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Adventure Time is an animated series created by animator Pendleton Ward. Originally produced as a short by Frederator Studios for the “Random! Cartoons” project on Nickelodeon, the show was picked up by Cartoon Network after Pendleton presented it to the executives on 2008. Since then, the show has completed 3 seasons and has been successful both critically and commercially among the channel’s demographics. Mostly because of it’s nature, both the short and the series have received a lot of attention online on different websites such as YouTube, DeviantArt and Tumblr.
The original short was meant to premiere in Fall of 2007, but was leaked to the Internet in 2006. It featured a human boy named Pen (named after the show’s creator), and a magic dog named Jake who is voiced by John DiMaggio (known for his role as Bender on Futurama). Internet audiences were drawn to the surreal nature, stylized animation, and clever humor of the short. The short was nominated for an Annie award for Best Animated Short Subject in 2006.
Adventure Time premiered on the Cartoon Network on April 5th, 2010, and was seen by 2.5 million viewers. Pen’s name was changed to Finn, and is voiced by Jeremy Shada (the younger brother of his original voice actor).
The show has had several celebrity guest starts including Lou Ferrigno, Mark Hamill, Andy Samberg, and Neil Patrick Harris.
The show has received positive reviews from Robert Lloyd on the LA Times, been nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards for “Outstanding Short-format Animated Program”, and two Annie awards for “Best Animated Short Subject” and “Best Animated Television Production for Children”.
The official Adventure Time blog often posts fanart.
There have been doznes of YTMNDs made in tribute to Adventure Time, with the oldest instance created on January 12th, 2007. Most of them are related to the short, but there are some based on the show as well.
- Ninjas Stole My Diamonds!
- Your mind has been transported
- lol, adventure time
- SNOW GOLEM!
- Adventure Time!
- what time is it…?
- Pen Sees Something Algebraic
- What Time Is It?
- Aw yeah. Hug me.
- It’s Fine
- Finn Dance Time!!
- You’re shakin it all wrong…
- Party Dog!!!
- Jake and Bug
- Cant mess with finn
Jake Laughing at his own joke
On Tumblr, the “Adventure Time” tag contains many Adventure Time derivatives.
There are several Adventure Time character accounts that interact with Tumblr via the “Ask X” feature.
Cosplayers dressed up as characters from the show appeared at Anime and Comic conventions before it was announced that Cartoon Network would be picking up the show.
People have made their own versions of Finn’s hat, and the Frederator blog, along with DIY expert Rob Czar, made an instructional video on how to make your own hat prior the premiere of the series.
On December 15th of 2010, Hot Topic began selling their own version of Finn’s hat.
Adventure Time is well known for its open relationship between staff and the fans. The official Adventure Time blog shares official artwork, early drafts and storyboards before new episodes air. Some of the writers and animators are open to fan questions about the show, its development and its universe. They often reply to fans via Formspring accounts.
Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake
In 2010, just months after the premiere of Adventure Time on Cartoon Network, character designer Natasha Allegri designed gender-swapped versions of Finn and Jake called Fiona (now renamed Fionna) and Cake, a cat. (See also: Rule 63)
On December 29th, 2010, Natasha Allegri confirmed on her Tumblr that an episode of Adventure Time starring Fionna and Cake was on the works. On September 5th, the episode titled “Fionna & Cake” premiered on Cartoon Network scoring a total of 3.3 million viewers.
LA Times – Adventure Time With Finn & Jake enters a wild new world / 4-5-2010
Toonzone Forums – TALKBACK – Adventure Time – “Fionna and Cake” – [9/5] / 9-5-2011
Toonzone News – Adventure Time and The Looney Tunes Show Hit Series High Ratings This Week / 9-8-2011