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Watching last night's anthology episode of "Adventure Time," entitled "Five More Short Graybles," I was reminded of the crazed photographer in Leos Carax's "Holy Motors" when he first spots the scraggly-haired Merde character, played by Denis Lavant, in the middle of a crowd and can't stop snapping pictures: "So... weird! So weird!" That's the reaction "Adventure Time," with its loopy blend of bright colors and surreal mini-plots, constantly invites. But lurking beneath the surface of that reaction is an ageless tendency to grapple for meaning when precise definitions elude us. Because the photographer in "Holy Motors" doesn't understand Merde, he can only process the character as "weird." So it goes with much of "Adventure Time," which is centered around a pair of characters vaguely aware of the deeper themes and ideas surrounding them while largely regarding them as »

- Eric Kohn

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