Time Sandwich

Last updated
"Time Sandwich"
Adventure Time episode
Adventure Time Time Sandwich Title Card.png
Episode no.Season 5
Episode 33
Directed by
Written by
Story byKent Osborne
Pendleton Ward
Jack Pendarvis
Adam Muto
Original air dateSeptember 9, 2013 (2013-09-09)
Episode chronology
 Previous
"Earth & Water"
Next 
"The Vault"
Adventure Time (season 5)
List of episodes

"Time Sandwich" is the thirty-third episode from the fifth season of the American animated television series Adventure Time . Its original air date on Cartoon Network was September 9, 2013. The episode was written by Kent Osborne and Cole Sanchez and directed by Elizabeth Ito, from a story by Osborne, Pendleton Ward, Jack Pendarvis, and Adam Muto. Tom Kenny lent the voice of Magic Man, the episode's antagonist.

Contents

The series follows the adventures of Finn (voiced by Jeremy Shada), a human boy, and his best friend and adoptive brother Jake (voiced by John DiMaggio), a dog with magical powers to change shape and grow and shrink at will. In this episode, Finn, Jake, Princess Bubblegum and Marceline the Vampire Queen struggle to retrieve Jake's sandwich that Magic Man steals. Magic Man tells a riddle that would allow them to retrieve it but summons a bubble that decelerates himself in time. Inspiration for the story was found in a popular video of Paula Deen preparing a sandwich in slow motion. Approximately two million viewers saw it on the original air date. Reviews were positive of its visuals and comic aspects, especially following a succession of episodes that were perceived as more serious.

Plot

Jake prepares a sandwich that he has been anxious to make all day. As soon as he completes it, with Finn and their robot BMO (Niki Yang) present in the room, Magic Man (Kenny) appears and steals the sandwich. Magic Man offers the sandwich back to him if he is able to solve a riddle. Jake insults his riddle, prompting Magic Man to fall from their house. Magic Man summons a bubble that decelerates time, allowing him to slow his descent.

Finn and Jake partially enter the bubble, where five hours elapse in real time. BMO claims to compute the solution for Finn and Jake, but BMO has the two build a ramp so that the robot looks cool skateboarding in the bubble. Finn calls Bubblegum for help as Jake tries to make a new sandwich. Bubblegum explains to Finn that the bubble uses molasses at room temperature to decelerate its contents, and that a "molasses warmer" would reverse the effect. The warmer detonates in the bubble, but it explodes at the same slow rate.

With no more ideas, Bubblegum calls Marceline for help. Marceline assures Jake, unable to make an equivalent sandwich, that she will help retrieve his sandwich, but she too becomes stuck in the bubble. Jake enters the bubble out of desperation, pouting, and is able to move at a normal pace. The rest figure this to be part of Magic Man's riddle, but Finn has to remind Jake to continue being sad as he runs. Jake thinks of Mr. Cupcake (Dee Bradley Baker) gaining the affections of Lady Rainicorn (Yang), Jake's lover, following his death, making Jake angry. Finn tells him to think of sad thoughts instead; Jake imagines Mr. Cupcake mourning Jake's death and the two reconciling, making Jake cry and allowing him to reach Magic Man in time. Marcy kicks him in the groin and BMO rolls over him. Jake wins back the sandwich, and the bubble bursts. The episode ends with Jake lying on the ground crying happily. He finally takes a bite of his sandwich, while blubbering "So so good..."

Production

"Time Sandwich" was written by Kent Osborne and Cole Sanchez. As part of a team responsible for sequencing scenes, [1] Osborne and Sanchez adapted the episode from a story previously devised by series creator Pendleton Ward, Jack Pendarvis, Adam Muto, and Osborne. The episode was directed by Elizabeth Ito, her seventh credit for the season. Art direction was handled by Nick Jennings. According to Osborne, the story for "Time Sandwich" was inspired by a widely circulated video of celebrity chef Paula Deen preparing a sandwich. The video, which has been slowed down, grew popular for enhancing the tension and absurdity of her preoccupation with making the sandwich. Osborne argued that the episode has "a crazy story featuring almost all of the regular characters, but the goal is super simple". [2] Sanchez expressed enjoyment at having written the episode, calling it "crazy fun to work on." [3] He specifically praised Osborne's work, arguing that his scenes were consistently hilarious. [3]

The central plot to "Time Sandwich" revolves around the antics of Magic Man. The character was introduced in the first-season episode "Freak City" is his first, [4] and reappeared in the fourth-season episode "Sons of Mars" and the earlier fifth-season episode "All the Little People". [5] Magic Man is voiced by Tom Kenny, who also voices the Ice King on the series.

