Adventure Time is an American animated television series created by Pendleton Ward for Cartoon Network. The series follows the adventures of Finn, a 14-year-old[1] human boy, and his best friend Jake, 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.[2] Ward describes Finn as a "fiery little kid with strong morals", while Jake is based on Tripper Harrison, Bill Murray's character in the movie Meatballs.[3]

The series is based on a short produced for Frederator's Nicktoons Network animation incubator series Random! Cartoons. After the short became a viral hit, Cartoon Network picked it up for a full-length series that previewed on March 11, 2010 and officially premiered on April 5, 2010.[4]

The series has had huge commercial success and highly positive reviews.[5]

Adventure Time - Title card

Adventure Time title card.


The show began as a single stand-alone short which ran for just seven minutes. It aired in January 2007 and again as part of Frederator Studios' Random! Cartoons on December 7, 2008. Following the animated short, Frederator Studios pitched an Adventure Time series to Nickelodeon, but the network passed on it twice.[6] The studio then approached Cartoon Network, with creator Pendleton Ward delivering them an early storyboard for the episode, "The Enchiridion", showing that the premise could be expanded into a series while maintaining elements from the original short. Cartoon Network approved the first season in September 2008, and "The Enchiridion" became the first episode.[6][7][8][9] The series was initially known as "Adventure Time with Finn and Jake", a title still used for some merchandise.


According to Ward, the show's style was influenced by his time at California Institute of the Arts and his work as a storyboard artist on The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack. He tries to include "beautiful" moments like those in Hayao Miyazaki's film My Neighbor Totoro, and some subversive humor, inspired by comedy series like The Simpsons and Pee-wee's Playhouse.[3] About the post-apocalyptic setting and style Ward described it as a "dark comedy." He said "dark comedies are my favorite, because I love that feeling – being happy and scared at the same time. It's my favorite way to feel – when I'm on the edge of my seat but I'm happy, that sense of conflicting emotions. And there's a lot of that in the show, I think."[10]Executive producer Fred Seibert compares the show's animation style to that of Felix the Cat and the Max Fleischer cartoons, but says its world is also equally inspired by Dungeons and Dragons and video games.[11] Ward intends the show's world to have a certain physical logic instead of "cartoony slapstick" – even though magic exists in the story, the show's writers try to create an internal consistency in how the characters interact with the world.[3][11]


Following the stand-alone pilot episode, Frederator Studios pitched an Adventure Time series to Nickelodeon, but the network passed on it twice.[6] The studio then approached Cartoon Network, with creator Pendleton Ward delivering them an early storyboard for "The Enchiridion", showing that the premise could be expanded into a series while maintaining elements from the original short: funny catchphrases and dances, an awkward kiss moment with the princess and an "Abe Lincoln moment". Cartoon Network greenlit the first season in September 2008, and "The Enchiridion" would become the first produced episode.[6][7][9][12]

Many of the series' writers and storyboard artists have a background in indie comics. Pendleton Ward refers to them as "really smart, smartypants people" who are responsible for inserting weirder and more spiritual ideas into the series during its third season.[13] The voice actors include voice acting veterans John DiMaggio, Tom Kenny, Hynden Walch, and Dee Bradley Baker. The Adventure Time cast records their lines together in group recordings as opposed to different recording sessions with each voice actor. This is to record more natural sounding dialogue among the characters. Hynden Walch described these group recordings as like "doing a play reading - a really, really out there play."[14]

Ward describes the character Finn as a fiery little kid with strong morals, while Jake is based on Bill Murray's character in the movie Meatballs, as a laid-back twenty-something who usually jokes around, but occasionally gives good advice.[3]


The show is set in a fictional continent called the "Land of Ooo",[15] in a post-apocalyptic future about a thousand years after a nuclear war called the "Great Mushroom War." According to Ward, the show takes place "after the bombs have fallen and magic has come back into the world".[16] Ward admitted "[he] never planned it – [he] just saw this world as a magical place. The show developed organically – someone would add an element to the world, and it would stick." Ward went on to state that the writers decided on it during the production of the season one episode "Business Time" which centers around "businessmen rising up from an iceberg at the bottom of a lake."[10]

In "The Real You", when Finn wears the Glasses of Nerdicon, planet Earth can be briefly seen from space, with a large chunk missing from it. Later it is shown in the episode "Five Short Graybles," which initially shows the storyteller with a rotating holographic globe with a portion missing, where the North American continent would be. In "Sons of Mars", this depiction of planet Earth is again presented, but this time, not fleetingly like in previous episodes. During a presentation at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, Ward said that this will likely never be directly addressed in the series.

