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Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Matt Maiellaro
Dave Willis
Produced by Matt Maiellaro
Dave Willis
Jay Edwards
Written by Matt Maiellaro
Dave Willis
Starring Dana Snyder
Dave Willis
Carey Means
Matt Maiellaro
C. Martin Croker
Andy Merrill
George Lowe
Mike Schatz
Distributed by First Look
Williams Street
Cartoon Network
Adult Swim
Warner Bros. (DVD)
Release date(s) April 13, 2007
Running time 86 min.
Country USA
Language English
Budget $750,000
Gross revenue $5,900,000
Followed by Death Fighter (anticipated)

Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters[1] is an animated comedy film based on the Adult Swim animated series Aqua Teen Hunger Force. The film was written and directed by the show's creators, Matt Maiellaro and Dave Willis, and was released on April 13, 2007, by First Look Pictures. The film's poster was drawn by Julie Bell and Boris Vallejo, and parodies the "King of the Mountain" design.[2]

It had its cable television premiere March 30, 2008, on Adult Swim, and it aired again twice on August 15, 2008, and August 16, 2008.

Contents

Plot

The movie begins with a song by an animated quartet consisting of a bag of popcorn, a hot dog, a chocolate Popsicle and a cup of soda encouraging viewers, in a parody of the 1953 short film Let's All Go to the Lobby, to buy food from the concession stand, only to be interrupted by heavy metal band Mastodon—with Troy Sanders animated as a gum drop, Bill Kelliher as a pretzel, Brent Hinds as a box of Ice Caps, and Brann Dailor as a box of nachos—who warn the audience that bad movie etiquette will result in severe bodily harm or death.

The movie 'properly' begins in Egypt, where Master Shake, Frylock, and Meatwad escape from the Sphinx, and are attacked by an oversized Poodle who kills Frylock before being destroyed by Shake. Shake and Meatwad flee with Frylock's corpse and meet Time Lincoln, who revives Frylock; however, when government agents break into his house, the Aqua Teens flee in his wooden rocket ship (mirroring the end credits sequence of the television show), and Time Lincoln is shot, changing the timeline and effectively resulting in white people being enslaved by black people. This, however, is all revealed to be an elaborate story concocted by Shake to explain their origin to Meatwad and Frylock. An elaborate animated music video then follows, as a remix of the Aqua Teen Hunger Force theme plays.

Dr. Weird's lab gets turned into a apartment complex which makes him mad. When the owner comes he trys to get him out of there, but lets him stay there for free when Weird rips himself apart.

Shake heads off to work out on his new exercise machine, the Insanoflex. Upon discovering that the machine is not assembled correctly (and the instructions are nowhere to be found), Frylock searches online for them. He finds a website written in a rare robot dialect with the only words in English warning "never to assemble it...ever." The site then lists a phone number which Frylock calls.

The film cuts to outer space on board the Plutonians Emory and Oglethorpe's ship. Before they even bother to answer the phone (the number on Frylock's computer was theirs), the Plutonians discover the Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past from the Future onboard with them. The Cybernetic Ghost begins explaining to the two aliens the story of the Insanoflex: the machine, when assembled, will exercise a man into a super-being, who will attract all the women on Earth leading to massive inbreeding and the eventual extinction of mankind. To prevent this, the Ghost has traveled into the past and stolen a single screw that holds all the parts together. The Plutonians point out to him that to get it assembled, someone could just buy another screw or shove a pencil in the screw hole.

Back on Earth, Frylock finishes building the machine (somehow having obtained the instructions), having just shoved a pencil in the screw hole. Before Shake can work out however, they discover a missing M-shaped circuit board on the back panel. The trio visit Carl, from whom Shake had stolen the machine, to see if he has the missing piece. After he refuses to tell them, Meatwad finds the address in the Insanoflex's box. Meanwhile, a triangular slice of watermelon named "Walter Melon", is flying about in a space ship made from a hollowed-out watermelon, observing the events unfolding according to his plan - Walter Melon is joined in the ship by Neil Peart from Rush, sitting at his drum set.

