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AICN Exclusive! Moriarty Visits Matt & Trey On The TEAM AMERICA Set! F*#k, Yeah!!

Hi, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab...

Trey Parker is the new Jim Henson?

I certainly heard that name evoked several times on Monday as I toured the Culver City warehouse where I got a chance to see some of the craziest sets I’ve seen in my entire 14 years of living in Los Angeles. Every single person working on the picture seems to be amazed at what Paramount and Scott Rudin are allowing them to get away with, and they also seem to genuinely adore the atmosphere that Matt Stone and Trey Parker have created.

Having seen a little bit of the movie and having heard now about the origins of it and their goals for it, I can see why everyone’s having such a good time, and I’m willing to bet audiences will feel the exact same way when TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE hits the screen.

This whole lunatic endeavor started about two years ago. Matt and Trey were watching TV, flipping through channels, when they came across a THUNDERBIRDS rerun. Trey, in particular, seemed hypnotized by what they were watching.

”Dude... what the fuck is this?”

”It’s THUNDERBIRDS.”

”Dude... what the fuck is THUNDERBIRDS?”

Over the next few days, he couldn’t shake the idea that he somehow wanted to tap into the bizarre aesthetic that Gerry Anderson defined over 30 years ago. I can understand his fascination. I’ve got UFO and CAPTAIN SCARLET and STINGRAY on DVD, all sent to me for review, and I’m not quite sure what I think of them. I love looking at the shows for a few episodes at a time, but the writing is so insanely over-expository and dull that after a while, the surreality wears off and I just can’t take it anymore. They’re remarkable, and almost unwatchable at the same time.

Executive producer Anne Garefino, who’s been working with Matt and Trey on SOUTH PARK ever since it went on the air, told me about walking into the SOUTH PARK offices one morning a few weeks after Trey’s first exposure to Anderson’s work. “We were on hiatus, so there was pretty much no one there. I end up having to do something almost every day for the network, so I had to go in. I was surprised to see Trey sitting at the reception desk, just answering phones, sort of killing time. At first I thought, ‘Is he just bored being at home?’ but then he showed me this tape.” The tape was a crude concept test where Trey basically redubbed a THUNDERBIRDS episode with some dialogue about terrorism and Homeland Security.

Trey told Anne that he was worried about showing Matt the tape, afraid Matt was going to be mad at him. “We’re already working on this other thing, and now all I can think about it making something with puppets.” Anne reassured Trey that as long as it was a good idea, Matt would respond, and when he showed up at the offices in response to a call from Trey, he immediately tuned in on the idea and got exactly what he was talking about.

”Just that first tape with Trey doing the voices was hilarious,” Matt said when we were discussing it. He was ready to switch gears right away, but it took them a little while to figure out exactly what it was that they wanted to do. At first, they actually planned to shoot an all-puppet version of THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW. Matt explains, “We had been given that script to read, and we thought it was hilarious already. We figured it would be fifty times funnier if we just did it exactly the same way, but with puppets.” Fox’s legal department quickly put a kibosh on that idea, so their next plan was to get the remake rights to THUNDERBIRDS so they could do an R-rated comedy version. They ran into another legal wall, though, learning that Universal and Working Title had already begun work on a feature film version. For a moment, Trey figured that was the end of the road, until someone explained to them that the new THUNDERBIRDS was going to be a live-action film directed by Jonathan Frakes.

”We were like, why the fuck would you make THUNDERBIRDS without the one interesting thing about that show?” Trey said, laughing. “It’s a lame concept, but at least the puppets made it all look cool.”

On that note, the guys set to work on a screenplay with Pam (MR. WONG) Brady, which is still undergoing constant revision on the set even now. “This movie’s going to be totally sweet as soon as we figure out the ending. And the middle,” said Matt, only half-kidding. One of the things that makes Stone so disarming is his unaffected honesty. He and Trey are the opposite of what you’d expect from two of the biggest names in modern comedy. They’re confident on a professional level, but they’re almost shy on a personal level. There’s no inflated sense of ego about what they create or what they’re working on. There’s none of the arrogance that they’re almost certainly entitled to at this point. After all, if America has a leading team of social satirists, the SOUTH PARK boys are it.

