Team America Sneaking into Theaters

Paramount Pictures’ Team America: World Police, the latest satirical romp from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, will covertly infiltrate 800 theaters across North America this Saturday, Oct. 9. The studio is counting on the sneak peak to help build word-of-mouth for the film’s official Oct. 15 opening.

In the spirit of Gerry Anderson’s 1960s "supermarionation" shows such as Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet, Team America stars an all-marionette cast as an international police force dedicated to maintaining global stability. When they learn that power-hungry dictator Kim Jong Il is brokering weapons of mass destruction to terrorists, the heroes crisscross the globe on a harrowing mission to save the world.

Parker directed the politically-charged comedy from a script he co-wrote with Stone and Pam Brady. Parker and Stone also produced the pic with Scott Rudin (South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou). Scott Aversano (The School of Rock, The Manchurian Candidate) and Anne Garefino (South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut, TV’s That’s My Bush) serve as exec producers, and Michael Polaire (Solaris, A Simple Plan) and Frank Agnone (animation producer on South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut) are co-producers.

Read about the making of Team America: World Police in the November issue of Animation Magazine, available now.