Season Six of Adventure Time is currently running on Cartoon Network, but Season 4 was just released on Blu-ray with the Marceline treatment. The release contains 26 episodes, episode commentaries and an awesome music feature that shouldn't be missed by diehard fans of the series.
Adventure Time’s success can be attributed to three distinct things that the show does better than pretty much every cartoon. The first is animation style. Show creator Pendleton Ward and his crew started with a very distinct style with the show that was kind of like an 8-bit inspired version of cell shading. The style worked with the show’s initial run and it still works now. It’s relatively simple, but it’s expressive. The simple styled detailing allows the animators to be able to implement a variety of brighter colors that can’t be used with the modern CG/3D animation. The other thing that Adventure Time has going for it is its writing. Yes, it’s a little random, but mostly it’s on a whole different plain than conventional cartoons. It’s an all-engrossing fantasy experience that’s a bit like a comedic children’s take on dungeons and dragons with some very modern elements thrown in. I don’t really know why it works as well as it does, but it does. The final thing that Adventure Time has going for it that sets it apart from other shows is the way the show casts its voices. There’s a lot of monotone villains that are hilarious, or boring sounding characters in extravagant bodies, simply put – what they've done with their voice casting isn’t conventional, but it is genius.
The fourth season of the show has plenty of great moments in the 26 episodes, but my personal favorites include Finn taking a bear under his wing and teaching him what it takes to be a hero and Finn and Jake’s adventure into the Nightosphere to rescue Marceline. There’s also a really touching episode where we get to know a little bit more about both Marceline and Ice King and we get to find out that the two actually have a bit of unexpected history between them.
The main bonus feature on this release, other than the awesome commentaries, is a 20 minute music feature that shouldn't be missed. It covers everything from failed bands of the creators to the music that they use in the show. It’s an entertaining watch to be sure.
Adventure Time’s fourth season is another solid entry of episodes, so far one can say the same about the sixth season of the show.
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