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AQUA TEEN Movie Coming To Cartoon Network Sunday Night?

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Constituting what one imagines could be an April Fool’s joke, the Cartoon Network has been running promos for the “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” movie. These promos suggest the movie will be shown on the channel Sunday night. My TiVo says “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” is running from 11:30 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. ET Sunday night. “Tim and Eric’s Awesome Show, Great Job” follows on that channel from 11:45 to midnight. But “Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters” is said to be about 75 minutes in length, so that doesn’t really add up. Maybe the channel will show the first 15 minutes of the movie? Or something? According to IMDb, First Look is releasing “Colon Movie Film for Theaters” to cinemas April 13. In the unlikely event that Cartoon Network does somehow run the whole thing Sunday night (strictly speaking, it wouldn’t be the first movie to hit TV screens before cinemas), we should point out that a screening of the film held last summer in Century City, Calif., did not yield a lot of reviews kind to the project: “The Raindog” said:
The first 10 minutes was like a sub par episode of aqua teen, then it stretched on and on, and on. With a running time of 75 minutes, it was quite a feat to make it seem like 4 hours. … bored me to the point of wanting to leave, but I knew the end had to come soon, so I stuck it out. Normally I would attribute my take on the movie to me being in a bad mood, or just having gotten off a 12 hour shift at work, but the theatre was filled with hardcore aqua teen fans, and there were only a few chuckles here and there throughout the film. And most of the chuckles came from when they would rehash a joke from the TV show. They need to scrap the film and start over, or just play it on TV, i don't even know if it's straight to DVD worthy.
“Chris” said:
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.
“D” 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. … 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. …
In January, “Samoan Joe” apparently found the project tolerable as he partook of “herbal enhancement”:
… While I was definitely disappointed, I still liked it better than previous reviewers on your site. The movie plays like a very long Aqua Teen episode - entertaining, unpredictable and at times mind-bogglingly bizarre. The film-makers were evidently not willing to sacrifice any of the show's insanity for the sake of a more mainstream audience. That's cool and all, but it would have been nice if the movie had made at least a little bit of sense. The plot itself is hardly worth explaining (not sure if I understood it anyway). …
So maybe if Cartoon Network cuts the movie off after 15 minutes, not too many will mind! UPDATE!! Cartoon Network showed the first three minutes of "Colon" at 10 p.m. before it turned off its sound and shrunk it into a box taking up about 3 percent of the TV screen. The audio and the rest of the screen were taken up with regular programming, specifically a "Futurama" repeat.

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  • April 1, 2007, 4:21 a.m. CST

    My first...

    by Kurema

    ...first. It will be my last.

  • April 1, 2007, 4:21 a.m. CST

    my name is....

    by van der graaf


  • April 1, 2007, 5:33 a.m. CST

    We all know this is going to suck eggs Benedict...

    by Negative Man

    ...And possibly Dirk Benedict as well. Though, it would be funny if they showed the movie in a fast forward mode, so they'd be telling the truth, yet able to pull off a joke. But nothing will beat the fart-filled Adult Swim line up from last year. I never laughed so hard at Ghost in the Shell. BWAHA!

  • April 1, 2007, 5:44 a.m. CST

    "wouldn’t be the first movie to hit TV screens first"

    by newc0253

    which other films have hit TV screens before being given a theatrical release??? i'm not skeptical but i genuinely can't think of any.

  • April 1, 2007, 6:52 a.m. CST

    It's April Fools

    by Virtual Satyr

    See this coming a mile away.

  • April 1, 2007, 7:27 a.m. CST

    it would've been funnier if Herc had posted a BSG tb

    by chrth

    I bet a couple people would've been fooled by that

  • April 1, 2007, 7:29 a.m. CST

    newc0253: I know the Left Behind films were on DVD

    by chrth

    before being released to the theatres, don't know if they had a televised broadcast. Oh wait, wasn't The Hebrew Hammer shown on Comedy Central before it was released to theatres? Or was it never released?

