I'm a little ashamed of how much I enjoy Adventure Time.
The land of Ooo is a wonderful blend of fantasy tropes and adventuring cliche (in a good way), cleverly wrapped in a post-apocalyptic world where magic has reappeared. That isn't really part of the story, but it's a setting that could easily have fallen out of a particularly irreverent Dungeons & Dragons campaign. I sometimes wish I could live in Ooo.
Finn and Jake thwart evil and face peril, but generally seem like pretty easy-going folks. In fact, all of the inhabitants of Ooo seem extremely happy most of the time. To be a hero in Ooo seems like a sweet life, and maybe that's what lures an older audience to the show. Living in an awesome tree house and fighting monsters seems like a way better life than working for rent money.
The show is awesome. This DVD is somewhat less so, unfortunately.
I got this DVD in the mail today, and it contains 12 episodes of Adventure Time. That doesn't mean 12 half-hour(ish) television-length episodes, this is just 12 seemingly random segments, clocking around 14 minutes each. I know that the chronology of a show like this one doesn't really matter too much, but these episodes don't appear in any particular order, and the quantity is a little lacking.
Rather than a full first-season release, we're getting roughly half of that here. I pre-ordered it as soon as I found out about it, and for ten bucks, it's not a bad deal -- but this is a DVD made for parents to give to their children to watch on car rides, not for the slightly ashamed adult viewers who love the show and want to have creator commentary and tons of goodies.
There are technically special features, but they're pretty underwhelming -- short blurbs about a handful of recurring characters in the form of a picture and a short block of text.
Themed DVDs like this are, from what I understand, pretty standard for children's cartoons, but hopefully we'll see a full season release in the near future with, jeeze, commentary or something, I don't know.
Short version: The show is worth five-stars, as any fan will tell you, but this DVD release is closer to a miss than a hit. It's worth buying only if it convinces men in ties that a full release will make money, but once full season releases appear, there's nothing to recommend this little guy.
EDIT: As the full first-season release has appeared, there is now nothing to recommend this little fellow. Just buy up the Season 1 DVD as soon as possible so we can keep getting full-season releases!