Adventure Time: Distant Lands - BMO

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Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Worthy extension of classic cartoon is cute and familiar.

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Positive Messages

Positive messages are explicitly stated but funny enough to avoid preachiness: even when things are hard, it's still important to try, and even small creatures can make a big impact. Themes include compassion for people who look and live differently than you, the courage needed to complete a heroic quest, and teamwork between those with common interests. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

BMO and Y-5 are heroic and thoughtfu. They work together to save Y-5's world despite many obstacles, including Y-5's disapproving parents, who eventually are able to tell their child "You're an amazing person." BMO is a robot but still has thoughts and emotions: "Big guys like us don't have feelings," says one villainous character, but BMO disagrees: "You make my feelings happy." 

Violence & Scariness

Violence is cartoonish and silly. Characters fly out into space, or shoot each other with "lava blasters" that make pools of blue goo. Some visuals may disturb young or sensitive children, like a shot of a planet (that looks like earth) with a nuclear mushroom cloud over it, or a creature that threatens to eat a creature he's just called a baby, while flashing sharp teeth (he doesn't eat the "baby"). 

Sexy Stuff

Romance/sex is not present, but at one point BMO makes a faintly naughty joke, commanding a character who's turned BMO upside-down not to "look at my bottom!" 

Language

One "heck" and a character uses a string of words that kinda sounds iffy: "You no good rootin' tootin' four-flusher!" 

Consumerism

Adventure Time is a successful and long-running franchise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Adventure Time: Distant Lands - BMO is the first of four hour-long specials that are an extension of the popular animated series Adventure TimeIt's set in the same universe as the original but focuses on the small robot character BMO (voiced by Niki Yang). The amount of mature content is similar to the original series, with sci-fi weaponry/violence and scenes of battles and conflicts that are softened by a light tone and surreal visuals. Some characters shoot a "lava blaster" that makes puddles of blue goo. Other characters are shot out into space, where they're shown floating. A backstory involves escaping an earth-like planet, which is destroyed with a mushroom cloud hovering over it. Language consists of one "heck" and the insult "You no good rootin' tootin' four-flusher!" Positive messages are frequent and concern courage, compassion for others, and the importance of even those who feel small and powerless. Characters team up for a heroic quest. 

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Adult Written byRg eyw July 6, 2020

Amazing

great for kids, no profanity, funny story line looking forward to more episodes.

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What's the story?

Set in the same universe as beloved animated series Adventure Time, ADVENTURE TIME: DISTANT LANDS - BMO is the first of four episodes set in places other than the Land of Ooo, and featuring characters other than Finn (Jeremy Shada) and Jake (John DiMaggio). BMO (Niki Yang) is the star of this adventure, and is floating in space when a little green bot hijacks the ship and takes it to The Drift, a space station at a crisis point. Evil forces are overwhelming the land, and it's up to BMO and her new friend Y-5 (Glory Curda) to save this space dystopia before it's too late. 

Is it any good?

Adventure Time ended with a bang in 2018, but this first of four new specials in surreal lands other than Ooo shows that its creators have plenty of stories left to tell. Like its predecessor, Distant Lands - BMO blends surreal visuals, a whimsically heroic quest, and sharp jokes, veering away from Finn-and-Jake-centric storytelling to relate a side story about their sentient little robot pal. BMO was always a cutie, not the least because of Niki Yang's loopy line readings, which have an eccentric charm all their own. Careful listeners will also hear a host of guest stars along with returning voices: Stephen Root, Randall Park, John DiMaggio, and Tom Kenny, amongst others. 

Distant Lands - BMO conjures up a Finn cognate in Y-5, a tween-aged hero with rabbit ears. Naturally, it's up to BMO and Y-5 to team up and defeat the evil forces plaguing Y-5's world, but what this demi-movie's really about is a young character learning to find her voice, and then finding a way to make the adults around her listen. It's a potent lesson for young viewers to absorb, and it goes down easily thanks to the abundant charm of the lovely animation with its subdued palette, and the positively kittenish cuteness of BMO. Mostly, Adventure Time fans will just feel grateful to be in the show's orbit again, steeped in its specific and wonderful blend of emotion, playfulness, and ironic sincerity. Welcome back. We've missed you. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can discuss how Adventure Time: Distant Lands - BMO compares to the real world. What aspects of The Drift and the beings are rooted in fantasy? Is any of it relevant to the real world? What place does fantasy have in entertainment? Does entertainment always have to have a strong message, or can it just be fun?

  • Adventure Time has released many miniseries and specials. How are these different from seasons of the show? 

  • Families can talk about how BMO and Y-5 show courage and compassion in Adventure Time: Distant Lands - BMO to rescue The Drift even when they themselves are in danger. How do they use teamwork to get through obstacles? Why are these important character strengths

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