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  • Adaptation Displacement: While the show is by no means obscure and is still running to this day, the movie is typically most non-fans' first exposure to South Park.
  • And You Thought It Would Fail: With massive Executive Meddling from Paramount and the MPAA and interest in the show waning after only the second season, the creators were convinced that the film would be a major flop and made it as a last hurrah for the series and for their career. Instead it was a commercial success and critically acclaimed as a smart and funny satire and greatly raised attention to the show, which has now taken The Simpsons' place as the gold standard of modern American satire.
  • Award Snub: “Blame Canada” was widely recognized as the best of the 2000 Oscar nominees for Best Song. Unfortunately, it lost to Phil Collins’ “You’ll Be In My Heart”. The creators weren’t expecting to win but were not happy with that.
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    • It also inexplicably missed out on Best Adapted Screenplay.
  • Awesome Music: Now has its own page.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • The German Scheisse Video that Stan, Cartman, and Kyle encounter.
      • Although Cartman does ask his mom about it later on.
    • Near the end of the "Mountain Town" reprise, an orca whale jumps up a la Free Willy.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Does it so many times it does a triple axle and three salchows while wearing a blindfold over it.
  • Cry for the Devil: A literal, Miltonian example — Satan is one of the most sympathetic characters in the entire film.
  • Dancing Bear: Surprisingly for a movie based on a poorly-animated adult cartoon, the movie perfectly apes the style of big Broadway productions and Disney Renaissance films, and still allows it to stand out among the more recent and topical TV seasons.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: This movie is Ze Mole's only appearance in the entire series (aside from an extremely brief one second cameo in "Two Guys Naked in a Hot Tub", where he's seen on Late Night with Conan O'Brien). He appears for roughly 15 minutes in the movie. He is by far one of the most popular subjects in South Park fan-fiction and fan-art.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
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    • In season 21 of South Park, Kyle would become his mother, starting a war against Canada over Terrence and Phillip and un-PC culture.
    • In light of the cyber-attacks on Sony Pictures allegedly by North Korea over the film The Interview, the plot about going to war over a movie doesn't seem too farfetched anymore.
  • Growing the Beard: The episodes of the show that came out after this movie are generally considered to be a huge improvement.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • It wasn't really anticipated, but Kenny's Heroic Sacrifice becomes a lot less poignant after watching the "Coon and Friends" trilogy, where it's explained that he comes back to life every time he dies, so it wasn't a very big sacrifice for him to go back to Hell. On the flip side, it also turns him going to Heaven at the very end from a Heartwarming Moment to a Tear Jerker. So near, yet so far...
      • It may have become even more poignant. Before the Coon and Friends trilogy, we all assumed that the original "selfish" wish Kenny may have had in mind would have been to come back to life. But now that we know that he's aware of his reoccurring deaths, he may have originally wanted to become mortal or die permanently with his wish. By choosing to instead reset the events of the war and save everyone who died there, he may have given up his one chance to have a normal life.
      • After Terrence and Phillip's Disney Death, Satan is supposed to Take Over the World along with Saddam Hussein (who had been sexually harassing him for a long time), but thanks to Kenny's coaxing (and Cartman's V-chip power), Satan ends up saving the world from Saddam by overpowering him and throwing him into the pit. The Season 22 episodes "Time to Get Cereal" and "Nobody Got Cereal?" follow the same plot when Satan emerges from the pit to Earth when ManBearPig is threatening South Park's destruction. At first, the Prince of Darkness seems a bit reluctant, but with coaxing from Cartman and the boys, he sets out to destroy ManBearPig to save the town... only to get overwhelmed and killed by the beast. Not so much of a happy ending.
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    • During the Oscars, Robin Williams sang "Blame Canada" as Mary Kay Bergman, the voice actress of nearly all the characters who sing that song, had committed suicide earlier due to serious depression. In 2014, Williams would also take his life for the exact same reason.
    • The 21st season episode "Super Hard PCness" repeats the events of this film, except with Kyle in the place of Shelia, and Canada getting nuked at the end.
    • The whole premise of the movie when you consider it came out two months after Columbine. In the aftermath, Moral Guardians were blaming everything from violent video games to death metal music, to even South Park itself, much like how Canada was being blamed for Kenny's death in this movie.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Gregory's speech about how America polices the world. Not only that, but Scott the Dick would later give a similar rant in "It's Christmas in Canada".
    • Seeing Saddam Hussein in Hell with Satan becomes funnier after his eventual execution.
    • A censored family-friendly version of Terrance and Phillip: Asses of Fire is replaced with the original and is only one minute long. A couple years later a family-friendly PG version of Freddy Got Fingered that was three minutes long was featured as an extra on VHS and DVD.
    • When Terrance and Phillip are strapped into their electric chairs, Terrance comments that this is worse than the night Phillip sucked on his dick and took a picture. A similar situation would happen between Cartman and Butters in the episode "Cartman Sucks".
    • When Conan O'Brien gets his "My God, What Have I Done?" moment after betraying Terrance and Phillip, he kills himself by jumping off the window and onto the hood of a car in a talk show disaster. Nearly 14 years later, the real O'Brien would voice talk show host David Endochrine, in a scene involving The Joker that would ultimately result in the talk show disaster that would end up killing David in the Animated Adaptation of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.
