Starring: Jeremy Shada, John DiMaggio, Jessica DiCicco, Hynden Walch
Director: Various, spans a wide timeline with multiple directors
Written: Various, spans a wide timeline with multiple writers
Studio: Cartoon Network
Buy on Amazon.com
I have to admit, I am not among the adult fan-base of Adventure Time. I’ve seen it before, I thought it was a decent throwback to the good cartoons of the 90’s in its approach to the audience; as in it doesn’t assume you are an idiot. I really appreciate that in a show. Still, like fans of most anything, they have a way to take something good and turn it into a golden idol that they will annoy you to no end with causing you to see it in a different, less than favorable light. This DVD swayed me considerably.
The DVD is a compilation of episodes revolving around Finn the Human and Jake the Dog going on adventures that involve Ice King and Finns girlfriend Flame Princess. The first episodes does a good job setting the tone for those new to the show, as it has a good mix of adult themes in a childish light. Finn and Flame Princess are on a date, when Ice King comes by and makes some snarky remarks. This causes Flame Princess to beat up Ice King in front of Finn, and he becomes mentally aroused. I say aroused because the next scene is Finn in a trippy dream where Flame Princess starts to blast Finn with fire which starts as pain and becomes pleasurable to the point that when he wakes up, it is all he can think of. So naturally, he starts another fight between the two and spends the episode desperately trying to finish the dream. What makes me appreciate the writing is that they managed to put adult themes like arousal, erotic dreams, and how those impulses can make you do not so bright things in order to reach a climax into a show that is targeted for kids to teens without at all seeming creepy or uncomfortable.
From here I was more optimistic about liking the show, and it didn’t disappoint. The writing maintained a very good blend of childish humor with adult themes and even blended pop culture themes that span from the 50’s – 60’s detective husband and wife (Jakes parents), to more modern characters like Finn who pepper in today’s lingo that the kids find to be all the rage! (People still say that, right?)While I won’t be rushing out to buy up all the merchandise, I would recommend everyone who grew up watching cartoons in the late 80’s – mid 90’s to watch the DVD. The writers do a great job, it has a ton of great voice actors like John DiMaggio (Futurama), Tom Kenny (Rick and Morty), and Maria Bamford (Home Movies), and a bunch of others.
Bottom Line: A very good collection of episodes that are well written, acted and animated. Worth checking out.