Retro Review: Cartoon Explored Real Problems

Chelsea August, Sting Reporter

Adventure Time is an animated television series created by Pendleton Ward and distributed by Warner Bros. It first aired on Cartoon Network on April 5, 2010, and the last episode of the ten-season series aired on September 3, 2018. It ended with 283 episodes. Although the show was geared for children, many teenagers as well as adults have developed a love for the show and continue to watch the reruns.
Adventure Time follows the story of Finn the Human as well as his brother and adventuring partner, Jake the Dog, and their hijinks in the Land of Ooo. They are self-proclaimed heroes, and it is their goal to save all of the creatures in need. While Finn is just a normal human boy, Jake is a magical dog that can stretch and morph his body to great lengths. This comes in handy during many of their adventures. Finn and Jake have many friends around Ooo that are featured in the episodes. Princess Bubblegum, the ruler of the Candy Kingdom; Marceline, the Vampire Queen; BMO, their little robot friend; The Lich, the embodiment of evil; and many others.
Many people love this show so much because it allows them to relate to characters experiencing real problems. There are a plethora of characters with rich and deep backstories that get explained during the long run of the show. Not many shows, especially ones aimed towards kids, let you experience those real problems and show the characters overpowering them. This show is beautiful and, although there are many times that you can tell it is geared toward kids, there are also many times that you can see the deeper meaning in things and help to heal yourself by watching the characters heal throughout the show.