Posted by: kfugrip | September 17, 2007

Number Ninety-One: Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theaters

Disappointment is the lasting impression that Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters, directed by Matt Maiellaro and Dave Willis, left after watching it last night.

Those familiar with the cartoon on Adult Swim will know the humor and the low-fi style of the animation. The show is based on the jokes, which I find hilarious, so anyone expecting animation of anything more than the most rudimentary scribblings is in for a shock. I am not one of those people. I knew what I was in for and my expectations were really high. The addition of the controversial ad campaign that had characters from the movie placed in various locations in cities all over the country, was a brilliant touch and increased my desire to see the movie in theaters.

Alas, the movie was in and out before I could get there. Why was this? Because the movie wasn’t funny. It’s not to say that it didn’t have any laughs, there were some, but I laugh more in one of the twelve minute installments on the television show, than I did in the feature.

The movie follows the character’s, Frylock, Meatwad, and Master Shake, as they search for their origins. It is simple, but not elegant, with jokes attached in random fashion much like the tv show. Gross and absurdest humor rule the day, which is my preference, but it was not enough to save this movie from failing in my eyes. It wasn’t funny enough. There should be a laugh for every couple of minutes in a movie like this and it wasn’t so. I did enjoy the reappearance of some characters from the show, but it wasn’t a reunion show (that might have been fun). Overall the entire thing fell flat and I left feeling the missed opportunity.

The poster, however, is a thing of genius.

2 stars




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  2. you are so right…it really was disappointing.

    i kept trying to put my finger on why a 12 minute episode was funnier and i think it was because they messed with the formula.

    ATHF, much like Family Guy, in one episode can start out in one place with an actual storyline and just devolve into something completely different, as if they are just following the humor wherever it may take them.

    i feel like the creators may have gotten freaked out by the long run time and second guessed themselves…second guessed what has been working for the show.

    also, Carl is one of the best characters with some of the greatest laughs and while he was integral to the plot, his dialogue was mostly lost for one long running sight gag…really too bad. also, Dr. Weird and Steve, funny for the 12 SECONDS that they are on ATHF episodes are not strong enough i think to be main characters.

    this was just so disappointing. a real bummer. it did make me want to start watching the episodes again…we should DVR them…

  3. Yeah, this was a bit of a disappointment. Aqua Teen episodes fall into two categories for me. Really fucking funny, and completely UN-funny. The movie was kinda middle of the road. I still had to give it 3 stars out of respect, though.

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