Card Wars is the fourteenth episode of the fourth season of the American animated television series Adventure Time. Written and storyboarded by Somvilay Xayaphone and Bert Youn, the series is based on stories by Patrick McHale, Kent Osborne and Pendleton Ward. It originally aired on Cartoon Network on July 16, 2012.
The series follows the adventures of human boy Finn (voiced by Jeremy Shada) and his best friend and foster brother Jake (voiced by John DiMaggio), a dog with magical powers that can change shape and grow and grow at will. shrink. In this episode, Finn and Jack play Card Wars, a board game. But things took a turn for the worse when Jack became too competitive.
Originally, the series was planned to be produced during Season 1 due to McHale and Ward actively playing the immersive world-building game. The episode received mostly positive reviews, with A.V.’s Alasdair Wilkins Club praising how the game of the same name mocks Magic, Dungeons & Dragons, and Adventure. Due to the success of the episode, both a mobile app and a physical version of the game of the same name were released.
Jake explains to Finn that his girlfriend Lady Rainicorn doesn’t play Card Wars, his favorite card game. However, Finn agrees to play with Jake, and the two agree that the winner (who will be dubbed “The Cool Guy”) will be rewarded with soda, while the loser (who will be dubbed “The Fool”) will be rewarded with Forced to drink a horrific concoction that includes soda, coffee grounds and pickles. After the bet is settled, the game begins.
Jake explains the complicated and mysterious rules to Finn, who soon falls asleep. Once the board game begins, however, Finn has the upper hand, mostly by “flopping” (or “activating”) his pigs. Jack keeps trying to kill Finn’s pig, but it backfires. However, Jack soon becomes angry and aggressive, with BMO (voiced by Niki Yang) warning Finn that Jack will become distressed and frustrated if he loses. So, for Jake’s sake, Finn decides to lose the game on purpose.
After the game restarted, Finn deliberately sacrificed his all-purpose pig, allowing Jack to beat him. Finn is forced to drink the disgusting liquid concoction, but manages to get Jake to try it. The episode ends with the two brothers happily sharing a disgusting drink, seemingly friendly again.
Card Wars was written and storyboarded by Bert Youn and Somvilay Xayaphone from a story developed by series creators Pendleton Ward, Patrick McHale and Kent Osborne. The episode was directed by Larry Lechlett. In the middle of the episode, both Finn and Jake are portrayed as grotesque non-model faces, a hallmark of Yoon’s storyboard style. These faces required protagonist designer Andy Ristaino to draw several unique keyframes, colloquially known as “Bert Youn Specials.” Ristaino revealed that he drew at least three of these faces for the episode. Ward later noted in a DVD review of the season 3 episode “Another Way” that “Card Wars” contained Yoon’s most extreme and exaggerated faces.
Storyboard artist Rebecca Sugar points out that the idea behind the episode has been around for a long time. This episode was originally planned to be filmed in the first season, as McHale and Ward were actively playing the immersive world-building game. However, the episode was not filmed until season four. Nate Cash served as the creative director for the episode. He messaged Youn and Ward, who were in South Korea at the time, via Facebook to let them know he enjoyed the episode. Many of BMO’s scenes were inspired by Erik Fountain and Cash’s skateboarding experience. Cash in particular has taken every step to make them truly present in real life.
Card Wars first aired on Cartoon Network on July 16, 2012. On the night it aired, it was Nielsen’s No. 1 TV show of the day for boys ages 2 to 11. It also ranked first among children aged 2 to 11. The series debuted in physical form as part of the 2013 Fionna and Cake DVD, which contained 16 episodes from the first three seasons of the series. It was later re-released as part of the full Season 4 DVD in October 2014.
The Alasdair Wilkins Club from The A.V. gave the episode an “A-” and wrote that on paper the episode “must be a direct contender for the lowest-key adventure time ever,” noting that there were no guest stars , and the action is completely centered in Finn and Jack’s tree castle. However, he praised the episode, saying it “absolutely pointed out the madness of jumping into an overly complex, incomprehensible game with a more experienced competitor”. Wilkins compared the title game Card Wars to Magic: The Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons and Risk, noting that Card Wars’ “Byzantine rules and delightfully startling terminology” parodies and satirizes the aforementioned games. Ultimately, Wilkins concluded that the episode was successful because of “how real it all felt.”
Tyler Foster of DVD Talk called the episode one of the “highlights” of the Fionna and Cake DVD, writing, “Because the show often feels like a rerun of Dungeons and Dragons, this kind of take on board games The parody is full of absurd but deeply familiar moments: endless rule readings, surprise triumphs and seething rage.”
The series was later nominated and won the Golden Reel for Best Sound Editing: Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue and ADR Animation on TV.
The episode’s popularity prompted Cartoon Network to market multiple versions of the game.
On February 16, 2014, a mobile app version of the game developed by Kung Fu Factory was released, expanding on the show’s original premise, creating more storylines, characters, creatures, and environments while constantly evolving the rules of the game. The app itself frustrated critics with its in-app purchases, but it proved popular on the App Store, rising to the number one spot on the top-grossing apps list, review aggregation site Metacritic gave The game has a score of 73, meaning “mixed or average.” Indicates a review”. An extension to the iOS app was released on June 18, 2015, and includes Fiona and Cake as well as new game features.
The physical version of the game was released by Cryptozoic Entertainment on February 19, 2014. This two-player version contains 80 different cards, 8 lane tiles, and 20 health markers. Several variants were released, including the “Finn vs. Jake” set, the “BMO vs. Lady Rainicorn” and the “Lumpy Space Princess vs. Princess Bubblegum” set.
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