After months of speculation about the fate of the Aqua Teen Hunger Force feature film, fans can rest assured that Master Shake, Frylock and Meatwad will indeed make it to the big screen. The movie based on the popular Adult Swim animated series has bee acquired by First Look Pictures, which plans to give it a theatrical bow this March.
Written, produced and directed by series creators Matt Maiellaro and Dave Willis, Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theaters marks First Look’s theatrical foray into animation, as well as Adult Swim’s first feature under the Williams Street banner. Atlanta-based Williams Street produces the majority of Adult Swim animated series, including Squidbillies, Sealab 2021, 12 oz. Mouse and Assy McGee.
The Aqua Teen movie is described as an action-adventure epic that reveals the mysterious origins of the three fast-food items who come to share a rental home in New Jersey. to The trio must come to the rescue when the Plutonians team with the Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past to take possession of an immortal piece of exercise equipment that threatens the balance of galactic peace.
‘Matt and Dave’s Aqua Teen movie shows how edgy, inventive and hilarious contemporary animation can be,’ says First Look Studios Chairman, CEO and president Henry Winterstern. ‘Given Matt and Dave’s unique vision and their boundless imagination, I know First Look is the right company to bring this cult favorite to a completely new audience.’
“We’ve enjoyed tremendous success with Adult Swim’s Aqua Teen Hunger Force on both television and DVD over the past five years and we are excited to extend this franchise and bring Meatwad, Frylock and Master Shake to the big screen,’ says John Friend, senior VP of Cartoon Network Ent., the global consumer products arm of Cartoon Network. ‘We’re pleased to have First Look on board and I could not imagine a more ideal distribution partner to work with us to bring the next chapter of Aqua Teen Hunger Force to movie theaters across the country.’
Cult film hero Bruce Campbell and Rush front man Neil Peart lend their voices to the film, joining series regulars Maiellaro (Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past), Willis (Carl, Meatwad, Ignignokt), Dana Snyder (Master Shake), Carey Means (Frylock) and Andy Merrill and Mike Schatz (The Plutonians).
Aqua Teen Hunger Force premiered on Adult Swim in September of 2001 and has tickled funny bones with more than 60 episodes. Four volumes of installments are now available on DVD as the current season winds down this month on Cartoon Network.
The Aqua Teen movie is in good company with Hollywood-based First Look Studios, whose recent releases include Dito Montiel’s Sundance award winner A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints, Nick Cave’s critically lauded Australian western The Proposition and Kids director Larry Clark’s latest look at teen culture, Wassup Rockers. First Look’s latest release is Karen Moncrieff’s The Dead Girl, starring Toni Collette, Marcia Gay Harden, Brittany Murphy and Mary Beth Hurt.