Comedy Central // 2007 // 308 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // June 4th, 2008
Big Brother's Twisted Sister.
Yet another excursion into MA-rated animation for Comedy Central, Drawn Together must set some kind of record for sheer volume of cartoon nipples and vomit and pubic hair.
Here's the premise: seven "well-known" animated characters movie into a house together and go on a bunch of adventures and say the F-word a lot. It's a take-off on The Real World, complete with confessionals and whorish debauchery starring Captain Hero, Princess Clara, Ling Ling, Toot, Spanky Ham, Foxxy Love, Wooldoor Sockbat and Xandir.
This final season brings fourteen episodes, which include Clara discovering the joys of Satanic evil, Ling Ling starting a cockfighting career, Captain Hero revealing the truth about his vestigial arms, Toot having sex with the entire country of India, Foxxy getting herself trapped in a Hostel-like torture chamber, Wooldoor fighting against the evils of cereal mascots and Spanky Ham involving himself with a talking spider.
This show's okay. If you like your animation littered with profanity, snot, and sexual situations and your humor potty-mouthed and bombastic then you'll likely find value in this series. I'm not necessarily opposed to all of that stuff and hence the "okay" verdict but Drawn Together is far from the top-tier of animated of half-hour longs.
Here's another way to gauge whether this is the show for you: what are your feelings on Family Guy? Drawn Together utilizes the similar non-sequitur gag approach with its jokes. Every so often a character will come out with a nonsense line then ZAP, cut to an animated sequence acting out said line, presumably waiting for the riotous laughter to kick in. Me? I'm one of those "I'd rather go through elective throat surgery than watch a Family Guy marathon" fellas, so Comedy Central's naughtier, more sophomoric version did little to move and groove me.
How naughty and sophomoric is it? Very. Each episode on disc is uncensored and extended and thus more extreme than what made it to broadcast. This includes a copious use of four letter words, bare cartoon breasts, close-ups of urinary catheters (that one was especially nightmarish), full-frontal male genitalia, geysers of animated vomit, menstruation, torture, bondage, scalping, blasphemy, decapitation and lots of other expulsions of bodily fluids that I can't quite recall.
That's great and all, and no doubt shocking and amusing in its gratuity the first time around, but the downside of building a show around shock-humor is that you'll get desensitized eventually, to the point where no amount of sinew and poop will jar you. And by "you" I of course mean "me." After the second episode I had pretty much seen everything I was going to see that was built to shock (except for that catheter bit and did I mention how horrible that was?) and all Drawn Together had left to fall back on was its writing and that wasn't nearly strong enough to support such a burden.
But again, if you think the prospect of this kind of cartoon raunchiness will make you laugh, then by all means track this set down. There are a moderate amount of actually clever moments sprinkled amongst the cheap gags. I particularly liked the "Drawn Together Babies" episode, a Muppet Babies spoof, and "Breakfast Food Killer," where the Frankenberry monster bangs a hooker. Twisted, but funny. Fifty demerits for the weaksauce clip show series finale though.
Full screen, 2.0 stereo, and limited extras (a couple of episode commentaries from the showrunners, promos, Comedy Central quickies and a sing-along) send the series out with a whimper.
Here's what awaits you with the third and final season of Drawn Together: 308 minutes of animated dick and fart jokes. I lost interest.
Guilty of Over-Dependency on Middle School Level Humor in the Third Degree.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: Comedy Central
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 308 Minutes
Release Year: 2007
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* DVD Verdict Review - Season 1