~I received a copy of Adventure Time: Jake the Dad for review. Opinions and stories are my own.~
My teen is in love with Adventure Time. He and his friends know everything there is to know about the show and continually reference it when being ridiculous. For those of you that don’t know what Adventure Time is or are new to the show (like me), here is a summary and a breakdown of the main characters.
Adventure Time (originally Adventure Time with Finn & Jake) is an animated series that follows Finn (a human boy) and his adopted brother Jake (a magical dog). They both live in a post-apocalyptic world (or the Land of Ooo) with their friends. Descriptions provided by Adventure Time on Cartoon Network.
- Princess Bubblegum: As a millionaire nerd enthusiast, Princess Bubblegum immerses herself in every branch of geekdom from rocket science to turtle farming.
- Ice King: Armed with a magic crown and an icy heart, the Ice King has only one goal: to secure a wife by any means necessary.
- Marceline the Vampire Queen: Marceline is a wild rocker girl. Centuries of wandering the Land of Ooo have made her a fearless daredevil.
- Lady Rainicorn: Lady is Princess Bubblegum’s loyal and majestic pet. Her love of the viola makes her a perfect match for Jake.
- Lumpy Space Princess: Lumpy Space Princess comes from the cloud-like kingdom of Lumpy Space. She acts like a typical spoiled teenager.
- Beemo: Beemo is much more than just Finn and Jake’s roommate. Beemo is also their friend, camera, alarm clock and video game system.
- Gunter: Gunter is the name the Ice King gives to all of his penguin servants, yet he pronounces it differently depending on the penguin’s personality.
- Earl of Lemongrab: The Earl of Lemongrab is the high-strung, stubborn ruler of the land of Lemongrab, and heir to the Candy Kingdom. He was the first of Princess Bubblegum’s experiments gone wrong.
- Flame Princess: Flame Princess is a hot-headed princess from the Fire Kingdom and Finn’s new crush. Her flame powers are tied to her emotions, and she’s been known to anger quite easily.
- Peppermint Butler: Peppermint Butler is an inhabitant of the Candy Kingdom and loyal butler to Princess Bubblegum. He has a mysterious past and an undefined relationship with Death.
- Fiona: An alternate, female version of Finn, Fionna the human is just as brave, adventurous and awesome as her male counterpart as she faces off against her enemy, the Ice Queen.
- Cake: Cake the cat is an alternate, female version of Jake. She has similar powers that let her stretch, bend and morph her body, and her boyfriend is Lord Monochromicorn.
- Me-Mow: Me-Mow is a tiny but dangerous cat from the Guild of Assassins who tried to take out Wildberry Princess in order to be made a full member assassin.
- Tree Trunks: Tree Trunks is an elephant friend of Finn and Jake who speaks with a gentle, Southern drawl and lives in the Candy Kingdom. She loves picking apples and making apple pies.
- Candy People: Candy People explode when they are frightened, and they are also very gullible. They live in the candy kingdom.
- Prince Gumball: This alternate version of Princess Bubblegum is the beloved ruler of Candy Kingdom. He enjoys baking, and riding his trusty steed, Lord Monochromicorn.
- Marshall Lee: Marshall Lee is the boy version of Marceline. He’s a rockstar vampire king, and one bad little boy.
So after watching a few episodes, I got kind of hooked on it. It reminded me of some crazy humorous end-of-the-world version of D&D. Teen filled me in on the blank spots since Adventure Time: Jake the Dad showcases episodes from Season 4 and 5, but honestly you can just jump right in and join in the adventure!
Adventure Time: Jake the Dad DVD also came with a special edition Jake hat which both of my boys are obsessed with. The moment my teen saw the DVD case he went crazy ripping it open and wore the hat for days. One day he had it sitting aside and Tot picked it up and he started wearing it! Everyone wants to be Jake!
Episodes featured on Adventure Time: Jake the Dad are:
- Jake the Dad
- Burning Low
- Sons of Mars
- BMO Noire
- The Hard Easy
- I Remember You
- All the Little People
- Mystery Dungeon
- All Your Fault
- Five More Short Graybles
- Vault of Bones
- Simon & Marcy
- One Last Job
- BMO Lost
This is a really great animated series. I’m still amazed at the fact that each of the episodes is hand drawn, one episode can take 8 to 9 months to create! It’s pretty phenomenal; which is no surprise that it won an Emmy and had been nominated 5 times (among many other nominations and awards)! Make sure to check it out on Cartoon Network and pick up a copy of Adventure Time: Jake the Dad (with the special hat) that includes 3 of the top 5 episodic DVD releases!