Rabbot

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"Rabbot"
Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode
ATHF Rabbot.jpg
Dr. Weird unveiling the Rabbot.
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 1
Directed by Dave Willis
Matt Maiellaro
Written by Dave Willis
Matt Maiellaro
Production code 101[1]
Original air date Sneak peek:
December 30, 2000
Official:
September 16, 2001
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"Rabbot" is the pilot episode as well as the first episode of the first season of the animated television series Aqua Teen Hunger Force. "Rabbot" was rated TV-PG in the United States. A rough-cut version of this episode originally aired in the United States prior to the launch of Adult Swim on December 30, 2000 on Cartoon Network unannounced as a part of a series of sneak peeks of upcoming Adult Swim shows. The final cut of this episode later made its official debut on September 16, 2001 on Adult Swim. In the episode Master Shake, Frylock, and Meatwad investigate the recent destruction of Carl's car, while a giant mechanical rabbit destroys downtown.

This episode marks the first official appearance of Master Shake, Frylock, and Meatwad, who first made rough-cut appearances in the Space Ghost Coast to Coast episode, "Baffler Meal". This episode also marks the first appearance of Carl Brutananadilewski, Dr. Weird, and Steve. The December 30, 2000 airing of "Rabbot" received a 0.2 share in the ratings.[2] The Rabbot character would later return for the season two episode "The Last One" and the season seven episode "Rabbot Reddux". This episode has been made available on DVD, and other forms of home media, including on demand streaming on Netflix.

Plot[edit]

Dr. Weird unveils his newest invention, a titanic robotic rabbit named Rabbot, to solve the world's "vegetable problem". Dr Weird then sprays Rabbot in the face with French perfume, which causes Rabbot to go berserk, to break out of Dr. Weird's laboratory, and to flatten Carl's car. The next morning, Carl notices his flattened car; Master Shake comes out to solve the mystery of what happened Carl's to car, but after briefly examining the crime scene, Master Shake concludes that "Meteors did it" and charges Carl $20. Frylock then comes out to teleport Carl to work. Carl reasserts that he works out of home, so Frylock's teleportation beam simply flings Carl onto the roof of his house. Master Shake and Frylock then proceed to solve the rest of this mystery from inside Carl's pool against his demands. There, Shake says that the culprit "is someone who is jealous of Carl's ability to drive" and goes to wake Meatwad. Upon awakening, Meatwad begins to dance to his jam box, but then Shake stomps on it, saying that "Dancing is forbidden".

Once again, Master Shake, Frylock, and Meatwad loiter in Carl's pool, where Shake loses all his enthusiasm he had for this mission and wishes to close it, but Frylock reminds him of the danger the culprit poses. Meatwad is then hitched to the Aqua Teens' mode of transportation, the "Danger Cart". After a mishap with the garage door in which Frylock resolves by blowing it up, the Aqua Teens head for the mall. However, Rabbot has already rampaged the mall, spraying whatever it did not smash with a strange hair growing formula. The Aqua Teens make it to the mall, where Frylock discovers a mountain of evidence from Rabbot's rampage. There, he continues to investigate.

As the Aqua Teens return home, they head through downtown and notice that Rabbot is rampaging through the city and is spraying buildings with his hair growing formula. Rabbot sprays Shake with the spray, causing him to grow long hair and to abandon the mission to get a perm. Frylock blasts Rabbot with his eye lasers, but they reflect off his body and burn Shake's hair off. Meatwad then stops Rabbot by playing his jam box, which causes Rabbot to dance along to the music. The Aqua Teens then regroup in Carl's pool, where Shake says that Rabbot (who is still dancing to the music from Meatwad's jam box) has made downtown unsafe and that they must find some new restaurants and nightclubs. Carl then demands they get out of his pool. The episode ends with the Rabbot dancing downtown, while the closing credits are shown on a split screen.

Production[edit]

Dave Willis co-wrote "Rabbot" along with Matt Maiellaro.

