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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Vol 2
Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Vol 2
Warner Bros. // Unrated // July 20, 2004
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Review by Ian Jane | posted July 6, 2004 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:

A milkshake named Master Shake, a box of French fries named Frylock, and a wad of meat named Meatwad live in New Jersey, next door to Carl, their grumpy human neighbor. Together, they are Aqua Teen Hunger Force, though why they're actually called this isn't really important as they don't spend much time underwater nor do they actually fight hunger. Whether or not they're teens or not is debatable. At any rate, they've been entertaining those of us with cable on The Cartoon Network's Adult Swim program for a couple of years now and gone on to gather a sizable cult following. What we have now is the second compilation of episodes from The Cartoon Network/Warner Brothers, in the form of Aqua Teen Hunger Force Volume Two, compiling thirteen episodes of the show over two DVDs.

Disc One:

Mail-Order Bride - The first episode of the set finds Master Shake and Carl splitting the cost of an Eastern European mail order bride. When she shows up and is far hotter than either could hope for, things get sour when she's freaked out by the pair and she holes herself up in Carl's house. This episode marks the first appearance of a female character on the series.

Super Birthday Snake- Master Shake buys Meatwad a giant snake and tells him that it is in fact a bunny rabbit. The snake eats them both, and it's up to Frylock to free the pair from the snake's belly without destroying them and everything around him.

Universal Remonster - Those loveable aliens, Emery and Ogelthorpe, are back and causing havoc again. They create a monster out of remote controls and name him the Universal Remonster. They send him to the ATHF home where he changes channels and causes general disarray.

Super Bowl - Meatwad wins a free pair of tickets to the Superbowl in Detroit from a bag of corn chips. When the rest of the crew and Carl find out that he's got the tickets, they all try and kiss up to him so that he'll take one of them along with him. Instead, he makes his own friend named Boxy Brown out of a cardboard box and takes him to the Superbowl, or somewhere, with him.

Super Hero - Master Shake decides he's now a superhero called The Drizzle, who has the power to rain on evil. He gets cell phones for the other two so that they can call him when danger rears its ugly head. When Shake realizes that he doesn't actually have any superpowers though, he pours radioactive waste on himself in the hopes that he'll get some. This causes him to start to melt and stink, so he changes his superhero name to The Fume.

Super Squatter - Frylock, in a vein attempt to teach Shake responsibility, tries to get Shake to pay the household bills for a month. When he negates on this and the power gets cut off, he moves in with Carl. When Carl ends up inadvertently shooting himself in the foot and almost bleeding to death, Frylock takes him to the hospital where they attach Carl's foot to his head.

Super Spore - When the ATHF are hanging out in Carl's pool one day, an alien attaches itself to the back of Shake's neck. It turns out this alien is named Travis and he's looking for work. He also speaks Japanese and has a tendency to spew liquid poop all over the place. Travis tries to learn English for his job interview but only manages to learn slang and curse words.

Super Model - Shake goes to Guatemala and gets a budget nose job done. Meatwad, who has enjoyed Shake's absence, convinces him to go back for a few more plastic surgery operations until Shake is totally transformed into even more of a freak of nature than he already is. Meanwhile, Frylock is chatting up a honey online, trying to convince her that he is in fact a fireman and not a giant floating box of French Fries.

Disc Two:

Super Trivia - Frylock becomes obsessed with defeating Wayne 'The Main Brain' MacLean at bar trivia to he forces Meatwad (who answers every question with the same answer – The Backstreet Boys) and Master Shake to help. This doesn't do him any good though, so he forces Shake to learn everything ever except for sports. When he realizes he forgot to include sports in Shake's crash course, he convinces Carl to come along but Carl is more interested in eating chicken wings than anything else.

Super Sir Loin - Meatwad's got a new album, 'For The Shorties' by Sir Loin. He plays it constantly and takes the lyrics to heart when he goes on a hunger strike and then decides to bring down any kind of food he can to 612 Wharf Avenue. Of course when he gets there, it's MC Pee Pants, long thought dead though now back on Earth reincarnated as an evil Cow, who is in over his head with the bad financing deal he got sucked into to pay for his new patio furniture.