When I arrived at the production offices in Culver City on Monday morning, I was met by two publicists, Soni Ede and Pat Story. As much as they tried to prep me for what I’d see on the warehouse sets, they undersold it. And, to be honest, I understand why. It’s hard to do justice to the impact it has when you walk in on a 1/3 scale reproduction of the Panama Canal, complete with working boats and a town on both sides, filled with people going about their daily lives, never suspecting that they’re about to be destroyed by a Weapon Of Mass Destruction.

Make that puppets, though, instead of people. Lots and lots of puppets. At times, there are as many as 40 puppeteers working from specially rigged scaffolds suspended above the miniature sets, as well as more puppeteers working the facial controls via remote control. As much as the look of the film will immediately evoke thoughts of Gerry Anderson for anyone who grew up on his shows, these puppets are a step up in technical craftsmanship.

”They were actually too good,” Matt said. “These guys are amazing, and they made the puppets so they could articulate their mouths completely. Problem is, it just looks creepy when there’s that much motion going on. It was like a whole movie filled with Chucky. We found just the right balance. They can move their mouths very simply. Open. Closed. Smile. Frown. And they can move their eyebrows. Anything more than that gets really distracting.”

They’ve certainly got an impressive group of craftsmen working with them to make all of this happen. Norman Tempia was one of the people who compared Trey to Jim Henson when we spoke, and he should know. He worked on THE DARK CRYSTAL, LABYRINTH, FRAGGLE ROCK, and SESAME STREET during his ten years as a puppet designer/builder for Henson. He’s got great support in the form of the Chiodo Brothers, whose team is also working on the movie. They’re overseeing a small army of artists responsible for sculpting heads and bodies, and also for rigging the puppets to be able to deliver a wide variety of actions.

And there are dozens, if not hundreds, of different heads required to bring this cast to life. First of all, there are the members of Team America itself. Chris, Sarah, Lisa, Joe, and Spottiswoode are the long-standing members of the team, and Gary Johnston is a new recruit, a rising Broadway star who helps them with an undercover assignment. Then there’s the film’s main bad guy, Kim Jong Il, the “power-mad dictator” who may be selling Weapons of Mass Destruction to terrorists.

The most remarkable head sculpts belong to the other bad guys in the film. “Actually,” said Trey, “they’re not bad. They’re just really really stupid and misguided.” They’re an organization of Hollywood liberals who are determined to stop Team America from interfering in the affairs of international politics. Alec Baldwin, Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn, and a permanently mustard-stained Michael Moore are just a few of the celebrities who are going to feel well and truly roasted when they see this film. Even seeing the heads without the film’s puppeteers bringing them to life, they are frighteningly accurate and bitingly funny.

I saw some of the other sets as well. Various sections of Kim Jong Il’s palace were still standing, but I didn’t get to see his bedroom where he evidently belts out his melancholy musical number, “I’m Ronery.” This may not be a full-blown musical a la SOUTH PARK: BIGGER, LONGER & UNCUT, but Trey’s written several songs including the theme “Team America! Fuck Yeah!” and an Aerosmith-style power ballad that plays during the puppet sex scene.

Yep. A graphic puppet sex scene. And you should see Matt’s eyes light up when he talks about it.

Credit for the wonderful sets has to be shared by two men, according to everyone I spoke with. Jim Dultz is the production designer on the film, and he also spoke about Trey in relation to Jim Henson. Again, this is a guy who knows what he’s talking about, having worked on MUPPETS TONIGHT, THE WUBULOUS WORLD OF DR. SEUSS, MUPPETS LIVE @ THE HOLLYWOOD PALACE, and more, all for the Henson Company. He also designed GREG THE BUNNY for Fox TV a few years ago, and worked on the pilot for TIM BURTON’S LOST IN OZ. I saw that pilot, and even though I didn’t like the show, it looked absolutely amazing for television, and I thought he really nailed the Baum books in a way no one else ever has. He’s been working closely with David Rockwell, the film’s visual consultant, who is renowned for his architectural projects like The Kodak Theater, as well as his Broadway sets for shows like HAIRSPRAY and THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW. The combination of their sensibilities is immediately funny and striking, and really gives this film a unique visual signature right off the bat. You certainly won’t mistake it for anything else you see this year.

