Adventure Time: Distant Lands - Obsidian

TV review by Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Animated special has LGBTQ+ representation, great messages.

HBO Max Drama 2020

Parents say

age 5+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 6+

Based on 5 reviews

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age 2+

Great Adventure Time Animated Short Will Teach Kids About Empathy & How To Be Happier

In Adventure Time Distant Lands: Obsidian Marceline Soothed Crying Princess Bubblegum By Giving Her A Hug It Was Really Positive After Giving Princess Bubblegum A Hug Princess Bubblegum Stopped All The Crying And Marceline Went To Go Get Princess Bubblegum Some Ice Cream And That Was REALLY Thoughtful Of Her And Marceline Said Something About Princess Bubblegum That Made Her Day “You Are Very Kind And Helpful Today!” That Made Princess Bubblegum Feel More Happy Than Sad

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age 8+

LGBTQ+ Representation Given To Us In One Of The Most Beautiful Endings For A Couple's Story

Obsidian is part of an Adventure Time Miniseries that focuses on past or futures stories of beloved characters. This time we focus on Princess Bubblegum and Marceline The Vampire Queen, whose slowburn romance was confirmed in the last episode of the original series. This special does a really good job at portraying their relationship, and how sometimes (with any relationship), things can go wrong. I also think it's important to discuss with kids that love comes in all shapes and sizes. Bubblegum and Marceline are in love with each other and are two women and I think it's very important for kids to know that this is not abnormal and it is beautiful! LGBTQ+ Representation in media today is portrayed beautifully and I'm so happy we have gotten to a place where it can be normalized in cartoons! A beautiful story about facing the past and looking towards a better future! Would 100% recommend it to kids!

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