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June 24, 2011

Movie Review: The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie! (2010)

 Drawn Together was easily one of the most creative cartoon ideas on the air. It was parody at its finest. I was sad to see it go after only three seasons, and I had to revisit the series to remind myself just how disturbed it really was. If you don't remember, it was a parody of shows like Big Brother and The Real World in which iconic cartoon character types would live together and be constantly filmed. It was crass and vulgar and entertaining as hell. I was overjoyed when I saw that a movie was made.

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After finishing off the last few episodes of the series, I started the movie. One thing I immediately noticed was a difference in the animation. It wasn't extremely different, but different enough to be a bit of a distraction for me. I'm sure people that had a gap of a few years between seeing the movie and the show wouldn't think much of it, but I did. It was especially noticeable with Princess Clara and Xandir. Thankfully the voice cast returned, and they were as good as always.

If you saw the series finale, the little "DT Fun Facts" that popped up on the bottom of the screen acknowledged the end of the show, but the house mates never really did. There was a quick mumbling from Jew Producer and a few other nods to it, but not directly from the characters. In the movie, after an action scene involving Toot and Foxxy, we get to the beginning of the story. Jew Producer comes in and offers a bizarre challenge, and when he doesn't declare a winner, Foxxy becomes suspicious. She investigates and figures out that the show has been cancelled.

Seth MacFarlane guests as the voice of ISRAEL, a killer robot who resembles the malfunctioning robot at the beginning of RoboCop, except with high heels. Her job is to erase the entire cast and the house. The cast has to find a way to stay alive, and surprisingly, Jew Producer wants to save them.

The movie was fun, and I got some big laughs from it. It wasn't quite the same as the show, but with that big time separation, you can't expect the writers to be in the exact same frame of mind. It was easy to understand MacFarlane's involvement after watching the movie. They break down South Park in a way similar to South Park's deconstruction of Family Guy. It was well done, and it really makes you realize that South Park tends to shove some sort of moral point down your throat.

If you like the show, you'll probably like the movie. The animation was a little distracting for me at times, but I still enjoyed it. It's worth checking out and worth buying if you own the series.

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