I also got a look at the outside of the Mount Rushmore hideout for Team America, and I saw stills that show how helicopters fly out of Washington’s face and rockets shoot out of the top of Teddy Roosevelt’s head whenever they’re called into action. In fact, as I was checking out the set, Bill Pope was setting up the next shot. The director of photography for THE MATRIX trilogy and SPIDER-MAN 2. Shooting a puppet movie. And he appeared to be having the time of his life. Talking to him, I felt like I was interrupting. He told me that when he read the script, he had no idea it was going to be filmed using puppets. He just thought it was a brilliant satire of big-budget action films, and a sly political satire as well, and he wanted in. He was frank about how demanding this shoot has been, and how big a challenge it’s been to adapt to the particular demands of shooting this sort of movie. Matt talked about how they realized just how hard this was going to be as soon as they did their first camera test last year. “All we wanted the puppet to do was turn abruptly, walk across the room and take a shot of alcohol. It took 20 hours and something like 75 takes. I love doing this movie, and I think it’s going to be sweet, but there are times where you just want to lay on the floor and cry.”

An average day sees the first unit manage about six shots, even as they also roll a second unit and supervise a miniature unit that’s shooting in Van Nuys. All this effort seems extra crazy when you realize that this thing is set for release on October 15th. That means they have to deliver the movie by October 1st at the latest. Adding to this pressure is the fact that the new season of SOUTH PARK premieres on October 27th, and they obviously haven’t even started work on that yet.

I hereby officially take back anything I’ve ever said about being busy. These guys are pushing the envelope of busy, but even amidst all of that, they’re having fun.

For one thing, they’re planning their first-ever appearance at the San Diego ComiCon next weekend as part of the Paramount panel. 3:00 on Saturday, as I understand it. They’re going to show a clip from the film from the Cairo sequence, which is supposed to be one of the biggest sets in the film. Like in any giant-budget Hollywood film, this thing takes place in various exotic locales, each one of which is host to a different set piece.

At the end of the day, I joined Matt in the editing room, along with executive producer Scott Avesano, so we could take a look at the opening scene in the film, set in Paris. The guys are cutting this as quickly as they shoot it, working every night with Tom Vogt, their editor. The scene I saw was still rough, but right away, it clues you in to the tone of the film, which might surprise some of their most ardent fans. It’s not overtly silly or jampacked with obvious jokes. “We figured out pretty quickly that the more straight you play it, the funnier everything gets,” said Matt. “Watching puppets discuss life and death issues is just funny. Period.”

The film opens with a shot of an obviously fake backdrop with a badly drawn Eiffel Tower, nothing realistic about it. A fairly awful puppet comes walking out in front of it, and I had a moment where I thought, “Oh, god, is it all going to look like this?” Evidently, when they first screened the footage for Paramount executives, the prankster spirit that is alive and well in the guys led them to make sure that this was the first shot they saw from the entire production, prompting one executive to actually yell “Oh, god, they fucked us!”

That’s the gag, though. As the camera pans left, we get our first look at a huge beautiful outdoor Paris set, and we realize that what we were looking at is a sidewalk puppet show, being performed by a puppet puppeteer. Dozens of Parisians are out, walking in the park, riding bikes, enjoying the sun. There’s even an annoying mime trying to get everyone’s attention. A small French boy walks along with his mother, enjoying a chocolate pop, so distracted by it that he walks right into the back of a terrorist. How do we know he’s a terrorist? Because of the turban, the briefcase with the blinking light on it, and the temp track from BLACK HAWK DOWN. In the final film, the score will actually be composed by their SP: BL&U collaborator Marc Shaiman, but for now, the temp track works really well.

As soon as the little boy notices that blinking briefcase and tells his mother, Team America’s helicopter swoops in overhead and they drop in, ready to kick some terrorist ass. Because they play it like a regular action movie, right down to the cheesy one-liners (“Hey, terrorist! Terrorize this!”), it feels both familiar and incredibly absurd. The action is especially funny. There’s something about two marionettes trying to have a bad-ass martial arts fight that should give any audience a wicked fit of the giggles. “I think there’s going to be a moment, about ten minutes into the movie, where it’s really going to hit people. ‘Holy shit, this is really going to be an entire movie about puppets.’ Hopefully, they won’t freak out and run for the door.”

I can tell you after that brief glimpse I got, they won't. This is a culture bomb just waiting to detonate, and I can't wait to see what sort of collateral damage there is once the smoke clears. TEAM AMERICA's keeping the world safe for smart satire this fall. Until then...

