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Adventure Time – The Complete Second Season (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

June 3, 2013 by  



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With “Adventure Time – The Complete Second Season”, you get 26-episodes, 26 audio commentaries…How awesome is that!?  If you are looking for an animated series that is crazy, hilarious, addictive and so much fun, “Adventure Time” is highly recommended!

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TITLE: Adventure Time – The Complete Second Season

TV SERIES AIR DATE: 2010-2011

DURATION: 26 EPISODES (286 Minutes)

BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition, 16:9 Widescreen, Dolby Digital 2.0, Subtitles: English SDH

COMPANY: Warner Bros./Cartoon Network

RATED: Not Rated

Release Date: June 14, 2013

Created by Pendleton Ward

Directed by Larry Leichliter

Written by Pendleton Ward, Patrick McHale, Kent Osborne, Mark Banker, Adam Muto, Merriwether Williams, Rebecca Sugar, Cole Sanchez, Timothy McKeon, Ako Castuera, Bert Youn, Tom Herpich, Thurop Van Orman, Somvilay Xayaphone, Steve Little, Jesse Moynihan, Sean Jiminez, Elizabeth Ito, Luther McLaurin, Armen Mirzaian, Niki Yang, Benton Connor, Dick Gruner

Excutive Producer: Fred Seibert, Curtis Lelash, Brian A. Miller, Jennifer Pelphrey, Rob Sorcher, Rob Swartz, Derek Drymon

Producer: Kelley Crews

Co-Producer/Executive Producer: Pendleton Ward

Supervising Producer: Thurop Van Orman

Music by Timothy Kiefer, Casey James Basichis

Production Design by David O’Reilly

Art Direction by Nick Jennings

Starring:

Jeremy Shada as Finn

John DiMaggio as Jake

Tom Kenny as Ice King

Hynden Walch as Princess Bubblegum

Pendleton Ward As Lumpy Space Princess

Maria Bamford as Wildberry Princess

Niki Yang as Beemo

Olivia Olson as Marceline

Dee Bradley Baker as Cinnamon Bun

Steve Little as Peppermint Butler

Kent Osborne as Joshua

Jessica Di Cicco as Flame Princess

That Ice King Sure is Cold, But as Cold as Marceline’s Fries?  He’s pretty eveil too, but as evil as the Lich?  And Ice King does have powers, but as powerful as Susan Strong?!?  Season Two in 000 introduces a world of new characters and adventures.  Some chillier than Ice King, others as warm and fuzzy as Finn and Jake, but no one as handsome as Ice King without his beard! Ooh-La-La!!

The adventures of Finn the Human and Jake the dog continue in the Land of Ooo as Finn try to give Marceline the Vampire some help, discover a tribe of humans under the Candy Kingdom, deal with a beardless Ice King, a splinter in Finn’s finger and a horse with big eyes that keeps staring at them and more in the second season of “Adventure Time”!

What is “Adventure Time”?

Pendleton Ward is known for writing for animated series such as “Random! Cartoons” and “The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack” and most recently “Bravest Warriors”, but in 2010, Ward would create a series that would become a popular animated series on the Cartoon Network titled “Adventure Time”.

Originally produced by Frederator’s Nicktoons Network animation incubator series “Random! Cartoons”, the short for “Adventure Time” would first become a viral hit on the Internet before being picked up by the Cartoon Network and featured on television in 2010.

Heavily inspired by “Dungeons and Dragons” and video games, “Adventure Time” is hand-drawn animation and is recorded as a group, than with voice talent recorded individually.

With a sixth season of “Adventure Time” to air in 2013, since 2012, the series has earned around 3 million viewers per week and has led to video games and comic books based on the animated series.

And now “Adventure Time” (Season one and two) will be released individually on Blu-ray in June 2013.

“Adventure Time” is a series that revolves around Finn the Human, a 14-year-old boy and his best friend, a talking yellow dog named Jake, who has magical powers to change shape, stretch and shrink.

