A lounge act for the ages...
Nicholas C. Carlson | Fairfield, CA United States | 12/26/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"First off I think that the first South Park Christmas special (the first episode where Kenny didn't die) is the funniest Christmas special in TV history. But the first episode "Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics" is very close.This alone is 5 stars.
From the very well done "Dreidel,dreidel,dreidel"(eventual 5 part harmony) to Hitler singing a familiar Christmas carol in German while in Hell, to the very politically incorrect song by Mr.Garrison "Merry F**kng Christmas", there are plenty of laughs.
But the absolute highlight is a lounge act featuring Jesus and Santa doing Christmas songs (in the first person). The sight of Jesus taling his halo and swirling it around his finger and flipping it back over his head is woth theprice on admission.
The second episode "merry Christmas Charlie Manson" is not as good but definitley has its moments"
Christmas will NEVER be right, ever again...
Zagnorch | Terra, Sol System | 01/24/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Charles Manson finding self-redemption? The kids trying to keep up with the Joneses on the latest, hottest fad? A bowel movement hosting a Christmas special featuring singing by most of the `South Park' core characters? Could it be possible...?No, probably not. But, then again, `South Park' has never been accused of being rooted in reality, except for when it comes to taking shots at the world's real-life absurdities. And with this release, one of the latest and greatest fads- the Pokemon craze- gets taken down hard. In `ChinPokomon' the crass commercialism, selfishness, and even the seizure-inducing properties of this unbelievable pop-culture trend gets its just desserts. And being someone who's worked in the retail toys and collectibles business, I've seen the effects of such fads first-hand. I loved the Japanese ChinPokomon execs' strategy of buttering up the American male ego by praising their-um, prowess `down south', if you catch my drift-to divert parents' concerns about what the craze is doing to their kids. Those shrewd and efficient business tacticians from the Land of the Rising Sun knew exactly where to hit us!Then There's "Merry Christmas Charlie Manson", with the kids celebrating the Holidays with the Cartman clan. With the exception of Eric's mom, every Cartman is "big-boned", and have those distinctive accents. Manson's busted out with Eric's uncle from the klink, and as the episode plays, he makes the gradual change from the mad hellspawn you all know and love from his parole hearings to a touchy-feely New Age philosopher kinda guy. His shift to a `good guy' makes for one of the most bizarre `South Park' eppies I've ever seen. Well, at least more bizarre than usual, anyway. Is he gonna kill Kenny? You'll have to find out for yourself...I don't care too much for `Mister Hankey's Xmas Classics', although a couple of the tunes were quite unforgettable. Hitler in Hell singing "Tannenbaum" was rather disquieting. Satan's crooning "Christmas time in Hell' along with several notable dead celebs is right up there with Red Peters' "Holy (oops!), It's Christmas" as the greatest subversive Holiday tune I've ever heard. If you want to see the spirit of Christmas perverted beyond recognition, this episode and especially "Charlie Manson" are right up your alley.The last feature is a documentary on how `South Park' came to be and how it's made. Trey and Matt spend the entire show in a hot tub, looking all relaxed and content whilst they tell you how much of a hellish grind it is to produce the show. Snippets of the first production featuring the South Park tykes, "The Spirit of Christmas", intended as a video Christmas card to give to movie execs, are shown. Hopefully there'll be a day when the entire adventure will be available to view on DVD. I found this presentation somewhat interesting, as I'm always curious about how TV shows and movies are produced. However, it's not something I'd watch more than a couple times in my lifetime.`Late"