Cannibal! The Musical (Alferd Packer: The Musical)
(R, 1:36:43, Released 1996)
|Release Date:||Jun 1, 1996|
|DVD Release Date:||Feb 29, 2000|
|Starring:||Trey Parker, Toddy Walters, Dian Bachar, Ian Hardin, Jason McHugh, Jon Hegel, Matt Stone, Robert Muratore, Andrew W. Kemler, Ted Henwood|
|Directed by:||Trey Parker|
|Synopsis:||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. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi|
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October 14, 2011
From a very young collaboration between pre-famous Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Cannibal is the most amateur venture I have seen of them so far. This is the best indicator of their future success with the Broadway hit The Book of Mormon, and involved little to no South Park voices, which crop up in their later film, BASEketball. Still, though the graphics are student film project specific, and the sound is echoey in the best of circumstances, I thoroughly enjoyed the irregularity of the humor, and the open gross out makeup, including axes in the face, limbs being eaten, and frost bitten appendages. For a student film (Parker worked on this during his time at the University of Colorado) it's really professionally cast, the effects aren't altogether sloppy, and the plot, though sporadic near the end, actually has a resounding action, and is historically accurate though stretched to involve dark comedy. The songs themselves are for the most part really catchy. The title theme is a lampoon of Oklahoma's "Oh What a Beautiful Morning" and the score weaves throughout, though there is a hint of synth leftover from the eighties. My personal favorite was "Let's Build a Snowman" which you can watch on Youtube without ruining the rest of the movie for yourself, and is probably the singular most hilarious part. Very kooky, and not anything you could expect, sit back, build a snowman, and enjoy.
March 31, 2011
March 25, 2010
Occasionaly hilarious specially in its ending but nothing memorable really, A disappointment since my expectations were too high
April 27, 2009
Some funny moments that are over shadowed by aweful (not on purpose) acting. The low budget production is abismal as well.
February 25, 2008
This movie has everything. From Mormons that turn evil, to Japanese Indians, to songs about building snowmen when you're lost in the wilderness, to chopping off the heads of fur trappers who steal your woman. I mean horse. See it with the whole family.
June 10, 2007
Made by Trey Parker of South Park fame when he was in school, this is a funny and tragic tale of a group of goofy gold-rushing guys who get lost on a journey through the Colorado mountains, and end up eating each other. It's done with a bunch of funny songs, sung in stage-play fasion. I really like the "Let's Build A Snowman" and "Hang the Bastard". The production quality is surprisingly good for a school assignment. The jokes are hit-or-miss. I showed it to a few friends, who got bored and wanted it to be shut off. The pacing was a bit slow in spots, so could've been edited tighter. Overall, it's an enjoyable romp which I often re-watch.
May 23, 2007
Funny, but a bit longer than it maybe needed to be. Try watching it back-to-back with RAVENOUS.
April 25, 2007
This movie is so awesome. I think my favorite joke is the anachronistic Indians (I don't want to ruin the surprise), but the whole movie is really funny. It's like a live-action episode of South Park. With horribly, insipidly catchy songs. See if you can stop singing Schpadoinkle Day. I dare you!
March 2, 2007
Absolutely hilarious, if you are in to the Parker/Stone sense of humor. Easily on par with Orgazmo or South Park, but with an added independent spirit. Plus, the DVD has one of the funniest commentaries that I have ever heard.
November 20, 2006
Silly comedy musical from the creators of the excellent South Park. In fact, one of the best songs in it is used as the riff at the end of the southpark credits. Crude, rude and totally brilliant!!!!
fb1142797643March 20, 2013
When "South Park"'s Trey Parker turns a true story about cannibalism into a musical, it's bound to be funny. Alfred Packer (Parker, unrecognizable beyond his wide, innocent eyes) incompetently leads an 1873 expedition through the Rocky Mountains, and desperate hunger leads to chomping on some fallen comrades. The inserted songs show Parker's legitimate musical talents (long obvious to "South Park" watchers), and there are odd random elements such as a disgusting cyclops, an undersized guy who's keen to get laid and a tribe of Japanese people presented as "Indians." The film has no budget (the synthetic musical arrangements are home-studio tacky, and much of the action seems like a band of actors wandering around the same patch of snowy terrain), but Parker's wit saves the day. Predictably, the gore is too cartoonish to be truly disturbing, so tender viewers need not be afraid.
fb100001266995067January 29, 2013
Co-creator of South Park, did an absolute crap job at directing the comedy musical, Cannibal! The Musical. This movie was nowhere near as interesting as the title would imply. It dragged for almost the whole film, I'm not even saying cut it down, just don't make it. There were exactly two moments I got kick out of, other than that I was drenched out. With the fake mustaches and stupid ending, it felt like a middle school play.
