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he March 1911 edition
of the Carriage Monthly
mentions Detroit as being
the "Motor City."One hundred
years on, the nickname ap-
pears to have stuck. But what
about the next hundred?
Whether you presently
adore or abhor the name —
or prefer the Gordy-coined
"Motown"— you are unlikely Disney XD's Motorcity
to recognize Motorcity, the
defendant Skynet from developing
animated futuristic Detroit, in the
artificial intelligence and building
Disney XD cartoon of the same
Terminators
to destroy humanity.)
name.
>
According
to Mike, the"cool,
Even if you're a dedicated
quick-witted, funny, gutsy, impul-
Mouseketeer, you probably didn't
sive 17-year-old" protagonist and
know that Disney
narrator, "Kane promised everyone
XD existed. The
the
city of the future. He never
channel's target
told them it would cost them their
demographic is
freedom. Most of them don't even
male viewers age
realize what they've lost."
6-14, but it's a
This is clearly a metaphor for the
welcome televi-
suburbs
— an antisocial, antiseptic
sion destination for
world of strip malls and cul-de-sacs.
anyone who has
Except, in Detroit Deluxe, no one is
Ben Falik
become immune to
allowed
to drive, whereas none of
seizures tradition-
us are allowed not to.
ally induced by methamphetamine
> In the pilot episode, battle
or SpongeBob SquarePants.
ensues
when Kane's forces breach
So, just what is Motorcity?
Motorcity's
Eastside, which is pre-
A crystal ball into the all-but-
sumably Warren, which supports my
inevitable future of our fair city, in
otherwise unsubstantiated theory
which an eccentric billionaire con-
that
modern-day Detroit is a net
structs an entirely new city (Detroit
importer
of crime.
Deluxe) on top of the old, and an
> Mark Hamill, 30 years after
underground band of speed-demon
Return of the Jedi, voices the villain.
rebels is the only thing standing
Maybe the twist is because Star
between him and total municipal
Wars took place a long time ago in a
domination?
galaxy far, far away and Motorcity is
An incisive satire, holding a fun-
a long time from now, right here.
house mirror up to the surrealism
> Stranger still is the familiar voice
of power and politics that we have
of
Brian Doyle-Murray, Bill's oldest
come to accept as the local status
brother.
quo?
> The cars are the real stars of Mo-
An avant-garde masterpiece that
torcity.
I know nothing about cars.
captures the wretched beauty of the
My
bumpers
are attached with zip
post-industrial landscape taken to
ties. So I asked Josh Condon, editor
its futuristic extremes?
of Exhaust Notes at MSN Autos:
Probably none of the above,
"Actual car design has become so
but the enterprise at least merits
homogenized
due to modern safety
a few hundred words of further
regulations that it's actually quite
investigation. In the spirit of the
refreshing to see someone imagine
show, I
having watched the first
what
a car would look like without
few episodes so you don't have
being
constrained by pedestrian-
to — offer not a coherent narrative
impact design requirements or a
but a frenetic series of disorienting
roof's minimum load-bearing capac-
sensory observations:
ity.
That being said, even animators
> Abraham Kane rules Detroit De-
imagining
vehicles in a dystopian
luxe with an iron fist, manipulating
future couldn't come up with any-
its residents for his own enrichment
thing half as odd as Plymouth was
and amusement. We won't know
actually putting on the road in the
for sure until future episodes if he's
1970s."
based on Many Maroun or Dan
Of course, sometimes a cartoon is
Gilbert ...
just
a cartoon. Or, in this case, a car-
> Or perhaps Kwame Kilpatrick,
toon
with built-in video games and
should he win his billion-dollar law-
extensive
merchandise tie-ins. 11-1°
suit over the leaked text messages.

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