Aqua Teen Hunger Force (season 5)
The fifth season of the animated television series, Aqua Teen Hunger Force originally aired in the United States on Cartoon Network's late night programming block, Adult Swim. Season five started on January 20, 2008 with "Robots Everywhere", and ended with "Bible Fruit" on March 23, 2008. Aqua Teen Hunger Force is about the surreal adventures and antics of three anthropomorphic fast food items: Master Shake, Frylock, and Meatwad, who live together as roommates and frequently interact with their human next-door neighbor, Carl Brutananadilewski in a suburban neighborhood in South New Jersey. In May 2015, this season became available on Hulu Plus.
|Aqua Teen Hunger Force (season 5)|
Volume Six DVD cover, which features episodes 2–10 from season five.
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||10 (1 unaired)|
|Original network||Adult Swim|
|Original release||January 20 –|
March 23, 2008
Although ten episodes were produced for season five, only nine episodes aired. An episode entitled "Boston" was scheduled to air as part of season five, but Adult Swim pulled it to avoid further controversy surrounding the 2007 Boston bomb scare. Episodes in season five were written and directed by Dave Willis and Matt Maiellaro. Almost every episode in this season features a special guest appearance, which continues a practice used in past seasons.
Jonah Krakow of IGN has given episodes from this season a range of both positive and negative reviews. Krakow criticized the violent killing of kittens by Master Shake in "Reedickyoulus", saying it was "going too far". The season five finale, "Bible Fruit", lead to the creation of a short lived spin-off series called Soul Quest Overdrive, which later premiered on May 25, 2011 on Adult Swim. This season has been made available on DVD, and other forms of home media, including on demand streaming.
Every episode in this season was written and directed by series creators Dave Willis and Matt Maiellaro, who have both written and directed every episode of the series. Episodes originally aired in the United States on Cartoon Network's late night programming block, Adult Swim. This season was one of the original seasons branded under the Aqua Teen Hunger Force title before Willis and Maiellaro started using a different alternative title for each season in 2011. As with most seasons, several episodes originally aired outside of their production order.
Season five is the first season of the series to be produced in 16:9 High Definition. This was the first season to air after the debut of Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters, and after the series got national attention from the 2007 Boston Bomb Scare.
A full length episode satirizing the 2007 Boston bomb scare entitled "Boston" was produced and finished its entirety and was meant to serve as the premiere of the fifth season. The 2007 Boston bomb scare occurred on January 31, 2007 when various LED displays resembling Aqua Teen Hunger Force characters Ignignokt and Err were placed in various locations in Boston, Massachusetts and were mistaken for explosive devices. Subsequently the entire city was shut down for security purposes, Cartoon Network manager Jim Samples resigned and the network's parent company Turner Broadcasting paid 2 million dollars in damages. Ultimately Adult Swim was forced by the legal department at Turner Broadcasting to pull the episode completely. The second episode, "Robots Everywhere" served as the season premiere on January 20, 2008.
During the production of "Boston" executives at Adult Swim were very nervous about the episode leading to further controversy, and forced Willis and Maiellaro to re-write the episode several times; ultimately three different versions were produced. When asked about the episode Maiellaro has stated it is relatively tame in comparison to what South Park creators would have done in a similar situation. Maiellaro states for most part it was written as if it was something that could actually happen in reality, unlike most episodes that mainly focus on surreal plot lines. Willis also mentioned that comedian Paul F. Tompkins made a guest appearance in it who he referred to as an "Amazing comedian". Maiellaro has claimed "Boston" is his favorite episode.
In 2015 an unfinished version of "Boston" was illegally leaked online. The episode has still never been aired and has never been formally released to the public in any format legally by Adult Swim. Willis has indirectly stated that there are no plans for a formal release of the episode at any time in the foreseeable future. This marks the first time an episode of the series has been pulled; no other episodes were pulled.
In season five the main cast consisted of Dana Snyder who provided the voice of Master Shake, Carey Means who provided the voice of Frylock, and series co-creator Dave Willis who provided the voice of both Meatwad, Carl Brutananadilewski; and recurring character Ignignokt. Season five also featured appearances from recurring voice cast members such as Matt Maiellaro who voiced Markula in the first three episodes to and Err, George Lowe who voiced himself as various characters. Master Shake, Frylock, and Meatwad, who have appeared in ever episode prior, were completely absent in "Sirens"; additionally Master Shake and Frylock only make brief speaking cameos in "Robots Everywhere".
