Among the plethora of captivating videos to come out this week during YouTube’s “Geek Week” comes a particularly interesting find for fans stop motion and Lego-lovers alike: a stop motion Brickfilm version of the Adventure Time main title.
There’s something uniquely charming about Adventure Time – Cartoon Network’s wildly popular and incredibly charming 2D-animated fantasy show, currently in its fifth season. Part of what seems to contribute to its special sauce is the sense one gets while watching it that the show is something of a haven for imaginative, creative animation, offering a breath of fresh air while scanning the current landscape of animated television shows. Well, now the show can mark another notch in its belt for its pioneering of an eclectic breadth of animation prowess, as its most recent guest-animated title sequence made entirely of Legos carries the show into a new medium – stop motion.
The camera zooms quickly through the Land of Ooo, swooping over mountains of green and ice, past adorable kissing penguins and a Yeti, the Ice King and the Candy Kingdom, up into the clouds and past Princess Bubblegum riding the unicorn Lady Rainicorn, into a dark valley and past the Vampire Marceline until finally zooming into the upper room of a tree-fort belonging to the best friends and main characters of the show, Finn and Jake. Every frame of which is now painstakingly and gloriously crafted with Legos and brought to life in stop motion by folks over at the Los Angeles-based stop motion studio, Screen Novelties.
You can go watch the special Brickfilm main title sequence here, and you can read the original post featuring behind-the-scenes pictures for the project here on the Screen Novelties blog. You can delve deeper into the rest of Screen Novelties’ wonderful work in the stop motion medium by visiting their website. Below is also posted a video that also premiered during Geek Week that features several of the creative minds over at Cartoon Network, including Adventure Time creator Pendleton Ward, talking about creativity and their work on Cartoon Network’s shows.
If you are interested in learning about the creative process behind the original 2D-animated Adventure Time main title sequence, you can go visit this Art of the Title article, which features an excellent in-depth interview with Adventure Time creator Pendleton Ward where he discusses the original idea for the show, the process of crafting each episode, and the source of the barely-audible sound of a clicking keyboard in the theme song.