Aqua Teen Hunger Force
Volume 3
Region 1 Edition

Starring: Aqua Teen Hunger Force
Warner Home Video
RRP: $29.98
Certificate: Not Rated
Available 16 November 2004

This is the story of Master Shake, Frylock and Meatwad: teens who live together, unsupervised, somewhere near the Jersey shore. Carl, their next door neighbour, has an aboveground pool and an attitude. This is also the story of mysteries, neighbourhood conflicts, aliens, mad scientists, wigs, psychotic cyborg clowns, and a monstrous spider with a terrifying secret...

The third collection of Aqua Teen Hunger Force revolve around Master Shakes, a giant cardboard cup filled with milkshake, Frylock, a giant cardboard French fries container, and Meatwad, a large lump of meat.

If you've seen any of these 10 minute animated episodes, then you'll know what you're letting yourself in for. If you've never experienced this show before, you might be left scratching your head. However, watch a few episodes, and you'll soon understand why this crazy, mixed up series is so popular.

Each episode opens with a brief look at what is happening at Doctor Weird's laboratory. Here the evil doctor and his assistant, Steve, devise cunning ways to take over humanity. These intros have nothing to do with the main show, and the Hunger Force never meet Doctor Weird (although they do occasionally meet his inventions) but the openings are still fantastically funny - for the most part.

There are so many quality moments in this series that it is difficult to know where to begin. Some of my favourite moments include: a Sesame Street spoof which explains to kids the difference between left and right. And then, when it gets that message across it informs all the tots that they will die; Carl buying a wig and then pulling a prostitute; Master Shakes filling the house with land mines; Meatwad's birthday party guests (an apple, a toilet roll tube and a box) and the timid monster spider who is harbouring a secret.

Extras on this two disc collection are okay, but I doubt you'll be watching them more than once - if at all. These include deleted scenes; audio commentaries; a look at how an episode gets written; a music karaoke video of Shakes's new Happy Birthday song; and some answer machine messages that you can put on your own telephone answering machine.

If you only buy one animated DVD about talking fast food characters make sure it's an Aqua Teen Hunger Force DVD.

Darren Rea

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