The eight part “Stakes” mini-series of “Adventure Time” episodes just aired in its entirety on Cartoon Network recently. Being a huge fan of the animated series, it was interesting to see these eight episodes have an overall message that revolved around everything repeating itself, being stuck in a constant loop, and yet having the characters mature and evolve to an extent that keeps the probable outcome intriguing.
“Stakes” is basically an “Adventure Time” movie similar to how “Imaginationland” was broken down into three episodes on “South Park.” Each episode is generally over 11 minutes in length, which makes “Stakes” about 90 minutes total and nearly 30 minutes longer than “Regular Show: The Movie.” Considering how much fun “Stakes” is, it seemed like the perfect time to take a look at the actual “Adventure Time” film announced earlier this year.
The animated feature film is being distributed by Warner Bros and produced by Chris McKay and Roy Lee. McKay is set to direct “The Lego Batman Movie” due in 2017 and is also known for co-directing several episodes of “Robot Chicken” and Roy Lee has produced animated films such as the “How to Train Your Dragon” films and “The Lego Movie” among many live-action films.
The project is obviously still in development with no release date, storyline, or director chosen just yet, but the confirmation that a film is on the cards is exciting news. There are so many directions the film could go, whether they decide to introduce a new cast of supporting characters or continue to explore the ones fans have all grown to love and relate to throughout the seven seasons of the animated series.
The Lich has been the major antagonist throughout most of the series, but his transformation into the giant baby known as Sweet P and being adopted by Tree Trunks and Mr. Pig is begging for a return to form as the ultimate evil of Ooo. Exploring more of what The Ice King is going through could make a fun film. As Simon, Ice King had a pretty meaningful history with the vampire queen Marceline. Simon’s fiance recently returned in an attempt to cure him of the insanity that came with his ice powers, but went crazy herself after adopting Magic Man’s hat and powers.
Lemongrab hasn’t been seen for awhile, there always seems to be some unsettled business between Finn, Flame Princess, and now Cinnamon Bun, and the children of Jake and Lady Rainicorn are eccentric enough to be refreshing every time they’re brought back to the show. That doesn’t even cover fan favorites such as BMO, Lumpy Space Princess, Princess Bubblegum, or even Ice King’s fanfiction versions of Finn and Jake: Fionna and Cake. We’ve also been introduced to Finn’s real dad, but we’ve yet to see much about his birth mother.
There are so many directions an “Adventure Time” film could go in and that’s one of the things that makes it so exhilarating. Hopefully this Cartoon Network film will get a theatrical release and it won’t get dumped directly to iTunes like “The Regular Show Movie.”