"It's a wand that poops glitter. What's gooder than that?"
The series centers on Finn the Human and Jake the Dog, and their adventures in the Land of Ooo, a fantasy world made up of various unique kingdoms, each ruled by a princess, including Princess Bubblegum, Lumpy Space Princess and Doctor Princess. Fueled by a need to adventure and fight, the twelve-year-old Finn battles any foe he faces, especially when someone needs help, and Jake, who can shape-shift to a limited degree, is always by his side. Most of the time they are looking for trouble or treasure, or trying to stop their archenemy, the Ice King, but occasionally they are just hanging out (and simply stumble onto trouble.)
With John DiMaggio giving voice to the bizarre Jake (sounding not entire different from his Futurama character Bender), Tom Kenny appearing as the Ice King and a healthy dose of guest voices, the show supplements a strong main cast, plus the show's look is unique and adorable, making every episode a blast to watch. One episode, about a horse who stares at Finn and Jake, is so simple, yet the way the horse is presented made his every on-screen appearance draw a laugh. It may go for some cheap gags, about butts and farts and such, but when it earns those smiles there's no denying the effectiveness. I defy you to watch the Hot Dog Knights in "The Limit" and not laugh at least once. I have no problem admitting it was way more than that for me.
Though the show can be very silly, there's also a sense of heart to the proceedings, as seen in one scene where Finn and Jake are sitting looking at the stars, when Finn suddenly kisses a firefly, leaving a glowing ring on his lips. Something about it was just touching. At the same time, the show gets into serious WTF territory at many points. There's nothing inherently adult about the series, but the subject matter can get a bit mature, as the threat of death is pretty constant (and repeatedly fulfilled) and violence is more often the only answer to a problem. If anyone would like to explain just what the hell happened at the end of "Tree Trunks" I'm all ears. If it was a lesser show, episodes like that could possibly make one walk away shaking your head, but somehow it was simply another quirky bit of personalty for a show bursting at the seams with it.
The Dolby Digital 2.0 audio is pretty standard for a basic cable kids cartoon, balanced between the two channels, without an problems with distortion.
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