Adventure Time – ToonBarn http://www.toonbarn.com Cartoon news from Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, The Hub, Disney, Pixar, DreamWorks, CG animation, anime, movies, or any kind of cartoons! Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:29:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.8 4530339 Mojang to Produce an Adventure Time Minecraft Episode http://www.toonbarn.com/adventure-time/mojang-produce-adventure-time-mincraft-episode/ http://www.toonbarn.com/adventure-time/mojang-produce-adventure-time-mincraft-episode/#respond Sun, 19 Nov 2017 10:00:11 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=89802 Cartoon Network and Mojang have already teamed up many times before, and within the context of Adventure Time, have already released a mashup game on the various platforms where there is a Minecraft port. This time around, they’re working together on CN’s terms via a new Minecraft episode of Adventure Time titled “Diamonds and Lemons.” […]

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Cartoon Network and Mojang have already teamed up many times before, and within the context of Adventure Time, have already released a mashup game on the various platforms where there is a Minecraft port. This time around, they’re working together on CN’s terms via a new Minecraft episode of Adventure Time titled “Diamonds and Lemons.”

The “Diamonds and Lemons” episode will feature story in which Finn and friends experience a string of setbacks and creative triumphs in a fantastic new vision of Ooo. The premiere is scheduled for a summer 2018 release. The episode, as expected, will use a visual style reminiscent of Mojang’s massively popular voxel-building game.

The Adventure Time series is already halfway through its ninth, and final, season on Cartoon Network.

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Adventure Time Gets a New Mobile Game: Champions & Challengers http://www.toonbarn.com/adventure-time/adventure-time-gets-new-mobile-game-champions-challengers/ http://www.toonbarn.com/adventure-time/adventure-time-gets-new-mobile-game-champions-challengers/#respond Fri, 11 Aug 2017 06:00:53 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=85324 A new mobile game based on Cartoon Network’s massively popular animated fantasy-comedy series, Adventure Time, has been announced and revealed to be coming out internationally this fall. Titled “Champions & Challengers,” the tactical strategy game will offer Adventure Time-themed collectible characters, real time battles, and turn based combat for Apple, Android, and Amazon Fire owners. […]

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A new mobile game based on Cartoon Network’s massively popular animated fantasy-comedy series, Adventure Time, has been announced and revealed to be coming out internationally this fall. Titled “Champions & Challengers,” the tactical strategy game will offer Adventure Time-themed collectible characters, real time battles, and turn based combat for Apple, Android, and Amazon Fire owners.

Champions & Challengers was developed by India-based developer YesGnome, and will task players with saving the beloved characters of Adventure Time, after they were abducted by the evil Dice Lord. Player must fight the Dice Lord in exciting strategic battles in order to recapture the heroes and baddies, which they can then level up and rely on as allies in future fights. Players will be able to unlock more than 90 Champions — including Finn, Jake, Princess Bubblegum, BMO, Fionna, Cake and even villains like Ice King.

You can check out the trailer below to see Champions & Challengers in action:

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CLIP: Adventure Time Event Provides Five Nights of Strangeness http://www.toonbarn.com/adventure-time/clip-adventure-time-event-provides-five-nights-strangeness/ http://www.toonbarn.com/adventure-time/clip-adventure-time-event-provides-five-nights-strangeness/#respond Wed, 12 Jul 2017 09:00:37 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=84256 This month, things are going to get a little bit strange in the Land of Ooo due to a special five-night Adventure Time programming event on Cartoon Network, which kicks off on Monday, July 17 at 7:45 pm ET/PT via the episode titled “Abstract,” which has Jake being haunted by a mysterious dream. This is […]

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This month, things are going to get a little bit strange in the Land of Ooo due to a special five-night Adventure Time programming event on Cartoon Network, which kicks off on Monday, July 17 at 7:45 pm ET/PT via the episode titled “Abstract,” which has Jake being haunted by a mysterious dream. This is followed on Tuesday at the same time with the episode “Ketchup,” which is special because it features a guest appearance by Regular Show creator JG Quintel.