References to the war are shown constantly in the background of the show. Ward intentionally adds these and other things to the background. "What I wanted to do was make a game out of every episode of Adventure Time, where you could freeze-frame and find things in the background," said Ward on these Easter eggs. The first two seconds of the opening credits show nuclear bombs, melee weapons and other abandoned human items scattered everywhere, and a skull on the ground. In "Ocean of Fear", when Finn and Jake are out in the middle of the ocean, there is a tank on the small patch of land they swim to. Later on, when they swim to the bottom of the ocean, there are a many sunken cars and tall sunken buildings; this may be a reference to the rising ocean levels caused by Climate Change. When Jake and Finn fight the Lich in "Mortal Folly", they do so in an abandoned subway station. In the episodes "Memory of a Memory" and "I Remember You" flashbacks to Marceline's childhood show her residing in an unpopulated, destroyed city with broken bridges and buildings on fire. In the episode "Finn the Human", through from an alternate reality, flashbacks showed a nuclear bomb to have played a role in the creation of the Lich.

The war's effect on humans is also shown, with there seeming to be no other fully human character except for Finn. However, human remains are scattered all around Ooo. Also, in "Beautopia," a character by the name of Susan Strong is implied to be human as well, although it is unclear whether she is really human or she belongs to a strange fish-headed, animal-hatted mutant tribe. In "Holly Jolly Secrets", Finn and Jake discover a few secret VHS tapes by the Ice King, the last of which shows Ice King as a human. In the tape, he explains he purchased his golden crown from an old dock worker in northern Scandinavia. In "Her Parents" Lady Rainicorn's parents try to eat Finn and after Jake stops them they admit that they thought they would never get another chance to eat a human, implying that humans were hunted, killed, and eaten. This is a possible explanation for why Finn and the fish people wear animal hats, in an attempt to camouflage themselves from potential predators.


Main charactersEdit

[1][2]Finn (the human) and Jake (the dog) doing their trademark fist bump, while Beemo is on the far right of the picture
  • Finn the Human (voiced by Zack Shada in the pilot short where his name was Pen, by Jeremy Shada[17] in the TV series) – Finn is a 14-year-old[1] human boy who loves nothing more than going on adventures and saving the day. He wears a hat that covers his extremely long flowing golden hair (which he cuts off in "To Cut a Woman's Hair" and is seen to progressively grow back in following episodes). He is prone to exclamations and outbursts including "Mathematical!" and "Algebraic!". When Finn was a baby, he did a 'boom boom' leading to his adoption by Jake's parents: Joshua and Margaret, which was detailed in "Memories of Boom Boom Mountain". Considering himself a hero, Finn has a lust for adventure and swore long ago that he would help anyone in need, but being so full of energy, he has trouble in situations that require him to do tasks other than fighting. His fears include the ocean, clowns, spiders, and being judged by older people due to his age. Finn is in a relationship with Flame Princess. He is the main protagonist of the show.
  • Jake the Dog (voiced by John DiMaggio) – Jake is Finn's best friend and adoptive brother. He is a 28-year-old (in "magical dog years") shape-shifting dog. His magic powers allow him to stretch or shrink any part of his body to any shape and almost any size, ranging from becoming gigantic to becoming incredibly small. Acting as a confidant and mentor to his energetic brother (though he has a tendency to give somewhat questionable advice), Jake has a laid-back attitude in most situations, but loves adventure and will eagerly fight when he needs to. In the episode, "The Apple Thief", it is revealed that Jake used to steal bikes and purses from old ladies. His powers help Finn considerably in combat and transportation, but are also sometimes used as nothing more than jovial forms of expression. Jake is in a relationship with Lady Rainicorn, who is pregnant with their children.[18] He met Lady in the pilot episode and is quite skilled at playing the viola, which houses a worm called Shelby. He is the deuteragonist of the show.

