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Aqua Teen Hunger Force
Aquateen Hunger Force logo.png
The ATHF logo
Genre Animated Sit-com, Surreal Humor
Created by Matt Maiellaro
Dave Willis
Voices of Dana Snyder
Dave Willis
Carey Means
Matt Maiellaro
C. Martin Croker
Andy Merrill
George Lowe
Narrated by Schoolly D
Theme music composer Schoolly D
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 7
No. of episodes 93 [1] (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Keith Crofford
Mike Lazzo
Producer(s) Matt Maiellaro
Dave Willis
Jay Wade Edwards
Running time Approx. 11.5 minutes
Production company(s) Radical Axis (studio)(animation)
Broadcast
Original channel Adult Swim
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
(2000 - 2007)
1080i (HDTV)
(2008 - present)
Original run December 30, 2000 – Present
Chronology
Related shows Space Ghost Coast to Coast
Spacecataz
Carl
External links
Official website

Aqua Teen Hunger Force (also known as ATHF) is an American animated television series shown on Cartoon Network as part of its Adult Swim late-night programming block, as well as Teletoon in Canada. It is one of four spin-offs of Adult Swim's Space Ghost Coast to Coast. The Aqua Teens first made their appearance in an episode of Space Ghost Coast to Coast entitled "Baffler Meal", where they looked and spoke very differently than they do today. ATHF is one of the four original Williams Street series that premiered on December 30, 2000 before Adult Swim officially debuted (the others were Sealab 2021, The Brak Show, and Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law). ATHF is the longest running original series on the network.[2] In 2007, an ATHF movie, Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters, was released in 877 selected theaters throughout the United States. Another movie is planned for 2012, to be called Death Fighter.[3] The series has been cited as an example of postmodern humor.[4][5]

The show is about the adventures of three anthropomorphic fast food items and their next-door neighbor in suburban New Jersey. The original crime-solving premise of the show was abandoned early. (In "Robositter," when Shake refers to them being detectives, Frylock states that the Hunger Force "hasn't detected anything in three years.") The episodes usually involve the characters being visited by a wide variety of strange monsters, most of which are of little power or consequence. The show features surreal and often morbid humor. An initially structured plot is often abandoned as characters' actions take the story far afield. Little continuity exists between episodes: regularly appearing characters frequently die in an episode, only to appear alive and well in the next. Since its release, it has developed a cult following.

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Production

Aqua Teen Hunger Force is directed by Dave Willis and Matt Maiellaro, animated by Radical Axis and produced by Williams Street. Much of the dialogue is supplemented with ad libs and improvisation by the voice talent.[6] The show is fully scripted but ad libs are included in the final voice recordings and the shows are animated to include this improvisation. Many, if not all, of the crew and cast members formerly worked on Space Ghost Coast to Coast.[2] Rapper Schoolly D performs the theme song, and in early episodes also provided periodic commentary.

The Aqua Teens were originally created for an episode of Space Ghost Coast to Coast called "Baffler Meal", where they were the corporate mascots for a fictional fast-food chain called "Burger Trench". The versions of the Aqua Teen Hunger Force were prototypes which resembled the future characters, but both Master Shake and Frylock differed in appearance, personality, and voice from their ultimate design.[7] The name "Teen Hunger Force" refers to the squad's mission to conquer hunger in teens.[8]

"Baffler Meal" did not air for several years, and was not even animated or produced until after ATHF became popular. Instead, the Space Ghost episode was rewritten as "Kentucky Nightmare," while the Aqua Teens debuted in "Rabbot," the pilot episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Although originally Adult Swim did not feel that the show would do very well, they allowed the show to be produced due to a need for original programming.[citation needed] A full season consisting of sixteen episodes, including "Rabbot", was put into production shortly thereafter. ATHF is now one of Adult Swim's most popular shows.[9]

In early episodes, the trio were identified by Master Shake as the "Aqua Teen Hunger Force," which solved crimes for money. After a few episodes, this premise and the use of the name by the characters were dropped. The premise was a trick that had been added to appease Cartoon Network executives, who "didn't want to air a show about food just going around and doing random stuff."[9] In the show itself, Frylock mentions that they stopped fighting crime because "that wasn't making us a whole lot of money."[10]

Opening sequences

During the first three seasons, which were released on DVD in three volumes, episodes cold-opened with a glimpse into the laboratory of Dr. Weird. He and his assistant Steve use the first several seconds of the show to create monsters, disasters, and various other things. In earlier episodes of the first season, the monsters or creations usually formed the basis for the plot, but as the crime-fighting element of the program disappeared, the Dr. Weird segment became a non sequitur opening gag.

