Is It Fall Yet?

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Is It Fall Yet?
Daria - Is It Fall Yet?.jpg
Directed by Karen Disher
Guy Moore
Written by Glenn Eichler
Peggy Nicoll
Starring Tracy Grandstaff
Wendy Hoopes
Julian Rebolledo
Marc Thompson
Alvaro J. Gonzalez
Carson Daly
Bif Naked
Dave Grohl
Distributed by MTV and The N
Release dates
  • August 27, 2000 (2000-08-27)
Running time
75 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Is It Fall Yet? is the first of two movie-length installments in MTV's animated series Daria.[1][2]

The two telemovies, Is It Fall Yet? and Is It College Yet?, chronicled, respectively, the summer break between the school years of seasons four and five; the second film was the show's finale.

Plot[edit]

Is It Fall Yet? continues the series' running plot from where it left off at the end of season four. In the final episode of season four ("Dye! Dye, My Darling!"), Daria Morgendorffer kisses Tom Sloane, the boyfriend of Daria's best friend, Jane Lane. The episode ends with the two friends' futures uncertain and Tom and Daria's relationship shaky.

The film begins on the last day of school at Lawndale High, where students are preparing for their summer break. Though Daria and Jane are still on speaking terms, Jane is cold toward Daria, and their relationship is tense. Daria and Tom are seeing each other romantically, but due to Daria's personality and the gravity of the situation, they are taking things slowly. Apparently to avoid Daria, Jane has signed up for a summer art camp. Daria intends to do nothing but read, sleep, and see her friends, but her mother Helen forces her to work as a counselor at English teacher Timothy O'Neill's summer camp for pre-pubescent children. While at the camp, Daria meets a nihilistic young boy named Link, who feels disillusioned with his existence and voices his bad attitude every chance he gets. Recognizing herself in Link, Daria attempts to reach out to him. However, he rejects her overtures, which results in Daria feeling worse. Paralleling these emotions is her relationship with Tom, which she effectively ends for the discomfort it brings.

In a running sub-plot, Daria's sister Quinn hires a tutor, David (voiced by Carson Daly), to help her raise her grades for admittance to her preferred college (a party school), and in doing so discovers a hidden intellect. Quinn becomes sincerely interested in pursuing a romantic relationship with David, but he turns her down because he still sees the shallowness to her personality. He nonetheless admits that Quinn has more depth than her friends, the other members of The Fashion Club. In a second sub-plot, Mr. Anthony DeMartino has become disillusioned with teaching and has joined O'Neill's summer camp as a staff member ("Uncle Anthony") in an attempt to regain his enthusiasm; to his surprise, his enraged outbursts against a bullying camper and against O'Neill's misguided touchy-feely activities make him tremendously popular with the children, causing him to want to be a teacher again.

Meanwhile, Jane finds that art camp is not the paradise she envisioned: instead, it is inhabited by overly pretentious art students and an even more pretentious art teacher, Daniel Dotson (voiced by Dave Grohl). Jane's only pleasure comes from making a new friend, an older artist at the camp named Allison (voiced by Bif Naked), who shares Jane's distaste for the other campers' pretension. The two crack jokes together and go out to eat, but their budding friendship is tested when Allison reveals that she is bisexual and propositions Jane. Jane, surprised, responds that she is straight and thus not interested, but Allison dismisses her, saying, "I never hit on straight chicks." As a result, Jane begins to question her sexuality. When she approaches Allison to discuss it, however, Allison brushes her off and reveals that after putting Daniel down to ingratiate herself with Jane, Allison is now dating him to further her career. Jane is left feeling betrayed and manipulated.

Daria comes to visit Jane, and, due to some meddling from Jane's brother Trent, the two reconcile. After returning home, Daria tells Jane that she was always impressed by Jane's strong sense of identity, which resolves Jane's identity crisis over her sexual orientation. Daria receives a letter from Link that invites her to email him, thus assuaging her fears that she is incapable of reaching out to or connecting with another human being. Jane affirms that she is no longer upset by Daria and Tom dating and encourages Daria to get back together with him.

The film ends with a happy resolution, Jane back to her "old self", Daria and Tom reattempting their slow-paced relationship, and Quinn realizing her own academic potential.

Edited version[edit]

After the initial run of Daria, the programme was moved to The N, which has a younger audience. Broadcasts of Is It Fall Yet? on The N have cut the scenes when Allison tries to seduce Jane, the Mystik Spiral song "Freakin' Friends", and a few cases of innuendo and strong language.[3]

Cast[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gates, Anita (27 August 2000). "SPOTLIGHT; Daria: Smart, Alienated and ... Dating?". New York Times. Retrieved 11 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Is It Fall Yet?". DVD Talk. Retrieved 13 May 2010. 
  3. ^ Transcript of Is It Fall Yet?, Google sites

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