The event, if it’s not clear yet, consists of five nights of Adventure Time goodness, but of course they understand that there are those of us who need their Adventure Time fix en pronto, in which case all five episodes will be available on the Cartoon Network App’s “See It First” feature starting on Friday, July 14.

You can check out a couple of clips from the episodes below:

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Adventure Time: Islands Miniseries Premieres on Jan 30 http://www.toonbarn.com/adventure-time/adventure-time-islands-miniseries-premieres-jan-30/ http://www.toonbarn.com/adventure-time/adventure-time-islands-miniseries-premieres-jan-30/#respond Wed, 25 Jan 2017 20:00:26 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=78634 This coming Monday, January 30 at 7:30 PM, fans of Pendleton Ward’s extremely popular Adventure Time series will have something special to herald the new year, as Cartoon Network launches an all-new, eight part miniseries titled “Adventure Time: Islands.” The four night programming event marks the first time the franchise answers one of its most […]

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This coming Monday, January 30 at 7:30 PM, fans of Pendleton Ward’s extremely popular Adventure Time series will have something special to herald the new year, as Cartoon Network launches an all-new, eight part miniseries titled “Adventure Time: Islands.” The four night programming event marks the first time the franchise answers one of its most enduring mysteries: what happened to all of the humans?

The miniseries will focus on Finn, Jake, BMO, and Susan Strong as they leave the Land of Ooo and go on a quest of epic proportions across the ocean and into faraway lands, encountering all sorts of new creatures and learning once again how to work with each other in the face of trouble. You can watch the clip below to see what all the hubbub is about:

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Frederator Studios Rumored to Be Working on Castlevania Adaptation http://www.toonbarn.com/adventure-time/frederator-studios-rumored-working-castlevania-adaptation/ http://www.toonbarn.com/adventure-time/frederator-studios-rumored-working-castlevania-adaptation/#comments Tue, 03 Jan 2017 11:02:11 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=78318 In a recent Nick Animation podcast, Frederator Studios (Adventure Time) owner Fred Seibert has revealed that they are currently working on a new project that “needs to go unnamed” but is “based on one of the most world-famous video games of the last 30 years.” While the description is vague enough to apply to dozens […]

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In a recent Nick Animation podcast, Frederator Studios (Adventure Time) owner Fred Seibert has revealed that they are currently working on a new project that “needs to go unnamed” but is “based on one of the most world-famous video games of the last 30 years.” While the description is vague enough to apply to dozens of popular videogame franchises, the additional info that the project has been on the back burner for twelve years can be cross-referenced with an old Facebook post from Dredd producer Adi Shankar to come up with a likely suspect: Castlevania.

Now, as is the nature of rumors and creative projects steeped in secrecy, it would be counterproductive to presume that Frederator Studios is indeed working on an adaptation of the Belmonts’ story (especially since Adi Shankar is very prolific and has worked on unofficial adaptations of other popular IPs such as Venom, The Punisher, and The Power Rangers). But the speculations should provide enough excitement to fans of Frederator Studios and/or the Castlevania franchise. And hey, we’re on the Internet – speculating about rumors is what we do best.

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Get Adventure Time: Islands on DVD on January http://www.toonbarn.com/adventure-time/get-adventure-time-islands-dvd-january/ http://www.toonbarn.com/adventure-time/get-adventure-time-islands-dvd-january/#respond Tue, 13 Dec 2016 07:00:13 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=78219 Cartoon Network’s hit fantasy comedy animated series Adventure Time will be returning this January, via an 8-part journey into Finn the Human’s mysterious past. The story will start on Monday, Jan. 30 and will conclude on Thursday, Feb 2 at 7:30pm ET/PT. The four-night special event is a must-watch for fans of the franchise because […]

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Cartoon Network’s hit fantasy comedy animated series Adventure Time will be returning this January, via an 8-part journey into Finn the Human’s mysterious past. The story will start on Monday, Jan. 30 and will conclude on Thursday, Feb 2 at 7:30pm ET/PT. The four-night special event is a must-watch for fans of the franchise because it will answer one of the series’ most pertinent questions: what happened to the humans?

