I don’t know when I first saw South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, but it was definitely before I watched the show in any serious way. Even as a kid I was never really into toilet humor, and that was pretty much all I thought South Park was.
I started taking it seriously in college and ever since then I’d been meaning to re-watch the movie, but I had never gotten around to until this past weekend. Obviously it was funny, especially now that I’m way more familiar with the goings on of South Park. But I what I had forgotten was just how good the musical element of the movie is. After The Book of Mormon, the musical talents of Trey Parker and Matt Stone aren’t shocking, but it was really fun to watch them create songs in their own element (South Park, of course). I also realized I pretty much knew all the words to “Blame Canada” due to the pretty awesome (at least by Oscar standards) performance of the song by Robin Williams at the Oscars when it was actually nominated for one, which I’ve watched and listened to many times since.
Also, when I first saw this movie, I thought the Satan/Saddam Hussein relationship was really funny, but for some reason I wasn’t really expecting that to hold up. Aaaaand I was wrong.
King of the Hill has been taking up all my animation needs these past few months but it was nice to see some South Park again. I think this is only my second time watching the South Park movie but it’s pretty perfect.
I remember first being exposed to South Park in 4th grade when I lived in Prattville, Alabama. All the kids in my grade would draw all the characters during lunch, recesses, or free time. I got pretty good at drawing everyone but I had still never watched the show. My parents finally let me stay up to watch an episode but it definitely didn’t turn into a daily routine. I think it was a roshambo episode but I might just be remembering the kids in my grade talking about that.
ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATION:
I thought this film was great and I certainly would have no objection if it won for Best Animated Feature. It did take us a few times to get through this but as a whole I thought it was funny and of course the animation is pretty impressive.
The story is basic but it’s still interesting and it made me laugh on more than one occasion. It’s a very happy movie and it definitely put me in a good mood, which is always a plus for any movie.
I think I need to go watch Shaun the Sheep now!
I have to admit something first and foremost: we had to stop and start The Pirates! Band of Misfits three times because I fell asleep twice while watching it. It’s not like it takes that much to make me sleepy, but I’m usually relatively engaged in movies unless I’m already pretty sleepy. But while I found the animation incredibly impressive, I guess this movie just sort of . . . bored me? Which I don’t really like admitting, because it’s not a bad movie. It has cute humor, a pretty original story, and, again, the stop-motion animation is pretty amazing. But I guess it just wasn’t my cup of tea. It doesn’t help that the pirates’ pet dodo bird, Polly, sort of reminded me of my cat Charlie, and since Polly was in peril for most of the movie, it kind of freaked me out.
I wish I knew how old I was the last time I watched The Care Bears Movie. I’m sure however old I was (7? maybe?), I would have never guessed that I wouldn’t see it again until I was 25, with my boyfriend, in Texas, hopped up on cold medicine. But I guess that’s just how life goes.
There are a few standard titles that come up when people talk about “trippy” movies: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Enter The Void. The fact that The Care Bears Movie never seems to make on lists like that is a severe oversight. This movie is an acid trip personified. I know I loved it as a kid, and seeing it now doesn’t embarrass me because of that, but it just further proves how weird kids are. Who are the Care Bears? Where is Careland in relation to Earth? How can the Care Bears be so simple-minded, yet have Star Trek-caliber technology? Who was the bear with the milkshake on its belly? Weird shit.
This also might be Part 3 in our Kids Ruin Everything series that Chris and I seem to be inadvertently taking part of: this time, a kid (a carny, no less), Nicholas, tries to take over the world (actually, we have no reason to think he’s taking over anything more than his small town, but everyone is acting like it’s the whole world, so whatever) because he doesn’t have any friends. Typical. The Care Bears have to stop him, along with some orphans, by convincing him that he does have friends: magical bears who live in the clouds. A great message to give a kid trying to channel black magic to make him popular.
God this is stupid. It definitely felt like I must have accidentally ingested some kind of drug because, God, this is stupid. The biggest question I have is: What’s the name of the milkshake bear? I hope it’s Milkshake Bear. This is also another film that was fun to watch, though, because Elizabeth and I could just talk shit about it, but in the end we were still watching The Care Bears Movie . . .