MTV have announced a plan to bring back an old favourite franchise, Daria…’s friend Jodie.
Titled Jodie, the series will be voiced by Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross, taking over from Jessica Cydnee Jackson who voiced the character in the 1997-2001 series as well as the 2002 TV movie.
From MTV’s statement:
“What Daria did for exploring the inanity of high school, Jodie will do for exploring the trials and tribulations of a first job. With themes of empowerment across gender and racial lines, explorations of privilege, and a wicked sense of humor, Jodie… will shine a light on the personal and professional issues all young people face in today’s complex, socially-conscious world.”
So I can’t wait for this barrel of laughs to spill forth, where the most one-note and least interesting character from the show gets a job and suffers Millennial anguish.
Ross, who is also an executive producer on the show added
“Being able to give voice to fresh, feminist and unexplored stories of young women excites me,” and further remarked “the first adult animated show in almost 20 years that will star a black woman.”
Okay, so for those who weren’t there (man), Daria was one of the three most influential animated shows from the 90’s (see also The Simpsons and Ren & Stimpy), in which a sarcastic, borderline clinically depressed school girl tears fresh anuses out of the liars, hypocrites, idiots and general human pond scum that populate normal life; while most of us have to smile and work towards getting used to our fellow humans, it was a nice thing to have an imaginary surrogate call out some basic truths from time to time.
It was punk rock pretending to be a teen dramedy cartoon; it was more anti-establishment than Metallica’s entire discography and it had more one line burns than a Groucho Marx rap battle.
I have no idea what this show will bring and I apologise for diving straight into ‘screw this’ mode but I’d like to think that if Daria were to see where the world went, where social conformity and adulation of Facebook social issues are rigidly self-enforced and corporate-media mandated editorialisation is frantically applauded by all ages, she’d happily split her head against the nearest coffee table corner.
On the plus side, I think I’ve finally found a cure for nostalgia.
So howabout you guys, are you excited to see Jodie get her own show on the ol’ television?
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