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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.
Television's first "animated reality show" throws together eight cartoon archetypes, including a party-hearty superhero, a naive princess prone to singing, and a sexually ambiguous anime hero, in a house where cameras are on them all the time. As with most other reality shows, conflict ensues.
Why Its Drawn Together
- The series uses traditional cel animation (albeit digitally colored) to give a retro yet rough look.
- Each character is a caricature of various animated personalities:
- Princess Clara is a parody of Disney princesses.
- Toot Braunstein is a parody of silent-era cartoons and Betty Boop.
- Captain Hero is a parody of Superman, especially his DCAU version.
- Xandir is a parody of video game adventurers like Link from The Legend of Zelda or Cloud from Final Fantasy VII.
- Foxxy Love is a parody of Valerie from Josie and the Pussycats.
- Spanky Ham is a parody of Newgrounds flash-animated internet cartoons.
- Wooldoor Sockbat is a parody of SpongeBob.
- Ling-Ling is a parody of Pikachu from the Pokémon franchise.
- 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.
- Rude and crude but very well written, similar to South Park.
- Many various challenges.
- A lot of the jokes, while rude and gross, are funny and clever.
- Several sociopathic, yet likable characters such as Captain Hero, Spanky Ham, Princess Clara, Toot, Wooldoor, Xandir, Ling-Ling, and Foxxy Love.
- Does controversial humour very well and correctly.
- A lot of the songs are funny and well written.
- The concept with eight cartoon characters sharing a house together in a reality like setting is very unique and creative.
- Clever pop-cultural references to various popular shows and films.
- The series ended on a high note with "American Idol Parody Clip Show", and the episode would've been a good ending for the franchise if it did not continue past that point.
- The show uses bigoted humour in an exaggerated way to satirize prejudiced behaviours.
- 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.
- Too many gross-out gags and scenes that something goes too far.
- Some jokes can drag on too long at times, such as Spanky Ham farting for an entire minute.
- The voice acting isn't the best at times. Sometimes the voice actors sound like they have no stage directions.
- Captain Hero, Spanky Ham, Princess Clara, and Toot can have their unlikable moments at times.
- Unrestrainable Trainable is considerably the worst episode of the series.
- 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.
- The third season was somewhat weak compared to the first two seasons.
- The movie was poorly-received by die-hard fans of the show.
- The show has spawned several internet memes, specially in the Hispanic community.
- James Arnold Taylor revealed in a December 2018 JATcast episode that he got hired before he was aware of the mature content and said that it “makes South Park look like Mr. Rogers”.