Aqua Teen Hunger Force
Aqua Teen Hunger Force (later 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. But however, it got revived into a new web series called Aquadonk Side Pieces, focusing around the villains of the show.
The show centers around three anthropomorphic fast food items. The brains of the group is Frylock, a floating box of fries, but Master Shake does a lot of the talking, most of it aimed at making life miserable for Meatwad, a sweet-natured ball of meat.
In 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.
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- 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 and creative 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 lovable of the characters.
- Carl is the most realistic of the characters and has many hilarious lines. He constantly has to deal with the trio's shenanigans to the point that it also makes him the most relatable character for many viewers.
- Plenty of memorable and enjoyable 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 to the point that it's hilarious to see how crazy and bizarre his inventions and decisions get.
- 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.
- Hand Banana, a yellow dog that came from Shake's DNA and enjoys threatening Carl.
- Dr. Wongburger, an insane alien scientist who always tries to get to his home planet (D*ck Planet, Tooth Planet or Hamburger Planet)
- Rabbot, a giant robot rabbit created by Dr. Weird that wrecks havoc on cities.
- MC Pee Pants, a spider that wears a diaper and a shower cap (except in his vampire form).
- 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, the swear words being censored with random sounds, or the characters dying, only to come back in the next episode with no explanation.
- Heartwarming Moments, most notably the ones involving Meatwad.
- Speaking of which, the show can also have emotional moments, not to mention hilarious moments.
- The show had a ton of hilarious and great episodes like:
- HandBanana (Often considered to be the best episode in the series)
- Broodwich (Also considered to be the best)
- Rabbot (Started the show on a high note.)
- One Hundred
- The Greatest Story Ever Told (depending on your view)
- Bible Fruit
- The Creature From The Plaque Lagoon (depending on your view)
- Hands on a Hamburger
- Shake Like Me (one of the banned episodes)
- Boston (The Lost Episode that was infamously banned for reasons explained on BQ #8)
- Multiple Meat
- Rabbot Redux (started season 7 on a high note)
- The Granite Family
- The Last One Forever and Ever (For Real This Time) (We ****ing Mean It) (depending on your view)
- A lot of memorable (or memeable) 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"
- "See, all I know is ball, and good. And rape."
- "Tonight, you'll get your d*ck ripped off"
- "YOU QUESTION THE WORDS OF THE MIGHTY JIMMY?!"
- "You're a madman, Wongburger!"
- Depending on your view, the series finale, The Greatest Story Ever Told, was a pretty okay way to send off the series.
- It's movie, Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theaters was pretty decent.
- It got revived in to a brand new web series called Aquadonk Side Pieces, which was pretty good, perhaps even better than the original.
- Swearing is censored on the [adult swim] version, but is uncensored on HBO Max and the Volume 7 DVDs.
- Dr. Weird and Steve are almost entirely absent from season 3 onwards.
- Some characters can be pretty unlikable, such as the Sirens (from the episode of the same name), The monkeys (from Banana Planet), even Shake himself can be unlikable sometimes.
- 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, Boston and Shake Like Me.
- While still good, the show kind of went downhill in Seasons 5 and 6, though it has improved in Season 7.
- There's some bad or average episodes like Dickesode (depending on your view), Banana Planet, Rubberman, Sirens, Fry Legs, Deleted Scenes, and most infamously, Reedickyoulus.
- A promotion for the show caused the 2007 Boston Mooninite panic, which led to a regime change at Cartoon Network, causing many beloved series to end prematurely, several key people to leaving the network, and a shift in content that focused on live action rather than animation. Fortunately, this rut was rather short lived, and the network had another renaissance in the 2010s.
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. It has a 7.7/10 on IMDb.
- 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.
- It Spawned Several Internet Memes (e.g. Tonight You, Yo Fryman, YOU QUESTION THE WORDS OF THE MIGHTY JIMMY, and of course, pretty much everything Dr. Weird has said.)
- As mentioned on BQ #4, episodes prior to Season 6 were censored, the first episode to be uncensored was "The Creature From The Plaque Lagoon".
- Speaking of which, the first episode to be rated TV-MA was the Season 4 episode "Dickesode", where Carl "wins" an unwanted prize at a fast food contest.
- A promotion caused the 2007 Boston Bomb Scare, as mentioned on BQ #8.