Aqua Teen Hunger Force (season 5)

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Aqua Teen Hunger Force
Season 5
ATHF-Volume Six.jpg
Volume Six DVD cover art, which features episodes 2-10 from season five. The first episode was never released.
Country of origin  United States
No. of episodes 10 (1 unaired)[1]
Broadcast
Original channel Adult Swim
Original run January 20, 2008 –
March 23, 2008
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 December 16, 2008
Region 4 February 10, 2010
Season chronology
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Season 4
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Season 6
List of Aqua Teen Hunger Force episodes

The fifth season of the animated television series, Aqua Teen Hunger Force originally aired in the United States on Cartoon Network's late night programming block, Adult Swim. Season five started on January 20, 2008 with "Robots Everywhere", and ended with "Bible Fruit" on March 23, 2008. This season continues to focus on the surreal adventures and antics of three anthropomorphic fast food items: Master Shake, Frylock, and Meatwad, who live next door to Carl Brutananadilewski in a suburban neighborhood in New Jersey.

Although ten episodes were produced for season five, only nine episodes aired. An episode entitled "Boston" was scheduled to air as part of season five, but Adult Swim pulled it to avoid further controversy surrounding the 2007 Boston bomb scare. Episodes in season five were written and directed by Dave Willis and Matt Maiellaro, and have either a TV-14 or TV-MA parental rating. Almost every episode in this season features a special guest appearance, which continues a practice used in past seasons.

This season makes several pop culture references, and also satires real-life controversies including the 2007 Boston bomb scare and LBGT restrictions in the military. Jonah Krakow of IGN has given episodes from this season a range of both positive and negative reviews. Krakow criticized the violent killing of kittens by Master Shake in "Reedickyoulus" saying it was "going too far". The season five finale, "Bible Fruit", lead to the creation of a short lived spin-off series called Soul Quest Overdrive, which later premiered on May 25, 2011 on Adult Swim. This season has been made available on DVD, and other forms of home media.

Production[edit]

The fifth season was written and directed by series creators Dave Willis and Matt Maiellaro, who write and direct every episode of the series. This season originally aired in the United States on Cartoon Network's late night programming block, Adult Swim where the series has aired since its official debut on September 9, 2001. This season was one of the original seasons produced under the Aqua Teen Hunger Force title before Willis and Maiellaro started using alternative titles for each season in 2011.[2] Episodes in this season feature the TV-MA parental rating, with the exception of "Robots Everywhere", which was rated TV-14. The rating for "Boston" was never released. As with most seasons, several episodes aired outside of their production order.

Season five is the first season of the series to be produced in 16:9 High Definition. This was the first season to air after the debut of Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters, and after the series got national attention from the 2007 Boston Bomb Scare.

"Boston"[edit]

A full length episode satirizing the 2007 Boston bomb scare entitled "Boston" was produced and finished its entirety and was meant to serve as the premiere of the fifth season, however, it was pulled to avoid further controversy surrounding the incident. The 2007 Boston bomb scare occurred on January 31, 2007 when various LED displays resembling Aqua Teen Hunger Force characters Ignignokt and Err were placed in various locations in Boston, Massachusetts and were mistaken for explosive devices. As a result the entire city was shut down for security purposes, ultimately Cartoon Network manager Jim Samples resigned and the network's parent company Turner Broadcasting paid 2 million dollars in damages.[3] Ultimately Adult Swim was forced by the legal department at Turner Broadcasting to pull the episode from airing on television. The second episode, "Robots Everywhere" served as the season premiere on January 20, 2008.

During the production of "Boston" executives at Adult Swim were very nervous about the episode leading to further controversy, and forced Willis and Maiellaro to re-write the episode several times; ultimately three different versions were produced.[4][1] When asked about the episode Maiellaro has stated it is relatively tame in comparison to what South Park creators would have done in a similar situation. Maiellaro has stated the episode does not make reference to bombs and for the most part is written as if it was something that could actually happen in reality, unlike most episodes that mainly focus on surreal plot lines.[4] Very little information about the specific storyline or plot of "Boston", although in 2011 Willis hinted on Twitter that it also relates to the band Boston, but did not confirm.[5] Willis also mentioned that comedian Paul F. Tompkins made a guest appearance in it who he referred to as an "Amazing comedian".[6] "Boston" was confirmed to be Matt Maiellaro's favorite episode.[7]

As of December 2014 "Boston" has never been aired and has never been released to the public in any format. Willis has indirectly stated that there are no plans to release the episode at anytime in the foreseeable future.[1] The only mention of "Boston", aside from it being mentioned by Dave Willis and Matt Maiellaro, is an episode page on the official website, but the episode simply features a question mark, in place of an actual description of the episode.[8] This marks the first time an episode of the series has been pulled; no other episodes have been pulled since.

