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Adventure Time: Distant Lands - Wizard City

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Spooky imagery, minor payoff in Adventure Time's final bow.

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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 2+

Based on 1 parent review

age 2+

Great Adventure Time Distant Land Episode Teaches Kids About Kindness And How To Love Other People And How To Share Something That Is So Special Even When It’s Yours

Adventure Time Is Not A Show Designed To Be For Children Of All Ages But This Episode Of Distant Lands Is Not As Bad, There Is A Bit Of Some Positive Role Models Like Peppermint Butler Helping A Crying Person Cheer Up By Wiping Their Tears And Saying Something Soothing Like “I Love You!” Or “You Are So Kind!!!!!!!” Peppermint Butler Doesn’t Throw A Temper Tantrum If He Doesn’t Get Something He Says “Okay!” In A Kindly Way He Doesn’t Scream “OKAY!” And He Choses Something Else To Buy Or Watch Or Play Or Read And Goes On With His Life Peppermint Butler Likes To Share Things With People Even If It’s Something He Likes And It’s Special To Himself If Someone Asks Him “Can I Have One Of Your Thing?” He Always Says “Yes!” Lots Of Great Messages And Lots Of Positive Role Models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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It's surreal, whimsical, colorful, and charming like all Adventure Time narratives, but the emotional payoff is so slight that it's curious that the beloved series chose to sign off like this. With its themes of letting go and moving on, as well as a focus on main characters Jake and Finn, Together Again seems the more obvious choice to close out the series, or even Obsidian with its messages about authenticity and acceptance, but Pep's story is smaller in scope and breadth, something of a hero's quest/coming-of-age mashup that sees a well-meaning character struggling with what seems like his inevitable monstrous fate.

The story does make a decent metaphorical hook for Adventure Time's longtime fans who, if they were in Cartoon Network's target age group during the show's heyday, are now somewhere in their late teens or '20s, a time when it's easy to relate to characters struggling to find their identity and break away from others' expectations. It feels natural, too, to warm to a story in which a loyal friend is the crucial element needed to complete a dangerous mission. And yet, the smallness of Wizard City's stakes seems ironically un-magical in a story all about magic; the closing out of a series many viewers literally grew up with seems to demand more of a dramatic coda, the one viewers were handed in Together Again, in fact. No matter. Wizard City is still delightful and fun, and goes down as easy as a milkshake; fans will watch, as they should. But maybe watch Together Again after you do, to bring the whole series to an emotionally satisfying conclusion.

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