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Adventure Time (2010 – )

by on 2013/05/21

“You guys are so cute, I could just maul you to death.”

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Years ago, if you told me that a cartoon would scooch just a little bit ahead of SpongeBob SquarePants taking over first place in my heart, I would have looked at you blankly and wandered off.

For that’s what I do when I am confronted by very silly people.

In this case, I would have been wrong. (But definitely not the other times I’ve done that).

Well, scooch a cartoon did. Verily. It is called Adventure Time, or as it was known first, Adventure Time with Finn & Jake. Finn (Jeremy Shada) begins the five-season (thus far…) series as a 12-year-old human boy who wears a white hat, wields a sword and has the heart of a lion. His best friend and brother is Jake (John DiMaggio) is a yellow dog that can contort and transform himself into literally anything that helps increase the fun.


In just a few short minutes, it had me hooked. It had the same quality that SpongeBob has – enthusiasm. Bountiful, relentless, ridiculous enthusiasm. I find earnest enthusiasm very, very funny.

It squealed to my inner child to come and play. For you see, I am a very childish person. The gleeful immaturity of Adventure Time, the free, surreal play of it all is my favourite …more than other things even.

Land of Ooo, a post-apocalyptic wonderland,  is filled with all sorts of characters and creatures that only the very, very childish (and therefore, my people) could devise. There’s the pretty pink Princess Bubblegum (Hynden Walch), Korean-speaking Lady Rainicorn (Niki Yang), the Ice King (Tom Kenny also the voice of my beloved SpongeBob) and Marceline the Vampire Queen (Olivia Olson). Also there’s my favourite teenager Miss_Tree’s and my personal favourite, the Lumpy Space Princess, voice acted by series creator Pendleton Ward.

Pendleton Ward is an animation-makin’, theme-song singin’ god in my books. I love the mind that made this crazy, childish thing.

I love another thing I read about Adventure Time, the writers love Dungeons and Dragons, and write scripts that they would like to play in D&D.


This explains everything.

Adventure Time, I heart you. Mr. Ward, I salute you. Childishly.

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Rated PG

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