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Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Last Last One Forever and Ever (season finale)

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jun 1st 2009 12:25PM

Jon Benjamin as Master Shake and T-Pain as Frylock in the live-action season finale of ATHF.
(S06E10) "What?!? I'm re-hydrating!" - Shake

I remember when I first heard about the live-action episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, I wasn't all that excited about it. Most of the ATHF DVD sets have had some sort of live-action Easter egg, usually of some fools dressed up in homemade Frylock and Master Shake costumes. They've never been funny and I just figured this episode would be like one of them. Then came news that it wouldn't be anything like that - T-Pain would be playing Frylock. That alone was worth the wait, but after all the hype... it just didn't do it for me.

It started out as a normal animated episode, as Frylock realized that water was suddenly setting people on fire. He drank a glass of tap, Shake chugged from a garden hose, Meatwad was taking a bath at Carl Brain's car wash, and Carl started farting into his pool (which was also filled with dynamite). By then it was too late - they were all on fire, Carl farted, and half the eastern seaboard was engulfed in flames. Sounds ridiculous, but it was freakin' hilarious to watch it all unfold.

That's when it cut to the live action stuff - turns out the whole "fire in the water" idea was just part of a script that "Don" Shake had written in an attempt to sell it and get paid. He needed rent, or else T-Pain's Frylock was going to kick him out of the house. Shake and Frylock were the two biggest issues for me. For the most part, T-Pain and Jon Benjamin had the mannerisms of the two characters down perfectly and even some of the voice inflections were good. But not being the exact voice of Shake and Frylock, coupled with T-Pain occasionally speaking via Auto-Tune, just killed it for me. It took them both out of character on more than one occasion. With that mind, it's not like Oscar worthy acting chops were required of these roles, so why weren't Dana Snyder and Carey Means just used? Same costumes, and the voices would have been spot on.

Conversely, the highlights were Meatwad and Carl. While I didn't really care for Meatwad's Michigan J. Frog persona and only coming to life for Shake, I was still glad it was Dave Willis' voice. As for contest winner Dave Long Jr.'s portrayal of Carl? It was damn near perfect.

A few other things I did like -

  • I loved that T-Pain still had Frylock's giant blue jewel on his back.
  • Bringing back Dr. Weird's Castle for the first time since, what was it, before Spacecataz? Well that was just great... you know, if Dr. Weird's Castle were a rip-off Chuck E. Cheese that served hot pink margaritas to toddlers.

Overall, not too impressed (in case you couldn't tell). However, I don't think we'll be seeing this again, assuming the title is an accurate indication. At least we got to hear Meatwad say "drop that sack in my mouth."

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lovefishn

I wasn't too sure about ATHF myself at first, then after a couple of episodes I found it takes a certain level of intelligence to understand the awkward comedy, especially once I understood more about what each characters id was about and somehow related to everyday reality in a way. Then I got addicted just enough to start enjoying the show to the point to where I watched every episode and movie made. Now I'm sorry to see it go forever. I think they owe us at least another movie, what the hell? I'm sure any other fan would agree. I think it would have been great to be one of the voice over actors who must have found getting paid for this was a real blast in a lot of ways, they must have had a lot of fun with this show and now I'm going to miss looking forward to new episodes. I thought it took a lot of nerve for the guys who got arrested for putting up the mooninights flipping the bird on lighted billboards all over England. I felt kind of bad they were arrested instead of just being cited or something. Too Funny!

July 30 2009 at 10:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MrC

@dave according to the bumps they ran this week or last ATHF is returning in 2009, so this was likely not the last of it.

I agree that since the movie the show has kinda wandered. Hopefully it'll find it's way back.

June 01 2009 at 6:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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M-D

ATHF has used "The Last One" as an ep title in the past (at the end of season 1, "The Last One" was the episode that featured the convention of the Aqua Teens' enemies...on the moon.) At the time, I got worried that it was literally the last episode, but I was reassured on Usenet that it was simply the last episode of the season. Looks like that's what they've done here as well.

Re: the live action shows - the Williams Street crew has a history of doing these school-play style live shows. Anyone remember "Woody Allen's Fall Project" from SG:C2C? That ep also had 'wrong sounding' live action characters (although Andy in the SG suit was classic). It's widely regarded as an episode.

June 01 2009 at 11:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Zachary

I haven't watched ATHF for a few years, but I did watch this one. I found it unsettling. It played like a bad student film. Still, Jon Benjamin is one of my favorite voice actors.

June 01 2009 at 2:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
larry

i do think the episode wasent as great as it could have been but if adult swim puts up the visible frylock posters to buy then it was worth it

June 01 2009 at 1:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
daveM

I liked it, not loved it. The use of the actors instead of the voice actors was really confusing to me. I kept thinking maybe they were the voice actors and was trying to see if i could hear it in their voices. I finally gave up and went to the net for the truth (which is where all truth lies, btw).

I hope this wasn't the end, but this year really wasn't very good. It seems like they phoned it in.

June 01 2009 at 1:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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