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Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1 (or AUPS1) is the alternative title given to the eighth season of the animated television series, Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Season eight originally aired in the United States on Cartoon Network's late night programming block, Adult Swim. Season eight premiered with the two-part episode "Allen" on May 8, 2011 and May 15, 2011 respectively; and ended with "Last Dance for Napkin Lad" on July 24, 2011, with a total of ten episodes. The show 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 Seattle, Washington, which is completely identical to their former New Jersey home seen in past seasons. In May 2015, this season became available on Hulu Plus.

Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1
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The Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1 title card used throughout the eighth season.
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes10
Release
Original networkAdult Swim
Original releaseMay 8 –
July 24, 2011
Season chronology
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List of Aqua Teen Hunger Force episodes

Season eight is the first season in which the alternative titles for each season gag was set into place, starting with Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1. Episodes in season eight 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. Dave Willis and Matt Maiellaro received Annie Award nominations for writing in the season eight episode, "The Creditor". This season has been made available on DVD, and other forms of home media, including on demand streaming.

ProductionEdit

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. All episodes originally aired in the United States on Cartoon Network's late night programming block, Adult Swim. As with most seasons, several episodes originally aired outside of their production order.

Despite being the eighth season of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, the show itself was renamed Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1. Along with the new name, the season featured a new theme song by Josh Homme and Alain Johannes as well as a new opening sequence. Co-creator Matt Maiellaro announced that for the 2012 season, the show's title would be changed again to Aqua Something You Know Whatever and that the producer's intention was to change the title every year.[1]

The song "Big Foot" from the Chickenfoot album Chickenfoot III was featured in the season eight episode "Last Dance For Napkin Lad". The episode aired July 24, 2011 prior the official release of the song on August 2, 2011.[2] Chickenfoot had previously voiced themselves in the season seven episode "IAMAPOD".[3]

CastEdit

In season eight the main cast consisted of Dana Snyder who provided the voice of Master Shake,[4] Carey Means who provided the voice of Frylock,[5] and series co-creator Dave Willis who provided the voice of both Meatwad and Carl Brutananadilewski; and recurring character Ignignokt,[6][7][8] and George Lowe who introduced each episode, and voiced himself as various characters.

Season eight also featured appearances from recurring voice cast members such as C. Martin Croker who voiced both Dr. Weird and Steve in "Allen Part One", and Matt Maiellaro who voiced Err and Markula. Season eight also features several guest appearances. In "Allen" Matt Berry voiced Allen, Steven Wright voiced Danny, Michael K. Williams and Donnie Blue both voiced unnamed men, Idris Elba voiced the police officer in "Intervention", Tom Hollander voiced Chuck in "Vampirus", and both Duncan Trussell and Gregg Turkington voiced Wi-tris in "Wi-tri". Voice actor Zach Hanks provided the voice of Lance, the "Sham Wow!" host in "Lasagna". The Onion writer Todd Hanson, who previously voiced the www.yzzerdd.com on the series guest starred as Napkin Lad in "Last Dance for Napkin Lad".

EpisodesEdit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
1011"Allen Part One"Dave Willis & Matt MaiellaroDave Willis & Matt MaiellaroMay 8, 2011 (2011-05-08)1001

Master Shake freezes himself nine years into the future in order to wake up in a new time where more crime takes place.

Guest appearance: Steven Wright as Danny
1022"Allen Part Two"Dave Willis & Matt MaiellaroDave Willis & Matt MaiellaroMay 15, 2011 (2011-05-15)1002

Master Shake tries to find the rest of the Aqua Unit Patrol Squad, and investigates the lightning striking down evil-doers in the future.

Guest appearances: Matt Berry as Allen, Michael K. Williams as Unnamed Man in White Vest, Donnie Blue as Unnamed Moustached Man with a Knife
1033"Intervention"
"The Intervention"
Dave Willis & Matt MaiellaroDave Willis & Matt MaiellaroMay 22, 2011 (2011-05-22)1003

Carl likes to drive while inebriated, and he continues to do so by any means necessary even if it means running into the same officer of the law.

Guest appearance: Idris Elba as the police officer
1044"Freedom Cobra"Dave Willis & Matt MaiellaroDave Willis & Matt MaiellaroJune 5, 2011 (2011-06-05)1004

Master Shake acquires a tattoo of a snake called "Freedom Cobra" to get laid. Soon enough, the tattoo comes to life and commands Shake to keep itself alive by eating flesh, murdering others in the process.

Note: The sounds of people screaming replaces the credits theme.
1055"The Creditor"Dave Willis & Matt MaiellaroDave Willis & Matt MaiellaroJune 12, 2011 (2011-06-12)1005
Shake tells his psychologist about an unusual experience with an extraterrestrial loan officer known as the Creditor.
1066"Vampirus"Dave Willis & Matt MaiellaroDave Willis & Matt MaiellaroJune 19, 2011 (2011-06-19)1006

The Squad may have stumbled upon the cure for a vampire-inducing virus created by their former Landlord Markula.

