Daria: Daria! (1999)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Sitcom [TV], Teen Movie  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Natural disasters and show tunes collide in this Broadway musical-styled episode of the animated MTV series Daria. As with all musicals, the plot is simple. But instead of boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl, the story line runs toward disaster-movie parody. The laughs and danger begin when a hurricane threatens Lawndale, disrupting everybody's lives. Pep-rally refugees Daria (voice of Tracy Grandstaff) and Jane (voice of Wendy Hoopes) camp out on the roof of the high school. But when Ms. Li (voice of Nora Laudani) cancels both the rally and the football game to stave off the approaching threat, sneaky lovers Brittany (voice of Janie Mertz) and Kevin (voice of Marc Thompson) also head to the roof. Trapped by the impending hurricane and an accidentally locked door, all four students must bunker down in the tool shed. Soon, it's up to alterna-hunk Trent (voice of Alvaro J. Gonzalez) and clueless dad Jake (voice of Julian Rebolledo) to save the day -- sort of. The sometimes jokey songs written and performed specifically for this episode include the following: "In the Burbs," "Blew Away," "Obsession," "God God Damnit," "They Must Be Worried," "Manly," and "Wet Rain Storm." Although "Daria!" was the seventh episode on the program's third-season production schedule, MTV bumped up the broadcast date to take advantage of the episode's novelty value, making it the de facto season opener.