Cast[edit]

In season five the main cast consisted of Dana Snyder who provided the voice of Master Shake,[9] Carey Means who provided the voice of Frylock,[10] and series co-creator Dave Willis who provided the voice of both Meatwad and Carl Brutananadilewski.[11][12] Season five also featured appearances from recurring voice cast members such as Matt Maiellaro who voiced Markula in the first three episodes to air, George Lowe who voiced himself as various characters. Master Shake, Frylock, and Meatwad, who have appeared in ever episode prior, were completely absent in "Sirens"; additionally Master Shake and Frylock only make brief speaking cameos in "Robots Everywhere".[13][14]

Season five features special guest appearances from various comedians and other celebrities in almost ever episode. Paul F. Tompkins had a starring guest role in "Boston". Diviya Roney voiced an unnamed woman, and Fred Armisen, Rachel Dratch, Vishal Roney, Diviya Roney, Sam Harrigan, Molly Harrigan, Sadie Willis, Max Willis in voiced various robots in "Robots Everywhere".[15] In "Sirens" Neko Case voiced Chrysanthemum, Kelly Hogan voiced The B.J. Queen, John Kruk voiced himself.[16] In "Hoppy Bunny" Scott Adsit provided the voice of Hoppy Bunny.[17] Vincent Pastore voiced Terry in "Laser Lenses", uncredited.[18] T-Pain and Josh Homme voiced the Dummies in "Dummy Love".[19] Alexander Katz and Scott Luallen both appeared in "The Marines".[20] In "Bible Fruit" David Cross (credited as "Sir Willups Brightslymoore") voiced Bert Banana, H. Jon Benjamin (credited as Jon "the Hammer" Benjamin") voiced Mortimer Mango, and Kristen Schaal (credited as "Frannie Hood") voiced Tammy Tangerine.[21]

Episodes[edit]

No. in
season
No. in
series
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
code
Television
order
1 69 "Boston" Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro Unaired[1] 501[22] N/A

The January 31, 2007 Bomb scare in Boston, Massachusetts is parodied in a satirical fashion.[N]

Guest appearance: Paul F. Tompkins
2 70 "Robots Everywhere" (Part 1) Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro January 20, 2008 (2008-01-20) 502[22] S05E01

When the Aqua Teens are abducted by demons and cocooned by military spiders in the Mojave Desert orchestrated by their landlord Markula, Carl tries to sell their house to robots. The robots turn out to be terrible neighbors for Carl, especially when they try to kill him.

Guest appearances: Fred Armisen, Rachel Dratch, Vishal Roney, Diviya Roney, Sam Harrigan, Molly Harrigan, Sadie Willis, and Max Willis.
3 71 "Sirens" (Part 2) Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro January 27, 2008 (2008-01-27) 503[22] S05E02

A trio of Sirens (Chrysanthemum, The BJ Queen, and John Kruk) move into the Aqua Teens' house and catch Carl's interest.

Guest appearances: Neko Case, Kelly Hogan, and former professional baseball star John Kruk.
4 72 "Reedickyoulus" Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro February 10, 2008 (2008-02-10) 504[22] S05E04
Carl's new male enhancement device produces some unsavory side effects, including radioactive human waste. Ground contamination leads to Meatwad's buried deceased pets to rise from the dead for some sexually transmitted zombification laced revenge against Shake for nuking them in the microwave. The zombified ape signs that she has an STD. Shake doesn't seem to care and goes to get some "free sex", he later returns as an STD-infected zombie with an insatiable appetite for brains. Frylock calls the hotline and they tell him to have Shake wait outside and a party bus full of gay zombies will pick him up. After a tearful good bye, Meatwad and Frylock take Shake outside and the party bus picks him up. Meatwad calls "first smoke" and lights up a cigarette, Frylock warns about the gas leak, but too late the house blows up.
5 73 "Hoppy Bunny" Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro February 17, 2008 (2008-02-17) 505[22] S05E05

Carl buys a recorder that has an ulterior motive. Seemingly unrelated, Carl's home becomes a haven for furries. We learn that Frylock's gem holds the power of 1,000 suns which Master Shake pawns. Special

Guest appearances: Scott Adsit as Hoppy Bunny and Scott Fry as the Pawn Store Clerk
6 74 "Laser Lenses" Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro March 2, 2008 (2008-03-02) 506[22] S05E06

Master Shake's megalomania soars to new heights once he steals Frylock's laser-shooting contact lenses. The Aqua Teens end up getting illegal medical treatment from Carl's cousin Terry.

