Aqua Teen Hunger Force Vol 3

November 13th, 2008 DVD Reviews, Film, Xpress

It’s hard to believe that once upon a time animated TV consisted of The Flintstones. In 1989 everyone’s favourite yellow skinned, four fingered family conquered the world, and it’s only in the digital age that we’ve seen the floodgates open from the legacy The Simpsons’ brand of adult-targeted humour created.

One of the most prominent brands in edgy animated comedy is Adult Swim, the same studio responsible for Robot Chicken, and if it’s possible, Aqua Teen Hunger Force Vol 3 is even weirder.

If a bunch of animators and writers sat around getting high and challenged themselves to come up with the strangest premise for a cartoon they could, they couldn’t possibly come up with anything this esoteric and funny. A thickshake, a meatball and a packet of French fries live together in a chaotic house, trying to get along with their rotund Hispanic neighbour Carl, but inadvertently subjecting him to everything from alien abduction and assault by a robot turkey to a disease that turns him into a clown and having his flesh stripped off by living trees using him for a notepad.

Shake, Meatwad and Frylock, together with a bizarre host of supplementary characters will have you in stitches, the humour as fast and hard as machine gun fire. Everything about the show — from the DVD cover to the title track, will make you think the trio are erstwhile superheroes, but there are no capes, no rescuing strangers and they spend most of their time getting into trouble and trying to watch TV. The animation in the 13 episodes is very basic, but the imagination behind each bizarre premise alone is enough to make you laugh even without the insane scripting and voice talents.

13 episodes, commentaries and deleted scenes make it well worth the money.


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