Recurring charactersEdit

[3][4]Princess Bubblegum riding Lady Rainicorn in the sky.
  • Princess Bubblegum (voiced by Paige Moss in the pilot short, Hynden Walch[17] in the TV series, Isabella Acres when turned younger) – Princess Bubblegum is a bubblegum humanoid, comparable to the inhabitants of Candy Kingdom, which she rules, who are all composed of types of desserts and candies. Her proficiency in science as well as her fluency in Korean andGerman are testaments to her high intelligence. While Princess Bubblegum is typically kind and well-mannered, her temper can be a powerful force when provoked. Marceline reveals that Bubblegum's first name is "Bonnibel"[19] in "Go with Me".[20] In "Mortal Folly", she admits that she cares about Finn and gives him a sweater she knitted to keep him warm, and in "What was Missing," it is implied that she and Marceline may have had some sort of relationship in the past.[21][22] In the Season 2 finale "Mortal Recoil", after being possessed by "The Lich", she is accidentally shattered and returned to life as a 13-year-old due to the doctors not having enough gum to work with, though it appears that her memories have remained intact. In "Too Young," she becomes 18 again by absorbing the parts sacrificed by her candy subjects in order to reclaim her kingdom from the Earl of Lemongrab. In season 4, "Goliad", the events have shown to have an effect on Princess Bubblegum, as she begins to feel very vulnerable, and makes a clone-Sphinx of herself named Goliad.
  • Lady Rainicorn (voiced by Dee Bradley Baker in the pilot short, Niki Yang in the TV series) – Lady Rainicorn is a half-rainbow, half-unicorn creature (a race known as the Rainicorns) and Jake's girlfriend. She can turn objects and people different colors. Her origins can be traced back according to the episode "Her Parents" in which Jake explains how Rainicorns and dogs had been battling over territory in the Crystal Dimension for centuries. The episode also alludes to Rainicorns having a taste for human flesh, when her parents attempt to eat Finn. She can fly because her body intercepts light and can "dance" on it, which also explains her movement and why she has a rainbow pattern. Jake describes her as "the Rowdy Queen" because she can have fun and fight evil. In the pilot short, she makes pigeon-like sounds to communicate, but in the TV series, she speaks Korean. In both cases, despite being unable to speak the major language depending on the dubbed versions, she is able to understand it. As the TV series goes on, especially after "Her Parents," Jake and Lady's relation continues to grow, and in the end of the episode "Lady and Peebles," it is revealed that Lady is pregnant with Jake's puppies.
[5][6]The Ice King casting a magic spell.
  • The Ice King (voiced by John Kassir in the short, Tom Kenny in the TV series) – The Ice King is the main antagonist (yet is sometimes a protagonist or deuteragonist) of the series who is around 1,000 years old.[23] The Ice King frequently steals princesses throughout Ooo to forcefully marry them, Princess Bubblegum being his usual target. His ice-based magic abilities come from a magical crown he wears, which affects him on a mental level. Though defined as a sociopath by many, the Ice King is actually lonely and misunderstood, having a generally benevolent relationship with the penguins (primarily one named Gunter), along with the snow and ice beasts who populate his realm, and is secretly envious of Finn and Jake for being such good friends. Finn and Jake learned during the events of "Holly Jolly Secrets", Ice King was originally an antiquarian named Simon Petrikov who was taping a documentary of a crown he bought from an old dock worker in northern Scandinavia, predating the Mushroom War. Wearing the crown, Petrikov begins to lose both his mind and then his fiancée Betty, the source of his subconscious need for princesses, deteriorating in both mind and body over the years into his current state.[24]It was during the Mushroom War that Simon, before losing his mind completely and possessing the Enchiridon at the time, met Marceline.
[7][8]Marceline holding an bass guitar.
  • Marceline the Vampire Queen (voiced by Olivia Olson[17]) – Marceline is a fun-loving and mischievous 1,000-year-old vampire Queen. Marceline plays an electric bass, which she made from her family's heirloom battle-axe as revealed in "It Came from the Nightosphere", and occasionally plays musically with Finn and Jake. Unlike most vampires, she reveals that it's the color red she likes to suck out of various things, and blood is only appealing because it is red. Like a traditional vampire, she is vulnerable to sunlight and is capable of turning into a bat, varying in size. The show generally portrays her as a close friend of Finn, Jake, and The Ice King, but she often feels alone as depicted in "Marceline's Closet". It was also revealed in "Return to the Nightosphere" and "Daddy's Little Monster" that her dad desired Marceline to be the next in line to rule the Nightosphere, however she does not want to take up the position. She is a survivor of the Mushroom War as stated by series creator Pendleton Ward, and in "Memory of a Memory" a trip into Marceline's mind shows her as a child wandering around the outskirts of a destroyed city. She is the only person to ever address Bubblegum by her first name (which happens to be Bonnibel).[25] In "What was Missing," it is implied that she and Bubblegum may have had some sort of relationship in the past.[26] This later caused an internet controversy over her sexual orientation.[27] While Marceline has many things in common with Finn as seen in the episode "Go with Me?" and "Daddy's Little Monster," it was stated that Marceline likes Finn for being 'just' himself, and nothing more or less. In the episode "I Remember You", it is revealed that in her childhood Marceline was befriended by the Ice King while he was Simon Petrikov during the Mushroom War. In an alternate reality where the Lich never existed, thanks to Simon Petrikov sacrificing himself to freeze the bomb, Marceline became an old woman who attempted to keep the Ice King's crown hidden before Farmland Finn found it and caused the chain of events that destroyed the world.
