Following 2007’s original Nickelodeon short and a sneak preview in March, 2010, Adventure Time officially premiered on Cartoon Network on April 5 with “Slumber Party Panic” and “Trouble in Lumpy Space.”
Title card credit goes to Phil Rynda, Paul Linsley, and Nick Jennings.
Why Adventure Time is a Groundbreaking show in Animation
If you are familiar with modern cartoons from this decade,
starting from 2010 and currently, chances are you’ve come across a show called
Adventure Time is a show about the adventures of a boy named
“Finn” with his dog “Jake” that has magical powers to shape-shift at anytime!
The show takes place in the “Land of Ooo”, which is set in a
post-apocalyptic future where humans are near to extinction and Finn is
believed to be the last human.
As the show has progressed throughout its 8 seasons, almost
near its end with a ninth and final season, we have learned a lot of back-story
and history about the origin of Ooo and various characters.
Here is where I think this show was a huge game-changer for
Cartoon Network and animated shows, in general!
If we go back to 2007 and on another channel being
“Nickelodeon, Adventure Time’s creator, Pendleton Ward created a 7 minute pilot
simply titled “Adventure Time” that was just a basic premise of Finn and Jake
rescuing Princess Bubblegum from the villainous Ice King.
The pilot then later became viral over the Internet and
became a huge success, where Frederator Studios pitched the pilot as a series
to Nickelodeon, but they passed on the series twice!
Later on, the studio pitched the series to Cartoon Network
and they allowed them to make a whole show, if it meant to keep all of the
elements and characters from the pilot.
And then from then on, the show and the creators have
expanded upon the pilot and have created a huge and impactful series that have
influenced a wide range of creators, academics, gender and orientation!
People have described the show as being trippy, bizarre and
silly on the outside, but on the inside, the show can get dark, thoughtful and
even makes you question about philosophy, life and the world, in general.
A great example of this show that has led a lot of
underground and freelance artists to pursue their own projects is people like
Rebecca Sugar for creating Steven Universe, Patrick McHale for creating Over
the Garden Wall and Skyler Page for creating Clarence!
It’s not to say that artists were limited to just shows, as
well! Many writers were previously independent comic artists including Jesse
Moynihan, Seo Kim, Tom Herpich and Steve Wolfhard, just to name a few! Here is an example of Jesse Moynihan’s work called “Forming”!
Lastly, Adventure Time’s impact on gender and orientation
comes from how there is a diverse mix of characters! BMO, for example switches
genders back and forth depending on certain episodes! There are also some episodes
that feature a gender-swapped world of the show which are called “Fionna and
Cake” and these episodes tend to be favourites among the fandom!
Characters like Princess Bubblegum, Marceline and Susan
Strong are all shown to be tough characters, but deal with their own sets of
flaws and insecurities.
Fans of the show often pair PB and Marceline as a ship
called “Bubbline”, as it’s believed that they have been in a past relationship
and are trying to work out their problems as the show progresses.
There are many various examples of topics that the show that
the series represents like loss and memory disorders in “I Remember You”, sexuality
and depression in “Breezy” or isolation in “The Music Hole” and that’s just
only a few to list.
This episode is considered one of the most saddest in the entire series, thanks to Rebecca Sugar’s amazing song-writing!
What I always admire about the series is that not only has
it been consistently strong over the course of 8 seasons, but the show actually
has their characters age and grow physically and mentally in real-time.
Season 1 may be considered the most juvenile of the series,
whereas the most recent seasons, especially Season 6 and 7 are some of the most
poignant and philosophical the show has seen yet and for the better, in my
Adventure Time has remained and still is widely considered a
ground-breaking show in the history of television animation and pushed the
boundaries of what could be shown on a kid’s network, similar to Avatar: The
Last Airbender did for Nickelodeon, but that’s another topic for another day!
I will miss Adventure Time when it comes to a close, but
what will remain is a modern classic in the history of animation and we will always have fun going on adventures with Finn the Human and Jake the Dog!
I was checking out the new “107 facts” about the animated show Chowder when i noticed that they had used my drawing of Schnitzel when talking about the character at 7:11. They also showed John Dimaggio, Schnitzel’s voice actor holding a print of my drawing. I didn’t see me credited any where, maybe i missed it but im not really upset its always nice to have ones art noticed.
I thought the parallel of Finn looking out to sea from the first and last parts of the Islands Miniseries did a wonderful job at portraying the wealth of emotion, growth, and new understanding Finn felt and gained from the start of his journey VS the end of his journey.
