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Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theatres
voice cast: Dana Snyder, Dave Willis, Carey Means, Matt Maiellaro, and Bruce Campbell

writer, producer, and director: Matt Maiellaro

83 minutes (15) 2006
widescreen ratio 1.85:1
Revolver DVD Region 2 retail

RATING: 8/10
reviewed by Alasdair Stuart
Right, the basics: 'Aqua Teen Hunger Force' are Frylock - a sentient box of fries, Master Shake - a sentient (and cheerfully sociopathic) milkshake, and Meatwad - a sentient meatball capable of changing shape. In theory, they fight crime. In practice, well... kinda.

Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie For Theatres sees this trio of edible cult heroes step across onto the big screen and comes pre-packaged with instant controversy. It was this film that caused a bomb scare in Boston when signs in the form of the Mooninites, a remarkably incompetent two-dimensional alien race, were thought to be bombs. The head of the Cartoon Network ended up stepping down over the controversy and the film, by and large, is still associated with that incident.

Which is a shame because it's great fun, even if you're new to ATHF. The plot, such as it is, opens in Egypt with our heroes battling an evil, huge, poodle and losing. Frylock dies. They escape and play videogames with Abraham Lincoln. Finally Lincoln reveals that he can heal Frylock and does so, just in time for the government to burst in and try and arrest them. Frylock is revived but is incredibly stupid now, Lincoln dies and the government agents find themselves hitched up to a cart, driven by a black slave owner. One looks at the other mutters "Way to change the future," and we cut elsewhere.

This non sequitur humour is at the centre of ATHF and if you don't find it funny you won't find this funny either. If you do however, there's a lot to enjoy here. From the moment you find out Master Shake's fondness for Egyptian radio, to the fantastic battle with the rogue exercise machine, the film never once lets up. The interplay between Frylock (both surprisingly smart and prone to flashback monologues sound-tracked by In The Air Tonight by Phil Collins), Master Shake (quite stupid, very evil, oddly charming), and Meatwad (endearingly innocent. Would like the meet girls), makes for some great comedy and there's something rather sweet about them. The supporting characters are equally impressive with the infamous Mooninites doing a great job of being low rent bad guys whilst the Plutonians and the robotic ghost of Christmas past from the future (yes, you read that right) provide a surprising amount of plot. And find true love. Sort of...

This sort of scattershot humour isn't going to appeal to everyone but I laughed pretty solidly throughout. Consistently funny, cheerfully odd and with a scene stealing performance from Dana Snyder as Master Shake, Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie For Theatres is great fun. Trust me, you'll never look at your fries the same way again.

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