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‘Adventure Time’ Crew Reflects On End of Series: “It’s A Special Thing, I Think”

Cartoon Network announced this week that Adventure Time would end production after its ninth season, which is currently in production. New episodes will continue to debut through 2018, and there will eventually be 142 episodes of the series.

CN’s announcement of the series’ impending closure included this statement from creator Pendleton Ward:

Adventure Time was a passion project for the people on the crew who poured their heart into the art and stories. We tried to put into every episode something genuine and telling from our lives and make a show that was personal to us and that had jokes, too! I’m really happy that it connected with an audience for so long. It’s a special thing, I think.”

Beyond Ward’s official statement, however, a slew of Adventure Time crewmmembers, past and present, weighed in on Twitter about the impending finale of the series. Many of the artists who commented have gone on to create their own high-profile animation projects for Cartoon Network, such as Rebecca Sugar (Steven Universe) and Patrick McHale (Over the Garden Wall). Here is a collection of the crew’s thoughts and what the show meant to them:

  • Bob

    Thank God, the show has been stale for so long. It really went downhill after the Lich was turned into a baby. The writers just couldn’t balance being goofy and being serious and it make for some seriously awkward episodes. On top of that they never solve any of those stupid plot points, like oh the lich is still a fucking baby

    • mashed potato

      I felt there was way too much Finn chasing skirts after getting dumped, tried his luck with practically every princess the writers could dig up. Even Lumpy, I recall. Steven Universe already has the whole shipping hijinx part covered down pat.

      Groundhog Day cave and creepy-eyed girl revived some hope in returning to root.

      • Mario

        Yeah but he stopped acting like that once season 7 started. He really started to mature a lot after that.

        • Társio Abranches

          There is a group of people now, the “AT is not good anymore” group, that actually watch episodes sporadically, you know. They don’t follow the seasons.

          And the thing is: since season 5, the episodes are more connected, there is a a constant growth of characters and relationships.

          There been really great eps exploring BMO’s personality, Jake and his children, Marceline and Bubblegum, even Gunther.

          • Mario

            Never said their weren’t.

          • Társio Abranches

            Sorry, Mario! I agree with you.

            I was referring to Bob’s criticism and mashed potato’s commentary about Finn chasing skirts.

    • Take it back. Take it all back.

    • otterhead

      I guess you didn’t see the episodes where they addressed that directly.

      Adventure Time is an astoundingly complex show that can be silly, serious, scary, or ridiculous, sometimes all in one episode, and I’ll miss it. Glad we have another two years or so of it to look forward to.

    • CountvonCount

      I disagree. I think seasons six and seven have been two of the show’s best.

    • Társio Abranches

      Hahaha! Really good.

      It remembers me that episode that Finn kissed a lot of princess after losing his arm!

      But I think they will totally put Marceline and PB kissing in a episode!

  • Társio Abranches

    Adventure Time is the show that allowed tv cartoons to have feelings, you know.

    It is really a revolution. There are a lot of incredible cartoons in animation history, but when you watch Adventure Time, man oh man, it feels like there is someone talking with you. It is so alive, it is great!

    Love the show! Amo muito! I wish all the success and happiness for the crew!

    • Fried

      “Adventure Time is the show that allowed tv cartoons to have feelings, you know.”
      It really is this type of thinking that make people honestly believe that Adventure Time is somehow doing something inherently new or impressive. It’s kind of this problematic thinking that make people think Steven Universe is objectively better than something like Wander Over Yonder or Harvey Beaks.

      Hey Arnold, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Samurai Jack, Batman Animated Series? There have been many TV cartoons that captured emotional moments quite well long before Adventure Time, and sometimes even better.

      • Társio Abranches

        Yeah, but Hey Arnold, Courage and others were occasionally emotional.

        In AT, emotions and anxiety are the core of the show. And, in spite of been a fantasy show, there is a every day vibe in AT. It talks about things of life: responsability, friendship, love, sex, parenthood, death, abandonment, depression, anti social bahavior,..

        And the crew does it all look simple, creative and fun.

        But, it’s not a question of better or not. AT brought new elements to TV cartoons. It started a new generation. But, with conservatism growing in the world, this kind of show can be loosing space in media. Who knows…

  • MDX

    Wonder if this will affect the planned movie at all. Would be interesting if that is used as the finale.

  • Tiffany

    Sigh…. No street cred for Ghostshrimp who inspired and created the visual worlds.

    • GW

      Thanks for pointing him out. I just looked at his website and he has some killer artwork.

  • Well, all great things must come to an end. AT will be missed.

  • Googamp32

    Well, I sadly knew this was inevitable. Partly because a show like this couldn’t go on for ever, but mostly because it was one of the biggest obstacles keeping Cartoon Network from completely transforming into “The Teen Titans GO! Channel”.

  • J.S

    Is the movie still in development at warner animation?

    • Mario

      Supposedly.

  • Even though AT is drawing to a close in 2018, It’s great to see the crew still happy about what they achieved with the show; it deserves a proper closure. ^_^

  • I’m happy that they’re getting to end it properly, but I sincerely lost interest after how they treated Finn’s arm situation. I mean having a character with a disability that has a deep personal connection is such a deep well to draw from, but instead they just wrote it off 4 episodes later. Not to mention how the relationship between Finn and his father was just a simple brush off the shoulder with shrugs included (fresh prince of bel-air even did it better).

  • Mermaid Warrior

    Ah, end of an era. Kind of bittersweet. I’ll be sad not to see new episodes, but the show has had a great run. 9 seasons is a long time, especially for a show marketed to kids. And I’d hate to see the show go so long that it gets bad. I do like that the writers have this knowledge in advance so they can wrap up all of the storylines.

  • KW

    Easily one of the most entertaining, thought provoking and original animated series ever created. Its sad to see it end but I dont know that the show ever grew stale. Its amazing what they were able to create. It’ll take quite the show to fill the void it will leave behind.

  • bloodmando

    For a network that launched in 1992, 9 years after Disney Channel and some 13 years after Pinwheel which will become Nickeloden, to now become the #1 cartoon destination for young boys and now girls is just phenomenal and it thanks to their production studio, Cartoon Network Studios.Adventure Time ending is an end of an Era but they will move on like they always have done since 1992.

  • bloodmando

    For a network that launched in 1992, 9 years after Disney Channel and some 13 years after Pinwheel which will become Nickeloden, to now become the #1 cartoon destination for young boys and now girls is just phenomenal and it thanks to their production studio, Cartoon Network Studios.Adventure Time ending is an end of an Era but they will move on like they always have done since foundation.

    Note:Toonami needs a 24hr channel.

  • Daniel Shock

    :( My son and I love to watch this show together… We will miss it. But I guess we still have lots to come…

  • Vagina-senpai

    I hope they say “What time is it? ADDVENTURE TIME!” In the last episode.

  • Vagina-senpai

    Luckily you survived without before and can do it again. AT is far from the only emotional cartoon, and you’re acting like 80% of its episodes were.

    • AG

      Not sure if that intended for my comment or the commenter I was responding to? I was just basically saying for them not to overlook many examples of shows that have really introduced emotional arcs before AT, and will after as well. I don’t think I wring my hands over it going, just that it will be a big deal that it’s finishing up. And by mentioning key emotional arcs, I don’t think I made it feel 80% but then again, they do register and even leave something that is recalled, maybe more powerful than 80% of the good eps.

  • Dusty Ayres

    FYI, the Saturday morning blocs of the past had live action shows, and they were fine. Those live action shows were the only way the programming for girls could even exist on Cartoon Network.