Preview: Masaaki Yuasa-Directed ‘Adventure Time’ Episode

The most fascinating bit of news out of WonderCon last weekend? Japanese director Masaaki Yuasa (Mind Game, Kaiba) has storyboarded and directed an upcoming episode of Adventure Time. According to Wondercon reports, Yuasa was given free reign to make a self-contained episode and didn’t receive any oversight from Adventure Time’s regular Burbank crew. This is the synopsis for Yuasa’s episode, entitled “Food Chain”:

On a field trip to the Candy Kingdom Museum of Natural History, Finn and Jake learn about the Food Chain by becoming the food chain!

A 3-minute preview of the episode is below. Here on Cartoon Brew, we are recapping Yuasa’s new TV series Ping Pong, too.


  • guests

    When I watched the video, I wasn’t too phased/moved by the beginning. Then they started flapping their wings singing beethoven whatever and I laughed so hard. Looks darn interesting

    • Come on now

      Moooozart… -_-

  • martin

    sweet! first david oreilly and now yuasa, keep it up cartoon network, i’d like to see more unique directors put their creative stamp on this large property.

  • Jamie Iles

    It looks great! Look forward to seeing the full episode.

  • Cementimental

    AMAZING

  • Ryan

    Looks like I’m finally going to watch a full epidode of AT besides the original pilot film. Go, Yuasa, go!

    • Rachel

      Same! I’ve never been into Adventure Time (not for lack of trying–for 13 episodes of the first season!), but I’m definitely making an exception for this.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      Hate to admit it might be the first time for me too!

  • C. Rose

    Oh man, this episode looks sweet!! I hope Cartoon Network gets more artists and animators to collaborate and create new episodes. I can’t wait to see the new episode!!

  • DangerMaus

    It started out kind of mundane, but the last minute or so where they turn into birds was amusing. It would be interesting to see how the rest of it stacks up.

  • Som Dingus

    I honestly would prefer if they just invited guest’s to come up with storylines and animation than what they are doing now. I really miss the writing and creativity of the early episodes.