"Moriarty" out.





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  • July 16, 2004, 6:41 a.m. CST

    Thank you Jesus.

    by Mr Brownstone

  • July 16, 2004, 7 a.m. CST

    Thank you, you crazy bastards...

    by Hoojib

    On the off chance Matt and Trey look here, I just wanted to say thanks for being the only duo with a toe in the mainstream who can consistantly make me giggle like a little kid again. Also, how the HELL did you get Comedy Central to air the uncut version of BL&U??!?!? I sat there busting up for 30 minutes just from flipping through standard cable and hearing them yell, "FUCK" 10 times a minute. Freaking hilarious. Here's looking forward and wishing you good luck on the muppet flick!

  • July 16, 2004, 7:17 a.m. CST

    O. My. God.

    by WarrenPerso

    I can't put into words how fucking badly I want to see this movie.

  • July 16, 2004, 7:23 a.m. CST

    OH MY GOD THAT IS FUCKING HILARIOUS

    by quantum_ken

    I got more laughs from the set report of this movie than any movie I've actually seen in the past year.

  • July 16, 2004, 7:40 a.m. CST

    Due in October?!?

    by jsl151

    How can they do it AND South Park?

  • July 16, 2004, 7:51 a.m. CST

    This looks freakin' great!

    by RenoNevada2000

    And I don't think that the boys will disappoint. BTW, are they going to do digital wire removal or leave the marionette strings in?

  • July 16, 2004, 8:09 a.m. CST

    this sounds absolutely awesome...

    by team america

    but i was DYING to see some pictures from the set. i REALLY want to see what this is looking like so far!

  • July 16, 2004, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Does it have anything to do with the Team America toys from the

    by rev_skarekroe

    With the motorcycle guys and all that? sk

  • July 16, 2004, 9:53 a.m. CST

    sounds ridiculous...i like

    by ScreamingPenis

    this will most likely not be a film about beating up on liberals. f9/11 fans, if they have any sense of satire, should be able to appreciate this movie as well.

  • July 16, 2004, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Theme song...

    by REMcycle

    "Team America! Fuck Yeah!" That's the funniest thing I've heard in months! I can't wait for this flick! Looks to be an interesting fall for movies already...

  • July 16, 2004, 10:20 a.m. CST

    This is all I will think about until October.

    by Tsunami3G

    Mmmmmm, candy.

  • July 16, 2004, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Dude, Parker and Stone have got to stop saying dude, dude.

    by Christopher3

  • July 16, 2004, 10:39 a.m. CST

    No! No! Take this story DOWN! Liberals GOOD, Republicans BAD! Ha

    by Baron Karza

    I bet harry actually thought about not posting this story because it was 'un-flattering' to liberals. I KNOW IT!

  • July 16, 2004, 10:44 a.m. CST

    This is...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...by far the best movie news I've heard in months. "Team America -- Fuck Yeah!!" That is, without a doubt, the greatest song title ever. This whole project sounds utterly hilarious. I can't stop laughing every time I think of the idea of Kim Jong Il crooning "I'm Ronery." Ladies and Gentlemen, this is comedy GOLD.

  • July 16, 2004, 11:34 a.m. CST

    I can't wait to see this

    by eraser_x

    This sounds like pure genius. Pure mad genius.

  • July 16, 2004, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Since South Park: BLU remains the funniest movie of the last 10

    by FluffyUnbound

    As well as the best musical, I would gladly pay to see anything these guys want to put out. I'd give it a shot. I have forgotten Orgasmo and Baseketball so I don't hold those against them.

  • July 16, 2004, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Baron Karza

    by coop

    Suck it buddy, What you don't seem to understand is, liberals have a sense of humor. We have the ability to agree with someone AND laugh when they or we are the punchline. You see, Matt and Trey are just funny, period. It doesn't matter if we agree with the characterization they portray because it's comedy and nothing is safe in comedy. If it's funny, it's funny. If it was the other way around you would all be crying about the so called liberal media.

  • July 16, 2004, 12:04 p.m. CST

    How do you top 'Uncle Fucka'?

    by Steven Credible

    I've always wondered if there could ever be a song that made me laugh as much as 'Uncle Fucka' did. Well, if the title is any indication, 'Team America! Fuck Yeah!' could be that song. I've never laughed so hard at a song title. And following it up with the Aerosmith style ballad during a love scene.... Brilliant.

