Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters

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Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters
AquaTeenPosterColonMovie.jpg
Theatrical release poster by Julie Bell and Boris Vallejo
Directed by Matt Maiellaro
Dave Willis
Produced by Matt Maiellaro
Dave Willis
Jay Edwards
Written by Matt Maiellaro
Dave Willis
Based on Aqua Teen Hunger Force by Dave Willis and Matt Maiellaro
Starring Dana Snyder
Carey Means
Dave Willis
Matt Maiellaro
Mike Schatz
Andy Merrill
C. Martin Croker
Bruce Campbell
Neil Peart
Chris Kattan
Edited by John Brestan
Ned Hastings
Phil Samson
Production
  company
Radical Axis
Williams Street
Distributed by First Look Pictures (theaters)
Warner Bros. Pictures (DVD)
Adult Swim Cartoon Saloon (Ireland)
Paramount Pictures (Vimeo)
Release date(s)
  • April 13, 2007 (2007-04-13)
Running time 86 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $750,000[1]
Box office $5,520,368[1]

Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters[Note 1] is an American flash adult animated semi-canonical 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 illustrated by Julie Bell and Boris Vallejo, and parodies the "King of the Mountain" design.[2] Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters is notable for marking the first time an Adult Swim original series was made into a movie.

Plot[edit]

The movie properly begins in Egypt, where Master Shake, Frylock and Meatwad escape from the Sphinx (who is sipping on a soda), 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, and Time Lincoln is shot, changing the timeline and resulting the in the Confederate States of America's victory in the American Civil War and the government agents being 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. An animated music video then follows.

Shake heads off to work out on his new exercise machine . 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 not 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 on board 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 drums.

Dr. Weird, whose abandoned insane asylum has been purchased and is being turned into condominiums around them, is 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 Philadelphia, 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. Meatwad gets MC Pee Pants (who is now a fly) to help, but he is hit with a flyswatter by Shake while giving a demonstration. With little time, the Aqua Teens have no choice but to have Shake play a new song with his guitar. 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 can barely move)leaves with his newly found date, a female bodybuilder 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. 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. Frylock also admits that he is transsexual lesbian trapped in a man's body. 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. The Soda Dog Refreshment comes onscreen once again and dismisses the audience.

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 feminine clothing, indicating that Frylock got a sex change.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

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,[3] 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).[4] They also confirmed more cameos, with Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart, voice actor H. Jon Benjamin and his comedy partner Jon Glaser, and Saturday Night Live'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.[5]

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." Following this, the released trailer advertised the film as rated R. The movie is mostly uncensored; when censoring does occur, it is occasionally accompanied by a censoring beep that does not obscure the word. Censoring also occurs once during a flashback. As explained in the production feature, the inconsistency was an editing mistake, but left untouched for comic effect.

Soundtrack[edit]

Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters Colon the Soundtrack
Soundtrack album to Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters by Various Artists
Released April 10, 2007
Genre Alternative rock, hard rock, heavy metal, rapcore
Length 44:25
Label Williams Street
Aqua Teen Hunger Force music chronology
Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters Colon the Soundtrack
(2007)
Have Yourself a Meaty Little Christmas
(2009)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[6]

The soundtrack was released on April 10, 2007, under the title Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters Colon the Soundtrack. It features many previously unreleased songs, some recorded for the purpose of this album. In addition, the compilation features an intro/outro titled "Nude Love" by Aqua Teen character Master Shake, a track from former SPIN.com Artist of the Day MC Chris, skits and sound bites from the movie, and a new version of the Aqua Teen Hunger Force theme by rapper Schoolly D.

The album features mix of musical styles ranging from heavy metal, indie rock, and hip-hop; and also features new, original music from Mastodon, Killer Mike and Unearth. Noticeably missing is "In the Air Tonight" by Phil Collins, which is prominently featured at the end of the film.

Track listing[edit]

  1. Master Shake – "Nude Love" – 1:27
  2. Soda Dog Refreshment Squad – "Groovy Time for a Movie Time" – 0:48
  3. Mastodon – "Cut You Up With a Linoleum Knife" – 1:50
  4. Early Man – "More to Me Than Meat and Eyes" – 3:11
  5. Schoolly D – "Aqua Teen Hunger Force Theme" (Remix) – 1:34
  6. Meatwad – Skit – 0:18
  7. Unearth – "The Chosen" – 3:50
  8. Andrew W.K. – "Party Party Party" – 1:56
  9. Carl Brutananadilewski – Skit – 0:15
  10. Nine Pound Hammer – "Carl's Theme" – 2:42
  11. Brass Castle – "Bookworm Resin" – 3:34
  12. Master Shake – Skit – 0:22
  13. Killer Mike – "Blam Blam" – 6:12
  14. Insane-O-Flex – "I Like Your Booty (But I'm Not Gay)" – 2:04
  15. mc chris – "I Want Candy" – 2:03
  16. The Hold Steady – "Girls Like Status" – 2:43
  17. Master Shake – "Nude Love (Reprise)" – 9:28

Note: Carey Means (Frylock) is absent from the skits, sound bites, and hidden tracks where the other Aqua Teens can be heard. Regardless, Carey Means still portrays Frylock in the film.

