|“||This time, it's not a Comedy World.||”|
— The movie's tagline.
It should be noted that this film was originally intended to be the series finale of the show, but due to the success of the movie, and the series overall, the show was renewed for a fifth season. Further episodes that were produced were officially stated to take place before the movie, thereby making this film the "true" series finale.
The movie uses both Associated Production Music tracks, and original background music. Original background tracks for the film were composed by Shawn Lee, who also composed the soundtrack for the 2006 video game, Bully.
When PC Guy, Eric, David, and Joey hear about a statue that is supposed to represent Lakeside, they decide to buy fireworks in order to use them at the unveiling of said statue. But when everything goes awry and the monument gets demolished, they receive a rude awakening from Principal Walker. The aforementioned disaster forces the brothers to flee Lakeside City. They eventually to try to seek a new life elsewhere in the country, all while being pursued by a cold hitman who has been ordered to murder them.
The film opens up with Andrew Rannells and Jacob the Dog heading to the AMC Empire 25 theater in New York City to watch The Comedy World Movie, but Andrew is beaten up by security for trying to bring a pet in. Ironically enough, Jacob is eventually allowed into the theater, and he sits down to watch the movie.
In the movie, The Narrator introduces us to Lakeside City. PC Guy leads the way with a song ("Good Morning, Lakeside"). The song itself depicts PC Guy's eager personality, and we also get a glimpse of Principal Walker adding the final touches to his scheme. The citizens declare that today will indeed be a great day.
The 8 decides they should celebrate their anniversary somehow. However, with it being the last day of school, it seems they may have to postpone the celebration to the evening. At school, there are no classes going on, so the gang begins to hang out in the gym.
In the gym, students are signing yearbooks and passing out flyers. The brochures describe how a statue that will represent Lakeside will be unveiled that night. David and Joey suggest that should make the unveiling extra special by launching fireworks, and that they should launch them with the Pearson brothers. After what seems like quite a long time, the dismissal bell rings, and everybody quickly exits the school building. The Pearson and Maldanado brothers head to the firework store, and Eric foolishly buys remote controlled ones since they were three cents cheaper.
That night, the brothers are preparing to launch the fireworks. Everybody in Lakeside City arrives to view the statue unveiling ceremony. When the statue is revealed to be of nobody but Principal Walker, Eric drops the remote out of astonishment, and it ends up breaking. The fireworks launch, but they fly straight into the Walker statue, smashing it to smithereens. The crowd then turns their attention to Walker.
Walker successfully tricks the town into trying to KILL the brothers for vandalism, and the crowd pursues them, with the exception of the rest of The Lucky 8 members. They try to stop the angry mob, but Walker gets hold of them and drags them away. Meanwhile, the brothers split up to buy time. David hides in a dumpster, but he gets chased out by Chip. Joey hides in a fountain, and he gets caught by a scuba diver. Eric jumps off of a bed and into a tree, and gets mistaken for a monkey. PC Guy is running down an alley, and he phones everyone to meet at the Maldanado's apartment.
In the panic room of the Maldanado's apartment, PC Guy takes roll call, and is horrified when he discovers Eric is absent, but Eric was just at the fridge eating all the food. PC Guy decides that they need to escape Lakeside City as soon as possible, now that Principal Walker has taken over. Everybody decides to pack lightly, and they carjack Old Man Esmond's minivan that he spent his retirement funds on. Suddenly, it turns out that escaping won't be so easy, as Walker has set a bounty of $250,000 on the brothers to have them killed, and he has hired a hitman to murder the gang in cold blood.
After an epic car chase through Lakeside City, they finally lose Edgar by driving across a drawbridge that is opening for The World's Slowest Tugboat Parade. Edgar takes this as a challenge, and successfully drives their car through the canal. Meanwhile, Walker constructs a wall around the city...
The next day, the car breaks down at an interstate highway. Luckily, there is a service station nearby. When they enter the main building, they find it deserted, though there is a coupon for a nearby restaurant on the floor. The group fights over who gets it, until Eric realizes that the coupon had expired in 1678, and the restaurant had closed soon after.
Suddenly, Joey spots a car outside, but it's only a mirage. Then, they spot an abandoned camper van, and they decide to sleep in there for the night, but little do they know that they are trespassing on private property. Back in Lakeside, Walker has taken the mayor hostage, and has named himself Ruler of Lakeside, which he subsequently renames Walkerville. Various buildings are demolished to make way for nuclear power plants, including Avenue A Apartment.
The next morning, the gang is chased away from the camper van by an angry farmer, who is holding a pitchfork. They come across a lush forest, and decides to seek shelter there. Meanwhile, Edgar arrives at the service station from earlier, and he examines a piece of hair left by PC Guy. Suddenly, an employee laughs at and mocks him for playing with dust. The scene then cuts to aforementioned employee's grave, which says "He got the last laugh".
In the forest, Joey decides to practice a wild bird call, though the awful noise produced by said call causes a mudslide, covering the brothers in mud. A nearby tourist mistakes the mud-covered brothers for Bigfoot, and takes a photo. The flash causes PC Guy to walk into a tree, knocking a beehive down. The bees chase PC Guy into another tree, knocking a hornets nest down. PC Guy loses the angry insects after diving into a bush, but this very bush is the home of a king wasp!
Eric, still covered in mud, joins a clan of gorillas, a lion attacks Joey over a box of Frosted Puffs, and David's attempt to start a fire ultimately leads to the entire forest burning down. Meanwhile in Walkerville, pollution from the nuclear power plants has created a red smog around the city. Paul and Bill watch in tears as their respective restaurants are bulldozed in order to build another nuclear power plant.
