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!
Can I request hcs with spin the bottle where the bottle lands on MC and a member of the RFA and V and Saeran? They're not dating though. I saw your thing about Jaehee. You don't have to do her if you're not comfortable:) Thank you for all your headcanons! They're so cute!
Thank you for being understanding! Hope you like these~
After the RFA party, he asks you to become his manager
There was an after party after a final shoot, and you decide to go
A few people got a little tipsy and suggested a game of spin the bottle
It was all friends, so you didn’t really mind
You and Zen got separated from him thanks to some crazy women
So, you ended up sitting opposite of him in the circle
When it’s your turn, and you totally expect it to land on Weird Carl
Then the room erupts in chaos as people start “ooo-ing” and whistling
The bottle had landed on Zen
He gives a grin and scratches the back of his head
You’re a bit nervous about the idea of kissing him
Not that you didn’t think of it before
He gives you a small smile “You don’t have to if you don’t want to. It’s just a game.”
You awkwardly move your head towards him
Zen cups your cheek and gently presses his lips to yours
You think it’s going to be short, but to your surprise he lingers longer than needed
You remember that there’s people in the room, so you gently push him back before he started to get carried away
He apologizes and is about to walk away
You find your boldness “It’s okay. We can finish this later, right?”
You both had a similar circle of friends at university
It was no surprise that you often got invited to the same parties
A few of your friends wanted to get away from the loudness of the large party
So, you went into another room and someone suggested spin the bottle
Yoosung gets a bit nervous because he’s never kissed anyone before
And moreso, you were there and what if someone else got to kiss you before he even had the chance to confess his feelings
The game was torturous
A few times, the bottle almost landed on you, but thankfully never did
By the time it was his turn, his palms were so sweaty
He barely taps the bottle because he’s shaking so much
It spins once and lands on the person next to him…which was you
He looks at you knowing he’s really red and wide-eyed
He’s stammering out an apology
“Why are you apologizing? It’s the point of the game!”
You lean forward and give him a small peck on the lips
He doesn’t stop thinking about it all night
When he walks you back to your place, he accidentally ends up confessing
“I didn’t even get to kiss you properly because of the game,” he pouts
You smirk, “Well, you can try now?”
You were just visiting his penthouse after work one day
His father calls him and asks him to attend some office party last minute
He really doesn’t want to go alone, so he asks you and you accept
For a party of CEO’s, you really didn’t expect a game of spin the bottle to come up
Yet it did…both you and Jumin weren’t thrilled about playing and stayed to the side
Somehow, Mr. Han coerced you both to join in “for fun”
You wanted to get it out of the way, so you offer to spin first
Jumin was so caught up ranting about probability in these sorts of games that he didn’t realize the bottle landed on him
Suddenly he went quiet
You really didn’t want to do it, because you thought he didn’t like you in that way
You were caught off-guard when he walked up to you and stood expectantly
“Jumin, we don’t have to,” you start rambling. “If you feel weird about it–”
It was a surprise when he grabbed your face and kissed you full on the mouth
When he pulls away, you need a moment to catch your breath
“Oh, sorry? Was that too intense? I’ve been wanting to do that for awhile.”
He kept apologizing for it throughout the night
You kept telling him it was fine until finally you admitted you kind of liked it
Jumin’s just like “Well, if you liked it that much…”
Neighborhood friend Tom invited him to a party
Oddly enough, he invited you too
When you got there…it was just the three of you
He sits you down in the living room and places an empty bottle on the table
He declares you three would play spin the bottle
And then abruptly says he needs to use the bathroom
But insists you two should still play
When Tom is gone, you and Seven just stare at each other before bursting into laughter at the ridiculous situation
You both figured out Tom had poorly attempted to matchmake you
Seven smirks and spins the bottle
There was no one else for it land on, so it points in your general direction
You get kind of flustered when he leans forward
Just as you think he’s going to kiss you, his head swerves to the side and he bites into an apple sitting in the fruit bowl behind you
“Your turn,” he adds with a wink
For fun, you spin it and you think it’ll land on the lamp on the other side of the room or something
It actually lands on him…dead accurate too
He teases you and leans really close to your face
Cue Tom coming in and “conveniently” running into the couch
The impact causes the distance between you and Seven to close
You both pull back immediately, blushing and flustered
Tom just ushers you out the door, thanking you for coming
You both agree it was the weirdest experience you’ve ever had
Although Seven chuckles, “So…wanna play that game again sometime?”
Seven dragged him out to an RFA and friends get together
He was a bit relieved to see you there
He was less relieved when Seven and Zen suggested a friendly game of spin the bottle
He was in the circle more to observe what was going on
Seven spun the bottle and it landed on you
He leaned forward about to kiss you when Saeran jutted out his hand, blocking it
After wiping Seven’s “kiss” off his palm in disgust….
He unexpectedly kissed you in front of everyone
He was super embarrassed afterwards and slipped out of the room
You followed him…mostly to ask what happened and if he was okay
He admitted he kind of got jealous
You smile and give a vague confession about your own feelings
You two continue the game…without the bottle
Jumin invited you over to his penthouse for a small get-together with the RFA as well as some potential party guests
After at least one bottle of wine was finished, someone suggested to play spin the bottle with it
While a few people ducked out of the game, you decided it might be fun
V wants to be a good sport so he joins in
He can’t see though, so he finds the anticipation funny
It’s his turn to spin and suddenly people are giggling
“Who? Who did I get?”
You tap V on the shoulder and announce it’s you
He breathes, “Oh good. I’m glad.”
Was that an indirect confession?
You have to initiate, so you cup his face gently and press your lips to his
It was short and sweet, but there was no denying a connection had been made
At the end of the night, he offers to see you home safely