Broadcast and reception

"Time Sandwich" originally aired on Cartoon Network on September 9, 2013. This airing earned a Nielsen rating of 1.3, in that 1.3 percent of families with a television set watched the episode on that date. The rating represents approximately two million viewers, the network's third most-viewed airing for the second week in September. [6]

"Time Sandwich" earned positive reviews. Oliver Sava, writing for The A.V. Club , gave the episode a B+ grade, remarking that the deceleration of time juxtaposed with the fast pace inherent to the episode. He called the episode funny and described that as a pleasant shift from the preceding episodes, which dealt with poignant themes and characters. Sava praised the illustrations in the episode, especially that of the time bubble. [7] Eric Kohn wrote that the episode was "beguiling" and "cockamamie" for IndieWire Daily . [2] Nicolas Michaud, writing in his book Adventure Time and Philosophy, called the episode metaphysical in its contrasting of science and magic. He regarded Bubblegum's role in the episode as corroborating her as the "staunchest proponent and defender" of the scientific method. [8] TV.com's staff found the comical aspects excellent, as were the visuals. In particular, the staff called BMO riding the skateboard in front of Marceline the best image the show had accomplished. [9] John Moe and Open Mike Eagle, in Conversation Parade: An Adventure Time Podcast, observed that fans held the episode as the best introduction to Adventure Time. [10]

Explanatory notes

  1. Supervising director
  2. Art director

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Marceline the Vampire Queen</span> Fictional character from Adventure Time

Marceline the Vampire Queen is a fictional character in the American animated Cartoon Network television series Adventure Time and resulting franchise, created by Pendleton Ward. She is voiced by Olivia Olson in most appearances, by Ava Acres as a child, and by Cloris Leachman as an older woman. Marceline is a fun-loving 1,000-year-old vampire queen, as well as a musician who plays an electric bass that she made from her family's heirloom battle-ax. Ward created the artistic design for Marceline, with small changes and additions added by Phil Rynda, the former lead character and prop designer for Adventure Time.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">What Was Missing</span> 10th episode of the 3rd season of Adventure Time

"What Was Missing" is the tenth episode of the third season of the American animated television series Adventure Time. The episode was written and storyboarded by Adam Muto and Rebecca Sugar, from a story by Mark Banker, Kent Osborne, Patrick McHale, and series creator Pendleton Ward. It originally aired on Cartoon Network on September 26, 2011.

<i>Adventure Time</i> (season 3) Season of television series

The third season of Adventure Time, an American animated television series created by Pendleton Ward, premiered on Cartoon Network on July 11, 2011, and concluded on February 13, 2012, and was produced by Frederator Studios and Cartoon Network Studios. The season follows the adventures of Finn, a human boy, and his best friend and adoptive brother Jake, a dog with magical powers to change shape and size at will. Finn and Jake live in the post-apocalyptic Land of Ooo, where they interact with the other main characters of the show: Princess Bubblegum, The Ice King, Marceline the Vampire Queen, Lumpy Space Princess, and BMO.

<i>Adventure Time</i> (season 5) Season of television series

The fifth season of Adventure Time, an American animated television series created by Pendleton Ward, premiered on Cartoon Network on November 12, 2012 and concluded on March 17, 2014, and was produced by Frederator Studios and Cartoon Network Studios. The season follows the adventures of Finn, a human boy, and his best friend and adoptive brother Jake, a dog with magical powers to change shape and size at will. Finn and Jake live in the post-apocalyptic Land of Ooo, where they interact with the other main characters of the show: Princess Bubblegum, The Ice King, Marceline the Vampire Queen, Lumpy Space Princess, BMO, and Flame Princess.

<i>Adventure Time</i> (season 4) Season of television series

The fourth season of Adventure Time, an American animated television series created by Pendleton Ward, premiered on Cartoon Network on April 2, 2012 and concluded on October 22, 2012, and was produced by Frederator Studios and Cartoon Network Studios. The season follows the adventures of Finn, a human boy, and his best friend and adoptive brother Jake, a dog with magical powers to change shape and size at will. Finn and Jake live in the post-apocalyptic Land of Ooo, where they interact with the other main characters of the show: Princess Bubblegum, The Ice King, Marceline the Vampire Queen, Lumpy Space Princess, BMO, and Flame Princess.