  • Lumpy Space Princess (voiced by Pendleton Ward, the show's creator) – Lumpy Space Princess (or "LSP" for short) is the princess of Lumpy Space, an alternate dimension. Like all her people, LSP is an extraterrestrial creature known as a "Lumper" which looks like a floating purple cloud with arms and a face, and can convert other beings into Lumpers by biting them. LSP is spoiled and sarcastic, constantly seeking to improve her appearance from getting cosmetic surgery to punching herself into a ball in order to be less lumpy. In later seasons, she is shown as being proud of her "lumps" and makes it known on more than one occasion that her lumps are the source of her attractiveness. She is often shown living outdoors with salvaged furniture and appears to be homeless, because she has either run away from home, or is seeking independence from her parents. She speaks with a thick (albeit masculine) Valley Girl Accent. Her parents are the king and queen of Lumpy Space. It appears that LSP can only float above the ground and cannot fly, although she can turn this off by touching the star on her forehead. LSP's relationship to Finn and Jake has always come off as nonchalant, but in the episode "Gotcha", LSP realizes that Finn is a person of good moral standing who teaches her that beauty comes from the inside, and in her premiere episode, she reveals to Finn that he's supposed to be her real friend, not like the "fake" ones she has in Lumpy Space.
  • Beemo (voiced by Niki Yang) – Sometimes written BMO, Beemo is a sentient video game console that lives with Finn and Jake. Beemo is genderless.[28] Its appearance contains elements of Vectrex, Game Boy, PocketStation, and Atari 2600 game hardware. Beemo also has the features of other household objects, such as a camera in "Conquest of Cuteness", a VHS player and alarm clock in "Holly Jolly Secrets". Beemo's "face" (front panel) can be removed in order for its synthesizer to be played manually, producing an 8-bit tune, as revealed in "What is Missing". The letters on its side spell "BMO", but it has never been stated if this actually stands for anything. Beemo can transport people into a video game by pressing a button on its face as revealed in "Guardians of Sunshine". Beemo speaks English with an East Asian accent. In the episode "Five Short Graybles", it was implied that Beemo secretly imitates human habits like brushing its teeth. While Beemo is an object used for recreation on Finn and Jake's parts, it is still considered a close friend and treated as an equal by the two.
  • Flame Princess (voiced by Jessica DiCicco) – Flame Princess is the 14-year old princess of the Fire Kingdom, and is one of Finn's friends. She is currently in a relationship with Finn. Like all other inhabitants of the Fire Kingdom, she is covered with fire, the very flames emitted from her body being extensions of herself that intensify with rage. She first appeared in the Season 3 finale "Incendium", where Jake was looking for a girl to help Finn get over Princess Bubblegum. While she was referred to as being destructive by her own father, when he said "evil daughter", she has a more naive nature that prompts her to act on her emotions. In the Season 4 episode "Burning Low", it was shown that Princess Bubblegum had some sort of past relationship with Flame Princess and her kingdom. In addition, the reason of her previous arrangement was revealed to be the result of a prior settlement between her father Flame King and Princess Bubblegum. In the episode "Ignition Point", she requested a favor which indirectly led to her revealing that she hated her father, The Flame King, for imprisoning her for so many years. Furthermore, it was revealed that her family is evil and the candles, requested by her, were used as a method to spread the family evil ways/views to the next generation.
  • The Lich (voiced by Ron Perlman) – The Lich is an ancient, diabolical sorcerer who came into being near the end of Mushroom War via a Nuclear bomb. He tried to destroy the world but was been defeated and imprisoned by Billy within the Candy Kingdom's tree many years ago. After being freed from his amber prison by using a magic incantation to take control of a snail, the Lich sets out to regain his power and destroy Ooo, but he is killed by Finn who uses the sweater Princess Bubblegum gave him to rip off the top of his skull-collapsing his entire body. However, the Lich's disembodied spirit survived and took possession of Princess Bubblegum's body momentarily before ending up in the snail that released him after he is defeated again. Going into hiding in his snail vessel, the Lich arranged for a bear to trick Finn into giving him the Enchiridion for his master plan, to attach the jewels of the various crowns onto the book and create a portal to the wishing room. Taking Billy's body as his own to achieve his plan of wishing all life eliminated, the Lich's scheme ultimately failed when Jake uses his wish to alter the Lich's wish to send him and Finn back to their world. The Lich also plays a major role in the comic book series.

