For those who are shit-ignorant of the late-night Adult Swim programming block on the Cartoon Network, this film of the Aqua Teen Hunger Force series may strike you as balls-out strange, since it involves neither teens nor water. Even us fans know you could bottle this animated series about foulmouthed fast-food products from New Jersey and call it instant stupid. No way do the show's writers, directors and voice actors Matt Maiellaro and Dave Willis fill eighty-seven minutes of screen time with nonstop laughs. And to call the animation crude would be high praise. But they succeed enough of the time to make a perversely entertaining movie. ATHF is better in small doses, but it whups the ass of the maddeningly successful TMNT as multiplex mischief. With sassy Master Shake (voiced by Dana Snyder) calling the shots for Frylock (Carey Means), a flying box of sarcastic fries, and Meatwad (Willis), a dumb-ass ball of beef, the world will again be safe for a penis-shaped alien, a man-raping dog and my fave villains from the Mooninite Army, Ignignokt and Err. OK, I've told you Aqua Teen newbies what you're in for. It's your call.
From The Archives Issue 117: September 14, 1972