myallmovies Senior Editor Spencer Legacy spoke with Aqua Teen Starvation Drive creators Matt Maiellaro and Dave Willis in regards to the new season of the Grownup Swim collection. The duo spoke about reuniting with the voice forged and parodying A Quiet Place. Season 12 of the present is about to debut on Grownup Swim on Sunday, November 26 at 11:30 pm ET/PT.
“Aqua Teen Starvation Drive is again to make tv watchable once more, and to fill your empty, content-starved lives with a magical season 12,” reads the brand new season‘s synopsis. “Don’t name it a comeback! Despite the fact that by all accounts it appears to be simply that. It’s a micro-itty-bitty-mini season, 5 model new episodes of attention-whittling stupidity – however don’t fear, the laugh-per-episode density is way increased than the rest you willingly agree to put earlier than your swollen, encrusted eyes.”
Spencer Legacy: With the seven-year hole between Season 11 and Plantasm, then now the brand new season, did you two discover it straightforward to get again into the rhythm of the present, or did you must get reacquainted with it?
Matt Maiellaro: Yeah, we’d forgotten completely about it. We didn’t keep in mind any of the characters. [Laughs]. Or easy methods to even do it. We had thrown away our computer systems and all of our writing software program, so we needed to maintain automotive washes to get sufficient cash to purchase all that stuff again. Then we went to scriptwriting coaching, and we watched lots of cartoons, and we bought again into it. So yeah, it took a number of, it took, took some time.
In order that entire seven-year interval was attending to that step once more?
Matt Maiellaro: No, no, no. What occurred was The Simpsons had known as us they usually wanted seven years of our experience to get their present into form, so we spent seven years with them serving to them out.
That explains why there’s such an increase in high quality these days!
Matt Maiellaro: Sure, it does.
Dave, has the method of writing and making the present modified in any respect with this new season?
Dave Willis: Effectively, we do all of it from our workplace house places of work, so sure, it’s modified fairly a bit. I feel we didn’t have a virus passing by way of the air final time we had made the present. So yeah, it’s bizarre. I see Matt day by day, and but, if I attain out to the touch him, he’s not there!
Matt Maiellaro: [Laughs].
Dave Willis: We used to all the time finish our writing periods with only a deep embrace. Then we go our separate methods and now, you realize …
Now you’re caught with the Zoom window between you.
Dave Willis: Yeah. However, you realize, what was cool was we made that film. Like, the entire film was made through Zoom. All people — and since we had such a shared historical past engaged on the present … how lengthy did it take? I imply, lower than a 12 months from straight-up first day of, “What’s our thought going to be,” to sweetening it. It was like … what was it, Matt? A 12 months?
Matt Maiellaro: Yeah, it was like a 12 months. So we bought by way of it fairly rapidly. I feel the longest half actually was forming … properly for the film, forming the thought, after which simply attending to that time. The script went fairly quick and the whole lot else flowed as regular.
Dave Willis: That’s what’s nice. It’s a small workers of those who do that, and regardless that we’re doing it with a unique studio — Floyd County Productions this time round — it’s nonetheless a number of the old fashioned individuals, like Todd Redner, our animation director, began on our present at like episode seven or one thing. Like 130 one thing episodes in the past. So it’s cool. All people type of is aware of what to do and what the present’s about and the whole lot. It’s superior.
Talking of the small group, what was it prefer to get again along with Carey Means and Dana Snyder for the film and the present? What was that reunion like?
Matt Maiellaro: We had kind of been maintaining in contact with them anyway, and Dana’s been actually busy. Getting again into the groove, it simply clicked. They simply bought proper again into it. It was nearly like we didn’t even take a break.
Dave Willis: And people guys do cons and stuff. I imply, that’s such a giant a part of their lives too, you realize? They simply go on the market and that’s their world.
You’ve had so many various intro themes for the present. With these new episodes, what made you need to return to the very first one for this comeback and do a riff on that?
Matt Maiellaro: Lack of price range. [Laughs]. We thought we have been going to get a brand new theme music. We had massive concepts for large gamers and [it] seems we didn’t fairly have the cash for that. So Nick Ingkatanuwat went into all of the grasp recordings from the primary run of the season with Schoolly D and simply did a giant mishmash and had enjoyable with it. We simply advised them to go loopy and we bought what we bought and we actually prefer it.
Dave Willis: I feel we saved altering the present … we have been simply bored, you realize? We have been simply making an attempt to do one thing completely different and this was type of like coming again. It simply felt somewhat bit like a tiny reboot to the unique in a means. So I feel it’s per what we have been doing within the content material of the episodes too.
With Shaketopia, there’s a unique artwork fashion for a little bit of it. Was that the results of the brand new studio that you just guys talked about, or how did that come about?
Matt Maiellaro: No, that’s what we needed to do with it. I imply, we hope one other studio would’ve performed the identical factor, however these persons are all actually proficient. All of the studios right here. We ended up with Floyd they usually’re nice. We actually had enjoyable watching that artwork come collectively.
Dave Willis: I ought to present you this portray. I’m going to indicate you this portray that the studio gave me. They gave them out to everyone who labored on the present.
Matt Maiellaro: I didn’t get one although.
Oh, that’s superb! [Laughs.]
Matt Maiellaro: I can’t wait to get that. I’ll get Dave to signal it.
It’s simply misplaced within the mail in all probability, proper? They’ll ship one other one, proper?
Matt Maiellaro: I doubt it.
Dave Willis: We’ve got one for you, Matt. They did a screening and the audio was so blown out that you just couldn’t perceive what anybody was saying, but it surely appeared dynamite,
The second episode is a riff on A Quiet Place. How, and when did the thought of parodying that particular film come up?
Matt Maiellaro: Effectively, really, A Quiet Place is a rip on that, as a result of we had that concept first. Whereas we have been discussing that concept again at Skywalker, the individuals who ended up making A Quiet Place have been sitting subsequent to us having espresso. And yeah, they stole it.
Typical Hollywood nonsense.
Matt Maiellaro: Yeah. Stole it proper out from below us. I don’t wanna preserve riffing on that film, however they did steal it from us.
I’ll be sure that everybody is aware of. The visitors for this season are fairly stacked and certainly one of them is Brian Cox. What was the method of getting him on the present and recording with him like?
Dave Willis: Effectively, after I noticed an advert, which I’ll depart anonymous, the place I did hear the patriarch from Succession go, “Ba-da-ba-ba-baaa.” I assumed. “Possibly we will get him.” Matt and I each liked his Hannibal Lecter in Manhunter and we have been like, “Oh, let’s see. By no means hurts to ask!” He was like, “How a lot time do I’ve?” He was nice. He was superior.
Between the Aquadonk Aspect Items and Plantasm and the brand new season, it actually looks like Aqua Teen Starvation Drive is coming again in full power. Are you guys down for extra seasons and films if the chance arises?
Dave Willis: Oh, yeah, yeah.
Matt Maiellaro: Yeah. We’re prepared. Completely. We’re prepared. The corporate wants cash, the corporate wants cash, they want the present. So it’s type of a no brainer.
Dave Willis: Not our selection. [Laughs]. We’re all the time accessible to make extra Aqua Teen.