Minor charactersEdit

  • Cinnamon Bun (voiced by Dee Bradley Baker) – Cinnamon Bun lives in the Candy Kingdom and usually tries to impress people by doing tricks or volunteering for tasks, but usually ends up failing. Princess Bubblegum refers to him as being "Half Baked". He became the new Royal Tart Toter after the old Royal Tart Toter became senile.
  • Peppermint Butler (voiced by Steve Little) – Peppermint Butler is a peppermint candy that lives in the Candy Kingdom and is Princess Bubblegum's butler. It is revealed that he is good friends with Death and can summon a portal to the land of the dead; he also has a very dark and strange side, at one time requesting Finn and Jake's flesh. It is also implied that he has violent tendencies in "The Eyes", when he calls Finn and Jake to help him dispose of a body he "found" in his yard.
  • Tree Trunks (voiced by Polly Lou Livingston) – Tree Trunks is a miniature elephant friend of Finn and Jake who speaks with a gentle, Southern drawl. Tree Trunks lives in a little home in the forest, surrounded by her apple orchard, the apples of which she uses to make apple pies. Tree Trunks is in a relationship with a pig she met during the events of "The Apple Thief".
  • Pig (voiced by Ron Lynch) - Pig is a Pig who appears in "The Apple Thief". He later had a cameo in "Holly Jolly Secrets" and re-appeared in "Dream of Love" for the first time as a main character. In that episode Tree Trunks and Pig share their feelings. They kiss many times in the episode.
  • Billy (voiced by Lou Ferrigno) - According to Pendleton Ward, Billy is "..the greatest warrior ever!". He was once a great hero who is known to have rescued Cotton Candy Princess from the Fire Count, slain an evil ocean, and fought against a giant bear. Perhaps most importantly, he's also said to have defeated the Lich with a special gauntlet he wore in his youth. He lost hope in fighting and developed a more pacifist outlook into solving the woes of the world, but in the episode "His Hero", Finn gave him his hope back. In the episode "The Lich," the Lich possesses Billy's body and tricks Finn and Jake into using the Enchiridion to open a portal into other dimensions.
  • Hunson Abadeer (voiced by Martin Olson) – Hunson is the father of Marceline and lord of the Nightosphere who possesses a pendant that infuses him with power over the Nightosphereʻs chaotic evil that gives him the ability to suck the souls out of his victims. He appears first in the episode "It Came from the Nightosphere" where Finn summons him by acting out the ritual Marceline explained to him. Hunson tries to suck all the souls out of everyone before hearing the song Marceline wrote based on him eating her French fries in the past, managing to make peace with his daughter and return to the Nightosphere. However, during the events of "Return to the Nightosphere/Daddy's Little Monster", Hunson later attempted to get Marceline to follow in his footsteps by tricking her into taking his pendant before eventually realizing his mistake and taking it back from Finn, who put it on to save Marceline from the "Chaotic Evil" that possessed the amulet, and whomever wore it.
  • Ricardio (Voiced by George Takei) - Ice King's heart which became a sentient being as the result of Ice King's attempt at a love spell. Like his source, Ricardio had desires for Princess Bubblegumʻs heart. His first appearance is in "Ricardio, The Heart Guy", after Ice King fails a love spell and Ricardio appears from Ice King. Ricardio attempted to get Princess Bubblegum's heart but Finn and Jake saved her and Ricardio returned to Ice King. Ricardio later escaped in the episode "Lady and Peebles" and was fully independent with Ice King getting a replacement heart after Bubblegum beat him in a hand to hand combat battle.
  • The Earl of Lemongrab (voiced by Justin Roiland) – More commonly called Lemongrab, he was first being Princess Bubblegum ever created, and lives in the Outer Realm. He is socially dysfunctional, with trouble interacting with Candy Kingdom citizens due to his intolerance towards anything happy or comical. In "Too Young," he takes over as ruler of the Candy Kingdom when Bubblegum is deemed too young after being de-aged in the events of "Mortal Recoil"; he ended up jailing most of the candy subjects before Bubblegum returns to her original age. In "You Made Me," when his sleep-peeping Lemongrab upsets Bubblegum, she attempts to fix him by giving him subjects to rule over,but when that fails, showing how dysfunctional his relationship with her is, Lemongrab finally calms down when Bubblegum created him a clone brother he can get along with.