Guest appearance: Vincent Pastore as Terry (uncredited)
7 75 "Couples Skate" (Part 3) Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro February 3, 2008 (2008-02-03) 507[22] S05E03
The Aqua Teens must either escape the spider cocoons their landlord Markula has trapped them in, or pay the rent they owe him. Meanwhile Carl gets yet another new neighbor, a huge demon named Paul who is going through a difficult custody battle.
8 76 "Dummy Love" Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro March 9, 2008 (2008-03-09) 508[22] S05E07

Shake torments Meatwad by reading a story written by Rob Zombie. Frylock gets a package with a ventriloquist dummy that wants to "KILL!" The Aqua Teens try multiple ways to kill the dummy but to no avail, he keeps coming back. They resolve to give the killer dummy to Carl. The Killer Dummy makes a discovery and finds love with Carl's dummy who wants people to "DIE!" The dummies start dating and want Frylock's bed to get it on. Master Shake finds a way to profit off their immortality. Meatwad wishes that they were real boys. The next day, Shake's dummies are gone replaced by flesh and blood boy versions of the dummies. Shake proceeds to try to kill them with a battle-axe. Shake ends up in jail and wants Meatwad to wish upon the same star to wish him the f**k out of jail, but Meatwad "don't talk to suckas boy." The dummies talk to Shake on the phone. All they say is "KILL!" and "DIE!" Shake hangs up. "He hung up." "Yeah he hung up."

Guest appearances: T-Pain and Joshua Homme.
9 77 "The Marines" Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro March 16, 2008 (2008-03-16) 509[22] S05E08

Frylock flees to Canada when Meatwad unwittingly enlists the Aqua Teens into the US Marine Corps. While Frylock deals with a masochistic puppet, Master Shake and Meatwad go AWOL and pretend to be gay to escape the service.

The episode ends with product placement advertisements for Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters, Aqua Teen Hunger Force Zombie Ninja Pro-Am and the Aqua Teen Hunger Force Volume Five DVD.

Guest appearances: Alexander Katz, Scott Luallen.
10 78 "Bible Fruit"
"Fruits"
Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro March 23, 2008 (2008-03-23) 510[22] S05E09

Frylock decides to invite his MySpace friends over for the evening. To Frylock's surprise, they too are anthropomorphic food; a meth-addicted mango, an abused tangerine, and an alcoholic banana. Though they are all Born-Again Christians, exposure to the Aqua Teens brings back their old habits.

Guest appearances: David Cross (credited as "Sir Willups Brightslymoore"), H. Jon Benjamin (credited as Jon "the Hammer" Benjamin"), and Kristen Schaal (credited as "Frannie Hood")

Cultural references[edit]

Willis hinted on Twitter that "Boston" makes reference to the band Boston,[5] and confirmed it satires the 2007 Boston bomb scare.[1] "Robots Everywhere" references Rambo film series when Carl dress up like John Rambo and shoots the robots.[23] In "Dummy Love" Meatwad wishes on a star for his two dummies to become real boys is similar to what Mister Geppetto did, in the 1940 film, Pinocchio. The storyline from "Dummy Love" is a parody of Night of the Living Dummy, from the Goosebumps series; as in both the books and this episode, a murderous dummy comes to life and no matter what anybody tries to get rid of it, the dummy always comes back to life. "Dummy Love" also references the Twilight Zone episodes "The Dummy" and "Caesar and Me".[24] In "The Marines" Frylock is held captive in Canada by a man who resembles Billy from the Saw film series, who wears a ski mask similar to Jason Voorhees from the Friday the 13th series.[25] "The Marines" also self-references Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters, Aqua Teen Hunger Force Zombie Ninja Pro-Am, and the Volume Five DVD for the series. In addition "The Marines" satires the former law of gays being banned from serving in the military. Adult Swim losing the rerun rights to Futurama, as Comedy Central had bought the rights to the show is referenced in "Bible Fruit".[1]

