Drawn Together - Season Three (2006)
By: Devon B. on November 22, 2010  | 
DVD
Beyond | All Regions, NTSC | 4:3 | English DD 2.0 | 303 minutes (Full Specs)
The Movie
Cover Art
Credits
Creators: Dave Jeser, Matthew Silverstein
Voices: Adam Carolla, Jess Harnell, Cree Summer, Abbey McBride, Tara Strong, Jack Plotnick
Country: USA
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Concern has been expressed over whether Drawn Together is really Digital Retribution material because it "aint even Horror!!!!". Nay, I say, nay. The concept of Drawn Together is that eight cartoon characters have been put on an exploitative Reality TV show so the viewer can observe their behaviour when they are not appearing in their respective programming. Cartoons are a representation of innocence (except in Japan) and Drawn Together puts its characters through some terrible ordeals for the viewers' benefit. The exploitation of others for an audience is the impetus that drives the most horrifying movie of all time: Cannibal Holocaust. Indeed, what could be more horrible than seeing the purity of childhood corrupted by the murky morals of dubious cartoon character knock offs? Scant little. Plus, Digital Retribution has not been a strictly horror site for well over four years.

Okay, so Drawn Together may not be the scariest thing you'll ever see, but it certainly has a cult following, and ever since Heaven's Gate Digital Retribution has been big on all things cult. The only real question about Drawn Together should be "Is it worth my time?" The answer is yes.

I explained a bit more about the set up of the show in my review of Season Two, so if you haven't read that yet shame on you, but it might be a better review to start with if you're interested in the show but don't really know anything about it.

In Season Three the housemates are back and still up to all sort of deviant shenanigans. Ling-Ling becomes a cock fighter, Toot becomes an Indian god, Wooldoor becomes a cereal addicted corporate puppet, Princess Clara becomes Satan's slave, and Captain Hero becomes even more neurotic. Heaps more cartoons are parodied, Ling-Ling still can't distinguish between "r" and "l" sounds, and there's more racial humour than Michael Richard's stand up gig.

Unfortunately, the show seems a bit more restrained by this point. With the exception of Toot, who is even grosser than before, the jokes just didn't seem as extreme, or at least the ones that used some sort of stereotype as their basis. At first I assumed I'd just gotten used to the show, but when I thought about it I remembered that in Season Two a lot of the racial driven humour was done by taking stereotypes to ridiculous levels, like an Asian sitting behind the wheel of a car causing instant chaos. In Season Three, the show had more of a tendency to just throw out racist jokes in an attempt to shock, and I wasn't shocked.

There're still a few references that may go past the average Australian, as I doubt weather man Al Roker is a household name here, and a working knowledge of American cereal mascots will be required to get the most out of one particular episode. But even if some of these gags go unnoticed, there's still plenty of universal humour on display. The show has goes at everything from The Smurfs to the network Drawn Together aired on, and when it gets it right, it's very, very funny.

The creators sadly don't always get it right, though, as some of the episodes feel less inspired this time around. One episode is a lazy remake of Can't Buy Me Love, a clear indication the writers were desperate for ideas. Another indication ideas were lacking is that the exact same joke is played out over every episode's end credits. Worst of all, this season contains another clip show, this time an Idol parody, which at least has the decency to make fun of itself but is in the end still just a clip show.

The good news is that this season has a lot of Captain Hero, who is by far the funniest character. With Hero at the fore, it's easy for the show to get into all sorts of disgusting situations and he doesn't disappoint with rape, necrophilia and incest being just a few of his sexual desires in this season. Even the Can't Buy Me Love episode has a few really funny bits thanks to Hero, proving he is a comedy juggernaut.

When things click on Drawn Together, there are few other shows that can match its mania, and set ups like the Hostel parody work really well. And don't get the impression that the show is tame in Season Three; there's a quick gag introducing a new character named Sid that may be just as bad, if not worse, than the Christopher Reeve joke in Season Two. Before I saw Season Three, I had naturally believed the Christopher Reeve joke would be the most inappropriate thing I'd ever see, but Sid is very close indeed.

In the end, Drawn Together was one of the very few shows on television where the viewer got a chance to see rampaging, giant mongoloids and armpit vaginas. The show remained funny, tasteless and gross right to the end, and for that it should be commended.

Be warned that live action heart surgery is included in one episode.
Video
The 4:3 presentation is sharp, clear and clean.
Audio
There're two audio tracks. The first is a 2.0 track that is clear and well mixed. The second is silence unless you're watching an episode with a commentary track. In those instances, it has a commentary track.
Extra Features
Once again the DVD features extended and uncut episodes, which is the most important extra to me. Other extras are commentaries on the episodes Freaks and Greeks, Lost in Parking Space Part 1, Drawn Together Babies and Breakfast Food Killer; promo material for all three seasons, Karaoke versions of some of the songs featured in the show, and previews for other Comedy Central titles. Also listed as an extra are Comedy Central Quickies, but when I selected this it was just the previews again. That's not a huge loss as the only Quickies that I ever saw worth having on DVD were some early South Park ones that featured new material not found in the episodes.
The Verdict
Movie Score
Disc Score
Overall Score
It's not quite as shocking this time around, but Drawn Together is still frequently hilarious and Captain Hero is such a great character I wish he'd get his own show. It's a shame that Drawn Together was cancelled, but the show had lost some of its inspiration so it may have ended at the right time even if it wasn't for the right reason. The show deserved better than to go out on a money saving clip show, so thankfully there was more to come in the form of The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie!

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