Daria: The Lawndale File (1999)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Sitcom [TV], Teen Movie  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Paranoia overtakes Lawndale in this X-Files-themed episode of the animated MTV series Daria. When a pair of mysterious government agents advises the entire school to keep an eye out for anyone different, Daria (voice of Tracy Grandstaff) and Jane (voice of Wendy Hoopes) take it as further evidence of the insanity of everyone but themselves. But soon a number of strange occurrences have them wondering wither aliens have, indeed, taken over the town. Trent (voice of Alvaro J. Gonzalez) starts playing happy music. Quinn (voice of Wendy Hoopes) takes to dressing like a beatnik. Mr. DeMartino (voice of Marc Thompson) is taken away by the authorities. And a bunch of students, after misinterpreting comments made by Mr. O'Neill (voice of Marc Thompson) to the girls, start accusing Daria and Jane themselves of being impostors. Soon enough, rational explanations are provided for all of the strange occurrences. But not before the McCarthy-like atmosphere provides opportunities for send-ups of every sci-fi and conspiracy theory cliché in the book. "Sick, Sad World," the tabloid TV show that often provides interstitial gags on Daria, plays a major role in the episode's plot this time out.

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