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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: It Came from the Nightosphere (published March 2nd, 2012), Adventure Time: Jake vs. Me-mow (published November 18th, 2012), and Adventure Time: My Two Favorite People (published September 25th, 2011) are also available.
"Adventure Time, c'mon on grab your friends. We'll go to very distant lands. With Jake the Dog and Finn the Human, the fun will never end, it's adventure time!"
Come join Finn the human (Jeremy Shada, Incredible Crew) and Jake the dog (John DiMaggio, The Penguins of Madagascar) as they travel through the Land of Ooo on fantastical adventures.
I don't understand Cartoon Network's reasoning here. They've already released the Complete First Season and yet still persist in putting out random packs like Adventure Time: Fionna and Cake even though the wildly popular series is in its fifth season. This time around there are sixteen more random fun-filled escapades awaiting your consumption.
"Fionna and Cake" (Season 3, Episode 9)
"Storytelling" (Season 2, Episode 5)
"The Other Tarts" (Season 2, Episode 9)
"The Silent King" (Season 2, Episode 14)
"Death in Bloom" (Season 2, Episode 17)
"Still" (Season 3, Episode 7)
"Wizard Battle" (Season 3, Episode 8)
"What Was Missing" (Season 3, Episode 10)
"From Bad To Worse" (Season 3, Episode 13)
"Marceline's Closet" (Season 3, Episode 20)
"Ghost Princess" (Season 3, Episode 23)
"Incendium" (Season 3, Episode 25)
"Card Wars" (Season 4, Episode 14)
"Princess Cookie" (Season 4, Episode 13)
"You Made Me" (Season 4, Episode 20)
"Lady & Peebles" (Season 4, Episode 19)
Adventure Time is a wacky and polarizing show. It's random in most everything—pacing, storytelling, plot devices, even characterization—and that will be what both draws in and repels viewers. The lack of any real through-line for this specific collection of episodes means Adventure Time: Fionna and Cake can be watched by anyone, even those new to the show. But that same lack of mythology means Adventure Time isn't necessarily appointment viewing.
However, I fall on the side of the drawn-in crowd. The simple animation style undercuts the slightly subversive nature of the show in just the right way, and the random songs are always amusing and my favorite part of any episode. The lack of structure to the world these characters inhabit means I can put on any episode and not worry I'm missing any backstory. The only frustration I had with Adventure Time: Fionna and Cake was a distinct lack of the titular characters. I really liked Fionna (Madeleine Martin, Californication) and Cake (Roz Ryan, Amen) and had hoped to see them in more than one episode.
Adventure Time plays well with the line between what a tween boy would say and do and what would be considered creepy to see. For instance, while Finn has an undeniable crush on Princess Bubblegum, he mostly considers kissing her as the ultimate goal. Compare that to Jake who definitely has more carnal intentions, usually hidden behind a quip but occasionally glimpsed as during his seduction of Rainicorn before he turns her into a zombie in "From Bad to Worse." There's also the requisite gross-out humor but thankfully it's kept to a minimum and not played up to a ridiculous level. It's not part of the Adult Swim block of programming, which keeps it from straying too far off into inappropriate waters. The episodes are short, funny, and, though occasionally violent, won't be too much for anyone to handle.
Though the animation is simple it's clean, and the palette is evenly saturated. The audio works well and holds up under the pressure of so many musical numbers. Adventure Time: Fionna and Cake is a show you watch more for content than the technical achievements, but both audio and video do their duty here.
The lone special feature is "Little Did You Know," a menu of trivia about the characters, repeated from other sets.
Adventure Time: Fionna and Cake is a collection of episodes many ages will enjoy, provided they're drawn to fluid characters and simple animation in a wacky world with no rules. It's one of the rare shows my 12-year-old nephew and I both enjoy. Though I occasionally wish for more cohesion (not to mention Fionna and Cake), until the full seasons are released I suppose this will have to fulfill my "math!" quotient.
Oh glob, it's not guilty.
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