Of course, those who want to own Islands on a repeat-viewing friendly format, such as DVD, iTunes, Amazon Video, or Google Play will get some advantage – because they get to watch all eight episodes in advance: the Adventure Time: Islands DVD and digital video release will be on January 24 under the MSRP of $14.97. As a bonus, the DVD will also feature exclusive new content such as animatics, an art gallery, and song and demos.

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Adventure Time Ends in 2018 http://www.toonbarn.com/adventure-time/adventure-time-ends-2018/ http://www.toonbarn.com/adventure-time/adventure-time-ends-2018/#respond Thu, 29 Sep 2016 23:32:08 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=77545 Oh my, we hate to be the bearer of bad news but according to a recent press release from Cartoon Network, the multi award-winning animated series Adventure Time is scheduled to end in 2018. This means that the ninth season that is currently in production will be its last, with a few special episodes scattered […]

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Oh my, we hate to be the bearer of bad news but according to a recent press release from Cartoon Network, the multi award-winning animated series Adventure Time is scheduled to end in 2018. This means that the ninth season that is currently in production will be its last, with a few special episodes scattered throughout 2018.

Adventure Time originally premiered on Cartoon Network in 2007, and became one of the most popular and well-loved series in its generation due to its clever mix of fantasy, humor, and even heartfelt drama hidden underneath a thin veneer of slapstick.

“Adventure Time was a passion project for the people on the crew who poured their heart into the art and stories,” creator Pendleton Ward commented in the release. “We tried to put into every episode something genuine and telling from our lives, and make a show that was personal to us, and that had jokes too! I’m really happy that it connected with an audience for so long. It’s a special thing, I think.”

“Adventure Time changed the definition of what a kids’ TV series could be, and it’s had a resounding impact upon popular culture around the world,” said CN chief creative officer Rob Sorcher. “Cartoon Network Studios is proud to have brought together this group of brilliant artists and animators who helped make Adventure Time one of the most critically acclaimed TV series of a generation.”

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Complete 6th Season of Adventure Time Coming in October 11 http://www.toonbarn.com/adventure-time/complete-6th-season-adventure-time-coming-october-11/ http://www.toonbarn.com/adventure-time/complete-6th-season-adventure-time-coming-october-11/#respond Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:00:57 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=77273 Cartoon Network is getting ready to release Adventure Time: The Complete Sixth Season on home video, but if you still need to skip a few lunches or mow a few lawns so you can buy the Blu-ray ($39.99) and DVD (SRP $ 34.98), don’t worry because you till have time. Fans won’t get to revisit […]

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Cartoon Network is getting ready to release Adventure Time: The Complete Sixth Season on home video, but if you still need to skip a few lunches or mow a few lawns so you can buy the Blu-ray ($39.99) and DVD (SRP $ 34.98), don’t worry because you till have time. Fans won’t get to revisit the fantastic Land of Ooo again until October 11, 2016.

Both home entertainment release versions will have all 43 episodes of Finn the Human and Jake the Dog’s season 6 adventures including Jake the Brick (Primetime Emmy Award winner) plus Food Chain Featurette song demos, galleries and animatics – all gathered in a one-of-a-kind, collectible die-cut Lumpy Space Princess slipcase.

The multi-award-winning Adventure Time is produced by Frederator Studios and Cartoon Network Studios and created by Pendleton Ward (The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack). It follows a boy named Finn (Jeremy Shada) and a wise, shapeshifting dog Jake (John DiMaggio), the best of friends who go on an incredible adventures in the post-apocalyptic Land of Ooo, which is filled with forests, mountains, cities and winding rivers. The mystical place is home to unique characters like The Ice King, Princess Bubblegum, Lumpy Space Princess, Flame Princess and Marceline the Vampire Queen.

