Cannibal! The Musical is not technically a Troma Entertainment film, but without Troma, it never would have seen the light of day. Genius Lloyd Kaufman made a great decision and we all have him to thank for it.
South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker released Cannibal! The Musical in 1993 under the original title of Alferd Packer: The Musical. The original release was very small and few people got to see the movie. In 1996, Troma Entertainment picked it up for their catalog and re-released it to a slightly wider audience under the better known title Cannibal! The Musical. As this predated South Park, it drew very little attention.
Things were about to change!
In 1997, South Park debuted and was an instant hit. It was then that people started looking for Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s prior films. Cannibal! The Musical was finally in demand and Troma Entertainment re-released it on both VHS and DVD. The film soon grew a cult following and branched off into a stage show.
The true highlight of Cannibal! The Musical is in the DVD extras. Matt, Trey, and many cast members got together to record something called “Drunken Director’s Commentary”, in which everyone got drunk and watched the movie. There are many laugh-out-loud moments throughout the commentary and most people enjoy watching the movie more, when it’s turned on.
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Cannibal! The Musical Trivia
Cannibal! The Musical – Wikipedia
Contrasting with the musical’s generally dark and morbid humor are its cheerful songs, all composed by Parker, including “Let’s Build a Snowman”, “Ode to Liane”, “Hang the Bastard”, and “Shpadoinkle” (pronounced shpah-doink-ul). The last of these is a transparent parody of the song “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning” from the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Oklahoma!.
Two songs that were originally going to be in the film, but later taken out, were “Shatterproof” and “Don’t Be Stupid”. An interview with Ian Keldin said that Trey thought “Shatterproof” (a planned rap song) made Packer seem too tough.
The film began as a 3-minute trailer made for a film class. After the trailer drew much attention, Parker and Stone raised around $125,000 and began shooting the full-length film. The film was shot during weekends and on spring break in 1993, and according to Ian Hardin, most of the crew failed their film history class as a result. Early in shooting, Parker was thrown from one of the horses playing “Liane”, fracturing his hip.
Several live productions of the show have been mounted, with excerpts from one live version available on the DVD.
In 2001, Saturday Players launched a six-month off-off-Broadway run of the show that earned critical acclaim and returning audience members.
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