Is It Fall Yet?

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Is It Fall Yet?
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Production Number N/A
Original Airdate August 27th, 2000
Special Guest Voices Carson Daly
Dave Grohl
Bif Naked
Written By Glenn Eichler
Peggy Nicoll
Directed By Karen Disher
Guy Moore

Is It Fall Yet? is the first Daria TV movie. It was first aired on August 27, 2000.

Is It Fall Yet? was written by Glenn Eichler and Peggy Nicoll. It is often abbreviation on message boards as IIFY?

The movie covers events during the summer between Daria Morgendorffer's junior and senior years of high school, after the episode "Dye! Dye! My Darling" and before "Fizz Ed". At 59 minutes duration, the movie is roughly equivalent to 3 'normal' episodes.


Summary

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This episode, , represents a major test of Daria's and Jane's friendship. This follows Tom Sloane's pulling the "friend switch," having been Jane's boyfriend before going out with Daria.

The episode finds Jane going to Ashfield, an artists' colony with college students, where both her commitment to her ideals and her perception of herself are tested.

Daria, by contrast, is forced to volunteer at the Okay To Cry Corral, a camp for troubled youth, run by Timothy O'Neill, with the less-than-able assistance of the also-troubled "Uncle" Anthony DeMartino. There she meets Link, an anti-social child who Daria attempts to help. At the same time, she begins her relationship with Tom and has difficulty dealing with his family and affluent lifestyle.

Quinn, upset with her performance on a standardized test, takes the shocking step of trying to improve her test scores by hiring a tutor, David Sorenson. At first, she blows off David's efforts, but when he threatens to leave, she starts to take it seriously. However, as Quinn improves in her studies, she has a stunning epiphany regarding herself and her tutor.

Other sub-plots include Mack working in an Ice Cream Truck and trying to find time to be with Jodie, Kevin and Brittany working as lifeguards, and Jake attempting (and often failing) to determine the difference between a joke and a serious statement.


Trivia

After the premiere, "Daria", "Jane", "Quinn", "Tom" and "Trent" answered fans questions in an MTV online chat (see External Links). According to Jane, she and Daria weren't invited to the film's premiere party.

The cast uses three celebrities: Carson Daly (David), Bif Naked (Alison) and Dave Grohl (Daniel Dotson).

DeMartino chucking the sink through the camp's window so he can escape is a tip of the hat to One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, where Chief Bromden does the same thing with a water fountain.

Daria and Quinn are both stated (by Helen and Daria respectively) to hide their real selves behind masks for fear of what would happen if their real selves were shown. While this concept had been raised in both "Quinn the Brain" (Quinn) and "Psycho Therapy" (both, with Daria casually admitting to it), this is the first time it was made explicit that both of them are using the same tactic.

The question DeMartino poses to Quinn at the end of the episode "What is Manifest Destiny?" is the same question he asked of Daria on their first day at Lawndale in Esteemsters.

Alison is the sole character to be confirmed as non-heterosexual in Daria's entire run, and unfortunately follows the "predatory lesbian/bisexual" stereotype.

The original end credits song - "I May Hate You Sometimes" by The Posies - was not included on the videos or DVDs due to cost reasons. However, a different licensed song - "Sixteen and Confused" by Parade of Losers - was used, instead of a new generic track or the Daria theme.

Edited versions by Noggin

When shown later in the United States on the network known as The N, it appeared in an edited form. Much of the plot involving Jane and Alison was removed, including two full scenes and most of a third scene. (It's debatable whether this plot was removed due to its lesbian context. However, given the adult themes of those scenes, including underage drinking, it's likely that similar scenes with a male suitor would also have been excised). Other edits include removing a number of potentially offensive words (including damn and suck) and lines (such as the announcement of voluntary urine testing).

Daria and Quinn's Reading Material

During the lanyards session, Daria starts reading Fifth Business by Robertson Davies (misspelt "Roberson" in the animation).

Daria tells Link that as a child, she was a fan of George Orwell. (This turns up again in "Camp Fear")

Daria references Henry James novels when talking about how awkward she felt around the Sloane's.

To cover up being in Daria's room, Quinn pretends she's borrowing Daria's copy of A Journal of the Plague Year.

On the DVD set

On the Daria DVD set Daria: The Complete Animated Series, Is It Fall Yet? is not placed chronologically with the episodes. If you wish to watch everything in order, then after Dye! Dye! My Darling, go to the Final Disc in the set, "Extras", and you will find the movie there under "Extras", and then "Movies". After watching it, you can return to the disc you were on and watch Fizz Ed.

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Preceded by
Dye! Dye! My Darling (413)
Daria Episodes
"Is It Fall Yet?"
(First Daria movie;
No official episode number assigned)
Succeeded by
Fizz Ed