"Mecha-Streisand" is the twelfth episode of the first season of the animated television series South Park. It originally aired on Comedy Central in the United States on February 18, 1998. In the episode, Barbra Streisand obtains an ancient relic from the South Park boys and transforms into a giant mechanical dinosaur called Mecha-Streisand. She is ultimately defeated by The Cure frontman Robert Smith, who himself transforms into a giant moth monster.
The episode was written by series co-creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone along with writer Philip Stark, and was directed by Parker. "Mecha-Streisand" was a parody of the Japan Godzilla monster movie franchise, with Streisand resembling Mechagodzilla and Smith resembling Mothra. Actor Sidney Poitier and film critic Leonard Maltin also appear as giant creatures resembling Gamera and Ultraman, respectively.
According to Nielsen ratings, "Mecha-Streisand" was seen by 5.4 million viewers, a record high viewership for a South Park episode at the time. Barbra Streisand was critical of the series and her role in "Mecha-Streisand", although Leonard Maltin complimented his portrayal.
During a fossil dig, Cartman discovers a mysterious stone triangle, which he promptly throws away in disinterest. Shortly after Kyle picks it up, the archeologist guide identifies the writing on the triangle as Anasazi. Kyle appears on television to discuss the find, making a jealous Cartman want the triangle back. Cartman constantly pesters Kyle until he returns the triangle to him. Meanwhile, Leonard Maltin comes to South Park and asks Chef whether he has seen Barbra Streisand. Maltin, who saw Kyle and the triangle on television, tells Chef the boys are in great danger.
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