Dr. Weird, whose abandoned insane asylum has been purchased and is being turned into condominiums around them, are visited by Shake, Frylock, and Meatwad, who retrieve the missing piece and head home. Frylock installs the missing circuit board, but Carl insists that as the rightful owner he should be the first to test out the machine. The machine straps him in and elaborately transforms itself into a huge one-eyed robot. The robot plays dance/techno music and begins stomping around, crushing houses and heading toward downtown, all while Carl's strapped-in form is forced to exercise. Eventually, the robot begins laying large metallic eggs, which hatch into smaller versions of the machine. The Aqua Teens, aided by an instructional workout video, find a way to destroy the machine. Frylock asks if they know any musicians. The screen then cuts to MC Pee Pants (who's in his spider form). Satan is forcing him to keep singing "I Like candy" until Meatwad calls him. MC gets sent back to Earth as a fly, and trys to sing a song, but Shake hits him with a fly swatter. Shake plays his original song "Nude Love" on acoustic guitar, forcing the machine to commit suicide because Shake's song is so bad. Carl (now bulging with so much muscle that he is rendered unable to move) leaves with his date, a muscular woman named Linda, and they head back to her condo while the Aqua Teens try to figure out a way to stop the newly-hatched smaller robots from destroying the city.

Meanwhile, Frylock begins to tell the origin story of the Aqua Teens: they were created by Dr. Weird, along with a chicken nugget who had gone by the name of Chicken Bittle. In the flashback, Dr. Weird proclaims that the Aqua Teens were created for one purpose, and one purpose only: to crash a jet into a brick wall. Realizing the pointlessness of this mission, Frylock simply diverted the jet (after a struggle with Bittle) and set a course to Africa, where they would try to use their intelligence to solve world hunger. While parachuting down to the earth, Bittle was attacked and eaten by a lion. The remaining three then tried to help a small village, but the natives feared them and ran away. After realizing they couldn't be much help, they hopped back in the jet and rented out what is now their house in New Jersey. Shake and Meatwad state that they cannot remember any of this, but Frylock explains it was because they were too busy playing their Game Boy to pay any attention.

Meanwhile, Carl and the muscular woman Linda recline in her room, where she reveals "herself" to be Dr. Weird in disguise. He cuts off Carl's muscles with a hunting knife and grafts them onto his own body. Frylock and Dr. Weird do battle, and the struggle continues while they argue back and forth about who created whom. Frylock defeats Dr. Weird by slicing him in half with his eye lasers. Dr. Weird claims that it was Frylock who created him, not the other way around. Dr. Weird then reveals that the blue diamond on Frylock's back hides a VCR, in which a video with false memories of Dr. Weird creating Frylock had been playing in Frylock's head. Just then, Walter Melon arrives in his ship and explains he created the Aqua Teens and all the other characters so that they would eventually kill each other, after which Walter would inherit all their real estate in order to create the "Insano-Gym." The other characters, however, inform Walter that they all rent and do not own any property, not only rendering Walter's plan completely useless, but proving that everyone's existence is completely pointless. Walter storms off in his ship, threatening to tell their mother about their failures. Just then, the Teens see their alleged mother standing before them, revealed to be a 9-layer bean burrito. Shake is so shocked by her, that he jumps out the window. The Soda Dog Refreshment comes onscreen once again and dismisses the audience, insulting them slightly.

After the credits, there is a quick scene of the Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past from the Future humping the television in the Aqua Teen's living room. The camera then pans left to Frylock who now has large breasts, primped hair, and is dressed in women's clothing, indicating that Frylock got a sex change.

Cast

Production

The film's logo seen in the trailer

In an interview at the 2005 San Diego Comic-Con, Dana Snyder and Matt Maiellaro confirmed rumors that there would be a feature-length movie of Aqua Teen Hunger Force. More details were revealed at the 2005 Paley Television Festival, such as a possible cameo by 80s funk group Cameo, and Maiellaro described it as "an action piece that leads into an origin story that unfolds in a very 'Aqua Teen' way."

