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Wow! I never would have expected that I'd get anywhere close to 100 likes on this…
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.
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.
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…
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.
Extra star for the "Trapper song"! Probably the best musical number since "You're the one that I want" (Grease).
"If you don't find a nice girl in Colorado, just remember, there's plenty of mountain sheep."
Some excellent toe tapping numbers which spoof westerns, horror, and musicals.
Two word review: Musical gore
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This Troma movie was really a surprise. It's clearly a low-budget flick and suffers from it, but what it lacks in technical aspects, it compensates in inventiveness and great ideas. Also, the acting is pretty terrible, but it's got some witty and creative jokes/puns, that made me laugh more than in any comedy movie I've seen lately (I laughed out loud in the scene where the miners and the trappers discuss about keys and tones of the music). The songs are wonderfully cheesy and work very well with the plot - what to say about lines like "The sky was a lot more blue when I was on top of you"?
The humorous vein reminded me, at times, of old…
I love these guys, but this one was just too weird.
WHEN I SAY IT'S A SHPAAAAAAAADOIIIIINKLE DAAAAAAAAAAAAY
I've heard the commentary is amazing but I didn't have it. This was playing while I did some cleaning and such and it didn't really capture my attention. However, some of the songs were quite catchy. Definitely screams 'FIRST MOVIE.'
Trey Parker and Matt Stone's first foray into Hollywood and it is hilarious.
Honestly, I didn’t have high hopes for this one, but I guess I just forgot how funny Parker and Stone were back in the days. The gags come fast and are funny and the songs are very catchy.
Part of Junesploitation 2015 - Day 26: Cannibals!
Trey Parker's idea to combine cannibals, a 19th century western exploration story, into a musical is just simply genius. It could have worked just as that, but the lyrics and the jokes work well too. It's best when it takes a simple joke and lets it run out to absurd lengths. And the music is just so damn catchy. It's going to be stuck in my head for a long time I can just feel it...
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For those of us that still love and cherish physical media, commentary tracks are an important aspect that make owning…