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Superjail!
Superjail!.jpg
Title card for Superjail!
Genre Comedy/Action
Created by Christy Karacas[1]
Stephen Warbrick[1]
Ben Gruber[1]
Developed by Augenblick Studios
Voices of David Wain
Christy Karacas
Teddy Cohn
Christopher McCulloch
Richard Mathar
Opening theme "Comin' Home" by Cheeseburger featuring Doc[2]
"Rubber Bullets" by 10cc (pilot only)
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
No. of episodes 11 (Episode List)
Production
Executive producer(s) Christy Karacas
Stephen Warbrick
Ben Gruber
Aaron Augenblick
Running time 11 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Adult Swim
Original run May 13, 2007 (Pilot)
September 28, 2008 – Present
External links
Official website

Superjail! is an American animated television series produced by Augenblick Studios. The series follows the events that take place in a rather unusual prison.[3] The pilot aired on television on May 13, 2007, and its first season began on September 28, 2008. Superjail! is characterized by its psychedelic shifts in setting and plot and extreme graphic violence, all of which add up to a TV-MA V rating.[4] These elements are depicted through highly elaborate animated sequences, which have been described as "...Baroque and complicated and hard to take in at a single viewing".[3] In November 2009, Adult Swim revealed via the bumper cards in their commercials that a second season has been ordered, though the scripts are still being written.

Contents

Setting and premise

The majority of Superjail! is set inside the eponymous prison. Externally, Superjail is built inside a volcano which is itself located in a larger volcano. Internally, it seems to constitute its own reality, where the fabric of time and space is extremely fluid and changes at the whim of the Warden. Each episode begins with a linear story and builds up to a violent psychedelic splendor. Superjail's inmate population is stated by Jared to be in excess of 70,000, although the show's creators mention that the jail processes "billions of inmates".[5]

Characters

  • The Warden (David Wain) is the proprietor of Superjail. Clad in a purple tailcoat, gloves, a purple top hat, red cummerbund, and yellow-tinted glasses, the Warden has been described as a "sadistic Willy Wonka".[6] He is portrayed in real life at the end of the episode "Dream Machine" by Tim Harrington, frontman of the Brooklyn-based indie group Les Savy Fav.[7] Wain was the last voice actor cast in the role.[8]
  • Jared (Teddy Cohn) is Superjail's large headed, uptight accountant, the Warden's primary assistant, and a recovering alcoholic, along with many other addictions. He constantly worries about the Warden's antics and the state of the jail's budget.
  • Alice (Christy Karacas) is the hulking, muscular guard of Superjail who bears very masculine characteristics, including an extremely deep voice, facial hair, and a bulge in her skirt. Karacas has confirmed that Alice is transsexual, mentioning that she works at Superjail because no other jail would hire her because of her sex change.[8]
  • Jailbot is a tombstone-shaped levitating robot that performs tasks in and around Superjail, such as piloting vehicles and transporting prisoners. He essentially acts as the Warden's gofer and kills inmates without mercy.[9] Jailbot is mute, with a dot matrix screen that displays a simple expressive face. Christy Karacas described him as a "red headed stepchild... seeking approval."[8]
  • The Doctor is the resident physician of Superjail. He regularly experiments on the inmates, and has a thick German accent.
  • The Twins (Richard Mathar) are blond identical twins with thick European accents who inhabit a lab under Superjail. The Twins use unexplained powers, including teleportation and shrinking. They interfere with the Warden's plans for their amusement, though without malice as they are portrayed as detached from mortal existence. Their on-screen appearances are accompanied by techno music. The Twins' outfits bear a resemblance to the uniforms of the Sandmen from Logan's Run.
  • Jacknife (Christy Karacas) - is a low-level criminal who gets captured by Jailbot and taken to Superjail at the beginning of almost every episode, and escapes at the end, although there are a few episodes where he is not arrested or his escape is not shown to the viewers. He never talks, but often makes unintelligible grunts and noises.
  • Bird is a female canary and Gary is her mute companion.
  • Two unknown Homosexuals can be seen in nearly every episode and are the only inmates other than Jackknife that don't die. In the episode "Terrorarium," for example, they are saved from death by a mutant flying cockroach.

Episode list

Season One of Superjail! has been produced, which includes the pilot and ten more episodes, all episodes (excluding the pilot) are available for purchase in the iTunes Store. A second season was hinted on February 1, 2009, when a bump right before the beginning of Superjail! featured a board poster's question as to the possibility of a second season, Adult Swim's response has been "Working on it." Then, more recently, in November another bump stated they were "Working on the scripts for season 2".

