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Cannibal! The Musical (1996).

February 16, 2010

The Scoop:
This ultra-low budget parody of 1950s movie musicals, released by Troma, is an early effort by “South Park” creator Trey Parker. It plays very fast and loose with the real-life story of frontiersman Alferd Packer, who killed and ate the rest of his traveling party while snowbound in the Rocky Mountains in the winter of 1882-83. And, true to the title, there are musical numbers (including a love song to a horse), though not nearly enough to sustain the somewhat amateurish storytelling. While there are some pretty funny parts (the Japanese Indian tribe, for instance), the quality of humor is nowhere near the brilliant levels Parker and co-conspirator Matt Stone later reached in “South Park.” It’s worth a look for hardcore fans, but otherwise a bit tedious. For great non-“South Park” work from Parker and Stone, check out “Orgazmo” instead.

Best Line:
“Fudge, Packer?”

Side Note:
Parker and Matt Stone were students together at the University of Colorado at Boulder while filming this movie in 1993. The short order grill at the university student union is named after Packer.

Companion Viewing:
“Orgazmo” (1997) and “South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut” (1999).

Links:
IMDb.
Official site.
Badmovies.org.
The Independent.

Take a Look:
“That’s All I’m Asking For”:

“Shpadoinkle”:

“When I Was On Top of You”:

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