Aqua Teen Hunger Force
Aqua Teen Hunger Force (also known by various alternative titles) is an American adult animated television series created by Dave Willis and Matt Maiellaro for Cartoon Network's late night programming block, Adult Swim.
In 2015, the show had a unexpected and controversial cancellation by Adult Swim which which was done against the wish of the creators.
Aqua Teen Hunger Force centers around three anthropomorphic fast food items: Master Shake, Frylock, and Meatwad. In the earlier episodes, the trio would solve and fight crimes (many of which were caused by Dr. Weird, the scientist who created the trio). However, this premise was dropped early on in favor of the trio getting involved in many different kinds of strange situations, with their next-door neighbor, Carl Brutananadilewski, often getting unintentionally involved.
Why It Rocks
- Despite the premise initially coming across as being a crime-fighting show, the overall premise is completely erratic in a good way, especially in later seasons. This leads to unpredictable, unusual, and hilariously nonsensical plots.
- Great Animation. Despite using a lot of stock special effects and all of the backgrounds being made with Adobe Photoshop, both are handled very well and ultimately adds to the show's charm.
- Epic and memorable opening theme by Schooly D.
- The opening themes in the later seasons that use alternative titles are also memorable in their own way.
- Likable, well written protagonists.
- Shake's idiotic acts are pretty funny, and it's always satisfying to see karma catch him whenever he does anything villainous.
- Frylock's logical, calm personality makes him more relatable than Shake and Meatwad.
- Meatwad's childish personality makes him the most loveable of the characters.
- Carl is the most realistic of the characters, and has many hilarious lines. Him constantly having to deal with the trio's shenanigans also makes him the most relatable character for many.
- Many memorable villains. The most notable examples include:
- Dr. Weird, who is shown executing some idiotic plan at the beginning of each episode in the earlier seasons.
- The Mooninites Ignignokt and Err, two arrogant, pixelized aliens who utilize guns that fire ridiculously slow bullets.
- The Plutonians Oglethorpe and Emory, two blocky and spiked aliens, with the former speaking in a German accent.
- Awesome voice acting that gives each character a distinct sounding voice.
- Clever writing and comedy which is made better with the show's nonexistent logic, with multiple running gags such as Shake causing whatever he throws to explode, or the characters dying, only to come back in the next episode with no explanation.
- Heartwarming Moments, most notably the ones involving Meatwad.
- Depending on how you view series finale, The Last One Forever and Ever (For Real This Time) (We ****ing Mean It), it was pretty okay way to send off the series.
- A lot of memorable quotes. Some examples include:
- "Truly, they were, an Aqua Teen Hunger Force... YOUR EMERGENCY BREAK IS ON!!"
- "Don't tell me how to drive, jackass!"
- "Well... Dracula called and he said he's coming tonight and I said okay."
- "Look, all I know is that this cord was plugged into my house and your house was glowing like the freakin' sun. So, I put two and two together there and decided that you're pissing me off."
- "Tonight, You"
- Dr. Weird and Steve are almost entirely absent from season 2 onwards.
- Some characters can be pretty unlikable.
- Out of the protagonists, Shake is most likely the least tolerable.
- Meatwad's voice can be hard to understand at times, so you might need to turn subtitles on.
- None of the episodes prior to Volume 7 have been released in uncensored form so far.
- Some banned and censored episodes like Dickesode and Boston.
- While still good, the show kind of went downhill in Season 5 and 6, though it has improved in Season 7, but Season 5 and 6 is pretty good on its own.
- There's some bad episodes like Der Inflatable Fuhrer, Fry Legs, Deleted Scenes, and most infamous of all, Reedickyoulus.
- Likewise, series finale, The Last One Forever and Ever (For Real This Time) (We ****ing Mean It). wasn't too great either. But as stated before, it depends on your view.
Reception and legacy
In January 2009, IGN listed the series as the 39th best in the Top 100 Best Animated TV Shows. The series was nominated for Teen Choice Awards in 2007 and 2008. In 2011 Willis and Maiellaro received Annie Award nominations for writing in the season eight episode, "The Creditor". In 2013, IGN placed Aqua Teen Hunger Force 19th on their list of Top 25 Animated series for adults.
James Rolfe, best known for creating the Angry Video Game Nerd, has cited the show as an influence on Nerd as well as shaping his sense of humour. YouTuber Jason Gastrow, better known as Videogamedunkey, has also cited the show as a comedic influence.
- In some of the seasons' DVDs, selecting the "play all" option will cause all of the episodes of that season to play at the same time.