Drawn Together

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Drawn Together
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The first ever animated reality show!
Genre: Animated sitcom
Running Time: 22 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: October 27, 2004 – November 14, 2007
Network(s): Comedy Central
Created by: Dave Jeser
Matt Silverstein
Distributed by: MTV Networks
Starring: Tara Strong
Cree Summer
Adam Carolla
Jess Harnell
James Arnold Taylor
Abbey McBride
Jack Plotnick
Seasons: 3
Episodes: 36


Drawn Together is an animated comedy that aired on Comedy Central from 2004 to 2007 with a direct-to-DVD movie released in 2010. It is advertised as the first ever animated reality show.

Plot

The show centers on eight housemates, Wooldoor Sockbat, Ling-Ling, Captain Hero, Princess Clara, Toot Braunstein, Xandir, Spanky Ham, and Foxxy Love who compete in a reality show for cartoons and compete in various challenges, though there is no ultimate reward.

Why It Rocks

  1. The series uses traditional cel animation (albeit digitally colored) to give a retro yet rough look.
  2. Each character is a caricature of various animated personalities:
    1. Princess Clara is a parody of Disney Princesses.
    2. Toot Braunstein is a parody of silent-era cartoons and Betty Boop.
    3. Captain Hero is a parody of Superman and other DC superheroes.
    4. Xandir is a parody of video game adventurers like Link from The Legend of Zelda or Cloud from Final Fantasy VII.
    5. Foxxy Love is a parody of Valerie from Josie and the Pussycats.
    6. Spanky Ham is a parody of flash-animated internet cartoons from Newgrounds.
    7. Wooldoor Sockbat is a parody of SpongeBob SquarePants.
    8. Ling-Ling is a parody of Pikachu from the Pokémon franchise.
  3. Each character is animated differently to compliment each style, for example, Princess Clara is drawn with a Disney style animation, while Captain Hero is drawn like characters from the DC Animated Universe series.
  4. Rude and crude but well written.
  5. Many various challenges.
  6. A lot of the jokes, while rude and gross, are funny and clever.
  7. Several likable, sociopathic characters such as Wooldoor, Xandir, Ling-Ling, and Foxxy Love.
  8. Does controversial humor very well and correctly.
  9. Spawned several internet memes.
  10. A lot of the songs are funny and well written.
  11. The concept with eight cartoon characters sharing a house together in a reality like setting is very unique and creative.
  12. Clever pop cultural references to various popular shows and films.
  13. The series ended on a high note with "American Idol Parody Clip Show".
  14. The show uses bigoted humor in an exaggerated way to satirize prejudice behaviors.
  15. Foxxy Love and Xandir, the token minorities (black and gay, respectively), despite being written stereotypically, are consistently portrayed as the most normal and sympathetic characters in the series.

Bad Qualities

  1. Too many gross out gags and scenes that something go too far.
  2. Some jokes can drag on too long at times, such as Spanky Ham farting for an entire minute.
  3. The voice acting isn't the best at times. Sometimes the voice actors sound like they have no stage directions.
  4. Captain Hero, Spanky Ham, Princess Clara, and Toot can have their unlikable moments at times.
  5. While most of the main characters had some of their worlds explored in certain episodes, Toot, on the other hand, got piss all in world-building besides being a fat Betty Boop parody.
  6. The third season was somewhat weak compared to the first two seasons.
  7. The movie was really awful.

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