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Adventure Time is an American animated television series created by Pendleton Ward for Cartoon Network. The series follows the adventures of Finn (voiced by Jeremy Shada), a human boy, and his best friend and adoptive brother Jake (voiced by John DiMaggio), a dog with magical powers to change shape and grow and shrink at will. Finn and Jake live in the post-apocalyptic Land of Ooo. Along the way, they interact with the other main characters of the show: Princess Bubblegum (voiced by Hynden Walch), the Ice King (voiced by Tom Kenny), and Marceline the Vampire Queen (voiced by Olivia Olson).[1][2]

The show originally began in 2008 with a pilot for Random! Cartoons on Nicktoons Network. The pilot quickly became a cult hit on YouTube when it was continually removed and then re-added by different sources.[3] It launched as its own series on April 5, 2010, on Cartoon Network. The show is currently on its fifth season. At least 182 episodes have been ordered, 146 of which have aired. Episodes are 11 minutes long. The first four seasons comprised 26 episodes; however, the fifth season will have 52 episodes. Adventure Time is produced by Cartoon Network Studios and Frederator Studios. The series is rated TV-PG.[4] Several compilation DVDs have been released. In addition, both the first and second seasons have been released on DVD and Blu-ray, and a season three DVD is expected to be released in February 2014.[5][6]

Ever since its debut, Adventure Time has been a ratings success for Cartoon Network. As of March 2012, the show is viewed by approximately 2 to 3 million viewers per week.[7] The show has received positive reviews from critics and has developed a strong following among teenagers and adults, many of whom are attracted due to the series' animation, stories, and characters.[8] Adventure Time has also been nominated for twelve Annie Awards,[9][10][11][12][13][14] five Primetime Emmy Awards,[15] two Critics' Choice Television Awards,[16][17] and a Sundance Film Festival Award[18] among other awards. In 2013, the series won a Motion Picture Sound Editors Award for the episode "Card Wars", former character designer Andy Ristaino won an Emmy for "Outstanding Individual Achievement In Animation" for his character designs in the episode "Puhoy", and the series won a British Academy Children's Award for best international series.[19][20][21]

Series overview

Each Adventure Time episode is about eleven minutes in length; pairs of episodes are often telecast in order to fill a half hour program time slot.[22] The series has completed four seasons of twenty-six episodes each, and is currently on its fifth. The series previewed on March 11, 2010, and the first season officially premiered on April 5, 2010.[23] The season concluded on September 27 of the same year.[24] The second season premiered several weeks later, on October 11.[25] It concluded on May 2, 2011.[26] The third season premiered on July 11, 2011, and concluded on February 13, 2012.[27][28] Its fourth season ran from April 2, 2012, through October 22, 2012.[29][30] The show is currently on its fifth season, which started airing on November 12, 2012.[31] On January 28, 2013, it was officially announced that the show had been renewed for a sixth season.[32]

Adventure Time series overview
Season Episodes Originally aired Season DVD release date Season Blu-ray release date
Season premiere Season finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 4 Region A
Pilot December 2008 N/A
1 26 April 5, 2010 September 27, 2010 July 10, 2012[33] December 9, 2013[34] November 17, 2012[35] June 4, 2013[36]
2 26 October 11, 2010 May 9, 2011 June 4, 2013[36] TBA September 4, 2013[37] June 4, 2013[36]
3 26 July 11, 2011 February 13, 2012 February 25, 2014[6] TBA February 25, 2014[6]
4 26 April 2, 2012 October 22, 2012 TBA
5 52[38][39] November 12, 2012 TBA TBA
6[32][40] 26[41] TBA TBA

Episodes

Pilot

<tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="epPilot">Pilot</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Adventure Time" </td><td>Larry Leichliter & Hugo Morales & Pendleton Ward</td><td>Pendleton Ward</td><td>December 7, 2008[7][43]</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #808080" colspan="5"> Pen[42] (later renamed to Finn) and Jake have to rescue Princess Bubblegum from the Ice King. </td></tr>
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Season 1 (2010)

Adventure Time (season 1)

Season 2 (2010–11)

Adventure Time (season 2)

Season 3 (2011–12)

Adventure Time (season 3)

Season 4 (2012)

Adventure Time (season 4)

Season 5 (2012–present)

Adventure Time (season 5)

Season 6 (TBA)

On January 28, 2013 it was officially announced by Cartoon Network that Adventure Time had been renewed for a sixth season.[32] Storyboard artist Jesse Moynihan revealed on July 2, 2013 that production for the sixth season began in mid-July.[40] Storyboard artists for the season will include Tom Herpich, Steve Wolfhard, Andy Ristaino, Cole Sanchez, Seo Kim, Somvilay Xayaphone, and Moynihan; Kent Osborne, Pendleton Ward, and Adam Muto will also contribute to storyboards sporadically. Various other freelance artists, such as Derek Ballard and Jillian Tamaki,[44] will also work on the season with Moynihan, and he is prepping to do an episode entirely by himself.[45]

