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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.
You had me at Cannibal! I'm so all over this baby... like Dr. Hannibal Lecter hovering over a plate of the census taker's liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti!
Trust me I've seen the musical Oklahoma and Cannibal! The Musical blows that puppy out of the water with romantic songs like "When I was on Top of You!" And who could ever forget that rabble-rousing tune "Lets Build A Snowman!"
Cannibal! The Musical was done on an astounding budget of only 125,000! Can Oklahoma say that! I think NOT!
Cannibal! The Musical was based on a true story! Was Oklahoma based on a true story! Positively NOT!
Does Oklahoma have Mormons that turned into Cannibals! Again a…
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.
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?"
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…
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…
Just couldn't get into this at all and really didn't find it anywhere near as funny as it should have been.
Trey Parker: ★★★★★
What I learned:
You can make great work with a non-existent budget
Exactly what you would expect from the minds who brought you South Park.
You can certainly see the roots of Parker's comedy genius here - but it's pretty raw.
3 stars because I'm in love with Trey Parker
Watched for Plain Label Podcast.
A shpadoinkle of a movie.
Although there's a few laughs and some decent songs, you get the sense this was more fun to make than it is to watch. It's interesting to watch the beginnings of what Parker and Stone would become though.
It's interesting to see where Parker and Stone began. They clearly had not fully developed their trademark sense of humor, but traces of it are all over the movie. There was a bit more monty python here than I was expecting, but I've heard before that they were a childhood influence of Parker's.
There is a great setup and sense of fun to the movie, and the situations themselves are often very funny. It's a charming movie, and it made me want to like it more than I did. Where the movie let me down though was in the execution of the jokes. Some were funny, but a lot of them fell on deaf ears. I'd say only a handful of gags really landed. That's why, though it's a movie I wanted to love and I still admire it, I only kinda sorta liked it.
- I've Heard the Mermaids Singing
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- Allegro non troppo
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