South Park: The Complete Twelfth Season (2008)

Genre(s): Animation / Comedy
Paramount || NR - 308 minutes - $49.99 || March 10, 2009
Reviewer: Kushmeer Farakhan || Posted On: 2009-03-11


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): NA
Cast: NA


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Mini Commentaries
  • 3 Featurettes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Full Frame (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Digital Stereo)
  • Subtitles: NA

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.::THE FILM::.

South Park's 12th season comes to DVD with another handful of hours of hilarity. As I said in my review of season 11 I've been a fan since day one, and it continues to be the most consistent animated show on TV.

Season 12 is as topical as ever and it's got some real gems. Even the couple of duds, have some funny bits here and there.

Disc one starts off with a funny episode called “Tonsil Trouble” in which Cartman gets AIDS and gives it to Kyle. WAY funnier than it sounds, it's one of my favorite on the set. The next several on the disc are a mix of really funny shows that aren't great but funny enough. “Major Boobage” is a nice poke at Heavy Metal (the "cheesing" thing is brilliant); “Canada on Strike” is a great stab at both the WGA strike and the internet. While “EEk and Penis” isn't the funniest, I loved the Cartman doing Edward James Olmos as Jaime Escalante spoof. I don't think there's a single person in their 20's-early 30's that didn’t have to sit through that movie in school.

Disc two is the most uneven one on the set as half the shows are great and the others, subpar. “Overlogging” is an absolute wonder as it skewers modern society's overreliance on the internet to great a plum and “Breast Cancer Show” ever is an classic, "Cartman gets Into Some Shit" episode in which Cartman angers Wendy and the two end up I a fistfight. Classic Stuff. Not so hot were “Super Fun Time” where the boys go to an old time amusement park with people in character and are attacked by ‘Hans Gruber from Die Hard-esque’ terrorists (episode relied too heavily on that one joke) and “The China Problem” which is where in half the story, Butters and Cartman hold up an Chinese restaurant (where the jokes barely work at all) and the other half concerns the other boys trauma over witnessing the "raping" of Indiana Jones by Spielberg and Lucas. That part was sort of funny but I never thought it was funny as Matt and Trey apparently did.

Disc 3, things improve dramatically with the 2-part “Pandemic” which heavily spoofs Cloverfield and pokes fun at Peruvian folks music. They're both pretty funny episodes but I think unless you have Peruvian folk bands in your area, you won't like it as much. I don’t have them, so for me, it wasn't as funny as it could've been. Next we end the set with “About Last Night” (which chronicles Obama's election win and... how he and McCain are secretly jewel thieves), “Elementary School Musical” (my favorite of the set where the boys become aware of the phenom that is High School Musical and just how horrifically stupid the entire thing is), and finally “The Ungroundable” which takes an spotlight to the Goth Kids who are tired of the Vampire Kids who've come to power after the "Twilight" movie/books became popular per se. Also, Butters thinks HE'S a vampire and if you know/like Butters, I don't need to tell you why that's funny.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Mini-Commentaries with Matt and Trey - I enjoyed them as much as ever. Again, i'd DIE to have them do full length ones but what we get is still great. Fun fact, if McCain had one the election there was no alternate episode, so they had planned to just do an commentary over the episode when it aired to tell people what the deal was. That would've been different.

Six Days to South Park: A Day by Day Making of South Park is an extensive (about 90 minutes) look at the making of an South Park episode. Basically, they show the episode "Super Fun Time" and handful of times, each time with commentary from the animators and each time, the show is closer and closer to completion. It's interesting but I found it an bit dull. The animators weren't serious, but they were boring compared to Matt and Trey. I was expecting something an bit more lively. Still it is interesting to watch.

Making Boobage: Behind the Scenes of Major Boobage was a bit more interesting for me. I had no idea they had that much Rotoscopting going on and had to use a live model for the chick.

Behind the Scenes of ‘About Last Night’: similar to the making of Super Fun time doc, this is a much shorter making of About Last night. It's shorter, because most of the episode was done in a mere 24 hours to make sure as much as possible would match up with the election night.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

“South Park” looks good as ever, full screen or not as the colors are still bright and vibrant and the sound also fantastic. It's also important to note that though the box art doesn't say it, the audio is uncensored and all curse words are audible.



.::OVERALL::.

“South Park” season 12 is just as good and at times better as season 11 was. South Park has its fans and if you're one, pick it up. If not, you’ve made up your mind already at this point. It is a great set though and I'm glad to see that Paramount is finally spending more time on the extras this great show deserves.