Season five features special guest appearances from various comedians and other celebrities in almost every episode. Paul F. Tompkins appeared in "Boston" as a police officer. Diviya Roney voiced an unnamed woman, and Fred Armisen, Rachel Dratch, Vishal Roney, Diviya Roney, Sam Harrigan, Molly Harrigan, Sadie Willis, Max Willis in voiced various robots in "Robots Everywhere". In "Sirens" Neko Case voiced Chrysanthemum, Kelly Hogan voiced The B.J. Queen, John Kruk voiced himself. In "Hoppy Bunny" Scott Adsit provided the voice of Hoppy Bunny. Vincent Pastore voiced Terry in "Laser Lenses", uncredited. T-Pain and Josh Homme voiced the Dummies in "Dummy Love". Alexander Katz and Scott Luallen both appeared in "The Marines". In "Bible Fruit" David Cross (credited as "Sir Willups Brightslymoore") voiced Bert Banana, H. Jon Benjamin (credited as Jon "the Hammer" Benjamin") voiced Mortimer Mango, and Kristen Schaal (credited as "Frannie Hood") voiced Tammy Tangerine.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|69||1||"Boston"||Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro||Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro||Unaired||501|
|Paul F. Tompkins as a police officer|
|70||2||"Robots Everywhere"||Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro||Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro||January 20, 2008||502|
When the Aqua Teens are abducted by demons and cocooned by military spiders in the Mojave Desert orchestrated by their landlord Markula, Carl tries to sell their house to robots. The robots turn out to be terrible neighbors for Carl, especially when they try to kill him.Guest appearances: Fred Armisen, Rachel Dratch, Vishal Roney, Diviya Roney, Sam Harrigan, Molly Harrigan, Sadie Willis, and Max Willis.
|71||3||"Sirens"||Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro||Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro||January 27, 2008||503|
|Neko Case, Kelly Hogan, and former professional baseball star John Kruk.|
|72||4||"Couples Skate"||Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro||Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro||February 3, 2008||507|
|The Aqua Teens must either escape the spider cocoons their landlord Markula has trapped them in, or pay the rent they owe him. Meanwhile Carl gets yet another new neighbor, a huge demon named Paul who is going through a difficult custody battle.|
|73||5||"Reedickyoulus"||Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro||Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro||February 10, 2008||504|
Carl's new male enhancement device produces some unsavory side effects, including radioactive human waste. Ground contamination leads to Meatwad's buried deceased pets to rise from the dead for some sexually transmitted zombification laced revenge against Shake for nuking them in the microwave. The zombified ape signs that she has an STD. Shake doesn't seem to care and goes to get some "free sex", he later returns as an STD-infected zombie with an insatiable appetite for brains. Frylock calls the hotline and they tell him to have Shake wait outside and a party bus full of gay zombies will pick him up. After a tearful good bye, Meatwad and Frylock take Shake outside and the party bus picks him up. Meatwad calls "first smoke" and lights up a cigarette, Frylock warns about the gas leak, but too late the house blows up.Notes: This is the first episode to receive a TV-MA-V rating.
|74||6||"Hoppy Bunny"||Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro||Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro||February 17, 2008||505|
Carl buys a recorder that has an ulterior motive. Seemingly unrelated, Carl's home becomes a haven for furries. We learn that Frylock's gem holds the power of 1,000 suns which Master Shake pawns. SpecialGuest appearances: Scott Adsit as Hoppy Bunny and Scott Fry as the Pawn Store Clerk
|75||7||"Laser Lenses"||Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro||Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro||March 2, 2008||506|
Master Shake's megalomania soars to new heights once he steals Frylock's laser-shooting contact lenses. The Aqua Teens end up getting illegal medical treatment from Carl's cousin Terry.Guest appearance: Vincent Pastore as Terry (uncredited)
|76||8||"Dummy Love"||Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro||Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro||March 9, 2008||508|
Shake torments Meatwad by reading a story written by Rob Zombie. Frylock gets a package with a ventriloquist dummy that wants to "KILL!" The Aqua Teens try multiple ways to kill the dummy but to no avail, he keeps coming back. They resolve to give the killer dummy to Carl. The Killer Dummy makes a discovery and finds love with Carl's dummy who wants people to "DIE!" The dummies start dating and want Frylock's bed to get it on. Master Shake finds a way to profit off their immortality. Meatwad wishes that they were real boys. The next day, Shake's dummies are gone replaced by flesh and blood boy versions of the dummies. Shake proceeds to try to kill them with a battle-axe. Shake ends up in jail and wants Meatwad to wish upon the same star to wish him the f**k out of jail, but Meatwad "don't talk to suckas boy." The dummies talk to Shake on the phone. All they say is "KILL!" and "DIE!" Shake hangs up. "He hung up." "Yeah he hung up."Guest appearances: T-Pain and Joshua Homme.
|77||9||"The Marines"||Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro||Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro||March 16, 2008||509|
Frylock flees to Canada when Meatwad unwittingly enlists the Aqua Teens into the US Marine Corps. While Frylock deals with a masochistic puppet, Master Shake and Meatwad go AWOL and pretend to be gay to escape the service.
