DVD review: ‘South Park’ twelfth season rips George and Stevie

As South Park: The Complete Twelfth Season hits DVD, fanboys will note the three-disc set’s generous extra features — specifically, making-of materials on each disc.

Yes, they’re nice, especially the explanation of how a show about Barack Obama’s election aired the day after the election. But what really makes me stand up and cheer about this release is seeing yet another twisted South Park yarn forever preserved on DVD which qualifies as a “You’ll never work in this town again” episode.

Say what? By that, I reference the old Hollywood adage that if you go against certain powers in the company town, you’ll be blackballed forever, and you might as well go back to Ohio to join the Rotary Club.  Yet South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have thumbed their nose at Hollywood repeatedly, and they’re still standing tall in So Cal, having turned their Colorado roots into the most cheeky and irreverent mind-warp comedy on television.

In the process, they’ve offended almost everyone, but most notably such largely untouchable types as Tom Cruise in the Trapped in the Closet episode of Season Nine.

And this time, the boys have bashed even bigger fish: George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. In the new DVD’s The China Problem, the kids of South Park are traumatized by having metaphorically witnessed the “rape” of Indiana Jones by Spielberg and Lucas in the fourth Indy film, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

It’s all in their minds, of course, yet it’s still re-enacted in excruciating detail, as George and Stevie accost poor Indie on screen and proceed to have their way with him — or the nearest handy Star Wars Stormtrooper.

My favorite is the Deliverance sendup where the movie moguls behave like inbred backwoods rapacious scum. Take that, Trey and Matt seem to be saying. We hated your badly botched movie that you made just for money (uh, Trey and Matt — you’re out to make a buck, too), and now you’ve gotta live with our scathing scorn.

But to mercilessly rip such giants as George and Stevie? My gosh — those boys will never work in La La again.

Or will they? After all, stunts like this haven’t stopped them before. And besides, it’s all in the family. South Park, like Indiana Jones and the Crystal Thingamadooey, is from Paramount, and as they also say, no publicity is bad publicity. Beyond that, I’ve met all four of these fellows and can say they’re all congenial men who should be able to get along.

So hey, Trey and Matt — you guys free for lunch? George and Stevie and I want to take a meeting with you at 5555 Melrose and talk about turning South Park into a big animated movie event that’ll make us all tons of money.

What? You’ve already done that? Shoot. Well, can you say “Sequel”?

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2 Responses to “DVD review: ‘South Park’ twelfth season rips George and Stevie”

  1. Chris Says:

    I thought that was just a dreadful episode. They seemed quite offended that Lucas and Spielberg didn’t make the movie that they wanted, so they ripped them a new one. I like South Park generally but that episode was just bad.

  2. farsider Says:

    You know what, Chris? I agree with you. At least, I don’t think it was a good episode, humor-wise. My point went to Trey and Matt’s willingness to tweak any noses in Hollywood — and get away with it. That town is so immersed in phony self-congratulation, and circling the wagons to subvert the truth, and absurdly delusional hype that this kind of bitch slap means a lot to me. (I covered entertainment for major daily newspapers for many years, so I’m probably more keenly aware of what’s wrong with Hollywood and sensitive about its phoniness.) But that said, and as you say, this wasn’t a great episode in and of itself. The Cartman China plot was stupid and had no relation to the Indy plot, and that one was heavy-handed, to say the least. Again, I applaud the skewering of Hollywood “untouchables” — and must add I agreed that Indy 4 wasn’t a great film (though I wasn’t nearly as offended by it as Trey and Matt). But at least someone in that town is willing to tell it like it is — or, at least, as they see it — rather than pretending that everything is great and grand and lives up to its reviews by quote-whore critics. And there was, in fact, a lot wrong with Indy 4. So there, mister big shots!
    Again, thanks, Chris. Well said.

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