  • April 1, 2007, 7:45 a.m. CST

    shut the fuck up!!! this is ATHF

    by EliRothJustFuckingDieAlready001

    if you're not a fan, you ain't gonna be swayed by the movie... the preview screenings were not attended by fans. thats the whole point, to see if the rest of dumb-shit N.A. will like it... they won't. so fuck'em if they can't take a joke!!! fuck'em harder if they can!!!

  • April 1, 2007, 9:40 a.m. CST


    by RenoNevada2000

    HEBREW HAMMER did indeed get a limited theatrical release after Comedy Central aired it. Also, back in 1996 the Japanese film SHALL WE DANCE (which the crappy Richard Gere flick is a remake of) was disqualified from Foreign Film Oscar consideration as it had aired on television (Japanese TV I think) prior to its US theatrical Oscar-required scrfeenings. (The movie had won 14 Japanese Awards of the Japanese Film Academy.)

  • April 1, 2007, 9:50 a.m. CST

    the last seduction

    by moontos

    was screened on HBO before the theatrical release. that's why ms. fiorentino was not nominated for an academy award.

  • April 1, 2007, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Squid Billies

    by Autoclave

    Remember that time when they spent weeks promoting the premire of Squid Billies and it ended up being a talk show with Space Ghost, Meatwad and the Manshark? Yeah, this is gonna be like that.

  • April 1, 2007, 10:42 a.m. CST


    by rdsxfan8

    I got pwned over this the other day when i brought it up in a different tb. I honestly didnt even look at a calendar before I was proclaiming this to be the best thing since sliced bread. I luvs me some carl and the ATHF!!! WELCOME HOME BABY!!!!!!

  • April 1, 2007, 10:46 a.m. CST

    The Believer

    by JohnRevik

    Ryan Gosling movie 'The Believer' was shown on Showtime before hitting theaters.

  • April 1, 2007, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Its an April Fools day joke

    by magnetoelectric

    My Tivo says some Billy and Mandy is airing at that time.Then again anyone who tuned in to Adult Swim last night to catch some Blood Plus got treated to endless episodes of Perfect Hair Forever all night long ,with ATHF subtitles.What the hell was that about?

  • April 1, 2007, 12:18 p.m. CST

    That sucked!

    by Billyeveryteen

    Perfect Hair Forever?? What god awful drek, the ATHF movie can't be much better. Worst April 1st ever.

  • April 1, 2007, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Its an acquired taste

    by Irresolute

    But ill still be there when it opens. April Fools day fershure.

  • April 1, 2007, 12:48 p.m. CST

    I cannot believe any review.

    by Jed

    Unless it's written by Dr. Weird.

  • April 1, 2007, 1:16 p.m. CST

    The Believer

    by hrivnak

    "The Believer" actually showed at several film festivals (including Sundance) before it was picked up Showtime, so it was "officially" a theatrical release.

  • April 1, 2007, 1:55 p.m. CST

    The poster art

    by Quake II

    is by far the best thing about this film. The trailer looks terrible. The only thing I find "funny" about this movie is the title.

  • April 1, 2007, 3:15 p.m. CST


    by skydog

    A dollar a year for uncanny is still a great deal.

  • April 1, 2007, 3:49 p.m. CST

    HORRIBLE movie. Horrible tv show

    by Undead03

    And just a lame idea althogether. If it had good writing, and a good idea, I suppose the horrendous artwork would suffice. But the writing is lame, the direction even more lame, and the boredom endless. This one is heading straight to the crapper, and wont' even make it's money back on video.

  • April 1, 2007, 4:31 p.m. CST

    The best April Fool's joke would be...

    by kevred

    ...if they would actually show the whole movie on TV, in that 15-minute slot--by playing it at super-fast-forward speed.

  • April 1, 2007, 6:04 p.m. CST

    The 1978 Battlestar Galactica pilot ...

    by Hercules

    ... hit cinemas long after it premiered on ABC.

