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Drawn Together
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Behold, the first ever reality cartoon!
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

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

  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:
    • 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.
  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 very well written, similar to South Park.
  5. Many various challenges.
  6. A lot of the jokes, while rude and gross, are funny and clever.
  7. Several sociopathic, yet likable characters such as Captain Hero, Spanky Ham, Princess Clara, Toot, Wooldoor, Xandir, Ling-Ling, and Foxxy Love.
  8. Does controversial humour very well and correctly.
  9. A lot of the songs are funny and well written.
  10. The concept with eight cartoon characters sharing a house together in a reality like setting is very unique and creative.
  11. Clever pop-cultural references to various popular shows and films.
  12. 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.
  13. The show uses bigoted humour in an exaggerated way to satirize prejudiced behaviours.
  14. 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 goes 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. Unrestrainable Trainable is considerably the worst episode of the series.
  6. 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.
  7. The third season was somewhat weak compared to the first two seasons.
  8. The movie was poorly-received by die-hard fans of the show.

Trivia

  • 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”.

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