"Aqua Teen Hunger Force" ("ATHF" from here on out) is one of Cartoon Network's most popular offerings. The big screen adventure for the series that was recently released stirred up some controversy last year when the film's promotional campaign placed electronic devices meant to promote the film were placed in public places in Boston and elsewhere. Needless to say, the reaction to strange electronic devices being spotted in public places wasn't exactly positive or what the company apparently expected.
For those unfamiliar with the series, it concerns the adventures of three giant fast food characters who talk - there's Master Shake (voiced by Dana Snyder), packet of French fries Frylock (Carey Means), and meatball Meatwad (Dave Willis).
The series often makes just about zero sense whatsoever (maybe it's just me), although apparently that's the point. The majority of the episodes are made up of random bits of absurd comedy, with many scenes seemingly unrelated to the previous one. The creators certainly go for the abstract with each and every joke, and you're either in or you're out - there's really little in the way of middle ground for viewers of the series.
Some of the highlights of this season include: "Boost Mobile" (Shake sells himself out to Boost Mobile and gets a giant phone), "Global Grilling" (Shake's new nuclear-powered grill fries more than he bargained for), "Antenna" (Carl unknowingly endangers the world when he accepts a job to watch an alien antenna) and "Moonajuana" (When Shake decides he needs marijuana to cure his glaucoma, he's given "Moonajuana" instead.)
Season 4 (weirdly, this set is labeled as season 5, but is considered season 4 by many. Season 5 is extremely short.)
56. 4- 1 401 4 Dec 05 Dirtfoot
57. 4- 2 402 11 Dec 05 Boost Mobile
58. 4- 3 403 18 Dec 05 Deleted Scenes
59. 4- 4 404 22 Oct 06 Dickesode
60. 4- 5 405 29 Oct 06 Handbanana
61. 4- 6 406 5 Nov 06 Party All the Time
62. 4- 7 408 12 Nov 06 Global Grilling
63. 4- 8 409 19 Nov 06 Grim Reaper Gutters
64. 4- 9 410 26 Nov 06 Moonajuana
65. 4-10 407 3 Dec 06 Bart Oates
66. 4-11 412 10 Dec 06 Antenna
67. 4-12 411 17 Dec 06 Ezekial
68. 4-13 413 22 Dec 06 Carl Wash
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VIDEO: "ATHF" is presented by Warner Brothers in 1.33:1 full-frame. While the show's animation is fairly low-budget, it looks reasonably good and is presented well here. Sharpness and detail are generally first-rate, with images that remain crisp and clear throughout much of the show. Some minor shimmering appeared in a couple of scenes, but the picture otherwise appeared clean and clear, with no edge enhancement, print flaws or other concerns. Colors looked vibrant and rich, with great saturation and no smearing or other flaws.
SOUND: The show's stereo soundtrack offers up the show's off-the-wall soundtrack nicely across the front speakers. The remainder of the audio is spread nicely across the front speakers. Audio quality is fine, with crisp, well-recorded effects and dialogue.
EXTRAS: Deleted scenes, "Granny Takes Her Top Off", "ATHF Movie Premiere With Space Ghost", promos, "Learn to Shred Like the Master", "Tera Patrick Eats a Hot Dog", "The Worst Game Ever", "Space Ghost: Chambraigne" and "ATHF Zombie Ninja Pro-Am" trailer. We also get the uncensored version of "Dickesode".
Final Thoughts: "ATHF" made me laugh a few times, but otherwise can seem a bit too bizarre for the sake of bizarre. Fans will defintely find a lot to like with the DVD set, which offers solid audio/video quality, along with a ton of extra features. Recommended for fans.