|South Park episode|
Kenny in a drug altered state
|Episode no.||Season 12
|Directed by||Trey Parker|
|Written by||Trey Parker
|Original air date||March 26, 2008|
"Major Boobage" is the third episode of the twelfth season of the animated television series South Park, and the 170th episode of the series overall. It originally aired on Comedy Central in the United States on March 26, 2008. The episode was co-written by series co-creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. It is the first episode of South Park to be rated TV-MA LSV.
In the episode, Kenny becomes addicted to a new hallucinogen induced by a new craze in South Park called "cheesing", and experiences hallucinations that are patterned after the 1981 Canadian film Heavy Metal, in which he pursues a well-endowed female in a setting whose motif is based entirely on female breasts. The episode also includes references to the The Holocaust and Eliot Spitzer's 2008 prostitution scandal.
The guest female character pursued by Kenny in the episode was portrayed by porn star Lisa Daniels, who was initially filmed in live action, which was then converted to animation via rotoscoping.
Mr. Mackey lectures the kids on the dangers of choking themselves to get high, as well as other methods that are becoming popular, including getting high off cat urine. Mr. Mackey explains that urine used by male cats to mark their territory in the presence of other male cats can cause one to become intoxicated when inhaled. Curious, the boys go to Cartman's house and confirm it for themselves, by having Cartman's cat, Mr. Kitty (who, in previous episodes, was actually female), squirt urine in Kenny's face. Kenny then experiences a drug trip driving a rocket-powered, black Pontiac Trans Am through space and encountering a woman with large breasts. She leads him to a fantasy kingdom, where many of the buildings and natural formations feature breast-like protrusions. At the height of the trip, as Kenny is about to bathe with her, Cartman manages to pin him to the ground and bring him back to reality, where he has been running around and removing his clothing (though Kenny angrily attacks him for interrupting). As a result, Stan and Kyle suggest that they permanently abstain from using cat urine.
The new drug craze becomes national, with Fox News calling it "cheesing", because it's "fon to due". Kyle's parents, horrified, bring it to the attention of other parents and Gerald Broflovski drafts a bill that will make cats illegal in South Park, whereupon all cats are subsequently taken into custody by the DEA. Cartman hides Mr. Kitty in his attic and suggests that it "write a diary", and he also reluctantly hides many of the neighborhood cats (strangely, out of compassion for the cats, not out of his usual and initial greed.).
Kenny, meanwhile, is still able to acquire cat urine and is now addicted. The boys try to stop his cheesing addiction, threatening to tell on him, and confiscate his cat. Kyle's mother Sheila finds the cat in Kyle's dresser drawer, but Kyle denies that it is his. He is nevertheless grounded and Gerald takes the cat downstairs, where it is revealed that Gerald himself was once a user. Despite being clean for ten years, temptation takes over and Gerald cheeses himself "one last time". Under the influence, he finds himself in the fantasy world, flying a B-17G. After encountering the woman with the large breasts, he is annoyed to find that Kenny is there, too. They are told that they must battle at the "Breastriary in Nippopolis." Back in reality, a large audience is watching Gerald and Kenny fight at the playground (still believing themselves to be in the fantasy world), shocking Sheila and embarrassing Kyle. Gerald makes a public apology with an indignant Sheila by his side, and lifts the ban on cats. He tells his audience that it is not the fault of cats, as the cats only produce urine while people actively choose to use it.
Cartman says he has learned that beings cannot be deprived of their freedom. Upon hearing this, Kyle then asks Cartman if he does not notice a similarity between the recent happenings and anything else in history, but Cartman sees none. The boys then find Kenny, sniffing a flower, claiming that he is getting "high on life", but Kenny then starts rapidly sniffing a handful of flowers, and is transported back to his drug-induced fantasy world, much to Stan, Kyle and Cartman's dismay.
The episode took eight weeks to complete, which is eight times that of a normal episode, due to the use of traditional animation in order to make it resemble the film Heavy Metal. It also reveals the origin of Kenny’s car, which was sometimes an actual 3-D model instead of animation.
Two different songs are alternately played in the "cheese trip" portions of the episode: "Heavy Metal (Takin' a Ride)" by Don Felder, and "Heavy Metal" by Sammy Hagar. "Radar Rider" by Riggs is played briefly during the arena scene. All three songs originally appeared on the Heavy Metal Soundtrack.
Travis Fickett of IGN gave the episode a score of 9.0 out of 10, calling it "a terrific episode – funny throughout". Fickett saw the episode, which he felt contained more laughs in its first two minutes than in the prior two episodes combined, as a return of the series to high quality after a less impressive season opener. Fickett lauded the episode's ability to combine social commentary with the "absurd" references to the film Heavy Metal, and praised the various "great small moments" in the story, including Cartman being oblivious to the historical parallels in his concern over the cats, Butters calmly reassuring Kenny after being vomited on by him, Mr. Mackey's realization he should not have mentioned how the cat urine can be used as an hallucinogen, etc.
Brad Trechak of The Huffington Post thought the episode harbored a good premise but was not executed well, and signified that the creators' creative energy was waning. While Trechak was impressed with their ability to effect "fantastic animation", and thought that the individual references to Anne Frank, the Eliot Spitzer's 2008 prostitution scandal and the after-school specials were individually funny, he did not feel they were incorporated well into the episode, likening them to employing pieces from different puzzles. Trechak also stated that the fear-mongering of the Fox News broadcast captured the style of that network "perfectly", and felt that the Heavy Metal sequences and music truly captured the essence of that movie well enough to inspire a desire in him to watch that movie again, but thought that the Holocaust was "somewhat hammered into the audience", particularly at the end of the episode.
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- Fickett, Travis (March 27, 2008). "South Park: 'Major Boobage' Review". IGN.
- "Major Boobage" Full episode at South Park Studios
- "Major Boobage" Episode guide at South Park Studios
- "Major Boobage" at the Internet Movie Database
- "Major Boobage" at TV.com