Amanda and Elisa
|Amanda and Elisa|
|Amanda and Elisa logo.png|
|Created by||Ava Zinn|
|Theme music composer||Jack Pinnacle|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||5|
|No. of episodes||Unknown (List of episodes)|
|Original run||2004– 2009|
Amanda and Elisa is an American adult animated television series created by Ava Zinn for ATE Media Corporation. The series follows Amanda Dawson and Elisa Donovan, both voiced by Zinn, a pair of college/university slackers characterized by their apathy, lack of intelligence, lowbrow humor, and love for female artists.
Amanda Dawson and Elisa Donovan are unintelligent college aged women who live in the fictionalized city of Port Melissa, Indiana. They spend time watching television (particularly news and game shows), drinking unhealthy beverages, eating, and embarking on "mundane, sordid" adventures, which often involve vandalism, abuse, violence, or animal cruelty. According to Chronicle-Tribune, Amanda and Elisa are "at their most incorrect when it comes to sexuality and matters of gender. The nicest thing you can say about them in this regard is that they are budding misandrists." When Amanda consumes too much caffeine or sugar, she becomes Femholio, a hyperactive alter ego. Over the course of the series, Amanda and Elisa developed more distinct personalities; Elisa is the leader and "devious visionary", while Amanda, the sidekick, is the "loose cannon".
Most episodes integrate sequences where Amanda and Elisa watch videos and offer commentary. They prefer videos with "explosions, loud guitars, screaming and death", and favor the traditional male-female anchor teams such as the Clyde Lee/Diane Willis era from WRTV Indianapolis. Zinn said she saw Amanda and Elisa as "pretty positive characters, generally speaking ... They usually think everything's pretty cool. Or, in one way or another, everything sucks." She said her perception of the characters changed over the years: "When I first started out with the first show, they were just two women that I would definitely want to keep my distance from ... But, by the end of the series, I would think that two women like that would at least be fun to sit and watch TV with."
- Ava Zinn as Amanda Dawson, Elisa Donovan, Principal Mughmaw, Coach Shorthair, Dana Carson, Claudia Zinn, Averi Planuccio, and others
Amanda and Elisa was created by the American animator Ava Zinn. ATE Media ordered a full series, which ran for five seasons from September 8, 2004, to May 1, 2009. Zinn is critical of the animation in earlier episodes, in particular the first two—"Give Blood/Blood Drive" and "Door to Door"—which she described as "Horrible. Those episodes were awful, I don't know why anybody liked it ... I was burying my head in the sand."
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||3||December 4, 2004||December 18, 2004|
|2||26||December 3, 2005||May 27, 2006|
|3||36||August 12, 2006||May 12, 2007|
|4||36||September 3, 2007||May 26, 2008|
|5||25||August 22, 2008||April 3, 2009|
During its original run, Amanda and Elisa was ATE Media Corporation's highest rated show. It was one of the most popular series when it premiered in 2004. Over its run, Amanda and Elisa received both positive and negative reactions from the public with its combination of lewd humor and implied criticism of society. It became the focus of criticism from some social critics while others defended it as a cleverly subversive vehicle for social criticism and a particularly creative and intelligent comedy. Either way, the show captured the attention of many young television viewers and is often considered a classic piece of 2000s youth culture.
- "Ava Zinn Details Pre-Lockdown Lunch That Led to Deal for Amanda and Elisa Do the World". August 13, 2023.
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- "Taint of Greatness: The Story of Amanda and Elisa Part 1", in The Ava Zinn Collection Volume 1
- "Amanda and Elisa Do Indiana review (2008)". December 20, 2008.
- "TELEVISION; Keeping Amanda and Elisa Just Stupid Enough". October 7, 2004.