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The Show:

On the surface, Adventure Time is colorful, uses spunky diction, has pleasant characters, and is bite-sized. You can watch it with your mind shut off and have plenty to chew on but if you watch it with your mind wide open, you begin to realize the wondrous underbelly of this immensely mindful iceberg - that same bite-sized, 11 minute episode, reveals it’s intention, lessons, and innocent outlook on our pre-Great Mushroom War world.

Most movies and TV shows, cartoons included, seem to all share the same negative-tinted playbook, where the flawed protagonist gets antagonized by characters who are often heavily cynical, negative, or pessimistic and this loops with each passing episode. I understand that this is the nature of entertainment, but we’re exposed to shades of this dynamic in everyday life and TV could instead give us a glimpse into a more idealistic world. To me, this is the gaping void that Adventure Time, and only Adventure Time, fills.

Besides it's altruistic and innately naive and innocent nature, there is really no other show that presents such a profound pearl of a moral lesson in each glitter studded oyster shell of an episode. If you choose to only stare at the shell and marvel at the bizarre and relentlessly fresh surface layer of the show, then you can feast on the subtle nuances in suburb writing and animation. If it's the pearl you're after, then you can choose to find the episode's anecdotal lesson and intention and bask in the show's emotionally profound and thought provoking subject matters. 

The Plea:

Adventure Time is truly a rare phenomenon that can never be replicated or imitated. It is a show that speaks to the innocent child in us. It allows us to marvel at what's there but might not always be seen. It provides sustenance to all our senses. It is profound.

It doesn't seem as though pulling the plug on Adventure Time was a decision made, or supported, by the show's creators; instead, it was likely a logistical decision based on numbers or political doo-wop from network executives.

So, let's show our support for the show we love dearly and let its creators and the network executives know just how special Adventure Time is. Besides signing the petition, let's also write a brief note to share with them why we love this show.

Afterword:

Adventure Time dichotomizes the concept of control and purpose beautifully. This is most evident in the season 6 finale, The Comet. Finn is drifting in space and realizes his possible demise of croaking in space “like a fish in the hands of a child” - this outcome, he would have no control over. Realizing this, he goes into a similar state of mind as he did in The Hall of Egress, where he allows his subconscious to take over. He realizes that he’s right where he should be and is confident that the answer will appear. It is at that moment that his dad appears in the mouth of the moth. His dad, Martin Mertens, on the other hand, is “flying around random style.” He believes he has no control over the moth, saying “this baby does what it wants.” He then goes on to say “there is no reason, no purpose or what [Finn] said, ‘universal intention.’” Their opposing views are apparent once again when Martin sees space as “empty crud” and Finn sees “stars and stuff.”

This distinction is substantial. To me, Adventure Time is represented by Finn. With each episode, he allows us to see the world from his perspective: one that is simple, happy, innocent, loving, and well-intentioned. We get to gaze at our meat reality with the realization that it’s not all bad and that we, ultimately, have control to make things better. The void of this show, I feel, will leave us with a world of Martins.

Let's take action and grow old with Finn!



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