At the town hall, the citizens are lined up to get a small bite of a tortilla. Inside, Walker is gloating in victory, stating that he is unstoppable, and soon, he will expand his empire to other parts of the world. Meanwhile, Edgar arrives at the farm. He is greeted rather rudely by the farmer, who proceeds to mock his appearance. The scene cuts to him stuffing the farmer's body in the fridge.
Elsewhere, the brothers approach a shady and unwelcoming city, and it happens to be nothing other than the town of Clinton Heights. Joey enters a wrestling tournament and nearly wins the grand prize of $100,000, but ultimately does not receive his prize as he did not sign the liability waver with a no. 2 pencil. Meanwhile, David wanders into a dark alley, but gets surrounded by a gang. Fortunately, Joey is there to save him with his wrestling skills, but then the gang leader weakly says that they only wanted to share their nachos with David.
Then, the brothers spot a rather out of place and nice looking house, where they meet an old woman named Doris, who agrees to let them stay there for the night. However, unbeknownst to them, Doris has a deadly secret: she has a habit of taking in and killing strangers!
Doris then goes into her kitchen to make some dinner for everybody. PC Guy uses the time he has to wander around the house, but he starts to get creeped out, stating "he's seen enough". Right before he can warn the rest of the gang, Eric goes into the guest room and he turns on the TV. Suddenly, it releases some incapacitation gas, and it succeeds in knocking Eric out.
A couple of minutes pass by, and supper is prepared for everyone. However, PC Guy fears they may be Doris' supper. The brothers are served chicken potpie with a side of cookie dough for dessert - and since cookie dough is Eric's most favorite food, he wakes up just from its scent. While they are eating, PC Guy notices that Doris is eating some rice, rather than the chicken potpie. Before he has time to ask Doris about this, David begins to feel sick and rushes into the bathroom to vomit, immediately followed by Joey and Eric.
Before soon, the brothers have gone to bed. The guest room happens to be freezing cold, since the AC is running on full blast. PC Guy quietly exits the room and tries to find an Off switch for the AC, but runs into Doris in the hallway, who is carrying a butcher's knife. PC Guy asks what it's for, and Doris replies that "it's for putting people to sleep.". PC Guy freaks out and dashes back into the guest room to alert the others. Doris locks the door, but the brothers manage to escape by shattering a window, and then blocking it with a board, thus trapping Doris inside of her guest room.
After escaping Clinton Heights, PC Guy begins to lash out at Eric for getting them into this mess. PC Guy yells about how all of this is Eric's fault, how he would rather go back home to face the consequences thanks to him, and that he is nothing but a "background character" in PC Guy's life. This causes David and Joey to exile PC Guy from the rest of them. PC Guy eventually finds a place to sleep for the night, and ends up having a disturbing nightmare which manifests all of his worst fears. Eventually, PC Guy wakes up from this nightmare and realizes that he has to apologize to Eric.
PC Guy goes to the comfy spot that the rest have been sleeping at, and he tries to apologize to Eric, but in the words of Joey, "That feels like more of a 'sorry you feel that way' apology, and coming from me, that's saying a LOT." Overcome with guilt, PC Guy spends the rest of the day feeling even more sorry than before. He tries to cheer himself up and spend time by fishing with his bare hands, looking at beautiful views of nature, birdwatching, and dozens of others, but nothing seems to succeed. In fact, all of these plans backfire on him.
That evening, as David, Joey and Eric are cooking their own stew, PC Guy delivers a more heartfelt apology. This causes Eric to burst into tears, and he also apologizes - for bringing everybody into all of this trouble and how they're on the run because their entire hometown wants them dead. He says PC Guy had every right to be harsh on him, and the Maldanado brothers apologize as well. Everybody embraces each other, and PC Guy admits a mistake he's had all this time: he was running away from a huge problem and caused the rest to do so as well. David says that all of them should return to Lakeside City as soon as possible, and everybody else agrees with him.
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- Andrew Rannells as PC Guy, Paul, Oscar, Service Station Employee, The Narrator, Wyatt, and himself
- Josh Peck as Eric
- Gary Sauls as Joey, Constantinos, Skipper, Mr. Goodman, Christian, Ollie and The Farmer
- Edward Felker as David, Stanley, Gordon, Luke, Igor, Abdul, and Jacob the Dog
- Heath Ledger as Edgar
- Mike Pollock as Principal Walker, Mr. Rattlebag, Dr. Feelwell and Robert
- Veronica Taylor as Carver
- Dan Green as Dallas
- Eric Stuart as Sebastian, Gurney and Frankie
- Dee Bradley Baker as Old Man Esmond and Snodgrass
- John DiMaggio as Tony
- Tress MacNellie as Diane
- Frank Welker as Chip
- Rickey D'Shon Collins as Blake
- Jessica DiCicco as Lola
- Dan Castellaneta as Floyd and Mr. Crawford
- Jason Griffith as Travis
- Clancy Brown as Bill
- Grey DeLisle as Sierra
- The movie's animation is a lot more fluid compared to the original series, with detailed backgrounds, a wide variety of facial expressions, more prominent shading, and smooth character movements.
- The movie first premiered on television on June 18, 2005 at 7:00 PM EST on The WB. The premiere successfully attracted 8.91 million viewers across the United States, making it the highest rated animated program on cable that year.
- In an interview that was done not too long after the film released, Gary Sauls said, "Well, it's not explicitly stated since I don't like forcing morals into people's faces - because it's a cartoon at the end of the day, not an educational PSA from the 1980s - but a message that some people get from this movie are to never run away from your problems. And I like that. I like it a lot."