The Drinky Crow Show

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The Drinky Crow Show
The Drinky Crow.jpg
GenreBlack comedy
Created byTony Millionaire
Eric Kaplan
Based onMAAKIES, by Tony Millionaire
Directed by
Voices of(See Characters)
Theme music composerThey Might Be Giants
Opening theme"The Drinky Crow Show", performed by They Might Be Giants
Composer(s)
  • Brass Castle (Pilot)
  • Sebastian Evans II (Series)
  • Additional music: Jeff Cardoni and Scott Francisco (Pilot)
  • Brass Castle (Series)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes10 (and 1 Pilot)
Production
Executive producer(s)Tony Millionaire
Eric Kaplan
Producer(s)
  • Raduca Kaplan
  • Jason Walden (Pilot only)
  • Jukka Montonen (Series only)
  • Matt Harrigan (consulting producer)
Editor(s)
  • Joe Gressis (Pilot)
  • Janos Boda and Oana Bojan (Series)
Running time11–12 minutes
Production company(s)Mirari Films
Williams Street
DistributorWarner Bros. Television
Release
Original networkAdult Swim
Picture format
First shown inMay 13, 2007 (2007-05-13) (Pilot)
Original releaseNovember 23, 2008 (2008-11-23) – January 25, 2009 (2009-01-25)
External links
Website

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

Dino Stamatopoulos provided the voice of the title 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 on 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 unusual 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 does not care much for Uncle Gabby. He will only allow homosexuals near his daughter.
  • Captain's Daughter (Becky Thyre) - A flirtatious, barefooted, sadistic, Betty Boop-style character who, like her title says, 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.
  • Veteran Adult Swim voice actor George Lowe, played many background characters, but did not receive credit on any of the episodes.

Episodes[edit]

Pilot (2007)[edit]

TitleWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
"Mermaid"Eric KaplanMay 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).

Series (2008–09)[edit]

No.TitleWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
1"Beer Goggles"Eric KaplanNovember 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"Eric Kaplan and Mike YankNovember 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"Daniel ChunDecember 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"Eric KaplanDecember 14, 2008 (2008-12-14)103
Drinky Crow infuriates his brain by quitting drinking, Uncle 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"Eric Kaplan and Mike YankDecember 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"Eric KaplanDecember 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"Samuel JohnsonJanuary 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.

Guest appearance: Jonathan Slavin
8"Bar"Sam MeansJanuary 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"Eric KaplanJanuary 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"Mike YankJanuary 25, 2009 (2009-01-25)110
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. The entire series, including the pilot, has been made available for streaming on the official Adult Swim website.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Drinky Crow May 13!" (Press release). The Beat. 2007-04-06. Archived from the original on 2013-01-04. 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.
  7. ^ Watch The Drinky Crow Show at Adult Swim.

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