  • July 16, 2004, 12:41 p.m. CST

    "I'm Ronery"!? My ribs hurt already....

    by Joe Cool #2

    ... is it wrong to be fetal with laughter about that? Anyone else, I'd wonder. Only Stone and Parker could pull that off. It just keeps gettin' funnier every time I picture Kim Jong-il belting into song. (I just hope Tom Ridge has a cameo as the equivalent of that weird little dude that used to fix Thunderbird 1 from time to time...)

  • July 16, 2004, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Can't wait to see it

    by Tacom

    I don't know what more they can do to Barbara Streissand after they were through with her on SOUTH PARK. I know even though Alec Baldwin got bombed in BIGGER, LOUDER AND UNCUT, I still want to see him get ripped apart again. For a liberal, he's incredibly violent and petty. Susan Sarandon is a total bitch as far as I'm concerned. She's always on about all the good and selfless things she's done, but whenever I see her on Conan or The Daily Show, she's so rude and snotty, without any provocation. What makes liberals so good a target is that they're so offended if you have a different point of view, even though they're supposed to be so open-minded. So many liberals I've met are just as intolerant as conservatives. Even more so. Probably some left-winger is going to call me a fascist, right-winger when I'm not. I'm just stuck in the middle like most people.

  • July 16, 2004, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Baron Karza won't like this..that means it 's going to be good.

    by TedSallis

    Wow, we've finally turned a corner here! Republicans are the 'whiners' nowadays.

  • July 16, 2004, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Can't breathe, too much laughter. Please Trey and Matt, let the

    by Declan_Swartz

    www.spschat.com/SPinfo/AbortedProjects.htm www.bigchiefstudios.com/fuzzies.html

  • July 16, 2004, 4:59 p.m. CST

    GODAMMIT HARRY-- YOUR FUCKING SERVER SUCKS!!!

    by Eye_H8_U

    Don't you think it's time to upgrade that shitty 386 Windows '95 peice of shit that you got?! I know that eating and porn uses up most of your finances but come on! Update your shit you fat ass, Michael Moore sucking, freak of nature.

  • July 16, 2004, 6:22 p.m. CST

    Is Team Orbitz the heros' competition? http://www.destinationor

    by grillskill

  • July 16, 2004, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Are, damn it, I meant "Are" above.

    by grillskill

  • July 16, 2004, 6:31 p.m. CST

    Oh dear lord, this will be fantastic

    by 007-11

    "I'm Ronery"? HOLY SHIT! I don't care how politically incorrect it is. There is NOTHING funnier than asian accents. Scottish pales in comparison to the misplaced r's and l's of an asian accent. This should make a lot of money too. There are so many people out there aching for something that lambastes Michael Moore. "South Park" is the only show that consistently blows me away with either it's brilliance or just how funny it is. Republican agenda, Democrat agenda, I don't care i'm seeing it.

  • July 16, 2004, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Ok, I admit I am drunk at the moment, and forgot how to spell he

    by grillskill

  • July 16, 2004, 7:33 p.m. CST

    GENIUS.

    by Prankster

    I'm not even a particularly big fan of South Park, but God bless these guys for continuing to push the boundaries of both taste and creativity. I love that 2004 (despite all the people decrying it as a bad year for movies) has seen the retrun of controversy to the silver screen, with The Passion, F9/11 and now this. Though I wonder if the people reading this and gloating over how the liberals are going to be skewered (which I'm sure they are) realize that the whole PREMISE for the movie seems to be mocking the hawkish republican mindset--similar to "Starship Troopers", the whole thing seems to be a gigantic exercise in irony. That's what I got from the write-up above, anyway. Also, given that Parker and Stone were featured prominently in "Bowling for Columbine", the "take THAT, Liberals" attitude might be a little hasty. That's all I'm saying. Also, "Terrorize this!!!!" made me laugh very, very hard.

  • Rare in these troubled times

  • July 16, 2004, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Brilliant.

    by ELGordo

    Fuck Yeah! Should be the official tag line on the poster. That would be fucking hillarious.

  • July 16, 2004, 8:54 p.m. CST

    fuckin awesome

    by SuperTooth

    I couldn't stop laughing reading about the part where the exec yells out they fucked us. I cant wait to see this.

