I don't know whose bright idea it was to make a full-length "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" movie.
Let's face it, the appeal of the Adult Swim TV show is that it's short and insane, and it's entertaining at one A.M. when your brain is getting punchy. "Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters For DVD" is rather amusing, but it wears out its welcome with an attempt at a longer, more complex storyline.
After a brief cameo by Mastadon (whom I love), we are shown the Aqua Teens in Egypt, where the levitating fry cup Frylock is killed by a giant dog. Timid Meatwad and sociopathic Shake attempt to have him revived by the Time Lincoln, except that they're being attacked by government agents.
Turns out it was all one of Shake's lies. Annoyed, he goes off to build his Insane-o-Flex, which Frylock discovers is an evil machine that will cause the eventual extinction of the human species. The Cybernetic Ghost Of Christmas Past From The Future explains that he has removed a screw to keep it from ever being assembled.
However, the food gang manage to do it. But to finally finish the Insane-o-Flex, they must venture to the laboratory of Dr. Weird -- and soon the Insane-o-flex has not only turned into a giant techno-playing robot, but has spawned a bunch of tiny Insane-o-flexes. Can the madness be stopped?
"Aqua Teen Hunger Force" works because it is ten minutes long, full of crude humor, and has no continuity, logic, or much of a plot. Well, the movie has the lack of logic and the crude humor, but unfortunately it attempts a a bunch of plots that never quite gel, including an "origin" plot that attempts to explain who made the fast-food weirdos and the Mooninites.
And admittedly it works for the first several scenes, which starts off with a crazy little plot that turns out to be a Shake lie, and leads in to the promising "evil exercise machine" storyline. It's the sort of mad, plotless thing you'd expect. But when Carl tells the Aqua Teens to go find Dr. Weird, the story starts stretching itself too thin, and twisting into a strained attempt at an actual plot. The story perks up a bit at the climax (a return to the madness), but overall it just doesn't work.
The characters are as you expect them: Frylock is wise and slightly offbeat, Meatwad is childlike and not too bright, and Shake is nuts and narcissistic. And there are some familiar characters who make cameos, including the Mooninites, Dr. Weird, Cybernetic Ghost Of Christmas Past From The Future, Plutonians, and Rush drummer Neil Peart. Oh, never mind.
"Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters for DVD" might be amusing if viewers can switch off their brains from one scene to the next. Amusing beginning and end, but a saggy middle.