The two live in a post-apocalyptic Land of Ooo where they interact with friends such as Princess Bubblegum, the Ice King, Marceline the Vampire Queen, Lady Rainicorn and more!

Season 2 features a total of 26 episodes which are 12 minutes long (all episodes are on one Blu-ray disc). Here is a spoilerless summary of each episode:

  • EPISODE 27 – “It Came from the Stratosphere” – Marceline sings a song about her relationship with her estranged father.
  • EPISODE 28 – “The Eyes” – Finn and Jake are bothered by a horse that keeps staring at them with its big eyes.
  • EPISODE 29 – “Loyalty to the King” – The Ice King shaves his beard after the princess breaks up with him.
  • EPISODE 30 – “Blood Under the Skin” – Finn is harassed by Sir Slicer and he goes on an adventure to seek the Magical Armor of Zelderon.
  • EPISODE 31 – “Storytelling” – Jake is sick in bed and wants Finn to read him a story.
  • EPISODE 32 – “Slow Love” – Finn and Jake try to get a group of female snails to save their home from a giant snail named Snorlock.
  • EPISODE 33 – “Power Animal” – Jake must rescue Finn, who has been kidnapped by the Evil Gnome.
  • EPISODE 34 – “Crystals Have Power” – Finn and Jake visit a crystal dimension.
  • EPISODE 35 – “The Other Tarts” – Fin and Kake volunteer to help Princess Bubblegum for the Annual Royal Back Rubbing Ceremony.
  • EPISODE 36 – “To Cut a Woman’s Hair” – Finn must get a lock of hair from the princess to save Jake from the Tree Witch.
  • EPISODE 37 – “The Chamber of Frozen Blades” – Finn and Jake are obsessed with ninjas.
  • EPISODE 38 – “Her Parents” – Jake goes to meet his girlfriend, Lady Rainicorn’s parents.
  • EPISODE 39 – “The Pods” – Finn and Jake must watch three magical beans.
  • EPISODE 40 – “The Silent King” – Finn becomes the king of a goblin clan.
  • EPISODE 41 – “The Real You” – Finn has to give a speech at Princess Bubblegum’s science barbecue.
  • EPISODE 42 – “Guardians of Sunshine” – Finn and Jake are sucked into one of BMO’s games and must defeat three bosses.
  • EPISODE 43 – “Death in Bloom” – When Finn and Jake kill Princess Bubblegum’s plant, they must go to the Land of the Dead and retrieve its soul.
  • EPISODE 44 – “Susan Strong” – Finn is excited to discover a tribe of humans living under Candy Kingdom.
  • EPISODE 45 – “Mystery Train” – Jake wants to surprise Finn for his 13th birthday.
  • EPISODE 46 – “Go With Me” – Marceline and Jake gives Finn dating advice.
  • EPISODE 47 – “Belly of the Beast” – Finn and Jake must help a giant through his stomach ache.
  • EPISODE 48 – “The Limit” – Finn and Jake take part in a magic wish-granting maze.
  • EPISODE 49 – “Video Makers” – Finn and Jake try to make a movie for the “Finn and Jake Movie Club”.
  • EPISODE 50 – “Mortal Folly” – Finn and Jake go on a quest to find the Lich.
  • EPISODE 51 – “Mortal Recoil” – Princess Bubblegum is put in the hospital after being dropped into the Lich’s well of power by the Ice King
  • EPISODE 52 – “Heat Signature” – Marceline pulls a prank on Finn and Jake, making them think they are vampires.

VIDEO:

“Adventure Time – The Complete Second Season” is presented in 1080p High Definition (presented in 16×9). The animation is absolutely fantastic in HD! Colors are vibrant, color palette is colorful and while the character designs may lack incredible detail and shading of other animated series (note: background art is shaded), what makes “Adventure Time” work is its abundance of characters, creative backgrounds, locations and more.

