I read that originally Stone and Parker's idea for the string puppets was a take for take copy of The Day After Tomorrow. But they were advised by their lawyers to "please don't do that". But I absolutly love the World Police idea and trailer.
Doubtful, don't let the unfunny preview fool you. Matt and Trey know better then to put all their good jokes in the preview thus allowing the audience to be disapointed by the actual movie. They'd rather give the audience low expectations with a preview, then to disapoint them with a good preview, but a lame movie, as most other comedies do.
The preview doesn't show anything funny that is actually in the movie... but the creativity of the preview shows what these guys are capable of. And I agree, their political takes are the best in SP so I can't wait to see what they do with this.
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These guys are creative geniuses. After seeing what they did with South Park, I'm sure they'll blow us out of the water with this one. As for the trailer, i agree that they don't want to give away all the best parts. Too often trailers do that and then by the time you see the whole movie you've already seen all the funny parts and it's a let down.
I just read this article/interview in the LA Times about the movie and Matt and Trey were saying that after seeing the film people will wonder what side they're on, left or right, b/c they poke fun at both sides. Knowing that they have no "political ax to grind" makes me want to see it even more.