Guest appearance: Tom Hollander as Chuck
1077"Wi-tri"Dave Willis & Matt MaiellaroDave Willis & Matt MaiellaroJune 26, 2011 (2011-06-26)1007

Frylock's new Wi-tri device causes disastrous levels of apathy and views of the sitcom Entourage.

Guest appearance: Duncan Trussell and Gregg Turkington as Wi-tris
1088"Jumpy George"Dave Willis & Matt MaiellaroDave Willis & Matt MaiellaroJuly 10, 2011 (2011-07-10)1008
Shake and Carl date the same woman simultaneously who happens to be under intergalactic witness protective services from the Moonnites.
1099"Lasagna"Dave Willis & Matt MaiellaroDave Willis & Matt MaiellaroJuly 17, 2011 (2011-07-17)1009

After Carl is placed under house arrest for assaulting a prostitute who bit off his tongue, he befriends an infomercial host who talks him into making wrong decisions when Shake tempts Carl with a homemade lasagna.

Guest appearance: Zach Hanks as Lance
11010"Last Dance for Napkin Lad"Dave Willis & Matt MaiellaroDave Willis & Matt MaiellaroJuly 24, 2011 (2011-07-24)1010

Skeletons attack the Aqua Unit Patrol Squad. Carl is revealed to be a spy (Lars) who has been observing Master Shake (Flint), Frylock, and Meatwad (Ryan) for the past ten years.

Guest appearance: Todd Hanson as Napkin Lad

Featured music: "Big Foot" by Chickenfoot[2]

Notes: Shake, Carl, and Meatwad's names are revealed: Flint, Lars, and Ryan. Given the one-off parodic nature of this episode, however, it is doubtful this is hard canon.

ReceptionEdit

In 2011 Dave Willis and Matt Maiellaro received Annie Award nominations for writing in the season eight episode, "The Creditor", in the category of Writing in a Television Production during the 39th Annie Awards, held on February 4, 2012. Willis and Maiellaro lost the award to Carolyn Omine for witting The Simpsons season twenty three episode "Treehouse of Horror XXII".[9][10][11]

Home releaseEdit

 
Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1: Season 1 DVD cover art which features the entire eighth season.

The entire eighth season was released on the Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1: Season 1 DVD set in Region 1 on October 11, 2011, along with seven episodes from the seventh season. The set was released by Adult Swim and distributed by Warner Home Video, and features uncensored dialogue and the special feature "Terror Phone 3".[12] The set was later released in Region 4 by Madman Entertainment on November 30, 2011.[13]

This season was also released under the label Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1: Season 1 in HD and SD on iTunes, the Xbox Live Marketplace, and Amazon Video.[14][15][16]

Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1: Season 1
Set details Special features
  • Terror Phone 3
Release dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
October 11, 2011 N/A November 30, 2011

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ [1] Matt Maiellaro On "Knowbodys" & "Aqua Teens"
  2. ^ a b Hart, Josh. "Chickenfoot: New Single To Appear On 'Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1' Finale". Guitar World. Guitar World. Retrieved June 21, 2014.
  3. ^ Credits found at the end of Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode "IAMAPOD".
  4. ^ Eason, Jonas. "Master Shake's character page". Adult Swim. Archived from the original on September 2, 2011. Retrieved May 15, 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ Eason, Jonas. "Frylock's character page". Adult Swim. Archived from the original on July 7, 2011. Retrieved May 15, 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ Eason, Jonas. "Meatwad's character page". Adult Swim. Archived from the original on July 7, 2011. Retrieved May 15, 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. ^ Eason, Jonas. "Carl's character page". Adult Swim. Retrieved May 15, 2011.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Ignignokt official character guide from Adult Swim. (archive)
  9. ^ "39th Annual Annie Nominations & Winners!". Annie Awards. February 4, 2012. Retrieved January 5, 2013.
  10. ^ Giardina, Carolyn. "'Rango' Wins Annie Award for Best Animated Feature". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 5, 2013.
  11. ^ DeMott, Rick (December 5, 2011). "39th Annie Award Nominations Announced". Animation World Network. Retrieved January 5, 2013.
  12. ^ Fitzpatrick, Kevin (June 14, 2011). "Adult Swim Announces 'Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1' DVD Specs!". UGO. Archived from the original on June 18, 2011. Retrieved June 22, 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  13. ^ "Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1 Volume 1 (Aqua Teen Season 8)". Madman Entertainment. Retrieved June 20, 2013.
  14. ^ Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1, Season 1 at iTunes.
  15. ^ Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1: Season 1 Archived May 18, 2015, at the Wayback Machine at the Xbox Live Marketplace.
  16. ^ Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1 Season 1 at Amazon Video.

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