Across America, folks gather every year for festivals, parades, races, and contests. But not all of these are your garden-variety events. Discover some of the wackiest public gatherings you can imagine. From roadkill cook-offs to hurling pumpkins hundreds of feet in the air, these are parties you won't want to miss.
Runtime: 60 minutes
America: Wild & Wacky - Chinpokomon - Netflix
“Chinpokomon” is the eleventh episode of the third season of the American animated television series South Park. It originally aired on Comedy Central in the United States on November 3, 1999, making it the 42nd episode of the series. In the episode, the kids become fascinated with the latest fad: a fictional Japanese anime series called Chinpokomon and its related products, such as video games and collectible toys. Chinpokomon is a parody of the popular Pokémon media franchise. “Chinpokomon” was written by South Park co-creator Trey Parker, who also co-directed the episode together with animation director Eric Stough. The episode was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2000.
America: Wild & Wacky - Critical reception - Netflix
DVD Verdict described it as “perhaps the most devastating parody of the seemingly endless pop culture craziness of forced Japan fads”, adding: “Beginning with the title and moving through awkward, amateur anime, video games that cause seizures, and parental confusion over what their kids see in the little crappy toys, the episode smacks of too much truth and contains many moments of ultra-high comedy...This particular episode is why South Park is sometimes begrudgingly called genius, even amongst those who consider it a peek inside the Antichrist's subconscious. It proves that, on occasion, Parker can take the envelope, fill it full of outrageous sentiments and blatant stereotyping, mix in a whole lot of social realities, and filter it through his own sense of tasteless humor and end up with yet another brilliant installment of his show.” ElderGeek described the episode as “a very ironic take on children’s trends and how debilitating they can be”. PixelatedPop ranked the episode 23rd in a top 25 greatest episodes list in 2012. ScreenJunkies wrote “The blindness of parents, the zombie-like children following a fad, and the irrational paranoia of Americans who fear the Japanese simply because they make the occasional incomprehensible TV show were all parodied to perfection”. IGN said “Chinpokomon was a great rip on the whole Pokemon craze with a lot of crude jokes about Asian male anatomy”. The AV Club noted that this episode was the first instance of the South Park fad episode, in which “Characters briefly latch onto something fleetingly popular and often inherently stupid—which is then obsessed about to the detriment of their relationships (or, occasionally, the safety of the entire town)—then, inevitably, they realize that the object of their obsession is dumb and drop it forever.”
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