- From the 1st Assistant Director of the 2nd Unit of Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth and the Production Assistant of the video "Know Your Fryer"
Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters (abbreviated as ATHF:MFfT or ATHFCMFFT) is the theatrically released feature-length film based on Aqua Teen Hunger Force. It released nationwide April 13, 2007 and was released on DVD August 14, 2007, four months and one day exactly after the its initial released.
The film was distributed by First Look Pictures and written by the show's creators Matt Maiellaro and Dave Willis. The movie is rated R by the MPAA for crude and sexual humor, violent images, and language. The film's poster was illustrated by Julie Bell and Boris Vallejo and parodies the "King of the Mountain" design.
The movie begins with a song by The Soda Dog Refreshment Squad, in a parody of the 1953 short film, Let's All Go to the Lobby, only to be interrupted by heavy metal band Mastodon, animated as various concession stand products, who warn the audience that bad movie etiquette will result in severe bodily harm or death to the viewer (some of which caused by Satan), along with a warning that "babies don't watch this" and any children brought by their parents should be taken outside, left in the streets, and run over after the show.
The movie proper begins in Egypt, where Master Shake, Frylock and Meatwad, after they escape from the Sphinx, are attacked by an oversized poodle who kills Frylock before being killed by Shake. Shake and Meatwad drive off with Frylock's corpse, and meet Time Lincoln, who plans to revive Frylock; however, when government agents break into his house, the Aqua Teens flee in his wooden rocketship, and Time Lincoln is shot, changing the timeline and resulting in the Confederate States of America's victory and Independence in the American Civil War, and the government agents made slaves to a black Kentucky Colonel as punishment for their crimes against the South. This, however, is all revealed to be an elaborate story concocted by Shake to explain their origin to Meatwad and Frylock.
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 number which Frylock calls.
The film cuts to outer space. On the Plutonians' ship, Emory and Oglethorpe discover the Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past from the Future onboard with them. The Plutonians' phone starts ringing (because apparently it was their phone number Frylock called), but they decide to let the machine get it. The machine attempts to get it, but the phone just attacks and destroys the machine. Meanwhile, 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 woman 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, they discover a missing M-shaped circuit board on the back panel. The trio visit Carl Brutananadilewski, whom Shake had stolen the machine from, 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 is flying about in a ship made from a hollowed-out watermelon, observing the events unfolding according to his plan - the slice is joined in the ship by Neil Peart from Rush, sitting at his drums.
Dr. Weird and his assistant Steve, whose abandoned insane asylum has been bought and is being turned into condominiums around them, are visited by Shake, Frylock, and Meatwad. After the Aqua Teens argue with Steve, they 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 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. 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 muscles) finds an equally muscular woman, 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 to be monsters and ran away. After realizing they couldn't be much help, they hopped back in the jet and rented out a 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 Boys and talking about Level 3 to pay any attention, and Shake says he at least clearly remembers Level 3.
Meanwhile, Carl and the muscular woman 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. Dr. Weird claims that it was Frylock who created him, not the other way around. In the middle of the fight Steve asks Dr. Weird if he can go home. Dr. Weird tells him to punch out on a sinister looking clock which releases him, as well as disintegrating him. The fight then resumes. 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. Frylock uses his eye beams to slice Dr. Weird in half, but they all still argue about who created whom. It is revealed that Frylock is a lesbian trapped in a man's body. Just then, the watermelon ship lands, and Meatwad mentions that he saw the ship earlier. Shake calls him a liar and shoots him with a shotgun, killing Meatwad in a process. Shake gets concerned when Meatwad doesn't reform like always. Neil Peart plays a magic drum solo that brings Meatwad back to life. The slice identifies himself as Walter Melon. Melon explains he created the Aqua Teens, the Mooninites, 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 inform Walter that they all rent and do not own any property. Disappointed in them, Walter storms off in his ship, threatening to tell their mother about their failures. Confused by this, Frylock asks who their mother is and turns around to see his alleged mother standing before him, revealed to be a 9-layer Bean Burrito with large breasts. Meatwad hugs her, Shake jumps out a window and Frylock states "that's neat". The Soda Dog Refreshment Squad 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 clothing characteristic of females, indicating that Frylock got a sex change. The female Frylock then tells the Ghost that it's time for bed.
"Deleted Scenes", the first 22-minute episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, is said to be a collection of deleted scenes from the film. All of the deleted scenes combine to form one normal 11-minute episode. In actuality, the deleted scenes shown are part of a sub-plot removed from the film. When Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters for DVD was released, an entire other film was added to the second disc of the DVD. In the film, it should be noted that the characters' lips do not move and has some bad animation sequences, including a part where it just shows the voice actors voicing instead of the scene.
It should be noted that the animation in the "Deleted Scenes" is much sharper and certain characters (i.e. Meatwad's dolls Dewey, Vanessa and Boxy Brown) are drawn with a much more detail and Carl animates more rather than standing around with his hands on his hips. This suggests a higher budget and a typical change made to movies based on cartoons. The Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past from the Future also has a deeper, much more distorted voice matching his voice in the film.
- Dave Willis as Meatwad, Carl, Ignignokt and video game voice
- Dana Snyder as Master Shake
- Carey Means as Frylock
- C. Martin Croker as Dr. Weird and Steve
- Matt Maiellaro as Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past from the Future, Err, Satan
- Andy Merrill as Oglethorpe
- Mike Schatz as Emory
- Mc chris as MC Pee Pants
- Bruce Campbell as Chicken Bittle
- Chris Kattan as Walter Melon
- Neil Peart as himself
- Fred Armisen as Time Lincoln
- H. Jon Benjamin as CIA Agent #1
- Jon Glaser as CIA Agent #2
- George Lowe as Space Ghost
- Craig Hartin as Rob Goldstein
- Matt Harrigan as Linda
- Tina Fey as 9-layer Bean Burrito
- Issac Hayes III as Plantation Owner
Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters Colon the Soundtrack, which features sounds and songs from the movie, was released on April 10, 2007.
