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Four foul-mouthed tykes in parkas and wool caps navigate the treacherous snows of adolescence such as puppy love, sibling jealousy, and alien abduction in the cartoon that celebrates the American art of bad taste with crude, cut-out animation and construction-paper color. The pilot episode, "Cartman Gets an Anal Probe," establishes the tone and style of all episodes to come: gentle homilies and childhood innocence arising from a twisted plot with grotesque and bizarre twists, in this case involving UFOs, flaming flatulence, and a 20-foot antenna array that springs out of Cartman's butt. In "Volcano" the boys learn the masculine art of hunting endangered species and meet the mythic wilderness monster Scuzzlebutt while oozing lava threatens their town. In "Weight Gain 4000," "big boned" Cartman decides he must slam dietary supplements to beef up for a TV appearance with Kathy Lee Gifford, while Mr. Garrison (egged on by insidious hand puppet Mr. Hat) plots his revenge. Finally, Stan learns tolerance in "Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boat Ride" while his elementary school struggles to beat the 72-point spread in the big homecoming game--a major event in a town where many citizens never got past the fifth grade. Sweater-garbed creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone introduce each episode in bizarre fireside chats in which they proclaim every episode their "very favorite" as they exchange longing, moon-eyed glances and their dog Old Scratch changes size and breed from shot to shot. --Sean Axmaker
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Cartman Gets an Anal Probe: This apparently took Matt and Trey a couple of months to do because they were still using construction paper cutouts. You could totally tell the animation style shift a little between this pilot episode and the rest of them. But as for the story, it's a classic. Anything story that revolves around Cartman I find pretty funny, and this is no exception.
Volcano: Not my favorite episode, but still- it's funny to see Matt and Trey try to make fun of some social concern like hunting for sport. Anyway, cameo by Patrick Duffy. heh heh.
Weight Gain 4000: One of the most hilarious episodes of all time. Cartman trys to get all big and buff with this stuff called Weight Gain 4000. It's funny to see Cartman interact with other people and with the TV.
Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boat Ride: This episode had some incredibly funny moments in it and also introduced a character that many people seem to love- Big Gay Al. He shows up in the Movie too, so if you haven't seen this episode, you really should to get some background info on him.
These are four good episodes and I definately recommend this DVD (and the five others) to anyone who has a DVD player and is a South Park fan, but the quality of this disc easily could have been much higher, thus it does not deserve a high rating.
But....I have to comment on the sound. I too was disturbed when I first heard this DVD. But then after watching it (and volumes 2 and 3) several times, I happened to catch a few reruns on TV(DSS). Lo and behold, I noticed the clicks and pops are in the regular TV episodes IN THE EXACT SAME PLACES!! The high quality of the DVD's just makes them much more obvious. So, based entirely on content, I give this DVD 5 stars!