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Adventure Time: Elements

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Jake and Finn's return to Ooo takes an absurd turn.

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Less emotional than the Islands adventure that preceded it, this entry into the Adventure Time canon returns to cheerful silliness. We're clued in that something is different this time around when instead of promising that we'll go to "very distant lands," the theme song tells us we're on the way to "very messed up lands." Indeed. Fish are now made of gummy, the tree house is made entirely of candy, and instead of being her sweet, charming self, Princess Bubblegum is now a giant elemental monster who wants to transform Finn and Jake into candy, too.

It's the same sort of absurd adventure fans are used to seeing, which asks the question of why this particular outing is a miniseries rather than a regular season. No matter, Elements is classic AT fun, with Jake pausing in the middle of a quest to explain to Finn why he should always have a phone: "You'll think it'll make people want to talk to you more, but they just forget to invite you to stuff." Later, Ice King pooh-poohs the possibility of a second date with a woman he excitedly describes as possibly some type of exotic bird: "I don't want to be that guy who's always hanging out with his girlfriend and doesn't have time for his friends." Then he pauses and says softly "I so want to be that guy.' It's silliness, but with a heart, which makes it the best kind of whole-family viewing.

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