Whenever Adult Swim hosts a panel at Dragon*Con, it’s safe to assume they’ve brought their “A” games — and by that I mean those in attendance will get an exclusive performance and most likely will leave laughing their asses off.
Specifically, I’m referring to the team behind Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Squidbillies, who’s panel opened with show creator and voice actor Dave Willis taking stage to recite a monologue performed by a puppet version of Carl. Soon there after, voice talent Dana Snyder joined with a Master Shake puppet.
The puppets — presumably from the ATHF live action show tour Willis and Snyder did earlier in the year — were actually a genius idea to associate the voices with the characters (since voice actors aren’t always easy to identify).
More episodes of Aqua Teen and Squidbillies are being produced for next year, according to Willis, who later stated that the “Hunger Force” portion of Aqua Teen had reached its end and would be renamed “Aqua Teen Patrol Squad” to reflect a new “detective” angle for the show. However, whether this will actually happen is debatable since it’s hard to distinguish fact from sarcastic humor during these panels.
Fans also got to see a clip from a future Aqua Teen episode, which (to my knowledge) was exclusive to Dragon*Con, and were then treated to an unrehearsed live reading of a new Aqua Teen script by the show’s cast.
Maybe it’s because Adult Swim’s production company, Williams Street, is based in Atlanta, GA, (not far from where Dragon*Con is held), but these guys tend to treat their panels like it’s Comic-Con.
Check out the video below to see what I’m talking about…