MOTW: Great Quotes from "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut"
In 1992 and 1995, Trey Parker and Matt Stone created animated shorts featuring four young Colorado boys who found themselves at the center of a Christmas controversy. The second of these shorts, "The Spirit of Christmas: Jesus vs. Santa," caught the attention of cable network Comedy Central, and on August 13, 1997, the first episode of "South Park" aired on television.
The show quickly became a popular and critical success, and a movie was planned after only two years of television production. Released in the summer of 1999, "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut" grossed more than $83 million on a modest $21 million budget. Stone and Parker feuded with the Motion Picture Association of America over the rating for the film, and the movie was given an R rating two short weeks before its release. Unburdened by the censors at the Federal Communications Commission, Parker and Stone were able to create a movie that poked fun at the government entities they were battling. The lead characters in the film—Stan, Kyle, Eric, and Kenny—used their crafty ways to see a new R-rated movie starring their heroes, Terrance and Phillip.
After viewing the vulgar film, the boys began using obscenities at school and home, prompting their parents to wage war against Canada, where the movie was made. Satan and Saddam Hussein make appearances in the movie, and Brian Dennehy, Brooke Shields, and figure skater Brian Boitano are also featured. Staying true to their satirical nature, Parker and Stone made a commercial success that stands up to repeated viewings. "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut" features some hilarious and memorable quotes that make the film even more fun to enjoy.
Based loosely on the town of Fairplay, CO, South Park is a small mountain community that's usually covered in snow. It seems to be perennially winter in South Park, but the residents appear to enjoy their environment. In the film's opening musical number, "Mountain Town," Stan sings the line: "The sun is shining and the grass is green, under the three feet of snow I mean." Since most of the "South Park" television show depicts life during the snowy season, this line reflects the underlying issues the fictional town deals with. The song "Mountain Town" also does a great job of introducing the town and its residents.
Later in the film, Kyle's mother says, "Remember what the MPAA says; horrific, deplorable violence is okay, as long as people don't say any naughty words! That's what this war is all about!" This is in reference to Parker and Stone's own dealing with the MPAA over the production of the movie. There is a battle scene later in the film with animated gunplay and violent deaths, but the governing organization wasn't concerned with the violence. They only wanted to tone down the offensive language. The film's creators found this to be convoluted logic and felt it needed to be referenced in the movie. Parker and Stone are known for lampooning popular culture, and they took no prisoners with this film. They even went so far as to pick on their audiences' limited attention spans.
During a news report about the effect of films on younger moviegoers, a newscaster says, "Is Terrance and Philip affecting America's youth? Here with that report is a midget in a bikini." This mimics some of the sensational television journalism seen in recent times and lambasts modern society for needing gimmicks to make television watchable.
"And so, the draft will begin tomorrow as more and more troops are needed to invade the Canadian border. The Canadian government pleads for a peaceful resolution, but naturally, we're not listening." Spoken by a radio announcer on the eve of the impending war with Canada, this quote is Parker and Stone's way of highlighting the historical unwillingness of the American government to back down once a decision is made to wage war.
"South Park" frequently makes fun of politics, and this film uses every possible chance to continue doing so. As the kids are having difficulty gaining entrance to the Terrance and Phillip movie, Eric Cartman is trying to validate why the show won't be a big deal to miss. He says, "Yeah, but the animation is all crappy." This is a great example of Trey Parker and Matt Stone picking on themselves. Their animated shorts and the first season of "South Park" were made with very simple techniques. They used construction paper and an 8mm camera to create the early versions, and this quote proves that nobody is safe from the creators' invective.