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South Park: The Chef Experience
Warner Bros.
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Review by Earl Cressey | posted November 3, 2000 | E-mail the Author
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South Park, for the uninformed, is a mature cartoon animated and voiced primarily by Trey Parker and Matt Stone and airs on Comedy Central. It revolves around four 3rd graders in South Park, Colorado, who are: Kenny, Stan, Kyle, and Cartman. South Park: The Chef Experience, newly released by Warner Brothers, contains three episodes from the long running series: Chef Aid, Succubus, and Rainforest Schmainforest. Also included are: Chef Aid: Behind the Menu and the music video for Chocolate Salty Balls.

In Chef Aid, the Chef discovers that Alanis Morissette's new song 'Stinky Britches' is a song he wrote years ago. He then asks Capitalist Records for a byline credit on the song, since the lyrics are his. Capitalist Records then sues him for harassment, and wins. Unless the Chef can come up with $2 million dollars, he faces four years in prison. The South Park kids then come to his rescue and organize a benefit concert with Elton John, Ozzy Osbourne, Rick James, and many others.

In Succubus, the Chef falls in love with Veronica, a mysterious woman, and quits working at the school. The South Park kids are concerned for him and their lunch, and try to talk him into coming back. He refuses, and says that he and Veronica are going to get married. The kids learn that Veronica may, in fact, be a succubus, and must find a way to stop the wedding before the Chef is doomed.

The last episode, Rainforest Schmainforest, surprisingly doesn't feature the Chef. Jennifer Aniston guest-voices a tour guide for a choir determined to save the rainforest through song. The South Park kids get into trouble at school during her presentation, and must accompany the "Getting Gay with Kids" choir to Costa Rica to sing for the 'Save the Rainforest Summit.' However, while there, they get lost in the rainforest when their guide suddenly dies. Faced with all sorts of dangers in the rainforest, they must make it back in time for the summit.

All three episodes range from above average to terrific, and I can see myself revisiting this disc from time to time as the Chef is one of my favorite characters on the show. While I can't see how these beat out some of the classic Chef episodes, they are worth watching.

Picture:
South Park: The Chef Experience is presented in 1.33:1 full frame, as it was originally presented on TV. The picture looks as good as, if not better than, it does on TV with no major defects in the print that I could detect. Colors are vibrant as always.

Sound:
South Park: The Chef Experience is presented in Dolby Surround Stereo. The dialogue and music during the episodes remains crisp and clean with no distortion; this is an adequate sound track for the material presented.

Extras:
The two main extras on the disc are: "Chef Aid: Behind the Menu", which is a Behind the Music type special that runs about 22 minutes and the music video for Chocolate Salty Balls which runs about 4 minutes. The Behind the Menu special features interviews with most of the performers on the Chef Aid CD, which includes: Elton John, Ween, Flea, Ozzy Osborne, Primus, Clash, Meatloaf, Ike Turner, and Master P, whose "Kenny's Dead" music video is included as well. I found it a bit too promotional, but parts of it were pretty good, and I especially enjoyed the "Kenny's Dead" video. Chocolate Salty Balls is a Chef classic, and I'm glad it was included on the DVD. The song itself is outrageous and quite funny. Optional English and French subtitles are also included.

Summary:
South Park fans will want to check out The Chef Experience for a decent selection of episodes and some pretty good extras. Recommended.

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