What time is it? It is time for a new post. The TV Series that I am going to review today is called Adventure Time. After going through a few animation series from my childhood, I came to the conclusion that many of them are like Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s novella Le Petit Prince (1943). While I was studying literature, my professor told me that this novella holds a different meaning for each stage of life – child, adult, elder. As an adult, watching kids shows, I am left amazed and stupefied. Most of these shows are not for children, their plot and narrative are not child appropriate, even though the content is presented in a childish manner and this TV Series is one of them.
Adventure Time is an American animated television series created in 2010 by Pendleton Ward for Cartoon Network. The show is on-going, so new episodes are coming soon – hurrah! The plot of this series is genius and in combination with the original drawing style, this show manages to entertain not only visually, but also intellectually. The plot presents us with a post-apocalyptic world in which the humans are mostly extinct except for Finn, who is a 14 year old boy (voiced by Jeremy Shada). Because Finn was adopted by a family of magical dogs as a baby, Jake (voiced by John DiMaggio) the magical shape shifting dog, is his adoptive brother and best friend.
These two characters go on a diversity of adventures in which they save princesses and take on different challenges that are a rite of passage in their becoming of age and true heroes of the Land of Ooo. Many fans of this show consider that it would look much better if it would be drawn in an anime style. I disagree, because the original style gives the narrative a certain easiness in assimilating it and attracts children by its bright colours and characters. I love anime and manga, but the Eastern drawing style many times seems too serious for me and more focusing on young adults than children.
Many times the problems that Finn and Jake try to fix are actually serious and realistic, although explained and told in a childish way. A random fact that I found interesting is that the source of inspiration for this show was the fantasy role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons as well as video games. This is show is extremely funny, put together in a smart way, leaving you wanting more and with every eleven minutes you feel like you are truly on an fantastic adventure.
My favourite Adventure Time character is Marceline the Vampire Queen (voiced by Olivia Olson). Which one do you guys like?