Super Computer - Frylock's new computer hits Carl on the head when Master Shake accidentally send it flying out of the house. When Frylock builds a second super computer, it ends up going back in time where a caveman named Oog finds it. Oog, through the help of the computer, learns to stay alive for three million years but eventually brings it back to Frylock so that he can have him load some fighting games onto it for him. But what happened to the first computer after it bounced of Carl's head? The Mooninites have it in their only appearance on this set (it lasts about 3 seconds).

Meat Zone - Meatwad gains an ability to predict the future. When Shake becomes aware of this, he tries to find ways to make some money off of him. They end up drilling for oil in Carl's backyard but find the septic tank instead.

Cybernetic Ghost Of Christmas Past From The Future - The Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past comes to visit Carl from the future to tell him that his house has been built on an ancient Elven burial ground. This causes all the water in Carl's house to turn to blood. Carl gets tired of this really fast and puts the house up for sale. Glenn Danzig (playing himself) buys it up and moves in next door but proves to be a bad neighbor.

The DVD

Video:

Well, seeing as it's a cartoon originally intended for television broadcast it makes perfect sense that this DVD is presented 1.33.1. Colors look nice and while the animation on the show is rather basic, there's a fairly high level of detail. There are a few edge enhancement issues in a couple of the episodes as seems to be common with animation on DVD, but aside from that, the episodes all look pretty nice and there aren't any compression artifacts and the image is nice and clean from start to finish.

Sound:

For the DVD release, The Cartoon Network has given Aqua Teen Hunger Force Volume Two a pretty solid Dolby Digital 5.1 sound mix. Rears are used mainly to fill in the soundscape a bit and add some depth to the proceedings. Dialogue is more or less constrained to the center channel while the left and right speakers are mainly used for effects, music, and background noise. Not much to complain about on this mix. The subwoofer hits at just the right points and dialogue is always easy to follow and balanced well against the effects and music tracks. It isn't going to be your new demo disc you're your home theater system but it sounds just as good as it needs to sound, maybe even a little bit better. Optional subtitles are available in English, French and Spanish.

Extras:

Seeing as the bulk of the episodes are on the first DVD, the second disc is where all of the supplements can be found.

Baffler Meal, an episode of Space Ghost – Coast To Coast featuring an early incarnation of the ATHF can be found in the extra features. In this cartoon, Space Ghost has the ATHF on as guests as they try and explain to him how they fight hunger. Space Ghost is understandably more interested in interviewing Willie Nelson however, and eventually just gives up on the whole thing, jumps ship, and heads to a rock concert. The Baffler Meal Music Video is also included in its entirety, this being the concert that Space Ghost left the ship to catch, only without the animated footage stuck in between it. Future Wolf II: Never Cry Wolf: Origin Of The Series is really odd seven minute documentary about the creation of the series, featuring footage of Schooly-D in the studio recording the soundtrack, the creators at work, some behind the scenes footage, and whole lot of made up events that went into the making of the series. Future Wolf III is nineteen minutes of character sketches, conceptual art, storyboards, behind the scenes photos and promotional artwork in the form of an automated slideshow set to music. There's some very cool artwork in here and it's also kind of fun to be able to listen to some of the music from the program without the dialogue overtop of it.

Next up are four deleted scenes – one a piece for the following episodes: Super Model, Baffler Meal, Cybernetic Ghost Of Christmas Past From The Future and Super Birthday Snake. None of these run for more than thirty seconds or so each and they don't really add anything at all to the episodes the way the ended up, but they're fun to see and there are a couple of good gags hiding in this section.

Finally, there are commentaries from the series' creators available on the Super Trivia, Meat Zone, Cybernetic Ghost Of Christmas Past From The Future episodes as well as on the Baffler Meal bonus clip. If you listened to the commentaries on the first series, these are in the same vein. They're just as funny as the show and even though there are stretches where there isn't a whole lot of relevant information given out, even when things get really off topic they're still hilarious and fans of the show will want to take the time to listen to these.

Final Thoughts:

While I don't think the episode selection is not quite as solid on this volume as on the first (though it's really, really close), this set is still very much worth adding to your collection if you appreciate the series' totally off the wall absurdity. Audio and video are nicely handled and they've gathered up some nice extra features for this release as well. Aqua Teen Hunger Force Volume Two comes highly recommended.

Ian lives in NYC with his wife where he writes for DVD Talk, runs Rock! Shock! Pop!. He likes NYC a lot, even if it is expensive and loud.

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