Adventure Time: Distant Lands

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Adventure Time: Distant Lands
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Country of originUnited States
Release
Original networkHBO Max
Original releaseJune 25, 2020
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Adventure Time: Distant Lands is the collective name for four hour-long web television specials based on the American animated television series Adventure Time, which was created by Pendleton Ward and originally aired on Cartoon Network from 2010 to 2018. The specials are produced by Cartoon Network Studios and Frederator Studios and will be released on HBO Max starting June 25, 2020.[1] The series at large follows the adventures of Finn (a human boy) and his best friend and adoptive brother Jake, a dog with magical powers to change shape and size at will. Finn and Jake live in the post-apocalyptic Land of Ooo, where they interact with the series' other main characters, including Princess Bubblegum, Marceline the Vampire Queen, and BMO.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Concept[edit]

The series follows the adventures of Finn the Human (a boy), and his best friend Jake, a dog with magical powers to change shape and size at will. Finn and Jake live in the post-apocalyptic Land of Ooo, where they interact with the other major characters, such as Princess Bubblegum, Marceline the Vampire Queen, and BMO. Common storylines revolve around Finn and Jake going on the titular adventures, discovering strange creatures, and battling monsters to help others.[3]

Background[edit]

On September 29, 2016, Cartoon Network officially announced that Adventure Time would end.[4] Storyline writing for the initial series ended in mid-November 2016,[5] and the show's final script was pitched to storyboarders on November 28.[6][7][8] Voice recording for the initial series ended on January 31, 2017.[9][10][11] Several of the show's crew members were then hired for Cartoon Network's Summer Camp Island, created by Adventure Time storyline writer Julia Pott.[12] The Adventure Time finale, "Come Along with Me", aired on September 3, 2018 to a largely positive reception.[13][14][15][16][17][18]

Development[edit]

The Adventure Time: Distant Lands specials were produced by Cartoon Network Studios and Frederator, but unlike the previous seasons, will debut on HBO Max, the video on demand service from WarnerMedia Entertainment.[19]

Longtime Adventure Time executive producer Adam Muto helmed the specials, whilst Jack Pendarvis, Christina Catucci, Charley Feldman, and Kate Tsang were brought on as part of the writing staff.[20][21][22] Storyboard artists who worked on these specials include (but are not limited to): Ashlyn Anstee,[23] Iggy Craig,[24] Megan Fisher,[25] Hanna K. Nyström,[26] Maya Petersen,[27] and Serena Wu.[28] From June to September 2019, Jenny Goldberg served as art director for the specials.[29]

Episodes[edit]

