What’s On: Adventure Time with Finn and Jake

adventure_time_coverAdventure Time starring the voices of Jeremy Shada, John DiMaggio, Tom Kenny, Hynden Walch, Olivia Olson, Polly Lou Livingston, and Pendleton Ward

Cartoon Network, Mondays 7:30/6:30c

Synopsis: The Land of Ooo is full of adventure and Finn the Human and Jake the Magical Dog are eager to set out and get adventuring! But there’s space monsters, zombies, demons, and other predicaments standing in the way! What the cabbage? Join Finn and Jake as they journey through Ooo with Princess Bubblegum, Tree Trunks, and Marceline in search of adventure and good times. Algebraic!

Yeah, yeah, I’m late to the party, but whatever. This show is simultaneously ridiculous and epic, practical and ridiculous. It’s pretty much the way kids imagine faraway lands when they are playing in their backyards, fighting with sticks and pretending they are swords or bows and arrows. Finn and Jake’s tree house is pretty much the most rad thing ever and the fact that they can wander around and do whatever they want whenever they want embodies the childhood desire to just get out and have fun. The characters are charming and written with a strange sense of humor that appeals to all ages – and it makes grown-ups remember what it was like to be young and fearless with an entire land of imagination for us to discover and explore. The art makes the world seem somewhat disproportionate, but that is part of its charm. The fact that Tree Trunks the elephant is miniature and Jake can take pretty much any shape he desires plays on the conventional standards and creates an endearment to the adventurers. There’s also a certain depth and mystery to the show, since Ooo’s mythology and history seems to be created on the fly and has the potential to change from episode to episode, but this is what makes it so exciting – the writers and the viewers can sort of piece things together as they go along without running into continuity issues. It makes me feel like a grown-up when I can sit down and enjoy cartoons just for the sake of enjoying cartoons.

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