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AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE: Two More Movie Reviews!!

I am – Hercules!!

Two more new and untested reviewers have just sent in their takes on the long-anticipated straight-to-DVD “Aqua Teen” movie. Still not a lot of plot detail here (perhaps because the movie doesn’t have much of a plot?).

First up is “Chris”:


I also attended the Nielson run screening of Aqua Teen Hunger Force the Movie in Century City, and much like the last reviewer, not only was I not impressed, but I was sadly, sadly disappointed. Well not really, because I was prepared for a feature length bore because of the nature of the 11 minute cartoon, but still this was Sizzler salad bar bad. The chili I ate at the foodcourt beforehand was the highlight of the experience.

After the yada yada 85% complete riff, they rolled the film. The origin aspects were interesting in that your only previous clues were the opening and closing credits, but that is pretty much the extent of the positive points of the movie. Well, that and Time Traveling Lincoln had some moments.

This movie was flat joke after flat joke complete with lame wire-esque fight scenes, which I pray for the producers are incomplete. Just tired, tired humor. The thing that struck me is that it wasn't so much that a lot of the jokes failed as it was that there didn't seem to actually BE a lot of jokes. The secondary characters were overused; the Moonanites provided a couple of chuckles, the Robotic Ghost of Christmas past was best left in the excellent Danzig episode and the Plutonians grew as tiresome as they did in the series. Also, I was reminded of how much Dr. Strange is not missed from the series, although he did outshine some of the other garbage strewn about.

Basically I went into this knowing this probably wasn't the format that Aqua Teens would succeed in, but I had one beautiful hope: uncensored Carl. My greatest disappointment? Barely any Carl at all. Lame. Super lame.

I could futher beat a dead horse so I will bottom line it. The movie was boring, unfunny and I can't imagine it will be released to theaters, it isn't worth the printing costs. DVD? Maybe. Cartoon Network? Probably where it should debut.

Second up is “D”:

hey, I saw the review that was from an untested source, and I thought I'd confirm everything he said:

Awful. There are some fun ideas, but the execution of them is lousy. I wasn't following the show before the screening, but I watched about ten episodes online before heading in, and it definitely doesn't stand up to the show.

Maybe its the extended format, because I'm not sure 70 minutes of that show could EVER manage to hold an audience. And perhaps as a point of contention, the show almost felt like it had storylines that ended, as new one cropped up, almost making it like a few episodes loosely connected.

But the first reviewer was right-- the silence of the crowd was painful, especially in the last 30 minutes. My friend is obsessed with the show, and fell asleep during the movie. Not a good sign.

I don't think you'll post this, but if you do, please don't use my name. Thanks, keep up the good work.

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  • Aug. 24, 2006, 2:51 p.m. CST

    by CigsandCoffee56

    This is depressing, I want a good athf review...

  • Aug. 24, 2006, 2:53 p.m. CST


    by newc0253

    well, actually second, but the first didn't use his subject line to full advantage. so suck it, bitches.

  • Aug. 24, 2006, 2:57 p.m. CST


    by Spaz_Monkey

    Yeesh. Sounds like a waste of time AND money for all involved. In all seriousness, it sounds like a Saturday Night Live movie. Not Wayne's World or Bluse Brothers, but Superstar or It's Pat. Something that works well in short bursts, but just can't work at feature length.

  • Aug. 24, 2006, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Bluse Brothers???

    by Spaz_Monkey

    Me not am gud typing perrsn.

  • Aug. 24, 2006, 3:15 p.m. CST

    "I was reminded of how much Dr. Strange is not missed"

    by TheyCallHimFlane

    Except I don't think there ever was a "Dr. Strange."

  • Aug. 24, 2006, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Wasn't it

    by mordiceius

    Dr. Weird?

  • Aug. 24, 2006, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Mordiceius is right

    by TheyCallHimFlane

    Somebody give that man a dollar!

  • Aug. 24, 2006, 3:30 p.m. CST

    I miss Dr. Weird.

    by rbatty024

  • Aug. 24, 2006, 3:31 p.m. CST

    the only cartoon network show that should be a movie

    by John Dalmas

    is the Venture Bros. God, that could be incredible.

  • Aug. 24, 2006, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Yep, knew it

    by AshleyMonday

    I knew none of the first reviews would be positive. These people obviously don't get ATHF.

  • Aug. 24, 2006, 3:42 p.m. CST

    They need to make more Samuri Jack

    by Spangler

    Where is that show?

