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Cannibal! The Musical
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Cannibal! The Musical

Cannibal! The Musical is a student film directed by the future creator of South Park, Trey Parker, while studying at the University of Colorado at Boulder. A black comedy, it is (loosely) based on the true story of Alferd Packer, America's only convicted cannibal, and the sordid details of the trip from Utah to Colorado that left his five fellow travellers (Shannon Bell, George Noon, James Humphrey, Israel Swan, and Frank Miller) dead and partially eaten. Parker stars as Packer, with frequent collaborator Matt Stone featured as James Humphrey, and experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage as George Noon's father.

Contrasting with the musical's dark comedy are its cheerful songs, all composed by Parker, including "Let's Build a Snowman", "On Top of You", "Hang the Bastard" and "Schpadoinkle". The last of these is a transparent parody of the song "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning" from the Rodgers & Hammerstein; musical Oklahoma

This film was originally filmed as Alferd Packer: The Musical in 1993. It was not released until 1996, however, when Troma Studios picked it up and renamed it Cannibal! The Musical for concern that not enough people outside of Colorado knew who Alferd Packer was. Parker and Stone's animated satire South Park became popular soon afterward.