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2009 (USA) See more »
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Arrested Development the animated series sans the Voice Over and Wit See more (15 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast [10])

Will Arnett ... Ennis Hofftard / ... (13 episodes, 2009)

Jason Bateman ... Larry Littlejunk (13 episodes, 2009)

Kristin Chenoweth ... Miracle Grohe / ... (13 episodes, 2009)

Will Forte ... Stuart Proszakian (13 episodes, 2009)

Tom Kenny ... Happy / ... (13 episodes, 2009)

Nick Kroll ... Andrew LeGustambos (13 episodes, 2009)

Cheri Oteri ... Helen Klench / ... (13 episodes, 2009)

Kenan Thompson ... Sue Sezno / ... (13 episodes, 2009)

Henry Winkler ... Willard Deutschebog (13 episodes, 2009)

Maria Bamford ... Actress in School Play / ... (9 episodes, 2009)

Series Directed by
Gregg Vanzo (13 episodes, 2009)
Peter Avanzino (12 episodes, 2009)
Rich Moore (6 episodes, 2009)
Dwayne Carey-Hill (2 episodes, 2009)
Crystal Chesney (2 episodes, 2009)
Ray Claffey (2 episodes, 2009)
Frank Marino (2 episodes, 2009)
Raymie Muzquiz (2 episodes, 2009)
Stephen Sandoval (2 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Writing credits
Laura Gutin (13 episodes, 2009)
Mitchell Hurwitz (13 episodes, 2009)
Tim McLoughlan (13 episodes, 2009)
Aisha Muharrar (13 episodes, 2009)
Brendan Reed (13 episodes, 2009)
John Aboud (2 episodes, 2009)
Michael Colton (2 episodes, 2009)
Dan Fybel (2 episodes, 2009)
Alex Herschlag (2 episodes, 2009)
Rich Rinaldi (2 episodes, 2009)