The creators revealed much more information in an interview with Wizard Entertainment. While they dodged many questions, they confirmed that the movie would run 80 minutes, was filmed on a meager $750,000 budget, and features a plot detail about a "lost Aqua Teen", who is a large chicken nugget named "Chicken Bittle" (voiced by Bruce Campbell).[3] They also confirmed more cameos, with Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart, voice actor H. Jon Benjamin and his comedy partner Jon Glaser, and SNL's Fred Armisen to make appearances. Heavy metal band Mastodon stated in a Decibel article that they would be performing during the opening, and that the band would be animated as a bucket of popcorn, a soda, a hot dog, and a candy bar. They were actually animated as a pretzel, a pile of nachos, an "Icecaps" box, and a gumdrop.[4]

Regarding the film's rating, Maiellaro commented that "I think if [the movie is rated] R, it won't get the audience that watches it. But we don't know yet. We're still waiting to find out." Since then, the trailer released has advertised the film as rated R. The movie is mostly uncensored; the word "shit" is never censored, and while the word "fuck" is usually uncensored it is occasionally accompanied by a censoring beep that does not obscure the word, and is censored once during a flashback. As explained in the production feature, the inconsistency was an editing mistake, but left untouched for comic effect.

Soundtrack

The Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters Colon the Soundtrack, which features skits and sound bites from the movie as well as original recordings from other artists, was released on April 10, 2007. It contains music such as heavy metal, rock, hard rock, and rap.

Marketing

Boston Bomb Scare

On January 31, 2007, police in Boston, Massachusetts received reports of devices resembling bombs in various places around the city. The devices turned out to be electronic signs similar to a Lite-Brite that displayed images of the Mooninites Ignignokt and Err giving the finger, and were designed to promote the Aqua Teen Hunger Force television show as part of a guerrilla marketing campaign authorized by Cartoon Network, the cartoon's parent company. The boards were present in several cities for weeks before the ones in Boston were reported.[5]

The Boston City Government sought a reimbursement for the money spent responding to the incident. The amount quoted was $500,000 initially, and then was increased to $750,000.[6] On February 5 it was announced that Turner Broadcasting and the city of Boston have reached an agreement to pay $2 million to offset the cost of removing the devices: $1 million to cover the cost of the agencies involved and an additional $1 million in goodwill funding to homeland security.[7]

April Fools' Day television "premiere"

Adult Swim began running ads on March 25, 2007, advertising the television premiere of the movie the following Sunday, April 1, 2007. Their only reasoning behind this stunt, as stated in the ad, was, "because we're fucking crazy". While Adult Swim's TV listings on their website stated the movie would be shown, other TV listings reported the same Sunday block. It was an April Fools' prank: though the first few minutes of the movie were shown normally, the remainder was shown in an obnoxiously small picture-in-picture box in the bottom left-hand corner, with no sound over the normal programming and occasional giant pop-ups alerting viewers of its presence, as well as advertising the actual premiere. The advertising was shown again on one episode of the Family Guy marathon on July 6, 2007. The episode was Peter's Two Dads. Adult Swim has made similar pranks during its run, including placing fart sounds intercut with anime shows and using Engrish VHS fansubs for the first season of Perfect Hair Forever, airing entire blocks of programming with mustaches drawn on all the major characters of the shows, and even showing the live-action movie The Room (albeit with all the sexual scenes covered by a big black box). The movie eventually was shown on Sunday, March 30, 2008.

Fake endings

In yet another promotional stunt, the "ending" to the movie was posted in various places including YouTube, KingColon.com (in the Worst Game Ever game), and fansite Aqua Teen Central, all of which were completely different.

Eventually, adultswim.com let it be known that none of the "endings" was real and presented seven more clips (which were fake as well) throughout the weeks following the release of the movie.

