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Adventure Time
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"Ya'll remember Cartoon Network, Adventure Time!
- Fortnite Battle Pass song
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
Justin Roiland
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 Never Ended for People

  1. Extremely fluid, great, and charming animation and art-style thanks to Rough Draft Studios.
  2. 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 Fu Dog 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) and Justin Roiland (The two main titular characters of Rick and Morty before the end of the series' 6th season).
  3. Finn and Jake are likable main characters, and the Ice King is a hilarious anti-hero.
  4. Some cute characters such as Gunter, Kitten (Gunter's child), Box Prince, and Timmy (Princess Bubblegum's cat)
  5. A lot of the character designs are appealing.
  6. All the places in the series look interesting.
  7. Numerous homages to Dungeons & Dragons, video games, and vintage sci-fi/fantasy art.
  8. More likable characters to come alongside Princess Bubblegum, Marceline the Vampire Queen and the rest of the old and new cast.
  9. Creative doodles (drawings).
  10. It has 3 TV movies that are 8-episode miniseries each inside of a series such as Stakes, Islands, and Elements.
  11. The pilot episode is cool.
  12. Catchy soundtrack, especially the theme song itself.
  13. Awesome heroic actions like fighting off The Lich.
  14. Terrifying villains such as GOLB, AMO, Bella Noche, Kee-Oth, and The Lich.
  15. Heartbreaking moments such as Ice King's backstory and Fern's death.
  16. Changes animation in some specials, like one episode where it is animated in stop-motion, and one animated in CGI.
  17. Some episodes are really emotional like "Simon and Marcy", "I Remember You", and "Incendium".
  18. Had 10 seasons in the time span of 8 years.
  19. It's filled with episodes that have amazing stories such as:
    • Slumber Party Panic
    • The Enchiridion!
    • Wizard
    • Evicted!
    • What is Life?
    • Ocean of Fear
    • Rainy Day Daydream
    • It Came from the Nightosphere (which started Season 2 with praise)
    • The Eyes (despite being a Finn and Jake torture episode)
    • Blood Under the Skin
    • Power Animal
    • Crystals Have Power
    • The Other Tarts
    • To Cut a Woman's Hair
    • The Chamber of Frozen Blades (which introduces Kitten, Gunter's adorable child with powers)
    • Her Parents
    • The Pods
    • The Real You
    • Death in Bloom
    • Susan Strong
    • Mortal Folly (the first episode that shows The Lich in action)
    • Mortal Recoil
    • Moritruri Te Salutamus
    • Memory of a Memory
    • Hitman
    • Too Young
    • Still (which features Gunter's cute dance after breaking a bottle)
    • Wizard Battle
    • What Was Missing
    • Apple Thief
    • From Bad to Worse
    • Beautopia
    • No One Can Hear You
    • Jake vs Me-Mow
    • Thank You
    • Holly Jolly Secrets (the episode that reveals ice King's tragic backstory)
    • Ghost Princess
    • Dad's Dungeon
    • Hot to the Touch
    • Five Short Graybles
    • Return to the Nightosphere
    • Daddy's Little Monster
    • Goliad
    • Beyond This Early Realm
    • Card Wars
    • Sons of Mars
    • King Worm
    • Ignition Point
    • The Hard Essay
    • Reign of Gunters
    • I Remember You (one of the best episodes in the series)
    • Finn the Human
    • Jake the Dog
    • Five More Short Graybles
    • Up a Tree
    • Mystery Dungeon
    • Vault of Bones (a cute Finn x Flame Princess episode)
    • Simon & Marcy (another one of the best episodes)
    • Another Five More Short Graybles
    • Be More
    • Time Sandwitch
    • The Vault
    • Dungeon Train
    • Box Prince (one of the cutest episodes in the series)
    • Red Starved
    • The Pit
    • Blade of Grass
    • Rattleballs
    • Betty
    • Billy's Bucket List (which ended season 5 positively)
    • Wake Up (which started season 6th's premiere with a bang)
    • Escape from the Citadel
    • The Tower
    • Sad Face
    • Food Chain
    • Something Big
    • Little Brother
    • Ocarina
    • Thanks for the Crabapples, Giuseppe!
    • Joshua & Margaret Investigations
    • Everything's Jake
    • Is That You?
    • Jake the Brick
    • Dentist
    • The Pajama War
    • Evergreen
    • Astral Plane
    • Dark Purple
    • Walnuts & Rain
    • Graybles 1000+
    • Hot Diggity Doom
    • The Comet (which ended Season 6 with high regard)
    • Bonnie & Neddy (which marked the 7th season with success)
    • Varmints
    • Cherry Cream Soda
    • Mama Said
    • Stakes (Part 1-8)
    • The More You Moe
    • The Moe You Know
    • Summer Showers (despite LSP being unlikable throughout)
    • A King's Ransom
    • Crossover
    • The Hall of Egress
    • Flute Spell
    • The Thin Yellow Line (which concluded season 7 in a positive manner)
    • Broke His Crown
    • Don't Look
    • Beyond the Grotto
    • Lady Raincorn of the Crystal Dimension
    • I Am a Sword
    • Bun Bun
    • Normal Man
    • Elemental
    • The Music Hole
    • Preboot
    • Reboot
    • Two Swords
    • Hose and Ball
    • Jelly Beans Have Power
    • Islands (Part 1-8) (which ended Season 8 with a flourish)
    • Orb (which successfully started season 9)
    • Elements (Part 1-8)
    • Abstract
    • Ketchup
    • Whispers
    • Three Buckets (which finished Season 9 with a positive outlook)
    • The Wild Hunt (which opened season 10 with a good first impression)
    • Always BMO Closing
    • Bonnibel Bubblegum
    • Seventeen
    • Marcy & Hunson
    • The First Investigation
    • Blenanas
    • Jake the Starchild
    • Temple of Mars
    • Gumbaldia
    • Come Along With Me (a great way to end the series)
  20. This show may be over, but a non-canon continuation is available in comic book form.
  21. 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).
  22. The show is well recieved that it even spawn two spinoffs.

