If you're like me, you were probably bummed out when Cartoon Network aired the final episode of Adventure Time. Adventure Time pretty much sealed the deal on the fact that I would never outgrow cartoons. If you're not familiar, and how dare you… Adventure Time is an animated series which aired in 2010 and quickly became one of Cartoon Network's most popular shows.
It stars Finn the human and Jake the dog and features a number of peculiar characters including a bubblegum princess and a budding vampire queen. It's set in the land of Ooo which is primarily made up of candy and banana guards.
Not Just a Kid's Show
The show went on for a whopping 10 seasons and illustrates some of the trippiest concepts I've ever seen in a kids show. Which is probably the show's primary pull. Some of the show's plot points are very involved and tackle subjects that tip towards the heavy side. It's not all fun and games there's also pain and loss and lesson that go way over the heads of the show's 8-12 audience. When the characters hurt, they hurt deep.
But Still Mostly Fun and Games
Some of their stories are heartbreaking, like complexity of the relationship between Marceline and Ice King. It also tackles some of life's real struggle for example when Finn has to give up on PB and move on with someone his own age. But he loves her and that's a weird kind of heartbreak to experience. Especially since he's had a chance to experience the alternative.
But He Loves Her
Sure it's a cartoon about a boy and his dog, but in reality Adventure Time is more than a kids show. It comes at you with some real life truths and knowledge bombs Making it extremely relatable whether you're 6 or 63.
Although new episodes won't be airing, Hulu has all ten seasons streaming right now. If you haven't started yet, now's the perfect time. If you fell behind somewhere in the past ten seasons pop on your Finn hat and get your bacon pancakes going, it's time to binge.
Although there won't be any new episodes airing on Cartoon Network. The show is being kept alive with the adventure continuing in comic form. The 11th season is up and running and released by Boom! Studios, whom I'm ready to have take all my money. As a bonus, they happen to have an Adventure Time X Regular Show crossover series for me to obsess over as well. I really dig that the series lives on, but it won't be as mathematical as watching Finn and Jake tackle Ooo while cranking out sweet sweet tunes along the way.