In the American animated series ‘Adventure Time’, a 12-year old boy called Finn battles the forces of evil in the Land of Ooo. Accompanied by his dog Jake, he goes around the land trying to right wrongs and battling the evil Ice King who is searching for a wife. The Ice King has set his heart on marrying Princess Bubblegum. Although she does not want to marry him, he persists in his quest of trying to steal her away. Finn and Jake, together with Lady Rainicorn, who is a cross between a rainbow and a unicorn, must do their best to keep Princess Bubblegum from harm.
The Adventure Time Theme Song
The opening title sequence and Adventure Time theme song of Adventure Time created by Pendleton Ward features all the main characters as well as some minor characters and is also sung by him. It has the same lyrics with some variations as the animated short.
The lyrics, accompanied by ukulele chords, invites viewers to grab their friends and come along to a very distant land with the human boy Finn and his dog Jake. It promises that the fun will never end when it’s Adventure Time.
The opening title sequence shows a post-apocalyptic wasteland with several undetonated nuclear bombs and a rat inside a broken television set. Next, there are penguins in a snow-covered environment and Gunter hugging two penguins while a tiny red heart makes quaking sound while floating above their heads. Nearby, sitting on a grassy hill is Snow Golem.
The rest of the Ice Kingdom appears next with the Ice King flying next to his lair and using his hands to activate his ice powers. The Candy Kingdom comes into focus with a large crowd of laughing candy people dancing in the road. Then there is a quick view of Princess Bubblegum’s castle and the princess herself behind a bank of clouds, riding on Lady Rainicorn.
Next, we are taken to the mountain range where Marceline is playing her Fender Precision Base instrument outside her cave. As the camera pans across she turns and hisses at the screen, showing her pointy teeth. Next comes the two-headed duck shown outside Finn and Jake’s tree house. Towards the end, Finn and Jake are shown inside their Tree Fort with BMO sitting nearby. They pound their fists together to the accompaniment of a loud, smashing noise before the Adventure Time theme song begins.
The entire sequence is completed in approximately twelve seconds. During the scene where the title is shown, you can see Finn, without his customary green backpack, and Jake, both with feathered wings on their backs holding a white cloth that says “Finn and Jake”. As the lyrics start with “C’mon, grab your friends”, Finn and Jake are seen going somewhere and when the words “Jake the dog” comes up Jake winks. Finn seems to be sticking out his tongue and barking when “Finn the human” lyrics come up.
The sequence ends with Finn and Jake reaching the top of the mountain they are climbing with Finn striking a victorious pose and Jake lying down holding onto his leg. Then the show begins.
Some of the main characters include:
Finn – a young boy who wears an awesome hat and lives in the magical ‘Land of Ooo’. His best friend is his dog Jake and together they spend their time looking for adventure and saving Princess Bubblegum from being kidnapped by the Ice King.
Jake is Finn’s constant companion and often acts as his guide since he is much older than Finn (28 in dog years).
Princess Bubblegum, an inventor with scientific prowess and ruler of Candy Kingdom is Finn’s close friend whom his has sworn to protect.
BMO is Finn’s sentient video game system.
Marceline the Vampire Queen is over a thousand years old. Laid back and cool, she is an occasional friend of Finn’s. She loves to rock and roll and has daddy issues because he ate her French fries.
Lumpy Space Princess is the princess of Lumpy Space.
The Ice King is the human boy Finn’s enemy. Although it seems that all he wants to do is marry Princess Bubblegum, he really only wants to be like and even loved. He seeks to make friends but does not understand how to do it.
Gunter is the name the Ice King gives to any penguin that happens to be around.
Lady Rainicorn is Princess Bubblegum’s companion and Jake’s girlfriend.
The Earl of Lemongrab is the creation of Princess Bubblegum.
Slime Princess is cool and petite but made out of slime.