Sunday, June 26, 2016
Daria in 'Is It Fall Yet?'
The summer has arrived, and Daria is surprised that her friend Jane is going off to an art camp to a different town, probably because she is still resentful that Daria is now dating Tom. In the camp, Jane meets Allison, but backs off when she finds Allison is bisexual. In Lawndale, Daria manages to renew her relationship with Tom, help an antisocial kid, Link, grow in a summer kids camp whereas Quinn discovers her intellectual dimension when a tutor, David, stimulates her to not be only an empty pretty girl of the fashion club.
Against all expectations of a predicted standard TV special, "Daria's" authors Glenn Eichler and Peggy Nicoll used all their brains, imagination and ingenuity to finally deliver a funny, intelligent, unusual, transcendental, emotional, philosphical - in short, an all-encompassing animated feature film, or to put it another way, a truly special TV special. Except for a pointless intro, everything else works in "Is It Fall Yet?", since the authors did not rely too much on the fans already knowing the original chef-d'œuvre - and thus following it no matter what - but also gave a run for their money by having many highlights in this story as well, which works as a transit between "Daria's" season 3 and 4. Only the finest artists manage to say scores of messages, ideas and food for thought through only one single moment, and one of these is the scene where tutor David becomes fed up with Quinn constantly talking about fashion on the phone, which causes him to say something beautiful and remarkable: "You are boring." Quinn then gives this exchange: "I'm popular!" - "You're only popular because of your good looks. But looks don't last forever. And once they are gone, what could someone talk about you at all? You show no intellectual curiosity. Do yourself a favor, and give your college post to someone who really wants it." A second one is at a kid's summer camp, when Daria spots a kid with glasses, Link, who makes his intellectual isolation worse by deciding to give up on contact with the others and just be an 'island for himself', inadvertadly ruining his summer - and thus finds a parallel with herself, which causes her to connect with Tom after all - since you do not necessarily have to be an outcast to be an individual. To say so much with so little is a master's touch, and to have so many of these moments causes even more awe, thereby consolidating the impression that "Daria" marked the 'golden age' of MTV's animation - with herself as the only representative of it.