  • July 16, 2004, 9:12 p.m. CST

    Best Article on AICN EVER!!!

    by IAmLegolas

    "Oh my god, they fucked us." indeed!!! HAHAHAHAHHAAHHAHAHAHA

  • July 16, 2004, 9:31 p.m. CST

    i have been waiting...

    by hank quinlan

    ...on this since I first heard of it, when? Like a year ago maybe less. To think, it's going to happen is so awesome. Parker and Stone just had what might be the best South Park season ever. They are still taking risks and still poking holes in everyone on every side of the political spectrum. Which they ALL deserve. No mercy for anyone. Could be THE movie event of the fall. I agree that theme song title is the funniest thing in the article. Props to AICN for giving an indepth, full behind the scenes look at all aspects of the film and talking to people like Pope that most articles wouldnt bother with. Also, if anyone didnt catch Trio's fantastic doc on Parker and Stone's aborted entry into the dot com bubble called Shocked (I think), it's well worth your time. They come out like the iconoclasts they are and the corporate dickheads (particularly one woman at Shockwave) come off as total money worshipping, corporate speak Lundbergs. Team America...FUCK YEAH!

  • July 16, 2004, 9:37 p.m. CST

    yeah, i can't wait for this.

    by dregmobile

    TEAM AMERICA - FUCK YEAH! that alone has me in tears.

  • July 16, 2004, 9:52 p.m. CST

    Mori, when is the next Jedi Council?

    by Atticus Finch

  • July 16, 2004, 9:54 p.m. CST

    Yay! This is going to be hilarious..

    by Jon E Cin

    I hope.,...wait..I know it will be hilarious.

  • July 16, 2004, 11:28 p.m. CST

    Wow, October?

    by JustinSane

    Good. Finally we won't have to wait a zillion years between badass description and actually seeing the movie!

  • July 17, 2004, 12:26 a.m. CST

    Never heard of Thunderbirds, but this sounds like it'll be a re

    by ExcaliburFfolkes

    Matt and Trey are always good for a truckload of laughs and gags. Maybe they'll throw us a crumb and release a trailer for it soon.

  • July 17, 2004, 1:27 a.m. CST

    Holy shit!

    by IMHO

    This has got to be one of the most positive feedbacks I've ever scene; especially for just a fucking set report. And I agree with everyone, "Terrorize this!" ROFL!!!!!! Nobody, NOBODY in America can rip the kooks on the right and the left like these two. "TEAM AMERICA, FUCK YEAH!" I'm gonna be saying that until October.

  • July 17, 2004, 2:13 a.m. CST

    Wow.

    by Mosquito March

    I don't like SOUTH PARK, but this sounds great. Finally, something else woth looking forward to this year.

  • July 17, 2004, 3:38 a.m. CST

    Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes...YEAH MUTHAFUCKA!!!

    by castaway

    I tried to come here earlier today to check on the news and noticed that I couldn't get onto the site. Now I have read the reason why and I am as happy as a pig in shit! Trey and Matt are fucking brilliant! They might as well be called the great uniters of this already politically divided nation. Yeah, I tend to swing towards the right wing and the moment I read that those celebrities were getting skewered I admit to my stupid loser-dom, I started pumping my fist in the air and shouting at the top of my lungs (and fell out of my chair laughing when I read about the Michael Moore puppet having a permanent mustard stain). Republicans and Democrats will get to laugh at each other's shortcomings. This makes Trey and Matt a whole helluva lot more fair and balanced than the Fox News Network.....THAT'S FOR DAMNED SURE! Okay lefties, rhetorically slam me into the ground. In closing, I hope a real terrorist attack doesn't occur and puts this sucker on hiatus. That would totally suck donkey balls.

  • July 17, 2004, 5:12 a.m. CST

    For those unaware of Gerry Anderson's Supermarionation shows her

    by Declan_Swartz

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/anderson/

  • July 17, 2004, 6:20 a.m. CST

    Don't Know If Anyone Will Care...

    by Phantom_Turnip

    I've lived in Tokyo, Japan, for the last couple years since I moved here in the Summer of 2002 from Los Angeles. I was working for Twentieth Century Fox, but found myself disillusioned with the freakin' greedy movie scene after September 11th. Anyway, long story short, a few weeks ago, I was walking through Tokyo Station (crowded as Hell) and almost ran into Matt Stone - or was it Trey Parker? Telling them apart is like figuring out which one's Kate and which one's Ally. In any event, it was the one with curly hair, NOT frizzy hair like Jeff what's-his-name in Lawnmomer Man. He was walking out of the station with a (I'm assuming) Japanese woman, and looked like he'd just gotten off a plane out of Narita. Anyone know if this had something to do with his recording of the 'Ronery' song, or Team America in general? Or did I just see some geek that looked like him?

