Daria (1997–2001)
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Arts 'n' Crass 

Daria and Jane create an iconoclastic poster for a contest, only to find that the school demands it be altered against their wishes.



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Episode credited cast:
Tracy Grandstaff ...
Julian Rebolledo ...
Jake Morgendorffer (voice)
Nicole Carin ...
Lisa Kathleen Collins ...
Brittany Taylor (voice) (as Janie Mertz)
Jessica Cydnee Jackson ...
Katie Kingston ...
Marianne (voice)
Nora Laudani ...
Ms. Angela Li (voice)
John Lynn ...
Sick, Sad World Announcer (voice) (as John Worth Lynn Jr.)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alvaro J. Gonzalez ...
Trent Lane (voice)
Marc Thompson ...


Daria and Jane create an iconoclastic poster for a contest, only to find that the school demands it be altered against their wishes.

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16 February 1998 (USA)  »

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$500,000 (estimated)

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After Mr. O'Neill "changes" the poem on Jane's painting, the original "vomits up dinner" poem is still there. See more »


Jane: You know, nobody said the message had to be positive. I'm going to do something that really represents student life.
Daria: Yes.
Jane: And tell the truth about how much it can suck.
Daria: Yes.
Jane: To blow away the story-book fantasy about how great it is to be young.
Daria: Yes.
Jane: And you're going to help.
Daria: No.
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References Mission: Impossible (1966) See more »


Not If You Were the Last Junkie on Earth
Performed by The Dandy Warhols
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Daria and Jane will not be censored!
26 November 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When students are invited to take part in an art competition to create a picture that epitomises life as a student at the dawn if the new millennium Daria and Jane aren't keen to enter but as Jane is artistic the art teacher really wants her to enter. After gorging on pizza the two girls come up with an idea and when Mr. O'Neill sees it he is immediately impressed at the image of a beautiful girl looking into a mirror... his delight turns to horror when though when he reads the poem underneath which makes it clear that the girl is meant to bulimic and vomits her dinner every day! He and Principal Ms Li want to enter the picture but insist that the girls change the wording to something more uplifting. They refuse but the picture is changed anyway; they won't stand for it so deface the picture. Ms Li is furious and calls their parents which is a big mistake given that Daria's mother is a high powered lawyer who can clearly see who was really in the wrong.

This was a great opening to the second season; it had a solid story and a strong message about censorship and, as the picture showed, the extremes which some youngsters are driven to feel that they fit in. The seriousness doesn't mean it wasn't funny though; there was plenty to laugh at... Trent's comment on being woken was laugh out loud funny and Brittany's pictures that completely missed the point she was trying to make were chuckle worthy to name just two parts. If this opening episode is an indication of how good this season is going to be we are in for some good ones!

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