Series Produced by
Elise Belknap .... associate producer: animation (13 episodes, 2009)
Aaron Ehasz .... supervising producer (13 episodes, 2009)
Alex Herschlag .... co-executive producer (13 episodes, 2009)
Mitchell Hurwitz .... executive producer (13 episodes, 2009)
Claudia Katz .... producer (13 episodes, 2009)
Julie Meldal-Johnsen .... executive producer (13 episodes, 2009)
J. Michael Mendel .... producer (13 episodes, 2009)
Geraldine Symon .... line producer: animation (13 episodes, 2009)
Eric Tannenbaum .... executive producer (13 episodes, 2009)
Kim Tannenbaum .... executive producer (13 episodes, 2009)
James Vallely .... co-executive producer (13 episodes, 2009)
Josh Weinstein .... executive producer (13 episodes, 2009)
Richard Day .... consulting producer (12 episodes, 2009)
Marshall Boone .... associate producer (11 episodes, 2009)
Lewis Morton .... consulting producer (7 episodes, 2009)
Karen Kirchner .... associate producer (6 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Original Music by
David Schwartz (13 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Film Editing by
Lee Harting (13 episodes, 2009)
Damon P. Yoches (13 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Casting by
Ruth Lambert (13 episodes, 2009)
Robert McGee (13 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Production Management
Cynthia Stegner .... post-production executive (13 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edmund Fong .... assistant director (2 episodes, 2009)
Bryan Francis .... assistant director (2 episodes, 2009)
Michael Marcantel .... assistant director (2 episodes, 2009)
Aimee Steinberger .... assistant director (2 episodes, 2009)
Derek Lee Thompson .... assistant director (2 episodes, 2009)
Stevan Wahl .... assistant director (2 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Art Department
Alex Lee .... prop designer (13 episodes, 2009)
Cindy Azada Whitman .... design coordinator (13 episodes, 2009)
Rufino Camacho .... storyboard revisionist (8 episodes, 2009)
Patrick Dailey .... storyboard revisionist (7 episodes, 2009)
Jon L. Hooper .... storyboard artist (7 episodes, 2009)
Aldin Baroza .... storyboard artist (6 episodes, 2009)
Claudia V. Keene .... storyboard revisionist (6 episodes, 2009)
David D. Au .... storyboard artist (5 episodes, 2009)
Robert P. Moore .... storyboard revisionist (5 episodes, 2009)
Brian LoSchiavo .... storyboard artist (4 episodes, 2009)
Darin McGowan .... storyboard artist (4 episodes, 2009)
Joe Scott .... storyboard artist / storyboard revisionist (4 episodes, 2009)
Ted Stearn .... storyboard artist (4 episodes, 2009)
Francis Dinglasan .... storyboard artist (3 episodes, 2009)
Christofer Graham .... storyboard artist (3 episodes, 2009)
Ira Sherak .... storyboard artist (3 episodes, 2009)
Edmund Fong .... storyboard artist (2 episodes, 2009)
Timothy Hwang .... prop designer (2 episodes, 2009)
David Schwartz .... storyboard artist (2 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Sound Department
Matt Temple .... sound supervisor (13 episodes, 2009)
Nello Torri .... sound re-recording mixer (13 episodes, 2009)
Derek Marcil .... sound re-recording mixer (10 episodes, 2009)
Daniel Ben-Shimon .... dialogue editor (8 episodes, 2009)
Susan Cahill .... dialogue editor (5 episodes, 2009)
John Boyd .... sound re-recording mixer (2 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Mark Orme .... 3D animator (13 episodes, 2009)
Jason Plapp .... digital camera and composite (13 episodes, 2009)
Scott Vanzo .... director of computer graphics (13 episodes, 2009)
Eric Whited .... 3D animator / digital camera and composite (13 episodes, 2009)
Mike Wodkowski .... digital camera and composite supervisor (13 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Grant Lippert .... photography assistant (13 episodes, 2009)
Mike Marino .... photography assistant (13 episodes, 2009)
Mike O'Connor .... photographer (13 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Animation Department
Daniel Bond .... design clean-up (13 episodes, 2009)
Acacia Caputo .... lip assignment (13 episodes, 2009)
Samantha Harrison .... color supervisor (13 episodes, 2009)
Karapet Keroglyan .... character designer (13 episodes, 2009)
Sang Am Lee .... animation checker (13 episodes, 2009)
David Marshall .... digital background artist (13 episodes, 2009)
Shannon O'Connor .... character designer (13 episodes, 2009)
Rachel Stratton .... color key artist (13 episodes, 2009)
Dwayne Carey-Hill .... retake director (12 episodes, 2009)
Peter Hixson .... animation timer (8 episodes, 2009)
Yvette Kaplan .... animation timer (8 episodes, 2009)
Steve Socki .... animation timer (8 episodes, 2009)
John MacFarlane .... animation timer (6 episodes, 2009)
Jason Plapp .... digital background artist (6 episodes, 2009)
Jim Feeley .... character designer (4 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Editorial Department
Patrick Bellanger .... on-line editor (13 episodes, 2009)
John McCoy .... post-production coordinator (13 episodes, 2009)
Samuel S. Williams .... editor: Rough Draft Studios (13 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Music Department
Jason Tregoe Newman .... music editor (13 episodes, 2009)
Jason Ryterband .... composer: additional music / music mixer (9 episodes, 2009)
Matthew Llewellyn .... assistant to composer / musician: piano (8 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Other crew
John Aboud .... executive story editor (13 episodes, 2009)
Tim Brenner .... assistant to producers (13 episodes, 2009)
Jenn Brown .... digital production coordinator (13 episodes, 2009)
Lisa Burgos .... production assistant (13 episodes, 2009)
Michael Colton .... executive story editor (13 episodes, 2009)
Mike Dussault .... assistant to producers (13 episodes, 2009)
Robert Enriquez .... production accountant (13 episodes, 2009)
Shu Fujita .... production assistant (13 episodes, 2009)
Dan Fybel .... executive story editor (13 episodes, 2009)
Hugo Linares .... production assistant (13 episodes, 2009)
Neil Mukhopadhyay .... production assistant (13 episodes, 2009)
Jeff Norkin .... writing assistant (13 episodes, 2009)
Matthew C. Otoski .... production coordinator (13 episodes, 2009)
Jeffrey Perez .... production assistant (13 episodes, 2009)
Nick Pietryga .... assistant to producers (13 episodes, 2009)
Shawn Ries .... production assistant (13 episodes, 2009)
Rich Rinaldi .... executive story editor (13 episodes, 2009)
Carolyn Roach .... production assistant (13 episodes, 2009)
Carson Sciarrino .... production coordinator (13 episodes, 2009)
Ben Sigman .... systems administrator (13 episodes, 2009)
Felipe Torres Urso .... assistant to producers (13 episodes, 2009)
Bonnie F. Watkins .... production accountant (13 episodes, 2009)
Jacob Young .... writing assistant (13 episodes, 2009)
Hyejoon Yun .... overseas liaison (13 episodes, 2009)
Melissa Martinez-Areffi .... location scout (10 episodes, 2009)
Carrie L.A. .... location scout (3 episodes, 2009)
 

