Western Animation: South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut is The Movie of that famous cartoon about the foulmouthed kids that airs onComedy Central, released in 1999. The four protagonists — Cartman, Stan, Kyle, and Kenny — sneak into a Sunday morning screening of "Asses Of Fire", a new film starring their favorite Canadian comedians Terrance and Phillip. The epic amounts of obscenity they take from the film cause all sorts of trouble; their parents go on the Moral Guardian warpath after learning about their sons' new linguistic skills, kidnapping Terrance and Phillip, starting a war between Canada and America, threatening to kill them live during a USO show, and inadvertently allowing Satan to rise up and causeThe End of the World as We Know It. The film has a lot to offer.Plus, thanks to Cartman, Satan and Saddam Hussein, it's a musical.For such a vulgar, offensive movie (it holds the world record for most obscenities in an animated feature, with 399; at 599, the live-action champion is the Martin Scorcese film Casino), Uncut is notable for quite a few things. For one, it's one of the fastest TV-to-movie adaptations in the history of Hollywood, South Park having debuted two years before. For another, the song "Blame Canada" earned the film an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song (Disney's Tarzan won, but Matt Stone and Trey Parker didn't take it lying down). Above all this, the movie is just laugh-out-loud funny and benefited by some terrific original tunes, like "Blame Canada", "Mountain Town", "Uncle Fucka", and "What Would Brian Boitano Do?"Notably, this is one of only two animated R-rated movies to be recognized in any way by the Academy. The other one is Waltz with Bashir, which was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in 2008.
Tropes featured in this work include the following:
Animation Bump: Appropriately enough, compared to Seasons 1 and 2. Subverted, however, from Season 3 onward, which took all the data and techniques used in the film and cranked them Up to Eleven. By Season 13 standards, BL&U looks like shi-ZZZZZZZZZAP AGH!
Anti-Villain: For being the Prince of Darkness, Satan's actually a big softy.
Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Cartman's cluster swear line at the end: "Fuck, shit, cock, ass, titties, boner, bitch, muff, pussy, cunt, butthole, Barbra Streisand!!"
South Park's creators considered this justified as they have gone on record as outright saying they hate Streisand.
Artistic License - Law: Sheila says that Terrence and Phillip are under citizens' arrest and produces a court order allowing it. However, court orders give government approval for such a thing, technically not making it a citizens' arrest.
Artistic License - Linguistics: "Bich" is not Latin for "generosity". (It's Luxembourgish for "beech tree", but that wouldn't make as snappy a lyric.)
Big Bad Ensemble: Sheila Broflovski, and Saddam Hussein and Satan (who form a Big Bad Duumvirate). From most wicked to least they are Saddam -> Sheila -> Satan, who is surprisingly the least evil of the three.
Chekhov's News: The news reporter's line during, "Mountain Town": "It's been six weeks since Saddam Hussein was killed by a pack of wild boars, and the world is still glad to be rid of him."
Chuck Norris Facts: Replace Chuck Norris with Brian Boitano and you have the majority of the song "What Would Brian Boitano Do?"
Cluster F-Bomb: When Cartman's V-chip malfunctions near the climax, his newly-gained electrical powers are fueled by this trope. "Uncle Fucka" also qualifies, and on a grander scale, the entire film.
Comically Missing the Point: When the President declares war on Canada, everyone in the school gym is shocked except for Mr. Garrison who is more concerned about the Baldwin brothers being killed by the Canadian Air Force.
Also when the Canadian ambassadors are declaring how unjust the execution of Terrence and Phillip is, and they're declaring war upon the United States, their audience just can't get over the way they pronounce "about."
Conspicuous CG: A few famous people Kenny passes by as he falls into Hell (among them Adolf Hitler, George Burns, and Mohandas Gandhi) are rendered as this. Although they're not people so much as demons.
Continuity Nod: If you look closely at the newspaper Mr. Broflovski is reading in the intro, you can see it says "Bookmobile Driver Released"; that's a reference to "Chickenlover", where the driver was found to be the titular culprit.
