Downtown

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Downtown

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Downtown is an animated take on urban life, based on interviews with real people the show follows a diverse and multi racial cast who live in NY. With mind blowing, award winning animation...original stories, brilliantly written...Great acting, easy to relate to likeable characters and a killer soundtrack.


The main characters of the show are:
Alex- Probably 23-25 years old. Just moved to an apartment on Manhattan. As a typical computer-fantasy-sf-comic geek hasn't got much experience with girls, and that gives his best friend- Jen, and his younger sister- Chaka another reason to make fun of his miserable person (besides laughing at his casual clothes and hobbies). Unsubstantialy in love with Serena- goth girl from a comic book store.

Chaka- Alex's younger sister, 19. Always fashionable, always want to be on top, so she hangs out with anyone who is "trendy" enough. Likes all kind of clubs, pubs and bars. Being too young to drink alcohol is not a problem to Chaka, because of her natural talent of acting older then she is and thanks to Fruity- her friend, who make fake ID's. Likes to annoy Alex and spend his money for her own pleasures.

Jen- Her relationship with Alex started years ago, in primary school. Always sarcastic and always in "anti-trendies" mood (that's why she is seen almost whole time in baggy, three larger clothes). Likes to make fun of Alex, but she's his best friend and always there to comfort him in sad moments.

Mecca-Chaka's sidekick and high school friend. Much more reasonable and less party type than her friend, Mecca is sometimes a voice of conscience, when Chaka's actions go to far. She hopelessly dreams about great love, like in fairy tales- knight on the white horse and that sort of stuff.

Fruty- Skater and playboy (in his dreams, of course)- he is the finest example of "How not to pick chicks with lame speech" type. But he is handsome and sometimes got his great moments, so maybe Chaka could some day be more than a friend to him. By now, it's just a little hate-love relationship.

Matt- Fruty’s friend and graffiti artist. His greatest desire is to put his own tag on every “dangerous and impossible to reach place” in New York, to gain honor in whole graffiti community and become a legend. Girls like him, but he doesn’t seem to have much interest in them- a can of spray paint is his only love.

Serena- Goth chick, currently working in a comic book store. Beautiful and mysterious, a dream of any guy, who doesn’t mind black lipstick and vampiric outfit. Though Alex is trying to impress her by being someone he’s not (even denying his sf-comic passions!) she seems to only like him and nothing more. Jen doesn’t like her much, maybe because of jealousy.

Goat- True “Headbangers Ball” generation- moustache like Lemmy from Motorhead, dressed up like Hell’s Angel, drinking everything with even a little alcohol in it and paranoid because of strange substances he was drugging himself with in mid 80’s. The most easy-going and simple character in whole series- he only wants to drink, get laid and drink something afterwards. But his simple thinking makes him the best advisor (sometimes) for Alex and others. Got even more lame pick up speeches than Fruty.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • An opportunity here

    8.5
    Okay, with the exception of the Episode "Trip or treat," this show was actually pretty good. I felt it ended way too prematurely, and that final episode didn't help matters any either.



    However, now that MTV has brought back "Beavis and Butt-head" and added that show "Good Vibes," maybe MTV should create new episodes of Downtown.



    I say we should start sending emails, making phone calls, whatever to MTV and demand that they bring back Downtown!



    Besides, bringing this show back would be a Huge improvement over the crap they have now, like Jersey Snore, or True Life: I put pants on one leg at a time.



    Come on Empty V, How about it?moreless
  • A fun trip of the surreal life in New York.

    9.5
    A very different adult humour show. Plenty of sexual innuendo without being ignorant. A diverse group of characters that reflect different personalities and how they deal with their lives. The creators relied heavily on adapting their characters from people they knew or had met out on the New York streets. The first animation on Mtv to use Digital Ink and Paint. The animation has a realistic style portraying the gritty look of New York but with surreal coloring. The use of lighting and shadows is extensive and very detailed. The voice actors were chosen with realistic ages for the character they were speaking for and were given leeway to change parts of story or script to more accurately reflect reality. this was adult animation at it's very best.moreless
  • I loved this show it had the best scrip and best cast it just seamed so realistic and every episode was grate! please MTV find it in you cruel hart to bring this back!moreless

    10
    Basically the shows about people in new York in 1999 before all of this 911 stuff any way they have real like life stories and they made you believe that there's cool people like this in new york! with all of the Dame shows now on MTV that have dumb idiots hurting them selves to make people due the same there's a slim chance of the show coming back this was a grate show don't get me wrong but the MTV watchers to day would int like a show like this so MTV has to be a puss about it and cancel it with other grate shows like Daria clone high and EM the wonder showmoreless
  • A real shame it didn't last.

    10
    It's strange that so many wonderful MTV shows never seem to make it past their first season. Downtown was superbly written, and wonderfully casted. Almost every character reminded me of someone I knew, and I wished that I could join them in their misadventures. They made me want to move downtown, myself.
  • possibly one of most 'real life' cartoons ever made.

    10
    i think this show was on sometime last year on MTV 2 UK. i really enjoyed it, and can actually relate to the characters. i didn't really get to see all eps, but the did see were cool. too bad MTV-2 changes it crap lineup all the time, because this was actually a good show on crap television station.
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