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Adult Swim changes name of ‘Aqua Teen Hunger Force’ to ‘Aqua Unit Patrol Force 1′

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Adult Swim’s longest-running show “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” has lost its “Teen Hunger” after 100 episodes.

The show, coming back May 8, is now going to be called “Aqua Unit Patrol Force 1.”

Why? I spoke with the two creators Dave Willis and Matt Maiellaro today and failed miserably when it came to getting a straight answer about anything.

The show moves its four main characters – Frylock, Master Shake, Meatwad and Carl – from New Jersey to Seattle.

“Now with 20 percent more atittude,” Willis said.

“We got tired of New Jersey,” Maiellaro said.

“All three marry Courtney Love and move to Oklahoma City,” Willis suggested.

“We don’t know anything about Seattle except it rains,” Maiellaro added.

“We’re reintroducing America to what made them buy a TV in the first place,” Willis said.

“We are so stoned, Rodney!” Maiellaro said.

“We are quote machines” Willis said, triumphantly.

The new name reflects the fact they will now fight crime, something the characters in the original version were supposed to do but abandoned early on. Whether they really will fight crime, who knows?

“We were told to keep the show in color,” Willis notes.

Are they still scarred by all the controversy in 2007 when people thought guerrilla ads in Boston were terrorist bombs?

“We miss that a lot,” Maiellaro said. “We feel we can open up and talk about it.”

“Without getting in trouble,” Willis added.

[Then they didn't.]

Willis’ off-the-cuff idea to get more free publicity? “Bring a harpoon gun into a public place and wave it around.”

“Then,”he added, “I can Tweet about it.”

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

34 comments Add your comment

Kar

April 27th, 2011
2:51 pm

But are they still Number ONE in the hood, G?

Kennesaw Dave

April 27th, 2011
3:17 pm

I take 2 lessons from them. One it boggles my mind that these 2 can put together such a bad cartoon (my opinion only, no offense to anyone that’s a fan) and make it big. But hey, more power to them. Glad they’ve been successful and doing what they love. 2. Marajuana really is bad for you. :)

Timbo

April 27th, 2011
4:09 pm

No, but I think they are now Number ONE in the trailer parks, Bubba.

Dave

April 27th, 2011
9:22 pm

They better not get rid of Carl.

JAL19

April 27th, 2011
9:30 pm

Okay, who watches Adult Swim and thinks aqua teens is ‘bad’? The person who thinks that Family Guy is the best show on there? If the style of humor isn’t your thing, that is understandable. But to vaguely say that something is ‘bad’ without adding any explanation is a waste of time, especially if you yourself are not a fan. The only other reason would be that you were angry at this article for wasting your time, and you had to make someone else angry enough to waste their time, too.

Anyway, I’m gonna find something ‘bad’ to enjoy.

Tony

April 27th, 2011
10:12 pm

I really like ATHF. I think this move is just a continuation of the non sequitur nonsense that makes the show so enjoyable. It might just be a cheap publicity stunt to promote the new season, and it might be something they stick with for a while. I don’t think Carl would be happy outside of Jersey. I hope they bring the above-ground pool with them, too.

In short, I’m for it.

Splavistic

April 27th, 2011
10:36 pm

Yes, @Kennesaw Dave, Marajuana (sic) is definitely bad for YOU. Plus, dropping out of middle school during spelling lessons ain’t too good neither.

Kris Poor

April 27th, 2011
10:46 pm

It is # 1 in the trailer ‘hood. Because I AM the trailer ‘hood, and I so decree.

Tyler Durden

April 27th, 2011
11:19 pm

Where is a truck-boat-truck when you need one? Don’t touch the trim!!!!!!!!!!!

violagoddess

April 28th, 2011
12:25 am

How could anyone say that ATHF is bad? @Kennesaw Dave: could you put together a better cartoon? I’d like to see you try. Obviously you must be a closet fan if you took the time out of you day to read the article.

S

April 28th, 2011
7:24 am

Was it really necessary for ABC to pre-empt all of the programming last night? Couldn’t they have just had an insert so the meteorologist could hear himself talk? Unbelievable.

Nativeson71

April 28th, 2011
7:50 am

ADULT Swim is the greatest – comes on to late for me.
I ‘got’ the show…it just did not hold my attention for more than 3 episodes. It just isn’t that clever to me.

BIOMASS

April 28th, 2011
10:08 am

Some episodes are funny. I can do without the eviscerated bodies, though. The moon men are funny.

