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Drawn Together Movie: The Movie!, The (DVD Review)

16 Apr, 2010 By: John Latchem

Street 4/20/10
Paramount/Comedy Central
$24.99 DVD
Best Buy Exclusive Blu-ray $24.99
Not rated.
Voices of Adam Carolla, Tara Strong, Jess Harnell, Cree Summer, James Arnold Taylor, Jack Plotnick, Abbey DiGregorio, Seth MacFarlane.

During its three-season run from 2004 to 2007, Comedy Central’s “Drawn Together” strove to be the most vile, disgusting, sexually degrading animated series ever created. It largely succeeded.

It comes as no surprise then that the follow-up movie is equally raunchy. If there is a line that should not be crossed, no one told creators Dave Jeser and Matt Silverstein. If network standards and practices couldn’t do much to curtail their assault on good taste before, imagine what they do with the unfettered canvas presented by a direct-to-video project.

For those who don’t know, “Drawn Together” is a reality-show spoof in which eight cartoon archetypes live in a “Real World”-type house and get into all sorts of trouble. In the movie, the characters discover their show has been canceled, realizing that none of their activities are censored and they can curse without being bleeped.

Since they are all parodies of actual cartoon characters, the head of the network wants them destroyed and sends a killer robot to erase them. (The robot, voiced by “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane, is called I.S.R.A.E.L., leading to countless cheap jokes about Middle East politics.)

To survive, the “Drawn Together” gang must journey to the mythical Make-a-Point land to give their show a socially conscious message akin to “South Park.”

It’s offensive to be sure, but often hilarious. Anyone who grew up on the kinds of toons parodied here (everything from Disney to “The Flintstones”) will appreciate the skewering they take. This kind of material isn’t for everyone, but if you liked the show, you’ll love the movie.

The Blu-ray (offered exclusively at Best Buy) and the DVD are loaded with extras, from an in-depth commentary to a few behind-the-scenes featurettes that interview the cast about reuniting for the movie and about the legacy of the show.

A couple of extras focus on a lengthy animated sex scene. The scene is one of several that is presented in 3D (though the red-and-blue effect seems mostly for show). Though 3D glasses aren’t included (not in the budget, the creators joke), there is a featurette about how to make your own.

The disc also includes several five-minute minisodes that profile each of the main characters, which is helpful both as an introduction to new viewers and a refresher for longtime fans.

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