The episode ends with product placement advertisements for Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters, Aqua Teen Hunger Force Zombie Ninja Pro-Am and the Aqua Teen Hunger Force Volume Five DVD.Guest appearances: Alexander Katz, Scott Luallen.
|Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro||Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro||March 23, 2008||510|
Frylock decides to invite his MySpace friends over for the evening. To Frylock's surprise, they too are anthropomorphic food; a meth-addicted mango, an abused tangerine, and an alcoholic banana. Though they are all Born-Again Christians, exposure to the Aqua Teens brings back their old habits.Guest appearances: David Cross (credited as "Sir Willups Brightslymoore"), H. Jon Benjamin (credited as Jon "the Hammer" Benjamin"), and Kristen Schaal (credited as "Frannie Hood")
The season five episode "Bible Fruit" lead to the creation of a short lived spin-off, Soul Quest Overdrive. In 2010, the pilot episode of Soul Quest Overdrive was released online though Adult Swim's "Big Uber, Network Sampling" feature. Six episodes of the series were ordered, four of them aired back-to-back on May 25, 2011 during Adult Swim's "DVR Theater". The series has not been aired since, leaving two episodes unaired. This would be the third Aqua Teen Hunger Force spin-off behind Spacecataz and Carl's Stone Cold Lock of the Century of the Week.
Jonah Krakow of IGN gave "Robots Everywhere" a 5.5 out 10, which considered "Mediocre", saying "We could get deeply psychoanalytical and say that Carl's confusion and annoyance with the robots is a metaphor for the audience's suffering and the robots are the staff of ATHF doing the torturing". Kraków gave the following episode, "Sirens" an 8, which is considered "Great", saying "Thankfully, this episode was much stronger than last week as Carl and his sexual desires were the focus of the comedy instead of annoying robots". Krakow gave "Couples Skate" an 8.3 and praised the return of Master Shake, Frylock, and Meatwad, calling it a "solid episode". Kraków gave "Reedickyoulus" gave this episode an 8.5, and gave this episode a good review, but said Master Shake killing kittens in a microwave was "going too far". "Hoppy Bunny" was given an 8 by Kraków, who praised this episode for originality saying "Not too many shows out there would touch Furries". Kraków gave "Laser Lenses" a 7, who noted that the episode didn't give any new information or insight about any of the characters saying "They simply ran around, pissed each other off and got themselves into disgusting circumstances. Sometimes, that's good enough". Kraków gave "Dummy Love" a 7.0, and said the episode had funny moments but wasn't as funny as it could be, and that the episode has a lot of potential, which it didn't live up to saying. "The Marines" revived Krakow's lowest score of the season with a 5.5. Krakow said the only funny parts of "The Marines" were Saw parody and the CGI gum commercial funny, saying "Unfortunately, the majority of this episode just didn't work at all. The jokes were old or non-existent, the plot made no sense and Carl wasn't there as an additional source of comedy". Krakow gave "Bible Fruit" the greatest score of the season, 9.5, which is considered "amazing; and gave the episode a good review saying it was a great way to end the season.
Nine episodes from season five were released on the Aqua Teen Hunger Force Volume Six DVD on December 16, 2008, along with the first four episodes from season six, prior to their original television debuts. The set was released by Adult Swim and distributed by Warner Home Video, and features several special features including the 2007 and 2008 episodes of Carl's Stone Cold Lock of the Century of the Week (then known as I'm Pissed) and commentaries on select episode. The set was released in Region 4 by Madman Entertainment on February 10, 2010. "Robots Everywhere" was originally released as a special feature on the Aqua Teen Hunger Force Zombie Ninja Pro-Am video game on November 5, 2007, months prior to its official television debut on January 20, 2008.
|Aqua Teen Hunger Force Volume Six|
|Set details ||Special features|
|Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|December 16, 2008||N/A||February 10, 2010|
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