Adventure Time

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Adventure Time
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Come on, grab your friends
We're going to very distant lands
Genre: Science Fantasy
Adventure
Surreal comedy
Running Time: 12 minutes (episodes)
24 minutes (specials)
45 minutes (series finale)
96 minutes (Stakes, Islands, and Elements)
Country: United States
Release Date: April 5, 2010 – September 3, 2018
Network(s): Cartoon Network
Created by: Pendleton Ward
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Starring: Jeremy Shada
John DiMaggio
Hynden Walch
Niki Yang
Tom Kenny
Olivia Olson
Pendleton Ward
Polly Lou Livingston
Jessica DiCicco
Seasons: 10
Episodes: 283 (259 + 3 television movie specials)
Next show: Adventure Time: Distant Lands


Adventure Time (alternitavely titled Adventure Time with Finn and Jake) is an American animated television series created by Pendleton Ward for Cartoon Network. The series follows the adventures of a boy named Finn (voiced by Jeremy Shada) and his best friend and adoptive brother Jake (voiced by John DiMaggio)—a dog with the magical power to change shape and size at will. Finn and Jake live in the post-apocalyptic Land of Ooo, wherein they interact with other major characters, including: Princess Bubblegum (voiced by Hynden Walch), the Ice King (voiced by Tom Kenny), Marceline the Vampire Queen (voiced by Olivia Olson), and BMO (voiced by Niki Yang). The series is based on a 2007 short produced for Nicktoons and Frederator Studios' animation incubator series Random! Cartoons. After the short became a viral hit on the Internet, Cartoon Network commissioned a full-length series, which previewed on March 11, 2010 and officially premiered on April 5, 2010.

The series draws inspiration from a variety of sources, including the fantasy role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons and video games. It is produced using hand-drawn animation, and action and dialogue for episodes are decided by storyboarding artists. Because each individual episode taking roughly eight to nine months to complete, multiple episodes are worked on concurrently. The Adventure Time cast record their lines in group recordings and the series regularly employs guest actors for minor and recurring characters. Each Adventure Time episode runs for about eleven minutes; pairs of episodes are often telecast to fill half-hour program slots. Seven seasons of the program have finished aired. An eighth season premiered on January 23, 2017, and the show has also been renewed for one additional ninth season.

Why The Fun Will Never End

  1. Extremely fluid, great, and charming animation and art-style.
  2. Awesome stories.
  3. Brought so many talents to a lot of voice actors in the series such as Jeremy Shada, Tom Kenny (The title character from SpongeBob SquarePants), John DiMaggio (Bender from Futurama and Dog Fu from American Dragon: Jake Long), Hynden Walch (Starfire from Teen Titans), Jessica DiCicco (Maggie from The Buzz on Maggie and Lucy and Lynn Jr. from The Loud House).
  4. Great voice acting.
  5. Finn and Jake are likable main characters, and the Ice King is a hilarious anti-hero.
  6. Some cute characters such as Gunter, Kitten (Gunter's child), Box Prince, and Timmy (Princess Bubblegum's cat)
  7. A lot of the character designs are appealing.
  8. All the places in the series look interesting.
  9. Numerous homages to Dungeons & Dragons, video games, and vintage sci-fi/fantasy art.
  10. More likable characters to come alongside Princess Bubblegum, Marceline the Vampire Queen and the rest of the old and new cast.
  11. Creative doodles (drawings).
  12. It has 3 TV movies that are 8-episode miniseries each inside of a series such as Stakes, Islands, and Elements.
  13. Catchy soundtrack, especially the theme song itself.
  14. Awesome heroic actions like fighting off The Lich.
  15. Changes animation in some specials, like one episode where it is animated in stop-motion, and one animated in CGI.
  16. Some episodes are really emotional like "Simon and Marcy", "I Remember You", and "Incendium".
  17. Had 10 seasons in the time span of 8 years.
  18. This show may be over, but a non-canon continuation is available in comic book form.
  19. "Come Along With Me" was a great end to the series.
  20. HBO Max had exclusively stream 45 minute-long specials, starting in 2020, focusing on the main cast in the aftermath of the finale (With the exception of BMO since it took place before the events of the series).