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CLIP: Adventure Time – Card Wars http://www.toonbarn.com/adventure-time/clip-adventure-time-card-wars/ http://www.toonbarn.com/adventure-time/clip-adventure-time-card-wars/#respond Fri, 08 Jul 2016 19:00:00 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=66426 Adventure Time: Card Wars will be making its way to DVD on July 12, bringing with it a whole bunch of fantastic and fun stories featuring our favorite heroic duo, Finn and Jake. The DVD will focus on the Card War episodes, which has Finn and Jake playing an epic card game, only for the […]

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Adventure Time: Card Wars will be making its way to DVD on July 12, bringing with it a whole bunch of fantastic and fun stories featuring our favorite heroic duo, Finn and Jake. The DVD will focus on the Card War episodes, which has Finn and Jake playing an epic card game, only for the latter to become overly competitive. The duo then decide to play for the “cool guy cup” and the “dweeb cup.” Hilarity ensues.

The Adventure Time: Card Wars DVD will be released on July 12 and will come with an exclusive trading card that is available nowhere else. The free card will be compatible with the Card Wars Double Tournament tabletop game coming in August.

To give fans a taste of what’s in store, Cartoon Network has released a teaser clip from one of the new episodes, which you can view below:

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Adventure Time: Stakes Now Available on DVD http://www.toonbarn.com/adventure-time/adventure-time-stakes-now-available-on-dvd/ http://www.toonbarn.com/adventure-time/adventure-time-stakes-now-available-on-dvd/#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2016 20:00:27 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=57887 Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Cartoon Network have just released a bunch of clips for the DVD release of the Adventure Time: Stakes miniseries. Stakes originally aired in November 2015, and mainly focused on the Vampire Queen Marceline, who suddenly wanted to be mortal after a millennia of struggling with being a red-sucker. When she […]

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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Cartoon Network have just released a bunch of clips for the DVD release of the Adventure Time: Stakes miniseries. Stakes originally aired in November 2015, and mainly focused on the Vampire Queen Marceline, who suddenly wanted to be mortal after a millennia of struggling with being a red-sucker. When she can no longer cope with her past, she seeks help from Princess Bubblegum for a cure.

Unfortunately, things go from bad to worse. After extracting Marceline’s vampire essence, her most powerful vampiric foes return to haunt her: the Hierophant, the Empress Eyes, the Fool, the Moon and the Vampire King, which is a collection of tarot symbols that symbolize her growth stages. Because of this, Marceline goes on a task to stake each vampire.

The Adventure Time: Stakes DVD was released on January 19, 2016 and is now available in the usual retail places.

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Adventure Time’s First Stop-Motion Series Starts January 14 http://www.toonbarn.com/adventure-time/adventure-times-first-stop-motion-series-starts-january-14/ http://www.toonbarn.com/adventure-time/adventure-times-first-stop-motion-series-starts-january-14/#respond Tue, 12 Jan 2016 15:00:12 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=57774 Pendleton Ward’s Adventure Time will have its first-ever-stop-motion animated episode on January 14, Thursday, at 7:30 p. m. (ET/PT) as part of an entire week of all-new tales from the Land of Ooo. Kirsten Lepore (Sweet Dreams, Bottle) directs the the stop-mo episode Bad Jubie, which follows a cataclysmic storm that is headed for The […]

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Pendleton Ward’s Adventure Time will have its first-ever-stop-motion animated episode on January 14, Thursday, at 7:30 p. m. (ET/PT) as part of an entire week of all-new tales from the Land of Ooo.