"Rabbot" is the pilot as well as the first episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force.[3] Written and directed by series creators Dave Willis and Matt Maiellaro,[4] "Rabbot" was rated TV-PG-L in the United States. This episode introduces the current versions of the series' main characters: Master Shake, Frylock, and Meatwad, who had previously made an unofficial rough-cut appearances in the Space Ghost Coast to Coast episode season eight, "Baffler Meal".[5][6] This episode also marks the first appearance of their next door neighbor, Carl Brutananadilewski,[7] and supporting characters Dr. Weird and Steve.[8][9] Several backgrounds were borrowed from other Cartoon Network proprieties: Johnny Quest and SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron for use in "Rabbot". The "Powerpuff Mall" featured in this episode, were taken from the pilot episode of The Powerpuff Girls, "Meat Fuzzy Lumkins", the same mall appears in later episodes.[10] Additional backgrounds made original for the series were done by Jon Schnepp and Bob Pettitt.[4]

A rough cut version of "Rabbot" with a 15 minute run time was made as an original pitch pilot to the network. The original pilot was produced just as an episode of Space Ghost Coast to Coast over the course of a year. In the original version characters were in low resolution and featured several times with transparent eyes and mouths as a result of fast keying to get the characters behind the background,[11] as the production crew focusing more on story telling then the appearances.[10] The original version also featured backgrounds and settings that different greatly from the series, including a laboratory in the protagonist's house.[11] The opening scene featuring Dr. Weird and Steve was not animated for the most part, instead presented as inanimate sketches from a story board, featuring versions of the characters that significantly different from the final cut, alongside an additional team of scientists who never appear in the series or the final cut of this episode. The sketches were significantly different from the final versions of the characters. Willis stated that the sketches almost got the project killed mainly as a result of the animation transfer.[10]

The original version also displays Frylock as a wizard-like sorcerer who would perform spells, and Master Shake constantly referring to things as "forbidden" and calling the team to assemble both of these concepts were soon dropped.[10][11] "Rabbot" is one of the few episodes to feature the main protagonists as detectives, a premise was added to appease Cartoon Network executives, who did not initially understand the series' concept at first. By the fourth episode, "Mayhem of the Mooninites", this premise and the use of the name by the characters were dropped. In the show itself, Frylock mentions that they stopped fighting crime because "that wasn't making us a whole lot of money."[12] The use of this premise was later satirised in the two-part season eight episode "Allen".

The 2010 episode from season seven, "Rabbot Redux" is named after this episode. This episode features multiple clips, references and lines taken directly from "Rabbot". The Rabbot also makes a third appearance in this episode, where he crushes Frylock, Master Shake, and Meatwad's newly purchased house.[13][14]

Broadcast History[edit]

An unfinished version of "Rabbot" originally aired as a special sneak peek of upcoming shows unannounced at 5:00 am on December 30, 2000 on Cartoon Network, several months before the official launch of Adult Swim. The block was listed as "Special Programming" on official listings, and also featured sneak peeks of unfinished pilot episode of Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law and two different episodes of Sealab 2021. This was the second and final block of Adult Swim sneak peeks. The first block aired nine days earlier on December 21, 2000 with the unfinished pilot of The Brak Show and the first episode of Seablab 2021.[15][16]

The version that aired on December 30, 2000 featured scenes from the original pitch pilot but were eventually cut from the official version of the episode. There was no theme song or opening titles, the segues that cut to another scene were also different – instead of Schooly D narrating over rap music, they showed the old "outer space zoom" segue from the Hanna-Barbera Super Friends cartoon, with the instrumental of the Aqua Teen Hunger Force theme played over it. In the cold open, after the Rabbot escapes, Dr. Weird says "Unleash the mechanical frog!" and the giant garage door opens again, showing a huge mechanical frog. There was also a scene of Master Shake sitting in the hair salon talking about things he hates. After Meatwad says "everyone likes dancing" it cuts to Shake getting his hair done and saying "..And I HATE dancing. It's one of my LEAST favorite things to do. Other things I hate are work, exercise, people, stupid people—".[17] Unlike the original version of the pilot, the December 30, 2000 airing was more refined in general.

