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