Kirsten Lepore (Sweet Dreams, Bottle) directs the the stop-mo episode Bad Jubie, which follows a cataclysmic storm that is headed for The Grasslands so the gang (LSP, Finn and BMO make a decision to construct a bunker for shelter. However, Jake has his own plans.

New episodes include the following:

Monday, January 11 – Angel Face. BMO ties his friends in a live-action cowboy adventure.
Tuesday, January 12 – President Porpoise is Missing!. Jake and Finn should search for President Porpoise before Vice President Blowfish controls the entire sea.
Wednesday, January 13 – Blank Eyed Girl. One really scary night, Jake and Finn find themselves face-to-face with an urban myth.
Thursday, January 14 – Bad Jubies.
Friday, January 15 – A King’s Ransom. As Ice King goes through a terrible loss and Finn and Jake has the responsibility to find who’s behind it.

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Its Saturday Morning – And The Room Is Empty. http://www.toonbarn.com/nickelodeon/saturday-morning-room-empty/ http://www.toonbarn.com/nickelodeon/saturday-morning-room-empty/#respond Sun, 20 Dec 2015 12:47:43 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=57589 Or: How Thundercats (2011) was the end of the North American animation/Kids Business (in a way) Note: The Opinions shown on this essay does not reflect the views of Toon Barn and its affiliates. Its Saturday – winter is only a few days away and after that – Christmas on Friday and then – Saturday […]

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Or: How Thundercats (2011) was the end of the North American animation/Kids Business (in a way)

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Its Saturday – winter is only a few days away and after that – Christmas on Friday and then – Saturday rolls around again, the next Friday is 2016 and then the first day of the new year – Saturday rolls around again.

But the room is empty.

Children are sleep – or trying to go into lessons of music, art or sport in a what has become a rarity in this late 2015 – frost. Not much snow, not much of a winter. And some on twitter worry that its a bad omen…even those that dont believe in a creator.

Its strange to hear that – those who are my friends on twitter usually are headstrong, racing against those with differing opinions – sometimes in a passive aggressive way, other times for legit reasons, still others to talk in jest, tact etc.

But some say the spirit of Christmas overrides these worries.

They may have been right in a past time – before things changed – some for the better – and some for the worse.

But all changes effect us in many ways.

This year – the Christmas spirit seems to be tempered by the Star Wars machine. And as the new engine of the creation of a “Corporate Safe Space” start in earnest, three films before 2020, many TV series – other animated spots – video games, toys and other trinkets; its more of a cynical promotion of the greatest and most secretive fan fiction ever created.

In any other time – it would have been just one of the many major blockbusters – didn’t effect next weeks numbers or so on. We would have other things to pass the time. But the concept of the “Corporate Safe Space” is much more insidious – it promotes the other products from other companies it competes with as the literal manifestation of evil, and their own product – as the good work – the holy work – the one you turn to when all is lost.

Made simple and plain by this post on twitter:

to people who complain about some movies being too long: do you realize your own garbage life goes on like forever

make good movies last as long as possible. 3 hours, 100 years, forever. put us out of our misery

And Misery loves Company. Its the end as entertainment as a way to relax, and at times to wonder about our human condition, or even to have fun. It now has become a cradle to grave mantra of endless content creation for the content men who via their advertising agencies promote a existence that doesn’t exist in reality.

I could tell other stories. How, why and for what reason things arnt the way it seems anymore. But more often than not – its because people, companies, multi-nationals, educators and even those who were meant to represent us dont. They turn out to be more of a maguffin. A sad fate of madding ideals mixed with the most banal pragmatism.

I just want to focus on us. The fans of animation.

Its hard to deal with but – just because a show has some merit doesn’t mean its good.