Main article: List of Adventure Time episodes

Season Episodes Season premiere Season finale
Pilot 1 January, 2007
1 13 (26) April 5, 2010 September 27, 2010
2 13 (26) October 11, 2010 May 9, 2011
3 13 (26)[30] July 11, 2011[31] February 13, 2012
4 13 (26) April 2, 2012[32] October 22, 2012
5 13 (26) November 12, 2012 2013

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. The series has completed four seasons of twenty-six episodes each. Its fourth season ran from April 2, 2012 through October 22, 2012;[33] the show's writers have begun work on the fifth season, which started airing on November 12, 2012.[34]

Some episodes were drafted, such as "Jake Suit", but were not used; instead, they were incorporated into other episodes.[35]



"Adventure Time makes me wish I were a kid again, just so I could grow up to be as awesome as the kids who are currently watchingAdventure Time will be."

D.F., Entertainment Weekly

Adventure Time has a passionate audience of both children and adults "who are drawn to the show’s silly humor, imaginative stories, and richly populated world." [36] The show has received positive reviews from critics and has developed a cult following among teenagers and adults. Television critic Robert Lloyd, in an article for the LA Times, said it "strikes [him] as a kind of companion piece to the network's [then] currently airing Chowder and The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack. Each takes place in a fantastical land peopled with strange, somewhat disturbing characters and has at its center a young male person or person-like thing making his way in that world with the help of unusual, not always reliable, mentors."[37] He went on to say that the show is "not unlike CN's earlier Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, about a boy and his imaginary friend, though darker and stranger and even less connected to the world as we know it."[37] Lloyd also compared it to "the sort of cartoons they made when cartoons themselves were young and delighted in bringing all things to rubbery life."[37] The AV Club reviewer Zack Handlen summed Adventure Time up as "a terrific show, and it fits beautifully in that gray area between kid and adult entertainment in a way that manages to satisfy both a desire for sophisticated (i.e., weird) writing and plain old silliness. This is basically what would happen if you asked a bunch of 12-year-olds to make a cartoon, only it’s the best possible version of that, like if all the 12-year-olds were super geniuses and some of them were Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and the Marx Brothers."[38] Entertainment Weekly named Adventure Time #20 on their The 25 Greatest Animated Series Ever list.[39][40]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Award Category Nominee Result
2008 Annie Awards Best Animated Short Subject[41] Pendleton Ward
Larry Leichliter

For the original short

2010 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Short-format Animated Program[42] Pendleton Ward

Kent Osborne Larry Leichliter For "My Two Favorite People"

2011 Annie Awards Best Animated Television Production for Children[43] Adventure Time Nominated
2011 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Short-format Animated Program[44] For "It Came From the Nightosphere" Nominated
2012 Annie Awards Best Animated Special Production For "Thank You" Nominated
Best Storyboarding in a Television Production Rebecca Sugar Nominated
2012 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Short-format Animated Program For "Too Young" Nominated


Adventure Time
Directed by Larry Leichliter
Hugo Morales

Pendleton Ward

Produced by Kevin Kolde
Written by Pendleton Ward
Starring Zack Shada

John DiMaggio Paige Moss John Kassir Dee Bradley Baker Pendleton Ward

Music by Casey James Basichis
Studio Frederator Studios
Distributed by Nicktoons
Release date(s) January, 2007[45]
Running time 7 minutes
[9][10]A scene from the short.

