About the lack of Adventure Time
I know it’s easy to blame Cartoon Network for the long hiatus between Adventure Time episodes, and they ARE partially to blame. However I think we fail to see the whole picture when it comes to how fragmented things have become for the crew.
The show, like many others on CN, divides up the work to help crank out a steady stream of episodes within the 9-month production cycle. As many of us already know, a great deal of talent has left Adventure Time to focus on other work.
These are just the people I could remember off of the top of my head who have left the show since it’s inception:
- Ako Castuera
- Jesse Moynihan
- Andy Ristaino
- Rebecca Sugar
- Ian Jones Quartey
- Skylar Page
- Patrick McHale
Many of these people left during the latter seasons of the show, and trying to recruit new members of staff who can keep that momentum going is very, very difficult. During the last couple of seasons in particular a lot of work fell on the shoulders of just a few people, and that makes keeping a consistent schedule of new releases difficult.
Cartoon Network is still banking on Adventure Time being a viable property, and it shows with all the news surrounding it recently: a theatrical release with Warner Brothers, confirmation of an 8th season, a mini-series about Marceline in season 7, another video game adaption being produced, etc. It’s all very exciting, but the network can’t rely on a single property to bolster viewership. Shows like Steven Universe, Regular Show, Uncle Grandpa, Teen Titans Go!, Clarence, The Amazing World of Gumball, and We Bare Bears are all being pushed by CN to help fill in the gaps between new episodes of Adventure Time. Not only that, but there are plenty of reruns of old AT episodes to keep audiences invested in the show. It is far from a forgotten property.
The future of the show is looking pretty good. The writers have plenty of steam left, and with new talent like Ashley Burch joining the crew to produce episodes for seasons 7 and 8, I’m excited to see where the show goes from here. Just be patient guys and we’ll see that the show’s next couple of seasons will definitely be worth the wait.