Judge Ryan Keefer had a cake shaped like a Cincinnati Bengals football helmet growing up, but that was because he had a proclivity to all things Ken Anderson.
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"We shouldn't be mad at Chef for leaving us. We should be mad at that fruity little club for scrambling his brains."
Traditional gifts when celebrating a 10th anniversary are either tin or aluminum, while more modern gifts are usually diamond jewelry. So what did Matt Stone and Trey Parker get for their 10th anniversary of South Park's creation? They responded to unfounded accusations from a recently departed cast member, picked a fight with the latest and greatest animated TV show, and turned three of the most notorious serial killers into Moe, Larry and Curly equivalents. So how do things stack up?
Facts of the Case
You know the drill by now, the episodes highlighting the joys of Kyle, Stan, Eric and Kenny, four sweet boys who live in South Park, Colorado, are parsed out over three discs which cover the show's 2006 production schedule. The episodes are:
• "The Return of Chef"
• "Smug Alert!"
• "Cartoon Wars"
• "A Million Little Fibers"
• "Make Love, Not Warcraft"
• "Mystery of the Urinal Deuce"
• "Miss Teacher Bangs a Boy"
• "Hell on Earth 2006"
• "Go God Go/Go God Go XII"
• "Stanley's Cup"
I have said, and firmly believe, that what was done during the first half of Season 10 of South Park remains some of the best, funniest, most consistent work that Matt and Trey have exhibited. OK, screw the James Frey/Towelie episode, everything from "Chef's Return" to "Tsst" wound up being hilarious stuff.
Imagine my surprise though when in listening to the four to five minute commentaries on each episode by Matt and Trey when they said it was quite stressful to be in the news week after week. First off, you had the hubbub surrounding the conflict between the Church of Scientology, Comedy Central/Paramount, and the fine folks behind South Park. The boys were clearly hurt by the accusations that Hayes levied, but perhaps correctly assumed that the press release was written by those other than Hayes himself. From there, you go into the two "Cartoon Wars" episodes. There were so many different layers on those episodes, everyone seemed to just camp on one aspect of it, which was disconcerting to them to some degree. However, they did state that they got a lot of good word of mouth from staff members of other animated shows on Fox regarding their opinions of Family Guy.
But it's the timely response that was shown not only in "Chef's Return," but the way they tied "Cartoon Wars" together, that made for truly funny and inspired work, instant classics among the series history. And when they came back, they did a spoof of a very popular computer game (I swear, I used to work with a guy who looked just like that), mocking those severe conspiracy theorists and a really bad MTV show, much to my wife's disagreement.
Considering we're on Season 10 of South Park, there's very little mystery or surprise to gain when you watch these on DVD. They look and sound the same as when they originally aired, and in terms of the usual "mini-commentaries," I've covered their highlights. The only other thing worth mentioning is that because of the Warcraft episode, there's a trial CD included with the DVDs, a thoughtful touch to be sure.
The Rebuttal Witnesses
Trey and Matt talk about these writer's retreats, or these forums they attended an awful lot. Why not throw a camera on these things to see what's going on? There's only so much you can gleam by looking at their Web site, but past that, there's nothing to be had outside of the material itself. But hey, they've put out everything on DVD now, so bully to them.
In its 10th season, South Park teed them up and knocked them out of the park. The episodes are funny, multidimensional, and included a significant breath of creativity which reinvigorated the show. If you're new to the show, this is a pretty good place to start. Otherwise, if you've seen and bought the shows before, go get this already!
Tsst! Tsst, tsst!
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• Mini-Commentaries with Trey Parker and Matt Stone
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