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With cartoon network making shows that taken the “Cartoon” out of it, the channel was beginning to fall like a Black Tuesday. But with shows, such as Chowder and Misadventure of Flapjack, Cartoon is staring to go back into the name of the beloved station. With this, do you think that is the next thing that will officially make CN into Cartoon Network, or will it just be another crash into wrong direction?
Originally an award winning short on Nickelodeon, Adventure time with Finn and Jake is a cartoon that centers around these two heroes; Finn the human, an adventurous character that is a stereotypical hero, saving princesses and so on, and Jake the dog, a slightly lazier and lightheaded version of his human companion, in the mysterious and mystical land Ooo, a large world that has anything from a land of fire to a forest of nuts. For this show i have to say; very well done.
With any cartoon, we should begin with the animation. The animation the show has its own style that is something that we haven’t seen before; however, it somehow feels very familiar in one way or another from interesting background, to letting their characters have no limbs. The background itself does seem simple; simultaneously, it is actually detailed when it wants to be, and with this world being very surreal, the animation has to be somewhat surreal as well. As I said earlier, most, if not all of the characters, are drawn very simply, but with clean and smooth animation, plus a lot of feeling and heart, giving these characters interest from the get go.
With our main characters, Finn the human and Jake the dog, they are pretty well written and kind of funny overall. With Finn, played by Jeremy Shada, he is your typical hero that always saves the princesses and goes through the journey of learning what is good and evil. He is a character that is very warm hearting and is that character that is able to combine heroism and some comedy. He actually feels like a 12 year old kid, so the phrases that he says sound like something that he would say. Overall, with his young heroism, and good enough voice acting to make Finn become a likable, and heroic, character. Then, we have Jake the Dog, played by John DiMaggio, or Bender for short. He is the mellower, lazier, and easier headed older brother, who gives some good advice from time to time to our heroic character, and is the more comedic because of his laziness. He is probably mellower because he has stretchy powers, allowing him to do anything from making a large fist to placing his organs to one point of his body, meaning that a lot of stretchy characters, such as Plastic Man from DC, is mellower headed than a lot of heroes, even if they have invincibility. The chemistry works between these characters and, overall, makes them likable protagonists and keeps the show flowing with energy.
There are several other interesting characters that make this show work. One of these characters includes our protagonist’s “crush”, Princess Bubblegum, played by Hynden Walch. She is the type of princess that is smart, well mannered and kind; at the same time, she can, and will, kick your ass when she is provoked. Another includes the villain, Ice King played by Tom Kenny. He is, to me, more of a loser than a villain, since he always tries to steal princesses; simultaneously, it makes him more of an interesting character rather than your typical one dimensional “to take over the world” villain. Then, there is Marceline the Vampire Queen, played by newcomer Olivia Olson. To me, I think she is a cool character because she is a vampire with the characteristics of a teen; rebellious and unpredictable. This doesn’t make her into a villain, but it does make her into a character that should keep Finn and Jake at their guard. Probably once again because of her voice acting, she is a pretty energetic, and probably likeable, vampire that sucks the color red rather than actual blood. There are several more characters that come in from time to time, but these are the main side characters that make this show work.
The plots to this show are very interesting and well written. Each plot gives use a view of this weird Land of Ooo and allows our characters to go through zany, and interesting, adventures. From the typical quest to turning into a foot, the plots are made to be funny and innovative with not a lot of big messages besides the typical themes of being a hero from believing in yourself to proving that most, if not all, mystical people are absolute jerks.
The comedy, and dialog, is actually enjoyable and very zany. When the characters have something to say that’s funny, or kicking someone in the place where the sun should never shine, the writers do something with this simple stuff that makes it funny and innovative at the same time. This show is even able to have innuendo and sex comedy still being funny for the young, because they’d thing that it is more adult, and the old at the same time. What may make this show work is that everything that it has its own parameter so the zany jokes make sense. Although, there may be some small issues in the comedy that may not be funny to some people, the writers would make up something else soon after that misstep to apologize for it and not slow down the show at all.
Overall, this show is a feel good animated show that is very memorable because of its characters, comedy, and because good voice acting, making this an Unbelievably Great show. Even though there may be a few mistakes and tiny issues with the show, its characters and comedy make up for it. If you haven’t watched this show yet, go ahead and check it out. Just because cartoon network may have a lot of bad shows, it doesn’t mean that this is one of them. Adventure Time will be one of those shows that will bring CN back up to Cartoon Network.