Ward created the short almost entirely by himself, and concluded its production in early 2006.One of the studios that Frederator approached was Cartoon Network, which was interested in producing a full series.Produced by Frederator Studios and Cartoon Network Studios, the series follows the adventures of a boy named Finn (voiced by Jeremy Shada) and his best friend and adoptive brother Jake (John Di Maggio)—a dog with the magical power to change shape and size at will.Finn and Jake live in the post-apocalyptic Land of Ooo, where they interact with Princess Bubblegum (Hynden Walch), the Ice King (Tom Kenny), Marceline the Vampire Queen (Olivia Olson), BMO (Niki Yang), and others.According to series creator Pendleton Ward, the show's style was influenced by his time attending the California Institute of the Arts (Cal Arts) and his experiences working as a writer and storyboard artist on The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, a series which ran on Cartoon Network from 2008 until 2010.In an interview with Animation World Network, Ward said he strives to combine Adventure Time Ward has also named Home Movies and Dr.Jake, on the other hand, is based on Tripper Harrison, Bill Murray's character in Meatballs.This means while Jake is somewhat care-free, he will "sit [Finn] down and give him some decent advice if he really needs it".
The show has received positive reviews from critics and won awards including: eight Primetime Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award, three Annie Awards, two British Academy Children's Awards, a Motion Picture Sound Editors Award, and a Kerrang! The series has also been nominated for three Critics' Choice Television Awards, two Annecy Festival Awards, a TCA Award, and a Sundance Film Festival Award, among others.
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It was produced using hand-drawn animation; action and dialogue for episodes are decided by storyboarding artists based on rough outlines.
Because each episode took roughly eight to nine months to complete, multiple episodes were worked on concurrently.
(voiced by Jeremy Shada), and his best friend and adoptive brother Jake the Dog (John Di Maggio), who has magical powers to change shape and size at will.