We have seen with My Little Pony (and Equestria Girls), Steven Universe – and even the weaker shows such as Regular Show and Gumball – the sense is that they talking above the adults and the children are just asking questions about things that are in the show and they just become so lost. Their fanbases are taken over not just by adults who just love the show by its own merits, but by those who feel the show creates a space where everything else feels lost to them. They didnt develop strength and character even when the show was dark – now as the animated series promote a light hearted fare – it becomes a way to promote all sorts of dank memes and even more politically charged language, and using the concept of sexuality as a way to  ease a man or a womens shadow natures into quiet repose. In the west and most western animation Its a sad, banal attempt to extend ones love of a work of fiction or genre. The east handles this better – and sees it as it is – integration, fashion, technique and embracing the work as is and nothing more or less.

We talk about what happened to Zamii, and the media has done so in many ways. But what people dont realized is that when the creators backed down from comments made by those who wished Zamii dead, it proved to me that nobody knows when to stand their ground and say – enough. It started from the day the Thundercats got canned, to the day that they made the move for Korra, to the issues with Steven Universe and the issues with their fanbase. The Internet given voice, the voice given form and now it has power even over the creators of these shows.

Its because the executives and the fans are from the same economic structure. The creators not only have to cowtow to said executives when it comes to content – which always been a problem for years, now have to deal with the views that has the money. The advertising agencies may aim for most viewers, but we seen now, even despite advertising laws made in order to make sure that children dont become mindless consumers, it just made things worse for all involved.

It has been mentioned before about education and the E/I. I also mentioned about the scandal concerning the lowering of wages and collusion in the theatrical animation sector. Did you know that Ed Catmull  bought a 12 million dollar house? This is after the trial finds out that the Disney board knew about these issues.

Welcome to Poof Poof, Glitter Boots, the force is with us. Netflix is about to spend five Billion dollars on “content creation” while Netflix is overvalued in the stock market by a value of 400X its price. Its the time of complaints of how a animated character looks via the eyes of a fan. Its the time when ratings “dont matter”, its audience share, that # social network outreach, insta connections and all the rest. In a world when ignorance is awarded, all those who run entertainment – and in animation, “create”and manufacture the look and feeling of a inglorious look. Not for satire, not even to make fun of the world – but to create safe spaces that don’t challenge the characters, nor the setting – and most important the viewers.

Increasingly, the Holiday classics take more importance. Years ago, they were apart of a extended program of network kids shows and which many popular shows joined in specials during the weeks leading up to Christmas. Today these holiday specials stand as the guard of a time long  past. For the shows now air on Cartoon Network/ Nick and Disney XD  are now run by feckless creators, some who feel that kowtowing to powers and those that perceive they have power, only hurts the show in the end of the day. They are not creators, they are PR men, propaganda for either a education mandate that doesn’t work, a form of social uplifting of the misfits of the world that doesn’t uplift anything but Pateron accounts and Kickstarter Funds, and content that all dines in the mesh and morrass of pesudo-scarlet letter trigger warnings, slights of political gotcha checks, and all and all out purriance. Its the wonderful world of dung emoji and it been that way since that’s all what the “Corporate Safe Space” will give us.

And in one of the sad ironies of the time, Toys has lost wonder – even Lego uses Japanese culture tropes to sell product. You usually have team ups with diffrent shows in many of a Japanese product – but it doesnt happen in the states…unless you Lego and have more clout than most other franchiser in the kids business.

It even reaches Toonami in a sense. After the announcement that they were bringing back Samurai Jack, Mr Demarco stated he wanted one of the newer Lupin series, Yukyo Mine. Not the best of the Lupin works. But even he was told by the censors he couldn’t. Its strange. Lupin hasnt been apart of American culture – so it becomes to most hardest of sells to even put it on Toonami. Of course he would get Wakfu, but then they are on Netflix.

The fact that a dude who makes Adult Swim money over fist – gets denied a show – while the Creators of the Steven Universe are allowed to get away with everything – and the creators bows down to pressure from people who wish other fans of their show dead, is sad to me. Mine(And Lupin for that matter) isn’t going to cause your network problems, the show you promote next  to the 5th iteration of legendary Looney Toons characters has become more problematic and the fact they don’t see this tells me all i need to know.

