I am an avid SP fan, and it was really cool to watch Matt and Trey do the voices in person, and then watch the audio guys change the tone to match the SP characters. Watching this also helps me understand why negotiating new seasons with Matt and Trey is always such a drawn out process...every year after a successful season, they always say they don't want to do it anymore. Why? It's because it takes them only 6 days to finish an entire episode, and everything is done in-house- concept, voice/audio, drawing/ legal/ animation. For comparison, Family Guy records their music in-house with a live orchestra (very cool) and they do the voice recording in-house, but they outsource the drawings/ animations to South Korea. I can see why things get stressful when they don't have a complete project and it's 1 day to air. They're talking about how disappointed they are when it's not going to be a day when they work till 5 am, but instead a 9 or 10 am day. It sounds so brutal, and it really is amazing how they keep it so fresh.
This is definitely a much watch for all fans because it helps you appreciate and love the show even more. It's so chaotic and beautiful behind the scenes, and Matt and Trey are geniuses!
Spoilers but not really: It was really funny to watch their legal lady try to explain graphics scenes to the FCC on the phone, that was definitely something I had never thought of or appreciated until I saw this documentary. Imagine being the animation guy who has to finish everything in such a short period because they are adding ideas until the very last day, or being the guy who has to drive through LA traffic to get the tape into Comedy Central's broadcasting center a mere hours before the show is due to air. It was insane to watch Matt and Trey riff of each other and turn an idea into a snowball and keep going. They have such great chemistry and you can tell they really like each other and have tremendous respect for each other.
I love this film for many reasons beyond simply liking South Park. Seeing an entire creative process unfold with a finished product in a mere six days is something good for anyone to watch, especially those with hordes of incomplete projects of their own. I also recommend it to anyone who is afraid to see a project to its conclusion because of wanting to tinker with the final version of whatever-it-is.
And on that note, I recommend it to anyone—even if they're not a fan of South Park—to understand a larger message: One will, more often than not, have to accept finality without perfection. This is a matter of course with deadlines, but more importantly for actually getting whatever idea you have out to others
LOVE this documentary!! i watch this over and over to inspire myself to work on my art. it's really funny and entertaining. interesting to see their process in making this unapologetic cartoon. my favorite parts were when trey said, "just whisper into my A$$hole!" in a japanese accent and when they were recording the audio and couldn't stop laughing. offensive, hilarious.
What incredible pressure to work under, and what great social satire. Hope these guys are having as much fun as we do watching their work. Steven Sondheim always said that his "secret" was simple, very hard work. These guys shovel all that hard work into a rather short space of time. I'd like to try it....once.
I found this documentary incredible inspiring since I am in the field of writing and illustrating. Shameless product plug: but i don't drink coffee...: A Children's Book For Adults But honestly, I highly recommended 6 days to air for any writers, animators, designers, project managers etc.