Judge David Johnson thinks Critter Christmas sucks.
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The brilliant South Park is known for a lot of things—envelope-pushing, censor-cringing sophomoric comedy, pointed social satire, unleashing Tom Cruise's ire—but what also should be mentioned is their string of bizarre and memorable Christmas specials. Like the revered Simpsons Halloween specials (but tripping out on some wacky Indonesian hallucinogen), Trey Parker and Matt Stone's yuletide offerings have carried a reputation for being successively notorious and twisted. Above all, they are funny, as exhibited by this collection of seven Christmas classics.
"Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo"
It's base sure, but that scene with Kyle's mom walking into him in the poop-smeared bathroom is iconic.
"Merry Christmas Charlie Manson"
The Manson stuff is uneven, but Cartman's family—and his little cousin in particular—is a riot.
"Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics"
"A Very Crappy Christmas"
The Mr. Hankey stuff was pretty funny, especially with the drunken, verbally abusive wife and the boys' attempts at making an animated video were clever, but it was that poop-themed Lion King musical number that makes this episode a big winner.
"Red Sleigh Down"
Wow, does this one push the limits of good taste and as a Christian I probably should be slightly offended at the sight of Jesus taking out Iraqis with a machete, but…it made me laugh hard.
"It's Christmas in Canada"
I dig the Wizard of Oz parody and it's always funny to see Canadians given the South Park treatment but this episode isn't high up on my favorites.
"Woodland Critter Christmas"
That's all there is to say because you need to watch this episode. So awesome.
And that's it for the DVD. Standard-issue full frame transfer and 2.0 stereo mixes across the board and no sign of extras. Not even the mini-commentaries from the season sets made the cut. In the end, recommended for enthusiasts. If it's cheap enough, though, the "Red Sleigh Down" and "Critter Christmas" episodes will make it worth your investment. If you've got all the season sets already, move along.
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