Paramount executives originally suggested that Bigger, Longer & Uncut would be rated PG-13 in response to how much money the film would perhaps accumulate, but Trey and Matt said they wouldn't make the film if it wasn't rated R.
Later inverted when the original cut received an NC-17 rating. Trey and Matt made several changes, mainly to tone down the swearing and the film got an R after the sixth attempt. Asses Of Fire is also an R.
In the Japanese dub, the Clitoris' voice sounds like that of a woman orgasming, like you would hear in an undubbed hentai.
The German version changes the German porn video to British porn.
Directed by Cast Member: Both Trey Parker and Issac Hayes (the voice of Chef) have directorial credits on the film.
Dueling Dubs: Two dubs were produced for the Latin American market in 2000, each one by a different ADR studio in Mexico. The version by Sensaciones Sonicas was heavily censored in dialogue to adhere to the standards of local TV, and did not dub any of the songs. An alternate version by Intersound SA (produced for pay-per-view TV) did not soften any of the dialogue, and provided Spanish-language versions of the songs. Although this version was later released on Blu-Ray, the censored version is better known due to its prominence on network TV, as well as having been aired by MTV Latinoamerica and being put up for availability on Netflix.
There are also at least two French adaptations. The mainstream French release did not dub the songs, while a more obscure Quebecois version dubbed all musical numbers. Christophe's nickname was also changed to "The Weasel".
The first dub of the film was released in Hungary in 2000, but became controversial among fans for recasting some of the characters. In 2010, the channel Filmmuzeum commissioned a new dub that would more closely match up with the show's voice cast.
Mean Character, Nice Actor: Mary Kay Bergman, who voiced Sheila Broflovski in what is here arguably the character's most notable role, was very nice in her life, even giving close friend Tara Strong a dog for her 26th birthday (the same year as the movie was released).
Life Imitates Art: There were reports of underage teens purchasing tickets to Wild Wild West and sitting in the theaters showing this film instead. Matt and Trey were not happy about this because they hated that film and were mad that they inadvertently helped it make more money at the box office.
Non-Singing Voice: Big Gay Al is usually voiced by Matt Stone, but Trey Parker does his singing voice.
Trey Parker provides Gregory's speaking voice, but his singing voice is actually reserved for Howard McGillin.
Overshadowed by Controversy: After Parker and Stone's battle with them during Uncut's production, the MPAA started placing rating summaries on films' posters (as well as the back of DVD boxes) to inform parents about the movie's content, thus justifying the rating. Prior, only R-rated films had rating explainations. This started in 2000 and is still a prominent feature of movies today.
In Spain the voice cast was almost completely different from the one used for the TV show. However, Margarita Ponce (the TV voice of Cartman) wound up as Stan's mom for the movie.
The toned-down version aired on Mexican TV kept the voice actors for the four boys and Wendy from the local TV dub of the series, although many supporting characters were recast note In particular, the boys' parents, Chef, Mr. Garrison, Phillip, and Mr. Mackey. Clyde also went from being voiced by a man (Carlos Hugo Hidalgo) to a woman (Isabel Martiñón). A less-edited version for pay TV had Kenny and Wendy receive completely different voice actorsnote They were voiced by Irwin Daayán and María Fernanda Morales in the TV dub of the movie and the original Audiomaster TV series dub. Their actors in the pay TV dub are Victor Ugarte and Gaby Willert as well as numerous more changes to the supporting cast. Interestingly, the original voice actor for Gregory (Enzo Fortuny) wound up performing the role of Mole in the alternate "dirtier" dub.
The Japanese dub cast is different from that of the show too, with Stan, Kyle, and Kenny voiced by women (as opposed to their TV dub actors) and most of the cast unknown due to the lack of proper credits. The film was also not handled by WOWOW, but by Shochiku Entertainment, who dubbed it for the Kansai market in Japan. As a result, the film contains Japanese subtitles for non-Kansai dialect.
The Brazilian dub of the movie predated a TV adaptation by BVI Communications (and later Kitchen Inc.), and features a completely different cast. While Stan, Kyle, and Cartman are voiced by women in the TV series, they had male voice actors for this version.
George Clooney voices the doctor in the film, while he was voiced by Trey Parker in the series. Although said doctor was also renamed from "Dr. Doctor" to "Dr. Goauche".
Technology Marches On: The "Windows 98" gag; Rule of Funny at the time, but now you'd wonder why South Park's military would consider having an operating system so outdated.
They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Despite everything turning back to normal at the end, the characters introduced in this film (Ze Mole, Gregory and Dr. Vosknocker) never appeared again in the series proper, save for an extremely brief cameo by Ze Mole in "Two Guys Naked in a Hot Tub," where he's seen on Late Night With Conan O'Brien while Stan is channel surfing.
Troubled Production: As stated below, Parker and Stone often fought with both Paramount and the MPAA over the film's content and release.
Recycled Script: The film is an extended musical version of the episode "Death" (at least the plot where Sheila tries to shut down Terrance & Phillip due to vulgar content, not the plot of Stan being harassed by his grandfather who wants to die because he's too old to live). Here, Kyle's mom overreacts to Terrance and Phillip and gets the other parents to protest against them (only mass suicide is changed to war).