Season 1: 2007 - 2008

# Title Airdate Production code
Pilot "Bunny Love" May 13, 2007 (2007-05-13) 000
The Warden plans to dress the prisoners in bunny suits, but the Twins interfere with the purchase order, making half of the order wolf suits. This episode opens with "Rubber Bullets" by 10cc
1 "Superbar" September 28, 2008 (2008-09-28) 101
The Warden opens a bar in Superjail, the Superbar, in an attempt to get a date with Alice, but Jared falls off the wagon, leading to chaos. Meanwhile, a group of prisoners plan to escape Superjail through Superbar's ladies' room. An unfinished version of this episode aired on April 1, 2008 as part of Adult Swim's April Fools' Day sneak peek at upcoming shows. 
2 "Combaticus" October 5, 2008 (2008-10-05) 102
The Warden and his staff unearth an ancient fighting arena, which the Warden reactivates, prompting the Twins to engineer a ringer. 
3 "Ladies Night" October 12, 2008 (2008-10-12) 104
A carrier ship for "Ultraprison", whose staff are distaff counterparts to the Superjail staff, crash-lands in Superjail. 
4 "Cold-Blooded" October 19, 2008 (2008-10-19) 110
To investigate a serial killer's grip on the inmates, the Warden sends an unwilling Jared undercover as an inmate. After unintentionally killing the inmate, Jared is hailed as a master by the other convicts. Meanwhile, the Twins take control of Jailbot and use him to kill every person in sight. This is one of the only episodes in which Jacknife is not captured by Jailbot in the beginning of the episode. Instead, it is the serial killer who is captured, having skinned Jacknife and used his face as a mask
5 "Don't Be a Negaton" October 26, 2008 (2008-10-26) 105
The Warden invites his favorite motivational speaker, D.L. Diamond (voiced by cartoonist M. Wartella), to Superjail. 
6 "Terrorarium" November 2, 2008 (2008-11-02) 106
The Warden holds a science fair and declares himself the winner for inventing the Terrorarium, a snowglobe containing miniature jungle filled with dangerous, carnivorous insects (which five inmates, including Jacknife, find themselves trapped in). Meanwhile, Jared, after constantly being pushed around by Alice, comes into unintentionnal contact with a special 'growth serum' (from the Terrorarium) courtesy of the Twins. 
7 "Mr. Grumpy-Pants" November 9, 2008 (2008-11-09) 107
Jacknife's latest crime results in him accidentally kidnapping a little girl with cancer as Jailbot drags him back to Superjail. A disfigured inmate, discovering it is the girl's birthday, decides to throw her a party. Meanwhile, the Warden conjures his gremlin-like inner child, which tries to kill the girl, as she makes him feel old
8 "Dream Machine" November 23, 2008 (2008-11-23) 103
The Warden tries to stop a riot by monitoring the inmates' dreams. Tim Harrington (aka Beardo) of the band Les Savy Fav plays the real-world Warden who appears at the end of the episode.[2] 
9 "Time-Police 1" November 30, 2008 (2008-11-30) 108
Faced with overcrowding in his prison, the Warden decides to make Superjail into a franchise, but is arrested by the Time Police to stand trial for crimes he has yet to commit. 
10 "Time-Police 2" December 7, 2008 (2008-12-07) 109
With the Warden missing, the Superjail staff tries to make it in the real world. Meanwhile, the inmates of Superjail adopt a peaceful, shamanistic lifestyle as they await the Warden's return. The last shot of this episode is the same as the first shot in "Time-Police 1". The episode begins with a softer version of "Comin' Home" -and is only the second time in the series in which Jackknife isn't captured and sent to Superjail -he is put into an ordinary prison instead. 

DVD releases

DVD name Release date Ep # Features
Season One [10] February 23, 2010 11 All episodes in Season One, the music video "Comin' Home" the animatics for episodes 1,9,10, and the pilot. All featured in 2.0 Stereo and closed captioning. Dialogue remains censored in the feature episodes, however.

References

  1. ^ a b c Gough, Paul J. "Three Series Take Dip in Adult Swim." The Hollywood Reporter. April 27, 2007. Accessed 01 January 2009.
  2. ^ a b Dodero, Camille. "Les Savy Fav's Tim Harrington Was on Super Jail Last Night." Sound of the City Blog. Village Voice. November 24, 2008. Accessed 01 January 2009.
  3. ^ a b Lloyd, Robert (September 27, 2008). "Animation for adult eyes only". The Los Angeles Times: pp. E-15. http://articles.latimes.com/2008/sep/27/entertainment/et-timsuperjail27. Retrieved 2009-05-21. 
  4. ^ Reynolds, Mike (April 26, 2007). "Adult Swim to Test Friday Waters". Multichannel News. http://www.multichannel.com/article/CA6437150.html. Retrieved 2009-05-21. 009.
  5. ^ (flv) Superjail! "Bunny Love" Interactive Video Commentary. Adult Swim. September 2008. http://www.adultswim.com/ivc/superjail/pilot/. Retrieved 2008-10-16. 
  6. ^ "Adult Swim Announces 2007 Programming Slate at New York Upfront". 2008-04-26. http://www.businesswire.com/news/google/20070426006382/en. Retrieved 2008-10-16. 
  7. ^ "Scene from "Dream Machine"". 2008-11-22. http://www.adultswim.com/video/?episodeID=8a2505951daaa7c7011dc02e27d60212. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  8. ^ a b c Colfax, Ty (2009-02-27). "'Superjail' Creators". Attack of the Show. G4 TV. http://g4tv.com/attackoftheshow/moviesandtv/66330/Superjail-Creators.html. Retrieved 3.2.2009. 
  9. ^ "Superjail Super Interview". 2008-09-26. http://coldhardflash.com/2008/09/superjail-super-interview.html. Retrieved 2008-10-16. 
  10. ^ "Superjail Season One DVD release". November 5, 2009. http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Superjail-Season-1/12917. 

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