Animation news: a look at the Aqua Teen Movie DVD, G.I. Joe flick gets a writer, and more
As I said when Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters was released in April, the film is essentially review proof, which is why I loved it and a lot of critics hated it. I was drawn to the series since it first appeared in 2000, because it fed my love for the absurd and nonsensical. Quite honestly, if the feature film had been a critical favorite I might have considered that a failure in many ways. Aqua Teen Hunger Force gained popularity precisely because it was a weird little show buried in the late night schedule of Cartoon Network, a diamond in the rough fans had to discover on their own. Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters, and the aptly titled Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters for DVD are for those who are already in on the joke . . . or really high.
The DVD came out recently, and, just like they said, it has an extra disc with an entire deleted movie. This "movie" is an hour and twenty minutes of unfinished scenes, characters whose mouths don't move, and colorless animatics. It's a funny idea in theory, but not that much fun to sit through. Still, the dialogue is quite funny, so I recommend playing it in the background while folding laundry or painting Easter eggs or whatever.
The DVD is also stuffed with deleted scenes, not all of which are include in the deleted movie. These scenes are pretty funny on their own, but there's a reason scenes get taken out of movies, and until the advent of the DVD, they'd usually stay on the cutting room floor where they belong. If the movie itself (the real movie) was made just for fans, then this DVD is for the superfan, that overly-obsessed completist who wants every single crumb that fell on the floor during preparation of the movie-pie.
The behind-the-scenes stuff is a lot of fun, too. There's something about watching a room full of adults singing a jingle with the word "masturbate" in it that really warms my heart. I'd say the DVD is worth owning for that reason alone. You also get to see and hear hard rockers Mastadon recording the opening song/warning-to-the-audience that kicks off the movie, and clips from the voice recording sessions for the movie, not to mention a table read.
Now on to other animation news:
You know that G.I. Joe flick? It has a writer now: Stuart Beattie. Beattie previously wrote the scripts for Collateral and Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl. Thanks to Toon Zone for the information.
Hey Family Guy fans: a hefty box set (Family Guy: Freakin' Party Pack) containing DVD volumes one through five hits stores on October 30. It contains 90 episodes, plus ping pong balls, paddles, a net, and poker chips. Freakin' sweet.
Finally, my pal Wild Bill sent me this link to a list of species designations for Wile E. Coyote. Neat.