Finn and his shape-changing dog, Jake, entered the scene with their awesome kick-butt moves and swords to help their friends and crave their appetite for adventure. Princess Bubblegum, Marceline the Vampire Queen, and others from the Land of Ooo are some of the many involved in the new show on Cartoon Network.
“Adventure Time” aired for the first time on April 5, 2010, and has been on our TV screens ever since, with a successful four seasons with 27 episodes. Many were excited about the new show in 2009, but once it was aired, parents became wary over the borderline-acceptable jokes.
Cartoon Network is known for its odd and out-of-place cartoons, such as “Courage the Cowardly Dog,” “The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack,” along with “Ed, Edd n Eddy,” but none of these shows seem to have bothered parents so much. Maybe it’s the delivery, or is there some discrimination going on? Many have argues that the “weird humor” in the cartoon would not be noticed by little kids, that it’s a show that both the very young and teenagers can enjoy.
The show’s creator, Pendleton Ward, made it clear by telling us, “There is no mandate from the network to teach moral lessons. And I really don’t want to. I want to write stupid stuff. Sometimes there are morals, but they’re stupid. Like that episode with Lady Rainicorn, where Finn and her become friends (and Jake gets Jealous), at the very end Finn’s Like, “Let’s always be stupid forever!” There was a moral coming, which was “Let’s not be idiots, let’s always be buds.” But we like to turn the moral on its head and write something stupid instead.”
Usually weird cartoons such as “Adventure Time” make you wonder if there was an underlying meaning behind Fin and Jake, but according to Pendleton Ward, there is no such thing. On TV.com, he stated, “No. I just drew them. I thought they were fun looking and cool. In general, I try not to make art, I just want to make stuff that’s funny and entertaining. Not that it’s not artful, the show is incredibly artful, but my intentions are always to make something that’s funny, fun to watch, and make kids laugh.”
So those borderline jokes — such as the one on the “Slumber Party Panic” when the residents from the Land of Ooo play “Truth or Dare” and the cupcake was asked to take off his wrapper — are there for pure laughter, nothing more, and nothing less.
A few questionable words are thrown into the dialog, such as the occasional “freggin” and “sucks.” But these words have been featured in many other shows, so what makes “Adventure Time” different? I say catch the new episode airing on the Cartoon Network this Monday at 7 p.m., and enjoy the laugh.