  • July 17, 2004, 6:27 a.m. CST

    Southpark, BasketBall, Orgazmo, and now this... Champions!

    by TheGinger Twit

  • July 17, 2004, 10:17 a.m. CST

    The Puppets of the Christ

    by Mr. Fargo

    Matt & Trey should get honorary Ph.D.'s!!! These gents know how to f**k whatever's hot and cool at the moment, and still be blazingly retro about it. Few people can pull off what they have, and still remain respected. Matt & Trey (if you're reading), go f**k yourselves with Paris Hilton plastered on your faces.... then release it on the internet. Justice!!!!

  • July 17, 2004, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Matt and Trey destroy both sides of the fence

    by Terry_1978

    They've taken jabs at both liberal and conservative views, and that's why I love their humor so much, they always point out that the other side is just as fucked up as the opposing side thinks the other side is...or something like that. Bring on Team America!

  • July 17, 2004, 2:56 p.m. CST

    How dare they...

    by MirroredDog

    I cant beleave they said Matt Stone is the next Henson. They should just stick to there crappy animation and leave the puppets to the pros.( in fact they did just that) Just because you have an idea to use puppets doesn't give anyone the right to call Him the next Henson. this fuck never made a puppet in there life.( sept maybe a sock puppet to jack off with) Henson also made and worked his own puppets. you fucks better start giving credit where its do or i'll kill every last one of you mother fuckers! * insert intro music to pulp fiction here* P.S.. this is going to be one sweet ass movie.

  • July 17, 2004, 6:12 p.m. CST

    Can't wait. Can't wait. Can't wait. Can't wait. Can't wait. Can'

    by Tall_Boy

    Can't wait. Can't wait. Can't wait. Can't wait. Can't wait. Can't wait. Can't wait. Can't wait. Can't wait. etc. etc.

  • July 17, 2004, 7:23 p.m. CST

    I had not heard a thing about this..

    by Gabba-UK

    And it is now may most want to see film!! Team America:Fuck Yeah!! Awesome! The guys were fucking robbed of the oscar for Blame Canada. Time to redress the balance come awards season me thinks...

  • Now I can laugh without feeling too partisan.

  • July 18, 2004, 4:55 p.m. CST

    I know, from reading this I thought they were making a film abou

    by axelfoley

    I mean, what about that? Remember how two of the guys would look like they could have auditioned for Dires Straight and the third was the mysterious Marauder? Cynically speaking, I wouldn't be surprised with the things that are passing for movies these days.

  • July 19, 2004, 2:37 a.m. CST

    Team America is a Go!

    by stuntrocker

    Roger And Go! Affirmative. Team America is Go!

  • July 20, 2004, 1:03 a.m. CST

    blind boyz

    by biteyou

    to all you dorks who somehow think that team america is the conservative answer to 911.. get your styrofoam-filled brains out of your bushes were talking equal-opportunity bashing of both demos and re-pube-icans. hell.. everyone is going to be protrayed by PUPPETS! Everyone.. lefties and righties are getting there strings pulled in this upcoming flick. wake up and smell the satire! oh.. and to the dork who said "geez mabel ain't nuthing funnier den an asian acksent": go back to blowing your sister, adolf.

  • July 21, 2004, 4:59 a.m. CST

    sounds an awful lot like Super Adventure Team

    by doodles

    anyone remember this show on MTV a few years ago? http://www.tvtome.com/tvtome/servlet/ShowMainServlet/showid-4493/Super_Adventure_Team/

  • July 21, 2004, 7:20 a.m. CST

    Team America? Fuck yeah! thank you Matt and Trey!

    by Preacher_mg

    This is without a doubt the best idea for a movie I heard in years. And it's also the first talkback in years that is 100% positive. I smell a winner.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 10:58 p.m. CST

    In the year 2009

    by YackBacker

    This movie will still be loved by millions.

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