Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Cartoon Network
DVD Release Date: May 6, 2014
Run Time: 176 minutes
As far as I can tell, these random DVD releases with a collection of episodes are just excuses to make money off of the oddly popular programming. Most of the episodes have nothing to do with the title, which highlights a single popular episode. The rest included feels as random as the humor in the show. True fans of the show would probably be better off waiting for full-season releases. Some of these episodes have already been released in previous DVD collections.
“Adventure Time” is in that new category of animation on the cartoon network which I find confounding, albeit remarkably entertaining. It seems as though this is a straightforward kid’s show, but it gets remarkably close to being edgy enough for adults at moments. There is always a ripcord to pull, quickly pulling the narrative back to safety in time for the episode’s close, but watching this show with children present often makes me nervous. Perhaps this is partly due to the high octane, bizarre, and often psychedelic nature of the show which often makes me feel as though I’m on drugs.
The story follows the adventures and misadventures of a human boy named Finn and his brother, a dog named Jake. Finn was adopted by Jake’s parents and they roam the magical land looking for adventures. Along the way they come across a number of regular characters, both good and evil. The villains include Marceline the vampire and the Ice King, and their main ally and adventure companion is Princess Bubblegum.
The Suitor DVD release includes that title episode along with fifteen additional quick episodes. There is also a special feature entitled “Little Did You Know,” with humor fitting the series.
Entertainment Value: 6/10
Quality of Filmmaking: 5/10
Historical Significance: 4/10
Special Features: 4/10