My Two Favorite People

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"My Two Favorite People"
Adventure Time episode
Episode no.Season 1
Episode 9
Directed by
Written byKent Osborne
Pendleton Ward
Story byMerriwether Williams
Tim McKeon
Production code692-004[1]
Original air dateMay 3, 2010
Running time11 minutes
Guest appearance(s)
  • Vincenzo Rauso as Tiffany
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"My Two Favorite People" is the ninth episode of the first season of the American animated television series Adventure Time. The episode was written and storyboarded by Kent Osborne and series creator Pendleton Ward, from a story by Merriwether Williams and Tim McKeon. It originally aired on Cartoon Network on May 3, 2010. The episode guest stars Vincenzo Rauso as Tiffany.

The series follows the adventures of Finn (voiced by Jeremy Shada), a human boy, and his best friend and adoptive brother Jake (voiced by John DiMaggio), a dog with magical powers to change shape and grow and shrink at will. In this episode, Jake feels overwhelmed at not having enough time for Finn and his girlfriend, Lady Rainicorn (voiced by Niki Yang), so he tries to get them to hang out more. Eventually, Finn and Lady Raincorn become closer than Jake is comfortable with, and he starts feeling jealous.

Plot[edit]

Jake is frustrated that he does not have enough time to hang out with both Finn and his girlfriend, Lady Rainicorn (voiced by Niki Yang), so he tries to get them to hang out more. At first, this attempt to get Finn and Lady to bond is hampered by Finn being unable to speak Lady Rainicorn's language, Korean. However, after Jake secures a universal translator, the two are able to converse easily and soon develop a friendly relationship.

Eventually, Finn and Lady Raincorn become closer than Jake is comfortable with, and he starts feeling jealous. To make Finn and Lady feel jealous, Jake calls his old friend Tiffany (voiced by Vincenzo Rauso) and asks him to play viola with him. Finn and Lady confront Jake and Tiffany, and after an altercation, Jake realizes he was in the wrong. Jake then makes up with Finn and Lady, and he gets rid of the universal translator.

Production[edit]

"My Two Favorite People" was written and storyboarded by series creator Pendleton Ward and Kent Osborne, from a story developed by Merriwether Williams and Tim McKeon. The entry was directed by Larry Leichliter. Ward made sure that the ending "turn[ed] the moral on its head", by adding the line "No man, let's always be stupid… forever!" Ward explained, "I just cringe when there's a serious moral to be learned at the end of a story. I'll always turn the moral on its head if the episode needs something like that at the end of it."[2] Niki Yang, the voice of Lady Rainicorn, appreciated the story, noting that "It’s not really 'cracking up, back-to-back jokes,' but it’s just a sincere story, going into the characters and their issues and friendship."[3]

Reception[edit]

"My Two Favorite People" first aired on Cartoon Network on May 5, 2010. The episode was watched by 1.65 viewers, and scored a 1.1/2 percent Nielsen household rating, meaning that it was seen by 1.2 percent of all households and 2 percent of all households watching television at the time of the episode's airing.[4] The episode first saw physical release as part of the eponymous 2011 DVD, Adventure Time: My Two Favorite People, which included 12 episodes from the series' first two seasons.[5] It was later re-leased as part of the complete first season DVD in July 2012.[6]

Critically, the episode was well-received. It was later nominated for a 2010 Emmy Award for Short-format Animation,[7] although the episode did not win.[8]

The DVD release that the episode lent its namesake to was mostly well-received by critics, although several reviewers were slightly displeased at the apparent randomness of the episodes included. Francis Rizzo III of DVD Talk complimented the release, calling it a "short random assortment, presented in good quality" that "is fun to watch and might satisfy younger fans".[9] However, he noted that, because full season collections were on their way, "you may want to [rent it] for now."[9] Matt Fowler of IGN awarded it a 7 out of 10 rating, denoting a "good" release.[10] He was complimentary towards the manner in which the episodes were presented, but felt that the releases extras—simple character information slides—were "of little interest to anyone".[10] Ultimately, Fowler concluded that "this DVD is still a great way to introduce Adventure Time to those who haven't seen it and haven't yet experienced the shared joy".[10]

Explanatory notes[edit]

  1. ^ Director
  2. ^ Creative director
  3. ^ Art director

References[edit]

  1. ^ Seibert, Fred (August 14, 2009). "Writing Pick-Up". Frederator Studios. Archived from the original on April 13, 2016. Retrieved January 31, 2013.
  2. ^ Carroll, Bart (April 8, 2011). "Pendleton Ward Interview". Wizards.com. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
  3. ^ Hawkins, Chelsea (May 6, 2013). "May Issue: 'Adventure Time' Voice Actress Niki Yang Breathes Life Into BMO, Lady Rainicorn". IAmKorean.com. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
  4. ^ Gorman, Bill (May 4, 2010). "WWE Raw and NBA Playoffs Again Lead Monday Cable". TV by the Numbers. Zap2it. Retrieved May 4, 2010.
  5. ^ Leichliter, Larry et al. (2011). Adventure Time: My Two Favorite People (DVD). Warner Home Video. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  6. ^ Leichliter, Larry et al. (2012). Adventure Time: The Complete First Season (DVD). Warner Home Video. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  7. ^ "Adventure Time Nominated for an Emmy". Frederator. July 8, 2010. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
  8. ^ "Outstanding Short-Form Animated Program 2011". Emmys.com. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved January 19, 2013.
  9. ^ a b Rizzo III, Francis (September 27, 2011). "Adventure Time: My Two Favorite People". DVD Talk. Internet Brands. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
  10. ^ a b c Fowler, Matt (September 22, 2011). "My Two Favorite People Review". IGN. News Corporation. Retrieved July 14, 2013.

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