Credits Gag: Satan and Saddam are listed as playing themselves. Also, the songs are said to have been performed by the characters themselves.
Dark Reprise: The dying words of Ze Mole are one of "La Resistance".
Demoted to Dragon: Satan may be the chief entity of evil in the universe, but Saddam is clearly the one who wears the pants in their relationship.
Disproportionate Retribution: The entire reason for the movie: The kids watch Terrance and Philip's movie and start cussing worse than they usually do. This leads to an all-out war with Canada because the parents refuse to accept responsibility.
The Dog Bites Back: Satan finally has enough of Saddam's emotional abuse and impales him on a stalagmite. Not that it makes any difference - after all, where was he going to go? Detroit?
Double Standard: A non-sexual one. Sheila says that it's okay for a film to have all the carnage and mayhem it wants, as long as there are no swear words. The other characters do a double take in response to this.
Before they break into the USO camp, Ze Mole looks at his watch to check how much time they have before the rendezvous with La Resistance. If you look closely, the label on his watch reads "Third Act: The Ticking Clock".
The Establishing Shot of the UN has a Jolly Roger flag and a gay pride flag flying outside.
Getting Crap Past the Radar: The working title for this movie was "South Park: All Hell Breaks Loose." When they showed the original trailer to the MPAA, however, it was only approved for "Restricted Audiences", because "Hell" wasn't a G-rated word. So they changed the title to its current form, which (despite the much racier innuendo) didn't contain any words that weren't G-rated, and thus their trailer was approved for "All audiences."
Heel-Face Turn: Mrs. Broflovski, at the end. Demonstrated during the closing number, wherein she pats Terrance and Phillip on the shoulder, calling them, "super sweet."
Heel Realization: Most of the Mothers Against Canada have one when they realize that they have endangered their own boys with their actions. Sheila's doesn't come until it's almost too late.
Heroic Sacrifice: Kenny is willing to sacrifice a second chance at life in order to hit the Reset Button on the Canadian-American war. For his selfless wish, he is admitted into heaven.
This becomes absolute Fridge Horror when it is revealed during the Mysterion timeline that Kenny won't STAY DEAD. That means the poor kid received the reward of going to Heaven, and the next day was reincarnated into his abusive, drug-addicted, white-trash family. WITH HIS MEMORIES INTACT!
Hope Spot: After Kenny's surgery, it briefly seems like everything is fine and he'll live through it, as the doctors calmly wake him up. Then they inform him that they accidentally replaced his heart with a baked potato and he's gonna die in roughly three seconds.
It looked like Sheila finally came to her senses before gunning down Terrence and Phillip.
Human Shield: The General of the American forces reveals that he's planning to use all African-American soldiers as human shields to protect them from the Canadian forces. Chef obviously takes offense at that and commands his men to duck.
Chef: "Operation Human Shield", my ass!
Hypocrite: Kyle calls out his mom for trying to exterminate Canada, when her adopted son Ike is also Canadian.
Kyle says, "God, your mom sucks, Cartman" after the boys find an Internet video of her doing German scat porn (there's also a chance Kyle may have been speaking literally). Considering what his own mother is in this film, it's definitely throwing stones in a glass house on Kyle's part. To be fair, it's not as though Kyle approves of his mother's actions and calls her out on her MoralKnight Templar Parent nonsense. He just gets tired of Cartman making musical numbers dedicated to his mom.
Terrance, co-star with Phillip on their titular show that, in-universe, is notorious for an obscene amount of fart jokes on their program, slaps Brooke Shields and says "The fuck's wrong with you?" on The Conan O'Brien Show for happily mentioning that she once farted on the set of The Blue Lagoon.
A variation of the trope in that someone tries to invoke self-reflection on others, only for the people in question to take it for granted:
Mr. Mackey: Now you're cured! You can take the rest of the afternoon off for personal reflection, m'kay? Find your own constructive way to better yourself, m'kay? (cut to the kids watching Terrance and Philip at the theater yet again)
See Hope Spot above, even after her son reasoned with her, she ignores it, and kills Terrence and Phillip.
