I remember the first time I saw the TV show Adventure Time. I was flipping through channels, aimlessly trying to find something that would hold my attention, when I saw the title on my channel guide. I had heard a friend or two mention it in passing, but still assumed, without ever seeing it, that it was solely for children and being 34 - well, it was time to grow up. I thought though, why not at least see what this cartoon is all about? Just for a second. Nothing nuts. A quick glance. And when I did finally feast my eyes on the magic that is Adventure Time, I not only realized how incredible the show is, but realized I should stop assuming what 34-year-olds SHOULD be watching.
The imagination and boundaries pushed during this show are outstanding. It works on so many levels, entertaining both adults and children (and man children) so effortlessly. It’s universe is vast and yet comfortably small. It has clear messages and morals, yet grade A fart jokes. It doesn’t only ride the line between substance and fluff, it makes fun of you for even believing a line like that exists.
Over the past few years, I’ve turned so many people onto Adventure Time and each of them give me the same pessimism and doubt initially. It isn’t until they sit and watch a few episodes (now on Netflix Instant) that they fully realize the the show isn’t just eye candy, but it’s also a gateway to your own childhood. Like Ren & Stimpy before it, it’s for a wide range of ages - with different reactions for each.
I know watching Adventure Time reminds me of being a latchkey kid, coming home everyday from school and watching my favorite cartoons and live-action sitcoms. It was my constant that kept me a good kid. That was my world, for a few hours at least. This feels like that type of tradition to me and I miss that dearly.
Sure, I watched Breaking Bad religiously every week, but it made my blood pressure rise and had deep thinking mysteries. It may be the best TV show of all-time. But on the other side of the Peabody Award, Adventure Time makes me smile and forget I have a mortgage. And there’s something to be said about that.
We are honored to be working with Cartoon Network and clothing brand ROOK, to put together this art show tribute to Adventure Time. The artists, each and every artist involved, knocked it out of the park, creating paintings, limited edition prints and sculptures inspired by the show’s genius. Each piece reflects the show and the excitement that comes hand-in-hand with being an Adventure Time fan. I can’t wait till you see all of it. Also, the exhibit marks the first chance for people to buy the capsule collection from ROOK and Adventure Time, which is prettttty great.
You can join us in Los Angeles TONIGHT, Thursday April 3rd, from 7-10 PM, at G1988 (West) at 7308 Melrose Ave. You NEED to RSVP by 2 PM though, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or you can’t get in. The show will run through April 6th, open everyday 11-6 PM. And all the artwork will be online Friday afternoon at gallery1988.com, available for purchase.
Listen, don’t be an awful 34-year-old. Remember what it was like to be excited and lose yourself in a TV program that just made you giggle and stress free. Check out Adventure Time, and check out our art show this weekend. And just don’t pay your mortgage (OK, don’t do that).