The sky is blue, and all the leaves are green My heart's as full as a baked potato I think I know precisely what I mean When I say it's a shpadoinkle day!
Cannibal! The Musical (also known as Alferd Packer: The Musical) is a Black Comedymusical, aptly named and done by the boys behindSouth Park in their usual good taste. The story is all about legendary Colorado cannibal Alferd Packer, played by Trey Parker himself, backed by his crew of Humphrey, played by Stone, and other strange characters in his crew. Very strange Hilarity Ensues.The movie was made on a shoestring budget and it shows— Parker and Stone caved from pressure from friends to actually expand a fake trailer they made for an assignment in college into a real movie. The film itself was made in 1993 but released as a film in 1996 by Troma. Early South Park humor is evident. A lot of it parodies the musical Oklahoma!.The full movie can be watched for free online at the official site here, as well as the version with the DVD Commentary track. All the songs are downloadable for free as well.
Comically Missing the Point: The trappers, when told to stop singing the "trapper song." However both sides end up missing the point when it degenerates into an argument over what key the song should be in.
Noon: Oh stop! Humphrey: That's sick. Frenchy: I agree, [hits one of the other trappers] Nutter was singing in the wrong key! Nutter: No I wasn't. It was Loutzenheiser. I was singing in E♭ minor. Frenchy: The song's in F♯ major! Bell: I think they're the same thing. I mean, E♭ is the relative minor of F♯. Frenchy: No, it isn't. The relative minor is 3 half-tones down from the major, not up! Noon: No, it's 3 down. Like A is the relative minor of C major. Loutzenheiser: But isn't A♯ in C major? Bell: Wait, are you singing mixolydian scales, or something? Frenchy: A# is tonic to C major. It's the 6th! Humphrey: No it isn't! Swan: Well, it'd be like a raised 13th if anything.
Comedy of Remarriage: Subversion-via-aversion between Packer and Liane. (The story is so sappy/corny/cliche this is a no-brainer, until it falls completely flat, which is almost assuredly deliberate.)
Creator Breakdown: The whole Liane subplot was inspired by Parker walking in on his fiance of the same name having sex with another man a month before their wedding. He apparently kept her in the dark about this subplot considering that she helped him choreograph the dancing.
Ralph: [thrusts a pointing finger at the group] The Rocky Mountains. I gotta warn ya! You're doomed! Doomed! Doomed! [lowers the finger] You're doomed! [walks away] Doomed. [the man walks around the group. The miners follow his walk with their eyes] Turn back, while you still can. You're doomed. You're all doomed.
Double Entendre / Innocent Innuendo: "When I Was on Top of You", Packer's heartfelt and sincere ballad to his missing horse, is littered with these. Afterwards, Humphrey offers Packer a piece of fudge with the words "Fudge, Packer?"
Fauxreigner: Native Americans that are Japanese people in disguise...
Bell: Could you tell me what tribe this is?
Chief: Hmmmmm... We are... Indians!
Bell: ...Yes, I see that, but... what Indians?
Chief: You don't think we are... Indians?
Bell: No, no, no, I just um...
Chief: We have... teepees.
Bell: Right. I see, but...
Chief: Look at all these teepees ...we have. Because... we are...Indians!
Packer: Yeah, they have teepees.
Fauxshadow: Early in the movie, Miller pulls a gun on Packer to get him moving. This is supposed to foreshadow him getting violent later on. When they're starving and see a lamb he doesn't have the heart to pull the trigger. When Swan sings his "snowman" song, Bell is the one who kills him.
Miller:(Looking at the food) You son of a bitch Humphrey.
Humphrey: Aww, come on. Ya didn't even try it!
(He tries it)
Miller: You son of a bitch Humphrey.
Life Imitates Art: At the end of the film Packer decides he doesn't need Liane after finding love with Polly Pry. In real life Trey Parker decided he didn't need his ex Liane after finding love with Toddy Walters the actress who plays Polly Pry.
Lovable Sex Maniac: Noon. His obsession with sex and women is based on Dian Bachar, the actor who played him.
Only Sane Man: Frank Miller. Bell (the priest) has shades of this later in the movie.
Overly-Long Gag: Packer's party arrive at a shop and every one of them greets the shopkeeper individually, with the shopkeeper always responding in kind and the camera panning back and forward every single time. Basically, it amounts to the audience hearing a lot of "howdy" or "howdy-do" over the course of a few seconds.
"Shpadoinkle" was at first just a silly placeholder word in the song, but Trey and Matt ended up liking it so much they kept it in.
The sheriff says "You Know What They Say about sunrise?" then pauses and walks off without making his point. The actor was apparently drunk and forgot his lines, but Trey Parker thought it was funnier than the actual line.
You Know What They Say: A town member asks, "You know what they say about sunrise?" After a pregnant pause, he simply walks away. This was a Throw It In moment, since the actor had forgotten his lines and panicked.