Adventure Time gaming-themed episode delights the mind

As Tony Ponce pointed out this weekend, Adventure Time and Regular Show are two modern day cartoons that are packed to the gills with videogame logic and tributes to gaming culture. Today’s episode of Adventure Time (scheduled to air at 8pm) looks like it might be the most videogame-est episode of them all. The show’s stars, Jake the dog and Finn the human, end up inside of their videogame console. That transforms them from hand drawn animations to polygon based graphics. These aren’t your run-of-the-mill polygons however. They actually look a lot like how the show’s creator said his ideal Adventure Time game would look, like something from the Katamari Damacy series, but with a stop-motion animation-style frame delay and other oddities thrown it.

The animatic seen above depicts the show’s animation in its early production stages, so you don’t get any polygons. Instead, you get a sense of how the game’s story will unfold, and a taste of John Di Maggio’s (MadWorld, Futurama) acting. As usual, he nails it.

Maybe it’s just my love of the series talking, but I’m thinking tonight’s episode could be one of the best yet. If you check it out, be sure to head back here and tell me what you think.

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Jonathan Holmes
"Where do dreams end and reality begin? Videogames, I suppose."- Gainax, FLCL Vol. 1 "The beach, the trees, even the clouds in the sky... everything is build from little tiny pieces of stuff. Just like in a Gameboy game... a nice tight little world... and all its inhabitants... made out of little building blocks... Why can't these little pixels be the building blocks for love..? For loss... for understanding"- James Kochalka, Reinventing Everything part 1 "I wonder if James Kolchalka has played Mother 3 yet?" Jonathan Holmes