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The "Adventure Time Theme Song" and opening title sequence features all of the main characters and also some of the minor characters. The theme is sung and played by series creator Pendleton Ward. It has the same lyrics as the animated short but there are some slight variations.

Summary

Original

The opening title sequence starts with a view of a post-apocalyptic wasteland that features a rat inside of a broken television and several undetonated nuclear bombs. Next, in a snow-covered biome, are shown penguins, including Gunter and two other penguins hugging (with a tiny red heart floating above their heads) that make a few quick quacking sounds, and a Snow Golem sitting on a grassy hill nearby. Then the rest of the Ice Kingdom appears including Ice King flying next to his lair, spinning around to face the screen while activating his Ice Powers with his hands. It shows the Candy Kingdom and a large crowd of Candy People laughing and dancing in the middle of the road. After that, the camera quickly scales Princess Bubblegum's Castle, eventually passing the clouds to where we can see Princess Bubblegum as she smiles and waves while riding on the back of Lady Rainicorn. The camera then pans to the right, and zooms into a mountain range showing Marceline playing her Fender Precision Bass while sitting outside of her cave. She turns and hisses at the audience while showing her pointy teeth. Then outside of Finn and Jake's treehouse is the two-headed duck. The ending shows Finn and Jake's Tree Fort and then the two of them inside. BMO is seen sitting nearby. Finally, they pound their fists together and a loud smashing sound is heard as the theme song begins. This entire ordeal occurs approximately within the span of 12 seconds. When the show's title is seen, Finn (without his green backpack) and Jake float up using feathered wings sticking out from their backs while holding a white piece of cloth that says with Finn and Jake. Then, they are seen going somewhere as the lyrics go "C'mon grab your friends," and then Jake winks when the lyrics "Jake the Dog" come up, and Finn seems to bark and stick his tongue out when the lyrics "Finn the Human" come up. The sequence ends when Finn and Jake reach the top of a rocky mountain that they were climbing. Finn gets to the top and strikes a victorious pose while Jake lies down near Finn holding his leg as the show begins.

Fionna and Cake

The opening title sequence starts with a view of the same two places where the same animals as the original. Then the same Ice Kingdom where the Ice Queen flying next to her lair as turned the same direction as the original. It shows the Candy Kingdom and different versions of the Candy people. After that, the camera quickly scales the castle, and passing the clouds where we can see Prince Gumball as he smiles and waves while riding on the back of Lord Monochromicorn. The camera then pans to the right, and zoom into the same mountain range showing Marshall Lee playing the same instrument sitting the same place. He turns and hisses at the audience while showing his same sharpy teeth. Outside the same treehouse is the same two-headed duck. The ending shows the same Tree Fort and Fionna and Cake inside and also the same BMO is sitting nearby and finally they pound their fists together and the same sound heard as the theme song begins. When the show's title is seen, Fionna (without her green backpack) and Cake float up using feathered wings sticking out from their backs while holding a white piece of cloth that says with Fionna and Cake. Then, they are seen going somewhere as the lyrics go "C'mon grab your friends," and then Cake winks when the lyrics "Cake the Cat" come up, and Fionna seems to bark and stick her tongue out while her head goes up when the lyrics "Fionna the Human" come up. The sequence ends when Fionna and Cake reach the top of a rocky mountain that they were climbing. Fionna gets to the top and strikes a victorious pose while Cake lies down near Fionna holding her hands as the show begins.

Food Chain

The intro is the same as the normal intro, but it moves at a fast pace and with a extremely zoomed in camera and most of the characters' head are replaced by Finn and Jake's heads, as well as the song's lyrics being sung by a new singer.

The intro starts the same as normal, but Finn and Jake with bird beaks and Finn without his backpack when they are holding the white cloth. The screen then switches to the grassy field with a bird resembling Finn. However, instead of Jake jumping onto Finn, Finn jumps onto Jake, and his legs extend and falls over. We then see the mountains with Jake riding Finn. When the singer says Finn and Jake's names, Jake is referred to as a caterpillar while Finn is referred to as a Flower, with the character's now looking like these things in this portion of the song. The song ends with Finn and Jake riding the rocky mountain and high-fiving, with the clouds above them now moving counterclockwise instead of just being static like the original intro.