It does well to show just how much Finn has matured throughout the series, from a young and naive boy to a wiser, more aware young man.
Adventure Time is a children’s show which exemplifies what it means to truly “grow up,” that even in a world where the life of humans has come to ruin, where you sometimes feel completely and utterly alone, where real danger and real monsters are at every corner, you’re going to be okay.
Adventure Time has taught children that while it may be trying sometimes, while it can hurt and be confusing, “growing up” is an inevitability - but one you should not be fearful of. It’s one that you should embrace, because its worth it for the lessons you learn, the wisdom you gain, and the love and friendship you find along the way.
Ultimately, this world is not so different from our own.
Growing up is a lot like journeying to multiple islands, each one has something of value, whether it is wisdom to gain, emotional growth, or better understanding and awareness.
You may not always come to one on purpose, sometimes it may even seem like you’ve been thrown into a tsunami and washed out from the sea, but it’s all a part of your journey of life; And even if you don’t know your destination, know that your heart and your intuition already do, and trust them to lead you on your way.
Like Princess Bubblegum says, “If you make it to that island, you might find out some pretty heavy stuff. About the humans, and where you came from. About yourself.”
Thank you,Pendleton Ward, Frederator Studios, and Cartoon Network for the blessing that is Adventure Time.
DISCLAIMER: All rights belong to their respective owners and not me. This video is meant for non-profit educational and entertainment purposes only. I don’t own Adventure Time.
On 2018 Adventure Time is coming to an end. This show really changed my life in so many different ways, I can’t imagine what I’m going to do without new episodes, but all good things must come to an end. At least we have two more years of new adventures :)
Episode 79 of the Pizza Party Podcast was probably the most frustrating episodes I had to sit through. With that being said I am happy that people are enjoying the abridged edit that Pan made of the podcast. But my god I hope we do not ever have that guest on the podcast again.
We had a toy reviewer from the early days of Youtube, Pan and myself were both big fans of his videos when he started out. Our guest’s videos where the Youtube equivalent of a dad joke. safe, cooky, charming, with cringe peppered in. Perfect for the Pizza Party Podcast.
We’ve had guest on who loved to talk about themselves, hell at a point of time I was one of those people. You’re on the podcast to promote yourself, we all get it. But you have to realize this was an abridged edit of the recording. The recording was originally 3 hours long, and we edited it down to an hour and a half to make it more enjoyable to the viewers. Which props to Pan because based off the fan response he did his job perfectly.
I don’t watch episodes of the Pizza Party Podcast that I am on, because believe it or not I hate the sound of my own voice; and while I’m barely in it I can’t watch this episode to see what’s different. I do want to try and share some highlights of the recording;
- We hadn’t started recording yet, and the guest went right into a story that was both fascinating and interesting. Pan asked him to hold off til we start recording, but he continued anyways. I had to stop interrupt him two more times before he stopped. And he never went back to the story. It was about how he worked on Alf. - He criticized Pan twice in the recording. Once telling Pan that he should be leading the conversation since it’s his podcast and then continued to bulldoze Pan with another tangent before Pan could even respond. The second time he criticized the podcast because we weren’t doing it live and his fans can’t ask him questions directly. - He claimed Disney makes nothing memorable, but when we gave suggestions to memorable songs, he ignored us and continued rambling about his opinions on Disney. Including but limited to Cars 3 being better than Cars and Aladdin having the most mistakes ever made in movie history. - Almost all of his advice and suggestions on how to perform on social media are super commonly known and are stuff that social media platforms promote. Hashtags are important, you can see audience retention in the creator studio. Basic Youtube creator knowledge that Youtube promotes or networks like Frederator repackage as advice. - Nolan and I both muted our mics part way though and had a separate Skype text conversation. At one point we watched one of Pan’s unlisted videos during the podcast, instead of participating. - At one point our guest talked about his magazine collection. - He condescending talked down to us about what our generation is into even though as members of our own age group we didn’t know. - Almost all of his claims and stories can’t be fact check because of some NDA, IMDB being wrong, someone was asleep, or various other complications.
With that being said, that podcast in its full entirety was like being stuck with your grandpa who has some story about everything, and you can’t leave. 3 hours of it that was mind numbing. And the following gif captures my emotional arc during the podcast;
Samurai Jack returns to television on March 11th! Friend of Frederator, Eric Kohn at IndieWire, has written a review exploring the animation style and breaking down why you should be excited for what’s to come.
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