Bad Qualities

  1. Although the first few seasons were episodic, from season 5 onwards the show began to rely a lot on continuity which resulted in the lore becoming very confusing, to the point where some people feel like it’s necessary to binge watch the entire series just to understand what's going on in one episode, thus making the show go slightly downhill.
  2. Some characters can get disturbing or unlikable like James or Donny.
    • Lemongrab (despite that he appears in some episodes) can be very unlikable since he can be annoying, noisy, immature, stubborn, high-strung, overzealous and unnecessarily cruel. However, he does become more mentally stable after "Lemonhope: Part 2"
      • His constant "UNACCEPTABLE!" screaming, although funny and iconic, can easily annoy a lot of people due to it being borderline ear-piercing.
    • Princess Bubblegum can be very unlikable sometimes since she can be stubborn, illogical, insane, inattentive, and even hypocritical.
    • Marceline, while likable overall, her rebellious nature can be pretty annoying sometimes, especially in "Princess Day".
    • Lumpy Space Princess' bad attitude towards other characters can be pretty irritating a lot of times.
      • She was at her worst in "Princess Day" were she disrespects Breakfast Princess multiple times and vandalizes her kingdom with Marceline.
    • The Squirrel who hates Jake so much is very one-dimensional and has no good purpose in the series at all.
    • The King of Ooo is a very dumb and poorly-written character.
    • Tree Trunks has been considered by many as one of the worst characters in the show, especially her self-titled episode, where she did not help Finn and Jake other than having tea parties.
  3. It had some bad episodes:
    • Guardians of Sunshine
    • Videomakers
    • No One Can Hear You
    • Frost and Fire (A very infamous episode that triggered Flinn (Finn and Flame Princess) fans)
    • The New Frontier (depending on your view)
    • Another Way
    • Dream of Love
    • Web Weirdos (depending on your view)
    • Burning Low
    • The Lich (a weak way to end Season 4)
    • Bad Timing (depending on your view)
    • Water Park Prank
    • Be Sweet
  4. Some scenes are pretty inappropriate and offensive for a kids' show, though this was toned down in later episodes. In addition, some of the humor and language go too far.
  5. It can get very mean-spirited sometimes.
  6. Some of the show's material can be very violent such as in "Jake Vs Me Mow'' for example where Me Mow actually gives Finn scrapes with her sword along with Finn blowing Me Mow into a tree before putting his hand on her getting STABBED IN THE PROCESS ALL ON SCREEN. ("You think your hurting me with that tiny DAGGER!").
  7. Most overseas Cartoon Network feeds heavily censor the series for content.
    • Cartoon Network UK cut the story-arc of Finn losing his arm and banned it from the UK, infuriating many viewers from the country.
    • Cartoon Network Australia censors were particularly harsh on the series, cutting out words as innocuous as "shucks" or "rascal". Some episodes had as much as two minutes of content cut for content (namely "Storytelling").

Reception

Adventure Time was a ratings success for Cartoon Network, with the highest-rated episodes having attracted over 3 million viewers. The show has received positive reviews from critics and, despite being aimed primarily at children, has developed a following among teenagers and adults. Adventure Time has won awards including six Primetime Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award, three Annie Awards, two British Academy Children's Awards, a Motion Picture Sound Editors Award, a Pixel Award, and a Kerrang! Award. The series has also been nominated for three Critics' Choice Television Awards, two Annecy Festival Awards, a TCA Award, and a Sundance Film Festival Award, among others. A comic book spin-off based on the series won an Eisner Award and two Harvey Awards. The series has also inspired various clothing items and related merchandise, video games, comic books, and DVD compilations. It holds an 8.6/10 on IMDb.

Trivia

  • This show was originally going to air on Nickelodeon, but one of the workers said "it was too weird", so Nickelodeon chose to greenlit Fanboy & Chum Chum instead.
  • Hynden Walch, voice actress of Princess Bubblegum, is also the voice of Starfire on Teen Titans.
  • Mordecai from Regular Show has made a cameo appearance in the episode “Ketchup” because the bird in the episode looks exactly like him, but he isn’t the actual character.
    • He even said his signature catchphrase, "OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH!"
  • The show has a huge fanbase of all ages in the United Kingdom, despite the UK branch of Cartoon Network skipping a few episodes due to their content (and, as of late 2017, screwing it over so it only plays at 11pm). It helps that Brits enjoy wacky and surreal shows and the merch sells quite well in a lot of UK bookstores and comic shops.
  • In Australia, the episodes that aren't aired butchered are merely pulled from rotation (such as "Fionna and Cake" and "What Was Missing" due to many scenes deemed too sexually suggestive). Thankfully, when the series appeared on free-to-air it was screened unedited (though a few episodes were out of order).
  • The episodes "Wake Up", "Escape from the Citadel", "The Tower" and "Breezy" were banned in several countries (including the United Kingdom and Poland) because of thinly-veiled sexual content and because those were the episodes were Finn loses his arm and copes with the loss. Their absences have caused several plot holes.
  • The episode "All the Little People" was banned by Cartoon Network in Latin America for racy content. Furthermore, the episode isn't available legally on their version of Netflix. However, the episode was broadcast uncensored in the free-to-air channels.
  • The series itself (along with Steven Universe and other shows) got banned in Kenya in 2017 for its depictions of homosexuality and homosexual relationships.
  • In the Japanese dub, Finn is voiced by Romi Park, who is Korean-Japanese and speaks both languages as well. And he can't understand Lady Rainicorn. Even more hilarious (and ironic) she also voiced by another Korean-Japanese actress, Bong Young-hi.
  • This is not the first time Romi Park voiced a short, blonde kid hero who loses his right arm and replaces it with a mechanical prosthetic...

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