Stakes

The intro for Stakes is the only intro that is set at night. The intro begins with Finn and Jake wandering through a field, both with flashlights. Jake is shivering while Finn is simply looking around. Cows are then seen in the same field, and then Cloud Dance is then seen next to the windmill, and the camera pans over to the Ice Kingdom, where the Ice King is seen inside his castle, looking around with a telescope. Retaining similarities from the original intro, we seen see the Candy Kingdom, but there are Banana Guards instead of Candy Kingdom citizens. The camera then pans up to where Princess Bubblegum riding Lady Rainicorn would normally be, but instead the King of Ooo is seen atop a glowing mushroom. We then see a dark forest with multiple skulls and bones, with a dark creature hissing at the camera before it goes offscreen. (The creature's hiss is identical to Marceline's hiss in the original intro) After panning out of the forest Bubblegum's cabin is seen, and the door opens to reveal Marceline, Peppermint Butler, and Bubblegum. Marceline plays her base, replacing the iconic fist bump.

Marceline sings the intro, with the intro now being played with a base instead of a ukulele. Finn and Jake and then seen with bat wings and fangs when holding up the banner, now reading "STAKES!". We then see Finn and Jake atop a hill, with Finn holding a stake as a bat lands in his head. Jake, his hand turned into a hammer, tries to attack the bat, but simply hurts Finn. Bubblegum is then seen riding Marceline through the Ice Kingdom. We then see the character's names, but, instead of saying "with Jake the Dog and Finn the Human", the subtitles of the characters are removed, and their order is reversed, which sounds like; "with Finn and Jake and..." (This is true for all three of the miniseries' intros). The characters now become frightened when their name is said, except for Marceline, who's eyes become blue with red outlines and her tongue sticks out when her name is said.

We then see the a forest with a pinkish sky with clouds in a formation similar to the original intro. Then a giant Jake comes into frame, with Finn, Marceline, and Bubblegum atop his head. Finn is holding a stake, Bubblegum is holding a gun of sorts, and Marceline is simply sitting in the middle. The iconic sword in the intro's logo is replaced with a stake. Instead of a simple fade out to end the intro, a black liquid flows down the screen until the screen is black.

Islands

The opening sequence begins with Marceline, Princess Bubblegum and Fern at the beach waving goodbye and out to the sea where the teddy bear flouting in the water, a pirate ship carrying dangerous pirates, an island with an old woman sitting on the bear on top roaring of the cliff. a group of dolphin people riding on the mechanical dolphins, into the storm where the Guardian of founder's island raises himself out of the ocean. a flash of lightning and a bird flew to the clear sky and to the waves where the sea monster swim through it and stick his head out and hiss ath the camera (The sea creature's hiss is identical to Marceline's hiss in the original intro) before it went to the boat with Susan Strong, BMO, Finn and Jake on it. Finn and Jake did pound their fists together just like the original intro,

Finn starts to sign the intro Finn and Jake and then seen looking like merpeople when holding up the banner, now reading "ISLANDS!". Finn and Jake are on the Crow's Nest with a pirate's flag on it while Finn [now had a robotic arm] was using a telescope when Jake [whom was wearing a eyepatch] jumped on Finn's head just like in the first intro. BMO was seen surfing on Susan's head while Susan is swimming in the ocean. We then see the character's names, but, instead of saying "with Jake the Dog and Finn the Human", the subtitles of the characters are removed, and their order is reversed, which sounds like; "with Finn and Jake and..." (This is true for all eight of the miniseries' intros). The characters now become in a water when their name is said, except Finn and Jake are in the regular water with their names in pink while Susan and BMO wearing a sailor hat are in the pink ocean and their names are in black. then we then see the a three on Jake in boat form with Finn looking out. The iconic sword in the intro's logo is replaced with a Pirate sword. Instead of a simple fade out to end the intro, a sun shins down flashing at the screen until it fades into black.

Elements

The opening sequence begins with the camera panning through a pink ocean, as a gummy fish jumps out of the water before falling back in. A cargo ship is seen near the land and the camera pans up to the top of the cliff as a gummy bird flies by. Lemongrab's carriage is seen as well as Cinnamon Bun on his horse. Candy-themed mountains with cherries on their tops are seen in the distance as the camera quickly pans up to the airborne Patience St. Pim. The camera rotates over to the Ice Kingdom as she shoots a beam of ice at the ice dome and the Snow Golem is seen inside with a still expression. The camera pans out of them dome and we see the Elemental Flame Princess fly by. LSP (seen in her outfit from ¨Slime Central¨) is running towards the Tree Fort, which it (or anything around it) has not yet been transformed by the Elemental Bubblegum. A pink cloud begins to crowd around the Tree Fort, presumably turning it to candy, as well as Fern, seen on the top of it. The camera then pans up to the Cloud Kingdom where we see Betty using a telescope, presumably looking down at Ooo, Ice King is seen sitting, looking at his Skyhooks, and Finn and Jake fist bump, as Jake retains the same facial expression from the ¨Islands¨ intro.

