Time for Some Adventure with Pendleton Ward
PW: Maybe. That's a common misconception. I don't watch a lot of television to be honest so I wouldn't know if it's missing, but I know I appreciated it so I'm sticking it in my show whenever I can.
RD: I'm glad you're doing it because I think they're missing out.
PW: Thanks, man.
PW: Finn is a passionate Indiana Jones type. He's a fiery little kid and he has strong morals so he seeks out justice and right doing. We based Jake's character on Bill Murray's character in Meatballs. The camp counselor. In Meatballs, there was this one scene where the kid is crying and wants to go home and run away and Bill Murray says, "hey, let's go to Tijuana." He didn't take him too seriously. Jake's like this 20-something year old dude who gives this crappy advice. But when Finn is really down and out, Jake will sit him down and give him some decent advice if he really needs it. But most of the time Jake is just letting him run into the fray. Jake is just excited with Finn's energy and Finn is just excited that Jake is hilarious. He is a jokey laidback guy.
I don't think they play off each other in the most dynamic of extremes. I mean one isn't one way and the other is the opposite. I made their personalities with a lot of range so that it felt like a couple of dudes hanging out. It should feel like me and my friends hanging out.
RD: How does it feel to have the show picked up for a second season?
PW: Feels great.
RD: Does it help alleviate some of the pressure?
PW: No, the pressure is always on. That's what the job is. I'm trying to be the best I can within the time allotted to me to create something that is entertaining to children across the nation. That's my responsibility. I take it serious. I take comedy seriously. I try to make something that is a quality product. I'm doing the best I can with an amazingly talented crew.
RD: So my last question is: how much would you pay to ride the Cat Bus?
PW: Gosh, I would pay [laughs]. I would give it a big hug. That would be my payment.
Read Rick's four-star review of the original Adventure Time short at Rick's Flicks Picks.
Rick DeMott is the director of content for Animation World Network, VFXWorld and AWNtv. Additionally, he's the creator of the movie review site, Rick's Flicks Picks, which was named one of the 100 best movie blogs by The Daily Reviewer. He has written for TV series, such as Discovery Kids' Growing Up Creepie and Cartoon Network's Pet Alien, the animation history book Animation Art, and the humor, absurdist and surrealist website Unloosen. Previously, he held various production and management positions in the entertainment industry.