After seeing Cannibal! The Musical (1993) (aka Cannibal! The Musical), producer Brian Graden wanted Matt Stone and Trey Parker to create a show that was similar to the film. When the first pilot was completed, Graden thought it work better as a Fox Kids show. After making another pilot geared towards kids, Fox Kids passed on the show. See more »
This oddity is more for South Park and Trey Parker and Matt Stone fans mainly, as I can't see any other ways of stumbling upon it these days. But for that I can say immediately that its definitely worth it!
This is the work of a younger Trey Parker that got the chance to do a pilot for a TV-series, but it failed to bring success. Too bad, as the concept was good and could have turned into something great if it got a chance.
As for the plot: Basically every episode would start with meeting a history-narrator telling us about a historical period back in time, and how it was "really" like, and then we would get to see it played out. With Parker and Stone in main parts.
Its similarity to Monty Python is very notable, as in humor, storytelling and style. Silly and intelligently witty. As it is in Cannibal The Musical too. Obviously inspired. There's only two episodes of Time Warped. The first one is about Moses brother Aaron, who is at a loss why God chose his stupid brother as a messenger and not him. Classicaly funny and taboo-provoking by Parker. But the episode is not without faults. Most of the jokes is well intended, but its often a bit clumsy and the timing of the jokes is sometimes off mark. Still the episode is overall funny and should be very interesting for people who wants to see how Parkers style and humor has developed into the genius innovative humor of South Park .
The next Time Warped episode was supposed to be about the pilgrims, and we see previews from it at the end of the first episode, but it never was completed! Because what happened was that the producers felt Time Warped instead could become a great CHILDREN educational show and sent it over to Fox Kids. Which was a bad sign really.. because Parker and Stones humors strength really lays in its sharpness. A children show would really restrict anything they do... and that was surely what happened.
The next episode was about evolution, and as much as I think the idea of a love story between different pre-human species and as it is an original idea, the episode lacks some of the adult humor that trademark what we love about Parker and Stone. As a children show its fine, but Fox Kids didn't pick it up. And understandably so. The episode is actually fine though in my opinion, but somewhat annoying and lacks the edge.
All in all. Some funny stuff, good concept, but somewhat too flawed too make it. Worthwhile for fans of Parker and Stone.
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