Good news Adult Swim fans. Three of the most iconic Adult Swim series will be getting the movie treatment. The Venture Bros., Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and Metalocalypse, are the three included in a deal, set by parent company WarnerMedia, that is a little different than what would be expected.
Instead of sending these three features straight to HBO Max for release, WarnerMedia will first give these three films a worldwide release on DVD and Blu-ray, as well as Digital and Video on Demand, for a 90-day exclusive window before the premiere of the animated features on both HBO Max and Adult Swim.
President of Adult Swim network, Michael Ouweleen said to Deadline, “Leveraging the power of WarnerMedia allows us to deliver original content to our amazingly dedicated and not-shy fans, while also giving our talented series creators an opportunity to tell stories in new and interesting ways.”
Of the three upcoming films, Aqua Teen Hunger Force has been around the longest. The series was first created as a spin-off to the popular Space Ghost Coast to Coast and premiered on December 30, 2000. The series ran in fits and stops for 11 seasons and was punctuated by the 2007 movie Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters.
Aqua Teen Force Hunger follows three anthropomorphic fast-food items – Master Shake, Meatwad, and Frylock. The three are roommates and have frequent interaction with their human neighbor, Carl Brutananadilewski. The series was created by Matt Maiellaro and Dave Willis (who also provide some of the voices). While there is no immediate plot for the film, it will follow the crazy everyday lives of the three, who consider themselves to be crimefighters, even though none of them have ever fought crime.
Metalocalypse, created by Brendon Small and Tommy Blacha, premiered on Adult Swim on August 6, 2006. The duo will also helm the feature, which picks up immediately after Toki Wartooth’s dramatic rescue. Toki is the rhythm guitarist for the animated series’ fictional band, Dethklok. The story will follow the band as they figure out if their egos are too great to help save the world. While Dethklok is a fictional band, Small has produced four albums by Dethklok to much success. Combined, the four albums (The Dethalbum, Dethalbum II, Dethalbum III, and The Doomstar Requiem) have sold over 1 million albums.
With The Venture Bros. movie, we will find out if Doc and his latest invention bankrupt the Ventures or bring them the notoriety they seek. We also watch on as Hank continues to search for himself while Dean searches for Hank. In the meantime, the Monarch is looking for answers and a very mysterious woman from their past arrives and threatens to bring their entire world crashing down. Even though the series was cancelled by Adult Swim, their relationship has not completely deteriorated.
The Venture Bros. premiered in 2004 and was created by Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer. During its run on Adult Swim, the series lasted 7 seasons, included 4 specials, all of which took place over nearly 15 years. Alongside Robot Chicken and Aqua Teen Force Hunger, The Venture Bros. is one of Adult Swim’s longest-running series.
WarnerMedia has not announced a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital drop date for any of the three features, which means it also hasn’t given out a date that fans will be able to see them on HBO Max or Adult Swim. Until then, fans can head over to Adult Swim or HBO Max and catch some reruns before the feature films hit the market.