Marketing[edit]

Boston bomb scare[edit]

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.[7]

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.[8] 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.[9]

An episode from season five, entitled "Boston" was produced as the series creators' response to the scare, but Adult Swim pulled it to avoid further controversy surrounding the events of the bomb scare.[10] "Boston" has never aired, and has never been released to the public.

April Fools' Day television "premiere"[edit]

The heavily promoted April 1, 2007 airing of the movie on Adult Swim muted and featured in a small picture-in-picture screen in the bottom left hand corner during a simultaneous airing of the Family Guy episode "Peter's Two Dads", while an obnoxiously large and noisy on-screen graphic promotes the movie's airing.

Adult Swim began running advertisements 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 advertisement, was, "because we're f**king 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 a 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 movie eventually was shown on Sunday, March 30, 2008.

Fake endings[edit]

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" were 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[edit]

The film was a moderate box office success. With twenty-eight reviews compiled, Metacritic reported that Movie Film for Theaters has received "mixed reviews" with an average rating of 54.[11] Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a "Rotten" rating of 48% and a consensus stating [that] "The non sequitur humor of Aqua Teen Hunger Force will surely appeal to its built-in fanbase, but for the uninitiated, the premise wears thin." Reviews ranged from Glenn Kenny at Premiere magazine who stated that he was tempted to refer to the movie as "the most successful full-on surrealist film since Buñuel and Dalí's 1930 L'Âge d'Or" to Ty Burr of 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.

Home release[edit]

Warner Home Video released Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters in a two-disc DVD edition 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 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 from the UK DVD release. There is also a hidden Easter egg where one can watch every death or painful act ever experienced throughout the series or movie so far in a compilation called painful acts. It can be activated by clicking on play deleted movie on disc two and then around 23–24 minutes in, pressing pause and stop on the remote before pressing play again; this results in the video playing before the movie restarts from where it had previously been stopped.

The set also features the season four episode "Deleted Scenes" (also known as "Star-Studded Xmas Spectacular"), which makes heavy references and parallels to the film that originally aired years prior to the film's release on December 18, 2005.

Sequel[edit]

There has been talk about producing a sequel film entitled Death Fighter.[12] Unlike the first film, the sequel may be released straight-to-DVD rather than theatrically.[13] An Adult Swim bump addressed the status of the film, stating it is "not happening".[14]

In a 2010 interview, staff members of Radical Axis confirmed that a sequel was indeed in production, and mentioned the possibility that the film might be made in 3-D. When asked if the film was designed for a theatrical release, a Radical Axis staff member responded yes, but stated "We're not sure if we have a distributor yet". This was then followed by the statement "Adult Swim will never make another movie ever again".[15] In July 2012, series co-creator Matt Maiellaro said of the sequel, "It is all written and great. We are just trying to convince the network do it again. The first one was such a cash cow for them, not just box office but also ad sales in the movie. So it is kind of a no-brainer. So hopefully one day."[16] In 2014, Dave Willis replied to a tweet asking when the film would be released, he said: mid 2015 finally! Got shelved since we didn't get the G-rating.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  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, Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie for Theaters and Television for the premiere on Adult Swim March 30, 2008, and the abbreviations ATHFCMFFT, ATHF:MFFT, or Colon.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters (2007)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved November 11, 2011. 
  2. ^ "King of the Mountain - Posterwire.com". 
  3. ^ Rick Porter (March 7, 2005). "'Aqua Teen' Looks to Conquer Big Screen". tv.zap2it.com. Archived from the original on Dec 6, 2007. 
  4. ^ "Bruce Campbell As A Chicken Nugget "Fucks!", "Shits!", And "Bleeps" Ahoy!! It's AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE: THE MOVIE!!". Ain't It Cool News. Archived from the original on May 2, 2009. Retrieved March 25, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Decibel Magazine". Archived from the original on January 29, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters Colon T - Various Artists". Allmusic. 
  7. ^ "Two held after ad campaign triggers Boston bomb scare". CNN. January 31, 2007. Archived from the original on March 5, 2007. Retrieved March 2, 2007. 
  8. ^ "Pair plead not guilty in Turner advertising fiasco" (Registration required). Atlanta Journal-Constitution. February 1, 2007. Archived from the original on February 3, 2007. Retrieved March 2, 2007. 
  9. ^ "Turner, contractor to pay $2M in Boston bomb scare". CNN. February 5, 2007. Archived from the original on February 16, 2007. Retrieved March 2, 2007. 
  10. ^ "Exclusive Interview With Meatwad, Er, Dave Willis, Of 'Aqua Teen Hunger Force'". Starpulse.com. December 15, 2008. Archived from the original on February 23, 2011. Retrieved December 26, 2010. 
  11. ^ Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters on Metacritic
  12. ^ Craig "Voiceroy" Crumpton. "Dragon*Con08 Day 2: Aqua Squid Venture Brothers". toonzone. 
  13. ^ "The Swimcast – Dave Willis Interview on 12/12/08". Archived from the original on March 20, 2009. Retrieved February 4, 2009. 
  14. ^ "Bump Worthy". Archived from the original on September 24, 2010. Retrieved August 18, 2010. 
  15. ^ Hunter Daniels. "Radical Axis Interview Comic-Con; CEO Scott Fry, VP of Production Craig Hartin and Animation Director Todd Redner". Collider. 
  16. ^ Mike Gencarelli. ""Aqua Teen Hunger Force" co-creator Matt Maiellaro chats about new season". Media Mikes. 

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