Immune to Bullets: When Saddam Hussein rises from Hell along with Satan, the American soldiers immediately shoot him. He laughs off their gunfire.
I Take Offense to That Last One: The News reporter claims that the Terrence and Phillip Movie was worse than Brian Adams. The Canadian ambassador was insulted saying "The Canadian government has apologized for Bryan Adams on numerous occasions."
Jerkass Has a Point: Considering everything Sheila does throughout the movie, Cartman singing "Kyle's Mom is a Big, Fat Bitch" was warranted no matter what protests Kyle may have.
Karma Houdini: Let's face it, Sheila faced no charges for her crime against humanity (though she did apologize to Kyle at the end).
Killed Off for Real: Averted in that everyone who is killed in the war, including Ze Mole, Mr. Garrison, Terrance, and Phillip, comes back to life thanks to the Reset Button. This also includes Bill Gates, who was shot in the head by the General, and appears in a later episode still with a hole in his forehead!
Kneel Before Zod: After Armaggeddon begins, Saddam Hussein demands that everyone, Americans and Canadians, all bow down before him.
Knight Templar: Mothers Against Canada, and Sheila Broflovski in particular.
Memetic Badass: invoked In-universe: Stan mentions that Brian Boitano did three salchows and a triple lutz blindfolded, can breathe fire, fought the Evil Robot King, built the Pyramids, and killed Kublai Khan.
Musicalis Interruptus: The "Kyle's Mom Is A Big, Fat Bitch" song comes to an awkward, grinding halt when the kids, followed by Cartman, realize in horror that Sheila is glaring right down at Cartman in silent, slowly building rage.
Precision F-Strike: Wendy never says any profanity at all until the ending, where she says, "Fuck Gregory. Fuck him in the ear!" This trope is especially true in the eighth draft in which she has much more dialogue, none of which featuring any curse words at all.
Reset Button: After Kenny inspires Satan to kill Saddam Hussein (who he was getting sick of), Satan grants him a wish, which he uses to get everything back the way it was before the war. See "Deus ex Machina".
The Reveal: At the end, Kenny's face is shown for the first time.
Screen-to-Stage Adaptation: Well, with all the Broadway-style singing and dancing, do you think people wouldn't try this? There have been two unofficial stage musical adaptations of Bigger, Longer & Uncut: one by the Berklee College of Music with only the musical numbers, and a "24-Hour Musical" version by University College Dublin.
Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Stan, Kyle, and Cartman break all of the rules they normally wouldn't along with the rest of the kids in La Resistance in order to stop their parents and fix their mistakes.
Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When the General of the American forces reveals that their big battle plan is to place all black people in front and use them as Human Shields, Chef turns it right back around on them and has his men drop to the ground, letting those behind them get shot.
Self-Deprecation: The boys walk out of the theater criticizing the movie's poor animation, all while doing the show's famous "bobbing walk".
Shock and Awe: A malfunction in Cartman's V-Chip during the final battle allows him to shoot electricity from his body when he swears; the more profane, the more powerful.
The most prominent example occurred outside the movie, when Phil Collins beat Matt Stone and Trey Parker for the Best Original Song Oscar (for his work in Tarzan). Matt and Trey retaliated in the season 4 episode "Timmy 2000", where the kids take ADD pills and become so listless they actually tolerate Collins' music.
An African-American soldier asks "Is the people gonna die?" in a voice that sounds a lot like Jar-Jar Binks, a jab at the character's alleged racist implications.
And of course, the entire film is essentially one of the most vicious Take Thats ever made against Moral Guardians, censorship, and scapegoat parenting.
Tempting Fate: After the Baldwin family's home gets bombed by the Canadian Air Force, all of them are dead except for a single survivor. He triumphantly boasts "Ha ha! You missed me!" right before the last plane drops a bomb on his head as well.
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).
Unusual Euphemism: Barbra Streisand, one of the many profanities said by Cartman while his V-Chip was malfunctioning.