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Aqua Teen Hunger Force
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Aqua Teen Hunger Force - season one
voice cast: Dave Willis, Dana Snyder, Carey Means, C. Martin Croker, and Matt Maiellaro

director: Matt Maiellaro

187 minutes (12) 2002
Revolver DVD Region 2 retail

RATING: 6/10
reviewed by Sandra Scholes
Taking its influence from other animated comedies such as Robot Chicken and Drawn Together, this is set in a present day American neighbourhood with as much humour as it can cram into 15-minute episodes. With a box of fries, a milkshake, and a meatball as superheroes who can do almost anything to save those in distress and the world (but only in their heads), the main characters are called Frylock, Shake and Meatwad, respectively, and when they are together they never get along. Aqua Teen Hunger Force was created by Matt Maiellaro and Dave Willis who have a history in animation, and they have written, produced, directed, and acted on many TV series with varied achievements.

Shake likes to torment and torture Meatwad while Frylock is the level-headed and more mature character in the team who uses his special 'frydar' to good use in finding and detecting criminals of which there is usually only one - the infamous Dr Weird who spends his entire life in his laboratory on the South Jersey Shore in suspiciously named Belle Isle Asylum where he creates life. This time he has constructed a robot rabbit, aptly named Rabbot, who he wants to rid the world of all vegetables as they are his main pet hate. Unfortunately for him, his creation bounds through the door and escapes, going on a rampage trashing the Aqua Team friend's car, and its owner Carl in the process.

There is a running joke in this series that whenever Dr Weird creates something, no matter what it is it invariably crashes through the door and goes out into the world wreaking havoc in its way. So far Rabbot, a rainbow device and a giant moth creature who decides to take over their house have been inflicted on not just the Aqua Team but everyone else.

These are not the only characters though as this series is rich in them, leprechauns run riot on their patch trying to ensnare the public with their promise of gold on the internet, only to lie and instead steal their shoes and other valuables in order to stockpile them for later. Carl and the Aqua Team get in on this internet scam and get conned while Carl gets beaten up when he has nothing valuable on him. With Shake constantly going on about 'Assisted Living Dracula' on TV, is there any wonder they never get anything done?

It can almost be classed as a homage to X-Men and Batman but, with a hip-hop beat running through the episodes at certain points, it can also remind those who remember it of the old Guyver movies too as those had similar tracks in them. And as animated shows have become more mainstream over the past few years, it is expected this will do just as well as the more well-known ones around with its tongue-in-cheek anti-hero humour and pokes at a certain 1980s' girl-pop band there is plenty to enjoy.

As far as bonus material goes this disc has a nice mix of different stuff including: Rabbot - The Original Cut that shows how the animation was developed from storyboard thumbnail concepts and placed with the already drawn animation to see how it looked at the time. In this episode Dr Weird and his underling are only concept sketches in pencil at this point mixed in with the Rabbot which is fully animated. It will interest those who like to know more about concept design within stage-by-stage animation. There are also episode commentaries, three in all; Rabbot - The Original Cut, Mayhem Of The Mooninites, and Space Conflict From Beyond Pluto. In these the creators talk about the concept art and the trials and tribulations they went through to get their project off the ground and into fully animated episodes. Finally, San Diego Comic-Con International 2002 forms the last part of the extras section where clips were shown at the convention of the up and coming characters in their next season.

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