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School to change South Park name

AN INFANTS' school will be renamed in an apparent bid to shed the unwanted image of the crude animated television programme South Park. South Park Infants in Reigate, Surrey, is to be renamed The Orchards.

Film: Oh my God, they overkilled Kenny

ALSO SHOWING South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (15) Trey Parker; 81 mins Never Been Kissed (12) Raja Gosnell; 107 mins Life (15) Ted Demme; 109 mins Darkness Falls (15) Gerry Lively; 91 mins

Events: Pick of the week - Over the Edge

Tue to 14 Aug Natural History Museum, London SW7

Oh My God They Filmed Kenny!

A gay dog, a woman with a foetus on her head, a boy called Kenny who dies horribly every week. South Park, a cartoon about four dumb-ass kids, is as puerile as it is crude. It may also prove to be the future of American cinema

Words: flavescent, adj.

ALEC GUINNESS'S delightful A Positively Final Appearance (1998) has a passion for words: he hefts the OED to verify Peter Ackroyd's claim that Sir Thomas More first used many unexpected phrases, and notes of his own garden, "trees are still remarkably green: I had half hoped to show off a newly discovered word - flavescent - but that will have to wait for another couple of weeks".

ObituARY: Jean Vander Pyl

HOW MANY syllables are there in the name Fred? One? Not if you are a fan of The Flintstones. You would know there are two: "Fre-" and "- Ed". That was the way Jean Vander Pyl pronounced it and she should know. She was Wilma, the wife of Fred, head of the Caveman clan, living in the Stone Age city of Bedrock.

Anti-Semitism in the playground

I have suddenly found myself surrounded by `acceptable racism', thanks to a cartoon

Cinema: The dumbest story ever told?

The Prince of Egypt (U)

Film The Prince Of Egypt (u)

DreamWorks's first animated feature is more a warning shot across Disney's bows than a direct hit. In it, Moses's journey from prince to Hebrew saviour is recreated using techniques which set new standards in the field. However, the film often looks like it has been lifted wholesale from DeMille's The Ten Commandments, creating an overwhelming feeling of deja vu. It is not so much that the events portrayed are the same, but that they have not been radically re-imagined. When the animators do experiment with new modes of representation, the effect is breathtaking. Sadly, the same cannot be said for the songs. These are more Broadway than biblical, though Ofra Haza's impassioned opening vocal is a guaranteed spinetingler.

Win Gogs artwork and videos

The prehistoric, award-winning, claymation family arrives on video. A "quiet" day in the cave - spent arguing, as usual - is brought to an abrupt end as an earthquake destroys the entire valley. The Gogs escape the devastation only to watch from afar as their beloved home is swallowed by the earth. But salvation could be at hand in the form of a large star which they believe will guide them to a new home...

Accidental Heroes of the 20th Century; 6: Homer Simpson, cartoon character

IF EVER anyone's hero status could be said to be accidental it is Homer Simpson's. When news of the Simpsons phenomenon first reached Britain in the late Eighties we were given to understand that the hero was the spiky haired young upstart Bart, who showed his disrespect through catchphrases like "eat my shorts" and "don't have a cow, man".

Film: Who wants reality at the movies?

The grandaddy of screen monsters is back in town. James Mottram talks to the actor Jean Reno about playing number two to a giant digitised lizard, while Joseph Gallivan asks whatever happened to good old rubber puppets

Where Seinfeld's a turkey

`South Park' carries its own health warning: `Not to be viewed by anyone.' By Jasper Rees
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