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The "interpreter" joke where Happy's character says something in his native language while a British-sounding narrator says the opposite thing. According to Mitchell Hurwitz that was a joke that the Fox studio heads didn't get.See more »
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16 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Arrested Development the animated series sans the Voice Over and Wit, 20 April 2009
Author: Burnoutsss from United States

It's no surprise that FOX broadcasting has somewhat lowered the bar for the standards of television. Face it; this channel has somewhat thrived upon "trash TV" and has built a reputation on it. However, when it comes to Primetime animation, FOX currently holds several juggernauts including Seth MacFarlane's Family Guy, Mike Judge's King of the Hill and of course, the classic, The Simpsons. So when a new animated series called Sit Down, Shut Up premieres between two of these audience bringers, expectations are somewhat higher.

Sit Down, Shut Up follows a staff of teachers at a dysfunctional school in an attempt to hold things together during hard economic times. Such teachers include Ennis Hofftard who is an essential meat head teaching English, Larry LittleJunk as the lovable P.E. coach who just can't quite woo the girl of his dreams without insulting her, and Stuart Proszakian, a somewhat drugged out Assistant Principal (or in this case the Ass. Principal) who is constantly happy and constantly unaware of the present situation. This week's episode: the school must find a way to raise money or they must fire one of their staff members.

Since the series was created of Mitch Hurwitz (who also created Arrested Development), a series of subplots concerning the misfit teachers take place. Can the German teacher effectively hide his pornography? Will the plan to subject students to steroids work? Can the Librarian find the missing bottle of '93 champagne work hundreds? Also adhering to Arrested Development's structure, all the subplots wind down to a chaotic, no holds bar conclusion. Unfortunately, that's all Sit Down, Shut Up takes from Arrested Development.

One of the major problems is the format. So much plotting and details are shot at rapid pace, that multiple viewings are required. (Though whether it's worth the effort is questionable). However, without an omniscient voice over (such as the one provided by Ron Howard in Arrested Development) to keep the program coherent and accessible, the show becomes very confusing very quickly. This leads to an altogether other problem: whether the show is actually aware that it's an animated series, or whether it's not.

Several hints were thrown revealing that some characters know more than they're supposed to. For example, Larry Littlejunk makes an obscure reference and when no flashback comes up (somewhat insulting the format of Family Guy), Larry asks "Mitch" if they're going to show it. Likewise, Assistant Principal Proszakian has the catchphrase, "I need a catchphrase" to add to the lampooning. However, if the characters are somewhat omniscient, why do they also seem unaware at times, such as when Larry Littlejunk tries to woo Miracle Grohe when he knows he will fail. The reason the Voice Over was so important was because while the narrator could be omniscient, the characters were free to wallow around in their dysfunction, unaware anyone was watching them. However, without one, confusion follows.

One of the saving graces of the series is the voice cast. While I could go on about Kennen Thompson's role as the acting principal and Will Forte's exquisite role as Stuart Proszakian, real credit goes to Will Arnet. Arnet's role is so perfectly defined as the meat head jock, that he essentially steals the show. There's a scene where he's essentially showing a threesome in a porno to a group of students while confusing it with a cheese magazine. He quickly debunks it with "That's not cheese, that's a three way." A few moment's do work besides Arnet's performance. For example there is a great winking bit where everyone winks to each other and the Assistant principal winks in an attempt to fit in. Of course, he never realizes the joke's on him since they are plotting about him, so he continues to wink.

The animation is somewhat lackluster. While it is interesting to see real life backgrounds spliced together with animation, the end result is more a study of effective animation rather than entertainment.

The real problem is that Sit Down Shut Up doesn't reach as high (or perhaps in FOX's standard) or as low enough to warrant it as a classic. After first impressions, it comes off as sort of bland and forgettable. It's not unwatchable, but there's no reason for a second viewing to buy the DVD's. Perhaps Sit Down Shut Up will step up its game after a mediocre pilot and make a home run for its scheduled run, or be rescheduled to a less popular time block. That being said, the end result shows more missed opportunities than classic examples.

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