Twelve years into it, South Park still manages to be surprisingly fresh. Any argument against that statement is squelched with the third episode into this collection, â€œMajor Boobage,â€ an homage to the classic stoner cartoon Heavy Metal thanks to cat urine. Sure the cartoons are still crudely drawn and the jokes even cruder, but letâ€™s be honest you either think fourth graders saying â€œfuckâ€ is funny or you donâ€™t.
I tend to think itâ€™s hilarious. While adult cartoons staples like The Simpsons and King of the Hill have tended to age and lose a bit of their edge (if you consider King of the Hill edgy), South Park has remained extremely timely and has been willing to use satire as a weapon.
Some of the targets in Season 12 are a bit played out (like Britney Spears in â€œBritneyâ€™s New Lookâ€), but others are on the mark, like George Lucas and Steven Spielberg continuously defiling Indiana Jones thanks to the dreadful Crystal Skull movie (â€œThe China Probremâ€). There are also sharp jabs at Canadians (a favorite target of creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker) High School Musical (â€œElementary School Musicalâ€) and Internet culture (â€œOverlogging.â€) Twelve seasons down and the show is just hitting its creative peak.
Rating: 8 out of 10
South Park: The Complete Twelfth Season / 2009 Comedy Central and Paramount / 308 mins. / http://www.comedycentral.com