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So Long and Good Luck, Phil

February 18th, 2011


Today is lead character designer Phil Rynda’s last day on Adventure Time. You like to think everyone on any production has made an invaluable, lasting, and distinctive contribution to the show, but in Phil’s case you really can’t understate how important he’s been to Adventure Time (and nearly since day one, too). And if his awesome work weren’t enough, he’s just a really good guy to have around. We only hope Frederator has the nice fortune to work with him again.

Enjoy these few Phil moments from the first two seasons. For Phil in action, watch Chogrin’s video right here.

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Rebecca Sugar’s “Pug Davis”

December 9th, 2010

Pug Davis
Cover by Eric Powell

Adventure Time’s very own Rebecca Sugar, storyboard artist, has published her first comic book, Pug Davis. Rebecca’s a triple threat on the show - she writes, she draws, and she’s a musician (Marceline’s “Fry Song” is hers). But where Pug Davis, the comic, is light on the music, Pug Davis, the All-American hero, is heavy on fighting aliens. Oh. And he’s got both a pug’s head and a gay sidekick. If you don’t think those are the ingredients for an awesome comic book, just look at Rebecca’s work below. And then order yourself a copy.

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Maria Bamford & Tom Kenny

October 14th, 2010

Maria Bamford and Tom Kenny

Two of Adventure Time’s big utility players (Steve Little wasn’t around, yet), Maria Bamford and Tom Kenny showed up this morning to record the half-hour finale of season two. Maria’s voices include Manfried, Dr Ice Cream, Trudy & Kim, the Duchess of Nuts, the angel in “Dungeon,” and Lumpy Space Mom. Besides the Ice King, Tom handles Gunther, Lumpy Space Dad, Starchie, and MAGIC MAAAN!

Lady Rainicorn, Marceline, and Princess Bubblegum
Finn & Jake
Lumpy Space Princess & Tree Trunks

– Eric

The Original Nightosphere Song by Rebecca Sugar

October 12th, 2010


Hope everyone enjoyed the SEASON 2 premiere of Adventure Time last night! “NightOsphere” is definitely one of my favorites, especially that Marceline song (written by storyboard artist, comic artist, & animator Rebecca Sugar). Would you be interested in listening to Rebecca’s original version of the song? Click on the image above to listen & download!

On another note, I apologize for the delays, but more “From The Trenches of Adventure Time” coming very soon!


Rebecca Sugar’s First Board (Nightosphere)

October 11th, 2010

Rebecca Sugar of “Singles” fame sees her very first Adventure Time storyboard air tonight, Monday, on Cartoon Network. It’s she and animation veteran Adam Muto who get the board credit for “It Came from the Nightosphere.” Watch it, then let Rebecca know what an awesome job she did. Here’s what Rebecca wrote on her Twitter:

I wanted to do a drawing for the first episode I boarded on, It came from the Nightosphere!

I wrote a song for this episode, Marceline sings it at the beginning while Finn beatboxes. When Pen pitched this storyboard to CN, he beatboxed as Finn and I played the music on a uke and sang as Marceline. It was super terrifying, my first network pitch.

I also did all the monster stuff at the end!

Adam Muto did all the meat in the middle!

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A Lady, a Queen, and a Princess Walk into a Studio…

September 29th, 2010

Lady Rainicorn, Marceline, and Princess BubblegumCute alert! Niki Yang, Olivia Olson, and Hynden Walch record as Lady Rainicorn, Marceline, the Vampire Queen, and Princess Bubblegum at Cartoon Network in Burbank. Even though we’re nearing the end of second season in recording, this was the first time Olivia even met Niki and Hynden. Go figure.

Finn & Jake
Lumpy Space Princess & Tree Trunks

– Eric

Best of Luck, Pat

September 24th, 2010

Pat McHale
Pat “Punsey” McHale

Here’s to Pat McHale.

Pat’s been Adventure Time’s creative director and Pen’s right-hand man since before production began seventy-two years ago. Well, he’s giving up that post today as he and his (also very talented) filmmaker wife, Jiwook Kim, are escaping L.A. and heading off to the east coast and all things Mayberry. (He’ll still be calling in for writers’ meetings, though, no doubt cranking up the phone from atop the nearest telephone pole). No one is indispensable in this business, but when it comes to Adventure Time, Pat really is. We - and you - have been fortunate to have him on the team these past years, and we can only hope we’ll be working with him on his own projects somewhere down the road. Thanks for everything, Pat. Best of luck to you and Jiwook.

– Eric

Adventure Time Genderation

August 6th, 2010

More Adventure Time from Natasha Allegri

More art from Adventure Time character designer Natasha Allegri’s stab at the series if Finn & Jake were girls, starring Fiona, Cake, Prince Blowpop, and Marshal Lee. See Natasha’s earlier take right here.

– Eric

Jake & Finn

June 1st, 2010

Jake & Finn

John Di Maggio and Jeremy Shada at an Adventure Time recording session, June 1, 2010.

– Eric

Behind the Scenes with Casey James Basichis

May 4th, 2010

The reaction to posting Casey James Basichis’s score to the Jiggler a couple of weeks back was such a hit, Casey went ahead and put together an eight minute video of his inspiration and work behind composing the “Ricardio the Heart Guy” track. You can watch that above.

In addition, by clicking here, you’ll get to listen to the episode’s whole score. A special nod goes to “opera singer extraordinaire” Karen Vuong. Her soprano voice pops up in a bunch of episodes, making the music on Adventure Time that much more distinctive. Also, a big thanks to Sonopod, who mastered this episode for your downloading pleasure.

Thanks, Casey.

– Eric