The Gang’s Back Together Again…DRAWN TOGETHER!!
If you’re a fan of the show, that statement means something to you, as one of the characters was hated for always saying the title of the show in a sentence. Also if you’re a fan of the show you’ll like “The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie.” If you were grossed out, offended or just plain disgusted by the show, obviously this movie is not for you, but we should thank you for probably being one of the people who issued a complaint about the show with Comedy Central that lead to the show finally being cancelled. Thanks a lot! But we got a direct to DVD movie out of the deal. To quote Captain Hero, “HUUZAAH!!”
When Nix asked me to review this movie, my first response was, “HOLY CRAP! There’s a movie?” immediately followed by “HELL YEAH!” I’m a fan of the show. Being a fan of animation and video games the show was right up my alley. Having a twisted sense of humor helped too. I loved the first season and was actually shocked a second season was made. I thought it was cancelled after that but was presently surprised to see a third season volume in the stores months later (I missed it on cable). But alas I thought that was all she wrote. But like Joss Whedon’s “Firefly,” it was destined for one last go round, albeit a raunchy, offensive, and hilarious one, but one last hurrah nonetheless. And what a good time it was.
With a plot that actually takes the cancelling of the show as it’s basis and then just run with it, “The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie” is basically a road trip for the returning cast of Foxy Love, Spanky Ham, Princess Clara, Captain Hero, Toot Baruanstein, Xandir Wifflebottom, Ling Ling, and Wooldorf Sockbat. The entire voice cast returns with the addition of guest voice Seth McFarlane (you know that guy from Family Guy and stuff) as the voice of I.S.R.A.E.L. There’s a change in animation style from the hand drawn style used in the show to a very impressive use of Flash animation from new studio Six Point Harness.
Like all three seasons DVD releases the movie is uncensored but what makes it funny is that the cast now KNOW they’re uncensored, which leads to some really, really messed up moments. People die, people curse, people fornicate…in eye popping 70’s 3D no less. I mean you name it, it probably happens, or something worse. The show was bad but this is just wrong. And I loved every, single, moment! The writers and producers definitely pushed the envelope and got away with a lot. The best thing though, like a lot of Comedy Central stuff and “South Park The Movie” especially, it makes fun of itself throughout. Half of the jokes about the show being offensive for the sake of being offensive and not having a point are being addressed by the character of I.S.R.A.E.L. and the almost blatant jabs the movie makes about the US’s relationship with the country. But they weren’t preachy, and definitely sounded like something McFarlane brought to the table.
The DVD itself has some pretty impressive special features as well. There’s several featurettes about the making of the film and the 3D scene, “Drawn Together The Legacy” a faux documentary, Minisodes, which are like best of clips for the characters and more. My personal favorite though is the “DIY 3D Glasses Tutorial.” Must be seen to believe. No really. And it was nice of them seeing as Comedy Central doesn’t include 3D glasses with the film. But the Tutorial sure was worth it. Then I went and grabbed a pair of glasses from my daughter’s “Shrek 3D” case. All in all, as stated in the beginning, if you’re a fan see it. If you’re not, avoid it like the plague because it’s definitely not for the weak.
Greg Franklin (director) / Dave Jeser, Matthew Silverstein (screenplay)
CAST: Adam Carolla … Spanky Ham (voice)
Jess Harnell … Captain Hero (voice)
Abbey McBride … Ling-Ling (voice)
Jack Plotnick … Xandir P. Whifflebottom (voice)
Tara Strong … Princess Clara / Toot Braunstein (voice)
Cree Summer … Foxxy Love (voice)
James Arnold Taylor … Wooldoor Sockbat / Jew Producer (voice)