In the fourth season, Dr. Weird was dropped in favor of segments from the pilot episode of Spacecataz, an unaired spin-off created by Dave Willis and Matt Maiellaro. Six episodes were planned for production, but Adult Swim felt that there was little, if anything, that could be made into five more episodes, since all of the characters were destroyed at the end of the pilot.[11] These segments featured the Mooninites (Ignignokt and Err) and the Plutonians (Emory and Oglethorpe) clashing with each other, trading insults, gestures, and practical jokes. The full Spacecataz pilot is available as a special feature on the Volume Four DVD box-set.[12]

The openings were dropped starting in the fifth season. Dr. Weird has not been seen since, except for an appearance in the movie, and in some episodes he can be seen in a photo with Frylock, in the background of Frylock's room. In this picture he is shown having brown hair, indicating that he is younger in the photo.

Cast and characters

Characters

Cast

Name Character(s)
Dana Snyder Master Shake
Dave Willis Meatwad
Carl Brutananadilewski
Ignignokt
Boxy Brown
Various Characters
Carey Means Frylock
Matt Maiellaro Err
Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas
Past from the Future
Various Characters
C. Martin Croker Dr. Weird
Steve
Andy Merrill Oglethorpe
Mike Schatz Emory
mc chris MC Pee Pants
Tommy Blacha Dr. Wongburger

Film

A feature film based on the show, Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters, was released on April 13, 2007. The movie follows the origins of the Aqua Teens, which includes an exercise machine, Neil Peart of the band Rush, a watermelon slice named "Walter Melon", and an appearance by heavy metal band Mastodon in the opening sequence. The film also introduces a fourth Aqua Teen, a chicken nugget named "Chicken Bittle" (voiced by Bruce Campbell). The Plutonians and the Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past from the Future, recurring characters, both make appearances in the movie, as well as the Mooninites, Dr. Weird, and MC Pee Pants.[13]

For April Fools' Day 2007, Cartoon Network aired for free Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters during the Adult Swim programming block even though it had not yet been released. However, it was aired shrunken and in the bottom corner of the normal programming that was being aired at the time, and contained no sound.

A sequel to ATHFCMFFT called Death Fighter is planned for release in summer 2012.[3] Unlike the first film, the sequel may be released straight to DVD rather than theatrically.[14]

Video games and albums

ATHF:CMFFT Colon Soundtrack

Have Yourself A Meaty Little Christmas

In time for the holiday season the creators of the show released an album made up entirely of Christmas themed music entitled Have Yourself A Meaty Little Christmas. The album features classic Christmas songs being covered by the main characters with their own twist on the lyrics and styles of the songs performances, and entirely new Christmas Carols. One song "Santa Left A Booger In My Stocking" featured alternative country star Neko Case doing a duet with Meatwad was the only special guest appearance.

Zombie Ninja Pro-Am

Aqua Teen Hunger Force Zombie Ninja Pro-Am is a PlayStation 2 game published by Midway Games and was released November 2007.[15] In an interview for The Feed on G4, ATHF creator Dave Willis confirmed that there was an Aqua Teen video game in production. In the game, the player plays golf while battling villains that have appeared on the show, including Carl's gigantic crabs, the Brownie Monsters, and the Mooninites.The game itself has gotten poor reviews.[16]

Destruct-O-Thon

Aqua Teen Hunger Force Destruct-O-Thon is a mobile game released on December 7, 2004 by Glu Mobile. The object was to hit an object from the show across a course resembling the street the Aqua Teens live on, hitting other objects along the way (such as hitting a stick of dynamite into Carl's car), creating momentum and choosing an angle using only the 5 key.[17]

Reception

IGN listed Aqua Teen Hunger Force as the 39th best in the Top 100 Best Animated TV Shows.

