Fueled by inspiration from the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing recreation, Journey 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 Community sequence was infamous for shenanigans, psychedelic realms, and an event dive into darkish existentialism.
After wrapping up in 2018, the creators of Journey 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, Collectively Once more, adopted Finn and Jake into the afterlife, and located that the facility of friendship transcends life and dying.
On the present’s San Diego Comedian-Con 2021 panel on Friday, moderator Bex Taylor-Klaus mentioned the tearjerky third Distant Land particular Collectively Once more and teased the upcoming fourth and ultimate installment: Wizard Metropolis, which carves out the backstory of Peppermint Butler, the sweet assistant to Princess Bubblegum. The panelists had been government producer Adam Muto and voice actors John DiMaggio, Mace Montgomery Miskel, and Toks Olagundoye.
“Once we left Peppermint Butler, he was sort of restarting,” Muto stated. What would his story be that may be approach totally different than Finn and Jake?” It was an opportunity to discover the lore of [Wizard City].” Wizard Metropolis will discover younger Peppermint Butler’s enrollment in a wizard faculty in Wizard Metropolis, a location launched in season 4.
An grownup Peppermint Butler was final seen aiding Finn’s and Jake’s spirits in Collectively Once more, 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). Followers additionally discovered that Peppermint Butler assumed the function of Princess of Sweet Kingdom, succeeding Princess Bubblegum.
The Journey Time specials have a approach of trolling round with construction and expectations of the timeline. Not that Peppermint Butler isn’t a beloved character, however it will possibly appear slightly 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 Journey Time will deploy any bombshells with Wizard Metropolis, Peppermint Butler’s checkered previous is ripe for exploration and comedic potentialities. All through Journey Time, a working gag is fabricated from the qualities that gave him a “Darkish One” repute, which included an acquaintance with Loss of life.
Miskel, who was 11 years previous when he auditioned for Wizard Metropolis, steps into the place of Steve Little to voice younger Pep. Olagundoye will voice Dr. Caledonius and Taylor-Klaus will voice Blaine. “I discover her actually wacky and great like there’s this vitality I believe is actually effervescent,” Olagundoye stated.
On the concept of returning to the story of Finn and Jake, Muto responded, “It’s simply whether or not someone finds a distinct angle on a franchise with characters who looks like there’s by no means an ending, essentially, which it’s heartening and sort of scary.” He continues, “However I do wish to watch out to not step on the episode that got here earlier than. There isn’t a need to do one thing simply do it however discover a totally different type. That’s what these specials had been.”
The panel didn’t debut a clip however confirmed a Wizard Metropolis key artwork by Pleasure Ang with a uniformed younger Pep summoning a rune with two companions.
Wizard Metropolis is anticipated to stream on HBO Max later this 12 months. The earlier three Distant Lands specials are at the moment on the platform.