Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Toons After Dark: 3 South (2002)

Once upon a time, MTV took a chance and bought an animated series from WB, which is a little ironic when you think about it, considering that 20 years earlier, MTV was part of the Warner chain, owned at the time by Warner-AMEX cable, which later sold MTV to Viacom, and, well, you know the rest of that story.

3 South was a total bust. Part of the reason might be because it was originally supposed to be coupled on Friday nights with Spider-Man, but the webhead didn't make his MTV debut until 8 months later. Anyway, the show, like Undergrads a year earlier, was about a couple of schlubs in college, but unlike Undergrads, there wasn't much redeeming value.

The stars were a couple of guys named Brian. Brian Dunkleman gave up American Idol for this? Yep, and he hasn't been heard from much since. Y'think maybe someone gave him bad career advice? Fellow comic Brian Posehn worked on another series from Warners, Mission Hill, and a few other cartoons, so he at least had some experience.

I gave this about 5 minutes one night. Which would be about 3 minutes too many. It was that bad. Here's a portion of the series opener. The Flaming Lips performed the theme song.

Seems like the character designs could've easily come from any number of independent comic strips, such as Gary Larsen's seminal The Far Side. Which, when you think about it, would've been a better choice for a cartoon......

Rating: D.

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