Many animation buffs didn't know quite what to make of Adventure Time when it debuted on Cartoon Network in 2010. The Pendleton Ward-created fantasy-adventure series has since amassed a potent cult following of both children and adults with its whimsical yet deceptively-deep (and often surprisingly dark) mythology and complex, multi-dimensional characters.
Over several impressive seasons, the series has won numerous accolades and inspired spin-offs, comics, video games and mountains of elaborate fan-theories. Now, those same fans know when it will all end: Cartoon Network has announced plans to conclude the series with Season 9 in 2018.
In a statement announcing the end of the series, Chief Content Officer for Cartoon Network Rob Sorcher confirmed that the series will indeed end after its ninth season, while reinforcing that the Network remains enormously proud of the series. Adventure Time is often viewed as a cornerstone of Cartoon Network's current brand-identity, having established a unique tone and aesthetic that helped inspire subsequent popular original series like Stephen Universe and Over the Garden Wall. Here is the statement from Sorcher:
“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. 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.”
This news no doubt comes as a disappointment to the series' most devoted fans. However, it will likely be met with some excitement too - as a set end-point may indicate that answers may finally be coming to some of the mysteries that viewers have puzzled over for years (such as the true nature of enigmatic figures like Princess Bubblegum and Peppermint Butler). Cartoon Network has further specified that the TV series' storyline will encompass 142 hours of content upon conclusion, supposedly including not only the ninth season but also specials, miniseries and more.
A feature film tie-in to the Adventure Time TV series reportedly entered pre-production in 2015, but few details on the project have emerged since then. As for the end of the TV show, creator Pendleton Ward offered the following statement on the matter:
“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 conclude its run on Cartoon Network in 2018.
Source: Cartoon Network [via Deadline]