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Adventure Time: Distant Lands - Together Again

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Animated special has surreal visuals, deep emotions.

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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

The show is 10+ but death themes are 8+

The fact that this website rated this special 8+ while the review for the original show, which is based on the incredibly tamer first episode, says it's 10+ makes no sense to me. The whole episode is about death, the word "death" or any derivative is used like in the 80% of the lines of dialogue, and of course this can be triggering for children. There's no way young kids can enjoy the "colorful imagery" unless you show them the first five minutes, after that we see stuff like skeletons, a character "melting" to death in his grave in a hallucination, the Lich and an amount of violence, scariness and "language" that are reminiscent from the show you rated 10+. It's not like the other specials who dealt with this kind of stuff discreetly. Of course it carries a positive message and has jokes, but "Together Again", as a whole, is way more mature than the overall original show and I don't know if it's actually meant to be watched by children (it's TV-PG after all), rather by the adults who grew up with the series (which may find it more distressful, at least that was my case). Just like when you rate PG movies 13+. I don't know every children of the world but maybe introducing them to reincarnation, nirvana, etc. by using an existentialist, psychological horror, no matter how silly its cover is, may not be the best idea. It would be ideal if the kid is mature enough and the family is there to do some parenting, but in my opinion I don't think anyone younger than 12 or so can enjoy this special on its own.

Is It Any Good?

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Nothing lasts forever, but that's okay, says this bittersweet but enjoyable finale to an animated relationship many viewers have grown up with, enclosed within a fun far-out 40-minute odyssey. When Cartoon Network fans first met Finn and Jake way back in 2010, after all, many of them were used to tuning into the network for shows like Ben 10 and Transformers: Animated; a loopy narrative about a boy and his faithful dog friends on surreal quests that were a Trojan horse for darker, more nuanced themes was something very different. And though we now live in a world replete with post-Adventure Time animated series, Together Again demonstrates the power of these particular characters to connect.

In some ways, Together Again may remind Seinfeld fans of that show's (polarizing) finale, which featured a parade of beloved past characters. In Together Again we run into many old friends: rival Tiffany, the Lumpy Space Princess, Finn and Jake's parents; some pass through the narrative without much impact, others are central to the story. But the real emotional moments are, of course, between Finn and Jake. As always, they share a strong, close bond, explicitly illustrated in dialogue and visuals ("I was hanging out in nirvana beyond all desire when I picked up your vibe," says Jake to Finn when they meet again), a bond that, the show tells us, will endure even when the friends have to make a hard decision. It's a fitting end to a long journey, and it feels right in a show that's matured along with its fans.

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