Sunday, January 24, 2010

What time is it? Adventure Time!

"The Ice King is throwing frozen lightning bolts at the Rainicorn!"

Old news for some, but Pendleton Ward's "Adventure Time with Finn and Jake" has been picked up by Cartoon Network and begins airing in April. It follows the adventures of a 12-year-old (Finn) and his size-changing dog (Jake) through a fantasy world of evil wizards, iceclops, and elementals. With one foot in Middle Earth and the other in a really good Mushroom trip, the show's test pilot was a popular viral video a while back. You can still see it here.

Boy - "Why are you always stealing ladies?"
Ice King - "I'm going to make one of them marry me!"
Boy - "That's... stupid!"
Ice King -"...your hat is stupid!"
Boy - "My hat is awesome!"

That the show captures a seemingly perfect moment in time for many of us gamers is unquestionable - 12 years of age has got to be the most perfect age ever invented! What's at question is whether the Cartoon Network will allow the show to keep its trippy edge ("your mind has been trasported back in time! And to Mars!"). Judging from some of the shows my kids watch on the network (Flapjack and Chowder) that's probably not going to be a problem.

Official site here.


  1. I am looking forward to this one.

    Flapjack is almost a little too warped and dark at times for my tastes. It almost ventures into Ren and Stimpy territory at times - almost.

    I must admit I did the Yellow Submarine asthetic of Chowder. The world is goofy and over the top and you can't hate a show that features a bicycle with 8-sided dice for wheels and a cut-out D20 for a bike helmet.

    One thing I have noticed is that cartoons are obviously being made by people my age (or younger) these days. The Star Wars references and constant references to geeky subculture include obvious nods D&D, 80s music, and even hair bands.

    A recent show called Fan Boy & Chum Chum has a recurring school janitor character called Janitor Poopatine who is humorously based on the Emporer, delivering skewed facilities maintenance versions of the Palpatines lines.

    Ah good fun..

  2. Oh man, I can't wait to watch this with my sons. Awesome!

  3. Great news! (Took 'em long enough...)

    Now we just need to see Korgoth of Barbaria land a similar deal and all will be right with the world.

  4. Awesome! I recently started watching Flap Jack which, as you pointed out, has a similar atmosphere. Thanks for the cool link!

  5. someone needs to write a DnD supplement for adventure time



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