Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Series 7 DVD

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Published:  June 22, 2010
Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Series 7 DVD

If you’ve ever wondered about the stability of the minds behind Aqua Teen Hunger Force, then wonder no more. Series 7, now available on DVD, is a strong move from Matt Maiellaro and Dave Willis – the series’ creators. And when we say strong we mean deranged. From demented creatures made from discarded condoms and syringes (Rubberman) to a giant gay baby with laser eyes who attacks the team on Death Island while they’re harvesting pinball eggs (Eggball), the lads have gone from accessible to self-indulgent in one hefty sweep. But therein lies the shows appeal.

Aqua Teen Hunger Force

Aqua Teen Hunger Force

In the proverbial nutshell, ATHF follows the misadventures of Master Shake, Frylock, Meatwad and Carl, their neighbour. While the team have the kind of super powers (except Carl, unless you count his flatulence) that could level a city block or fight off Paris Hilton, this series tends to find them trapped in the mundaneness of suburban life. There are no alien hordes to battle, no earth to save and no Dr Weird cameos – apart from a photo of him with Frylock.

Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Series 7

Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Series 7

Like a lot of Adult Swim’s late-night programming, ATHF is of a slightly surreal nature. But the reality is that network execs will still veto material that is too far out, too distasteful or too boring. After all, they still have ratings to think about. Now, 10 years after it began, ATHF is re-writing the rulebook. Sure, you might get lost when the narrative makes no sense, or the characters make decisions clearly against their motivation, BUT THIS AIN’T THEATRE. This isn’t even TV as we know it. At best, it’s the train-of-thought ramblings of two kids who forgot to grow up (and other clichés). It’s best just to switch off your brain (or smoke that fat one you’ve been saving since you quit your day job) and enjoy the ride.

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Highlight episodes include Der Inflatable Fuhrer. Having had his essence sucked into a life-sized balloon, Adolf Hitler sets out to create an army of Aryan balloons. Gold. Pure gold. T-Pain also guest stars in the live-action episode, The Last Last One Forever And Ever.

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Of interest is the 18-minute doco-style video of the making of the live-action episode. You get an idea that Maiellaro and Willis have a kind of love/hate relationship with the network, with some pretty frank commentary offered by both sides. And if you want an, umm, engaging look at the power of home video, check out the audition tapes for the live-action role of Carl – but make sure you do so before eating.

Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Series 7 DVD is out now from Madman Entertainment.

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