Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Blu-ray Review - Adventure Time: The Complete Third Season

Adventure Time: The Complete Third Season
Voice Cast: Jeremy Shada, John DiMaggio, Hynden Walch, Niki Yang, Tom Kenny, Olivia Olson, Martin Olson, Dee Bradley Baker, Pendleton Ward, Polly Lou Livingston, Jessica DiCicco, Maria Bamford
Studio: Cartoon Network
Release Date: February 25, 2014
Retail: $32.07
Running Time: 286 minutes
Rating: TV-PG


Arriving on Blu-ray and DVD today is Cartoon Network's hit animated series Adventure Time: The Complete Third Season featuring twenty-six exciting episodes. Bonus features include commentaries, alternate Adventure Time intro and How An Idea Becomes Adventure Time.

Adventure Time is created by Pendleton Ward and premiered on the Cartoon Network in 2010; quickly becoming a fan-favorite for kids and adults. The series is currently in it's fifth season with a sixth season in the works.

The series centers on a human named Finn and his best friend/adopted brother, Jake - a dog with the ability to change shape, size and shrink. The two friends/brothers have many exciting adventures in the post-apocalyptic Land of Ooo; sometimes helping our their friends, Princess Bubblegum, Marceline the Vampire Queen and other characters. Plus, they occasionally have to stop Ice King from destroying Land of Ooo.

There is a lot in store for Finn and Jake in The Complete Third Season, including the Annie Award Nominee and the Emmy Nominee episode, "Thank You." The season opens up with Finn and Jake meeting the "evil" Cute King and the Cuties in "Conquest of Cuteness." "Too You" gives a resolution to the second season finale with Princess Bubblegum trying to revert back to her correct age. The season ends with the cliffhanger episode "Incendium."

The twenty-six episodes on the single-disc are:
  1. Conquest of Cuteness
  2. Morituri Te Saulutamus
  3. Memory Of A Memory
  4. Hitman
  5. Too Young
  6. The Monster
  7. Still
  8. Wizard Battle
  9. Fionna And Cake
  10. What Was Missing
  11. Apple Thief
  12. The Creeps
  13. From Bad To Worse
  14. Beautopia
  15. No One Can Hear You
  16. Jake Vs. Me-Mow
  17. Thank You
  18. New Frontier
  19. Holly Jolly Secrets, Part 1
  20. Holly Jolly Secrets, Part 2
  21. Marceline's Closet
  22. Paper Pete
  23. Another Way
  24. Ghost Princess
  25. Dad's Dungeon
  26. Incedium

Growing up with the '80s cartoons, my first impression of the Adventure Time's animation style was that it was silly looking, but after watching a few episodes last year my opinion has changed. The animation style makes the show unique. The offbeat humor reminds of the early seasons of The Simpsons and the dearly departed Futurama (Fun Fact: John DiMaggio is the voice for Jake on Adventure Time and he also voiced Bender on Futurama) and Cartoon Network's Regular Show. The series is clean-cut enough for kids, but adults will get a kick out of the satire humor. Many television series, especially animated ones, only get a DVD release, so it is a nice to find Adventure Time getting the HD treatment it deserves. Overall, I enjoyed watching Adventure Time: The Complete Third Season and I recommend it to other fans, young and old.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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