See also

Notes

  1. ^ "Wiki - Aqua Teen Hunger Force - Season 5". Wiki.adultswim.com. May 22, 2008. http://wiki.adultswim.com/xwiki/bin/Aqua+Teen+Hunger+Force/Season+5. Retrieved February 4, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Welcome to Williams Street". Daily Vanguard. February 8, 2007. http://www.dailyvanguard.com/2.4061/welcome-to-williams-street-1.311737. Retrieved March 5, 2007. 
  3. ^ a b Dragoncon ATHF Announcements
  4. ^ "OK, we get the 'Aqua Teen' joke; it's still not funny". Burr, Ty. Boston Globe. 04-13-07. Accessed 01-03-10.
  5. ^ "Literary and Cultural Postmodernism". Course syllabus. Georgia Tech School of Literature, Communication, and Culture. Georgia Tech. Accessed 01-03-10.
  6. ^ "Aqua Teen Hunger Force, The Interview, September 22, 2003". Flak Magazine. http://www.flakmag.com/features/aquateen.html. Retrieved 2006. 
  7. ^ Audio commentary for "Baffler Meal"; Volume Two. [DVD]. 
  8. ^ Spoken dialogue in "Baffler Meal"; Volume Two. [DVD]. 
  9. ^ a b Audio commentary. [DVD]. 
  10. ^ Spoken dialogue in Kidney Car
  11. ^ Audio commentary for "Little Brittle": Volume Four. [DVD]. 
  12. ^ Product Details for "Aqua Teen Hunger Force Volume 4" on Amazon.com
  13. ^ "Ain't It Cool News". http://www.aintitcool.com/display.cgi?id=24061. Retrieved March 22, 2007. 
  14. ^ "The Swimcast -- Dave Willis Interview on 12/12/08". http://www.adultswimcentral.com/swimcast/fiftyone.mp3. Retrieved February 4, 2009. 
  15. ^ "Aqua Teen Hunger Force to PS2". IGN. March 20, 2007. http://ps2.ign.com/articles/774/774530p1.html. Retrieved March 22, 2007. 
  16. ^ "'Aqua Teen' Creator Dave Willis Tells All". http://www.g4tv.com/thefeed/blog/post/673517/Aqua_Teen_Creator_Dave_Willis_Tells_All.html. Retrieved February 22, 2007. 
  17. ^ "Gamespot review for Aqua Teen Hunger Force Destruct-O-Thon". http://www.gamespot.com/mobile/action/aquateenhungerforcedestructothon/review.html. Retrieved March 22, 2007. 

External links

Official sites
Interviews

Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

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Aqua Teen Hunger Force (December 2000 – present) is an animated television series from the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming block. The show follows the exploits of three anthropomorphic fast food items: Master Shake, the milkshake; Frylock, the carton of French fries; and Meatwad, the aptly named wad of meat.

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Season 1

Main article: Aqua Teen Hunger Force (Season 1)


Meatwad: What's wrong with your elbow?
Romulox: Oh, you didn't get that surgery. I'm sorry.
Meatwad: We don't have insurance.
Romulox: Only two people in the world have the easy-flow elbow, and one of them happens to be named Bruce Willis.

Season 2

Main article: Aqua Teen Hunger Force (Season 2)

Master Shake: Somebody's a little bi-curious!
Meatwad: I ain't no bi-curious. I'm a man's man!
Master Shake: Not anymore! I've planted the seed of doubt!
Meatwad: You don't say that! I'm a man, and you...if you need me, I'm gonna be in the garage...[in a deeper voice] hangin' Sheetrock, 'round an engine I'm rebuilding.
Master Shake: Look at the way he rolls...
Meatwad: WHERE'S MY CHEWIN' TOBACCO?!!
Master Shake: ...just like a woman!

Season 3

Main article: Aqua Teen Hunger Force (Season 3)

Season 4

Main article: Aqua Teen Hunger Force (Season 4)

Season 5

Main article: Aqua Teen Hunger Force (Season 5)

Season 6

Main article: Aqua Teen Hunger Force (Season 6)

Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters

Main article: Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters

Aqua Teen Hunger Force Zombie Ninja Pro-Am

Master Shake: Well, what's this little to do?
Frylock: My damn mail.
Master Shake: And yet, it is in my hands. Explain that to
Frylock: Shake, Shake. Do you see anything from golf course?

Meatwad: Dang, boy. You dang doughnut in the dang fairway.
Master Shake: This is freeway, not a fairway. You dang my way, okay?
Frylock: I don't think you want to hit all this. It's not a good life.

