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"A car cannot be killed, Frylock. It was murdered!"
on 4 July 2004
Whoever said that cartoons can only be intended for children never heard the likes of "Aqua Teen Hunger Force." In the spirit of shows such as The Simpsons or Family Guy, Aqua Teen Hunger Force offers whacky and bizarre humor that is both ridiculous and hilarious. It's an odd concept that sounds like it could be a complete disaster, but seeing that this was done by the right people, the show is absolutely terrific. "Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Volume 1" is a hilariously strange journey that is unlike any you have ever taken.
There are three main characters in the show. There's Master Shake, Frylock and Meatwad. They all live together--despite the fact that they can get on each other's nerves very easily. The three are always confronted with strange situations and people. From aliens (one having a weird German accent) to gigantic robot bunnies; from a "cursing" mummy to greedy leprechauns; and from talking dolls to strange two-dimensional and birdie flipping creatures known as "Mooninites," these are only a few of the situations that the three supposed "crime fighters" face. The results are unpredictable and highly entertaining.
This is a show that will be enjoyed by those with a warped sense of humor. It took a while for me to get into it all, but after a couple of episodes I was hooked and was laughing like crazy. The episodes are very short (each are about 10 minutes long), so it's easy to watch a whole bunch of them all at once. I always love bizarre and ridiculous humor, so this show was perfect for me. I think it has a great concept, very entertaining characters and a very solid direction.
While this is indeed a cartoon, it's really not intended for young children. It is a part of Cartoon Network's "Adult Swim," and for good reason. It's nowhere near as bad as South Park or even Family Guy, but the show does contain mild language and adult content/situations. Teens and up shouldn't have any problems with the show, as I'm sure they have seen worse, but it isn't a show for very little children. Besides, they wouldn't appreciate the off-beat humor.
There's not a lot of extras on the DVD. The package consists of two discs that has 16 episodes. Audio and picture quality is very good, considering it is a cartoon. Extras that are included are commentaries on the episodes "Rabbot (the original cut)," "Space Conflict from Beyond Pluto," and "Mayhem of the Mooninites." Other extras are never before seen footage, the original cut of the pilot, "Rabbot," and a few "hidden" goodies. Not a lot of extras, but still a decent package overall.
"Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Volume 1" is a great time that delivers very off-the-wall humor around every corner. There isn't another show like it, in my opinion. It may take a few episodes to really get into it all, but soon enough you're hooked and are laughing all the way. If you like cartoons that aren't your ordinary squeaky-clean family entertainment, then this is something you should definitely consider checking out. This is something I will be watching again and again. I can't wait to get Volume 2.
If you like this, then I also highly recommend "Invader Zim," since it has the same dark and twisted humor in it. You're bound to enjoy it if you like this, and vice versa. -Michael Crane