Reception[edit]

The season five episode "Bible Fruit" lead to the creation of a short lived spin-off, Soul Quest Overdrive. In 2010 the pilot episode of Soul Quest Overdrive was released online though Adult Swim's "Big Uber, Network Sampling" feature. Six episodes of the series were ordered, four of them aired back-to-back on May 25, 2011 during Adult Swim's "DVR Theather". The series has not been aired since, leaving two episodes left unaired.[26] This would be the third Aqua Teen Hunger Force spin-off behind Spacecataz and Carl.

Jonah Krakow of IGN gave "Robots Everywhere" a 5.5 out 10, which considered "Mediocre", saying "We could get deeply psychoanalytical and say that Carl's confusion and annoyance with the robots is a metaphor for the audience's suffering and the robots are the staff of ATHF doing the torturing".[27] Kraków gave the following episode, "Sirens" an 8, which is considered "Great", saying "Thankfully, this episode was much stronger than last week as Carl and his sexual desires were the focus of the comedy instead of annoying robots".[28] Krakow gave "Couples Skate" an 8.3 and praised the return of Master Shake, Frylock, and Meatwad, calling it a "solid episode".[29] Kraków gave "Reedickyoulus" gave this episode an 8.5, and gave this episode a good review, but said Master Shake killing kittens in a microwave was "going too far".[30] "Hoppy Bunny" was gave given an 8 by Kraków, who praised this episode for originality saying "Not too many shows out there would touch Furries".[31] Kraków gave "Laser Lenses" a 7, who noted that the episode didn't give any new information or insight about any of the characters saying "They simply ran around, pissed each other off and got themselves into disgusting circumstances. Sometimes, that's good enough".[32] Kraków gave "Dummy Love" a 7.0, and said the episode had funny moments but wasn't as funny as it could be, and that the episode has a lot of potential, which it didn't live up to saying.[33] "The Marines" revived Krakow's lowest score of the season with a 5.5. Krakow said the only funny parts of "The Marines" were Saw parody and the CGI gum commercial funny, saying "Unfortunately, the majority of this episode just didn't work at all. The jokes were old or non-existent, the plot made no sense and Carl wasn't there as an additional source of comedy".[34] Krakow gave "Bible Fruit" the greatest score of the season, 9.5, which is considered "amazing; and gave the episode a good review saying it was a great way to end the season.[35]

Home release[edit]

Nine episodes from season five were released on the Aqua Teen Hunger Force Volume Six DVD on December 16, 2008, along with the first four episodes from season six, prior to their original television debuts. The set was released by Adult Swim and distributed by Warner Home Video, and features several special features including the 2007 and 2008 episodes of Carl's Stone Cold Lock of the Century of the Week (then known as I'm Pissed) and commentaries on select episode.[36] The set was released in Region 4 by Madman Entertainment on February 10, 2010.[37] "Robots Everywhere" was originally released as a special feature on the Aqua Teen Hunger Force Zombie Ninja Pro-Am video game on November 5, 2007, months prior to its official television debut on January 20, 2008.

This season was also released under the label "Season 6" on iTunes and the Xbox Live Marketplace in HD and SD, and on Amazon Instant Video under the label "Volume 5".[38][39][40] "Boston" was never released to the public in any format.[1]

Aqua Teen Hunger Force Volume Six
Set details [41] Special features
  • Audio commentary:
    • "Reedickyoulus"
    • "Hoppy Bunny"
    • "The Marines"
  • All episodes from Carl from 2007 and 2008
  • Terror Phone - short film starring Dana Snyder and Carey Means
  • All cut scenes from Zombie Ninja Pro-Am
  • Radical Axis Presents Radical Axis - featurette profiling show animators, Radical Axis
  • More Funny Pete Stuff
Release dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
December 16, 2008 N/A February 10, 2010

