Aqua Teen Hunger Force
Volume One
(Region 1 edition)

Starring: Aqua Teen Hunger Force
Warner Home Video
RRP US$29.98
Certificate: Not Certified, but recommended for viewers aged 14+
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This is the story of Master Shake, Frylock and Meatwad: teens who live together, unsupervised, somewhere near the Jersey shore. Carl, their next door neighbour, has an aboveground pool and an attitude. This is also the story of mysteries, neighbourhood conflicts, aliens, mad scientists, rabbits, robots, robot rabbits, perms, cologne, heave metal, haunted school busses, giant moths, mold with a generous heart, Dracula, road trips, brains and leprechauns...

Aqua Teen Hunger Force is a wacky collection of 10 minute cartoon shorts which revolve around three housemates. There is Master Shakes (oo-er sounds a bit like masturbates), who is a giant cardboard cup filled with milkshake, Frylock, a giant cardboard French fries container, and Meatwad, a large lump of meat. Together they help to same humanity time and time again.

I must admit to wondering what I was letting myself in as I watched the first episode. Could anyone really make a series about fast food containers and a lump of meat? But, as you get used to the characters you start to appreciate why this has captured the imagination of the American audience.

Each episode begins at Doctor Weird's laboratory. Here the evil doctor and his assistant, Steve, create new horrors each week which they unleash on an unsuspecting world. The first episode, Rabbot, sees them create a giant robot bunny. The great thing about this is that Weird only appears for a few seconds in each episode and his creations then attacks the Aqua Teen Hunger Force, or are simply forgotten about all together. And throughout all the episodes the Aqua Teen's and the Doctor are unaware of each others existence.

The first few episodes are a little on the slow side, but as the series progresses, the jokes become slicker and the villains get funnier (There are two great episodes staring aliens from the Moon which look exactly like 1980s video game aliens from Space Invaders; a Mummy buried under the Aqua Teens' house; and a depressed talking doll). The best episode has to be Interfection, which shows us the evils of pop-up windows on home PCs.

Extras include some bland audio commentaries, a rather pointless extended version of the Rabbot episode and some Easter Eggs that are easy to find. Ignore these and just watch the episodes.

A very entertaining collection.

Darren Rea

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