Adventure Time: Distant Lands episodes
No.TitleSupervising
direction by
Written and storyboarded byOriginal release dateProd.
code
US viewers
(millions)
1"BMO"[1]TBATBAJune 25, 2020 (2020-06-25)[30]TBATBD
BMO journeys to space.[1]
2"Obsidian"[1]TBATBA2020 (2020)[1]TBATBD
Princess Bubblegum and Marceline the Vampire Queen meditate on their relationship while out on a mission.[1]
3"Wizard City"[1]TBATBATBATBATBD
Peppermint Butler goes to school to relearn magic.[1]
4"Together Again"[1]TBATBATBATBATBD
A quest reconnects Finn the Human and Jake the Dog.[1]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Shada, Jeremy [@jeremyshada] (October 23, 2019). "Soooooooo we're back" (Tweet). Retrieved January 18, 2020 – via Twitter.
  3. ^ Clark, Noelene (November 14, 2012). "'Adventure Time': Post-Apocalyptic 'Candyland' Attracts Adult Fans". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Retrieved March 26, 2014.
  4. ^ Dutton, Sophie (November 4, 2016). "Interview with 'Adventure Time' Head Writer Kent Osborne". Skwigly. Retrieved November 10, 2016.
  5. ^ Germain, Siomara (November 1, 2016). "Brockport Welcomes Adventure Time Writer Jack Pendarvis". The Stylus. Archived from the original on November 4, 2016. Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  6. ^ Osborne, Kent [@kentisawesome] (November 28, 2016). "Last Adventure Time handout meeting :(" (Tweet). Retrieved November 29, 2016 – via Twitter.
  7. ^ Alden, Sam [@samalden] (December 8, 2016). "@HannaKtweet @kikutowne my board however is going to be hot garbage, ruin the show, etc" (Tweet). Retrieved December 12, 2016 – via Twitter.
  8. ^ Nyström, Hanna K [@HannaKtweet] (December 7, 2016). "hold me tight and tell me this board will be good. rock me to sleep" (Tweet). Retrieved December 12, 2016 – via Twitter.
  9. ^ Bamford, Maria [@mariabamfoo] (January 31, 2017). "Last day of Adventuretime! #8yearsofgoodgoof thanks Pendleton and @kentisawesome for a wonderful time!" (Tweet). Retrieved February 1, 2017 – via Twitter.
  10. ^ Bamford, Maria [@mariabamfoo] (January 31, 2017). "@kentisawesome pumped for last record!" (Tweet). Retrieved February 1, 2017 – via Twitter.
  11. ^ Milonakis, Andy (January 31, 2017). "Adventure Time Cake". Instagram. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  12. ^ "Summer Camp Island". Frederator. July 4, 2018. Retrieved July 7, 2018.
  13. ^ Franich, Darren (September 4, 2018). "Adventure Time Finale Review: One of the Greatest TV Shows Ever Had a Soulful, Mind-Expanding Conclusion". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  14. ^ Schindel, Daniel (September 4, 2018). "Adventure Time Finale Review: 'Come Along with Me'". IGN. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  15. ^ Hysen, Dylan (August 27, 2018). "'Come Along With Me' is a Fantastic Conclusion and Perfect Encapsulation of Adventure Time". Overly Animated. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  16. ^ Sava, Oliver (September 3, 2018). "Adventure Time Concludes with a Celebration of What Makes It So Special". The A.V. Club. Retrieved September 3, 2018.
  17. ^ Kohn, Eric (September 3, 2018). "Adventure Time Finale Review: Cartoon Network's Cultural Phenomenon Ends On a Bittersweet Note That Feels Just Right". Indiewire. Retrieved September 3, 2018.
  18. ^ Kulzick, Kate (September 3, 2018). "Adventure Time Is Going Out with an Epic, Emotional Finale". TV Guide. Retrieved September 3, 2018.
  19. ^ Porter, Rick (October 23, 2019). "'Adventure Time' Revived for Series of HBO Max Specials". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 24, 2019.
  20. ^ Pendarvis, Jack [@JackPendarvis] (October 23, 2019). "Looks like I can finally tell you about the secret project I've secretly been working on in secret. Here's a hint, just another day at the office, photo by coconspirator @katetsang" (Tweet). Retrieved November 21, 2019 – via Twitter.
  21. ^ Catucci, Christina [@Catuchee] (December 2, 2019). "hello! i am looking for an in-studio staff writing gig. i've written for: -Craig of the Creek -Adventure Time: Distant Lands -Story on Trolls World Tour -Toca Life Stories -Sundance Feature Finalist 2018 here I am as a child equally talented" (Tweet). Retrieved February 23, 2020 – via Twitter.
  22. ^ Feldman, Charley [@charley_feldman] (October 25, 2019). "Come on, grab your friends! A secret thing I've been writing on just got a lot less secret. And believe me, I can barely believe I get to be doing this either! Adventure Time: Distant Lands!" (Tweet). Retrieved February 23, 2020 – via Twitter.
  23. ^ Anstee, Ashlyn [@ashlynanstee] (October 23, 2019). "I was so lucky to get to storyboard on this!! Can't wait for you all to see it!" (Tweet). Retrieved October 25, 2019 – via Twitter.
  24. ^ Craig, Iggy. "About". iggy.zone. Retrieved October 25, 2019. Note: "Rumble Jaw" was the secretive name used during the production of these specials.
  25. ^ Fisher, Megan [@mfisherdraws] (October 23, 2019). "The show I've been helping out on at CN!!!! This crew is incredible and I'm so grateful I was able to be a part of it" (Tweet). Retrieved October 25, 2019 – via Twitter.
  26. ^ Nyström, Hanna K. "Hanna K. (@HannaKtweet)". Twitter. Retrieved October 25, 2019. storyboard artist/writer. Adventure Time // Summer Camp Island // Rumble Jaw Note: "Rumble Jaw" was the secretive name used during the production of these specials.
  27. ^ Petersen, Maya [@rnn_tweet] (October 23, 2019). "It's finally out in the world! Been storyboarding on this lovely production with this growing, lovely crew since June" (Tweet). Retrieved October 25, 2019 – via Twitter.
  28. ^ Wu, Serena [@artofserenawu] (October 23, 2019). "I'M SO HAPPY I get to finally talk about what I've been boarding on since August! I'm crazy fortunate to be a part of this crew, these specials are wonderful and I think everyone's gonna really, really like what's in store" (Tweet). Retrieved October 25, 2019 – via Twitter.
  29. ^ Goldberg, Jennifer. "Jennifer Goldberg". LinkedIn. Retrieved February 23, 2020.
  30. ^ The Futon Critic (May 13, 2020). "HBO Max Unveils Exciting Second Wave Slate of Max Originals to Debut Throughout the Summer Beginning June 18th". Retrieved May 13, 2020.