Drawn Together: Season Two (2005) - Uncensored
|Genre(s): Animation / Comedy|
|Paramount || NR - 330 minutes - $26.99 || September 25, 2007|
|Reviewer: Kushmeer Farakhan || Posted On: 2007-09-27|
Writer(s): Dave Jesser and Matt Silverstein (creators)
Cast: Adam Carolla, Jess Harnell, Abbey McBride, Jack Plotnick, Tara Strong
Theatrical Release Date: NA
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”Drawn Together” is one of those adult cartoon shows that had me as soon as I heard the premise shortly before it's first episode aired on comedy central. That premise is to put 8 cartoon and reality show archetypes (Xandir the gay video game warrior, Captain Hero the superhero, Toot the old school cartoon Betty Boop look-alike, Princess Clara the Disneyesque princess, Wooldoor Sockbat the wacky Roger Rabbit-esque toon character, Ling-Ling the Japanese Pokemon type, Foxy Love the Josie and the pussycatsesque black chick and Spanky Ham a piggy internet cartoon, phew!) in a house and film them as they live together and go about their day to days. Lots and LOTS of wackiness and carnage ensue using a variety of sight gags, satire, and humor directed at every ethnic group, religion, etc. that exists.
For the most part, it's a pretty good recipe for hilarity. The plots are nonsensical but they make sense in their own ways. A typical episode is usually spotlighting one (or two) of the housemates having some kind of goofy problem which they then go about solving in a silly way with the other characters used as support in that episode or as simply gags. Often the story will cut away to one or more of the characters in a confessional booth ala the "Real World".
Having seen the show since the beginning, I find season 2 to be superior to season 1. Season 1, pretty much sticks strictly to the reality show motif and rarely falters from it. Season 2 on the other hand, is just balls to the walls, whatever idea works, let's run with it. My favorite episode on the set is probably ‘Foxy vs. the Board of Education’ (Foxy tries to get an education and is thwarted by characters from ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ and Spanky gay marries Xandir to get health insurance). Another is Captain Hero's marriage pact (where Captain Hero and Wooldoor fight over the right to marry some elastic woman character and Foxy tries to get her old band mates back together).
At times, the show can be too offensive for it's own good and no taboo is too sacred so it's not a show for everybody but I like it. It's not the best cartoon on tv but it's definitely not the worst and it's usually pretty funny.
Audio Commentaries: These are some crazy audio commentaries. All of them feature the show's creators Dave Jesser and Matt Silverstein as well as a couple of cast members, an editor on one episode and a comedy central rep on another. They are interesting because of the unusually odd conversations that happen. The group doesn't talk that much about specifics of the show but a lot on how crazy things are when they write, they answer fan questions throughout, and tell some... well... weird stories. Like we get to find out how Tara Strong (who plays Toot and Clara) made out with Melissa Joan Hart! We also get to hear the crew sound off (a LOT) about how comedy central jerks them around in terms of marketing and their uneasiness in renewing the show for a fourth season.
The standout commentary is the one for "Terms of Endearment" in which one of the creators is very drunk and a little high on Zanex! These are easily some of the more entertaining commentaries I’ve heard, second only to the “South Park” mini-ones and my all time favorite, Kevin Smith movie commentaries.
Potentially Annoying Commentary is a second, still funny commentary on the "Terms of Endearment" episode in which the creators discuss how messed up they were on the last commentary and how crazy it was. I've never seen a commentary ABOUT another commentary but it worked surprisingly well.
Karaoke Sing-Along is a feature that lets you either sing-along with or without the characters to various little songs featured on some of the episodes. Silly, but fun.
Behind the Scenes Interviews were 6 minute long a piece interviews with the cast (all except Adam Carolla as Spanky who for his credit, made up for it by appearing on an commentary) and one with the creators. They're short but entertaining and you get the sense that everybody involved with the show really loves it.
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Sound and audio are very good. At times, I thought the sound was a little too good for a TV show as some of those goofy songs gave the speakers a small workout.
“Drawn Together” is a funny, over the top show that's not for everybody but I think many will enjoy it just the same. If you're already a fan of the show or a fan of subversive, over the top animation, I'd say you can't go wrong buying this set as you definitely get your money's worth. As with all out there animation though, I’d say rent it if it's not usually your thing, though.