These endings, (now called the "fake.com endings") are available on the film's "Extras" DVD on the 2-Disc Collector's Edition. These endings are parodies of other movies. For example, one of the endings spoofs The Terminator, featuring Meatwad as "The Determinator".

Reception

With twenty-eight reviews compiled, Metacritic reported that Movie Film for Theaters has received "mixed reviews" with an average rating of 54.[8] Reviews ranged from Glenn Kenny at Premiere magazine who referred to the movie as "the most successful full-on surrealist film since Buñuel and Dalí's 1930 L'Âge d'or" to Ty Burr with the Boston Globe who called it "an act of terrorism against entertainment."

In response to such reviews, a commercial featuring the Mooninites began airing during the Adult Swim block. The two characters spend the entire commercial insulting a supposedly typical reviewer, "Lionel" of lionellovesmovies.com (the site merely leads back to the movie page). Other movie commercials recommend people see the movie two or three more times to push the box office numbers up. Adult Swim also mentioned in one of its commercial bumpers that the review situation highlights the generation gap, and that most negative reviews came from much older critics.

DVD release

Warner Home Video released Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters for two-disc DVD on August 14, 2007. For the DVD release, the studio changed the title of the eighty-seven minute full length movie to Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters for DVD, just like the film soundtrack's title. The DVD's features include the 10 fake endings as shown on the internet, a "making of" featurette, promos, the "Deleted Scenes" episode, a music video, and an eighty minute animatic (rough cut) of the movie made out of the deleted scenes from the film and scenes from the "Deleted Scenes" episode as well as a commentary. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Patti Smith is featured on the DVD Commentary. The scene after the credits was removed in the UK DVD release.

Deleted Scenes (also known as "Star-Studded Xmas Spectacular"), the first twenty-two-minute episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, is a collection of deleted scenes from the film. It premiered on December 18, 2005. It was also included in full on the DVD itself. Additionally, early versions of the scenes used in the special can be found in the Deleted Movie on Disc 2.

Sequel

A sequel called Death Fighter is planned for a "tentative" release in summer 2012,[9] Unlike the first film, the sequel may be released onto DVD rather than theatrically.[10]

References

  1. ^ Other names include Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters for DVD for the DVD release, Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters Television for the April Fools' Day television premiere, or simply Colon, "Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie for Theaters and Television" for the premiere on Adult Swim March 30, 2008, and abbreviated as ATHFCMFFT or ATHF:MFFT
  2. ^ "Posterwire.com: King of the Mountain". http://www.posterwire.com/archives/2007/03/05/king-of-the-mountain/. 
  3. ^ "Bruce Campbell As A Chicken Nugget "Fucks!", "Shits!", And "Bleeps" Ahoy!! It's AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE: THE MOVIE!!". Ain't It Cool News. http://www.aintitcool.com/display.cgi?id=24061. Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
  4. ^ "Decibel Magazine". Archived from the original on 2008-01-29. http://web.archive.org/web/20080129065111/http://www.decibelmagazine.com/features_detail.aspx?id=4911. 
  5. ^ "Two held after ad campaign triggers Boston bomb scare". CNN. 2007-01-31. http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/01/31/boston.bombscare/index.html. Retrieved 2007-03-02. 
  6. ^ "Pair plead not guilty in Turner advertising fiasco" (Registration required). Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 2007-02-01. Archived from the original on 2007-02-03. http://web.archive.org/web/20070203101533/http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/business/stories/2007/02/01/0201bizcartoon.html. Retrieved 2007-03-02. 
  7. ^ "Turner, contractor to pay $2M in Boston bomb scare". CNN. 2007-02-05. http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/02/05/boston.turner/index.html. Retrieved 2007-03-02. 
  8. ^ Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters on Metacritic
  9. ^ Dragon*Con08 Day 2: Aqua Squid Venture Brothers
  10. ^ The Swimcast -- Dave Willis Interview on 12/12/08

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Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters (2007) More at IMDbPro » advertisementMaster Shake: [flexing] Hooah, lookit these guns! [fart] Master Shake: Oops. I just pooped a little bit.