  • April 1, 2007, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Adult Swim is always better high

    by foreignerbelt


  • April 1, 2007, 7:08 p.m. CST

    I saw BATTLESTAR GALACTICA in Sensurround at a theater

    by Mace Tofu

    Herc, My pant legs were shaking when the Battlestar blew up lol.

  • April 1, 2007, 8:51 p.m. CST

    That Venture Brothers package

    by Merkin Muffley

    Is beautiful. And the show is the best animated thing on CN - but it's such a drag to actually watch. Except for Brock. Wait, what is this TB about?

  • April 1, 2007, 9:06 p.m. CST


    by xavier masterson


  • April 1, 2007, 9:06 p.m. CST

    I think they just showed 5 miutes and.....

    by Gandalf the redwhiteandblue

    it's still on in the left corner of the screen. Weird stuff!!

  • April 1, 2007, 9:07 p.m. CST


    by Gandalf the redwhiteandblue


  • April 1, 2007, 9:25 p.m. CST

    now that was pointless

    by Varakor

    to show just three minutes and then shrink to a tiny box, really really pointless. As if I wasn't gonna watch futurama anyway. new eps when now?

  • April 1, 2007, 9:27 p.m. CST

    the beard's first movie was shown on tv first

    by s0nicdeathmonkey

    then later recut for theaters. Come on guys, how am I the only one to know this off the top of his head? DUEL people, DUEL.

  • April 1, 2007, 9:30 p.m. CST

    kevred WONDER SHOWZEN already did that

    by s0nicdeathmonkey

    more than once.

  • April 1, 2007, 9:42 p.m. CST

    s0nicdeathmonkey, thanks for the tip

    by kevred

    Never watched Wonder Showzen. Looked like it might be interesting from the previews, but for me, Adult Swim's been all downhill since the classics: Space Ghost, Brak, and sometimes Harvey Birdman (aside from the occasional good few seconds on Robot Chicken).

  • April 1, 2007, 10:12 p.m. CST


    by EliRothJustFuckingDieAlready001

    [adult swim] kept their promise for once. they showed the entire movie, just like they said... but shrunk down in the corner so small you could barely see it with the other shit running all night like picture-in-picture for midgets!!! fucking right!!!!!!!!!

  • April 1, 2007, 10:21 p.m. CST

    steven spielbergs Duel was a

    by LeviDTinker

    steven spielbergs Duel was a tv movie before it was reedited and released into european theatres.

  • April 2, 2007, 7:12 a.m. CST

    Well played, Cartoon Network.

    by chrth

    BTW, whenever they slapped an advertising image up on the screen or the show, it hosed up the close captioning. Thought that was interesting.

  • April 2, 2007, 8:29 a.m. CST

    The 1978 Battlestar Galactica pilot ...

    by newc0253

    ah, i saw it in the cinema first, complete with Sensurround Sound. i bet them folks watching ABC didn't have the experience of their seats shaking when the vipers launched...

  • April 2, 2007, 8:34 a.m. CST

    actually, i just checked Wikipedia

    by newc0253

    that font of accurate online information, and it states that it was released theatrically overseas before the US tv debut. although it also says that the role of Colonel Adama was played by Lorne Greene, king of the polar bears and inventor of cornflakes.

  • April 2, 2007, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Hahaha newc0253...

    by ThomasServo

    I found that funny, even if no one else did.

  • April 2, 2007, 9:40 a.m. CST

    That poster is fucking AWESOME.

    by Veraxus

    Even if the movie makes my eyes bleed, I will see it because of that poster.

  • April 2, 2007, 2:12 p.m. CST

    BSG pilot theatrical

    by Fat Chooch

    The original BSG pilot played theatrically in europe and canada before airing on ABC. It did not play theatrically in the U.S. until after the first season had aired. Universal spruced it up by remastering the audio into Sensurround for the US release and by re-inserting the Baltar death scene that was excised from the TV airing. I remember it well because it was the last movie that Universal released in that format and only went to see it in the theaters because of the Sensurround. But I promise you that it aired on ABC before it played theatrically in the US.

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