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Our reviews of Adventure Time: The Complete First Season (published July 5th, 2012), Adventure Time: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray) (published June 17th, 2013), Adventure Time: The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray) (published June 17th, 2013), Adventure Time: Fionna and Cake (published March 23rd, 2013), Adventure Time: It Came from the Nightosphere (published March 2nd, 2012), Adventure Time: Jake vs. Me-mow (published November 18th, 2012), Adventure Time: My Two Favorite People (published September 25th, 2011), and Adventure Time: The Suitor (published May 25th, 2014) are also available.
It's also all about battles! And mystery!! And Monsters!!! And nicknames, like "Randy Butternubs"!!!!
Now entering its sixth season, Adventure Time has more than proven it has staying power. Just in time to herald the sixth season's arrival is the release of Adventure Time: The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray). At the end of Season Two's cliffhanger, Finn (Jeremy Shada) was equal parts terrified and excited to learn Princess Bubblegum had regressed to a 13 year old girl. And Season Three does in fact return to resolve the cliffhanger though it's not immediately. We were also left to wonder if the subject of puberty would be a recurring theme as Finn was shown turning thirteen. And it is dealt with though not in over-the-top ways but rather through a more philosophical approach which I like. Finn deals with questions that only start occurring to kids as they are on the precipice of outgrowing childhood. There are issues of death, of the expectations of one's parents, and the heartbreak of first love. Though the topics may be weighty their treatment is not, with the writers taking a deft hand to ensure the fun of the show is never mired by the real issues the target audience may be contemplating.
The animation doesn't demonstrate the wide range of styles seen in Season Two but it still maintains the high quality of that season. One of my favorite episodes this season is "Fionna and Cake" which plays with the characters by transforming their genders. The most appealing aspect of the episode for me is the writer's ability to keep the personality of the characters so intact as to make them easily recognizable. The rest of Season Three boasts plenty of what makes Adventure Time such a beloved show. There are lots of silly songs, dances, battles, physical humor and puns a-plenty.
Season Three is a return to form in terms of quality, blending the randomness of season one with the more concentrated through-lines of Season Two. However for it to become a show with strictly straightforward story mythology building would be a mistake. One of the biggest joys of Adventure Time is the show's ability to perfectly capture the wonder and freedom inherent in being young. Too much of a focus on building the show's mythology would take away the very thing which makes it so special.
• "Conquest of Cuteness"
• "Morituri te Salutamus"
• "Memory of a Memory"
• "Too Young"
• "The Monster"
• "Wizard Battle"
• "Adventure Time with Fiona and Cake"
• "What Was Missing"
• "Apple Thief"
• "The Creeps"
• "From Bad to Worse"
• "No One Can Hear You"
• "Jake vs. Me-Mow"
• "Thank You"
• "The New Frontier"
• "Holly Jolly Secrets"
• "Marceline's Closet"
• "Another Way"
• "Paper Pete"
• "Ghost Princess"
• "Dad's Dungeon"
Adventure Time: The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray) is a visual feast. The 1.78:1/1080p HD widescreen transfer sports incredibly saturated colors and though the show favors a more simple animation style it is consistently clean. The Dolby 2.0 audio track remains a bit of a disappointment. With the inclusion of not only so many musical elements, the show really deserves an upgrade.
Bonus features include the always appreciated audio commentaries, an alternate opening title sequence, and two featurettes—"The Complete Third Season" as well as "How An Idea Becomes Adventure Time." One thing which may not be a special feature per se but one I appreciate is the case design. Care is taken in making the packaging's appearance into a character from the show. We've had Ice King, Finn, and now Beemo. A neat touch.
Adventure Time: The Complete Third Season wins me over. The episodes are quick, but they make use of their runtime, packing each story with jokes, fun, and the requisite adventure, grabbing the attention of kid and adult audiences alike. A rare feat. The show's mythology continues to build, but has yet to reach the point where you need to watch these episodes in order. You can still pick up the show at any point and easily become a fan. Each episode hearkens back to an imaginative childhood I could only dream of having. The mathematical glob-tacular show earns a recommendation to purchase.
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