Master Shake: We're here to throw down!


Oglethorpe: The only thing bull semen has ever done for me is activate my gag reflex.


Dr. Weird: Fucking sandals!


Cybernetic Ghost: [fog] Thousands of years ago...


Cybernetic Ghost: [attempting to distract Aqua Teens] Thousands of years ago I ran for treasurer of student council [Frylock slams door] Cybernetic Ghost: . It involved a lot of hard work! We decorated many cookies. We spent all night putting up green frosting and then we drew up many posters but the principle called me down to her office and informed me that I had violated election rules... Carl Brutananadilewski: [walking over] Yah thousands of years ago I kicked your ass... and I'm going to do it again right now! Cybernetic Ghost: That is what Sister Margaret kept telling me if I displayed my physically agenda in her bathroom [Carl whacks off Ghost's head with Tire Iron]


Ignignokt: No, my nutrients! You must retrieve them for me at once!


Time Lincoln: Haha! No one will catch Time Lincoln! CIA Agent #1: Quick shoot before he transports! Time Lincoln: NO ONE EVER! CIA Agent #2: Oh great. You just had to shoot didn't you, way to change the future. CIA Agent #1: What do you mean? [pans out to show the two CIA agents pulling a cart for an African-American plantation owner] Plantation Owner: Pull, whitey, PULL! [whips them]


Space Ghost: *sniff sniff*, I am just... I am smellin' a missile. [pauses at Zorak] Space Ghost: Naa, there's, there's no way! Space Ghost: Greetings! I'm Space Gh- [Space Ghost is impaled by Weird's missile and blown up]


Meatwad: [upon seeing Carl's body ripped from his skeleton] Oh my God, Carl! [pause] Meatwad: Where did you get that lollipop?


Insane-O-Flex: I like your booty, but I'm not gay!


Master Shake: Now this square is the... man. Meatwad: Ok. Master Shake: This circle here, that's a uterus. Meatwad: That's what it looks like? Master Shake: Up close yes this is lifelike drawing of the uterus. See the guy takes the car after his job to pick up the uterus at her house... Meatwad: Mmhmm. Master Shake: because she doesn't work unless she's sweeping up something. Meatwad: Wel... and where do they go? Master Shake: All the way... to a hotel... which definitely has cable... and that's where this trapezoid becomes hmm shall we say... hahaha entangled with the exposed and aerated crotches. Meatwad: And that there is the exposed crotches? Master Shake: I told you that's the chair and the spatula. Meatwad: I knew it. Master Shake: Congratulate yourself my friend... you have just been laid. Meatwad: Ooh... that feels good. Master Shake: Yeah, I never tire of it.


Mastodon (band): [lyrics to opening song about movie theater etiquette] Don't talk, watch! Don't talk, watch! You came here. Watch it. Don't like it? Walk out. We still have all your fucking money. Do not nudge, kick or jiggle the seat in front of you. I'm sitting there! I am everywhere at once and I will cut you up. If you make out here, I will cut your lips and tongue from your head with a linoleum knife. Do not explain the plot. If you don't understand, then you should not be here. Your money is now our money and we will spend it on drugs. Do not crinkle your food wrappers loudly. Be considerate to others, or I will bite your torso and give you a disease. Did you bring your baby? Babies don't watch this. Take the seed outside. Leave it in the streets. Run over it after the show. If I see you videotaping this movie, Satan will rain down your throat with hot acid and dissolve your testicles and turn your guts into snakes. This is copyrighted movie for Time Warner. If I find that you've sold it on eBay, I will break into your house and tear your wife in half.


Ignignokt: Digital gold cascades from my square bladder.


Frylock: Oh what, you've never seen a bra before? Master Shake: Not with the BOOB MEAT inside of it!


