On the spectrum of social appropriateness, I stand somewhere between that crazy guy who runs around the neighborhood with his pants down and Andrew Dice Clay in his prime. By default, that makes me a big fan of Drawn Together, the animated Comedy Central program that ran from 2004 to 2007 and shocked wholesome parents everywhere.
Drawn Together was a very adult cartoon that mocked reality shows via a Real World-type setting for fictional cartoon characters. Among those crammed into a house to live together were a racist princess plucked from Disney's classics, a combat-ready Pokemon wannabe with a penchant for panty-sniffing, and a Betty Boop takeoff whose sexual appetite was only bested by her real appetite.
And while Family Guy is the show that makes headlines for its inappropriate humor, that program doesn't hold a candle (or a double-ended dildo) to Drawn Together in terms of off-color content. If the show had ever had a higher profile, it would have been protested by all sorts of watchdog groups and targeted by TV news talking heads. But since it existed on late-night cable, it dodged many of the bullets fired at other cartoons (and unfortunately, the press that comes with those sorts of attacks).
Though Drawn Together was canceled after its third season, the show is now doing what many 'toons have done before: going the direct-to-DVD-movie route. The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie! (not a typo!), which comes out today, reunites all the housemates—only this time, they realize their show has been canceled. It also features more than an hour of bonus footage, including a behind-the-scenes look at the movie's 3-D sex scene. (Yikes.) If it's anything like the show was, the movie is definitely something worth checking out.
Here's a clip from the movie:
The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie! is available today on DVD, iTunes, Xbox Live Marketplace, PlayStation Store, Amazon on Demand, and Zune.
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