During my viewing of the series, I did not see any artifacts, banding, even during scenes with a lot of red or orange. Line detail is very strong and for the most part, fans of the series should be happy with the overall presentation.

AUDIO:

“Adventure Time – The Complete Second Season” is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0. While my picky side would prefer for a 5.1 immersive soundtrack, the fact is that a lot of animated series is presented in stereo. Dialogue is clear!

Subtitles are in English SDH.

SPECIAL FEATURES

“Adventure Time – The Complete Second Season” comes with the following special features:

  • The Crew of Adventure Time Interviewed by Pendleton Ward – (6:16) A short featurette as Pendleton Ward interviews those responsible for season two of “Adventure Time”.
  • Audio Commentary – (5:06:03) All episodes of season two have audio commentary.  So, you get over five hours worth of audio commentary. Please note that if you want to listen to audio commentary by episode, it’s best to select “Episodes” and you can select regular audio or with commentary, otherwise if you click on special features and audio, it’s “play all”. You do get a message from Pendleton War about the state of the audio commentary and because it was recorded in his home, during audio dips, he would interject some music.

EXTRAS:

“Adventure Time – The Complete First Season: An Amazing Adventure” comes with a slipcover.  Also, included is an Ultraviolet code which allows you to watch and share on computers, iPhones, iPads, Android devices, game consoels and connected TV’s.   

Finn and Jake’s adventures continue with season 2 of “Adventure Time”.

Some wonder if Pendleton Ward and staff can continue to make the series better with each new season and for season two, the crew managed to come up with fun and crazy episodes but also bringing in some star guest talent such as Biz Markie, Paul Reubens, Henry Rollins, Laura Silverman, Andy Samberg and more!

There a great number of episodes in season two that are absolutely hilarious!  One includes “Blood Under the Skin” which involves Finn and Jake trying to find the Magical Armor of Zelderon but let’s just say that they managed to come up with a ball game, that I hope people never duplicate (but somehow I get a feel frats may be inspired by this series).  You have the Ice King shaving his beard and trying to be the “Nice King”; Finn needing Princess Bubblegum’s hair to save Jake from a balding Tree Witch, Jake having to meet Lady Rainicorn’s parents, Finn having a musical duel with Death in “Death in Bloom” to Marceline pulling yet another prank on the gullible two and making them think they are vampires.

There are plenty of awesome episodes in “Adventure Time – The Complete Second Season”. It’s important to note that anyone can jump in with season two without having previous knowledge of the series (as each episode are standalone).  The series is pretty much an episode of adventures featuring Finn and Jake and what happens when the come across a variety of characters. Some crazy, some goofy, some evil and more!

Part of the enjoyment I had while watching this series is the fact that it’s not banal. You can’t predict what will happen with each episode as it is not formulaic, crazy things happen and just to see how each character deals with a certain situation, you can’t help but laugh and be entertained.

As for the Blu-ray release of “Adventure Time – The Complete Second Season”, the series looks incredible on Blu-ray. Colors are absolutely vibrant in HD. While it would have been nice to have a 5.1 lossless soundtrack instead of a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack, it does happen with many animated series.

While the first season had featurettes and animatics, “Adventure Time – The Complete Second Season” does have a single featurette featuring the crew that making “Adventure Time” possible (for season two) but surprisingly, all episodes have audio commentary!  The first season had a total of eight (audio commentary from cast and animatics commentary), so I was pretty pleased that all episodes had commentary tracks.  And like the series, the audio commentaries are ful of humor and also pretty cool information about each episode.

Overall, if you are a fan of “Adventure Time”, I can easily say that you’re getting your money’s worth with both Blu-ray releases of “Adventure Time”.  But if you purchased the first season, the second season is a no-brainer!  It’s a must own!

If you are looking for an animated series that is crazy, hilarious, addictive and so much fun, “Adventure Time” is highly recommended!






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