August 2, 2012

Adventure Time

Adventure Time is pretty popular in my house. Obviously.


(Apologies for the shakiness and the mess – he had just dumped out his block box.)

There are all kinds of shows with various strengths, but Adventure Time’s strengths is that it is just¬†ridiculously fun. Its world is built out of a patchwork of children’s pop culture – Candyland, Dungeons and Dragons, Magic the Gathering – but it never takes them all that seriously. Moreso, its preteen and young adult characters have some of the most realistic reactions to each other: for example, when Jake attempts to apologize for a genuine slight, Finn’s response is a dismissive, “Shut up, man, I don’t want to hear that stuff.”

Out of all the characters, I think my favorite must be the lace-gowned, pink-haired Princess Bubblegum. I don’t know whose idea it was to make what would normally be the picture of girlhood and make her into a brutally pragmatic, amoral mad scientist, but they deserve several medals.