    • "Blame Canada" is Sheila's Villain Song and establishes her and the other moms as enemies of Canada (including Terrance and Philip). Years later, South Park: The Stick of Truth plays the song when the player character goes to Canada with the other kids to get help from Terrance and Philip, among other Canadians.
      • Likewise, the popularity of Nickelback and Justin Bieber make the song even more hilarious, and it's Cartman, one of the heroes of this movie, who gets Biebs killed in a later episode.
    • Another one from The Stick of Truth: Kenny hardly sings in this movie (he only gets a few lines in the opening number, "Mountain Town"), but his "Furry Friends" attack in the game has him briefly sing a song while summoning his rats.note  The real kicker is that Furry Friends is an example of Disney Creatures of the Farce (complete with Kenny as a princess), which is based on the very thing that BL&U is parodying.
    • When Cartman angrily demands "Who wants to fucking touch me?!" after seeing the Terrance and Philip movie, Butters (at that point an unamed background kidnote ) is the only one to do so. Rewatching this scene years later, after seeing their dynamic in later seasons makes it doubly funny.
    • The last end credits song, "Through The Eyes of a Child", contains an interlude with these lyrics. Does This Remind You of Anything? from Pan's Labyrinth?
      Got an eye on my hand, I've got an eye on my hand
      I've got an eye on my hand, but still I can't find you
      Eye on my hand, where have you gone girl?
      Eye on my hand, I'm coming up behind you
      Eye on my hand, don't turn around now
      Cos I'm right there, I'm coming up behind you
  • Jerkass Woobie:
  • Memetic Badass: Brian Boitano.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO SUCK MY BALLS, MR. GARRISON?"
    • "It's fucking Windows '98!"
  • Misaimed Fandom: Mr. Garrison claiming that he "doesn't trust something that bleeds for five days and doesn't die" was a jab at sexist views on periods. People are now quoting it unironically.
  • Misattributed Song: "Hell Isn't Good", the song that plays when Kenny goes to hell, isn't by Metallica. It's by the band DVDA, though Metallica's lead singer James Hetfield does appear uncredited on the song.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Sheila crosses it when she shoots Terrance and Phillip dead, even after Kyle tries to reason with her. Her buildup is also MEH-worthy, starting when she orders guard dogs to maul a boy not that much older than her son. Then, when the rest of Mothers Against Canada see the bloodshed as a result of the American-Canadian war, Sheila is still convinced that she did the right thing.
    • Could've been worse... In the 8th draft of the script... she wanted Ike, Cartman and Kyle executed along with Terrance and Phillip for being "Canadian Sympathizers" and Cartman's mom was ok with it while Stan and Kenny's mothers were shocked by this act.
    • Her crossing also leads directly to Sadam's own crossing of the MEH when he declares himself ruler of the world and tries to have everyone killed, completely betraying Satan in doing so.
  • Never Live It Down: While Sheila is Easily Forgiven for her crimes, some of the fans are not forgiving her for nearly ending the world.
  • Overshadowed by Controversy: After the filmmakers’ 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 explanations.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Non-actor example: Butters appears several times through the film, but wasn't even named at the time.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: While the movie is still well-loved and stands out from the rest of South Park for being an all-out theatrical-ish musical, some fans find the more recent TV seasons to be more entertaining and/or relevant because they deal with more recent and familiar topical humor (and also have animation that's had years to mature since BL&U).
  • Squick: Plenty to go around. It is a South Park production, after all. But one that stands out is the German Scheisse video Liane is shown to have starred in. We can only hope the boys whipped out the Brain Bleach.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Sheila and the other moms early on, as their kids were indeed being badly influenced by the movie and that Kenny died from imitating a stunt from it. They only become villains (well, Sheila, anyway) when they decide to blame Canada for their troubles.
    We must blame them and cause a fuss
    Before somebody thinks of blaming us!
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  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: The new characters introduced in this movie (Gregory, The Mole and Dr. Vosknocker, the V-Chip's inventor) never appeared again in the series proper, save for an extremely brief cameo for The 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.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • The boys getting in trouble for saying "fuck" in class. Cartman slips when insulting Kyle, Kyle explains that he can't say it in school while saying the word itself three times, Stan points out that they said it again and Kenny says the word for no reason.
    • Pretty much Sheila had, by far, created one of the most idiotic and disastrous acts. She went to extremes to make the world a better place for hers and everyone else's kids by having Terrance and Phillip executed and start a war against Canada, when she could've just created a petition to get the Terrance and Phillip movie banned from their country; or, alternatively, a petition to actually enforce the age restrictions that the movie already had.
      • Did we mentioned her adopted son Ike was CANADIAN? Even Kyle pointed this out, who knows how she would've reacted if Ike was put in a Concentrat... errr, a "Happy Camp".
  • The Woobie:
    • Kyle, who has to save the world from a misguided moral crusade started by his own mother.
    • Terrance and Phillip, who are arrested, sentenced to death, and ultimately shot dead, just for exercising their 1st Amendment rights (or whatever Canada's equivalent is). Technically, they did end up killing a child, but considering the kids were watching the movie without permission, and were emulating a scene where a character dies doing the exact same thing thus suggesting it was a bad idea...

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