The Drinky Crow Show

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The Drinky Crow Show
The Drinky Crow.jpg
Title card used in the series.
Genre Animated series
Black comedy
Created by Tony Millionaire
Eric Kaplan
Starring Dino Stamatopoulos
David Herman
Becky Thyre
Pamela Adlon
Eric Kaplan
Tony Millionaire
Uncredited
George Lowe
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10 (and 1 pilot) (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 11 minutes
Production company(s) Mirari Films
Williams Street
Broadcast
Original channel Adult Swim
Picture format 4:3 SDTV (pilot only)
16:9 HDTV
Original run Pilot:
May 13, 2007
Official:
November 23, 2008 (2008-11-23)
January 25, 2009 (2009-01-25)
External links
Website

The Drinky Crow Show is an American animated television series created by Eric Kaplan and Tony Millionaire, based on the latter's comic strip Maakies. The pilot episode aired on Cartoon Network's late night programing block, Adult Swim on May 13, 2007.[1][2] The series premiered on November 23, 2008 and ended January 25, 2009. The cancellation of the show was confirmed by a Maakies comic.[3]

Dino Stamatopoulos provided the voice of the titular character and David Herman the voices of Uncle Gabby and Captain Maak. Millionaire's wife Becky Thyre co-starred as the voice of the Captain's Daughter and Phoebe Bird. Pamela Adlon provided the voice of Mademoiselle DeBoursay, as well as many of the other female characters. Creators Tony Millionaire and Eric Kaplan also provided additional voices. They Might Be Giants perform the show's theme song.

Setting[edit]

The show centers around Drinky Crow (an often drunk crow) and Uncle Gabby described as a drunken Irish monkey. It has a 19th-century nautical setting, where the main characters are constantly at war with the French, who are mostly alligators. It is characterized by graphic violence and surreal humor, so it normally is rated TV-MA-V for graphic violence.[4]

Production[edit]

The animation is somewhat unique in that, although it is CGI-animated and rendered in 3D using Maya,[5] its resolution and its color palette are deliberately kept low. This gives the show a more traditional cel-animated look, reminiscent of 1950s children's TV cartoon shows. Matt Danner and Eddie Trigeruos are show animators, while physical production is handled at Mirari Films.[6]

Characters[edit]

  • Drinky Crow (Dino Stamatopoulos) - A desperate, depressed, tormented romantic, suicidal, alcoholic crow.
  • Uncle Gabby (David Herman) - A self-centered, stubborn, overweight Irish monkey who is only after girls and booze. He tends to only think of himself and sometimes tries to manipulate Drinky Crow.
  • Phoebe Bird (Becky Thyre) - Drinky Crow's on-again, off-again, long-suffering sober Seagull girlfriend. She used to date a Walrus, but lost interest with him as he kept bringing his work home.
  • Captain Maak (David Herman) - The brutal, lash-wielding, captain of the boat Drinky Crow and Uncle Gabby work on. He is an American who doesn't care much for Uncle Gabby. He will only allow homosexuals near his daughter but that was only in one episode this was proven.
  • Captain's Daughter (Becky Thyre) - A flirtatious, barefooted, sadistic, Betty Boop-style character who, like her title, is the captain's daughter. Her real name is never given and the characters refer to her as 'Captain's Daughter' (which is likely her real name.). Her hobbies include never bathing and flossing her teeth while taking dumps.
  • Lieutenant Vronchy (Dino Stamatopoulos) - An evil alligator who also is a naval captain for France.
  • Mademoiselle DeBoursay (Pamela Adlon) - The French spy who works for Lieutenant Vronchy. She is able to sneak in and out mostly by seducing Uncle Gabby and Drinky Crow.
  • George Lowe, a veteran Adult Swim voice actor, played many background characters, but didn't receive credit on any of the episodes. It's not known if the series continued if he'd have a bigger role.

