Aqua Teen Hunger Force (also known as ATHF or Aqua Teen) is an American animated television series shown on Cartoon Network's late night programing block, Adult Swim, as well as Teletoon in Canada. It is one of four spin-offs of Adult Swim's Space Ghost Coast to Coast. Aqua Teen Hunger Force is one of the four original Williams Street series that premiered in December 2000, before Adult Swim officially debuted (the others were Sealab 2021, The Brak Show, and Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law). Aqua Teen Hunger Force is the longest running original series on Adult Swim.
The show is about the adventures of three anthropomorphic fast food items and their next-door neighbor in suburban southern New Jersey. The characters consist of Frylock, Meatwad, Master Shake, and their human neighbor, Carl Brutananadilewski. Though the main characters are fast food items there is no given explanation and no other characters are related to food. In 2007, a feature film based on the series, titled Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters, was released in 877 selected theaters throughout the United States. Another feature film, titled Death Fighter is planned for release in 2012. The series has been cited as an example of postmodern humor.
Episodes tend to lack clear plots and frequently place the main characters in bizarre, surreal, and often morbid scenarios. The initial premise of the show, concerning the three lead characters - Master Shake, Frylock, and Meatwad - solving mysteries was dropped in favor of intentionally incohesive storylines, improvised dialogue (often laden with non sequitur), and absurd visual gags. Situations often involve the Aqua Teens being visited by strange monsters and extraterrestrial beings, most of which are of little power or consequence. An initially structured plot is often abandoned as characters' actions take the story far afield. Little continuity exists between episodes: regularly appearing characters frequently die in an episode, only to appear alive and well in the next. Since its release Aqua Teen Hunger Force's popularity resulted in three different spin-offs Spacecataz, Carl, and Soul Quest Overdrive. Since its release, it has developed a cult following.
Aqua Teen Hunger Force is directed by Dave Willis and Matt Maiellaro, animated by Radical Axis and produced by Williams Street. Much of the dialogue is supplemented with ad libs and improvisation by the voice talent. The show is fully scripted but ad libs are included in the final voice recordings and the shows are animated to include this improvisation. Many, if not all, of the crew and cast members formerly worked on Space Ghost Coast to Coast. Rapper Schoolly D performs the theme song, and in early episodes also provided periodic commentary.
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