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To Be This Talented Would Rock!

I'm a big fan of lots of animated comedy shows (mostly American ones including Family Guy, Drawn Together, American Dad, The Simpsons etc.) but none of them can compare to the master of satire, South Park. A lot of people on the interwebs have said that the latter series of South Park have de-generated into mindless parodies of movies or current events. However, I feel that these last few series have become sharper, funnier and worth watching much more than the earlier series. One of the biggest assets that Matt Stone & Trey Parker (the creators) is that the songs they are able to write and orchestrate are freaking genius. Take for example this one:


This is "Too Many Minorities (My Water Park)" from the 13th series episode 'Pee'. Basically it highlights Cartmans' absolute racism towards anyone not white (a major recurring theme for those who don't know). What is genius about it however is that although the content of the song is rascist, the writers have come up with a wonderful tune and orchestration for the lyrics which are outstandingly funny and simplistically clever. For example:

"There's no place for me to sit anymore
And the lines just keep getting crazier
There are Mexicans all around me
The lazy river has never been la
zier"

A fantastic play on words here; on the racism, the name of the water park ride and the stereotype about Mexicans being really lazy! All managed in two lines! Plus the two lines above it are still relevant as they talk about the long lines at water parks (or amusement parks in general). I wouldn't be surprised if the writers had been to an amusement park recently and just came up with this episode on the way home!

Anyway, this was just an excuse to get some South Park into my blog since I love it so much, and also to wax lyrical about Matt & Trey who are without doubt some of the most annoyingly talented men on Earth!

Just browsing on the web I noticed that Matt & Trey are writing a musical with one of the creators of the Avenue Q musical about Mormons (something they touched upon in South Park). It will star Cheyenne Jackson who was in the Broadway version of Xanadu (one of my favourite musicals) so looks set to be really, really good!


I should just add at the end here, that I struggled to think of any British animated TV shows (and being British myself, this is slightly embarrassing), so I Googled it and still couldn't find any. Then I realised that we Brits tend to go for the claymation type stuff rather than animation (Crapston Villas, Wallace & Gromit and older stuff like Postman Pat, Fireman Sam & The Wombles etc.). I don't know if this is just due to lack of funding, lack of skilled animators or just cultural preference but it seems to be the way things will keep going in the future.

Lyrics of the moment:


"There are too many minorities (minorities)
At my water park (my waterpark)
This was our land, our dream (our dream)
And they've taken it all away

They just keep cming and coming (minorities)
I tried to go and tell the police
But even the authorities are minorities
At my water park

There's no place for me to sit anymore
And the lines just keep getting crazier
There are mexicans all around me
The lazy river has never been lazier"

- Eric Cartman (2009)