HBO Max Orders New ‘Adventure Time’ Kids Series

WarnerMedia’s upcoming SVOD service HBO Max is reviving the Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning animated series “Adventure Time.”

The service, which launches in spring 2020, has greenlighted four new one-hour specials titled “Adventure Time: Distant Lands” that 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 introduced unlikely heroes Finn and Jake, best buds who traversed the mystical Land of Ooo and encountered its colorful inhabitants.

“The enchanted world of ‘Adventure Time’ has mesmerized viewers and critics alike as Finn and Jake right wrongs and battle evil,” said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content, HBO Max, in a statement. “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 first two specials, “BMO” and “Obsidian,” are set to premiere on the streamer in 2020 followed by “Wizard City” and “Together Again.” “BMO” follows the lovable little robot as there’s a deadly space emergency in the farthest reaches of the galaxy. “Obsidian” features Marceline and 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 as mysterious events at the campus cast suspicion on him and his checkered past. “Together Again” brings Finn and Jake together to rediscover their brotherly bond and embark on the most important adventure of their lives.

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“’Adventure Time’ was a groundbreaking series and a creative playground for so many talented creative artists,” said Rob Sorcher, chief content officer, Cartoon Network Studios. “Producing ‘Adventure Time: Distant Lands’ for HBO Max will allow our studio to explore this beloved world in an all-new format.”

Created by Pendleton Ward and executive produced by Adam Muto, “Adventure Time” garnered numerous entertainment awards. “Adventure Time: Distant Lands” is produced by Cartoon Network Studios.

‘Adventure Time’ Complete Series DVD Due April 30

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time: The Complete Collection April 30, a 22-DVD set that includes all 238 episodes of the animated show and a new bonus disc.

The series follows the adventures of a boy named Finn (voiced by Jeremy Shada) and his dog Jake (John DiMaggio) in the post-apocalyptic Land of Ooo.

The collectible packaging will include a 25-page storybook featuring a centerpiece pop-up with custom illustrations showcasing the show’s characters.

Exclusive extras include “Sonic Sounds From Ooo,” a 13-minute featurette about the show’s music; “Farewell Tour,” a retrospective with the show’s creators and cast; animatics; music videos; live performances from the cast and friends of the series at San Diego Comic-Con; and the “Diamonds and Lemons” Minecraft episode. The DVD set will also include bonus material from previous DVD releases.

A soundtrack featuring 160 songs spanning the entire series will be available for digital download and streaming May 3. In addition, the multi-format Shmow-zow! The Ultimate Soundtrack Box Set will be available for preorder starting May 3 and will include vinyl, CD, cassette and a custom illustration by Mondo.

Cartoon Network is commemorating the 2010-18 show with a fan-generated music video for the theme song “Come Along With Me.” Created in collaboration with the nonprofit The Art of Elysium, the project encouraged youth and teens to use their own individual artistic creativity to animate more than 1,200 different cels that were joined to animated the video.