Adventure Time was nothing less than a cultural phenomenon. During its nine seasons, it reinvigorated Cartoon Network’s programming and introduced the world to creators like Pendelton Ward and Rebecca Sugar, the latter of which would go on to craft Steven Universe. The cute, clever, and thought-provoking series came to an end last year but as we all know, nothing ever really ends. Today, HBO Max announced that they have commissioned four Adventure Time specials for the new streamer.
According to a press release, the Adventure Time: Distant Lands specials “will premiere exclusively on HBO Max with the first two set to debut on the streamer in 2020. These four new specials will continue the Adventure Time stories that captured imaginations and introduced unlikely heroes Finn and Jake, best buds who traversed the mystical Land of Ooo and encountered its colorful inhabitants. Sarah Aubrey, head of original content, HBO Max added, ‘The enchanted world of Adventure Time has mesmerized viewers and critics alike as Finn and Jake right wrongs and battle evil.’ She continued, ‘the addition of these specials to the HBO Max kids and family programming lineup is sure to make kids everywhere say ‘Slam-bam-in-a-can!””
The four specials will focus on fan-fave characters from the beloved Cartoon Network show. In the press release, HBO teased each of the new episodes in the Adventure Time quadrilogy:
“BMO” follows the lovable little robot from Adventure Time. When there’s a deadly space emergency in the farthest reaches of the galaxy, there’s only one hero to call, and it’s probably not BMO. Except that this time it is!
“Obsidian” features Marceline & Princess Bubblegum as they journey to the imposing, beautiful Glass Kingdom—and deep into their tumultuous past—to prevent an earthshaking catastrophe.
“Wizard City” follows Peppermint Butler, starting over at the beginning, as just another inexperienced Wizard School student. When mysterious events at the campus cast suspicion on Pep, and his checkered past, can he master the mystic arts in time to prove his innocence?
“Together Again” brings Finn and Jake together again, to rediscover their brotherly bond and embark on the most important adventure of their lives.”
While this whole announcement is totally mathematical, it’ll be particularly interesting to see what HBO Max does with the Princess Bubblegum and Marcelline story after the series finale finally delivered on a long-awaited fan theory: that the pair had a romantic relationship. Now that the world has seen PBubs and Marcy kiss, we hope that their relationship will be a key part of their story going forward. It’s clearly a project that the HBO Max team is proud of and excited for with Rob Sorcher, Chief Content Officer, Cartoon Network Studios stating, “Adventure Time was a groundbreaking series and a creative playground for so many talented creative artists… Producing Adventure Time: Distant Lands for HBO Max will allow our studio to explore this beloved world in an all-new format.”
The first two Adventure Time: Distant Land specials, “BMO” and “Obsidian” are set to premiere on the streamer in 2020 followed by “Wizard City” and “Together Again.”
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