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5.0 out of 5 stars It just gets better, and better, and......., November 21, 2004
This review is from: Aqua Teen Hunger Force - Volume Three (DVD)
The new Volume Three box of ATHF is even more insane than the first three seasons of the show. For rabid fans of the show, and of the Adult Swim programming block on Cartoon Network in general, it's an obvious must-have.

For those out there who still wonder what the fuss is all about, I'll try to explain. While some of the other "adult" animation series make a pretense of pushing the envelope of taste, content, and creativity, the brilliant minds behind ATHF, like The Braak Show and Space Ghost before it (thank God for the Turner Animation group and the Williams Street Studio crew), just simply toss the envelope out the window. Focused stream-of-conciousness--with abandoned pop-culture and animation leftovers as a prop shop--this is the stage that ATHF occupies. As another reviewer remarked sometime back, imagine if Samuel Beckett wrote and produced a Saturday morning cartoon show for adults, using an assemblage of kiddie-tune cliches from the 60s to the 90s. What you get is absurdism that invents its own world and makes sense, all the while being outrageously funny. ATHF is THAT good. The writing is amazingly consistent, and continues to push itself farther and farther out.

In an odd way, it kind of reminds me of Paul Henning's old "Green Acres" sitcom from the 60s, which was dismissed at the time as being a stupid rural comedy. Think in terms of Henning's crew of writers being a couple of generations younger, with THAT much more cultural detritus to mold and destroy. As a stage and plot device, replace the former's country surrealism with the idea of lifesize milkshake--"Master Shake"--with delusions of grandeur, living with an equally large and scientifically brilliant box of french fries--"Frylock", as well as a mentally challenged wad of hamburger named Meatwad. Place these three in a run-down rental home in New Jersey, with a gnarly, sexually obsessed dirtball named Carl as a neighbor, and have the whole ensemble routinely terrorized by incompetent aliens and demons of various shapes, sizes, and origins. With that as your launching pad, just let it all rip.

More than a few people have remarked that the show is subversive. Thankfully, they're right. This show is absolutely unique.
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Initial post: Aug 13, 2009 9:44:26 PM PDT
This is a brilliant review - bravo!
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