Drawn Together Movie: The Movie DVD: Review By Brian Gallagher

The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie is quite a brilliant little animated romp, that is really a satire on the whole TV biz altogether, with a surprisingly compelling story and, of course, all of the raucous action you've come to love as well.
  • OVERALL
    4.5
    SUPERB
  • Feature
  • Picture
  • Sound
  • Extras
  • Replay Value
THE GOOD
Practically everything - an actually fantastic story that wraps the whole series up in bold, depraved and hilarious fashion.
THE BAD
Some of the bits fell flat and a few of the special features didn't cut it for me.
THE FEATURE
When I first had heard about an "animated reality show" called Drawn Together that Comedy Central was airing, I was filled with so much unabashed rage about the entire format of reality TV, that this sounded like probably the worst idea ever. I was drowning in reality TV from every spectrum on the dial as it were and now Comedy friggin Central of all networks, was playing into this crap? I decided it wasn't for me, just based off the promos I would see whenever I wanted to watch South Park or The Daily Show or whatever else I watched on Comedy Central at the time, and also despite several friends telling me that it was actually pretty funny. Now, six years after the show first aired on the network, creators Dave Jeser and Matt Silverstein are back with The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie... and it's so damn funny that I feel bad for missing out on this show all those years ago.

Since the show was canceled (and there are some really interesting stories about that on the special features) back in 2008, this DVD movie was Jeser and Silverstein's way to end the series on a proper note, which is something that obviously not every show gets to do, and boy do they go out with a bang. The movie is ironic in a few brilliant ways. One is that, as explained on the features, parts of the overall plot and certainly the overall theme or (gasp) point of the movie touches on why they were likely canceled in the first place: because the show really didn't have much of a point to it and, in exploring that through the gang's adventure to Make a Point Land... the movie makes a brilliant point about how, for some shows, making a point is really besides the point. All of that, along with some self-deprecating jabs at themselves, an intriguing turn on who these characters really are and a few parting shots at some classic animated characters along the way, are just the tip of the iceberg as to why you should check this out.

After starting the show off with an unusual scene in a Flinstones set, where Toot (Tara Strong) is causing trouble at a bar when Foxxy (Cree Summer) comes to find her, it flashes back to six months prior with the entire gang - Spanky Ham (Adam Carolla), Captain Hero (Jess Harnell), Princess Clara (Tara Strong), Ling Ling (Abbey DiGregorio), Wooldoor Sockbat (James Arnold Taylor) and Xandir P. Whifflebottom (Jack Plotnick) - are waking up to a regular day in the Drawn Together house when they're summoned by the Jew Producer (James Arnold Taylor), who has a bizarre mission for them that just doesn't seem to make any sense at all. After Foxxy does some investigating (we get some Scooby-Doo riffs here), she finds out that the show has been canceled even though no one had told them about it. When Jew Producer's boss (shades of Two-Face here) finds out that the characters weren't actually erased like they were supposed to, he sends Intelligent Super Robot Animation Eraser Lady a.k.a. I.S.R.A.E.L. (Seth MacFarlane) to literally wipe out the gang once and for all. To make matters brilliantly worse, as they're on the run from I.S.R.A.E.L., these characters all find out that they're not real, meaning they're just cheap knock-offs of the real characters made for Drawn Together, which is just brilliant. On the run, the gang's eventual destination - after some detours including the show that replaced them, The Suck My Taint Girl Show and Clara's "kingdom" where she realizes she's a fake - the gang heads to Make a Point Land so they can get a point and get back on the air.

While, yes, there were some gags that I just didn't find funny, it was an overall hilarious 70-minute feature that has quite a lot packed into that relatively short running time. Jeser and Silverstein have put together a rather ingenious plot here, packed with nods and riffs to characters like Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, The Flintstones and many more, that not only defines irony by making a fantastic point about how you shouldn't have to make a point, but gives a rather fantastic farewell to these misfit characters and delivers some wonderful one-liners throughout the show, especially with I.S.R.A.E.L. ("Don't come any closer. I.S.R.A.E.L. has boundary issues..."), with an ending that is as about as perfect as one can possibly imagine. Oh yeah, and there is plenty of animated depravity to be found here, if you're into that sort of thing. We have Captain Hero falling in love with a constantly-decaying dead girl (much to the dismay of Xandir), we see Ling Ling's bleached anus, Wooldoor's surprisingly colorful penis and even a 3-D sex scene between Toot, Foxxy and a few other chicks as well. Yeah, that's right, 3-D... old, red and blue, cheapo glasses 3-D. Even still, apparently Comedy Central wouldn't include these cheap glasses in with the DVD so you have to make sure and watch the D.I.Y. 3-D Glasses tutorial, which either comes right before the film or you can find it on the special features also. You even get to see a naked girl help you make the glasses, which is always a nice touch.

