Fueled by inspiration from the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing recreation, Adventure Time thrived on fantastical weirdness for 10 seasons. Set within the magical post-apocalyptic land of Ooo with a inhabitants of sweet folks, wizards, a last-of-his-kind human boy and his stretchy canine pal, and different oddball entities, the Emmy-winning kid-friendly Cartoon Network sequence was infamous for shenanigans, psychedelic realms, and an event dive into darkish existentialism.
After wrapping up in 2018, the creators of Adventure Time launched into a follow-up consisting of 4 45-min specials. First was the cutesy BMO-centered installment BMO. The second was Obsidian, which dove into the loving but fraught happily-ever-after between Bubblegum and Marceline. The third installment, Together Again, adopted Finn and Jake into the afterlife, and located that the facility of friendship transcends life and loss of life.
At the present’s San Diego Comic-Con 2021 panel on Friday, moderator Bex Taylor-Klaus mentioned the tearjerky third Distant Land particular Together Again and teased the upcoming fourth and ultimate installment: Wizard City, which carves out the backstory of Peppermint Butler, the sweet assistant to Princess Bubblegum. The panelists had been govt producer Adam Muto and voice actors John DiMaggio, Mace Montgomery Miskel, and Toks Olagundoye.
“When we left Peppermint Butler, he was kind of restarting,” Muto mentioned. What would his story be that will be manner totally different than Finn and Jake?” It was an opportunity to discover the lore of [Wizard City].” Wizard City will discover younger Peppermint Butler’s enrollment in a wizard college in Wizard City, a location launched in season 4.
An grownup Peppermint Butler was final seen aiding Finn’s and Jake’s spirits in Together Again, and he was nonetheless a mischievous practitioner of the darkish arts (he stole Finn’s bones however a minimum of requested permission to make use of them for a spell). Fans additionally realized that Peppermint Butler assumed the position of Princess of Candy Kingdom, succeeding Princess Bubblegum.
The Adventure Time specials have a manner of trolling round with construction and expectations of the timeline. Not that Peppermint Butler isn’t a beloved character, however it could possibly appear just a little doubtful that the ultimate slice of Distant Lands focuses on the previous of arguably the least momentous and weighty aspect character, in comparison with the opposite miniseries stars, BMO, Marceline, and Princess Bubblegum.
Regardless if Adventure Time will deploy any bombshells with Wizard City, Peppermint Butler’s checkered previous is ripe for exploration and comedic potentialities. Throughout Adventure Time, a operating gag is product of the qualities that gave him a “Dark One” status, which included an acquaintance with Death.
Miskel, who was 11 years previous when he auditioned for Wizard City, steps into the place of Steve Little to voice younger Pep. Olagundoye will voice Dr. Caledonius and Taylor-Klaus will voice Blaine. “I find her really wacky and wonderful like there’s this energy I think is really effervescent,” Olagundoye mentioned.
On the concept of returning to the story of Finn and Jake, Muto responded, “It’s just whether somebody finds a different angle on a franchise with characters who feels like there’s never an ending, necessarily, which it’s heartening and kind of scary.” He continues, “But I do want to be careful not to step on the episode that came before. There isn’t a desire to do something just do it but find a different form. That’s what these specials were.”
The panel didn’t debut a clip however confirmed a Wizard City key artwork by Joy Ang with a uniformed younger Pep summoning a rune with two companions.
Wizard City is predicted to stream on HBO Max later this 12 months. The earlier three Distant Lands specials are at present on the platform.