They have given up on us. The American people – the American audience. who they feel are too lost in their “common sense” to talk to. We got so many was to view the content – they think its OK to delay shows for months on end. They will watch it again and again, old episodes – six, seven times a week. It will be greater than everything we have done before.

Then the holiday classics come on. The humanity. Coming from puppets, from animation, from the voice overs, the backgrounds. They stood, even when things were being built for children around, and torn down by government edict. Yes, animation is for all.

But at times, the little ones are to be reminded there are things beyond numbers, letters, and such things we as people need to be in the world. They need the journey of the heroes, the power of belief and the joy of overcoming life’s grand trials. And these folks who would easily falter to the hands of those willing to kill don’t understand and never did truly loved the work. They loved the fame, and sold their souls to the oligarchic power structures they trying to fight against and say they are against, but in reality work for them and are in tandem with them.

They are nothing more than the Grinch.

He could be redeemed, but I doubt they can.

Can anybody be redeemed?

Not so.

Thats why these specials, are truly are. They show us were we have fallen – the simple reasons why – and putting complications on it – and excusing it only causes us to lose the plot.

“Baby stuff”, Charlotte said to Virgina there is no Santa.

“Baby stuff”, when those demons said to Zamii when they said to her kill herself – “You know how she looks LIKE!”

But its that spirit of Christmas, that these specials represent show the best of ourselves, the hope in a manger. The hope in a child born in poverty gets the only thing that can get him out of it, a football. The hope in a woman who is homeless – to get 100 bucks from a man, not for favor, but out of his heart and his own reasons. The hope of a man, who after being told after he comes back from war, that the people he fought for calls him names, cishet, warmongerer, etc. That he – suffering from a lost hand, and lost heart and mind, can find a home, an honest job, and finally a smile from a grateful nation.

But for 345 days of the year, America is “We The Spiteful”. It feels more like pity.

We don’t know what we had until its gone.

And these holiday specials remind us every year of what we truly lost, the sense that good will truly win, and hope never truly dies.

They used to be apart of a place children could go.

Now these shows, these specials that only come one time a year, are now the gold standard of the industry.

Its not a popular opinion.

But in the end, the facts remain.

Maybe we adults can never be redeemed.

But Tomorrow isnt not the far away…

And the young must find that tomorrow.

Even if time runs short.

This Saturday and for the foreseeable future of every Saturday, the rooms of the American living room is quiet like the grave…

But its never silent.

Yes, Virgina there is a Santa Claus…

If only they just believe…

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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Adventure Time Devotes Week-Long Event to Marceline http://www.toonbarn.com/adventure-time/adventure-time-devotes-week-long-event-to-marceline/ http://www.toonbarn.com/adventure-time/adventure-time-devotes-week-long-event-to-marceline/#respond Tue, 27 Oct 2015 15:00:06 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=56905 This November, the Emmy award-winning toon Adventure Time will be devoting the month of scares to one of the franchise’s most popular horror-themed (yet still lovable) characters, The Vampire Queen Marceline. The character will be the subject of a four-night special programming event called ‘Stakes,’ which officially starts on Monday, November 16 all the way […]

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This November, the Emmy award-winning toon Adventure Time will be devoting the month of scares to one of the franchise’s most popular horror-themed (yet still lovable) characters, The Vampire Queen Marceline. The character will be the subject of a four-night special programming event called ‘Stakes,’ which officially starts on Monday, November 16 all the way to Thursday, November 19 at 8 pm ET/PT.

The official synopsis:

Marceline the Vampire Queen wishes to be an undead, red-sucker no more, but can Princess Bubblegum concoct a cure? At the same time, five of Marceline’s most fearsome foes return from her past. What might her most powerful nemesis, the Vampire King, have in store? Finn, Jake, Princess Bubblegum and their friends join the Vampire Queen’s fight against her immortal enemies. But for Marceline, the stakes have never been higher throughout these eight special episodes of Adventure Time!

