"Adventure Time" Is Coming to HBO Max
Mon, April 19, 2021

"Adventure Time" Is Coming to HBO Max

Adventure Time, an American animated television series created by Pendleton Ward, premiered on Cartoon Network on April 5, 2010 / Photo by: JD Hancock via Flickr

 

Adventure Time, an American animated television series created by Pendleton Ward, premiered on Cartoon Network on April 5, 2010. But a year later, fans of the beloved series, had to bid goodbye to the show last year after running for 10 seasons. 

The tale of Finn the Human and his adoptive brother and best friend Jake, a dog that can change its size and shape and dish out decent advice, in the magical and post-apocalyptic Land of Ooo, scored high in the ratings. And even though its main target audience was kids, it also developed a strong following in teenagers and even adults. Critics also loved the series, which resulted in eight Primetime Emmy Awards and nominations for three Critics’ Choice Television Awards.

Indie Wire, an online publication covering film, TV, and digital news, reviews, and interviews for passionate fans and industry insiders, mentioned in an article that “Adventure Time” was a groundbreaking animated series that nobody saw coming, with its quirky characters and animation. Yet viewers loved it just the same and followed its main protagonists and a host of other interesting characters for eight years until Cartoon Network aired its last episode in 2018. 

A year after, fans of “Adventure Time” have a reason to rejoice as HBO Max will be reviving the series in 2020.

HBO Max is Kid-Friendly

American online magazine Pitchfork reported that HBO’s streaming service called HBO Max will be airing a new “Adventure Time” series titled “Adventure Time: Distant Land.” It will be made up of four new hour-long specials, namely “BMO,” “Obsidian,” “Wizard City,” and “Together Again.” CNET, an American media website, mentioned in an article that these specials will be focused on different characters, but the final episode will reunite Finn and Jake. 

BMO

This episode will follow the adventures of the adorable robot that’s shaped like a video game from the series. A deadly space emergency is happening in outer space that threatens even the Land of Ooo, a hero is needed to save the day, and it surely is not BMO, but then again, the little robot might just be the one.

Obsidian

Fans loved the story of Marceline and Princess Bubblegum, and when the series ended, many of them were left with a hole in their heart. In 2020, the HBO Max special will feature the couple’s journey to the imposing and beautiful Glass Kingdom. But as their adventure gets underway, they will also have to confront their tumultuous past to prevent a catastrophe.

The BMO episode will follow the adventures of the adorable robot that’s shaped like a video game from the series / Photo by: JD Hancock via Flickr

 

Wizard City

When mysterious events at Wizard School start to happen, suspicions are thrown at Peppermint Butler, an inexperienced Wizard School student because of his not-so immaculate past. Thus, he needs to become quite good with the mystic arts to help him prove his innocence. 

Together Again

Of course, “Adventure Time” will always be about Finn and Jake. They may have been leading separate lives already but they will need to reunite and rediscover their friendship and brotherly bond before they go on their most important journey. 

What Makes It Special?

Animation has thrived over the years, reaching the golden age when it is able to present mature storytelling that will not alienate the children while attracting mature audiences and compete with other shows on television. Indie Wire stated that “Adventure Time” perfectly represented the progress of animation as it showcased irreverent and engaging narration.

The basic plot follows the story of an adolescent boy named Finn and his stretchy talking dog, Jake in a fantastical post-apocalyptic world. This world is filled with odd, funny creations including the Ice King and Princess Bubblegum. The random and cheery songs plus the vibrant artwork were always the strong points of the animated series, together of course with its various positive messages that sometimes challenged the sentiments of the time. 

The series promotes friendship and playtime, as the main characters try to deny the bad events looming over them. The audience simply liked how the creators managed to insert jokes even though nothing seemed funny anymore.

Normally, when people hear that a show is animated, they immediately think that it's just for kids. The Guardian, a British daily newspaper, stated that “Adventure Time” proved that it was different from the other animation series as it successfully reflected emotional truth and, even if it presented a colorful world, it was more relatable to adults. Its characters were a stark reminder that there are different sides to every person. For example, Ice King, who will most likely be a mere two-dimensional antagonist causing problems and chaos in other shows, was a multi-dimensional character in “Adventure Time.” He was presented as a genuinely misunderstood soul. 

The “Adventure Time” specials will be a part of HBO Max’s kids’ programming roster that will also include other classics such as “Sesame Street,” “Little Ellen,” and competition shows for tweens and teens titled “Craftopia” and “Karma.” 

Indie Wire stated that “Adventure Time” perfectly represented the progress of animation as it showcased irreverent and engaging narration / Photo by: Ryan Quick via Wikimedia Commons