The most recent home video releases for Adventure Time with Finn & Jake -- "It Came from the Nightosphere" (03/2012) and "My Two Favorite People" (09/2012) -- were populated with non-sequential episodes from the first two or the first three seasons. As such, for a time, the something-is-better-than-nothing philosophy prevailed for fans of the cartoon. However, what fans of the Cartoon Network animation had wanted all along was a DVD box set.
To put it mildly, this chronological collection of cryptic dungeons, evil pie-throwing robots, witches, and thieves is long overdue. Special features for the DVD set include episode animatics, behind-the-scenes featurettes, notes from the composers, and more ("filmed by creator Pendleton Ward with his very own camera phone").
Episode commentary will be supplied by Ward as well as many of the series' central and guest voice actors, like John DiMaggio, Tom Kenny, and George Takei.
Altogether, Finn is an excitable boy whose fists speak the truth (largely because he's not very bright), and Jake is a crafty dog whose boisterous personality is a perfect match for the duo's endless fighting against the evils of the Land of Ooo. In Adventure Time with Finn & Jake, there isn't a lot that makes sense -- vampire girls are pretty amicable and giant ogres aren't quite what they seem -- but that's all part and parcel of the cartoon's quirkiness.
Also, a few key encounters with Marceline, the vampire rock goddess, include the comical episode where she kicks Finn and Jake from their treehouse pad, as well as an amusing encounter in which Finn pledges to become her henchman. Much like Adventure Time, young Marceline appears a bit off-kilter and unusual at first glance, but the longer passersby pay attention, the more her eccentric behaviors seem to make sense.
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"Undersea Adventure: Sealab 2020 Animation on DVD" at AnimationInsider.net (05/2012)
"Real Adv. of Jonny Quest Animation News" at AnimationInsider.net (03/2012)