The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie! (2010)
By: Devon B. on November 25, 2010  |  Comments ()  |  Bookmark and Share
DVD
Beyond | All Regions, NTSC | 1.78:1 (16:9 enhanced) | English DD 5.1 | 71 minutes (Full Specs)
The Movie
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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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Sometimes TV shows transition to feature length films fantastically. South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut was a wonderful movie full of great gags and pointed satire. Then there are movies like the first Futurama film which was so painfully bad and unfunny it shat on the legacy of the TV show it was spawned from. Fortunately The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie! is closer to the former than the latter, but make sure you're familiar with the show before sitting down with this one.

Foxxy Love realises she has a new mystery to solve when she notices that nothing in the Drawn Together house is censored anymore. She can even say "shit cunt" without getting beeped, and gets her first unpixelated look at Wooldoor's junk. Foxxy works out that Drawn Together has been cancelled, so the housemates antics no longer need regulating to go out across the airwaves. Turns out the show has made a powerful enemy in the form of a Rupert Murdoch type (or maybe he's not based on Murdoch at all but I just assumed he was because he was voiced by Mr Tight Fitting Vest himself, Vernon Wells) who not only wants the show off the air, but the characters erased. When he learns that the characters are still alive and at the house, he sends an ED-209 like robot named I.S.R.A.E.L. to dispatch them. With the help of the Jew Producer, the housemates escape alive, but are forced to face the terrible secret of Drawn Together.

Given the content of the uncensored DVDs of the show, I was curious what would be in the movie that couldn't have been on the show. The answer is there're only a few moments that mightn't have got through, but some of them are disgusting moments indeed and the fact that this wasn't given an R rating bewilders me. There're a few moments of sexual activity, but most of these are regulated to one sex scene and a quick montage of superheroes doing things they really shouldn't. The movie pushes other things further than they went on the show, too, so for example Captain Hero's affinity for corpses is taken to the extreme here.

If you're into the show for more than sexual depravity, the rest of the movie, which is most of the runtime, is a bit uneven. There're heaps of gags about "I.S.R.A.E.L." that would've been super easy to write, but just through sheer volume some of them succeed. Easy jokes aside, the real problem is Drawn Together was a show about eight distinct characters, any of whom might've carried any given episode. Putting them all into a film means that none of the characters get the attention they deserve, and the attempt to include them all into one storyline causes the film to lose focus at times. This is why I propose that Captain Hero needs his own movie or TV show. He's gotten so funny that all he has to do is open his mouth and I develop uncontrollable laughing fits, and there's so much that could be done with him.

Captain Hero isn't the only positive, as there's a lot of other things to like about the film. The movie gave the creators a chance to address the show's abrupt cancellation, and allows the characters to go out with more respect than their previous finale, a lame clip show, gave them.

At first I thought the film was having a few digs at South Park for being too pretentious, but it becomes clear, and is also blatantly stated in the commentary, that the issue isn't South Park, but was people trying to turn Drawn Together into another South Park. It's funny that the Drawn Together people wanted to distance themselves from making a point given some of their best work, particularly the Clum Babies episode, had social commentary at its basis. The film avoids commentary for the most part and basks in being deliberately gross, with an overriding theme that it's okay to like things just because they're outlandish.

The movie has a few 3D scenes, but the 3D doesn't really work so you're better off watching it 2D unless you like watching movies through a coloured filter.
Video
The film is sharp, clean and clear and I think looked better and brighter than the TV show. The traditional animation has been replaced by Flash due to budget cuts, and there are a few noticeable differences, but they are not necessarily flaws. The animation is very good, and is well presented on the DVD. The optional 3D didn't work at all for me, being less effective than Friday the 13th 3-D.
Audio
Audio is available in 5.1 or 2.0 mixes. The 5.1 only seemed slightly more dynamic than the 2.0 to me, but does get a few moments to shine and the score works better on the 5.1 track.
Extra Features
An extra so important it was included twice is a live action topless woman conducting a tutorial on how to make your own 3D glasses since Comedy Central wouldn't include a pair.

The rest of the features pertain directly to the movie or show. There's Drawn Together: True Confessionals which runs about 12 minutes and features a bunch of interview with those involved. Adam Carolla has bestowed us with his presence this time. A similar feature is Drawn Together: The Legacy which runs about four minutes and is focused on the show's impact. Anatomy of an Anaimated Sex Scene is definitely worth a watch even though the 3D is useless because it details the ironic troubles the creators had with this scene. Re-Animating Drawn Together: From the Small Screen to the Slightly Bigger Screen runs about nine and a half minutes and focuses on the animation and going Flash. Some little gags the average viewer might miss are pointed out, and amazingly things are discussed that the writing team deemed were too juvenile for the movie. There're also about eight and a half minutes of "deleted scenes," but these are mostly extended scenes rounded out with an animatic deleted scene and an animatic of the sex scene. Minisodes (IE clip collections) are included for each character with a bit of new wraparound footage featuring the Jew Producer. These clips are censored for some reason. There's also a commentary featuring co-creators Matt Silverstein and David Jeser, as well as co-creator and writer Jordan Young and sound designer Kurt Vanzo. This is a good commentary track which offers a few unexpected surprises, but also explains some of the movie's shortcomings like a quick scripting process, the financial limitations and the difficulty of writing for eight main characters. They talk at length about the ideas behind the movie, since the two main plot points from the film are taken from real life. Towards the end they start to lose steam (or their comments were getting removed by censors) as gaps start to pop up, but overall this is a very solid, worthwhile track.
The Verdict
Movie Score
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Overall Score
The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie! was the only way fans were going to get one last look into the world of their favourite animated reality show. It's not perfect, but as someone who was craving more Drawn Together, it nicely filled that need, and it's good the show finally got a proper finale. After watching the film I immediately bought more of the TV series, so if the criteria of leaving the viewer wanting more is a good one, the movie certainly worked on me. The remaining episodes will hopefully keep me tided over until the inevitable Captain Hero The Movie: The Movie! is finished. That's a movie that needs to be made. There's not much more one could want from this DVD other than some 3D glasses and 3D scenes that did more than look completely red or blue.

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