Ike in SOUTH PARK - Season 15 - "Royal Pudding" | ©2011 Comedy Central

Ike in SOUTH PARK - Season 15 - "Royal Pudding" | ©2011 Comedy Central

Writer: Trey Parker
Director: Trey Parker
Network: Comedy Central, airs Wednesday nights
Original Telecast: May 11, 2011

I’m all for SOUTH PARK when it likes to mix things up and spotlight secondary characters. However, when it’s done as poorly as “Royal Pudding,” it makes you wonder what creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone were thinking.

With last week’s “Funnybot” being a bit of a mess, “Royal Pudding” fully commits to being an outright disaster by essentially being a one-note SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE skit that drags on for thirty minutes.

The potential for humor is here – essentially a spoof of England’s Royal Wedding, but transplanting the hype and television coverage to Canada where everyone says “aboot” and the cars have square wheels.

Ike, Kyle’s adopted step-brother, happens to be Canadian and is obsessed with the Canadian Royal Wedding that has such rituals as dipping the groom’s hands in butterscotch pudding (with the bride wiping it off) and throwing Cap’n Crunch cereal instead of confetti.

Some of the bits of the television newscast of the wedding is actually quite funny, with a handful of clever zingers. However, mid-ceremony, the princess is frozen in a block of ice and taken away by some mythical creature. This requires all Canadians to open up their Box of Faith and head to Canada where they will fight to save their princess.

Ike joins the fight and goes on an adventure that leads to a pretty weak pay-off.

Back at SOUTH PARK, Mr. Mackey is concerned that his play on tooth decay isn’t going very smoothly, especially with Ike AWOL. This turns into a crazy, profanity spewing director in hopes of getting things perfect.

The biggest laugh of the entire episode comes during at the end between the prince and princess during the last part of their wedding ceremony. It’s so morbid, outlandish and over-the-top, it proves to be a welcome respite from the episode’s otherwise strange and unfunny road trip Ike takes.

It always pains me when SOUTH PARK episodes don’t live up to their potential, and unfortunately “Royal Pudding” takes all of Parker and Stone’s one-note Canadian gags and tries milking them again for the 1000th time. It was funny the first time, now, it’s very stale.

“Royal Pudding” is a small gag in search of an actual story that never quite comes together, but I’d rather have Parker and Stone try and fail with their 15-year old Comedy Central series, than playing it safe any old day.

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  1. I have a feeling that this is going to be the worst season of South Park and probably the last one…

    Smith
  2. This reviewer should NOT be reviewing. This is an awesome SP episode. You’re a *****

    MailFail
    • No, you’re a d**k…

      Scott
      • no you’re a towel

        Balls
  3. Pull the stick out of your ass. This episode was an exercise in ridiculousness and it was pulled off brilliantly. I haven’t laughed out loud at an episode of South Park like this in a long time. If you think the whole episode is just about making fun of Canadians, you’re missing the point.

    doodootron
  4. I also sometimes think a particular season is going to be bad judging by the first few episodes. But it all comes around eventually. I wasn’t particularly unamused by Royal Pudding but I get that not everyone would like it. It was a nice relaxing springtime adventure in Canada with a big colorful wedding. And those mushroom people in the abbey while the princess was getting kidnapped made me think of something else.

    Leafy
  5. Agree with mailfail, great episode.the writer forgot the biggest message in this write up, Tooth decay is Bin LAden. That’s the inside joke and why the younger kids didn’t understand how tooth decay killed Mackey’s family member(people under 17 don’t know who Bin Laden is in the US). The episode is brilliant.

    TREY
    • bin laden was allegedy just killed a few weeks before the ep premiered. I thought tooth decay was bin laden, wasn’t sure, still can’t be…but if it was…lame…that episode sucks, and not because those writers obv whipped this story together in a few days/weeks(as is all of recent I would guess), but because this ep was was not that good, relative to older SP; my opinion, maybe I’m getting too old, and trey and matt continue to write to the younger generation of viewers. Point is, if tooth decay was bin laden, this was written quick; What have they been doing since the season finale, not working on new ideas..

      buttermybutt
  6. He didn’t even mention the hilarious eskimo racial slurs. Episode was fine by me.

    Yup
  7. Okay, did not get Tooth Decay is Bin Laden … I’ll admit that, but it goes back to my feelings that this episode was ALL over the map. It didn’t blend all its story as cohesively as the show usually does. And yes, it’s nice to have a stick up your ass now and again … but, keep in mind, I praise this show all the time. This week … just severely disappointed.

