The ‘South Park’ boys’ first Hollywood gig? Directing Spielberg.

The work of South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone might be the cartoon gold standard of our potty-mouthed,

The work of South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone might be the cartoon gold standard of our potty-mouthed, nothing’s-sacred age. But before the boys became famous for animating singing excrement, they had a shot at the biggish time in 1996, when they were hired to make Your Studio and You, an internal film for Universal meant to show employees that the new owners, the Seagram Company, were hep. Shot in black and white, it plays like a corny mid-century industrial film — and the snarky swipes at the studio and Seagram make it simultaneously actual corporate propaganda and a parody of corporate propaganda.

The film features an extraordinary number of celebrities: Stephen Spielberg, James Cameron, and Demi Moore, among others, appear in self-mocking cameos. Thanks to the Internet (we love you, Internet!), you can now watch this long-lost artifact for yourself. It’s split into two parts on YouTube, and, at a total of 14 minutes, is half again as long as it needs to be — but there are brilliant moments studded throughout.

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