  • Aug. 24, 2006, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Hey, Spaz_Monkey

    by Spaceman Spliff

    Me used to have same problem, until me start typing at desk (instead of just doing it as me walk).

  • Aug. 24, 2006, 4:09 p.m. CST

    I think it could be good.

    by Renholder

    On the other hand I didn't think the Family Guy movie was all that great...

  • Aug. 24, 2006, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Actually, if the whole movie was just Dr Weird intros

    by BitterMan23

    I might be interested.

  • Aug. 24, 2006, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Dr. Weird

    by The Goat

    "Its not different at all, is it Steve!"

  • Aug. 24, 2006, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Don't like the show...

    by Jar Jar 4 Prez

    don't like the movie. Surprise!

  • Aug. 24, 2006, 5:40 p.m. CST


    by Jar Jar 4 Prez

    HELL YES they should bring back Samurai Jack.

  • Aug. 24, 2006, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Another vote for new Jack

    by nemesisdarkside

    I want Genndy to finish what he started.

  • Aug. 24, 2006, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Two more non fan reviews

    by coop

    I'll wait until someone that knows what's goes on a Broodwich tells me what they thought before I get worried. Of course this movie has little to no plot, of course it's stupid, and of course it's not gonna make a penny. Which is why I need to see it Frylock! And you would know that if you would read... the book that I wrote... on Hollywood Baby! It's all the rage.

  • Aug. 24, 2006, 6:39 p.m. CST

    Right on, coop

    by VitaminJ

    Bottom line: Most people don't like the series. So I'm not surprised to see some guys who don't watch the series say they don't like the movie. If I start to see reviews from actual ATHF fans who say the movies sucks, then I'll be concerned.

  • Aug. 24, 2006, 7:20 p.m. CST

    When did this become straight to dvd?

    by Sam Raimi's Car

    I mean straight to torrent.

  • Aug. 24, 2006, 7:58 p.m. CST

    Gentlemen, BEHOLD!

    by tango fett

    I have made love to this...MACHINE.

  • Aug. 24, 2006, 8 p.m. CST

    c'mon, how is it possible...

    by tango fett

    to NOT think Dr. Weird is funny? "PUT THAT BACK!" *taco taco taco*

  • Aug. 24, 2006, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Why should this surprise anyone?

    by Angry Mean Panda

    You can't take something that is funny in 11 minute doses and have it be funny for over an hour. Not to mention the fact that the last two seasons have essentially sucked.

  • Aug. 24, 2006, 9:31 p.m. CST


    by occams_razor

    Yet another thing I'll download cause it's not worth paying for. Woot.

  • Aug. 24, 2006, 11:42 p.m. CST


    by AshesOfDonnie

    exactly, until a real fan is dissapointed I am not the least bit worried, but again, Im not expecting Citizen Cain , the most it will be like the Familie Guye movie!

  • Aug. 25, 2006, 2:17 a.m. CST

    Sorry, NO MORE JACK!

    by GermanCity

    'cause Aku is dead. Making more SJ without Mako would be a crime against, well, the universe.

  • Aug. 25, 2006, 2:39 a.m. CST

    Behold! The thermo...

    by Cartagia


  • Aug. 25, 2006, 4:31 a.m. CST

    "straight to torrent"!!! Haha!

    by pokadoo

    I like that, Sam Rami's Car! It's even lower than straight-to-cable! Classic.

  • Aug. 25, 2006, 7:27 a.m. CST

    Two more crappy "reviews"

    by Riggy469

    Someone should serve these "reviewers" the Broodwich!

  • Aug. 25, 2006, 8:18 a.m. CST

    i'd take a feature length movie feat. Happy Time Harry

    by tripp5

    "if you're so smart lets see what your ass knows about FLYING!"

  • Aug. 25, 2006, 11:04 a.m. CST

    these aren't non-fan reviews

    by reinhold

    Not from what I'm reading anyway. If the guy was salivating over the prospect of an uncensored Carl, that sounds like a fan of the show to me!

  • Aug. 25, 2006, 2:45 p.m. CST

    I really wanted this movie to be good

    by Novaman5000

    And all these negative reviews are pooping all over my high expectations. Sigh.

  • Aug. 25, 2006, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Who the fuck falls asleep at movies?

    by Engineer_at_peac

    If a movie sucks, fine, but don't embellish it and lie and say someone fell asleep. That's retarded. Who the fuck falls asleep at a movie and what the fuck is their problem? I have no doubt the movie sucks, but I also have no doubt anyone who ever uses that line is full of shit.

