Anyone who understands the High School Musical phenomenon will get a kick out of last night’s South Park episode “Elementary School Musical.”
In this episode, the kids at South Park Elementary School are obsessed with High School Music, except for Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny, who can’t understand the new singing and dancing craze. The foursome find that their lack of interest in HSM has made them unpopular, as Bridon, a new boy at the school who can sing and dance just like Zac Efron’s character in HSM, takes all the attention. (Watch the clip “Everyone Is Special” of Bridon’s introduction right here below.)
There’s a subplot in the episode about Bridon wanting to play basketball, but his musical-loving, slap-happy father disapproves, but it’s not as amusing as the songs the schoolchildren sing together (just like in the HSM movies, the kids break out into song and dance in the middle of a conversation). Listen closely to the lyrics of the songs throughout the episode, which you can watch in full at South Park Studios, for lines like “Do what you wanna do, as long as what you wanna do is what everybody wants you to.” The magic really happens at little after 19 minutes into the episode — I’ve watched this part about 20 times already.