After producing hits such as South Park, it seemed like Comedy Central was the place to go for filthy but funny animated shows back in the early 2000’s. I remember seeing a few series come and go back then, and Drawn Together was one of the better though insanely lewd ones around. Now all 36 episodes and the direct-to-video movie have come together in the Drawn Together: The Complete Collection DVD set. If you’re not easily offended or don’t have a weak stomach, then you’ll find plenty of raunchy comedy here that borderlines on insanity.
Poking fun at popular cartoon, video game, and comic book characters, and the whole “reality” TV show craze that started back then, Drawn Together takes a few zany folks and throws them together in a house laced with cameras so viewers can see the drama that unfolds when these characters are forced to interact with each other. These trippy people consist of Princess Clara (a Disney princess-like lady), Foxxy Love (a fun poke at Josie and the Pussycats), Xandir (a gay Elf character that pokes at RPG video games), Captain Hero (a poke at superheroes), Spanky Ham (an internet character parody), Ling-Ling (a parody of Pikachu and anime characters), Toot (a Betty Boop parody) and lastly Wooldoor (a parody of Spongebob Squarepants). Just going by that list of parodies, you already have a good idea what kind of strange and twisted things happen between all of them, but take that and multiply it by a thousand, and you have a vague idea of how crazy this show is.
From Clara and Foxxy hating each other at first to constantly making out in front of everyone, Toot getting high or drunk a lot of time while puking or performing lewd acts, and the show using Ling-Ling in one episode to poke fun at “bad Asian drivers” and blaming it on his eyes for not being round enough to see properly, this show grabs political correctness and everything else by the pants and cranks up the ridiculousness to new levels as the cast goes from one bad situation to another. Again, this isn’t a show for the easily offended, as it’s guaranteed to get under your skin some way or another by the time you’re done watching these characters do their thing and constantly break the fourth wall while doing so. But if you like your comedy sick and rough, then you’ll love every lewd minute of it. If the show wasn’t enough, the movie included continues the raunchiness with the cast still dealing with their show being cancelled among other wild things, and even features Seth MacFarlane as a guest voice.
It would’ve been nice to have seen this in high definition on Blu-ray, but the video and audio quality of the DVDs here are decent enough to make sure you see and hear every uncensored act. There’s also quite a few special features to go through on each disc, from audio commentaries, karaoke videos of some of the crazy songs throughout the seasons, deleted scenes and more. If you think you can handle the vulgar craziness of Drawn Together: The Complete Collection, feel free to give it a try. Just don’t say I didn’t warn you, as you can’t unsee or unhear any of the insanity once you get drawn in.