I loved it. Buuuut I felt like the comedy didn’t exactly match up with the style of animation. I can hold both things to be true. I think I wanted something closer to timing and tone of the material.
The stand-up special is built around audio recorded in live performances. Then artists went to work. Sometimes they took her bits far beyond what she expected.Tig Notaro’s ‘Drawn’ Explores Strange New Worlds: Animated Ones, By Gabe Cohn
It was definitely farther than I expected. I felt like it was probably the wrong direction for much of the bits. I enjoyed the animation for animation’s sake and the use of different animation styles. I enjoyed the creativity of taking the bit further than what Tig wrote, maybe a way of seeing inside HER head for the troubling thoughts she is having, being famous for her gallows humor and wild take-aways. There were moments where the visuals go so much further than Tig’s words that I was distracted and turned off by the The Ren & Stimpy Show over gross-ification. But overall, I think it’s important (if you care about the stand-up comedy scene) to watch this stand-out special for the value of experiencing a new iteration of stand-up.
In some ways, Notaro’s deadpan style might seem like an odd fit for animation. (Indeed, “deadpan” and “animated” are nearly antonyms.) But Notaro saw the illustrated approach as a tool to help viewers digest her personal, sometimes deliberately uncomfortable anecdotes. The visuals do some of the same work that a club or theater setting does, easing audiences into a state of mind that allows them to laugh at a detail that, in different circumstances, would make them recoil.
“The animation really elevates it to this fun — obviously cartoon — version of what really happened,” Notaro said. “I think it’ll help make people not feel as sensitive to the material.”Tig Notaro’s ‘Drawn’ Explores Strange New Worlds: Animated Ones, By Gabe Cohn