Princess Bubblegum sing the whole theme song. An Snow Finn and Fire jake holds the sign, now reading "Elements". We then see Finn inside the Ice Dome from "Winter Light" holding a lantern. Finn looks up, only for Jake to fall and land on him, knocking Finn over. Ice King and Betty are then seen riding through the corrupted Slime Kingdom on a magic carpet, with Ice King's skyhooks being seen trailing being the carpet. We then see the classic character introductions, now done with the four main characters resting in clouds. Jake and Finn lower down from the Skyhooks into the Candy Kingdom, ending the opening, with an ice sword replacing the regular sword in the show's logo.

Diamonds and Lemons

The intro begins similar to the original, but it starts scrolling sideways with the Snow Golem hugging someone and the screen goes past a penguin's face. It then switches to Ice King using his ice power and giving the camera a thumbs up. It then switches to Princess Bubblegum's castle with it's residents celebrating. It then scrolls up to see Princess Bubblegum riding Lady Rainicorn with her children riding on. It then moves to a mountain before the camera moves to Marceline showing several characters on it. It then turns to Marceline, who plays the same guitar and floats off down and appears in front of the camera screeching at it as bats fill the screen. It then goes to the Treefort and Finn and Jake fist bump as the screen turns rainbow.

It then shows Finn and Jake (Finn is without his backpack) holding the same white cloth and is singing in a 8-bit like voice. It then switches to Jake jumping onto Finn as the lyrics go "C'mon grab your friends and Finn enters the Jake Suit and shows his muscles as a worm gasps in shock. It then switches to Finn riding Jake through the Ice Kingdom and several characters appear. Then Jake winks at the camera and Finn barks and sticks out his tongue. Finn and Jake then climb the mountain and pose. As the sword latches onto "TIME," all of the main characters appear, commencing the start of the show (Note: Pause the song for a brief second and you can see Fionna and Cake.)

Come Along With Me

The opening title sequence starts with a view of a cave within the Ice Thingdom showing Patience St. Pim, who has still yet to thaw from her ice ball. Exiting the cave, a jail cell window can be seen along with two pink hands gripping the bars (Could be Princess Bubblegum). Past a rope bridge and up some stairs, a humanoid figure with a telescope can be seen riding Giant Duck Considering the red boots, MA initials on the telescope, and proximity to what might be PB, it is probable that this is Marceline. Passing some mountains, the camera reaches the perched Ice Thing, who is missing his left jewel and in his future form. As the camera exits the Ice Thingdom, Ice Thing leaves his perch to fly beside the camera. The dreary overcast sky comes into full view as the camera and Ice Thing reach the Pup Kingdom. Large trucks can be seen moving into the Pup Kingdom and the camera quickly enters the Kingdom to scale the space elevator, only showing a glimpse of a single pup looking out a window. In the sky, a large diamond-shaped platform comes into view adorned with a flag, presumably representing the Pup Kingdom. On top of the platform, Gibbon (in his future form), along with two pups in spacesuits can be seen. As the Ice Thing Passes, Gibbon fires pink lighting bolts (not unlike the bolts fired by classic Ice King) at him, indicating an antagonistic relationship between the two. Entering the grasslands, immense statues of Finn and (maybe) Jake lie in ruin. Atop one of them, X can be seen inside a tank, firing at O. Interestingly, a broken stone engraving on the ground reads FIN on one line, and JER on the next. If this plaque has any correlation to the wrecked statues, then the collapsed, dog-shaped statue could be in memory of Jermaine. Then outside of Marceline's cave is a possible descendant of the two-headed duck, riding a jetpack. Also outside the cave, a pup can be seen using binoculars to spy inside. The ending shows Marceline's house, then Shermy and Beth, who have taken up residence within it. Finally, they pound their fists together and a loud smashing sound is heard as the theme song begins.

When the show's title is seen, Shermy and beth float up using feathered wings sticking out from their backs while holding a white piece of cloth that says with Shermy and Beth. Then, they are seen within an urbanized, yet destroyed, Candy Kingdom as the lyrics go "C'mon grab your friends,". The Future Lumps Anti-Elemental can be seen spying on Shermy and Beth in this part. As the lyrics move to "We'll go to far off, future lands." Shermy and Beth can be seen riding on the head of a future version of Sweet P. As their names are listed, on a blue wall, Shermy and Beth look at the audience through small holes in the wood. Beth's full title is revealed as "Beth the Pup Princess" The sequence ends with Beth laying on her back in a pond as Shermy fishes from her belly. The two-headed duck flies by and the smoke from its jetpack spells out Adventure Time Shermy waves to the camera as the show begins.

