Cannibal!

Cannibal!

The Musical

Even though I hate cannibalism, I love “Cannibal! The Musical,” an early work by the same two guys that do “South Park.” With about as much historical accuracy as the typical Hollywood “based on true events” blockbuster but much more hilarity, Cannibal tells the story of the extremely ill-fated Packer expedition, which got lost in the Rockies and then eaten to the last man.

Well, almost to the last man. Packer survived, which did raise a lot of questions when he came down out of the mountains looking festively plump, in the absence of all the people who had hired him to guide them through the wilderness. The question remains- was Packer a man-eating murderer, or merely the worst guide ever?

 

You may not get a definitive answer by watching this movie, but you will get to hear some hilarious songs, all of which are upbeat, cheery and optimistic despite the inevitable gory bloodbath to follow. You'll also enjoy the interlude with the Japanese Indians, and the confrontation (and debate on music theory) with the French trappers. Packer ends up suspiciously “big boned” while everyone else ends up dead, but is it really his fault, or just bad luck? I don't know and neither will you, but you will still love this movie. Unless you're really into cannibalism, that is. Since I really hate cannibalism yet love this movie, I can only assume anyone who think cannibalism is actually pretty okay will think this movie is a repulsive slaughterfest with a few tunes in it.