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Team America: World Police (2004)

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Team America: World Police (2004)

Release Date: October 15th, 2004 (wide)

Release Date Notes: (6/22/04) Officially, Paramount has not yet announced a release date for this movie, but last week, "Variety" reported that their "best case scenario" and presumed target is October 22nd, 2004, which would put it in theaters just two weeks before Election Day. Earlier this spring, the studio included this movie in a presentation of some of their movies for 2005. When the project was first announced in June, 2003, the target for release was the summer of 2004. (7/2/04) The date Paramount is aiming for is October 15th, which will now give them *three* weeks before the election instead of two.

Title Note: (6/27/04) The original working title for this movie was 'American Heroes.' This movie has also been listed as just 'Team America,' but the full title is 'Team America: World Police.'

MPAA Rating Note: (6/27/04) Given the expletives that are usually typicallly heard in other Matt Stone and Trey Parker comedies, there's a very good chance that this movie may receive an R rating from the MPAA.

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Production Company: Scott Rudin Productions (I Heart Huckabee's, The Village, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events)

Production Company Note: (6/27/04) Although the Braniff company logo appears at the end of each "South Park" episode, that is actually a bankrupt company Trey Parker and Matt Stone have nothing to do with (and the song they play on top of it is actually from Cannibal! The Musical). It's possible that Parker and Stone's producer credits will be represented by a new production company.

Cast: (voices) Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Elle Russ, Stanley G. Sawicki; other voice cast not announced yet.

Director: Trey Parker (Cannibal! The Musical) and Matt Stone (codirectors of Orgazmo and South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut)

Screenwriter: Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Pam Brady (writing team of South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut)

Based Upon: (6/27/04) This movie is being produced using wooden marionettes, in a style similar to the "super marioination" popularized in the 1960s by kid-friendly TV shows like the one that inspired this year's Thunderbirds. Talking to "Variety," Matt Stone said of that movie, "I hate these new new Hollywood films that are CGI-driven. Trey and I loved that 'Thunderbirds' series because of the artistry of the marionettes. It's amazing that a studio would make a movie out of and take out the only thing that was about the series." Continuing, Stone also told "Variety", "What we wanted to do was a send-up of these super important huge action movies that Jerry Bruckheimer makes." Stone concluded by saying, "the subtle joke here is that all actors are puppets. This will probably piss off everyone in town, and might well be our swan song." Although Stone referred to his stars in that quote as puppets, most of the cast will indeed be marionettes (manipulated by strings), rather than actual puppets (which are usually manipulated by someone sticking their hand up... the rear).

Not Based Upon: (6/27/04) This movie has nothing to do with the comic book series, "Team America", published by Marvel Comics in the 1980s, which relayed the adventures of a patriotic team of race car drivers who used their various vehicles to fight crime, etc.

Premise: This politcally-minded comedy action adventure tells the story of Team America, a group of superhero-style adventurers who travel the world fighting terrorism and other evils. Specifically, the story focuses on a typical "action hero" who is recruited to join Team America for a special mission, as a satire of the typical Hollywood action movie, using a combination of wood marionette-driven action sequences and stirring tongue-in-cheek musical numbers.

Premise Note: (6/27/04) The original plan for this movie, as revealed by Matt Stone in "Variety", was for it to be a scene-by-scene remake of The Day After Tomorrow (the script of which they were given before filming started) using marionettes, and then theatrically release it on the same day (May 28th, 2004). "We thought would have been hilarious but our lawyer convinced us we wouldn't get it released."

Filming: Production started in early May, 2004 on a budget of $20 million. Production is hoped to wrap later this summer so that it can make an pre-elections October, 2004 release date.

Genre: Action, Comedy, Musical, Spy, Superhero

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Post by diri »

however much I like Trey Parker and Matt Stone's works, you could have posted this in the same thread as your other Yahoo! Movies post.
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