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Adventure Time: Distant Lands - Obsidian

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Animated special has LGBTQ+ representation, great messages.

TV Max Drama 2020
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age 5+

Based on 2 parent reviews

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
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!

Is It Any Good?

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Colorful, whimsical, and shot through with deep messages about self-acceptance and connecting to others, this chapter in the Adventure Time: Distant Lands specials is something special indeed. When we meet up with Marceline and Princess Bubblegum, they're deep into peaceful coupledom, which provides a rare (for television) glimpse of queer domestic bliss. They drink tea. They make pie. Marceline practices her music, while Bubblegum putters and eggs her on. But their twosome-bubble is shattered when a problem shows up literally at their front door, and they're called to vanquish the dragon that Marceline once managed to capture by singing a tough and angry song.

But this time the song doesn't work, and Marceline's quest to figure out why sends her reeling back through her personal history. Being bristly and rigid always worked for her before, so what's changed? Finally, she learns that a hard shell isn't really protection from life's problems at all -- it's just another problem. Inside, she's still squishy and easy to hurt, and so is everyone else. But that's what lets her connect with Bubblegum, and find the joy that comes from being known, seen, and loved. It's a pretty heady idea, and Obsidian has a lot working on the metaphorical level, too: the Glass Kingdom with its cracked citizens, each hiding flaws they fear others will judge; the pastel singing butterfly that emerges from the dragon's body at the end of his battle with Marceline and Bubblegum. Visually and emotionally, it's simply beautiful. And so is Obsidian.

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