Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon the Movie for Theatres
I had never heard of Aqua Teen Hunger Force until the DVD screener arrived, and when I read the blurb with the press pamphlet I was confused, scared, and I had a dirty used feeling. Oh no, that was another morning.
Aqua Teen Hunger Force is a cartoon series that has been taking off in the U.S. and has become the third most popular comedy on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim section behind Family Guy and Futurama – are there only three cartoons on Adult Swim?
It's best if I hand over to the official blurb for the film version Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon the Movie for Theatres, because there is no way I can do it justice.
“After an immortal piece of exercise equipment, known only as 'insano-flex', threatens the balance of galactic peace, it is up to the Aqua Teen Hunger Force to run away from it. Complicating matters, the plutonians team up with the Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past for ultimate control of the deadly device.
Although they claim to be crime fighters, they never fight crime and the fact that they are fast food products as little to do with the story. Despite its title, it does not involve water or teenagers and there is very little actual force against food, although there is much eating and general aggression. Further to this much of the dialogue is improvised by the vocal talent, resulting in a sarcastic and out of this world comedy.”
Got it? I hadn't, and when I started watching it I thought I was going to be sitting there with the comedy sliding right under the chair. I was wrong, after a few scenes I was laughing away and despite the complete surrealism of the script, I was really enjoying it.
The comedy ranges from hard sarcasm and straight up one liners to some bizarre, totally out there, lines. That's in keeping with the story itself, which seems to follow some form of plot, but just leaps off in wild directions at random moments, and it just makes it work even more.
The main characters of Master Shake and Frylock have some very cool lines, Shake's terrible sense of humour plays well off of the constantly exasperated Frylock, the brains of the operation...supposedly...whatever that operation is. There's also Meatwad as the third lead, a character that is just a lump of meat product, and Dr Weird as the mad, and rather unnerving, scientist, both aren't quite as funny but definitely the oddest of the film.
However for me there are two characters who steal the show, Ignignokt and Err. The play on their Space Invader characters as well as their excellent one liners are superb and had me laughing my head off. I loved these guys and the incredibly slow way they executed any of their plans. The voices for these characters are very amusing and pretty well chosen.
If you're a fan of Aqua Teen Hunger Force then I'm told you'll love this, and if not, and you're a fan of off beat comedy, this is most definitely for you.
The DVD was released on the 1st October in the UK and has quite a few additional extras:
Round table discussion – Making of the movie
Bonus Episode of the series: Deleted scenes “Star-studded Christmas Spectacular Starring Ron Gheremi”
An entirely new movie made out of the deleted scenes
Behinds the scenes
Making of the music videos for the film
The official list doesn't actually include the audio commentary which is the strangest one I've ever heard, which among the list of people involved includes Patti Smith, yes the singer. There's little real talk of the film or the characters, and it often rambles off into discussions about anything but the film, so it isn't a great commentary.
Unfortunately I only had one disc of the DVD to review, so I couldn't go into all the extras.
Bizarre the film certainly is, but it is funny, believe me. If you're looking for something a little different and something that's going to have you laughing out loud, and you're into then Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theatres is for you.
It won't be for everyone though, your humour has to be off the wall and you have to enjoy some irreverent, bloody, bizarre and just plain crazy humour.
Here's the trailer for a little teaser: