DRAWN TOGETHER: SEASON
Sorry my dear, but even a filthy, pathetic donkey has standards…
Comedy Central’s animated series DRAWN TOGETHER is anything but politically correct. In fact, the show gleefully goes out of its way to offend the PC police, and for that reason, this reviewer can’t help but love every offensive, hilarious moment of the show. For those unfamiliar with the show, DRAWN TOGETHER is a spoof of reality television series such as BIG BROTHER and THE SURREAL LIFE, in which a group of wildly diverse individuals are brought together to live under one roof, with a million cameras watching the fireworks happen. However, in this case, these wildly diverse individuals are animated characters.
Our housemates are as follows: Captain Hero is a self-absorbed superhero type, of questionable sexuality, who is more brute force than brains. Foxxy Love is the mystery-solving musician (of the JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS vein), who is an amalgam of racial and sexual stereotypes. Ling-Ling is like a Pokémon character on acid, again the race card gets played for laughs. Princess Clara is the Disney styled fairy tale princess, who exhibits the qualities of a bigoted, conservative viewpoint, that is, whenever her obvious physical charms aren’t being exploited. Spanky Ham is the obnoxious Internet download character, who is all about bodily function humor. Toot Braunstein is the bitchy Betty Boop parody with weight, substance abuse and emotional problems. Wooldoor Sockbat is the oddball kiddie cartoon character ala Spongebob Squarepants, who has somehow fills whatever humorous role the series producers require from week to week. Xandir P. Wifflebottom is the openly gay animated videogame hero, who would rather be the princess, than the hero rescuing the princess. The vocal talent for DRAWN TOGETHER includes Adam Carolla, Jess Harnell, Abbey McBride, Jack Plotnick, Tara Strong, Cree Summer and James Arnold Taylor.
DRAWN TOGETHER: SEASON THREE ($27) comes to DVD in a two-disc set that features the all fourteen episodes aired during the third and final season of the series. The fourteen episodes are as follows: Greeks & Freaks, Wooldoor Sockbat’s Giggle-Wiggle Funny Tickle Non-Traditional Progressive Multicultural Roundtable, Spelling Applebee’s, Unrestrainable Trainable, N.R.A. yRay, Mexican’t Buy Me Love, Lost In Parking Space, Part I, Lost In Parking Space, Part II, Drawn Together Babies, Nipple Ring-Ring Goes To Foster Care, Foxxy And The Gang Bang, Breakfast Food Killer, Charlotte’s Web Of Lies and The Elimination Special, Part II: The Elimination.
Comedy Central/Paramount Home Entertainment has made all of the episodes that comprise DRAWN TOGETHER: SEASON THREE available on DVD in the 4:3 full screen aspect ratios of their original television broadcasts. Like the previous sets, the episodes look very, very good. The 2D animation always looks crisp and strongly defined. Colors appear fully saturated and are rendered with complete stability. Both the blacks and the whites are one the money. Contrast is exactly what one should expect from this type of program. The episodes are free from visible defects and grain. Digital compression artifacts remain under the radar.
DRAWN TOGETHER: SEASON THREE comes with Dolby Digital 2.0 channel surround stereo soundtracks. The soundtracks never exceed the limitations of the broadcast medium, but they do get the job done. Since the episodes are dialogue driven, most of the time the center channel is dominant. Channel separations are fairly limited, and generally fall in the realm of the musical component. Sound effects do chime in as the episodes require, but that seems to be fairly sporadic. Fidelity is good for a cable level television production; the music sounds fine but the sound effects can be a bit under whelming. Dialogue is crisp and totally understandable. No other language tracks or subtitles have been included on the DVDs.
Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the DVD's interactive menus. Supplements include Audio Commentaries on four episodes, Promos for other Comedy Central titles and Karaoke Sing-Along.
DRAWN TOGETHER was a really funny show that was anything but politically correct. Sorry the show came to an end, but fans can own an uncensored version of season three on DVD.
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