Adventure Time: Season 1
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Cartoon Network: Adventure Time The Complete First Season
What time is it? It’s time for Adventure Time: The Complete First Season DVD. The Cartoon Network's #1 hit comedy show and Emmy® nominated series that centers on the post apocalyptic adventures of Finn, a human boy with a funny hat, and his friend Jake, a magic and mischievous dog. The DVD includes all 26 episodes from season 1 and tons of special features done by the creator. The Adventure Time: The Complete First Season DVD is packaged with a collectible slipcover and a must have for any Adventure Time Fan!]]>
A genuinely inspired amalgamation of fantasy tropes liberally frosted with absurd humor, the animated series Adventure Time is a charmingly cracked confection that deserves its devoted cult following. Set in a faraway kingdom called Ooo, the series follows the caffeinated adventures of Finn the Human (Jeremy Shada) and his bespectacled talking dog Jake (John DiMaggio, Futurama) as they thwart the misunderstood but mostly evil Ice King (Tom Kenny, SpongeBob SquarePants) from his regular attempts to kidnap Princess Bubblegum (Hynden Walch, Teen Titans). Aiding them in their escapades are the bass-playing Vampire Queen (Olivia Olson, Phineas and Ferb), petulant extraterrestrial Lumpy Space Princess (voiced by series creator Pendleton Ward), and Beemo (Niki Yang), a sentient but playable video game console. The 26 mini-episodes that comprise the show's first season pit the heroes against a dizzying array of oddities, including candy zombies in "Slumber Party Panic," a pie-throwing robot (Andy Milonakis), and "Ricardio the Heart Guy," a living heart suavely voiced by George Takei. But more often than not, the characters' own personal issues make for the most inspired moments, most notably in "When Wedding Bells Thaw," where Finn and Jake try to encourage the Ice King to give up his princess-kidnapping pursuits by throwing him a bachelor party.
That blend of grownup, self-aware humor and childlike silliness can be difficult to balance, but Adventure Time frequently succeeds, thanks in part to the epic sprawl of its universe, which provides a sizable canvas that preserves the tone of the series while maintaining a never-ending supply of weird and wonderful encounters. It is unquestionably an acquired taste, but it's also a sweetly offbeat series and an awful lot of fun. The two-disc set includes a healthy selection of extras, most notably commentary tracks on four episodes, including "Tree Trunks," which features some amusing anecdotes from Ward's mother and family friend Polly Lou Livingston, who also provide voices in the episode. The three featurettes are a mixed bag: A Behind-the-Scenes Featurette is a surreal barrage of sight gags filmed in the Adventure Time production offices by Ward with his phone, while the Behind the Scenes of the Behind the Scenes gets even sillier. A 10-minute talk with the show's music editors takes an equally left-of-center approach, though the nearly hour-long collection of animatics and a two-minute episode called "The Wand" are fairly straightforward. The only true letdown is the lack of a Blu-ray presentation, which would accurately preserve the show's HD broadcast quality. --Paul Gaita
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1) Adventure Time has simple, yet colorful animation. Adventure Time is probably the most colorful show on television right now. Even if you are watching on standard definition, your television screen illuminates while watching Adventure Time. The animation doesn't rely on CGI gimmicks to catch your eye, only imagination. The sights are so vivid, including the background. The animation is completely sketched and has a 90s feel to it.
2) Adventure Time has, in my view, the most interesting and funniest bunch of characters of any show on television. The show's main characters are the wise cracking Jake The Dog and Finn The Human, Jake's naïve, young best friend. Others include Valley Girl-accented Lumpy Space Princess, of the `lumpy' peoples; BMO, an all-in-one talking electronic device; Princess Bubblegum, the nerdy Princess of the `candy peoples'; and punk rocker Marceline, The Vampire Queen.
3) Adventure Time has comedy, fantasy, action, romance, music, science fiction, and horror all in one. The humor is slapstick and irreverent and so random. Musical numbers are incorporated regularly, which are usually infused with the show's irreverent humor. There's always action and a new adventure - Finn and Jake are always fighting off bad guys and saving friends/people in need. While The Land of Ooo looks colorful and much of it is `happy', it is largely `dark' inside. There are several eye-catching scary moments.
Adventure Time is the best cartoon of the 21st century, in my view. I didn't watch many cartoons during my adult life until I discovered Adventure Time while channel surfing. Adventure Time was my gateway drug to other cartoons. Cartoons, especially Adventure Time, offer a form of escapism and feature a level of imagination which I've come to appreciate.
--Isa R Bufano (10/10/13)
This is one thing that I'm always a stickler about, good packaging. Adventure Time Season 1 has amazing packaging as they make the entire dvd opening process into a dissection of the character Finn. When you remove the cardboard sleeve you also release Finns flowing golden locks of awesome man hair. Open up the dvd case and along with the paper insert listing the episodes you'll also find artwork of Finn essentially skinless. Oh but it doesn't stop there as on the first disc is Finns skull and the second disc is Finns brain and eyes.
Dvd studios should take a lesson from this set and realize that the packaging can be almost half the fun along with the actual content. I almost always throw the cardboard sleeve away as it's useless, but Adventure Time Season 1 gives me a reason to NOT chuck it as I wouldn't have this hilarious disassemble.
5 out of 5
Here is essentially what your getting. Both discs combined will run a little bit over 5 hours. There is a play all button and if you can also skip past the opening in every episode. Anamorphic Widescreen with Dolby Stereo 2.0.
Slumber Party Panic
Trouble in Lumpy Space
Prisoners of Love
Ricardio the Heart Guy
My Two Favorite People
Memories of Boom Boom Mountain
City of Thieves
The Witch's Garden
What is Life?
Ocean of Fear
When Wedding Bells Thaw
Rainy Day Daydream
What Have You Done?
It's a difference of opinion whether the episodes are good are not so I'll leave it to you to decide.
5 out of 5
Here's where it shines even brighter.
Commentaries: Even though it's just 4 commentaries, each one is equally as interesting and sometimes hilarious. Good stuff.
Trouble in Lumpy Space - John DiMaggio, Jeremy Shada, Tom Kenny, Pen Ward
Prisoners of Love - John DiMaggio, Jeremy Shada, Tom Kenny, Pen Ward
Tree Trunks - Bettie Ward, Polly Lou Livingston
Ricardio the Heart Guy - George Takei, Tom Kenny, Hynden Walch, Jeremy Shada, Pen Ward
Behind the Scenes
Behind the Scenes of the Behind the Scenes.
Animatics with commentary
What more can I say, you're getting a lot of bang for your buck, something that a number of animation dvd's lack these days.
5 out of 5
This is an amazing set that should please any fan, hardcore or casual, or someone looking to just get into the show. It's been a long time since I've seen a animated cartoon get such a good dvd release and I'm equally surprised it came from Cartoon Network. Like I said before, other studios should take a lesson and start making their dvd's just as creative and entertaining as Adventure Time Season 1.
Overall: 5 out of 5 (and here's hoping for a season 2 release sometime in the near future!)
Adventure Time: Complete First Season