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THE MOVIE: Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters

THE STARS:
(voices) Dana Snyder • Dave Willis • Carey Means • Matt Maiellaro
DIRECTORS: Dave Willis/Matt Maiellaro

Frylock, Master Shake and Meatwad THE CONCEPT:
Based on the popular animated TV series, part of the late-night Adult Swim programming on the Cartoon Network, the movie features three roommates, Meatwad, Frylock and Master Shake, living in the suburbs of New Jersey, who consider themselves crime-fighters – and yes, they are fast food products…

U.S. RELEASE: April 13 2007, Nationwide • Rated: R

THE COMMENTS:

DAVE WILLIS:
“Matt and I didn’t meet until we worked together. But when I was in college, Matt was filming Hellraiser III on my campus. We never met, but they were busy blowing up the new student life building.”

MATT MAIELLARO:
“[We worked together on Space Ghost at the Cartoon Network] and Space Ghost had gone to a fast food restaurant and he’d ordered a ton of food. He didn’t have the money to pay for it, so in lieu of money, the burger chain said, ‘We’re going to put our mascots on your show.’ That was going to be Master Shake, Meatwad and Frylock, and they were going to hijack the show.”

WILLIS:
“These fast-food characters came in and took over the show. It seemed like it dawned on us a couple of months later that it’d be a cool show on its own.”

DANA SNYDER (Master Shake):
“I went to college with a girl who went to school with Dave, and I was in New York and Dave called her up because they were trying to cast it and said, ‘Do you know anybody who has a crazy voice?’ And she said, ‘Call my friend Dana, he has a weird voice.’ I said, ‘Thanks a lot.’ I begrudgingly forgave her after the fourth season.”

WILLIS:
“Once we figured out what we were going to do with the story, it was easy to go right into making a movie. It wasn’t that hard a leapt for us. We usually write the show in one day, this took four days. It was 70 pages longer, so you have to put your time in.”

SNYDER:
“David and Matt really wanted to make a movie, and we went to Comicon maybe three or four years ago and we had a panel discussion, and there was 1,000 people in the room, and Matt said to me, ‘Before we go on, I want you to say that we’re making a movie and talk about it and how great it’s going to be. If we keep talking about it, they’ll have to make it.’”

WILLIS:
“We’ve been so creatively stifled because the ‘f’ word is the one thing we haven’t been able to say on TV. Sometimes (in the film) the words a bleeped, sometimes they are bleeped after the fact, sometimes there’s the bleep and the word simultaneously!”

SNYDER:
“At ComiCon, going up on stage, everybody screamed, ‘You look just like Master Shake.’ Thanks a lot!”

MAIELLARO:
"[The fast food products] just hang out, and stuff happens to them. It’s sort of like Three’s Company on acid.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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