I Remember You (<i>Adventure Time</i>) 25th episode of the 4th season of Adventure Time

"I Remember You" is the twenty-fifth and penultimate episode of the fourth season of the American animated television series Adventure Time. The episode was written and storyboarded by Cole Sanchez and Rebecca Sugar, from a story by Patrick McHale, Kent Osborne, and Pendleton Ward. It originally aired on Cartoon Network on October 15, 2012. The episode later re-aired on March 25, 2013, together with the fifth season episode "Simon & Marcy", and as such was advertised as a half-hour special.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Be More</span> 28th episode of the 5th season of Adventure Time

"Be More" is the twenty-eighth episode of the fifth season of the American animated television series Adventure Time. It was written and storyboarded by Tom Herpich and Steve Wolfhard, from a story by Patrick McHale, Kent Osborne, Pendleton Ward, Rebecca Sugar, Herpich, and Wolfhard. It originally aired on Cartoon Network on July 22, 2013. The episode guest stars Aziz Ansari as DMO, Paul F. Tompkins as the SMOs, and Chuck McCann as Moe.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Five Short Graybles</span> 2nd episode of the 4th season of Adventure Time

"Five Short Graybles" is the second episode of the fourth season of the American animated television series Adventure Time. The episode was written and storyboarded by Tom Herpich, Skyler Page, and Cole Sanchez, from a story by Patrick McHale, Kent Osborne, and Pendleton Ward. It originally aired on Cartoon Network on April 9, 2012. The episode guest stars Emo Philips as Cuber.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Burning Low</span> 16th episode of the 4th season of Adventure Time

"Burning Low" is the sixteenth episode of the fourth season of the American animated television series Adventure Time. The episode was written and storyboarded by Cole Sanchez and Rebecca Sugar, from a story by Patrick McHale, Kent Osborne, and Pendleton Ward. It originally aired on Cartoon Network on July 30, 2012.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Rattleballs</span> 46th episode of the 5th season of Adventure Time

"Rattleballs" is the forty-sixth episode of the fifth season of the American animated television series Adventure Time. The episode was written and storyboarded by Andy Ristaino and Cole Sanchez, from a story by Kent Osborne, Pendleton Ward, Jack Pendarvis, Adam Muto, and Moynihan. It originally aired on Cartoon Network on January 27, 2014. The episode guest stars Rainn Wilson as the eponymous character.

<i>Adventure Time</i> (season 8) Season of television series

The eighth season of Adventure Time, an American animated television series created by Pendleton Ward, premiered on Cartoon Network on March 26, 2016, and concluded on February 2, 2017, and was produced by Frederator Studios and Cartoon Network Studios. It follows the adventures of Finn, a human boy, and his best friend and adoptive brother Jake, a dog with magical powers to change shape and size at will. Finn and Jake live in the post-apocalyptic Land of Ooo, where they interact with the other main characters of the show: Princess Bubblegum, The Ice King, Marceline the Vampire Queen, Lumpy Space Princess, BMO, and Flame Princess.

<i>Adventure Time</i> (season 9) Season of television series

The ninth season of Adventure Time, an American animated television series created by Pendleton Ward, premiered on the Cartoon Network on April 21, 2017 and concluded on July 21, 2017, and was produced by Frederator Studios and Cartoon Network Studios. The season follows the adventures of Finn and his best friend and adoptive brother, Jake, a dog with magical powers to change shape and size at will. Finn and Jake live in the post-apocalyptic Land of Ooo, where they interact with the other main characters of the show: Princess Bubblegum, The Ice King, Marceline the Vampire Queen, Lumpy Space Princess, BMO, and Flame Princess.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Islands (miniseries)</span> 2017 television miniseries

"Islands" is an American animated miniseries comprising eight episodes from the television show Adventure Time, created by Pendleton Ward. It aired as part of the show's eighth season on Cartoon Network from January 30, 2017, to February 2, 2017. Adventure Time follows the adventures of Finn, a human boy, and his best friend and adoptive brother Jake, a dog with magical powers to change shape, grow and shrink at will. In this limited event series, Finn, Jake, BMO and Susan Strong leave Ooo and voyage across the ocean to learn about Finn's origin. During their trip, they encounter various creatures, new friends, and several interesting islands. The trip culminates with a visit to Founder's Island, where Finn meets his biological mother, Minerva Campbell, and discovers what happened to the remainder of the human race.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Marcy & Hunson</span> 7th episode of the 10th season of Adventure Time

"Marcy & Hunson" is the seventh episode of the tenth season of the American animated television series Adventure Time. The episode was written and storyboarded by Graham Falk and series showrunner Adam Muto, from an outline by Muto, Jack Pendarvis, head writer Kent Osborne, and Julia Pott. The episode, which debuted on December 17, 2017 on Cartoon Network, guest stars Martin Olson as Hunson Abadeer.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Finn the Human and Jake the Dog</span> 1st and 2nd episodes of the 5th season of Adventure Time

