Saturday, December 11, 2010

30 Days of Christmas: 'South Park'...

South Park has done just as many Christmas episodes as Friends did Thanksgiving ones. Meaning they’ve done one just about every season, and considering they’ve been on for over a dozen years, there are many to choose from.

Of course you can’t talk about South Park Christmases and not mention the one that started it all: “Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo.” Kyle (the Jewish character) feels ostracized for not being able to take part in the Christmas festivities and begins seeing his, well, poo come to life. Of course, he’s the only one who sees it so his family thinks he’s going crazy, but well, we all go a little crazy during the holidays, right?

The episode may use shock value and bathroom humor to derive laughs but it has some very real, very poignant words behind it. Because while Kyle is desecrating Christmas by seeing a piece of sh*t wearing a Santa hat, the rest of the town is desecrating it by removing any and all religious elements from celebrating. South Park: always politically aware, even when they should be on vacation.

But “Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo” was also great because it featured a bunch of original songs that quickly climbed the ranks as seasonal favorites.

“Red Sleigh Down,” on the other hand, the sixth season holiday episode, isn’t the original musical phenomenon (you know, pre-glee) but it is revolutionary nonetheless for its inanity. Cartman has Kyle’s nerdy cousin, also named Kyle, crunch the numbers for him, and it turns out he has waay more naughty stacked up against his few nice moments. He then sets out to do the best deed possible before Christmas Eve so Santa will still visit him.

The act turns out to be to bring Christmas to the kids of Iraq. Of course while over there, they get shot down and have to call in Santa’s back up sleigh, Jesus, and some just plain magic in order to get home at all, let alone in time for Christmas.

Oh and Jimmy—you know, the crippled boy who stutters? Well, he has been granted the honor of singing at the tree lighting ceremony. But the song is the “Twelve Days of Christmas” which is a thousand seconds long for a normal person, and with his stutter it turns into hours. Needless to say, the rest of the gang manage to make it back from Iraq before anyone notices because they’re all stuck in the center of town waiting for the song to end.

Politically incorrect Christmas = fun for the whole family (if the family is over a certain age, anyway)!

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