‘South Park: Butterballs’ Review

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Butterballs was one of the smartest episodes of South Park in years. Easily the best of season sixteen so far and better than anything in season fifteen.

The current Bully controversy clearly made its way to the ears of Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and boy did they run with it. South Park has not had an episode this good in a very long time. The plot followed Stan trying to make an anti-bullying video with his classmates while Butters became a victim of bullying by his own grandma.

I love Butters centric episodes to begin with but this was just fantastic. Watching his grandma beat him up and poke his eye was hilarious just because Butters is so naive and learning about the world at a much slower rate than many of his other classmates. Making him the face of Stan’s movie was a strong commentary on the face we keep seeing coming out of Bully, does that kid really want all this attention on something personal? Like Stan, too few people have asked that question.

However, the dance number was absolutely hysterical. It seemed like a true chore for the creators to do one long sequence, which made it all the more hilarious when Butters ruined it. Otherwise, this story was here to comment on what is wrong with the current anti-bullying movement. I loved that every single person in the organization, all the way up to Jesus, was bullied by someone higher than them.

The ending was priceless as Butters attacked Dr. Oz on live television. Then he told his grandma off in both a funny and poignant way. It really felt like Butters grew, proof that South Park can still be emotionally satisfying.

As for Stan, just as Kyle told him, he ended up jerkin’ it in San Diego, another great commentary this episode had but this time on Kony 2012.

All in all, Butterballs is a phenomenal entry to South Park as it effectively commented on a major issue while being absolutely hysterical. This is something South Park has not done as well as this in years. Absolutely brilliant. Grade: A

8 Responses to ‘South Park: Butterballs’ Review

  1. Bill says:

    Wow, this was interesting read and definitely helped me fully understand the back story for the episode, especially ‘jerking it in San Diego’! Matt and Trey never fail to give us gold.

  2. M says:

    Are you a retard? The whole episode was a commentary on kony using bullying as the vehicle. It hits 2 birds with 1 stone to prove we can’t really have an impact on either and that sometimes people are just bad. I hope you’re no older than 13..

  3. Dillon says:

    Where did they get the bullying video idea?

  4. The Corrector says:

    @M it was both, the development of the bullying movie and the focus point of generating money as opposed to getting out the message AND the flash in the pan viral sensation and ultimate downfall of Jason Russell (Kony 2012). Both of these stories complement each other well, they are both recent and they both have creators who make the cause about themselves.

  5. Will says:

    Meh, this episode was very good, but I could only really understand it after finding out about Bully and about the Kony film and the backlash/fallout. Maybe this is a sign I’M out of touch, I’d like to know how many people in the UK have struggled in a similar way this series.

  6. Edward says:

    Best episode in a long long time, jackin’ it in San Diego was just brilliant!

  7. TIMRAW says:

    You are out of touch mate it was plastered all over the news for days when the guy got caught jacking it – UK RESIDENT

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