Time for a healthy dose of surrealism, on one of my new obsessions, Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time. While the network’s “Adult Swim” has long marked the network as being Nickelodeon for stoners and slackers, this new series brings the bizarre — and the funny — to their mainstream schedule.
The show follows Jake the Dog and Finn the Human as they adventure through the Land of Ooo, meeting and fighting folks like the Ice King, Marcelline the Vampire Queen, and hordes of pastry zombies, while enjoying the company of friends like the Bubblegum Princess and an assortment of brawling vikings. In short, it’s a fantasy, and it’s filled with Ritalin-free energy and frequent non sequiturs. It’s also a heck of a lot of fun, with jokes for kids, jokes for adults, and jokes for everyone.
There’s a strong dose of ten-year-old boy running through the show, and for those of us who are semi-retired ten-year-old boys, that’s welcome. There’s a dose of ten-year-old boy-honor in the show as well — keep your promises, take care of your friends, and don’t let the Ice King kidnap potential brides.
It’s become appointment television for the Spawn of Mondo and your humble narrator. Depending on your tolerance for goofiness, it could become appointment TV for you too. Or to use Finn’s favorite expression of coolness, “Mathematical!” Check it out.