November 5, 2012
Creators of 'South Park', Trey Parker and Matt Stone give us a hilarious low budget musical masterpiece. Sometimes it seems the only reason Trey and Matt make movies or television shows are for Trey to show off his dynamic musical and singing affinity. Full of songs that will stick in your head for weeks and keep a smile on your face, this is not a movie that can be easily described to a friend, rather it has to be seen to be believed. If you appreciate the humor of Trey Parker and Matt Stone in their other ventures, this is a sure fire winner for you.
June 19, 2007
The first film from Matt Stone and Trey Parker. Gore, low production values, and ridiculous songs. The drunken commentary track is funnier than the movie itself.
May 14, 2012
"Cannibal! The Musical" is a very funny, surprisingly enjoyable, low budget spoof from the creators of TV's "South Park" that never seems to overstay its welcome. Sure, there are times where the jokes miss and there are scenes that are incredibly dumb. The film definitely gets less funny as it progresses and the musical numbers often don't feel right, but it's never boring, and I laughed a HELL of a lot of times. Film don't usually get me to laugh as much as this one did.
February 7, 2010
The low budget makes this a little hard to watch but overall it's still got the brilliance that people will come to expect from Trey Parker and his buddy Matt Stone. I think I will go make a snowman.
July 10, 2009
Catchy songs. A mix of lame, clever and genuinely funny comedy. Worth a couple watches for sure.
March 18, 2009
Come on. It's from Trey Parker, creator of South Park. This is based on true event. Lots of South Park elements. Lots of fun musicals. Lots of stupid scenes because simply the entire event was simply stupid in the first place. So why not make it a musical? This film rocks!
June 13, 2008
When Trey Parker was just a wee lad he directed this awesome little musical as only Trey Parker could.
June 12, 2008
Funny, good songs. I liked it, but that's just me.
May 21, 2007
Pretty damn funny.
March 1, 2007
The beginning of a comedy genius and one of my second favourite film by Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
October 24, 2013
Even from their very earliest of collaborations, you can tell that Parker and Stone would go on to great things. Both have said over the years that they are always trying to turn what they make into musicals. I haven't seen 'The Book of Mormon', but when comparing it to 'Cannibal', it has some awfully big shoes to fill.
The biggest reason this is so successful is obvious: it is hilarious. Full of off the wall goofy humor that is surprisingly intelligent and clever. This would become their trademark in later years. The characters, songs and overall story are great. Some really quotable dialogue and memorable scenes that really elevate the initially ludicrous concept of a musical comedy about the Donner party. What is even sillier though are the completely random moments that are never expounded upon or explained. It as if the absurdity is not even noticed by the characters, making the world they live in seem even more strange.
The filmmaking itself is amateurish as to be expected. Very shoddy camera work, sound editing and just about everything else. Fortunately, this totally works in making the film even further removed from reality, as well as giving it an aged feel that lends itself to this type of narrative. The hammy and awkward acting sells this aspect very well also. This is really a microcosm of Parker and Stone's entire careers as their biggest strength is to take advantage of absurd and low quality media.
This is a one of a kind movie, and certainly a one of a kind musical. It is great in its own right as well as being a perfect precursor to Parker and Stone's future endeavors. Its star may even be shining a little brighter now that they appear to be on the downslide. Their earlier works have always been their best, and this is a terrific example.
fb1532277942February 1, 2012
You know what....this was funny. I was laughin throughout. Wasn't sure what to expect but it was good.
July 9, 2010
NOT funny & tedious.
Note: a reliable source says that this story is a semi-accurate portrayal of the Alferd Packer case (without the singing tho lol.)