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South Park: Imaginationland

One disc; Paramount Home Entertainment; $19.99

By Richard von Busack

The fictional world of the imagination is under siege by Muslim terrorists. The crisis in the imaginary world quickly spirals out into ours, with the Pentagon and a caped, Nobel-medallioned Al Gore escalating matters. It's South Park's answer to The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings, and while it's not as big in scope as South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut, it holds its own to those models. Unsurprisingly, Eric Cartman—now one of the most monumental demon-children in the history of cartoons—has the role of Gollum in this story; Cartman nearly loses his soul over his obsession on getting Kyle to pay up on a particularly repulsive wager. In a movie that pits Popeye against Ricardo Montalban's Khan, and the Smurfs against Freddie Kruger, the court battle of Cartman vs. Broflovski may turn out to have the most import; the film gets its backbone from the comedy of an idiot bet growing out of control. The disc includes commentary by Parker and Stone, and the 2004 Christmas special "Woodland Christmas Critters" as a preparation for the Imaginationland appearance of these cute but satanic animals. Also included is the 2006 Gore-slurring episode "ManBearPig." Co-stars God, Jesus, Superman and, in a breakthrough hard-core role, Strawberry Shortcake.

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