Back to the un-PC well for a final(?) time
The Story So Far...
While the second season let the Reality TV conceit slip away at times, the third season may as well have been another series all together. In fact, of the 14 episodes in this set, only two relate to reality shows, while one episode devotes its entire runtime to a parody of an old Saturday morning cartoon. This disappointing void is partially filled by exploring the world of cartoons, and being as filthy and twisted as possible. Bits and pieces of story find nooks and crannies to hide, like the gelatin of this Jell-O mold of a season. On the plus side, the stories aren't your usual sitcom tales, with plots about getting stranded in a mall parking spot, seeking revenge for a gang rape and abusing your younger self via a nipple-ring radio.
It's amazing to see the freedom the series' creators get to enjoy in crafting these episodes, especially in the uncensored versions available on the DVDs. Considering we live in a post-Imus, post-humor era, that "Drawn Together" can wallow in a kiddie pool of non-stop jokes about race, sexuality and creed is nothing shy of incredible and points out the show's biggest strength, which is the moral leniency afforded cartoon characters (though Br'er Rabbit and Bugs Bunny would argue it doesn't always help.) The animated Captain Hero can make a lot more gay jokes than Tom Welling ever could in a pair of tights, while Foxxy Love is the most in-your-face example of black stereotypes since the birth of gangsta rap.
Perhaps it's the sheer quantity of tasteless gags, whether it be racist statements by Princess Clara, gay jokes from Xandir or the frequent presence of male genitalia (made more present by the DVDs' uncensored nature), that makes them tolerable. If in the middle of your run of the mill cartoon, you sudden had a character pull out a masturbation machine, it would be utterly shocking. Here, it's like the air the show breathes, so when the series really goes for broke, it results in gags that mixpedophilia, bestiality , necrophilia and several other sexual tastes that could land a real person in jail. That it even exists gives us hope that the PC thugs haven't won yet.
The over-the-top filth is not the reason for watching "Drawn Together" though. When it is inspired, the use of cartoon archetypes and various parodies can be ingenious, like the extended Boogie Nights segment in "Breakfast Food Killers," or the Fat Albert theme in "Foxxy and the Gang Bang." It's these moments that made the show so entertaining in the first two seasons, but they were less apparent this time around. Maybe it was right time to get out of the "Drawn Together" business. But that remains to be seen, if the commentaries are to be believed.
Like the previous sets, the third-season discs are packaged in a pair of clear ThinPak cases, with two-sided covers that provide a synopsis for each episode. Unlike the previous releases, there's nothing impressive about the slipcase the ThinPak's come in, and the packaging has no indication about music replacement.
It's a standard cable comedy presentation when it comes to the audio for this series, and the Dolby Digital 2.0 tracks deliver the dialogue, sound effects and notable musical numbers well, without distortion. The mix is right down the middle, without much in terns of obvious separation between the channels.
Greeks and Freaks - composer Evan Schletter, writer/co-producer Jordan Young, writers/executive producers Matt Silverstein and Dave Jeser, and writers Elijah Aron and Reed Agnew
Making a return from the Season Two discs is Karaoke Sing-A-Long, which offers up six short songs from the series, in Karaoke mode (with on-screen lyrics) or in Sing-Along Mode. Once again, I can't imagine a situation that would require someone to sing "Face the Balls," but if you find yourself faced with the challenge, here's the help you need, complete with a bouncing scrotal sack (or penis pump, or whatever other inappropriate icon used) to help you keep the beat.
The extras conclude with a collection of promos used to promote the show on Comedy Central during the three seasons the show was on, a pair of Comedy Central Quickies (from "South Park" and "The Sarah Silverman Show") and some DVD previews.
The Bottom Line