Adventure Time, the cult hit that has won Cartoon Network six Emmys, and acted as a home on television for a number of comics luminaries like Brandon Graham, Jillian Tamaki, Gilbert Hernandez, and Michael DeForge, will be coming to an end with its ninth season in 2018.
The series, which centers on the adventures of Finn the human, and the shapeshifting Jake the dog in the mystical land of Ooo, debuted in 2010 as the brainchild of Pendleton Ward. As the show grew in popularity over ensuing seasons, and produced a number of merchandising lines and comic book spin-offs, Ward stepped back in his involvement, but still served as an executive producer.
Per THR, Ward shared his thoughts about the announcement:
“Adventure Time changed the definition of what a kids’ TV series could be, and it’s had a resounding impact upon popular culture around the world,” said Rob Sorcher, chief content officer for Cartoon Network. “Cartoon Network Studios is proud to have brought together this group of brilliant artists and animators who helped make Adventure Time one of the most critically acclaimed TV series of a generation.”
Added Ward: “Adventure Time was a passion project for the people on the crew who poured their heart into the art and stories. We tried to put into every episode something genuine and telling from our lives, and make a show that was personal to us, and that had jokes too! I’m really happy that it connected with an audience for so long. It’s a special thing, I think.”
Adventure Time will have concluded with 142 half-hours of content in total, by the end of the final season.
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