Aqua Teen Hunger Force-Volume One (2000)
Audio Commentary-3 episodes
Featurette-San Diego Comic-Con Clip
Bonus Episode-Original "Rabbot" pilot
|Year Of Production||2000|
|RSDL / Flipper||
Dual Disc Set
|Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Ads Then Menu|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Aqua Teen Hunger Force is the story of a quasi-superhero team of mutant fast-food items who occasionally save the world, but mostly just hang out (usually in their non-to-impressed neighbours pool). In fact, the further along the series gets, the more the save the world and solve Scooby Doo-esque mysteries is really just a sideline to the hanging out. This late night comedy 'toon is really all about the absurd dynamic between the various characters. Even the villains are more about lampooning particularly useless segments of society rather than being particularly evil.
The Aqua Teen Hunger Force team consists of three characters; Master Shake, an obnoxious and self-centred man-sized milkshake and the self-appointed "leader" of the team; Frylock, a super-intelligent floating carton of fries who has a goatee, can shoot fireballs from his eyes (and frequently does) and tends to do most of the actual mystery solving; and Meatwad, an innocent, child-sized, dim-witted meatball who just wants to dance most of the time. Their slovenly classic rock-loving neighbour Carl is also more or less on the side of good, in as much as he is usually on the receiving end of evil while the Aqua team misuse his stuff.
Each 12 minute episode follows a fairly standard pattern, the insane Dr. Weird inadvertently unleashes some unspeakable evil upon the world, that evil somehow manages to pester the Aqua team and the team somehow deal with the situation. The emphasis being deal with, these inept freak-foods will rarely save the day entirely!
Aqua Teen Hunger Force has more or less been the flagship for the Cartoon Network's late night "Adult Swim" brand since it was loosely spun off from an episode of Space Ghost: Coast to Coast in 2000. It also managed to spawn a limited-release movie (in the US at any rate) in early 2007. Like many of its' peers, is best enjoyed late at night and chemically enhanced (whatever your poison). As such, and somewhat more so than many other Adult Swim shows, Aqua Teen Hunger Force can be a bit of a mixed bag before 3 or 4 beers, but it's ridiculous brand of gonzo humour is guaranteed for a laugh after them.
This first season set consists of the following episodes:
The show is presented in its original 1.33:1 aspect ratio.
The video is generally of a high standard, but suffers from interlacing artefacts that occasionally lead to mild aliasing. The interlacing isn't too noticeable, however, due to the simple nature of the animation. The some of the characters in the first episode appear slightly pixelated, but this appears to be an artefact of the animation rather than the transfer.
The show also makes use of a lot of cheaply recycled backgrounds from other shows that frequently appear in poor focus, but this does not result in any unpleasant MPEG artefacts or undue low level noise. The main characters and focal objects are quite sharp.
The show has a rather bright, and occasionally garish, colour palette that has made an accurate transition to DVD.
The English subtitles are a bold yellow colour. They appear to be well-timed and accurate.
This is a RSDL disc. The layer change occurs between episodes at 57:52 on the first disc and 57:45 on the second.
There is one English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192 Kbps) audio track available.
The dialogue is clear and easily understandable throughout and appears to be in good sync (as good as you could expect from a cartoon, at any rate).
The music sounds great on this soundtrack, particularly the theme by rap legend (and part-time narrator) Schooly D. There is a lot of dynamic range in the mix. The music sounds crystal clear and plenty of bass is pushed to the subwoofer.
There is no discernable surround usage in the mix.
|Surround Channel Use|
The original pilot episode for the show that would later form the basis for the first episode. The animation is poor, occasionally heavily pixelated and, in a handful of cases, incomplete, but the jokes hold up pretty well. The episode itself starts in a fairly similar fashion to the aired version of Rabbot, but diverges quite a bit in some of the later parts. It is also worth watching to see some of the original character designs that were heavily changed later on.
Commentary on Rabbot and Space Conflict from Beyond Pluto is provided by creators Matt Maiellaro and Dave Willis. Commentary on Mooninites is provided by most of the voice cast, including Dana Snyder and Carey Means.
None of the commentaries are terribly inspired. They are occasionally funny, but mostly add up to little more than filler - the voice cast commentary even goes as far as to question who would ever want to watch an Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode and why (their best guess being their own mothers...).
Master Shake hosts a clip previewing his vision for the second season of the show. This clip is pretty much as funny as a four minute version of the show, but relies on a lot of in-jokes.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The Region 4 release is nearly identical to the Region 1 release, but appears to be missing a handful of rather amusing Easter eggs - enough to make the Region 1 version the version of choice.
A must have for late night cartoon fans, but best left on the shelf by anyone that likes their shows to make a lick of sense.
The video and audio quality are good. The extras are sparse, but worthwhile.
|DVD||LG V8824W, using S-Video output|
|Display||LG 80cm 4x3 CRT. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Pioneer VSX-D512. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Digital Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||150W DTX front speakers, and a 100W centre and 2 surrounds, 12 inch PSB Image 6i powered sub|