Published in The Snapper during the week of October 3.
Adventure Time, come on grab your friends…
If you were a fan of the show in any capacity, I can pretty much guarantee you sang the rest of the music from the introduction. After seven seasons, and over 200 episodes, it’s hard to not sing along to this iconic, wispy tune.
Adventure Time is a show that airs on Cartoon Network; the main characters being Finn, a human boy, and Jake, a talking dog. The premise of the show sounds kind of silly when you’re trying to explain it to someone.
And perhaps that’s why it took me so long to start watching it; I didn’t follow the show regularly until about the third season. But what I didn’t understand at the time was how important this show is, and how important many of Cartoon Network’s current shows are.
With the recent announcement of the series finale being sometime in 2018, I can’t help but feel sad for many reasons. The future generations are never going to see new episodes of this gorgeous show; they’re never going to understand the craze behind it unless Netflix somehow adds it to their catalog.
But mostly, I feel sad for selfish reasons.
I am a product of the 90s; I grew up watching the Angry Beavers, Ahh! Real Monsters, Spongebob Squarepants, and my personal creepy favorite, Courage the Cowardly Dog. When I was a kid, these shows had depth and substantial values being taught in every episode.
Or, so I thought.
As an adult, rewatching many old cartoons is painful. There are a lot of old cartoons that do not give good examples for younger generations; by this, I don’t mean that they’re telling people to go out and steal or anything like that. They mention the importance of loving yourself, but sometimes the jokes they present are at the expense of other people.
Adventure Time offered this really sweet kind of comedy; for kiddos watching the show, it’s just something silly about a talking dog and a boy with a sword, and there’s also this really amazing pink princess who is smart and caring. And these are just three of the dozens of well-developed characters written for this show.
Children may not understand the backstory of the Mushroom War, why everyone’s all deformed or even what the deal between Marcelline and the Ice King are. But, those intricacies laden in the plot are woven in there in such a way that adults can watch and become immersed, too.
A majority of the characters build up women, and want them to blossom to their full potential. No matter how diverse the characters are, there’s no evident race war; if there are mentions of differing races, it’s typically done in a way that the oppressor is outlandish and totally wrong in his thinking.
It’s not only a show that teaches tolerance; it teaches kids how to be good people, how to love their neighbors and cherish your friends even if they have bad days.
While there are still shows out there that embrace these ideals, such as Steven Universe, Adventure Time will be sorely missed.
While many great things must come to an end, it’s disappointing to see some shows excessively run their course (i.e; Spongebob), while Adventure Time is being put to rest. I can only hope that future generations of kids, and perhaps adults, will look back fondly and realize just how important Adventure Time is for budding minds, and minds that may need a rest.