Adventure Time-My Two Favorite People (2010)
|Category||Animation||Biographies-Character-Little Do You Know|
|Year Of Production||2010|
|RSDL / Flipper||Dual Layered||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Larry Leichliter|
Casey James Basichis
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.78:1||Miscellaneous|
|Subtitles||English for the Hearing Impaired||Smoking||No|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Adventure Time is the latest animated cult hit from Cartoon Network. On its face a kids show it nevertheless provides ample opportunity for adult enjoyment.
The Emmy Nominated Adventure Time is the ongoing saga of a pair of plucky adventurers, Finn the Human and Jake the Dog, as they take on all comers in the Land of Ooo, a fantasy land made up of various unique kingdoms, each ruled by a princess. Finn (Jeremy Shada) and Jake (voiced by Futurama's John Di Maggio (Bender)) are an unusual couple. Jake is a 28 year old dog who can shape-shift into any combination, often unhelpful. Finn is a 13 year old boy who is relentlessly looking for battles but is unable to deal with girls - like the beautiful Princess Bubblegum or the sassy vampiress Marceline. Their nemesis is the dreaded Ice King but even he is a character with some depth as his evil nature derives from jealousy and loneliness. Other characters like the adorable Tree Trunks and Lady Rainicorn, the Korean speaking unicorn sort-of creature, also make an appearance.
What makes the show special is the surreal and funny script and the winning performances of the cast. They manage to pack quite a lot of story into each 11 minute episode. Somehow, the duo come across as likeable characters and their journeys begin to mean something. This is in spite of, or perhaps because of, the simplistic animation style.
The episodes on this DVD are as follows:
Therein lies the joy ... and the problem. These are all great episodes - funny, surreal and special. But they represent a selection of episodes from the first two seasons. Instead of a complete collection of episodes we instead get a hodge podge, albeit a good hodge podge, of episodes which aren't even in any lineal order, jumping from Season 1 to 2 and back again. For some this may be a deal breaker. Completists will probably want every episode. Those who like the show but don't want to wade through lesser moments to extract the gems will enjoy this "best of" collection. Of course, debate will rage amongst true fans as to which is the best episode. I really liked the Marcelline episode where Finn and Jake accidentally end up in her house during a game of hide and seek. Fearing her wrath they hide out in her cupboard.
An example of the humour, not in the episodes on the DVD:
Duchess of Nuts: Hello, Finn. Are you here to arrest the Duke?
Finn: How did you know?
Duchess of Nuts: The nuts told me. For I am the Duchess of Nuts!
(Jake eats a handful of nuts from a bowl)
Jake: Ooh. I should've asked if these were, like, her eggs or something.Those who like to be on the cutting edge of cult TV should check out Adventure Time and see if it floats'yr'boat!
Adventure Time comes to DVD in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio consistent with its wide screen origins. It is 16x9 enhanced.
The show is, as said above, intentionally animated in a simplistic manner. It is reasonably sharp. The colours are basic but bright and stable.
There is no aliasing to be seen and compression does not present a problem.
There are subtitles in English for the Hearing Impaired.
The sound for Adventure Time is English Dolby Digital 2.0 running at 224 Kb/s.
This is quite satisfactory for this show. The dialogue and sounds are well delivered and all the dialogue is clear and easy to understand.
The music usually consists of off-beat songs and tunes from creator Pendleton Ward and others. It is all wacky nu-folk.
|Surround Channel Use|
Unfortunately, this is the only extra which provides a page of further information for all of the key characters. Worth one read but nothing you couldn't already find out on Wikipedia.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
This DVD is the same as the Region 1 DVD.Buy local.
Adventure Time is a cool and funny show which is destined to develop further into a hit, perhaps hampered only by the short running time of the episodes. I, and my Adventure Time T-shirt wearing teens wish that the series had been presented in full but the episodes included can't be faulted. Half a star comes of overall for the omission of some of my favourite (and no doubt other peoples') episodes! The DVD looks and sounds as good as the series on TV. The extra is minor but there is no way to buy it in any other format right now.
|DVD||Cambridge 650BD (All Regions), using HDMI output|
|Display||Sony VPL-VW80 Projector on 110" Screen. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.|
|Amplification||Pioneer SC-LX 81 7.1|
|Speakers||Aaron ATS-5 7.1|