Adult Swim adaptation marks First Look's initial foray into animation

Adult Swim’s feature version of surreal animated series “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” has been set for a March release by First Look Pictures with an opening of more than 800 playdates.

The 86-minute pic, written, produced and directed by co-creators Matt Maiellaro and Dave Willis, marks First Look’s initial theatrical foray into animation as well as Adult Swim’s first feature under the Williams Street banner.

The film centers on the origins of “Hunger Force” characters Meatwad, Frylock and Master Shake and an immortal piece of exercise equipment threatening the balance of galactic peace.

“It was too big a story to do in 11 minutes,” Willis told Daily Variety. “It’s based on our fear of exercise equipment.”

Maiellaro and Willis will be voicing several parts each, and several members of the TV cast will be reprising their roles. Bruce Campbell and Neil Peart of the band Rush provide voice talent as well.

“Aqua Teen Hunger Force” premiered in September 2001, when Adult Swim launched. More than 60 episodes of the series have been completed.

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