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Adventure Time Come Along With Me Finale Intro Cartoon Network

Lyrics

Original and Fionna and Cake versions

The lyrics with ukulele chords to the theme song are as follows:

G Adventure Time,
D C'mon grab your friends,
C We're going to very
D distant lands. With
G Jake the Dog and
D Finn the Human,
C The fun will never
D end, it's Adventure
G

Time!

G Adventure Time,
D C'mon grab your friends,
C We're going to very
D distant lands. With
G Cake the Cat and
D Fionna the Human,
C The fun will never
D end, it's Adventure
G

Time!

Food Chain

The lyrics with ukulele chords to the theme song are as follows:

G Adventure Time,
D C'mon grab your friends,
C We're going to very
D distant lands. With
G Jake the Caterpillar and
D Finn the Flower,
C The fun will never
D end, it's Adventure
G

Time!

Stakes

The lyrics with electric guitar chords to the theme song are as follows:

G Adventure Time,
D C'mon grab your friends,
C We're going to a very
D distant land. With
G Finn and Jake and
D Marceline,
C and Princess
D Bubblegum, it's Adventure
G

Time!

Islands

The lyrics with harmonica chords (possibly) to the theme song are as follows;

G Adventure Time,
D C'mon grab your friends,
C We're going to very
D distant lands. With
G Finn and Jake, and
D Susan Strong,
C And possibly
D BMO, it's Adventure
G

Time!

Elements

The lyrics with unknown chords to the theme song are as follows:

G Adventure Time,
D C'mon grab your friends,
C We're going to very
D messed up lands. With
G Finn and Jake,
D Ice King, and Betty
C Who knows how it will
D end? It's Adventure
G

Time!


Come Along with Me

The lyrics with ukulele chords to the theme song are as follows:

G Adventure Time,
D C'mon grab your friends,
C We're going to a far out
D future land, wth
G Shermy and beth
D The pup princess
C The fun will never
D end, it's Adventure
G

Time!

BMO

Characters

The following characters can be seen in the opening sequence:

Fionna and Cake

Stakes

Islands

Elements

Come Along with Me

Early versions

There are many early versions of the title sequence that didn't get used. Many recognizable faces appear, including a worm, Ice King, Iceclops, Marceline, Princess Bubblegum, Lady Rainicorn, Phil, Tree Trunks, Gork, Wendy, and even the Snail.

Alternate versions

The episodes "Fionna and Cake", "Bad Little Boy" and "The Prince Who Wanted Everything", all of which feature Fionna and Cake, use an alternate version of the opening theme performed by Natasha Allegri. The lyrics are the same except that Cake and Fionna are named instead of Jake and Finn.


The episode "Food Chain" uses a different alternate theme song, created and performed by Masaaki Yuasa. It replaces "Jake the Dog and Finn the Human" with "Jake the Caterpillar and Finn the Flower".

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Adventure Time Food Chain Alternate Intro (Masaaki Yuasa) HD


The "Stakes" Mini-series has Marceline playing her instrument while singing, "Jake the dog, and Finn the human, the fun will never end!" Is replaced with "Finn and Jake, and Marceline, and Princess Bubble Gum".

The "Islands" Mini-series has Finn singing with Pirate like Instrumentals playing, "Jake the dog, and Finn the human, the fun will never end!" Is replaced with "Finn and Jake, and Susan strong, and Possibly BMO".

The "Elements" Mini-series has Princess Bubblegum singing with elemental music playing, "We'll go to very distant lands, Jake the dog, and Finn the human, the fun will never end!" Is replaced with "We will go to very, Messed up lands, Finn and Jake, Ice king, and Betty, Who knows how it will end".

The episode "Diamonds and Lemons" is the same singer but with his ukulele and the click-clack removed, and his voice is highly remixed with 8-bit, auto-tune, and choir effects, the lyrics are the same as the original, but the instrumental is a 8-bit remake.

The episode "Come along with me" has Beth singing the intro, the instrumental track is really beautiful and sad, the lyrics "We'll go to very, distant lands, with Jake the dog and Finn the human" is replaced with "We'll go to far off, distant lands, with Shermy and Beth, The pup princess".

