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Cannibal! The Musical
All Singing! All Dancing! All Flesh Eating!
Heading through Colorado Territory in search of gold and women, Alferd Packer and his group of bemused companions find themselves lost, starving and musically inspired by the obstacles they confront along the way, including a die-hard Confederate cyclops, a trio of surly trappers, a tribe of Japanese-speaking "Indians," and ultimately, each other.
I never knew that the two South Park guys got their start with a Troma production. After Lloyd Kaufman saw their fake trailer he gave them some cash to make the film. Much like he did with my heroes Astron-6 with their Father's Day. We won't talk about what happened after there.
Though clearly still honing their comedy craft, this is a weirdly delightful ball of oddness. A couple of jaunty little numbers enliven a frankly ludicrous plot, but I can't deny I didn't laugh and it wasn't fun. More than just a curio piece reserved just for existing fans.
humble beginnings! Troma kicked off one hell of a career with this one. In retaliation to Sundance Film Festival's bureaucratic system of screening indepedent cinema, Lloyd Kaufman created the Tromadance Film Festival in order to counteract the submission traffic and odds of receiving an audience. Of course, the Slamdance Film Fest is more known for this, but even they have ridiculously high standards that most cannot meet, therefore, Troma stands alone in many ways(especially in the form of charging zero submission nor admission fees). The first annual event hosted many flavorful films, but Cannibal! The Musical stood tallest amongst them. Directed by Trey Parker and Written in part by his close associate Matt Stone, Cannibal! is/was a musical unlike no…
For being over twenty years old now, Cannibal! The Musical still packs a nice comedic (and musical) punch. The movie is capable in both its ability to adhere to the rules of cinematic musicals while deftly making fun of itself and the genre at large.
Catching this one again makes me hope for a movie-version of the filmmakers' highly-successful The Book of Mormon.
Just like any time I watch this, the songs will now be stuck in my head for days. Been singing the Trapper Song all morning. "Fudge, Packer?"
In spite of some of the not-so-nice things I've heard about working with him on-set, I still think it has to be said, God (or Satan?) bless Lloyd Kaufman. His production company Troma made way for the careers of several now-successful writers, directors, and actors alike; in the case of Trey Parker and Matt Stone, he saw a fake trailer by a couple of film students and decided to throw enough money their way for them to fund a little low-budget feature called Cannibal! The Musical. This was before the duo went on to create one of the most popular animated television programs of all time, South Park, and it's truly kind of fascinating getting to see where it all…
This movie always makes me have a shpadoinkle day.
Everybody has to start somewhere. But, very few college beginnings are so impactful they comment on movies 23 years in the future.
Cannibal: The Musical is the direct predecessor to 2015's The Revenant, both being about murder and the cruel nature of winter in the Northwestern mountains. The references in Cannibal show just how stock The Revenant truly is.
Both Alfred Packer and Hugh Glass are guides leading a troupe of Americans through the mountains. Packer brings along his horse, Leanne (a trapper horse), and Glass has his son, Hawk (a half-Native American human). Both aren't very good at their job, getting lost within the first act. Because they're both awful at guiding, they create natural enemies within the party…
You lookin' at my eye!
~~my heart's as full as a baked potato~~
Film #20 Scavenger Hunt 10
Task #13 Unusual Musical
I haven't really watched much of South Park so I wasn't really sure what I would think of this. I was so impressed by this though. I think I started laughing when the movie began and didn't stop until it ended. Comedies for me often seem to lose steam halfway through or near the end, but I really thought this kept the laughs coming throughout the full movie. I also thought besides the laughs there were some really catchy songs. It probably helped that a few of the catchy songs were absolutely hilarious. I so badly want to see The Book of Mormon now as I kind of wonder if they got some of the ideas for the play from this.
"Sometimes, the world is black.
And tears run from your eyes.
Maybe we'll all get really sick.
And maybe we'll all die...
Sooooooooooooo, let's build a snowman"
Hilarious Troma musical done by the creators of South Park.
Easy to say this is the best dark comedy musical ever made about a real life cannibal.
Watched with commentary. Honestly funnier than the movie itself.
The first thing you should know about Cannibal!: The Musical is that it's one of the best bad taste, gross-out laugh riots of the 90s. Today, gore and comedy go together so often that it's become hack, but back then all you had were some old Monty Python gags, Return of the Living Dead, Street Trash, Peter Jackson and Troma (who bought the film in 1996 and gave it its wide release). At the time of the original production in 1993 though, reaching for laughs as you put a bullet in a guy's head and rip off another guy's jaw was still a tad weird.
The second thing you should definitely know is that's based on the true story of…
Most people will tell you their favorite musical is Les Mis or Westside Story, I'll tell you different. If you honestly want to die laughing, I highly recommend this Matt and Trey masterpiece.
Cannibal! The Musical is filled with great characters and a fun story, not to mention it's funny as hell.
On trial for cannibalism, Alfred Packer (Trey Parker) relates the story of what really happened to the group of miners he escorted to Colorado Territory.
Trey Parker and Matt Stone cut their teeth with this hilarious low-budget production that displays their early preoccupations with Mormonism and musical theater. It works even better as a send-up of Oklahoma!-style productions than as a horror spoof. One tune in particular keeps running through my head.
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