All in all, The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie, is a hilarious, demented final journey with these effed-up animated characters that not only shows you all the crazy sh*t they couldn't show you on TV, but also sends these characters off in quite a brilliant fashion as well.
THE EXTRAS
In rather rare fashion, one of the special features you get is even before you watch the film. There is a 3-D Glasses Tutorial here, since Comedy Central wouldn't pay to put the old red and blue glasses in the DVD packaging. So, they have a nifty video lesson on how to make your own 3-D glasses from scratch... with the added bonus of a topless girl showing you how to make the glasses and it's a funny and (gasp) educational two-minute video that will show you how to make glasses you'll likely never ever have to use again...

The first of the actual special features is Drawn Together: True Confessionals, which are actual confessionals from creators Dave Jeser and Matt Silverstein along with voice cast members like Adam Carolla (Spanky Ham), Tara Strong (Princess Clara and Toots Braunstein), Abbey DiGregorio (Ling Ling) Jess Harnell (Captain Hero) and Cree Summer (Foxxy Love) about their first reaction to the cancelation. Matt Silverstein has an interesting point where they never really found out they were canceled, officially, and the beginning of the show kind of follows what Dave and Matt originally dealt with when they found out they were canceled. Carolla's stuff is pretty funny and we move from everyone talking about their initial reactions to the movie and such. It's a hilarious little 12-minute piece with all of the cast members and the creators talking about the show and it's very cool to watch.

Next up is Drawn Together: The Legacy is more of a fake featurette/news piece with the the cast members all pontificating on the importance of the show, complete with heavy-handed music that highly contrasts the crazy images we see here in this four-minute featurette. Nice work, Dave and Matt.

Anatomy of an Animated Sex Scene is next and, interestingly enough, we find out from Dave and Matt that it was the network's idea to come up with a 3D sex scene, and they went and wrote it, then finding out that it went too far. Oddly enough, they went to Comic-Con last year and did a table read of the script for the crowd, and despite the crowd's reaction, the network really didn't like it much. They talk about how they kept it more suggestive than graphic and this five-minute featurette is just as entertaining as the others.

Re-Animating Drawn Together: From the Small Screen to the Slightly Bigger Screen is next and they talk about working with a new animation studio that they didn't use before, since the network wanted it done for half the cost. We hear from some of the new animators at this new company, Six Point Harness and we hear some interesting stuff with a scene where all of the characters are doing deplorable things... and the animators original idea for that scene was toned down way more, apparently. This nine-minute featurette does get a bit too techy with animation stuff, but we still get some stuff in here that it's worth a watch.

D.I.Y. 3-D Glasses is just the same thing that they had in the opening menu about how to make the 3-D glasses, so the next thing we get are some Deleted Scenes. First up is really an alternate scene where Foxxy kills the old guy in a Scooby-Doo like scene, but this one has these weird EMT's that arrive and try to save him... despite that he doesn't have a head. Another one is when Wooldoor saves a scorpion from sliding out of the dead girl's mouth, when they're hiding under the van and I.S.R.E.A.L is looking for them (Mission: Impossible-esque) and another lame one with Xandir and Ling Ling getting into a tiny fight. Next is a scene with the Suck My Taint Girl, just briefly when they first meet her and the next is when they get their "point" from the Point Wizard and another which is just an extended thing where Captain Hero dumps the dead girl Molly and then we get some rough sketched-out scenes featuring some of the crazier things the housemates start to do when they find out they haven't been canceled. All these scenes are about nine minutes long, but most of them aren't that funny and they also are cut together really quickly without much of a transition between the individual scenes.

Drawn Together Minisodes is the last thing we get here and we get a minisode for each character - Foxxy Love, Spanky Ham, Wooldoor Sockbat, Toot Braunstein, Ling-Ling, Captain Hero, Princess Clara and Xandir P. Whifflebottom. These feature Jew Producer introducing each character and features some of the most memorable moments from the regular series. These are all usually somewhere between four and five minutes long and give you a nice succinct rundown - or a goodbye, perhaps - for each of these memorable characters.
THE VIDEO
The film is presented in the widescreen format, but it wasn't quite clear what the aspect ratio on the film was. There is also the added bonus of a nifty 3D scene - old-school, breaking the plane scene - that is worth breaking out the old red and blue glasses for, or even making your own glasses for, which they show you how to do. Who would've thought a Drawn Together DVD would be educational...
THE AUDIO
The sound was handled through the Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound format.
THE PACKAGE
Not too shabby here. The front cover has a shot of the entire Drawn Together gang through one of those between-the-legs shots, but this one is through the legs of the huge robot I.S.R.E.A.L. The back has a nice little synopsis, special features listing some random images and the billing block and tech specs.
THE FINAL WORD
The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie is quite a brilliant little animated romp, that is really a satire on the whole TV biz altogether, with a surprisingly compelling story and, of course, all of the raucous action you've come to love as well.

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