Boston ad campaign 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.
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. 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.
- The Fake.com endings are a series of fake endings for the movie. The endings were posted on a variety of websites as a promotional stunt.
- Returning characters from the show include Insanoflex, Emory, Oglethorpe, the Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past from the Future, Ignignokt, Err, Dr. Weird, Steve, Time Lincoln (from the show's credits), MC Pee Pants, Satan, Willie Nelson, Dirtfoot, Universal Remonster, and Rabbot. In addition, Space Ghost and Zorak, from Adult Swim's number one show Space Ghost Coast to Coast, have very brief cameos.
- This is the first ever movie based on a show that airs on Adult Swim, but is the second film related to Cartoon Network. The first was The Powerpuff Girls Movie.
- In the episode The Marines, Shake and Meatwad's kissing joke was rehashed from this movie.
- The scene where Shake is yelling at Meatwad dragging the Danger Cart can be seen in a flashback in Rabbot Redux.
- In 2010 during the "Aqua Teen Hunger Force Live" tour, series creator Dave Willis officially confirmed that Dr. Weird is indeed the creator of Master Shake, Frylock, Meatwad, and Chicken Bittle, making them all brothers.
- This is a semi-canonical film.
- It is revealed in the movie that Meatwad has more dolls than Boxy brown, Dewey, and Vanessa.
- Frylock's VCR scene is seen in a flashback in Allen Part 1.
- It is revealed that Shake can remove his straw.
- This is the last appearance of MC Pee Pants.
- This is the first outtake of the film.
- All of the main characters are killed at some point.
- After getting Insanoflex information online, the next scene shows a pan-up to the Plutonians ship. In a very fast scene, Balloonenstein from the episode of the same name can be seen.
- When the Insanoflex leaves the Aqua Teens house, in the ruins of the roof, you can see Willie Nelson from The Shaving.
- Dirtfoot can be seen on Meatwad's exercise video in front of a tree blending in.
- The attendees on the Steel Python are animated versions of the ATHF cast and crew.
- When the Aqua Teens get back from time, before they appear, all the Insanoflexes can be seen. As a result, on the left a dancing Rabbot can be seen.
- When Meatwad morphs into a building, BillyWitchDoctor.com can be seen at the entrance to the Steel Python.
- When Meatwad morphs into a building, if you look behind him where fire from the Insanoflex is seen, the fire briefly disappears.
- After Meatwad drags the Danger Cart up the mountain the second time, Romulox can be seen on the right when the entire castle is shown.
- A few seconds from the 12 Oz. Mouse episode "Sharktasm" are clearly visible on the monitor on the set of Space Ghost Coast to Coast, before Space Ghost is killed by the missiles Meatwad launched. 12 Oz. Mouse is another Adult Swim series created by Matt Maiellaro.
- Perfect Hair Forever episode Tusk can be seen in the Aqua Teen's television during the scene when Meatwad had Shake's Broken Teeth.
- When the Plutonians ship is seen first before Frylock notices it, the Insanoflex box is shown in front of the ship. On the second time, the box is normally seen behind the ship.
- The name of Meatwad's concert is Girl Quest 2005. However, the T-shirts show Girl Quest 2007. In the deleted versions of the concert, the T-shirts actually do show Girl Quest 2005.
- In a flashback, when the Aqua Teens jump out of the plane, Meatwad's parachute has pictures of The Powerpuff Girls on it.
- In Dr. Weird's apartment, various things from other episodes are shown. A sealed up version of the Rabbot hole can be seen, an umbrella holder which is the RainbowMaker 400, a picture of Dr. Weird holding Randall from the opening of Super Birthday Snake can be seen, his guitar from Mayhem of the Mooninites, and his garage can all be seen in the lobby of his laboratory. In his bedroom, a picture of Steve popping out of his chest from one of the episodes can be seen also.
- In the last frame of the original Steel Python scene, one of the CIA members, TJ's mohawk is clearly visible if you go frame by frame.
- After The Plutonians and the Ghost of Christmas Past speed away in the rocket ship leaving Carl lying on his lawn in flames, Happy Time Harry pokes his head out on the right side of the screen in the Aqua Teen's house window
Behind the Scenes
- Preview: Throughout the week of March 25, 2007, Adult Swim advertised that the film would be broadcast during the regular block on April 1st called Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Television. Technically, they did make good on this promise. Almost the entire film was shown, in true April Fools Day prank fashion, in a tiny picture-in-picture box in the corner of the screen without sound while the regular block aired (Though the film's audio could be heard if one's TV's audio channel was changed to Audio 2; the audio channel typically reserved for Spanish dubbing audio). The Lobby Singers and Mastodon opening was the only scene not shown on this. On March 30, 2008, the full film was played on Adult Swim.
Allusions and References
- The opening to the film is a reference to the 1953 short film, Let's All Go to the Lobby.
In October of 2007 the film was released on two discs as Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters for DVD. It includes a Deleted Movie, the episode Deleted Scenes, the Fake Endings, and several other extras.
For years the creators have discussed producing a sequel entitled Death Fighter. By 2014 the script had been completed and approved. In April 2015 at a C2CE convention panel Willis indirectly stated that the project was scrapped. He later mentioned it would coast 3.4 million dollars to produce, and expressed interest using Kickstarter to fund it.
- Official website for Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theaters
- ATHF:CMFFT @ Wikipedia
- ATHFCMFFT @ Aqua Teen Central
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