  • Aug. 25, 2006, 8:38 p.m. CST

    No fucking Carl!?!?!?!

    by Nate Champion

    Meeeeeean, yoo just shot yooself in da foot!!

  • Aug. 26, 2006, 12:04 a.m. CST

    Sounds Stupid As Fuck

    by The Ender

    The show sucks, so how can the movie possible be good? Eek the cat was funnier. Fuck Aqua Teen

  • Aug. 26, 2006, 2:53 a.m. CST


    by Manatee

    My old college roommate fell asleep at a Pantera concert, so anything is possible.

  • Aug. 26, 2006, 12:33 p.m. CST


    by INWOsuxRED

    Oh wait, no. I meant to say "I FELL ASLEEP AT A MOVIE!" It was the Muppets in Space movie. People really do fall asleep in movies, especially if they do things like work for a living and don't always get enough sleep.

  • Aug. 26, 2006, 1:16 p.m. CST

    I fell asleep during 2 movies, same day

    by Everett Robert

    I was working for my college newspapaer as a movie reviewer and needed to catch up on 4 movies, I saw Varisety Blues/ A Civil Action/Virus(I think that was the one with Donald Sutherland and Jamie Lee Curtis) and like one other one...i fell asleep during Virus and A Civial Action and mentioned that in my reviews...but looking back I think it had to do more with amount of alchol I was drinkg

  • Aug. 26, 2006, 2:54 p.m. CST

    RE:Sleeping in theaters

    by somedudesbrother

    Believe me people sleep in theaters. I can think of at least a half dozen times in only six months of working at Hoyts movie theater that I had to wake people up after the movie was over. Mostly it was old people but once it was a guy who was probably in his 30's. These people must have been by themselves because it would always just be them sleeping. On that note, I have fallen asleep during a movie one time and one time only. That was Superman returns. It was probably the fact that it was the midnight showing rather than the fact that it was a 3 hr. snoozefest with 10 minutes of impressive action. Yeah, that's it...

  • Aug. 26, 2006, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Oh yeah...

    by somedudesbrother

    ATHF the series: Awesome. ATHF The Movie: Maybe not so much. Still going to have to see for myself. Love the series way too much (have all 4 seasons on dvd) not to.

  • Aug. 26, 2006, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Like this is a surprise?

    by Snookeroo

    I bad, insipid tv show spawns a bad, insipid movie. Who'd a thunk?

  • Aug. 26, 2006, 6:28 p.m. CST

    So it didn't make the homies say ho...

    by Christopher3

    No surprise there. Humor like that can't be sustained for more than 10 minutes.

  • Aug. 27, 2006, 1:27 a.m. CST

    Carl needs his own show

    by RedScab

    Carl is the greatest character on the show and he deserves his own series. Maybe a prequel where we see how a young Carl with a bright future became the biggest loser in NJ, 2nd only to Shake!!!!

  • Aug. 27, 2006, 3:13 p.m. CST


    by NathanH

    Is the episode of MST with Jack Frost on dvd? With the pig sled and what-not? I liked that one. ATHF is barely good enough for a tv show, much less film. I do like the episode where shake gets the big helmet that he keeps attaching accessories to. Two old fashioned cameras, a player piano, electronic drums. That one cracks me up every time I see it, which is like twice a week on cartoon network.

  • Aug. 28, 2006, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Yeah, "uncensored Carl" guy sounds like a fan...

    by Childe Roland

    ...but "Dr. Strange" guy should ask Pat if he can buy a clue. I had some reservations about the 70+ minute format for this show, but after watching my season 3 DVD all at one shot over the weekend, I really don't think there's any such thing as too much ATHF in one sitting. Hard to imagine the addition of Bruce Campbell to the mix might prove me wrong, but weirder shit has happened. "What knifey say?"

  • Aug. 28, 2006, 8:36 p.m. CST

    Come to me and taste the future

    by C_wizard

    Forged in darkness from wheat harvested from Hell's Half Acre, baked by Beelzebub, slathered with mayonnaise beaten from the evil eggs of dark chickens force-fed to dogs by the hands of a one-eyed madman. Cheese boiled from the rancid teat of a fanged cow. Layered with 666 separate meats from an animal, which has maggots for blood. Goddamnit, I'm so there.

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 3:49 p.m. CST

    aren't you gonna eat the sun-dried tomatoes?

    by AshesOfDonnie