Adventure Time is a cartoon that debuted on Cartoon Network in 2010. As of this writing, it’s on season 5. Simply put, it’s an adventure cartoon about a boy (Finn) and a dog (Jake). It’s set on earth, presumably 1000 years in the future after a war referred to as “The Great Mushroom War”. There are mutant candy people and Jake is magic. If you want to read more about it, go over to the Wiki.
Adventure Time is the perfect mix of silly and serious. There are silly episodes that don’t seem to have much to do with anything, where Finn and Jake just go on adventures and have fun. Then there are more serious story episodes that further the overall story of the show. Continuity is pretty good throughout and the story is really interesting. It’s great for adults and children alike. It’s one of those shows that kids can enjoy with their parents, and the kids will enjoy it more as they get older and understand some of the more mature themes.
Adventure Time has grown to be one of my favorite cartoons. Not all of the episodes are great, but most of them are pretty good. Like I said, the story is really interesting and the silly, seemingly nonsensical episodes help break up the seriousness of it, making it more lighthearted and enjoyable for a younger audience.
A lot of the characters are fantastic. I love the female characters. While there are a lot of princesses that are the stereotypical damsel in distress, there are also a lot of strong, independent female characters as well. Princess Bubblegum is a scientist, a leader, and openly rejects romantic relationships (for the most part). She’s a great role model for young girls. Marceline is a fearless rocker and trickster, but also has an emotional side. She also very independent and doesn’t seem to have much interest in romantic relationships. I love how the show doesn’t feel the need to have romance interjected at every part. Too many shows for young adults nowadays focus too much on romantic relationships. Adventure Time does have some of that, but it’s not one of the main themes and I love that about it.
Another thing I love about the show is that time actually passes. Finn often loses his hair and it slowly grows back in episodes following. He also ages, as evidenced by both his maturity and his voice (it helps that his voice actor is aging along with him). Finn was 12 when the show debuted and is 15 now. He also seems to be getting taller, but that hasn’t really been confirmed as far as I know and I might just be imagining things.
If you haven’t watched it, I strongly suggest you give it a try. The episodes don’t need to be watched in order, but the story will make more sense and be more enjoyable if they are. Don’t judge it based off of one episode. Give it several episodes (come on, they’re only 11 minutes long) before you really judge whether you like it or not. If you’re even remotely into cartoons, you’re really missing out if you don’t give this one a try.