GENTLEMEN, BEHOLD …AMOVIE…FORTHEATERS!Yes, after its Cartoon Networkdebut back in 2000, the unlikely trio of aFrylock, Master Shake, and Meatwad-betterknown as the Aqua Teen Hunger Force(ATHF)-has finally hit the big screen, with the highlyanticipated and aptly titled movie, “Aqua Teen HungerForce Colon Movie Film for Theaters.”With a new, remixed version of the Aqua Teentheme song by Schoolly D, the origins of the trio isexplored in a way that keeps with the televisionshow’s style.
The primary focus, however, revolvesaround an immortal exercise machine called theInsanoflex. If it is used, the world ends. Master Shakecame into possession of the machine after “receiving”it from neighbor Carl Brutananadilewski.
The plot seems ridiculous on paper, and rightfully so.The opening gets you ready for the crude whackiness thatis ATHF: it starts with an old style “let’s all go to thelobby!” sort of song, but is rudely interrupted with aheavy-metal band (voiced by the band Mastodon).
Thesong, after telling you to leave if you don’t know what themovie is about and jokingly suggests you take your babyoutside and leave it on the street. It will no doubt leaveany theater in a sea of laughter.
The entire movie does not stray far away from theshow’s style at all. It is not hard to get, and the humorremains the same. Fans of the show will undoubtedlylove the movie, not only because ATHF is on the bigscreen, but because of the origin story.
The “lost” AquaTeen, a chicken nugget named Chicken Bittle, is introducedand voiced by none other than Bruce Campbell.While there is plenty for existing fans to enjoy, thehumor should be able to extend to others outside of thatgroup. The humor has that “stupid” feel to it, but a lot ofit is so extreme and/or crude that you just have to laughsometimes. Other things are just plain hilarious, such asthe opening metal song (this must be reiterated-it reallyis that funny).
Writers/directors/creators Matt Maiellaro and DaveWillis did not take the biggest chance by making amovie out of their successful television series, but aswith anything else, there was still plenty of chance tofall short. Thankfully, the duo is able to produce a highqualitycartoon-comedy film for the older crowds. Sowhether or not you are a fan of the show, “ATHF:MFFT” is definitely a film to check out-just don’t bring a baby.