Adventure Time: Season 3, Episode 9

Fionna and Cake (5 Nov. 2011)
"Adventure Time with Finn & Jake" Fionna and Cake (original title)

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In a world where all the characters are different genders, the adventurer Fionna gets advice from her cat-friend Cake on her date with Prince Gumball.


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Episode cast overview:
Finn (voice)
Fionna (voice)
Cake (voice)
Ice King / Jelly Kinder (voice)
Ice Queen (voice) (as Grey DeLisle)
Prince Gumball / Additional Voices (voice)
Female Cinnamon Bun / Additional Voices (voice)


In a world where all the characters are different genders, the adventurer Fionna gets advice from her cat-friend Cake on her date with Prince Gumball.

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Cake: [whispering to Fionna] Psst! Fi! Tell Gumball that you think he's hot!
Fionna: [also whispering] What? No!
Cake: Guys like to hear that they're hot!
Fionna: Will you keep your voice down?
Prince Gumball: Oh, Fionna!
Fionna: [aloud, trying to sound casual] Heyyy, wassup?
Prince Gumball: I thought we might have a little race. A playful race, to Marshmellow-y Mweadows!
Fionna: Okay, but I'm gonna kick your butt! Not that I'm thinking of butts...
Prince Gumball: Excellent. HI-YA!
[takes off at top speed on Lord Monochromicorn]
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Oh, Fionna
Written by Rebecca Sugar and Ian Jones-Quartey
Performed by Neil Patrick Harris and Madeleine Martin
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Doesn't live up to the hype
23 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love Adventure Time, everything from their sneaky adult humor, to the total randomness of events surrounding the main characters. When I heard they were doing a gender swap episode I welcomed it with open arms. Not as much as some "die-hard" fans, who within a moment's notice started writing their own gender-swapped fanfic stories, but you get the idea. I mean sure, Neil Patrick Harris was set to do Prince Gumball, and NPH is a funny dude, so I was excited to see that. When the episode was leaked on Youtube earlier this week, I managed to get a full look at Fionna and Cake in it's entirety and what a goddamn mess it was.

You've probably seen the opening scene already if you watched the comic con preview. If not, then the show starts off exactly like any other Adventure Time episode, except all of the characters are inexplicably gender swapped without any reason, including voice actors. Now the voice acting wasn't god awful, but there wasn't a lot of effort put into it. Usually when Jon DiMaggio as Jake screams or laughs, you can hear the soul put into it. Everyone in this episode sounds tired, bored, and just barely able managed to phone in the script's dialog. Speaking of which, there aren't any jokes of being noteworthy. As in, there weren't any jokes. Yup, an Adventure Time episode without any discernible humor. You heard me.

Fionna is an awkward teenage girl with a crush on Prince Gumball. The episode starts out with Fionna rescuing Gumball from Ice Queen. Gumball asks Fionna out on a date to which she blush-fully accepts. Cake (who tries WAY TOO HARD to sound like the token black lady) throws in a few too many "you go girl!"s to encourage Fionna. Fionna and Prince Gumball share a sentimental Disney-esq Musical scene and date each other at Prince's ball. During the ball, Prince Gumball reveals himself to actually be the Ice Queen. Fionna defeats Queen and rescues Gumball, after which she declares she chooses to be friends with guys because she's still a young woman and will date whenever she chooses to be ready.

That's it. Word for word that's EXACTLY what happens to the Genderswapped. There weren't any jokes. No randomness. No sneaky humor. Just a young girl's crush on a handsome boy and a valuable lesson to boot. Sounds like some crappy fanfiction written by a 13 year old girl right? Here's the best part, after the Genderswapped are done with their story, it turns out the Ice King was actually reading a fanfic to Jake and Finn! And they admit that the story was crap! It's like the whole point of the episode was to make it as poor as possible just so they could point out how poor it really was. Who does that!? Honestly! But y'know, Adventure Time has these hardcore fans that no matter what you say or how much truth is in your words, they'll still contest you claiming it's the greatest show on Earth and can do no wrong. But this here is America, and as God as my witness I shall not be deterred from expressing my right to freedom of speech in tearing this episode a new hole. It was crap and you know it was crap! Stop lying, you're only making it worst for yourselves! The more crap you eat the more crap they'll feed you! Demand better writing! Demand better jokes! No more simplistic animation! Make them work for it! It's yours! Don't give it to them! Make them fight for it!

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