Jun 14, 2010

[Movies] The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie! (2010)

The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie! (2010)There are certain shows that I tend to enjoy as "guilty pleasures", and perhaps this might just become the theme for this week. Getting back to the point, most of the stuff that I watch is decently sophisticated or intellectual and of course geeky. But there are those things that I take the time to watch because they're funny on a much more shallow level or something along those lines. Sometimes your brain just gets all beat up after a tiring work day and you so just want something simple and uncomplicated.

So the show that his movie was based on was definitely well-suited for this category of shallow viewable stuff. The show is based on caricature parodies of popular geek culture icons and full of vulgarity, obscenities, racist slurs and all that nasty good stuff. The show really didn't have much in terms of redeeming values or anything like that, but at it was a heck of a lot of fun in a very crazy way. And yet despite all this, I actually found the show to be a lot of fun and the kind of modern humor that just works for me on some ridiculously shallow level.

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The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie is the direct-to-video feature-length release, which was the first reappearance of the crazy crew ever since the cartoon was cancelled in 2007. Similar to how the various season-enders were handled, the movie embellished in fourth wall moments that make reference to fate of their TV show.

In an extensive flashback, it's revealed that things started to turn once the Drawn Together housemates, starting with Foxxy Love (Cree Summer), realized they were no longer being censored. Further investigation revealed that the house's control room was completely empty and this was proof that they were no longer on the air. The confirm this even further by checking out the TV listings on their cable box and find that their timeslot is now occupied by some other show called "The Suck My Taint Show".

Once the network executives realized that they Drawn Together were still alive (yes, they assumed they were already dead), they dispatched the Intelligent Smart Robot Animation Eraser Lady or I.S.R.A.E.L. to completely remove them from the face of the Earth. The Jew Producer (James Arnold Taylor) tried to warn the housemates about I.S.R.A.E.L.'s objectives and thus begins the crazy attempts to keep safe from I.S.R.A.E.L. while still trying to find a way to get back on the air.

As much as the original cartoon implied a lot of profanity, the direct-to-video experience was certainly maximized by the removal of the censor bleeps and even the digital scrambling. Thus the show became even more base and obscene resulting in a lot of animated boob flashing and even a little penis time, too. Case in point, Wooldoor (James Arnold Taylor) turns out to be rather well hung, in a disturbing way.

The show also tried to play around with old story themes like the feelings Xandir (Jack Plotnick) has for Captain Hero (Jess Harnell), Ling-Ling (Abbey DiGregorio) still being relegated to the sidelines and of course Princess Clara (Tara Strong) being a royal pain in the but. The movie had fun playing around with the character concepts pushing things to the point that they had to face the fact that they're only parodies of popular concepts. So yeah, it was totally rich having Clara deal with the fact that she's not an actual Disney princess or even for Foxxy to concede that she's no Josie or a Pussycat for that matter.

The movie does get draggy and it doesn't really have a more substantive plot than what I presented. It's just a lot of running around, non sequitur transitions to nudity of depravity and then more running. By the end of the movie, you'll totally feel the full effects of this assault on your sensibilities and you'll better understand why the show was taken off the air.

The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie was certainly a logical translation of the original show into a direct-to-video movie, especially in terms of the loss of censorship limits. It gets 1.5 gross-out character designs out of a possible 5.
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