Unintentional Period Piece: Just like the rest of the show, this movie is full of topical humor. But also, since South Park does musical numbers and episodes less frequently than The Simpsons and Family Guy, the fact that Bigger, Longer and Uncut is a musical might seem out of left field to modern viewers. In fact, The Other Wiki says that this movie was meant as a spoof of Disney Renaissance animated musicals, which were really big at the time but have long since faded away (although later hits like Frozen have given it a revival of sorts).
Un-person: It's a little-known fact that this is the first computer-animated film to have been rated R. However, as time went on, the popular definition of computer animation changed, and since there were little 3D elements in this movie, it didn't appear to qualify under the term anymore. Thus, when Sausage Party was greenlit, it was deemed the first R-rated computer-animated film, seemingly ignoring Bigger, Longer, and Uncut in the process.
The film was originally going to open with Saddam getting executed on an electric chair in a gory manner. It got scrapped, but his line "Last words? Let's see, how about, 'GET ME THE FUCK OFF OF THIS CHAIR!'? How's that for last words?" was spoken by Phillip in the final film.
There was originally going to be a music video made for "Eyes of a Child" where Michael MacDonald would be walking on a beach while clips from the movie were projected on a white sheet, but the studio nixed it.
Ike was originally going to follow the boys to the battlefield, as seen in the early trailer footage and promotional screencaps of the film. His role was cut down and he was removed from all later scenes, with the attic scene being added in to explain his absence.
The scene with Winona Ryder was originally going to have her really shoot the ping-pong balls from her vagina, but because the scene would get the film an NC-17 rating, it was changed to a Bait-and-Switch joke.
The song "Uncle Fucka" was originally plain old "Motherfucker", but again to avoid an NC-17, the song was changed. Trey and Matt admitted the change made the song funnier.
In an early version of the script, Sheila was portrayed a lot less sympathetic and insane. In the 8th draft of the script for the movie, it is clear that the power of leading M.A.C. went to her head and made her insane to the point where after discovering Ike, Cartman, and Kyle were at the USO show, General Plymkin thinks they are "Canadian Sympathizers" and wanted them executed along side with Terrance and Phillip and apparently she and Cartman's mom were okay with it while Stan and Kenny's mothers were shocked at this act. After the war began she went on a insane rant about how perfect her plan is to eliminate "not pretty things" and among other things admitted that Kyle wasn't born in a hospital (It was confirmed in "It's a Jersey Thing"). That and she mistook Satan for Alan Dershowitz. This aspect of Sheila's was dropped from the main film as it seemed to be very uncharacteristic of her and to make her more sympathetic as she saw what the war lead to.
Also, the town of South Park was going to be turned into a concentration camp, with Kyle even being issued with a yellow star for "doing well at school". While the army does occupy the town, nothing like that happens.
The German scat porn scene with Cartman's mother Liane was originally meant to be a (much shorter) bestiality scene involving a horse. The studio objected despite not being able to see anything on the computer screen. Strangely enough in the finished film, one of the words Cartman said that activated the V-Chip was "horsefucker" and it does show a small image of a man having sex with a horse.
Conan O'Brien originally killed himself via a gunshot to the head, but the MPAA rejected the scene on basis of the gun violence since Columbine and it was switched out with the scene of him jumping and falling to his death.
Originally instead of just Mr. Garrison dying during the war, all of the recurring adult male characters aside from Chef were supposed to have onscreen death scenes (that were filled with punny wordplay).
A subplot in earlier drafts involved Cheesy Poofs being revealed as Canadian and therefore banned, much to Cartman's annoyance.
Kenny was originally given a subplot where he'd have to try to find Snacky S'mores proofs of purchase in order to get a wish granted. In the end, his ghost pressures Cartman to give him some. He then uses them to wish everyone else back to life. In the final product, Satan lets Kenny get a wish granted due to helping him realize that Saddam was a bad partner.
According to composer Marc Shaiman, Sheila's Villain Song was the hardest to write, as over four different songs were written and abandoned. One of them was to have been a dark, sinister Disney Acid Sequence that included a scene where she would scale up a la Maleficent, which was abandoned when he and Trey Parker realized that they didn't want to completely demonize concerned parents, and they came up with a march tune that became "Blame Canada".
Although Terrence gets stabbed by Sheila in the early draft (spilling his blood and releasing Satan), neither he nor Phillip actually die.
Wendy was going to see Asses of Fire with Stan and the rest of the class, albeit remaining bored throughout the movie, eventually resulting in her breaking up with Stan due to not having anything in common anymore.
The two also fought with Paramount over ways to promote the film. Both were irritated with a music video that the studio had made for MTV for "What Would Brian Boitano Do?", opting to create their own version. Alterations to the film were made as late as two weeks before its release. It has also been stated that Parker and Stone hated the initial theatrical trailer, feeling that it misrepresented their intent, that Matt Stone actually stole the reel for it and swapped it out with one he and Parker had personally created.
Parker and Stone began feeling the production of this film would burn every bridge they had in Hollywood, and decided to go down swinging. They even sent handwritten faxes to executives saying "Compliance + You Doing Nothing = Success" and openly said none of them knew how to do their jobs. Thankfully the success of the film saved them and the future of the show.