"Finn the Human" and "Jake the Dog" are the first and second episodes of the fifth season of the American animated television series Adventure Time. "Finn the Human" was written and storyboarded by Tom Herpich and Jesse Moynihan, whereas "Jake the Dog" was written and storyboarded by Cole Sanchez and Rebecca Sugar. The stories for both episodes were developed by Patrick McHale, Kent Osborne, and Pendleton Ward. It originally aired on Cartoon Network on November 12, 2012. The episodes guest star Ron Perlman as the Lich, Kumail Nanjiani as Prismo, Ming-Na as Farmworld Finn's mother, Cloris Leachman as Farmworld Marceline, James Kyson as Big Destiny & Trami, Eric Bauza as Tromo, and Jeff Bennett as Choose Bruce.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Elements (miniseries)</span> 2017 television miniseries

"Elements" is an eight-episode-long miniseries that aired as part of the American animated television series Adventure Time's ninth season on Cartoon Network from April 24 to April 27, 2017. Adventure Time follows the adventures of Finn, a human boy, and his best friend and adoptive brother Jake, a dog with magical powers to change shape, and grow and shrink at will. In this limited event series, which itself follows the events of the Islands miniseries, Finn, Jake, and BMO return home to discover that Ooo has been turned into a veritable dystopia thanks to extreme elemental magic. Finn and Jake team up with Ice King, Betty, and Lumpy Space Princess to set things straight.

<i>Adventure Time</i> (season 10) 2017–2018 season of television series

The tenth and final season of Adventure Time, an American animated television series created by Pendleton Ward, premiered on Cartoon Network on September 17, 2017, and ended on September 3, 2018, and was produced by Frederator Studios and Cartoon Network Studios. It follows the adventures of Finn and his best friend and adoptive brother Jake, a dog with magical powers to change shape and size at will. Finn and Jake live in the post-apocalyptic Land of Ooo, where they interact with the series' other main characters: Princess Bubblegum, The Ice King, Marceline the Vampire Queen, Lumpy Space Princess, BMO, and Flame Princess.

Ketchup (<i>Adventure Time</i>) 11th episode of the 9th season of Adventure Time

"Ketchup" is the name of the eleventh episode of the ninth season of the American animated television series Adventure Time. The episode was written and storyboarded by Seo Kim and Somvilay Xayaphone, from a story by lead writer Kent Osborne, Jack Pendarvis, Julia Pott, Patrick McHale, Ashly Burch, and series showrunner Adam Muto. It originally aired on Cartoon Network on July 18, 2017 and guest stars J. G. Quintel as a blue jay.

"Come Along with Me" is the series finale of the American animated television series Adventure Time. A 44-minute four-part episode, it is counted as the 13th to 16th episodes of the series' tenth season and as the 280th to 283rd episodes of the series overall. The episode first aired on September 3, 2018, on Cartoon Network.

References

  1. Goldstein, Rich (December 19, 2013). "This Is How an Episode of Cartoon Network's Adventure Time Is Made". The Daily Beast . Archived from the original on December 19, 2013. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
  2. 1 2 Kohn, Eric (October 25, 2013). "The Indie Film Face Behind Adventure Time: Joe Swanberg Collaborator Kent Osborne". IndieWire Daily . SnagFilms. Archived from the original on October 27, 2013. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
  3. 1 2 Sanchez, Cole (September 9, 2013). "'Time Sandwich' – Kent n' Cole". Archived from the original on February 18, 2014. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
  4. Moe & Eagle 2015, 1:33–2:16.
  5. Leichliter, Larry (director); Nick Jennings (art director); Ako Castuera & Jesse Moynihan (storyboard artists) (July 23, 2012). "Sons of Mars". Adventure Time. Season 4. Episode 15. Cartoon Network.{{cite episode}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  6. Pucci, Douglas (September 21, 2013). "Cartoon Network Ratings (September 9–15, 2013)". Son of the Bronx . Archived from the original on October 3, 2013. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
  7. Sava, Oliver (September 9, 2013). "Adventure Time: 'Time Sandwich'". The A.V. Club . Onion Inc. Archived from the original on April 28, 2014. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
  8. Michaud 2015, pp. 5–6.
  9. Staff writers (September 15, 2013). "FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (September 15)". TV.com . CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on September 18, 2013. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
  10. Moe & Eagle 2015, 0:38–1:19.

Citations