Having reviewed the first two seasons of Adventure Time on Blu-ray, I was more than excited when the fourth season came my way on Blu-ray as well. As with the previous releases, all 26 episodes are jam-packed on a single disc for fans and even newcomers to enjoy with Adventure Time: The Complete Fourth Season.
How creator Pendleton Ward and the talented staff and crew continue to make this show such a fun and zany hit is an amazing feat in itself. After awhile you would think the crazy factor and laughs would grow stale, but it’s exactly the opposite here, as the show just keeps getting better as it goes along. Picking up right where the third season left off, in the episode “Hot to the Touch”, Finn finds himself in love with the Flame Princess after Jake tries to get Finn’s mind of off Princess Bubblegum. As the series goes on, Finn and Flame Princess become close and start going together, despite getting burned by her constantly due to her flame body.
There’s also plenty of other notable episodes featured in this season, such as the beginning of a two-part episode starting with “Return to the Nightosphere” where Finn and Jake wake up to find themselves in the dreaded Nightosphere realm with no idea of how they got there. One of my personal favorites here is the werewolf parody “Hug Wolf”, where Finn is hugged by a werewolf with furry heart-shaped hands and soon finds himself changing into a hug wolf and goes around hugging others tightly. To really top things off, the season finale episode “The Lich” is probably one of the more serious / darker entries of the show that finds our two heroes going up against the evil Lich who will stop at nothing to end their world.
It goes without saying that I enjoyed watching these episodes in high definition on Blu-ray. The colors and animation really come to life here, and the audio is spot on in making sure every funny piece of dialogue and crazy sounds come in loud and clear. Thanks to the storage power of Blu-ray, there’s even some special features here that’s sure to keep viewers happy after the time of adventuring has passed. I was happy to see there’s commentary on all 26 episodes by various cast and crew members that cover things such as how the episode came to be, how it was working on it and so on. The biggest feature here though is the nearly twenty minute long “Distant Bands: The Music of Adventure Time” that has creator Pendleton Ward, creative director Pat McHale, and storyboard artists Jesse Moynihan and Rebecca Sugar talking about how important the music is to the series and how it’s like a character in itself. I found this to be a really fun extra as I’ve always been a fan of the weird but awesome music of the show.
Fans and newcomers (though I highly suggest they watch it from the beginning) alike will be sure to enjoy the Adventure Time: The Complete Fourth Season Blu-ray. With more crazy comedy and plenty of…well adventure, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more funny, animated show out there right now that anyone in the family can watch and come to love.