"Rabbot" was never aired again until the final cut made its official television debut on September 16, 2001 on Adult Swim in the United States, only three weeks after Adult Swim launched on September 2, 2001.[18] The series had already made its official television debut a week earlier with the second episode "Escape from Leprechaupolis" on September 9, 2001.

Home release[edit]

"Rabbot" was released on DVD ias part of the Aqua Teen Hunger Force Volume One DVD set on November 18, 2003 in Region 1, along with fifteen other episodes from the first season. The set was released and distrusted by Adult Swim and Warner Home Video, and features the original version of "Rabbot" along with optional audio commentary on the original version by Willis, Maiellaro, and Jay Wade Edwards[19] The set was later released in Region 2 on April 27, 2009 and in Region 4 by Madman Entertainment on November 7, 2007.[20] "Rabbot" is also available on iTunes, the Xbox Live Marketplace, and Amazon Instant Video.[21][22][23] As of 2013 this episode, along with the entire first season, is also available for on demand viewing on Netflix.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Official Aqua Teen Hunger Force Season 1 Episode guide from Adult Swim (archived using The Wayback Machine).
  2. ^ [Future Wolf II: Never Cry Wolf: Origin of the Series found on the Aqua Teen Hunger Force Volume One DVD set]
  3. ^ "Adult Swim – Aqua Teen Hunger Force – Episode 1: "Rabbot"". Adult Swim. Retrieved 2010-12-26. 
  4. ^ a b Credits found at the end of Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode "Rabbot".
  5. ^ Nemtusak, Brian (April 26, 2007). "Not for Beginners". Chicago Reader. Retrieved December 7, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Baffler Meal". Space Ghost Coast to Coast. Season 8. Episode 1. January 1, 2003 (2003-01-01).
  7. ^ "Character biography for Carl Brutananadilewski". Adult Swim. Retrieved August 18, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Character biography for Dr. Weird". Adult Swim. Retrieved August 18, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Character biography for Steve". Adult Swim. Retrieved August 18, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b c d DVD Commentary for "Rabbot" - The Original Cut found on the Aqua Teen Hunger Force Volume One DVD
  11. ^ a b c "Rabbot The Original Cut" found on the Aqua Teen Hunger Force Volume One DVD set.
  12. ^ Spoken dialogue in the Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode "Kidney Car"
  13. ^ Isler, Ramsey (8 February 2010). "Aqua Teen Hunger Force: "Rabbot Redux" Review Needs more Rabbot.". IGN. Retrieved 18 October 2010. 
  14. ^ "Rabbot Redux". Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Season 7. Episode 2. February 7, 2010 (2010-02-07).
  15. ^ "The Daily Ghost Planet : The Past!". Lustforlunch.com. Retrieved 2011-01-22. 
  16. ^ "The Daily Ghost Planet : The Past!". Lustforlunch.com. Retrieved 2011-01-20. 
  17. ^ The version of Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode "Rabbot" as it aired in the United States on December 30, 2000 on Cartoon Network.
  18. ^ Time Warner Cable listings recognized the official television debut as September 16, 2001.
  19. ^ http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/releases/Aqua-Hunger-Force-Volume-Release/2958
  20. ^ "Aqua Teen Hunger Force Volume 01". Madman Entertainment. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  21. ^ Aqua Teen Hunger Force Season 1 at iTunes.
  22. ^ Aqua Teen Hunger Force Season 1 at the Xbox Live Marketplace.
  23. ^ Aqua Teen Hunger Force Volume 1 at Amazon Instant Video.
  24. ^ Aqua Teen Hunger Force Season 1 on Netflix.

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