‘Adventure Time’ is up on Monday
It’s been an excellent, downright algebraic adventure. Now it comes to an end.
“Adventure Time,” the hit animated series created by Pendleton Ward, who grew up in San Antonio, concludes with a series finale airing at 5 p.m. Monday on Cartoon Network. The finale follows an all-day marathon of fan-favorite episodes.
Titled “Come Along With Me,” a nod to the show’s end-credits song, the episode looks to shake the mythical Land of Ooo and its fans to the very core. Expect series heroes Finn the human boy and his pal Jake the shape-shifting dog to go out with a fist-bumping bang, as their friend Princess Bubblegum rallies her allies to take on her broken bad uncle Gumbald and his army in a clash that could only be called the Great Gum War.
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A clever mix of Dungeons & Dragons fantasy with cartoon antics and even angst, “Adventure Time” debuted on Cartoon Network in April 2010. Around that time, Ward told the Express-News he based the series’ loopy-limb characters on himself and his friends, with Finn “quite the justice-seeking righteous paladin” and Jake the canine embodiment of Bill Murray’s camp counselor from the 1979 comedy film “Meatballs.”
Other “Adventure Time” standouts include: the science-loving Princess Bubblegum, the rocking girl vampire Marceline, and the coldhearted Ice King, the last voiced by Tom Kenny of “SpongeBob SquarePants” fame. And who could forget the perfectly named Lumpy Space Princess, which Ward voiced, or Fionna and Cake, the gender-flipped versions of Finn and Jake.
Out-of-this-world creations, to be sure, but also surprisingly down to earth.
“To me, that’s what people perceive as charming about the show,” Ward told the Express-News in 2010. “Just how these characters play off each other in this normal, sitting-on-the-couch, passing-the-remote kind of way.”
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Millions have tuned in over “Adventure Time’s” 10 seasons. The series averaged 53 million viewers per month in 2016 alone, and it has won eight primetime Emmy Awards as well as a Peabody Award. It’s also inspired spinoff comic books, toys, video games and, of course, cosplay.
But the end has been a long time coming. Ward left “Adventure Time” during its fifth season, and in 2016 confirmed the series would close in 2018.
“We tried to put into every episode something genuine and telling from our lives, and make a show that was personal to us, and that had jokes too!” Ward said in a 2016 Deadline report. “I’m really happy that it connected with an audience for so long. It’s a special thing, I think.”
Ward is the son of San Antonio artist Bettie Ward, and he attended the city’s North East School of the Arts.
René A. Guzman is a features writer in the San Antonio and Bexar County area. Read him on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | firstname.lastname@example.org | Twitter: @reneguz