When Puppets Get Political

With Team America, Trey Parker and Matt Stone have an amusing and surpisingly conservative take on the world.
The Motion Picture Association of America has given Team America: World Police an R rating for “graphic, crude and sexual humor, violent images and strong language — all involving puppets.” That about sums up the new martial-arts musical marionette movie from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Inspired by the ’60s British TV and movie series Thunderbirds, Parker and Stone have fashioned a naughty, handsome, sporadically funny pre-election recruiting poster for U.S. military values at their most myopically heroic.
TIME.com: When Puppets Get Political — Oct. 25, 2004