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Goodbye, ‘Adventure Time’: Cast And Crew Gather To Bid Farewell To The Series

After ten seasons (the final ninth season of production was split up into two on-air seasons by Cartoon Network), Adventure Time officially marked the end of its production cycle with a blow-out wrap party held last Thursday at the Boulevard3 club in Hollywood.

Shows like Adventure Time don’t come along often, the type of show that changes and expands the possibilities of the animation industry.

Looking at the series today, in context of everything else being produced in Los Angeles, it’s easy to overlook what a revolutionary concept Adventure Time was when Pen Ward originally produced the pilot in 2006.

The show continued to surprise after it went into production, developing intricate webs of detail and crafting perspectives that were uncommonly sophisticated in children’s animation writing. The production was unconventional too, with Ward assembling a diverse crew, pulling in artists from the world of indie comics and giving expanded opportunities to the women artists on the show, one of whom, Rebecca Sugar, would go on to become the first solo woman creator of a Cartoon Network series.

The wrap party brought finality to the project, whose end had been announced over a year ago. Cast and crew from throughout the years of production were invited to a grand Adventure Time-themed event that included a DJ booth shaped like Finn and Jake’s tree fort, a candy room, and ice sculptures. Emotional speeches were given throughout the night, including one by Ward’s mom.

Even though the show is no longer in production, Adventure Time’s legacy will live on for years to come, not only through the work created by the artists at Cartoon Network, but by the many shows and artists that it has influenced and inspired along the way.

Below are some images of the wrap party shared on Twitter by those who attended:

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