April 2006 Archives

Still Drawn In

I'm still watching Drawn Together and enjoying it. I really like its time slot on Comedy Central, right after South Park. That way, if South Park hasn't blown my mind sufficiently (or if the episode has been censored), then I can always depend on Drawn Together to shred whatever is left of my sensibilities.

Somewhere over the course of season two, the Cute Little Red-Haired Girlfriend and I became big fans of the character Wooldoor Sockbat. We were very excited when we found video interviews with the voice talent behind all of the Drawn Together characters online, including the actor who voices our beloved Wooldoor. If you're a fan of the show, these interviews are great fun to watch. I wasn't aware that a single actor provided a voice for two of the main characters.

I know that Disney likes to call animation "the illusion of life," because in their aesthetic the job of the animator is to represent in a series of drawings the sense of liveliness or motion of a living character. But seeing these actors work really made me appreciate more the job of the voice actor in bringing animated drawings to life.

Something New in the Xenaverse

It seems like this had to happen eventually. There is now a podcast for Xena lovers, the XenaCast by Amy Boatman. There's only one episode available so far, and although there's a web address attached to the episode, all you'll find at the site are the words "Coming Soon!"

I found the podcast through the built-in directory in Juice, but you can also find it through podcast aggregator sites like Podcast Pickle.

The first episode is over an hour and includes a personalized summary of the first four episodes of Season 1. This seems to be the format of the show: show summary, but Amy Boatman is asking for feedback on the podcast so here's your chance to give her shape future shows.

The podcast is subtext-friendly, but the summary format of the Xenacast puts the emphasis on plot, rather than the characters. Amy Boatman does describe Xena as she appears in the first episode as "don't touch me, don't love me," which I thought was a nice description.

I'm interested to see how this develops, and if other Xena fans decide to enter the podcasting space.

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