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Blu-ray Review: The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie

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The animated Comedy Central series, Drawn Together, has been off the air since 2007, when it was canceled. The show lasted for three years and wound up with 36 episodes before it had a bullet put into it, which naturally left fans of the franchise disappointed. Now, three years after the cancellation, a straight-to-video film has been released in an effort to bolster interest in the brand once again. The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie reinvigorates the franchise in many ways, but is it quite enough to bring it back from the grave?

If you've ever seen Drawn Together, you're already well aware of the crass humor and gratuitous amount of adult content. Imagine that uncensored and multiplied by two. That's The Drawn Together Movie.

It all starts with a Flintstones rip-off that features a knocked-up Toot hitting the booze and wallowing in self-pity. Then again, I doubt one would expect anything less of her, but I digress. Foxxy appears out of nowhere and warns her that Princess Clara is dead, and they're going to be next unless they hoof it. From this point the film jumps back in time to the start of these events.

Basically, from the get-go it appears that something is up with Jew Producer and he just doesn't seem to be himself (puppy- and kitten-killing game aside). Foxxy decides there's a mystery there and soon enough she realizes she can swear without being bleeped out. Even better (or worse?) is a lack of blurring over Wooldoor's, ahem, member. This leads her to the conclusion that they've been canceled, and sure enough another series called the "Suck My Taint Show" has been airing in their timeslot.

Being canceled is bad enough, but the network producer wants them erased for good. After all they are misfits who are merely twisted, deformed copies of popular characters and should not be allowed out in the real world. To carry out his mission he sends a mechanic monstrosity known as I.S.R.A.E.L., which naturally sends the cast of Drawn Together running for their lives. Their flight leads them to Clara's palace, the middle of the desert, and even a place similar to Oz where they go to get some direction.

To be perfectly honest, the plot in The Drawn Together Movie is pretty paper-thin, though one should probably assume that going in. It's a serviceable backdrop for the jokes and there's ample opportunity for each character to stand in the spotlight. The sense of humor is diverse and many of the gags truly are hit or miss; or simply run on for too long à la Family Guy. The Israel jokes get old after the first three times you hear them, watching Captain Hero use a dead woman as his girlfriend is amusing at first but gets tiresome, and excessive swearing for the sake of uncensored swearing is almost too predictable.

Ultimately The Drawn Together Movie is going to be adored by fans of the show, and it may even convert the uninitiated. The film is entertaining and the jokes work more often than not. It's not a flick for everyone though, and if you don't appreciate toilet humor in the least then you'll want to avoid this movie. After all, there's a character that defecates into his own mouth, a tornado of stillborn fetuses, and dinosaurs with giant penises. Then again, I suppose that's all part of the insane charm this franchise holds. Oh, and there's a silly 3-D lesbian sex scene. Did I mention that?

The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie is presented on Blu-ray with a full 1080p high definition. The 1.78:1 image comes with an MPEG-4 AVC codec. From start to finish this film looks quite good with vibrant colors, smooth animation, and a decent crispness to every scene. Things can be a touch on the soft side at times, and sometimes the black levels just aren't quite up to snuff, but overall it's a clean, attractive image. The same can't be said for the 3D scene, however. No glasses are included, but if you happen to have some lying around, know that the effects are awful. It's actually better to not bother with the glasses in the first place and just watch the bit non-3-D.

This Blu-ray disc hits with both Dolby TrueHD 5.1 and Dolby Digital 5.1 for audio selections. There's also a 2.0 stereo option as well, but are you really going to listen to that when the more robust offerings are there? The real meat and potatoes of this disc comes from the TrueHD track which actually presents some intelligent use of the soundstage. All channels are used at varying points to craft a solid sense of immersion. Sure, dialogue is dedicated to the front channels, but bullets, explosions, and other sound effects engulf you while watching.

For bonus features on this release The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie actually offers up quite a bit. First up is an audio commentary which is available through the "Setup" menu. This features Matt Silverstein, Dave Jeser, Jordan Young, and Kurt Vanzo all sitting down to talk about various parts of the film and project. Much of the commentary is on point, though I'd be lying if I said they didn't stray from the topic quite a bit.

The rest of the bonus material can all be found in the "Special Features" menu. First up is "Drawn Together: True Confessionals" (12:16), which is an interview-like segment where the cast and crew members talk about the cancellation of the show and what it was like working on this film. "Drawn Together: The Legacy" (4:16) is a mock documentary about the importance of the show. It's actually quite funny and worth checking out even though it's a spoof. "Anatomy of an Animated Sex Scene" (5:32) is a look at the lame 3D sex scene that was included here. "Re-Animating Drawn Together: From the Small Screen to the Slightly Bigger Screen" (9:46) examined the differences between creating the TV show and this direct-to-video release. "D.I.Y. 3-D Glasses" (2:14) offers instructions on how to make glasses to view the sex scene. This disc also includes roughly nine minutes of deleted scenes and some "minisodes" which are more or less clips from the show.

The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie is entertaining, goofy, and winds up being pretty much everything fans of the show would expect from a direct-to-video movie. The plot is lightweight at best and merely works as a set-up for the magnitude of punch-lines thrown at viewers. Jokes about Israel, poop gags, commentary about sex, and random violence are the name of the game here. If you appreciate that, and enjoyed the show, then you're going to have a great time with this disc. It's a lot of fun from start to finish and certainly worth checking out. Consider it recommended.

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