Ignignokt: Thank you, Err. What was that thick shake? Err: Well, now I'll tell you what it is. It's mayonnaise I found in the trash can! Ignignokt: [throws up] Err: And it had hair in it! And you drank it! 'Cause I'm your doctor! Do what I say!


Time Lincoln: Quick, to the new Beetle convertible!


[from trailer] Dr. Weird: [in his flat, banging on wall] Randy! Turn your fucking stereo down!


Ignignokt: My nutrients! Retrieve them at once, they have escaped!


Ignignokt: Err, if you want to achieve in this life, you must set your goals higher. Err: I'm already pretty high. Ignignokt: And so am I.


[first lines] Soda Dog Refreshment Squad: It's a groovy time for a movie time / So grab your gal, and grab a seat / But don't forget to get something to eat / Delicious meat, a nutritious meat / You can't beat my meat for a special treat / Sucking on me is really neat / Don't be a jerk and don't be a fool / Be a good neighbor and follow these rules / What are these rules? / Remember to keep your shoes on at all times / Don't pull your penis out unless you really need to / Indecent exposure is a Class 2 felony...


[last lines] Frylock: Time for bed, honey.


Oglethorpe: Everybody, make out and kiss hard! LIKE YOU MEAN IT!


Ignignokt: Welcome home, baby! I say this to all of your things, for this is a robbery.


Frylock: I don't know where we came from. [pulls out a shotgun] Frylock: But I know how we're going to die!


[to a creaturezoid in a tank of water] Master Shake: What's a matter? Too faggy to come and get me? [creaturezoid gets angry and starts pounding against the tank]


Dr. Weird: My father *built* this castle! He said Weirds would live here for a thousand years! And now it's being turned into fucking lofts!


Master Shake: That's what gets me off.


Frylock: It's the poodle from the prophecy!


Master Shake: And so Frylock is with us... in a manner of speaking... but he would never recover his smartness. That's why I have to cut up his food for him.


[Frylock has died] Time Lincoln: You know, I don't advertise this, but I can bring him back to life. Master Shake: Ha ha! Yeah right! I bet you can't! Time Lincoln: Oh yeah? How much you wanna bet, bro?


Master Shake: [after beating on the Insanoflex egg with a crowbar which has hatched a baby Insanoflex] See, I get shit done!


Frylock: Shake, not all women are into muscles. Master Shake: Well, the beautiful ones are. The ones in Miami.


Meatwad: [flexing] Show me how to get some pythons like... Chief Wahoo McDaniel.


[Meatwad is putting on a rock concert in the front yard] Meatwad: [pointing to his dolls] And we got all these in tune, right? Tell me these are in tune. Frylock: Yeah... they're dolls. Meatwad: Well, shoot... are they in tune?


Carl Brutananadilewski: Linda, I care about you. And I respect you. So where, uh, where am I gonna do ya?


Mastodon (band): [singing] Be considerate to others, or I will bite your torso and give you a disease!


Narrator: An ancient wizard…A child with a secret…A woman with a past…

Woman: How ya’ll doin’.

Narrator: A galaxy torn asunder…A cop on the edge.

Carl:Where are my freakin’ pants.

Narrator: A hidden tomb.

Frylock:(gasp)

Narrator: A mythical kingdom. An ancient mythical…secret kingdom… tomb.... guy.........that runs the tomb. And a flaming chicken. In 2007, none of these things appear in Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters. Except the chicken.

Master Shake: We're here to throwdown..

Err:Knock knock.

Ignigknot: Welcome home baby.

Narrator:From the first assistant director of the second unit of Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth.And from the pruduction(sic) assistant of the video “Know your Fryer”. Comes the adventure of a lifetime. An animated epic featuring three all new backgrounds and five characters…

Master Shake: You see that chicken guy running around.

Narrator: ...and this chicken.

Master Shake: That guy was weird.

Narrator: Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters.

Master Shake: I don’t remember....any of this.








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