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Superjail! (television series)

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Superjail! is a 2007- United States animated comic TV series, airing on the late-night Adult Swim channel. Set in the titular giant experimental prison, it is perhaps best described as an psychedelically ultraviolent remake of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, only even more surreal and featuring truly copious amounts of extremely graphic brutality. Some flags occur in the penultimate episode of the first season, which has the Warden (the Wonka character) snatched away by the Time Police and put on trial for his future self's murderous conquest of the world (in an overzealous effort to turn the entire Earth into a giant prison); footage of the upcoming war is shown as evidence.
Eugene Ipavec, 19 September 2010


[Superjail flag]
image by Eugene Ipavec, 19 September 2010

After the US president and other attending world leaders are vaporized during the surrender-signing ceremony (all this in the said footage), the Superjail flag is shown being raised over the White House: purple with its logo, a shield containing the angular letters "SJ", all gold. The colors are perhaps based on the Warden's costume: A purple tuxedo and top hat with yellow gloves.
Eugene Ipavec, 19 September 2010

Dubious national flags

Unnamed Islamic country

[Islamic national flag]
image by Eugene Ipavec, 19 September 2010

In the footage showing the multinational army, a fictional national flag can be seen among other, familiar ones: A horizontal triband of red-green-red, with a yellow fly triangle and a yellow crescent and star in the middle stripe; I'm guessing: A wrongly-colored attempt at Western Sahara?
Eugene Ipavec, 19 September 2010

Simplified United States flag (?)

[simplified US flag (?)]
image by Eugene Ipavec, 19 September 2010

Second, a bit later in the battle a flag resembling Liberia's shows up, but the troops in question are identified in dialogue as being from the United States. Simplifiying the U.S. flag is a common shortcut in animation, but here this is an odd choice given that the unaltered U.S. flag is shown elsewhere in the series and indeed both earlier and later in the same episode.
Eugene Ipavec, 19 September 2010