Your Studio and You
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|Your Studio and You|
|Directed by||Trey Parker|
|Written by||Trey Parker
|Narrated by||Trey Parker|
|Distributed by||Universal Studios|
|approx. 14 min|
Your Studio and You is a comedy short film created in 1995 by Matt Stone and Trey Parker and commissioned by comedic filmmaker David Zucker. It was to be played at a party Seagram threw for its employees acquired as a result of its Universal Studios take-over. It parodies the style of 1950s educational films such as Duck and Cover, while poking fun at Universal and its talent. It was shot in the Universal Studios backlot, and it runs approximately 14 minutes.
Upon commissioning the duo to make this film, David Zucker failed to mention that there was no script, so everything was written by Parker and Stone less than an hour before it was shot.
The film is notable in that it was Stone and Parker's first Hollywood gig. Parker has said that "you could probably make a feature film out of the experience of making that movie because it was just two dudes from college suddenly directing Steven Spielberg." This film has still seen no public release as it was intended to be strictly an internal film (indeed, its creators were not even allowed a copy), but copies of the film have surfaced on the internet. Ifilm.com had the video on its site for a limited time. The video was promoted on the site in ad banners. These advertisements included the date that ifilm.com would stop hosting the video.
Stone and Parker would make their first major studio-produced feature, BASEketball, for Universal with David Zucker directing (albeit one in which they merely starred in).
The film is also notable for its use of a number of celebrity actors, musicians, writers, producers, and directors in the Universal family, including Andrew Bergman, James Cameron (shown improving the Universal Studios landscaping), Shaun Cassidy, Robin Cook, Shelley Fabares, George Carlin, Michael J. Fox, Brian Grazer, Heavy D, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Barry Kemp, Angela Lansbury (shown painting the Psycho House), Mike Lobell, Traci Lords, Kevin Misher, Demi Moore, Darrin Pfeiffer, John Singleton, Steven Spielberg (shown as a Universal Studios Guide), Sylvester Stallone (in his Rocky Balboa character, and subtitled for comedic effect), Marty Stuart, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker.
Recurring themes/elements in the film include:
- Shots of the Jaws "shark attack" attraction on the Universal Studios Backlot Tour accompanied by the narrated phrase, "old and stupid."
- Seagrams wine coolers (usually distributed as a gift in order to appease a celebrity)
- The placement of porcelain deer in order to beautify a location (usually at the behest of the narrator)
- Buttons (sometimes comically oversized) that parody 50s campaign buttons, reading "I like Universal," and "Universal is A-OK!"
- As he drinks milk and eats Oreos, Michael J. Fox asks "Say, what does that mean?" repeatedly throughout the film. This is a direct parody of 1950s educational films, which stereotypically include such characters.
- The narrator repeatedly pronounces modernize as "modrenized".
- The overuse of the word "say" by various characters
- The appearance of Stallone, speaking as Rocky Balboa, with subtitles in the bottom of the screen.