    Carl Cortez
    • People REALLY need to stop watching South Park for it’s compelling storylines. Yes, every once in awhile they can be very effective with whatever story they’re telling and sometimes an episode will have a very good point. Dude… the first 5 minutes of the show was a ridiculously long presentation of literally the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen. “Here’s the Queen of Canada. I believe she just queffed”. Do you have any idea how fun it must be to write that for a show and then have it air on something that millions of people watch?! Tooth decay was a gigantic stupid monster and the whole episode made zero sense whatsoever. SO?!?!?! The characters heads are perfect circles from what looks like Microsoft paint! The show is ridiculous for a reason. Every review I read (not just yours so don’t take offense) tries to WAY over-analyze this show and it’s so annoying to read about jokes being drawn out and all this non sense when you have a royal princess being abducted by tooth decay who happens to be a giant green random ass monster that happened to kill Mr. Mackey’s father which sends angry Mr. Mackey on a curse ridden tirade at kindergarteners trying to put on a play about brushing your teeth. What the hell do you want from this show? Watch the show, if you can’t laugh at the utter ridiculousness that was this episode then stop reviewing it.

      Mitch
  8. Am I the only one who noticed reference to super mario game… Princes was taken by the evil monster with spikes and was held in the big castle ,small hero character is going to save it..and I even remember seeing some mushrooms :) …Maybe its just me :)

    Although, tooth decay would be a good reference to Osama if creators would trying to send a message that he was not so dangerous as most americans perceived…

    Europeans often think that americans are a bit extreme in dental hygiene, and maybe too scared of tooth decay :) it could also be a methaphore of cleaning their mouth… doesnt have to be the case of course…

    Srebreni
  9. the idea that tooth decay refers to bin laden is quite interesting. i however think that it is simply refeering to the stereotype that the british have bad teeth. @ srebreni: it has nothing to do with europeans in general, even in europe people do think of the brtish as having bad dental hygiene…the joke has been done by family guy as well for example.

    gocartman
  10. Foer the second week in a row- it simply wasn’t funny.

    Mutaman
  11. Considering the boys just got back from doing a Broadway musical (IRL) I kind of took it that Trey or Matt, most likely Trey, had a meltdown during rehearsals and the whole Mr. Mackey thing was just Trey making fun of himself. I am, of course, just speculating.

    JerryLambert
  12. South Park is the smartest and funniest show ever made. There I said it. However judging by the last three episodes each getting progressively worse the party is over.

    AlexD
  13. I don’t know what ya’ll are talkin about. The past episodes starting from the coon series have been terrible up until this episode. The first two episodes of this seaosn have yes been ridiculous, but not funny. This was the first time in a longggg time where Trey Parker and Matt Stone have been ridiculous but pulled off a funny episode. The Coon episodes were awful, and this was finally something to laugh at. Especially when the Prince shoves the princess’s are up his anus. Finally a funny episode, i thought it was hilarious

    Balls
    • I agree that last weeks episode was bad, but like you i did actually laugh a few times in this, so it couldn’t of been all that bad, especially since the last time i laughed at a simpsons episode was 11 years ago

      steven
  14. “It was funny the first time, now, it’s very stale.”

    No, it’s still funny.

    “it makes you wonder what creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone were thinking.”

    There were probably thinking, actual South Park fans will enjoy the return of Scott the Dick and Ugly Bob, and probably didn’t think about what some douche at some s****y website would write about it.

    Sean
  15. Appalling episode.

    Mike
  16. The fact of the matter is people always write bad reviews of South Park initially every season. A few months to a year passes, they rewatch it and understand what they missed. This is exactly that. There are SO many political and cultural references/jokes in this episode that people are completely missing. Just give it time… You’ll get it. And even if you don’t… how the hell were the last two episodes NOT funny? C’mon, seriously?

    Jae
  17. bin laden was allegedy just killed a few weeks before the ep premiered. I thought tooth decay was bin laden, wasn’t sure, still can’t be…but if it was…lame…that episode sucks, and not because those writers obv whipped this story together in a few days/weeks(as is all of recent I would guess), but because this ep was was not that good, relative to older SP; my opinion, maybe I’m getting too old, and trey and matt continue to write to the younger generation of viewers. Point is, if tooth decay was bin laden, this was written quick; What have they been doing since the season finale, not working on new ideas.

    buttermyass
    • Tooth decay was def Bin laden (with a pinch of Mario thrown in the episdoe.)..it was also relative as to how the Royal Wedding was all over US TV’s and close to nil once Bin Laden was killed..which was representative of what happened in the final moments of this episode. And Mackeys father was repesenting a 911 victim.

      Also the play was a parody of the Sesame Street tooth decay plays and it was also nice seeing Scott the Dick and especially Ugly Bob back..I still want to know if his and Celine Dion’s baby turned out ugly lol.

      Anyway SP has made quick episodes before thier productions windows are relatively short unlike other animated shows. Remember the “Christmas In Canada” Sadamm episode? In a way its a blessing to allow them to be more current when they trying to parody current events.

      Krushgroove
  18. Tradition = Decay

    Gerry
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