July 26, 2013 | 3:39 p.m.
“The Adventure Time Encyclopaedia,” purportedly penned by the cartoon’s Lord of Evil Hunson Abadeer, begins with a warning. “Only bona fide demons from the Nightosphere, heroes with extreme charisma, wizards with abominable powers, and awesome kingly or queenly individuals may read further,” reads a page of large, capital letters. “All unqualified readers — including humans, mutants, monsters, talking beasts, house people, gnomes and goblins, mountain men, lumps, witches, ninjas, hoboes, ghosts, scofflaws, insolent children, boring schoolteachers, nosy parents, and other unqualified beings — will be punished by the Spell of Carnak invoked upon this book.” We won’t go into the details on the Spell of Carnak, other than to say that one of the side effects is death in a “cocoon of aetheric phlegm.” FULL COVERAGE: ‘Adventure Time’ The book, $19.95 and out this week from Abrams, is “translated” by Martin […]
Feb. 13, 2013 | 2:42 p.m.
In the massively popular Cartoon Network series “Adventure Time,” veteran voice actor Tom Kenny plays Ice King, a curmudgeonly wizard who lives in a snow fortress with a legion of penguins and whichever princess he has most recently kidnapped. For Kenny, the Ice King is the latest in a long line of zany characters; during his 20-plus years in the industry, he has lent his voice to more than 200 productions, including such landmark series as “Rocko’s Modern Life,” “Dexter’s Laboratory,” “The Powerpuff Girls” and “SpongeBob SquarePants,” in which he played SpongeBob. Like those groundbreaking predecessors, “Adventure Time” has earned a loyal audience by defying the tropes typical to children’s television shows. The series, created by Pendleton Ward, follows Finn, a human boy, and Jake, his magical shape-shifting dog, as they fight monsters and rescue princesses in a whimsical, post-apocalyptic […]
Nov. 18, 2012 | 7:00 a.m.
The Emmy-nominated cartoon “Adventure Time” follows 14-year-old hero Finn and his pal Jake, a shape-shifting dog, as they face off against evildoers in the magical Land of Ooo. The show has become one of Cartoon Network‘s most popular programs, attracting both kids and adults to the whimsical and darkly funny world created by animator Pendleton Ward. The show, which kicked off its fifth season last week, continues Monday. Hero Complex caught up with Jeremy Shada, the 15-year-old actor who voices Finn, to talk about “Adventure Time” and more. HC: How did you land the role? JS: I got a call from my agent whenever this started way back three years ago, or something like that. We recognized it and it sounded familiar, and we realized that my older brother Zack [Shada] had done the pilot for it three years prior […]
Nov. 14, 2012 | 11:20 a.m.
“Adventure Time” at first glance is a typical kids’ show. Finn, a 14-year-old boy, and his buddy Jake, a magical dog with super stretching powers, battle candy zombies, evil gnomes and their arch-nemesis Ice King in a shiny world called the Land of Ooo. In the show’s Season 5 premiere Monday, Finn fights a gang of neon-colored, village-burning hoodlums while Jake goes hot-tubbing with Cosmic Owl and a pink, wish-granting being named Prismo. Hot-tubbing? “If somebody pitched me verbally an episode plot of an ‘Adventure Time’ cartoon, I’d probably think, ‘That’s the dumbest thing ever,’ ” said Cartoon Network chief content officer Rob Sorcher. “But somehow in the hands of ['Adventure Time' creator Pendleton Ward], the nuance with which this is executed, it’s perfect.” The Emmy-nominated cartoon is one of the Cartoon Network‘s most popular shows, consistently ranking No. 1 […]