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Exclusive Interview With Meatwad, Er, Dave Willis, Of 'Aqua Teen Hunger Force'". Star Pulse. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Ohanesian, Liz (May 7, 2011). "Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1: Are the Characters from Aqua Teen Hunger Force Really Moving to Seattle?". LAWeekly. Retrieved August 7, 2011. 
  3. ^ Weber, Harry R. (February 10, 2007). "Cartoon Network Head Resigns After Scare". ABC News. Archived from the original on April 3, 2007. Retrieved August 24, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Sunu, Steve (January 27, 2012). "Matt Maiellaro on "Knobodys" & "Aqua Teens"". Comic Book Resources. 
  5. ^ a b Message posted by Dave Willis on Twitter # 1 March 7, 2011.
  6. ^ Message posted by Dave Willis on Twitter # 2
  7. ^ "Episodes Picked by the Creators". Adult Swim. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  8. ^ "Boston episode guide". Adult Swim. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  9. ^ Eason, Jonas. "Master Shake's character page". Adult Swim. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  10. ^ Eason, Jonas. "Frylock's character page". Adult Swim. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  11. ^ Eason, Jonas. "Meatwad's character page". Adult Swim. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  12. ^ Eason, Jonas. "Carl's character page". Adult Swim. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  13. ^ "Sirens" (in English). Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Season 5. Episode 3. January 27, 2008. Adult Swim.
  14. ^ "Robots Everywhere" (in English). Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Season 5. Episode 2. January 20, 2008. Adult Swim.
  15. ^ Credits found at the end of Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode "Robots Everywhere"
  16. ^ Credits found at the end of Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode "Sirens".
  17. ^ Credits found at the end of Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode "Hoppy Bunny".
  18. ^ "Laser Lenses" at the Internet Movie Database
  19. ^ Credits found at the end of Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode "Dummy Love".
  20. ^ Credits found at the end of Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode "The Marines".
  21. ^ Credits found at the end of Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode "Bible Fruits".
  22. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Official Aqua Teen Hunger Force Season 5 Episode guide from Adult Swim (archived using The Wayback Machine).
  23. ^ "Robots Everywhere" Trivia and Quotes at TV.com
  24. ^ "Dummy Love" Trivia and Quotes at TV.com
  25. ^ "The Marines" Trivia and Quotes at TV.com
  26. ^ Daniels, Hunter. "Radical Axis Interview Comic-Con; CEO Scott Fry, VP of Production Craig Hartin and Animation Director Todd Redner". Collider.com. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  27. ^ Krakow, Jonah (17 January 2008). "Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Robots Are Everywhere Advance Review Robots are everywhere, but the Aqua Teens are nowhere to be seen.". IGN. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  28. ^ Krakow, Jonha (28 January 2008). "Aqua Teen Hunger Force: "Sirens" Review Carl gets some strange new neighbors.". IGN. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  29. ^ Krakow, Jonha (5 February 2008). "Aqua Teen Hunger Force: "Couples Skate" Review The Aqua Teens return to their own show.". IGN. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  30. ^ Krakow, Jonha (11 February 2008). "Aqua Teen Hunger Force: "Reedickyoulus" Review As appropriate titles go, this one is spot-on.". IGN. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  31. ^ Krakow, Jonha (19 February 2008). "Aqua Teen Hunger Force: "Hoppy Bunny" Review Furries have come to town. Ewww.". IGN. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  32. ^ Krakow, Johna (3 March 2008). "Aqua Teen Hunger Force: "Laser Lenses" Review Shake steals Frylock's laser contact lenses. What could possibly go wrong?". IGN. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  33. ^ Krakow, Johna (10 March 2008). "Aqua Teen Hunger Force: "Dummy Love" Review Some crazy-eyed, knife-wielding dummies are just misunderstood.". IGN. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  34. ^ Krakow, Jonha (17 March 2008). "Aqua Teen Hunger Force: "The Marines" Review Tonight's episode: FUBAR.". IGN. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  35. ^ Krakow, Jonha (24 March 2008). "Aqua Teen Hunger Force: "Bible Fruit" Review The Aqua Teens get religion.". IGN. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  36. ^ Aqua Teen Hunger Force 6 (2008) at Amazon.com. Retrieved October 8, 2011
  37. ^ "Aqua Teen Hunger Force Volume 06". Madman Entertainment. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  38. ^ Aqua Teen Hunger Force Season 6 at iTunes.
  39. ^ Aqua Teen Hunger Force Season 6 at the Xbox Live Marketplace.
  40. ^ Aqua Teen Hunger Force Volume 5 at Amazon Instant Video.
  41. ^ "Aqua Teen Hunger Force - Volume 6". TV Shows On DVD.com. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 

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