SOUTH PARK: VOLUME 1
Reviewed August 29th, 1999 by Staff
Cartman Gets an Anal Probe
This is the series pilot, and the only full-length episode animated completely on construction paper (all other episodes are created on complex, expensive computers which make them look simple and cheap). The kids must rescue Kyle's brother from Aliens (that Cartman denies exist, despite a little visitor experience of his own).
The kids go camping/hunting with Stan's uncle Jimbo and his friend Ned. The kids discover that campfire story character, Scuzzlebutt, is in fact real, when he saves the town from an erupting vol-cano.
Weight Gain 4000
Cartman takes up a fitness regimen which only requires the intake of a pure-fat drink. Mr. Garri-son attempts to assassinate Cathy Lee Gifford.
Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boat Ride
Stan discovers a gay pet sanctuary in the woods outside South Park. The South Park Elementary Cows beat the spread.
The picture quality for the episodes is about as good as Comedy Central could have provided, given the source. The colors are bright, and the image is quite detailed, considering it's supposed to be animated construction paper. The episodes are presented in the original 4:3 apsect ratio. The image on the extras is a little soft, and meant for VHS.
There is an annoying, intermittent snap throughout this disc. Net rumors suggest that the problem has been rectified in current pressings. Apart from the flaw, the sound mix is good, though only 2.0 Dolby digital.
Series creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker introduce each episode in funny “fire-side chats.” There is also a chapter of helpful advice from Comedy Central as to how to spend your TV view-ing time. Video quality for the Stone and Parker intros is under whelming.
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