Who's in It:
The voices of Dana Snyder, Dave Willis, Carey Means, Matt Maiellaro, C. Martin Croker
The Basics: Master Shake, Frylock, Meatwad and Carl run from "an immortal piece of exercise equipment" and encounter a mysterious watermelon containing Neil Peart. If none of that sentence made any sense to you, then you'll be all fresh to enjoy the most aggressively incomprehensible movie since Last Year at Marienbad. The Mooninites (the ones that accidentally shut down Boston a while back) show up, and so do the Plutonians. There's sort of a story that sort of explains the origins of the ATHF, but only sort of. Then the Plutonians both make out with the Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past at the same time the best three-way robot-alien makeout scene of the year, in fact. That was a spoiler.
What's the Deal? The best animated movie of this or any year, ever, since the history of animated movies began. Not a single talking animal. No moral. No heartwarmth or uplift. No Randy Newman song. No ideas. No tie-in Happy Meal or toys. No dumb FCC rules to get in the way of all the truly necessary profanity and violent death. No need to bring kids along, unless you want to destroy their kid-minds. In fact, it'll be better for them if you forbid them from seeing it because then later when they sneak away to watch a friends older brother's DVD, they'll feel like they're getting away with something big.
Don't Be Late: The first few minutes are the best shut-up-sit-down-turn-off-your-cell-phone warning that's ever been committed to film. If this movie makes no other impression on mass popular culture, then at least this opening sequence ought to be taken and used in theaters before every film they show.
Yes, It's Already Been Shown on TV: On April 1, 2007, two weeks prior to its theater release, the Cartoon Network aired the film during its Adult Swim block of programming. But there was no sound, and it was the size of a postage stamp in the bottom corner of the screen. So if you have supervision and can read cartoon lips, then you don't have to buy a ticket.
Voice Cameos: Fred Armisen, Bruce Campbell, Tina Fey, Chris Kattan, "Neil Peart of Rush." I would have written just "Neil Peart" but the press notes actually have "Neil Peart of Rush" written in them. He plays himself as a tiny drummer trapped inside the talking watermelon that figures prominently in "the plot." If you know the show, then you know that this watermelon intrusion is a new twist in the story of ATHF.