So, I normally LOVE Adventure Time. But this week, while watching the Adventure Time Water Park Prank episode, I was … confused…
(Read through to the end, as there is super important info about the finale at the very end of the blog!)#AdventureTime was weird and ... boring ... this week. Let's go back to Cosmic Owl's story! Click To Tweet
Some other folks on Twitter summed up my feelings nicely:
— FormsEquestrianFinds (@JamesBobbyDReed) May 22, 2015
And this, which accurately depicts my reaction:
— Hexie Wuff :3 (@HexTheWulf) May 21, 2015
Sooo, maybe other people felt differently about Adventure Time Water Park Prank? I found a few folks on Twitter who liked it. The entire episode was written, directed, and storyboarded by David Ferguson. Maybe for a different comic, but for Adventure Time, I agree with this Tweeter:
Please no more guest animated episodes of #adventuretime. Please God. No more.
— Mary Kate Lettis (@marykatelettis) May 21, 2015
Dialogue & Character Problems
And I’m gonna be honest here… The story was pretty boring too. Like really, really juvenile boring to the point that I even fell asleep for a minute. Not only was the animation a disappointment, but the writing and the plot seemed … off. Finn and Jake were jerks for no reason. Rather than being heroes, they were bullies. And Finn was stupid. I’m not saying his character or storyline were stupid. I’m saying he was written as someone who was NOT smart at all and did really, really dumb things. This is NOT the Finn we’ve come to love.
— Reid Harris Cooper (@reidhcooper) May 21, 2015
For example, at the end (SPOILERS but do you really care for this episode?), Finn stupidly jumps back into the exact same pond where he got contaminated 5 minutes earlier. Really? Our Finn would do that? I feel like the tone and style and dialogue of a different cartoon slipped into my beloved Adventure Time and took over. Could this be an alternate universe?
Insider View: What Happened?
As I said earlier, @swatpaz from Twitter (David Ferguson) storyboarded, wrote and directed the entire show. That is A LOT of creative independence given to one person.
And please, I would LOVE to have a shot at that! I have a story already written that would be perfect and HILARIOUS for Adventure Time. :) I also have a talented relative who could storyboard it, and another writer with Hollywood writing creds who could help. So give me a chance, Adventure Time execs? Please?I vote for @PostApocalypt as the next guest writer for #AdventureTime! @MrMuto Click To Tweet
So back to David Ferguson… His Twitter reveals … not much. Just prior to the episode, he posted about toilets and toilet paper… oh, and rancid meat. No real commentary on the episode. Hey, I have toilet paper sitting next to me because I can’t afford Kleenex. So see? I’d make a good Adventure Time writer. ;)
So I did a little more sleuthing. I went to @MrMuto, who is the co-executive producer of Adventure Time. He retweeted friends’ favorite @swatpaz cartoons, including Toffee Apple House on YouTube. Annnd that’s about it too.
So I still think I have a chance. ;)
I went and looked back on some of David Ferguson’s other works. He was featured on Cartoon Brew here back in 2009. Interestingly, this story talks about Pendleton Ward sharing how much he loves Ferguson’s work and doesn’t understand why he’s not more wildly popular. So Ward’s been a fan since 2009, at least. Ferguson features some of his work on his own website here, and his YouTube channel.
I think this may be a simple matter of Ward LOVING Ferguson’s work, without quite realizing that he wasn’t the greatest fit creatively for the show. And then Ferguson maybe not putting in enough time to understand the characters he was writing about, because he was very focused on showcasing his own style.
What do you think?Ward has loved Ferguson's work since 2009. #AdventureTime #WaterPark Click To Tweet Maybe Ferguson didn't take enough time to really get to know the characters. Finn was dumbed down. #AdventureTime #WaterPark Click To Tweet
So, with so many unanswered questions, I went to Reddit for help. They know everything.
Reddit’s Explanation of this Head Scratcher of an Episode
Annnd… They don’t know everything. Read the thread here. Mostly confusion and angst. Comments like “Maybe we all just pretend it was a fever dream” and “I don’t even have the heart to go back through and look for the snail…”
Another redditor looked at Ferguson’s website (which I listed above), and thought his other works weren’t any good. So that pretty much sums it up. For whatever reason, Ward liked his work and decided to give him a shot. Hey, I can’t look down on Ward for giving someone a chance.
And this still means I have a chance. ;)
Finale for the Season is Coming… 6 episodes in one week!
It appears we may be nearing the end of Season 6. A few tweets out there are stating Season 6 will end with 6 new episodes airing in 1 week, at 6 pm each night. According to Wikipedia, it’s true. We’re on break and then June 1-June 5 is a show every night, culminating in 2 episodes to end the season on June 5. And their names, “The Comet” and “Hot Diggity Doom” make me nervous… and excited. June 1-5 will have an #AdventureTime every night, plus a 22-min season finale on June 5! Click To Tweet And if you’re still wondering what happened in this episode, well… there’s always this explanation:
The Comet is the penultimate epi. So excited! #AdventureTime Click To Tweet
Wait what am I on drugs? Is this #adventuretime ?
— Allison T (@meowth900) May 21, 2015
So… Are you as ready as I am for the last 6 episodes? Are you as terrified as I am (and excited) about what’s going to happen in the episode called “The Comet”? Eeekkk! We’ve had so many cosmically important characters lately (cosmic owl, I’m looking at YOU) and some even dying (Glob!!!), while others do life-altering things (Gunther!), that I have no clue what’s going to happen. But it’s going to be BIG. And world altering.Get ready for SIX new #AdventureTime episodes June 1-5, up to the finale! Click To Tweet
And by the way, if you want to Tweet for me to get a chance to write Adventure Time (a girl can dream can’t she?), just click on the tweet below and share it. :)I vote for @PostApocalypt as the next guest writer for #AdventureTime! @MrMuto Click To Tweet
UPDATE: Do You Think “Thomas & Friends” Inspired the Animation?
My husband felt the faces of Finn & Jake looked vaguely familiar, so he did some searching and thinks they may be inspired by the faces of Thomas & Friends. What do you think? I can definitely see a resemblance with the creepy eyes, eyebrows, the nose, the lips, and the cheeks. Let me know what you think in the comments below!Was Finn's face in Water Park inspired by Thomas & Friends? #AdventureTime Click To Tweet