Notes


References

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  2. Anders, Charlie Jane (March 2, 2012). "Pendleton Ward Explains How He's Keeping Adventure Time Weird". io9. Gawker Media. Retrieved December 11, 2012. 
  3. "Adventure Time with Finn and Jake". Frederator Studios. April 4, 2008. Retrieved November 7, 2012. 
  4. "TV Parental Control". Cartoon Network. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  5. Osborne, Kent (August 24, 2013). "Recording commentary for season 3 of Adventure Time". Twitter. Retrieved August 25, 2013. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "Adventure Time: The Complete Third Season". Amazon.com. Retrieved November 17, 2013. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 Feeney, Nolan (March 29, 2013). "The Weird World of Adventure Time Comes Full Circle". Time. Time, Inc. Retrieved March 29, 2013. 
  8. Handlen, Zack (June 4, 2012). ""Goliad" | Adventure Time | TV Club | TV". The A.V. Club. The Onion. Retrieved November 7, 2012. 
  9. "Awards :: 34th Annie Awards". AnnieAwards.org. ASIFA-Hollywood. Retrieved August 8, 2013. 
  10. Seibert, Fred (December 6, 2010). "Adventure Time Nominated for an Annie". Frederator Studios. 
  11. Beck, Jerry (December 5, 2011). "Annie Award Nominations 2011". Cartoon Brew. Cartoon Brew LLC. Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
  12. Busis, Hillary (December 3, 2012). "2012 Annie Award Nominees, Honoring the Best in Animation, Announced". Entertainment Weekly. Time, Inc. Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
  13. King, Susan (December 3, 2012). "'Brave,' 'Wreck-It Ralph' Among Nominees for the Annie Awards". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
  14. "41st Annual Annie Awards Categories". AnnieAwards.org. International Animated Film Association. Retrieved December 5, 2013. 
  15. "Adventure Time". Emmys.com. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
  16. Kate Goodacre (June 19, 2012). "Critics Choice Television Awards 2012: The Winners in Full". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 
  17. Nordyke, Kimberley; Wilson, Stacey (June 10, 2013). "Critics' Choice Television Awards: Complete Winners List". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 12, 2013.  Cite uses deprecated parameter |coauthors= (help)
  18. "Thank You – Festival Program". Sundance.org. Sundance Institute. Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
  19. "The 60th MPSE Golden Reel Awards Winners and Nominees". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). January 17, 2013. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  20. Weisman, Jon (August 14, 2013). "Emmy Wins Come Early for 'Adventure Time,' 'Portlandia,' 'Simpsons'". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  21. "Children's | International in 2013". BAFTA.org. British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  22. Seibert, Fred (September 28, 2010). "Tells Us What You Think". Frederator Studios. Retrieved January 26, 2013. 
  23. "Cartoon Network Premieres Adventure Time with Finn & Jake". Apnadesi.net. March 1, 2010. Retrieved April 22, 2011. 
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  28. Seidman, Robert (February 7, 2012). "Monday Cable Ratings: 'Pawn Stars' Rules + 'Pretty Little Liars,' 'Being Human,' 'WWE RAW,' 'Housewives BH' & More". TV by the Numbers. Zap2it. Retrieved January 11, 2013. 
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  31. Zahed, Ramin (October 12, 2012). "Adventure Time Reveals Cool Season 5 News". Animation Magazine. Animation Magazine, Inc. Retrieved November 4, 2012. 
  32. 32.0 32.1 32.2 "Cartoon Network Announces New and Returning Shows" (Press Release). TV Series Finales. January 28, 2013. Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  33. "Adventure Time DVD news: Press Release for Adventure Time – The Complete 1st Season". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved April 11, 2012. 
  34. "Adventure Time – Season 1 [DVD]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved June 27, 2013. 
  35. "Adventure Time: Season 1". EzyDVD. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  36. 36.0 36.1 36.2 "Adventure Time – 'The Complete 2nd Season' on DVD and Blu-ray... Plus '1st Season' Blu!". TVShowsOnDVD.com. February 9, 2013. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  37. "Adventure Time: The Complete Second Season". EzyDVD. Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  38. Moynihan, Jesse (June 30, 2013). "Wizards Only, Fools!". JesseMoynihan.com. Retrieved July 1, 2013. 
  39. Ristaino, Andy (June 30, 2013). "How many episodes will there be in season 5?". Formspring. Retrieved July 1, 2013. 
  40. 40.0 40.1 Moynihan, Jesse (June 30, 2013). "Wizards Only, Fools!". JesseMoynihan.com. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
  41. Moynihan, Jesse (August 22, 2013). "Jesse Moynihan – Post 338". LandofOoo.com. Retrieved August 23, 2013.  Note: Information taken from storyboard artist Jesse Moynihan's verifited account.
  42. "Adventure Time Goes KaBoom! With New Comic in 2012". Newsarama.com. December 27, 2011. Retrieved January 19, 2012. 
  43. DeMott, Rick (April 25, 2010). "Time for Some Adventure with Pendleton Ward". Animation World Network. Retrieved January 18, 2013. 
  44. Moynihan, Jesse (October 6, 2013). "The Vault – 65". JesseMoynihan.com. Retrieved October 7, 2013. 
  45. Moynihan, Jesse (August 22, 2013). "Jesse Moynihan – Post 324". LandofOoo.com. Retrieved August 23, 2013.  Note: Information taken from Jesse Moynihan's verifited account.

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