Episodes[edit]

Pilot: 2007[edit]

# Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
code
Pilot "Mermaid" Igor Kovalyov Eric Kaplan May 13, 2007 (2007-05-13) 000
While out at sea, Drinky Crow spots a mermaid, but Uncle Gabby will not believe him (thinking that Drinky Crow was drunk). 

Season 1: 2008-2009[edit]

# Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
code
1 "Beer Goggles" Matt Danner Eric Kaplan November 23, 2008 (2008-11-23) 101

After being dumped, Drinky Crow cuts out his eyes and replaces them with beer goggles so that he can date a hideous bar skank without being disgusted with himself.

Guest appearances: Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie 
2 "Whale Show" Matt Danner Eric Kaplan & Mike Yank November 30, 2008 (2008-11-30) 104
When Drinky Crow's girlfriend dies horribly, he decides to convert his grief into money at a marine theme park that specializes in sex, violence, and meta-humor. 
3 "God Of Monkeys" Matt Danner Daniel Chun December 7, 2008 (2008-12-07) 106
Uncle Gabby gives Drinky Crow a hernia, and feels guilt for the first time in his life, so he orders an immense Monkey God from the internet. 
4 "Organs" Matt Danner Eric Kaplan December 14, 2008 (2008-12-14) 103
Drinky Crow infuriates his brain by quitting drinking, Gabby dates a sexy French spy trapped in a cage, and a young syphilis with a lot to prove fights his bladder. 
5 "Old Girlfriend" Matt Danner Eric Kaplan & Mike Yank December 21, 2008 (2008-12-21) 105

Drinky Crow's old girlfriend comes back into his life but is only interested in sex and slavery.

Guest appearances: Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie 
6 "Tunnel Girls" Matt Danner Eric Kaplan December 28, 2008 (2008-12-28) 102

Uncle Gabby dates a girl who is looking for a cheap thrill before her wedding night, while a harem of girls who can turn into a race car try to seduce Drinky Crow.

Guest appearance: Maurice LaMarche 
7 "Elephant Man" Matt Danner Samuel Johnson January 4, 2009 (2009-01-04) 107
Drinky Crow befriends a hideous freak with Proteus syndrome on a suicide hotline, and Uncle Gabby resolves to steal him away for himself. 
8 "Bar" Matt Danner Sam Means January 11, 2009 (2009-01-11) 108
The sleazy Maakies bar becomes gentrified and Drinky Crow is inspired to commit many horrible and gruesome murders. 
9 "Aspire" Matt Danner Eric Kaplan January 18, 2009 (2009-01-18) 109

Drinky Crow must solve two mysteries — where the ship's rats are coming from and where the French spy DeBoursay is hiding her atomic reactor. The two solutions are as surprising as they are disgusting.

Guest appearance: Jackie Mason
10 "Peace" Matt Danner Mike Yank January 25, 2009 (2009-01-25) 110
Series finale. When Peace breaks out, Drinky Crow discovers his girlfriend is expecting eggs, and joins a torture and revenge racket to make ends meet. 

Home release[edit]

Although The Drinky Crow Show has never been released on DVD, all episodes, excluding the pilot, are available on iTunes.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Drinky Crow May 13!" (Press release). The Beat. 2007-04-06. Retrieved 2007-04-06. 
  2. ^ McGrath, Charles (2007-05-13). "Guy Drinks. Bird Drinks. Guy Thrives. Bird Drinks". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-25. 
  3. ^ http://www.maakies.com/?attachment_id=54
  4. ^ "The Drinky Crow Show!" (Press release). Fantagraphics Books. 2007-05-12. Retrieved 2008-01-01. 
  5. ^ "Maya Makes Drinky Crow Show's Boozy, 2-D World Spin". Wired.com. 2007-06-29. Retrieved 2007-06-29. 
  6. ^ "The Drinky Crow Show Interview". ColdHardFlash. Retrieved 2009-02-10. 

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