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Cannibal! The Musical
     

Cannibal! The Musical

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Cast: Trey Parker, Dian Bachar, Toddy Walters, Ian Hardin

 

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This is an amiable little parody from director Trey Parker, best known as co-creator of the cult TV series South Park. Set in 1873, the film deals with Alfred Packer (Juan Schwartz, aka Trey Parker), who is accused of cannibalizing members of his six-man party on a trip West. There are comic songs, Japanese people pretending to be Indians, and a cyclops whose

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This is an amiable little parody from director Trey Parker, best known as co-creator of the cult TV series South Park. Set in 1873, the film deals with Alfred Packer (Juan Schwartz, aka Trey Parker), who is accused of cannibalizing members of his six-man party on a trip West. There are comic songs, Japanese people pretending to be Indians, and a cyclops whose eye spurts pus. The film's highlight may be Alfred's saloon kung fu fight with a cocky fur trapper named Frenchy over his beloved horse Liane. Cannibal! is surprisingly light on gore for a Troma Team release (save for the prologue and finale), concentrating instead on goofy sight gags, sex jokes, and silly songs like "Shpadoinkle" and "Hang the Bastard." The cinematography is attractive, evoking all those frontier musicals of yore, and the overall quality is good, if obviously low budget. This film also features a cameo by underground film maven Stan Brakhage as the father of one of the pioneers.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Cannibal: The Musical, a genre-bending black comedy produced before writer-director-star Trey Parker struck pay dirt with South Park, exhibits the same combination of gleeful tastelessness and pop-culture savvy that characterizes his Comedy Central hit series. Drawing on an obscure incident from American history, Parker (billed as "Juan Schwartz") plays Alferd (sic) Packer, a real-life frontiersman convicted of cannibalism in the 1870s. He's the lone survivor of a group of gold-seeking prospectors stranded without food in the snowbound Rockies, which understandably raises eyebrows when he returns to civilization. Parker spins this grisly yarn with inexplicable verve, making it a Rodgers and Hammerstein-type musical teeming with rousing production numbers and sappy ballads. He splashes blood and viscera across the screen with disarming abandon, but it's all so strange and funny that it's impossible to be offended by the gore. A low-budget masterpiece of inspired lunacy, you'll find that Cannibal: The Musical is quite unlike any other movie (certainly any other musical!) you've ever seen before.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/18/2008
UPC:
0790357935598
Original Release:
1996
Source:
Troma
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:35:00
Sales rank:
23,149

Special Features

New interviews with Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Jason McHugh; All new audio commentary with Cannibal stars; The legendary inebriated audio commentary with Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Jason McHugh, Dian Bachar and Andy Kemler; Never-before-seen deleted scenes; Homegrown Cannibal ; Stage productions; New introduction by Lloyd Kaufman

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Trey Parker Alfred Packer
Dian Bachar George 'California' Noon
Toddy Walters Polly Pry
Ian Hardin Shannon Wilson Bell
Jason McHugh Frank 'Reddy' Miller
Jon Hegel Israel Swan
Matt Stone James Humphrey
Robert Muratore Jean 'Frenchy' Cabazon
Andrew W. Kemler Preston Nutter
Ted Henwood O.D. Loutzenheiser/The Cyclops
Juan Schwartz Actor

Technical Credits
Trey Parker Director,Songwriter,Producer,Screenwriter
Ian Hardin Editor,Executive Producer
Alexandra Kelly Producer
Andrew W. Kemler Executive Producer
Jason McHugh Executive Producer
Robert Muratore Cinematographer
Rich Sanders Score Composer
Matt Stone Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Cannibal the Musical
2. When Packer Attacks [13:49]
3. "It's a Shpacoinkel Day!" [13:20]
4. "Look Out for That Bear Trap!" [9:10]
5. "Hey Look, Snow!" [11:10]
6. The Courthouse [10:34]
7. The Cyclops [6:32]
8. Swan Song [9:06]
9. "And Nobody Eat Anybody" [13:00]
10. "Hang the Bastard, Hang Him High!" [7:19]
11. End Credits [2:30]

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Cannibal! The Musical 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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Mr-McAwesome More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic film and amazing musical. Trey parker is extremely talented and judging by how good this movie is he's had that talent for a good while. The movie is based on the true story of Alfred Packer, the only person in American history to be convivted of cannibalism. He is a legend in Colorado, which is where the movie was filmed and where most of the crew is from. They made the movie while attending the Univerisy of Colorado. You can definately tell that South Park was on there minds when they made this film. And if you listed to the commentary you find out a lot of fun facts about South Park, like how Chef was created while Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and Jason McHugh were tripping on LSD. Anyway this is a great film and a definate must see for all who claim to be fans of Trey Parker.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I went into watching this with low expectations...after all, it was a low budget college student film project. Much better than I thought. You really see a lot of the genesis of South Park by watching this. Trey is immensely talented and is deserving of all his fame and fortune. Also, just one note about this film: if the opening notes to one of the songs on the movie seems familiar it is. Its the music playing at the end of every South Park episode when you see the Braniff Airlines picture.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cannibal was Trey's first movie, and I strongly believe his best work! I love musicals.. and Trey Parker so I figured I'd give this puppy a try--I'm not too into blood and such. But this movie is so corny with the blood scenes.. it just adds to the fun, up-lifting mood of the whole movie. I stronly suggest you see this if you're a fan of ANY of Trey's work... you will no doubt love what you see!
Guest More than 1 year ago
trey parker has made a film that is so funny it's down and out funny the songs are funny too.
Tony_W More than 1 year ago
If you are a South Park fan, you MUST check out this movie. This is the first production Matt and Trey did. You will laugh from beginning to end. I also highly recommend watching it the second time with audio commentary. Matt and Trey talking about how they filmed each seen is hilarious.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is supposed to be a parody of western musicals, such as ''Oklahoma!'', but the musical numbers are really beyond being just parody. It's good enough to be called a legitimate musical. Any violence portayed is cartoonish hollywood FX, and the off-color subject of cannibalism is treated with a light touch, not unlike ''A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum'' exploiting slavery and prostitution for laughs. Thirty years from now this film should stand beside the other noteworthy musicals of the 1990's. Woody Allen and Trey Parker have both demonstated that the film genre of musical comedy is still alive.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I strongly believe that Trey Parker and Matt Stone could be among the very best writers in comedy history! Some people say that Baseketball and Orgazmo are stupid, pointless films, well I disagree. You have to realize the sense that they are portraying the codemy in. I have just watched cannibal the musical for the first time and I must say it is a laugh out loud funny film. Also in remarks to the review above about Bad Taste, that my friends is a 4 star movie. If you haven't seen it I strongly reccomend it, directed by Peter Jackson (Director of Lord Of The Rings) one word, CLASSIC.... Derricks never die!!!!!
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