See Trey Parker's Student Academy Award Winning 'American History'

June 11, 2012
Source: Cartoon Brew

American History

While the presence of Trey Parker, along with his partner in crime, Matt Stone, is more prominent on TV with "South Park," let's not forget that the comedic duo brought the foul-mouthed fourth graders to the big screen in South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut. In addition, they've delivered films in the form of Orgazmo and the Michael Bay skewering Team America: World Police. Their Tony Award winning musical The Book of Mormon will likely hit the big screen too, but now let's look into the past to see at one of Parker's early works: n animated short film called American History which won a Student Academy Award. Watch it!

Trey Parker's animated short American History from 1992 thanks to Cartoon Brew (via

Made at the University of Colorado, the film was also co-directed by Chris Graves who hasn't exactly had the same success as Parker. The crude animation style should be familiar to "South Park" fans, but it's the content of the film that really makes this great. Parker was able to convince his Japanese roommate to recount the history of America as he knew it. And while this has been done countless times since on YouTube and more, this was back in the early 90's when that just wasn't possible. Even a decade ago, Parker was already ahead of his time and had a bright future in satire, comedy and generally witty entertainment.

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" Even a decade ago, Parker was already ahead of his time and had a bright future in satire, comedy and generally witty entertainment." I think you hit it spot on. Funny stuff, literally laughed out loud at the Paul Revere part.

Philip J. Fry on Jun 11, 2012


Don't forget "Cannibal: the Musical." It's their best work and first feature film.

David Balderdash on Jun 11, 2012


he he he. Remember the Alamo.

Crapola on Jun 11, 2012


That was super terrific! better than my knowledge of Japanese history... Samurai > Nanking Massacre > Attacked Pearl Harbor > Got Nuked > Sony > Anime > Japanese School Girls > Playstation > Battle Royale > Tsunami...

happy camper on Jun 12, 2012

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