Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Cartoon Network
DVD Release Date: July 29, 2014
Run Time: 176 minutes
“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 more drugs than I am.
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.
Although the entire seasons have been regularly released on DVD and Blu-ray, the series often releases these compilation collections, which have an assortment of episodes from a variety of seasons. There is the implication that this collection of cartoons is thematically linked in some way, but they are merely titled for a singular popular episode included in the set. Previously, “The Suitor” was a collection of cartoons that went with the title episode, and the same is true of “Princess Day.”
There are a collection of episodes about Princess Bubblegum in this set, including the title episode, but there are also a handful of random episodes about other characters as well. This is essentially a single-disc collection of episodes for fans that are dedicated enough to want to own a few favorites without the commitment necessary for an entire season. The special features include the featurette, “Little Did You Know.”
Entertainment Value: 6/10
Quality of Filmmaking: 5.5/10
Historical Significance: 3/10
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