The animated short "Adventure Time" originally aired and was available online in January 2007. According to Frederator Studios producer and founder Fred Seibert in April 2008 the pilot "between all of it’s distribution points, has had almost 3,000,000 views".[46] It was then aired as part of Frederator Studios' Random! Cartoons on December 7, 2008, subsequently leading to the creation of the animated series.

The short focused on a boy named Pen and a dog named Jake as they learn from Lady Rainicorn that the Ice King has kidnapped Princess Bubblegum, in the hope of marrying her. Declaring that it's "Adventure Time", Pen and Jake set off for the Ice King's mountain lair. Pen and the Ice King fight while Jake remains outside flirting with Lady Rainicorn, ignoring the battle. Just when Pen seems to be gaining the upper hand, the Ice King uses his "frozen lightning bolts" to freeze Pen in a block of ice. For unexplained reasons, this transports Pen's mind back in time, and to Mars, where he has a short motivational conversation with Abraham Lincoln. After being told to believe in himself, Pen's mind is returned to the present, where he breaks out of the ice, just in time to see the Ice King fly away with Princess Bubblegum. Chasing after him using Jake's extendable legs, Pen rescues the princess from the Ice King's grasp. Jake pushes the magical crown off the Ice King's head, thereby removing the King's source of power. The Ice King then plummets off screen, yelling a long list of complex threats of things he will do when he returns. The story closes with Princess Bubblegum giving Pen a kiss, which he enjoys but greatly embarrasses him. He attempts to leave, but Jake claims that they have nowhere else to go and that there are no adventures that need them. Fortunately, some nearby ninjas are stealing an old man's diamonds, and they both run off in pursuit.

Other mediaEdit


Jazwares has produced an assortment of 2, 5, 10, and 20-inch licensed action figures for the series, which launched in Fall of 2011.[47] "Grow Your Own" characters that expand more than 500 percent when immersed in water were also released.[47] Role playing toys have also be produced, with a 24-inch "Finn Sword" being released first.[47] Jazwares is also producing a cuddle pillow of Jake and Lumpy Space Princess. Splat toys of Jake and Lumpy Space Princess have been released as of spring 2012.[48]

Comic booksEdit

On November 19, 2011, Boom! Studios announced plans for an Adventure Time comic book series written by independent web comic creator Ryan North (Dinosaur Comics).[49][50] The series launched February 8, 2012, with art by Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb.[51][52]

In April 2012, a spin-off comic series written by Meredith Gran (Octopus Pie) was announced. Entitled "Marceline and the Scream Queens," it was launched with a six-issue miniseries in July 2012 and features the characters Marceline and Princess Bubblegum.[53]

Video gamesEdit

A video game based on the series was announced by Pendleton Ward on his Twitter account.[54] The game, titled Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd You Steal Our Garbage?!, is being developed by WayForward Technologies forNintendo DS, and Nintendo 3DS and said to be released by D3 Publisher on the 13th of November, 2012.[55][56]

The game also has an app called Legends of Ooo: Big Hollow Princess available on the iOS app store. It features Characters and locations from the show, Puzzle solving with Finn and Jake, and voiceovers performed by Adventure Time characters. The game costs US$.99 in the United States.[57]


A child dressed as Finn can been spotted in the South Park episode, A Nightmare on Face Time.[58]

Home mediaEdit

Region 1

DVD title Season(s) Aspect ratio Episode count Total Running Time Release date
Adventure Time: My Two Favorite People[59] 1, 2 16:9 12[59] 137 minutes September 27, 2011(USA)[59]

February 7, 2012(CAN).[60]

Adventure Time: It Came From the Nightosphere[39][61] 1, 2, 3 16:9 16[39][61] 176 minutes[39][61] March 6, 2012[39][61]
Adventure Time: The Complete First Season[62] 1 16:9 26 (Episodes 1-26) 286 minutes July 10, 2012
Adventure Time: Jake vs Me-Mow 1, 2, 3, 4 16:9 16 176 minutes October 2, 2012

Region 2

DVD title Season(s) Aspect ratio Episode count Total Running Time Release date
Adventure Time: Season 1: Volume 1[63] 1 16:9 10 (Episodes 1–10) 109 minutes October 5, 2011
Adventure Time: Season 1: Volume 2[64] 1 16:9 8 (Episodes 11–18) 87 minutes October 5, 2011
Adventure Time: Season 1: Volume 3[65] 1 16:9 8 (Episodes 19–26) 88 minutes October 5, 2011


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