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REVIEW: Adventure Time – The Enchiridion DVD http://www.toonbarn.com/adventure-time/review-adventure-time-enchiridion-dvd/ http://www.toonbarn.com/adventure-time/review-adventure-time-enchiridion-dvd/#respond Fri, 09 Oct 2015 01:30:26 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=56697 Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time: The Enchiridion DVD is out now, and the question is as always whether it’s worth the asking price. There’s no doubt that the content, which consists of 16 episodes that total 173 minutes of mathematical fun, command a price but what makes the DVD worth purchasing over just streaming or getting […]

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Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time: The Enchiridion DVD is out now, and the question is as always whether it’s worth the asking price. There’s no doubt that the content, which consists of 16 episodes that total 173 minutes of mathematical fun, command a price but what makes the DVD worth purchasing over just streaming or getting digital copies of the episodes, especially since four of the episodes were already released in home video via the Adventure Time: The Complete Fifth Season release?

One of the main reasons why you should get the Enchiridion DVD is if you want a collection focused entirely on The Enchiridion story arc, which centers around an ancient book with codes of conduct, guidelines, and other useful information for heroes. It’s one of the crazier quests in a series full of already zany adventures, with Princess Bubblegum, Jake, Finn, and a whole host of characters getting tangled in a huge hunt for the famed Enchiridion. Do they make it? If you don’t know the answer yet – the DVD is a great way to find out in one sitting. Just make sure you prepare a huge bowl of popcorn.

For the more tangible aspects of the release, it is not surprising that the packaging is more straightforward, as they usually reserve the bells and whistles for full season releases. For what it’s worth, the cover design looks spiffy and features Jake, Finn, and fan favorite Marceline along with the eponymous ancient book. The use of bright pastel colors as a background is par for the course, and the artwork extends to the spine so it looks spiffy even when shelved.

There’s also no bonus content, which is again understandable because this is a stopgap release inbetween their full season home video releases. Thankfully, the price reflects this and you can fully expect to get a product that justifies the asking price ($19.82). Get this if you are a completist, want another quality addition to your Adventure Time home video collection, and if you want something more tangible than a Netflix queue. If you just want to collect all the episodes of the series in home video format, it might serve you better to wait for the next full season release.

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CN Launches Adventure Time Virtual Reality Game http://www.toonbarn.com/adventure-time/cn-launches-adventure-time-virtual-reality-game/ http://www.toonbarn.com/adventure-time/cn-launches-adventure-time-virtual-reality-game/#respond Tue, 22 Sep 2015 07:00:21 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=56534 Fans of Adventure Time, particularly those who enjoy games, will be glad to know that Cartoon Network is throwing all of you another bone. A virtual reality bone! According to their most recent announcement, a new game called Adventure Time: Magic Man’s Head Games will be launched through the mobile platform and will deliver the […]

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Fans of Adventure Time, particularly those who enjoy games, will be glad to know that Cartoon Network is throwing all of you another bone. A virtual reality bone! According to their most recent announcement, a new game called Adventure Time: Magic Man’s Head Games will be launched through the mobile platform and will deliver the first ever virtual reality game experience based on a TV franchise.

Adventure Time: Magic Man’s Head Games will emulate the look of the TV series and will feature an original story voiced by the cast of the show. The gameplay takes its cues from classic 3D platformers while featuring combat mechanics that leverage the strengths of the best VR technology.

“Core to Cartoon Network’s strategy is our commitment to innovate and expand our content offerings and distribution platforms so that fans can immerse themselves in our brands and characters however and whenever they choose,” said Christina Miller, President and GM, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang. “This first-to-market virtual reality game joins a roster of other industry-leading apps and digital experiences that have made Cartoon Network the first-choice for plurals looking for highly-engaging games and new content experiences.”

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