Daria: Malled (1997)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Sitcom [TV], Teen Movie  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Daria (voice of Tracy Grandstaff) descends into a personal hell of carsickness and commerce in this episode of the animated MTV series Daria. Karma bites the snide teen in the behind after she taunts sister Quinn (voice of Wendy Hoopes) about their parents' refusal to condone a trip to the mammoth Mall of the Millennium, 100 miles away. Mrs. Bennett (voice of Amy Bennett), Daria's economics teacher, soon announces a class trip to the very same center of consumerism. A long bus ride, lewd comments from Upchuck (voice of Marc Thompson), and the nauseating perfume fumes emanating from Brittany (voice of Lisa Collins) literally make Daria ill before she even gets to the mall. She's again sick to her stomach, this time figuratively, when she realizes that an informational session with the mall's upper management is actual a covert focus group, with her class the unwitting participants. Daria uses this observation to elicit gift certificates for everyone. Soon, she and Jane (voice of Wendy Hoopes) are dispatched to observe food court traffic patterns, while other students investigate other aspects of mall economics. Just as Daria is beginning to fear that she'll spend the entire millennium surrounded by merchandise, she spots Quinn, who has disobeyed their parents and cut class to go shopping with the Fashion Club. Daria blackmails her sister into providing immediate transportation home. Both girls are less than ecstatic later on when their parents experience a change of heart and offer to take them to the mall.

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