Master Shake: (After winning the tournament, Shake stands on a pedestal with a trophy in hand, with a cheering crowd taking his pictures) Yes, bitches! I am number one in your face! My urine tastes like champagne, I am number one!
Meatwad: (Speaking into a microphone) Congratulations man, this is your first cup championship. We know we gotten close a number of times back in 2001 and 2003, that heartbreaker. But this time, you finally sealed the deal, all because of your caddy, who gave you some really good proper instructions, treated you like the robot that you are cause he's the puppet master pullin' the strings. Tell us... (Gives Shake the microphone) What's going thru your mind?
Master Shake: Well, the big thing I think we all realized out here today is that this sport sucks, big time. (The crowd starts booing him) Golf is for losers. You wanna talk about a real sport, its called "professional football". Cause y'know what, I was scouted in College, I coulda totally gone pro.

(Red words appear out of nowhere reading "FINISH HIM!!", a parody of Mortal Kombat)

Voice: Finish him!

(The crowd begins to panic; Meatwad and Frylock look up while Shake looks around to see where the voice came from)

Master Shake: Who was that guy?
Meatwad: That's Ultra-Mega chicken, up there. (Shake looks up) Closing in pretty fast.
Frylock: Uh, scoot over, Meatwad.

(Frylock and Meatwad move out of the way when Ultra-Mega Chicken's foot lands on Shake, flattening him; another Mortal Kombat parody appears when the word "FATALITY" is shown)

Voice: Fatality!

(Carl, Frylock, and Meatwad at Shake's burial)

Carl: Why? Why is it always the best people... that gotta take time out of their day... to see dumbasses get buried?
Meatwad: (Sadly) He always had such a zest for life. (sniffs) Why'd he have get smashed by that big chicken? (sniffs) He was so young.
Frylock: No, he wasn't. He was pushing 40.
Meatwad: Oh well, (someone farts)

Carl's Pissed

Carl: Hey, this is Carl, and yeah, I'm plenty pissed...at God for forsaking Kurt Warner in my time of need when he was a New York football Giant. And now He's working in completely mysterious and retarded ways by letting the Cardinals play in the Super Bowl. Listen, the state of Arizona is only good for one thing: testing A-bombs so the people from the good states don't get hurt. Pittsburgh's gonna be up by 24 before O-Town can say "My country, 'tis of thee," but I'm gonna give all you party bookies some Super Dull XLIII over/unders to keep your guests from killing themselves before halftime. Number of human interest stories about Larry Fitzgerald's dad during the pregame show—17; amount of interest I have in a human interest story about Larry Fitzgerald's dad—0. Number of Knight Rider promos we get to see during a booth review—87. Number of times John Madden will somehow work Brett Favre into the conversation and gently stroke his nipple with one of his fat outstretched fingers—9. Number of strippers Adam "Pacman" Jones slaps playfully during his pregame analysis—2; number of strippers Adam "Pacman" Jones slaps not so playfully during his pregame analysis—1; number of times Adam "Pacman" Jones slaps Bob Costas for gently asking not to slap a stripper during his pregame analysis—37. Number of concussions Ben Roethlisberger will suffer during the pregame stretch, "God Bless America", and the coin toss—2. Number of Jonas Brothers riding a surfboard with a computer-generated porcupine in an effort to raise your awareness of Tostito's brand Garlic and Cinnamon Corn Chips—3. Number of children Kurt Warner adopts during the second half—2; number of children Kurt Warner sacrifices to Jesus during the second half cause he was told to in a dream—3. Number of times Anquan Boldin kisses his fist and thanks Jesus for blessing him with running a successful 12-yard slant—1. Number of minutes Jesus actually spends watching the Super Bowl—0. Number of times Bruce Springsteen sings the acoustic song from the Philadelphia movie about the Vietnam POW with AIDS—0. Number of times Matt Leinart will say, "I'm goin' to Disneyland"—0; number of times Matt Leinart will eventually go to Disneyland because, at some point, he's gonna be that dude runnin' the on/off lever at the Magic Spinnin' Teacups—3. He's gonna get cut from that job too. Those are the actual Vegas over/unders through a true insider! Now go make some money, dummy, cause I'm pissed!

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