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.
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
- 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 and other DC superheroes.
- 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 flash-animated internet cartoons from Newgrounds.
- Wooldoor Sockbat is a parody of SpongeBob SquarePants.
- 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 well written.
- Many various challenges.
- A lot of the jokes, while rude and gross, are funny and clever.
- Several likable, sociopathic characters such as Wooldoor, Xandir, Ling-Ling, and Foxxy Love.
- Does controversial humor very well and correctly.
- Spawned several internet memes.
- 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".
- The show uses bigoted humor in an exaggerated way to satirize prejudice behaviors.
- 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 go 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.
- 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 really awful.