Reflecting back on the first time I saw Citizen Kane (in a History of Cinema class), I remember sitting back, speechless, with the only thought, “Wow!” Coincidentally, I had that same reaction after viewing The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie!
Who knew that anyone could fit that much vulgarity into 70 minutes? There is so much profanity in The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie! that it actually has little effect. Oh… it should be offensive, but there’s just so much of it. It’s like the difference between having someone track dirt in on your nice, clean floor and having dirt floors.
The shocking thing about The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie! is that it left out a few forbidden words and depravities. It includes racist and sexist humor, stereotyping, flatulence, violence, necrophilia, and all sorts of things not mentionable in a family magazine (I’m not saying that Blogcritics is a family magazine, er…e-zine, however someone in my family might read this and realize they haven’t really known me all these years).
For those who have never watched Drawn Together, the now-canceled Comedy Central television series, a bit of an introduction seems helpful. There are seven cartoon characters living together in a house, making a reality show. They are Foxxy Love, inspired by Josie and the Pussycats and Scooby-Doo; Wooldoor, a Spongebob knock-off; Xandir, a gay video game escapee; Ling-Ling (think Pikachu); Toot, an alcoholic, binge-drinking Betty Boop; Spanky, a pig with a thing for poop; Clara, a Disney-like princess; and Captain Hero, a less than super man. They are all way over the top, voicing lines that would not be appropriate in anything that wasn’t satire, farce, or parody. (Translation: there are people who voice these same opinions, believing in them.)
In addition to the Drawn Together housemates, there is a cast of supporting characters, most of whom have bad intentions. The plot is based on the fact that the show has been canceled, so it’s time to erase the characters. A humongous eraser-firing robot is brought in to take care of that detail.
Well known cartoon characters make cameo appearances, such as a philandering Barney Rubble (the opening of the movie is very Flintstone-y). The funniest vignette in the film involves Wile E. Coyote and the Roadrunner. The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie! is filled with cultural references, and there is nothing at which it won’t take aim. Although I believe 9/11 wasn’t mentioned in the film, a gag turns up in the extras.
The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie! is like a contest: outrageousness vs. tolerance. By trampling every border, crossing (or worse) every line, it seeks to find that one spot that will offend the viewer. Most people will recognize it when they see it, but it won’t be the same for all.
There is over an hour of bonus material included with The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie!, including interviews with the producers and voice talent, “Drawn Together: The Legacy,” “Anatomy of an Animated Sex Scene” (which is not at all sexy), and “Re-animating Drawn Together.” While there is nothing sensational here, it won’t kill you to watch them. (There are a few lines in the movie dissecting director commentaries that are effectively funny.)
Fans of Drawn Together, South Park, and other such entertainment will enjoy The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie! Although it is not rated, there is no doubt it should be rated “R.”