South Park Season 12 On DVD
Reconnecting To My Childhood | 12/18/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was in fourth grade when south park came out back in 1997, now here we are heading into 2009 and the creator's of the show Matt Stone and Trey Parker are still coming up with stories based in immature humor but paired with intelligent and witty story premises very relevant to today's pop culture. The twelfth season contains the following fourteen classic episodes as well as some special features that previous sets have been lacking.
Britney's New Look - Rather than mock the mess Britney Spears was, this episode mocks those of us who put her there and those trying to take her place.
Tonsil Trouble - Cartman ends up with aids, and he's hiv positive that he wants to find a cure.
Major Boobage- Kenny gets high off cat urine and lives the 'heavy metal' lifestyle.
Canada Goes On Strike- I'm canadian and love that they used us to mock the writer's strike of last year.
Eek, A Penis!- Mrs. Garrison comes full circle. Or is that Mr. Garrison?
Over Logging- Instead of commenting on natural resource over use like oil or forestry Matt and Trey decide to comment on our over dependency on the internet.
Super Fun Time- A pioneer village field trip turns into the plotline of several hit eighties movies when terrorists take over the fun park and Cartman and Butters skip out.
The China Probrem- Beijing Olympic's get Cartman paranoid of the Chinese while Kyle and Stan deal with the disappointment of Steven Speilberg and George Lucas 'raping' Indiana Jones for profits.
The Breast Cancer Show Ever- Cartman becomes a cancer to Wendy, the only way to stop cancer is to fight it.
Pandemic- The boys get Craig involved in a scheme that goes wrong, meanwhile Randy goes 'cloverfield' with his new video camera when furry monsters begin attacking.
Pandemic 2- The Startling- I'm so startled, and so is Randy as Craig and the boys finish saving the world again with more unrealistic twists than the latest Hollywood blockbuster's.
About Last Night- Instead of mocking the presidential candidates like everyone else we see a twist on their stereotypes when election night turns into a heist movie for the O'Bama and McCain tickets. Meanwhile the boys parents get out of control celebrating the 'change'.
Elementary School Musical- I hate High School Musical, and luckily for me so do Matt, Trey and the boys. Rather than dance and sing a boy wants to play basketball but his dramatic father won't allow it.
The Ungroundable- Butters unwillingly joins the 'Twilight' crowd while the Gothic kids try to stop the 'vamp' craze at it's source, the local Hot Topic store.
This season is the first to be released on Blu-ray as well as DVD, though it appears as standard full screen on the DVD, the Blu-Ray is widescreen 1080i with DTS 5.1 Audio. The new special features provided are probably better suited for die hard fans or those interested in animation but personally if it's between having these and none at all I'd rather the option of watching these. The special features are:
Making Boobage: Behind The Scenes Of "Major Boobage"
-Four scenes from the Heavy Metal parody are broken down and shown to us in several stages as producer Eric Stough gives a commentary on how they blended it all together for a final result.
Six Days to South Park, A Day By Day: Making of South Park
-This is less featurette and more commentary. It finds the production crew giving a rather long commentary over several stages of incomplete animation discussing the changes that are made on each of the six days leading up to the air date. We get to see 'Super Fun Time' slowly transform from the storyboard animatic stage to the near final cut.
Behind The Scenes: "About Last Night"
-This is essentially another commentary by the creative crew lead by Eric Stough. They talk over a rough cut of the episode and discuss how most of it was made last minute on the sixth day of production which was the last day before it aired.
Matt and Trey will also provide the same mini commentaries they have provided on every season set since the complete third season. I always find these enjoyable and entertaining. They also manage to give alot of information considering each commentary tends to be under five minutes long. The way they discuss issues really gives you an inside look to how their creative minds work and why the humor of the show is what it is.
I'm happy to see the show hold onto the quality it built up to in previous seasons and perfected in season eleven, despite some slower episodes this season is just as smart overall and certainly as funny. This show has held up where other animated series have fallen apart or gone astray. I often worry that this show may follow the same path but after listening to Matt and Trey's awareness of themselves I don't believe they would let that happen, at least not to the same extent.
One of my favorite moments of the season was the boys watching high school musical to see what the hype was about and Cartman's reaction:
"Well, I'm out guys. If this is what's cool now, I think I'm done. I no longer have any connection to this world. I'm gonna go home and kill myself. Goodbye, friends."
Mix bag that starts slow but pulls up at the end
Gabe | Singapore | 05/10/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It's easy to write satire. It's difficult to write funny satire. Disc 1 with 5 episodes was not particularly funny. There was satire (Canada on strike spoofing the Writer's strike), social commentary (the role of the paparazzi in chasing stories of train wreck celebs, like Britney), but nothing that was laugh inducing. Perhaps the issues were just sad and sometimes stupidity just makes one angry.
It's not til disk two that I begin to find myself smiling and occasionally chuckling over scenes/dialogs in "Super Phun Thyme" and "The Breast Cancer Show Ever".
Then disc 3 with Pandemic I & II about Peruvian pan flute bands and their links to giant destructive Guinea Pigs, the aftermath of the Presidential election amd why Obama and McCain really wants to get into the White House manages to come together for some laugh out loud comedy. The last two episodes skewers the fads of "High School Musical 3", and "Twilight" while at the same time making some pointed observation about society, fitting in, finding an identity, and holding on to one's identity.
Cartman and Butters are an incredibly powerful comedy team with the eternally cynical, selfish, and self-centred Cartman matched with the insecure, anxious-to-please, perpetually innocent and naive Butters, and the "Super Phun Thyme" episode was particularly funny because of these two characters and the way Butters stood by his principles.
Of course anytime Cartman gets his just desserts is an episode worth watching ("The Breast Cancer Shpw Ever").
Pandemic I/II was funny for it's self-commentary as provided by Craig.
Season 10 is still my all-time favourite, but season 12 is an improvement over season 11 which may have suffered for following an excellent season in 10."
Freaking hilarious season!
Sean Darrell | Ralston, NE USA | 04/20/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"South Park continues to be the funniest, most entertaining TV show there is. It's hard to believe Stone and Parker can keep coming up with the stuff in each show 12 seasons later but it is still hilarious. Britney Spears episode: genius. They even make fun of every situation the boys have been in from the general population's point of view in the pan flute band/giant guinea pig episode when Clyde tells them that no one likes them because they purposely get themselves in these situations. Freaking hilarious. Good stuff!"
It just gets better
J. W. Mullins | The Stupid Middle East....Again | 03/21/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"South Park is one of those rare shows that just seems to get better as time goes by. The ability to create episodes so quickly means they are able to comment on current events days later unlike most shows which are released months after the fact. But what makes South Park great is the 'no holds bar, call it as I see it' style. There is not one target or political agenda or belief expressed, everyone is teased equally. Season 12 is no different and that is what makes it great.
I wouldn't call Season 12 the best season yet, but it does have some of the best episodes. While a few fell flat to me, like Pandemic, others are instant classics, like Major Boobage. What you get for your money is the complete season in all its glory and some extras as well as some great commentary. The fans already own this set but for those of you on the fence you might as well jump in."