Stretching episodes that are usually 11 to 22 minutes long into a full-length feature movie is no easy task. Yet, if an animated series earns a large enough fanbase, chances are that a film adaptation will follow suit. Case in point, 20th Century Studios is dropping The Bob’s Burgers Movie in summer 2022 based on the widely renowned series, and Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are also producing a new CG-animated TMNT reboot for Paramount Pictures.
The Internet Movie Database rating system is a solid indication of what movies fans and movie-goers consider to be the funniest and these are the animated comedy movies based on TV series that come out on top.
Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theaters (2007) – 6.7
Nothing quite compares to the anarchic spirit and many WTF moments of Aqua Teen Hunger Force. For most viewers, it’s an acquired taste, and in the vein of Freddy Got Fingered, the Aqua Teens’ big motion picture can be considered modern Dadaism in how it treats its narrative structure or lack thereof.
Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters is an appropriately lengthy title for a cinematic experience that essentially feels like a prank. Not to mention, the film premiered on April 1st on Adult Swim, displayed in a small box at the bottom left corner of the screen without any sound. Trying to make sense of it all is futile, for it is far easier to laugh at the notion that this film was submitted for the 80th Academy Awards.
Teen Titans GO! To the Movies (2018) – 6.8
When Teen Titans GO! premiered on Cartoon Network in 2013, it was initially met with mixed reception, with many fans upset that the new style depreciated the original series from a decade earlier. With its straightforward comedic approach, the series found a unique voice, and would soon bring its family-friendly meta-humor to the big screen.
Teen Titans Go! To the Movies is a clever lampoon of superhero trends in the current state of the industry. Amidst an all-star lineup of DC characters, Robin starts to feel inadequate due to not having a major studio blockbuster. An inspired montage has the team go back in time to prevent famous heroes from existing so they can be next in line for a studio green-light, only to have to go back again when the world devolves into utter chaos.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) – 6.8
While Rocky and Bullwinkle had a “rocky” transition from daytime programming to the box office, their time-traveling friends made a much more successful venture. Produced by DreamWorks Animation, Mr. Peabody & Sherman retells the origins of the Belvedere-inspired beagle and his adopted human son with a refreshingly earnest screenplay filled with history-based puns.
A “Renaissance-dog” of sorts, Peabody begins to yearn for true connection when his accomplishments fail to give him true fulfillment. The story breaks time travel rules and it’s loaded with historical inaccuracies, but like Bill & Ted, it plays out in favor of some witty jokes. A highlight involves a scene in which Peabody, to prevent a rupture in the space-time continuum, keeps two variants of Sherman from making contact by warning the boy not to “touch himself” in the earshot of a social worker.
Beavis And Butt-Head Do America (1995) – 6.8
What began as a raw two-minute short called Frog Baseball by creator Mike Judge soon developed into the hit MTV animated series, Beavis and Butt-Head. From commentating music videos to aimlessly coasting through existence, the eponymous burnouts became such cultural sensations that, ultimately, a full-length feature was released only a couple of years after the show’s official premiere in ’93.
By placing the airheaded duo at the center of a political thriller, Judge dramatically raises the stakes while managing to retain the essence of the show as the twosome remain completely ignorant throughout their trek across America. Even non-fans will have a hard time resisting the meticulous barrage of non-stop idiocy.
A Goofy Movie (1995) – 6.9
For 90 years, the lovably oafish Goofy has been a celebrated character in the pantheon of Disney toons. In the early ’90s, a more grounded side of the anthropomorphic dog was explored in the Disney Channel series Goof Troop. Featuring Goofy’s adolescent son, Max, their complex relationship and amusingly stark differences are later expanded on in a theatrical father-son road trip.
Complications arise as the now teenage Max begins to develop a rebellious attitude towards his father in the pursuit to be cool. Released during the peak of the Disney Renaissance era, this low-key feature has acquired cult status thanks in part to its stellar soundtrack from Tevin Campbell aka “Powerline.” Jams aside, A Goofy Movie is perhaps Disney’s deepest film, and packed with surprisingly compelling dramedy.
The Spongebob SquarePants Movie (2004) – 7.1
Stephen Hillenburg soaked up heaps of praise when SpongeBob SquarePants made its debut on Nickelodeon in the summer of ’99. Five years later, the first movie would sail into cinemas with the intent of being the series finale, however, its popularity only continued the ongoing phenomenon.
In the movie, the optimistic sponge and his absent-minded buddy, Patrick Star, embark on a quest to save Bikini Bottom and prove their manliness. Sporting a live-action cameo from Baywatch star David Hasselhoff, this surreal adventure is as charming as it is unapologetically absurd. The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie is a fever dream on wheels that refuses to hit the brakes as the duo alters expectations along to music by Twisted Sister.
Shaun The Sheep Movie (2014) – 7.3
British humor has always had a reputation for being cheeky and understated, and the CBBC series Shaun the Sheep proudly continues that tradition. The film adaptation from Aardman Animation, like its televised predecessor, proves that sometimes, less is more.
With little to no dialogue, even from the human characters, this delightfully affable claymation harkens back to the golden age of silent cinema. For a genre so archaic, this stop-motion feature mines a ton of physical comedy from its infectiously silly plot. Visual storytelling at its finest and funniest, Shaun the Sheep is a herd of absurdity.
The Simpsons Movie (2007) – 7.3
Coined by South Park creator Trey Parker, the phrase “The Simpsons Did It” has become a meme based on how consistently true it is. Whether covering fresh ground or eerily predicting current events, the ground-breaking series has integrated with the zeitgeist, and thus, the move to bring the yellow family to the silver screen materialized.
Homer, who has an affinity for making selfish decisions, outdoes himself by polluting the lake, causing all of Springfield to need to be quarantined underneath a dome. The Simpsons Movie delivers some funny scenes and a few fun surprises, like Hans Zimmer’s hilarious orchestral rendition of “Spider-Pig” and a cameo from Tom Hanks that may have also foretold the future.
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit (2005) – 7.4
From Nick Park of Aardman Animations, Wallace & Gromit and their ensuing movies have been capturing the hearts of the UK since 1989. After years of attempting to bring the success of the stop motion sensation overseas, DreamWorks Animation eventually teamed up with Aardman Animations to distribute an uproarious slapstick homage to both Universal Classic Monsters and Hammer Horror.
Featuring the homely inventor and his silent-yet-smart beagle as pest control agents, the iconic duo is pit against an infestation of rabbits, including the titular beast, ravaging through the town’s crops. Academy Award winner for Best Animated Feature, The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is an exquisitely claymated romp with no shortage of visual puns and mythical buns.
South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999) – 7.7
Trey Parker and Matt Stone have been controversial figures since their crudely animated series South Park landed on Comedy Central, prompting a firestorm of anger from everyone from concerned parents to offended religious groups. Doubling down on the public dispute, they took their brand of politically incorrect satire to theaters with mellifluous flair, including meta-commentary on the divisive reaction their cartoon has sparked.
War breaks out in North America after the boys attend an R-rated movie adaptation of their favorite show, to the dismay of their parents. Nominated for an Oscar, the song “Blame Canada” points out how adults consistently shift blame instead of taking direct approaches to their children’s issues. Audacious, intelligent, and defiantly profane, Bigger, Longer, & Uncut is a showstopper of a musical comedy.
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