Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie
This review was written for the theatrical release of "Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters."
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Having already created a sensation with a guerrilla marketing campaign that was mistaken for a terrorist bomb plot by Boston authorities, Cartoon Network Adult Swim fixture "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" takes the plunge into the big pool with the feature-length "Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters." (Take that, "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan"!)
No doubt about it, the show's certifiably bizarro, stream-of-consciousness sensibility has made the transition notably intact, which should please its young male fan base.
But though it has its undeniable laugh-out-loud moments, the brainchild of Matt Maiellaro and Dave Willis isn't immune to the problem often faced by supersize cartoons -- namely, what might be effectively clever when doled out in episodic portions tends to get diluted over the course of an expanded format.
For those not in the know, "Aqua Teen" has nothing really to do with swimming or adolescents but rather three giant fast food staples.
That would be Master Shake (voiced by Dana Snyder), the leader of the trio, Frylock (Carey Means), a brilliant, airborne serving of French fries, and the dim but lovable Meatwad (Willis), a meatball that has long outlived its "best before" date.
The plot, such as it is, involves the quest for a circuit board belonging to a piece of exercise equipment owned by the Force's slobby next-door neighbor Carl (Willis again) that turns out to be part of an evil scheme perpetrated by Dr. Weird (C. Martin Croker).
There's more than a hint of "South Park"-esque larceny to "ATHF" ("CMFFT"), laced with what would seem to be some powerful recreational herbs, but after the first half-hour or so, the movie does begin to lose some of its loopy potency.
Still, the extended version does allow for an inspired lineup of voice cameos, including Larry Blackmon and T-Man of the 1980s funk band Cameo, plus Rush drummer Neil Peart and "Evil Dead" legend Bruce Campbell, as well as a deviously funny parody of those vintage movie theater ads featuring singing-and-dancing snack foods.