Cover Art: 6/10
This is a movie that makes fun of Hollywood rhetoric that falls out of self important actors’ mouths, so a glossy flashy cover that looks like any summer action block buster seems appropriate. I do think that featuring the cool puppets is a good call since big stars are getting a bit boring. It’s a nice change of pace.
- 9 Featurette’s – These guys seem to love making this movie. The South Park dudes give us a close up behind the scenes look at how they come up with their ideas on the fly as they knock out their second feature film. We get to see how the puppets are made, how the sets work with so many complications of marionettes and so many people involved, and how this is a very organic and creative film from start to finish. No CGI, none of that new fangled stuff. You see how they made puppets explode, Mount Rushmore become a hidden, um hiding place, and the hundreds of found object props you can spend hours looking for in each scene. A great extra to add to a movie as rebellious as this fine cinematic offering 🙂
- 10 Deleted/Extended Scenes – Some stuff gets cut out of movies, and some gets left behind. To be honest this movie could have been 12 minutes long and it would have been ok, but they didn’t cut out quite that much. None of the abandoned scenes are missed in the final product.
- 6 Animated Storyboards – We all know what storyboards are these days. I love them, but not everyone appreciates the original visions of the creators of a movie. Watch at your own risk of boredom if you don’t dig artwork as much as folks like me.
- 2 Theatrical Trailers – blah Trailer schmailer, not an extra.
The Movie: 7/10:
I’m not going to say much about this movie. I have to admit that I didn’t feel comfortable laughing at a lot of the jokes, but then again, I laughed a hell of a lot throughout the the movie as a whole.
I’ll be brief, this is a puppet movie about racism, egotistical actors (played by puppets), melodramatic love story, stuff blowing up, and some kinky puppet sex tossed in for good measure. What more can I say?
It’s funny sometimes, more often than I would like to admit. I have to say that since they let the weirdness of the puppets come shining through, things like how they walk, how they touch each other, and other humanesque qualities with jerky movements and strange physics it looks fantastic! I laughed more at the puppetry than at the dialogue. Let’s remember friends that this is written by the duo who brought us South Park, so when I say dialogue, I mean lines the characters say to each other. Most of the time these chosen words have a prepubescent tone about them and humor to match. But, the simplicity of it has to make you grin sometimes.
I think it’s a bit hypocritical of our dudes to make fun of pompous actors trying to make a statement when that’s ALL they ever do with their little cartoon and both of their feature flicks..but oh well.
Like I said, I’m not going to go on and on and on about this movie, but I will say it’s NOT FOR KIDS!! Do not mistake the look of the puppets, the cover, or the trailer lead you to believe it’s even remotely ok for kids under 18 to watch, it’s not. I like the adultness of it, personally, but if I were a parent and it unfolded in front of me and my kids, I would want to flash their memory to take it all away so they won’t be tainted.
This movie doesn’t scream out for an in depth review, so I’ll just say this, if you like simple obvious comedy, explosions, naked puppets, and South Park, you’ll love it so much you’ll want to marry it. If you are a snob who thinks making fun of George Clooney is tacky, go rent the first season of ER and keep your whining about how tasteless Trey and Matt are to yourself 🙂
I don’t think it matters how much this DVD costs. If you like the humor you should buy it to watch over and over with all your similarly amused friends. If you despise Cartman and anything with that kind of comedic irreverence, run away crying like a little sissy girl and watch Bridget Jones again. It is right at 20 bucks online, which I think is a bit high for this kind of movie crap (kidding), but it’s your money, do what you want.
Overall Score 7/10