DVD Review: The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie!
Release Date: April 20, 2010
Distributor: Comedy Central
· Greg Franklin
· Cree Summer
· Adam Carolla
· James Arnold Taylor
· Jess Harnell
· Jack Plotnick
· Abbey McBride
· Tara Strong
· IMDb: The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie!
by R.J. Carter
Published: April 13, 2010
Once upon a time, in the kingdom of Comedy Central, there was a pointless little animated comedy that existed for no reason other than to spoof reality shows like Big Brother and Surreal Life, and to do so as offensively as possible.
Mercifully, it was cancelled.
But nobody told the contestants. Drawn Together brought characters from several different cartoon conventions under one room. There's Captain Hero (Animaniacs' Jess Harnell), from 1980s Saturday morning supehero shows; Foxxy Love (Cree Summer, The Super Hero Squad Show), a mystery-solvin' musician from the 70s; Princess Clara (Teen Titans' Tara Strong), a musical princess from 'The Happiest Place on Earth'; Toots Braunstein (also Tara Strong), a black and white icon long past her prime; Xandir P. Whifflebottom (Jack Plotnick), a gay videogame elf; Wooldoor Sockbat (James Arnold Taylor, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), a whatchamallit whosit; Ling-Ling (Abbey McBride), a cute little vicious Japanese card-collecting creature; and Spanky Ham (Adam Carolla), a downloadable Internet insult machine. They've continued living in the house, participating in the daily contests arranged by their narcissistic boss, Jew Producer. But when Foxxy learns that she can now use profanity without getting bleeped (and that Wooldoor can expose his genitalia without pixellation), it clues her in that nobody is watching the series any longer, and that they've been cancelled!
This presents problems for more than just the cast themselves. Jew Producer's boss believed that the characters had been erased upon cancellation of the series. (Apparently nobody told the characters they were created just for the series, and didn't really have the backgrounds they thought they had.) To this end, he sends in his mechanized fallback: the Intelligent Smart Robot Animation Eraser Lady -- I.S.R.A.E.L. (voiced by Seth McFarlane), which in trademark Drawn Together fashion opens the door for a plethora of anti-semitic jokes. ("You tell boss what happen. I.S.R.A.E.L. getting tired of being blamed for every little thing that go wrong in desert.")
Free of what little tethers it had in the first place, where will Drawn Together go in a world without bleeps, pixels, or censor blocks? Everywhere! Necrophilia, scatophagy... even South Park isn't off limits now, as our cast sets off on a desperate journey in order to find themselves a point and get back on the air before I.S.R.A.E.L. erases them out of existence.
This DVD is chock full of hilarious bonus goodness as well. Watching the "True Confessionals" of the voice actors was a bit like finding out that your favorite film actresses have been doing porn on the side. There's also "The Legacy" of the series (a touching retrospective), and two making-of featurettes with writers Dave Jeser and Matthew Silverstein. Since there are 3D scenes in the film as well, and since Comedy Central doesn't provide you with 3D glasses, there's also a feature on here that instructs you on how to build your own 3D glasses; you'll want to watch this one over and over and over until you get it right. (Just trust me on this one.) Finally, there are deleted scenes and seven hysterical webisodes -- one devoted to each of the Drawn Together houseguests.