Trivia

  • During the post-apocalyptic wasteland scene, you can see a gray arm with purple spots and a bite mark coming out of the tree that has axe and arrows in it. It has been confirmed to be a zombie arm.[citation needed]

    The arm is in red

  • In Issue 1 of the Adventure Time comic, it can be seen that Jake was actually filming the opening sequence.
  • Before Marceline opens her mouth, her fangs are blunt. This is also seen in the episode "Daddy's Little Monster."
  • In both versions, (Fionna and Cake and Finn and Jake) a two headed duck can be seen right in front of the tree fort. 
  • When reversed, you can hear it say "watch for snails in every episode". 
  • In the Spanish (Latino) version, when the singer says Jake's name it sounds as if she is rushing. This might be because the song and pictures were going in a fast pace.
  • Only nine different versions of the intro are seen so far, the first is in "Fionna and Cake" (and "Bad Little Boy," "The Prince Who Wanted Everything," and "Five Short Tables"), the second is in "A Glitch is a Glitch," the third is in "Food Chain," the fourth is in "Bad Jubies," the fifth in the Adventure Time Mini-Series: "Stakes", the sixth is in the Adventure Time Mini-Series: "Islands", the seventh is in the Adventure Time Mini-Series: "Elements", the eighth is in Diamonds and Lemons and the ninth is in Come Along With Me.
  • The Arabic, Bulgarian, Danish, Dutch, German, Hindi, Japanese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish (Latino), Spanish (Spain), and Swedish versions of the intro use more than one voice when singing the theme song.
  • In Russia, both the original and gender-bent versions of the theme song are sung by the same voice actor (also the voice of Lumpy Space Princess and other background characters), it was eventually changed to a female singer.
  • Starting with the episode "Bonnie and Neddy," the subtitle "A Cartoon Network Original" appears on top of the title.
  • In the international versions, the click-clack and the ukulele are missing from the song, this is because the original had the creator playing his instrument while singing, same with the keyboard.
  • In the Japanese version, Finn and Jake are the singers, Similar to the second version of the Indonesian intro where Finn sings the intro.
  • The Tamil and Telegu intro have the same singer, the credits singer also sings the gender bent versions as well.
  • The Persian versions have different background music, some versions are a song, other versions are just narrations.

Production notes

Gingerbread Muto's cameo
  • A character peeping over the balcony of the Candy Castle can be seen briefly. According to Pendleton Ward, this is a cameo by Gingerbread Muto, the Candy Person version of storyboard artist Adam Muto. Pen says he puts Adam in most of his films because it "riles him up."[1]
  • The final shot with Finn and Jake posed on a mountain was inspired by the fantasy art of Frank Frazetta.[2]
  • The beginning of the sequence, with the rising musical tone and flying over the landscape was inspired by the opening sequences of The Simpsons and Pee-wee's Playhouse.[2]
  • Pen states: "If you listen carefully to the recording, you can actually hear Derek Drymon typing on a keyboard in the bit when Jake is walking... a little clickity clack in that wide shot when his legs are stretched out. I recorded the lyrics for the opening title in the animatics room where we have this little crummy microphone JUST so that we could add it to the titles and submit it to the network. Later, we tried re-recording it and I didn't like it... I only liked the temp one."[2]

Differences between the two intros (Original and sex-swapped)

  • When Fionna is holding a leaf on a stick, Cake jumped in Fionna's face, while Jake just jumped in Finn's face without Finn holding anything.
  • At the end of the "Fionna and Cake" version there are no skulls on the ground.
  • Cake curls up and falls asleep instead of grabbing Fionna's leg and smiling, as Jake did to Finn.
  • The sky doesn't change color as it does in the original; it is instead a bright shade of bluish-green (a color not used for the sky in the original).
  • The sky is less cloudy in the "Fionna and Cake" version.
  • The sword sticking out of the mountain to the right of the characters is different.
  • The mountains in the background are different.
  • When Fionna is riding Cake in the Ice Kingdom, a xylophone can be heard instead of a keyboard.
  • Marceline's eyes are outlined, while Marshall Lee's aren't.
  • When Fionna opens her mouth near the end, no teeth are shown. Finn's are in the normal version.
  • Finn's mouth is open while riding on Jake in the Ice Kingdom, while Fionna's isn't. Fionna is also looking downward while Finn is looking forward.
  • When Finn and Jake fist bump, Jake's eyes are focused on the fists, but Cake's eyes are focused on Fionna.
  • Marceline's tongue is shown shaped as a snake's tongue but Marshall Lee's tongue is more of a human tongue.
  • Pendleton Ward's name doesn't have a glow effect in the Fionna and Cake version at the end of the opening sequence, but in the Finn and Jake version, it does have a glow effect.
  • The Ukulele in the instrumental was replaced with a harp.

Storyboards

Version 1.0

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