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10/22/2012 12:52 pm ET Updated Dec 22, 2012

Mighty Movie Podcast: Adventure Time Creator Pen Ward

2012-10-20-AT_MemowDVD_2DBox_410.jpgTelevision has managed to deliver up no shortage of animated shows ostensibly aimed at kids that also manage to build a justifiably enthusiastic adult fan base. Even with that, Adventure Time stands out. The tale of a human boy, Finn, and a shape-shifting dog, Jake (who's also Finn's brother -- long story), making their way as heroes in a wide-ranging fantasy world that's actually a post-apocalyptic Earth, the show manages a distinctively gentle kind of anarchy that owes as much to the sophisticated themes of its stories -- a recent episode served as rumination on the nature of evil -- as to its inventive character design and animation.

In connection with the release of a new box set of episodes headlined by the fan-instigated "Jake vs. Me-Mow," in which the dog has to do battle with a miniature cat assassin hiding out in his nose, I got a chance to talk with the show's creator, Pendleton Ward.

Mighty Movie Podcast: Adventure Time Creator Pen Ward

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