Squidbilllies is my favorite (again, the ones without “unnecessary” evisceration).

2nd Cup

April 28th, 2011
10:24 am

S: ABC didn’t pre-empt anything, channel 2 did. And channel 46 bumped CBS for weather coverage. I think the idea that we would get hammered by tornadoes should supercede general entertainment, something channel 5 (Fox’s “American Idol”) and channel 11 (NBC’s “The Voice”) didn’t care to do. Gotta placate the fans of wannabes.

As for the Aquas: Good luck to ‘em. After 100 episodes of the first series, I don’t see how much more they can milk out of it.

Mr. Sex

April 28th, 2011
10:47 am

Independently and poorly animated cartoons live here: http://effin885.com

Eearly Cuyler

April 28th, 2011
11:11 am

Is them there them fellas that do the cartoon show in the TeeVee set?

Nutmeg

April 28th, 2011
11:18 am

Intellectually, i know that not everyone has high-speed Internet. Nonetheless, it feels so archaic to have the station breaking in like that. Honestly, it seems like a crawl at the bottom would be better than periodic breaking in… and it also seems like people who want to know more should be able to hop on their PCs (as I did last night) and find out more information.

Rodney, I can only imagine your despair when you sat down to write after that “interview.” Finally you realized… “All I can do is put a transcript out there.” Hysterical.

jw

April 28th, 2011
11:18 am

You really can’t fuss too much about the show – it hits it’s intended audience right between the eyes. I’m sure a bunch of you have really thought those McDonald’s fries were talking to you – plus, if you had to stay at Mickey D’s – you would have a pretty foul personality, too – they got Frylock dead on. So really, if you think about it, it isn’t too far off from those youthful nights of chemical and liquid lab testing! Kind of weird they can remember those days, that’s all.

Zombie Steve

April 28th, 2011
11:25 am

If you don’t like this show then stfu and go watch King of the Hill.

Rusty Shackleford

April 28th, 2011
11:44 am

King of the Hill is a way better show than whatever the hell this show is calling itself. Why even go there?

TrishaDishaWarEagle

April 28th, 2011
12:53 pm

one1 reason and 1 reason alone they have to leave Jersey..Carl’s lead pipe lock o’ the century..o’ the week!

Gary

April 28th, 2011
12:57 pm

Great show. Master Shake is brilliant. Still think Squidbillies is better. Keep up the Good Work CN!!! PS: Eagleheart is a nice touch.

Ackshun

April 28th, 2011
2:04 pm

I never got ATHF. It was just something to ignore while I waited for Aaron McGruder to run low on cash and decide to crank out a few more Boondocks episodes. I think it’s great that CN provides opportunities for talent that isn’t exactly mainstream. But I grew up on old WB shorts and Tex Avery and their was were so many subtle nuances of wit and intelligence and just plain fun. To be honest at 40+ years old I guess I just don’t understand what entertains generation Y.

Unfunny Cartoons

April 28th, 2011
2:37 pm

The only show worth watching on that channel was Outlaw Star. Garbage channel ever since.

#1 in the bargain bin

April 28th, 2011
2:41 pm

I would have changed the name too, as bad as that movie BOMBED!

Larry

April 28th, 2011
4:54 pm

Hand Bananna rules!!

JSS

April 28th, 2011
5:18 pm

“We are so stoned, Rodney!” Maiellaro said.”
Hey Matt, Some things haven’t changed since the days we were PA’ing on BC3! Ha ha, this is one hell of a 20th anniversary!

Ignignokt

April 28th, 2011
5:37 pm

Oh, Earth news. How cute. Some would say that the earth is our moon, but that would belittle the name of the moon… which is: the moon.

JAL19

April 29th, 2011
2:12 am

@rusty shackleford

Even though i commented in adamant defense of the Aqua Teens, I have to give you props for your name. I love KotH and ATHF both. We really shouldn’t argue between the two. :)

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Mac

April 29th, 2011
11:59 pm

If this is for real, please Lord, let it NOT suck. Carl is one of the greatest characters ever created.

Greg

April 30th, 2011
11:23 pm

I hope they bring the mooninites

green green

May 1st, 2011
3:19 pm

Rusty Shackleford?! I bear a grudge against you for life. Really? Java? Why do that to us?? What happened to that first person shooter they were going to make set in the CS building?

buttsy

May 6th, 2011
1:32 pm

bring back MC PEE PANTS