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Movie: "Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theaters"
Year: 2007
Rated: R
Genre: Animation
Directed by: Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro
Writing credits: Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro

Reviewer: Dr. Boogie
Posted: 1/31/2008

Plot: The Aqua Teens come to possess a piece of exercise equipment capable of causing mass destruction. In response, their 11-minute show is stretched to the limits in order to produce a movie that is nearly an hour and a half long.

Review: I had been excited about this movie ever since they half-seriously announced its creation on one of the Aqua Teen Hunger Force episodes. It even had Bruce Campbell, I heard! So anxious was I to see it that when Rog said he got tickets to an early screening, I ditched work to go see it.

The beginning of the movie is great. Right away, you get a hilarious vignette with singing refreshments, telling you important movie-going etiquette like "don't pull out your penis unless you really need to," and then they're cut off (literally and figuratively) by the band Mastodon, in refreshment form, to wrap the rules up for you. Then the movie begins, and for a while, it's your regular ATHF sort of humor: some randomness, some grossout, some surreal, all funny.

Unfortunately, you get about half an hour into the movie, and you start to see the problem when writers used to coming up with 11 minutes worth of material have to string things together long enough for a feature-length film. I was on board for a little while, but eventually, the jokes just became either too lame, or too wacky.

On the upshot, nearly every character in the ATHF universe, living or dead, makes an appearance in the movie. And Bruce Campbell makes a break cameo as a talking chicken nugget that helps the Aqua Teens escape... some sort of danger. This was toward the end of the movie, when things started to stray from the original premise.

I wasn't expecting much of a plot, and my expectations were fulfilled. The ending was somewhat of a copout, but that didn't bother me too much, considering how often they end episodes that same way.

Ultimately, though, I was disappointed. I wasn't expecting this movie to be a cinematic masterpiece, but it didn't even seem as funny as some of the regular episodes of ATHF. It's almost as if the creators wanted to mock the movie industry by not even trying that hard with the movie. In the end, you're probably better off passing on the movie, and just watching an hour and half of your favorite episodes of the show.

Overall rating: WholeWhole
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

Built in the 80s
Jan 31st, 2008, 04:20 PM
Good review. I agree, it was a tad disappointing, and some of the episodes are much funnier.
pickled
Jan 31st, 2008, 04:33 PM
I actually enjoyed the movie, it delivered exactly what I was expecting when I walked into that theater. Though it may just because I was blinded by my love for the show.
Funky Dynamite
Jan 31st, 2008, 04:54 PM
It delivered what I expected, too... in the first twenty minutes. The problem is, it delivered crap for the next hour or so.
なにをみてんだよ
Jan 31st, 2008, 06:18 PM
The new season is playing now on Adult Swim and so far, after two new episodes, the Aqua Teens aren't even in it. It's Carl trying to sell their house, which is a great improvement in my book. More Carl = Good
なにをみてんだよ
Jan 31st, 2008, 06:18 PM
BTW, I think that was a spot-on review.
I hate this hacker crap!
Jan 31st, 2008, 06:55 PM
It was just OK, I wouldn't pay to see again or anything...
James Brown in hiding
Feb 1st, 2008, 05:28 AM
I never understood the show so I didn't see the movie. Mediocre humor and shitty animation? Maybe it's avante guard and I don't get it. A comedy with no jokes? It's akin to old comedies in Shakespear's day I spose.
Member
Feb 1st, 2008, 03:47 PM
I liked it. It's a show/movie about talking food items. I don't dissect it very much.
From the Home of MST3K
Feb 2nd, 2008, 11:56 AM
I wanted to like this movie. I really, really did.

But the only good part was the Mastodon singing food at the beginning.
age 8 1/2
Feb 4th, 2008, 02:22 AM
I agree, the best part was the opener. I hope they made enough on tickets to pay off the whiny little girls in Boston. Funny how the other dozen or so cities didn't overreact. Of course, when you think about it, watching them [Boston, Mass. officials] panic was more enjoyable than the movie.
Letch
Feb 4th, 2008, 02:35 PM
im not much for the mauling of deceased livestock but that movie sucked. if you wanna try to take what you can out of it i guess you can purposely enjoy the opening sequence but it still sucked.
You'll thank me later...
Mar 7th, 2008, 11:36 AM
I've gotta side with incognit000 here.
I wanted it to be good...I bought the thing blind on dvd, super excited. Fucking terrible. The episodes were random and crazy, but at least you could follow them, I can't tell you what happened in the movie, it contradicted itself glaf a dozen times, it...It just wasn't funny.
It didn't help that the movie came out about 3 years to late. I don't think there had been new episodes in about that time prior to the movie, I know i had lost my taste for re-runs long before the movie showed.
SKATASTIC
Mar 7th, 2008, 09:25 PM
Yeah, the highpoint was definitely the opening Mastadon song, then they just let the bad times roll.