The End of Adventure Time Explored in Wizard City Review

October 24, 2023

Pendleton Ward’s “Wizard City” Review

In a way, the story of Wizard City feels like the end of Adventure Time. The show had a deeper story that was never fully explored, and Distant Lands denied it the meaningful closure of its finale.

One of the things that sets Adventure Time apart is its understanding of gender and non-binary identities. Its characters like the Lumpy Space Princess often address each other as they/them.

Characters

The primary characters of the show are Finn, Jake, and Princess Bubblegum. The show also features a variety of supporting characters. The show is a highly imaginative and thought-provoking cartoon that explores complex topics in an entertaining format.

One of the most interesting aspects of the show is its take on wizardry. The show tries to explore the different elements of magic without relying on tropes or stereotypes. Unlike Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter, where magic is used as a weapon, Adventure Time shows that it can be a force for good as well as evil.

The show is also brave enough to let its characters be weak. This is a big part of the appeal of the show, as it tries to teach its audience that it’s okay to be vulnerable and ask for help. Marceline exemplifies this, as she is a badass warrior who survived a war as a child and still has the power of an in-universe tadpole.

Voice Acting

In the beginning, it was hard to tell where this episode fit into the Adventure Time canon. It was an episode of spinoffs, a four-part anthology miniseries that began with Fionna and Cake, the gender flip versions of Finn and Jake. It ended with a story about the Ice King that was clearly in-universe fanfiction.

The show’s characterizations of wizardry have been major themes throughout its run. From the magic that powers the characters’ broomsticks to the mysterious secrecy of wizard culture, these ideas have helped shape some of the most compelling moments in AT history.

While many of the episodes are fun, weird, and creative, the story in this episode is most interesting for its character interactions. Pendleton Ward’s Lumpy Space Princess is the most recognizable of all the princesses, but she struggles with a different sort of identity crisis than her royal peers. Her friendship with Tree Trunks is especially touching. His is a love that transcends gender, just as it should in the world of the show.

Storyline

While the show is primarily storyboard-driven, the writers have an open mind about how dialogue and action are depicted in a given episode. This gives the storytellers the freedom to explore interesting concepts and ideas. The series often addresses topics that are controversial for its PG-13 ratings, including gender, religion and the nature of magic.

The bold art style is another hallmark of Adventure Time. Its gestalt of colored geometry makes its characters and settings recognizable on a level that goes beyond narrative. This has inspired spin-offs like Steven Universe Future, whose sci-fi setting serves as an allegory for Elon Musk and tech bros writ large.

The main narrative follows Finn and Jake, buddies who traverse the magical Land of Ooo on heart-pounding escapades. Along the way, they encounter strange people and places in need of their unique assistance. The series also features two engrossing miniseries that offer a deeper exploration of its characters. They dig into their backstories and reveal untold truths, strengthening the larger storyline.

Final Words

Pendleton Ward has a way of wrapping things up in Adventure Time that always feels fitting, even though we’re sure the show isn’t truly ending. But this episode makes sure that the story of Finn and Jake’s friendship ends on a sweet note.

Throughout its many seasons, Adventure Time has touched on a lot of interesting themes, from the different species of the Land of Ooo to the more complicated questions about magic and its effects. This is one of the episodes that expands on those topics, and does so in a way that’s both thought-provoking and fun.

The voice acting in this episode is also excellent, with the usual cast of Adventure Time regulars putting in great performances. But there are some great new voices, as well, such as Saturday Night Live’s Bill Hader voicing Bufo, and internet personality SungWon Cho — better known by his stage name ProZD — voicing Brain Wizard. The special’s background art is also beautiful, and the team that handled it went above and beyond.

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