Thursday, May 6, 2010

Archive: "Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters" (2007)

Even before the movie begins, there is a row of cheerful concessions dancing across the screen. For almost a second, you may think to yourself that whatever theater you're in randomly decided to do a throwback to those old jingles advertising concessions. Then the dancing soda, chocolate bar, and popcorn bag remind you to keep your penis in your pants and that not doing so is considered indecent exposure. The friendly concessions are then shoved aside only to be replaced by angrier concessions singing a screaming death metal song about what you should not even think about doing in the theater or else they'll rip your wife in half. This is most definitely the team behind the popular "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" show on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim here at work, dishing out not only an eleven minute episode, but an entire feature length film.

It's nearly impossible to try to explain this movie. When you're dealing with a group of bickering fast food items, there's really not much to go on. The real question becomes whether or not the extremely random and bizarre show successfully translates into a nearly 90-minute movie. The answer, I believe, is a...well, kinda, sorta, pretty much...okay, yes. It's basically like eight normal length episodes strung together into one long and weird adventure. The entire film is pretty sketch-oriented in this matter, but that's perfectly forgivable because somehow the random segments do manage to string together. It's weird to be saying this, but the movie might actually have a plot, or at least more of a plot than an individual episode does.

Master Shake, Frylock, and Meatwad come across some sort of exercise machine called the Insanoflex. They're missing some piece for it, need to find it, and get into a whole bunch of stuff with familiar characters from the show like Dr. Weird, the annoying Mooninites, the Plutonians, the Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past, and of course, Carl. Together they all discover that the Insanoflex is actually a terrifying piece of alien machinery that's going to just ruin the entire earth, or something. So, they need to somehow stop it before it causes too much chaos. How do they do it? I have no freaking idea and I even watched the damned movie. That's how messed up this show is, but also how perversely entertaining it is, as well.

The movie is definitely aimed at fans of the show with bringing back so many memorable characters. I don't think the creators really cared if lots of people are running out to see this movie or if anybody even likes it; it's only for true fans of the show, hence its limited release into theaters. The show's usual quirkiness is all there with things exploding constantly, random acts of violence, and lots of potty-mouthing. It's really funny to see a movie this poorly animated to be rated R. There's even some history to how the group began, which is just as ridiculous. Some watermelon alien created the Mooninites who then created Frylock, who then created Dr. Weird, and then Dr. Weird created Frylock again along with Meatwad and Master Shake. And their mother is a big, sexy burrito.

"Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters" is oftentimes downright hilarious in its absurdity with never a dull moment even when you're not laughing. It's a surefire hit for fans of the show and may even bring some curious newcomers in, provided they are even brave enough to see the movie in the first place. But, for those people who have no idea what all the buzz is about or for those who think people are insane when they're laughing over a talking shake, well then they will be more confused and baffled than hell.

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