The most popular cartoon on the Cartoon Network currently is Adventure Time. It is beloved by children, teenagers, adults, girls, boys, alike. Created by Pendleton Ward and set in the post-apocalyptic Land of Ooo, it's not hard to see why:
1) Adventure Time has simple, yet colorful animation. Adventure Time is probably the most colorful show on television right now. Even if you are watching on standard definition, your television screen illuminates while watching Adventure Time. The animation doesn't rely on CGI gimmicks to catch your eye, only imagination. The sights are so vivid, including the background. The animation is completely sketched and has a 90s feel to it.
2) Adventure Time has, in my view, the most interesting and funniest bunch of characters of any show on television. The show's main characters are the wise cracking Jake The Dog and Finn The Human, Jake's naïve, young best friend. Others include Valley Girl-accented Lumpy Space Princess, of the `lumpy' peoples; BMO, an all-in-one talking electronic device; Princess Bubblegum, the nerdy Princess of the `candy peoples'; and punk rocker Marceline, The Vampire Queen.
3) Adventure Time has comedy, fantasy, action, romance, music, science fiction, and horror all in one. The humor is slapstick and irreverent and so random. Musical numbers are incorporated regularly, which are usually infused with the show's irreverent humor. There's always action and a new adventure - Finn and Jake are always fighting off bad guys and saving friends/people in need. While The Land of Ooo looks colorful and much of it is `happy', it is largely `dark' inside. There are several eye-catching scary moments.
Adventure Time is the best cartoon of the 21st century, in my view. I didn't watch many cartoons during my adult life until I discovered Adventure Time while channel surfing. Adventure Time was my gateway drug to other cartoons. Cartoons, especially Adventure Time, offer a form of escapism and feature a level of imagination which I've come to appreciate.
--Isa R Bufano (10/10/13)