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, Donny, Princess Cookie, and Ricardio.
    • 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 hilarious and iconic, can easily annoy a lot of people due to it being borderline ear-piercing.
    • Princess Bubblegum herself can be very unlikable sometimes since she can be stubborn, illogical, insane, inattentive, and even hypocritical.
    • BMO can be very detestable in some episodes as he can be pretty selfish, egotistical, insolent, insensitive, and purposely immature. Furthermore, he does make some pretty bad decisions in the series and doesn't learn from them.
    • Lumpy Space Princess' bad attitude and behavior towards other characters can be pretty irritating a lot of times.
      • She was at her worst in "Princess Day" where she spends the entire episode disrespecting Breakfast Princess and vandalizing her kingdom with Marceline.
    • The Squirrel who hates Jake so much is very one-dimensional, over-the-top, and has no good purpose in the series at all.
    • The King of Ooo is a very dumb, uninteresting, and poorly-written character.
    • Tree Trunks has been considered by many as one of the worst characters in the show, especially in her self-titled episode, where she did not help Finn and Jake other than by having tea parties.
  3. It does have a handful of mediocre/bad episodes:
    • Tree Trunks
    • City of Thieves
    • The Witch's Garden
    • Dungeon
    • The Duke
    • Storytelling
    • Slow Love
    • The Silent King
    • Guardians of Sunshine
    • Go with Me (a Princess Bubblegum torture episode)
    • Belly of the Beast
    • Videomakers
    • Heat Signature (a weak way to end Season 2)
    • Conquest of Cuteness
    • The New Frontier (the filler episode; arguably one of the nitpicks of this show)
    • Marceline's Closet (another filler episode)
    • Another Way
    • Dream of Love (one of the worst episodes)
    • Web Weirdos
    • Princess Cookie
    • Burning Low
    • BMO Noire (a boring BMO filler episode)
    • The Lich (not the best way to end Season 4)
    • BMO Lost
    • Shh! (also counts as a filler episode and counts as one of the worst offenders)
    • Frost and Fire (A very infamous episode that triggered Finn (Finn and Flame Princess) fans)
    • Earth & Water
    • Root Beer Guy
    • Apple Wedding
    • The Red Throne
    • Bad Timing
    • James II (a terrible end to James' story)
    • Breezy
    • Princess Day (a Breakfast Princess torture episode)
    • Nemesis
    • The Cooler
    • The Diary (which had a very anticlimactic ending)
    • Chips & Ice Cream
    • Water Park Prank (the lowest-rated episode of the series; also counts as the worst)
    • Be Sweet
    • Football
    • High Strangeness
    • Son of Rap Bear
    • Ring of Fire
  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"). Moreover, some of these censors were even carried over to Cartoon Network Asia and Cartoon Network Philippines.

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, yet he can't understand Lady Rainicorn. Even more hilarious is that she is voiced by fellow Korean-Japanese actress Bong Young-hi.
    • Speaking of Romi Park, this isn't the first time she voiced a short, blonde kid hero who loses his right arm and replaces it with a mechanical prosthetic.

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