
what's up. The humor at times runs a little dry. After ten seasons, the
show was bound to have those "jump the shark" moments. But overall, the
show is still very funny after all these years.
In missing the past few seasons, I didn't realize that there were
episodes where the "South Park" gang goes to a magical place called
Imaginationland. Compiled into a short feature film, "South Park:
Imaginationland" is now on DVD. As Cartman might say, this is some crazy
I've watched most of films from "South Park" creators Matt Stone and
Trey Parker have made over the years. I'm a fan of their low budget
film, "Orgazmo" (1997), and the big budget puppet movie, "Team America:
World Police" (2004). Even "BASEketball" (1998) had some laughs in it.
"South Park" and its feature film from 1999 will probably forever cement
Stone and Parker as the class clowns who made it big. Cut from the same
humorous cloth as ZAZ (Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams & David Zucker), and
early John Landis, the "South Park" duo
skewers every culture, every politician, every celebrity and rarely
backs down from ticking people off. Their sense of humor is sharp, and
their digs are in good fun.
"South Park" is as raunchy as any television show I've seen.
"Imaginationland" takes an already crude show and pounces on any
morality left in our society. This feature-length version of the Comedy
Central show pushes the boundaries of good taste, and that's what I love
There is nothing redeeming on the surface of "Imaginationland." Kyle,
Cartman, Stan, and Butters are taken to this magical land where their
childhood heroes and cartoon characters are alive and well.
Unfortunately, terrorists take Imaginationland over and blow up the wall
that separates the good citizens from the bad meanies that include
Stormtroopers, Manbearpig, and every possible bad guy you've ever seen.
Violence ensues and it's up to the boys to set things right. Oh, and
Kyle loses a bet with Cartman that
Leprechauns exist. Since Kyle loses,
let's just say he's got to do something really, really heinous to
"Imaginationland" is as hilarious as "South Park" gets. It's totally
violent (Strawberry Shortcake gets it bad) and it's something that
appeals to the college guy in all of us. Cartman is relentless in his
pursuit of making Kyle pay for losing the Leprechaun bet. If you're
offended by graphic humor, this is not a movie for you.
As raunchy as "South Park" gets, the show still has a sweetness to it.
Perhaps it's the round drawings of the characters, or the jumpy
animation, or the voicing. Maybe it's the stories and "messages" at the
end of some of the episodes. Perhaps it's the characters. Maybe it's
just because it's all usually pretty damned funny.
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Typical and funny "South Park"
Directors: Matt Stone & Trey Parker
Cast: Matt Stone & Trey Parker
Extra episodes, audio commentary
Not Rated (strong language, violence,
adult situations...not for young kids)
Animation that puts traditional 2-D and computer animation to
Aspect Ratio (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1
DVD RELEASE DATE
March 11, 2008