For that scene I was kind of thinking about those shock sites you see when you’re younger. Back in my day it was tubgirl or goatse; they were passed around and became these enigmatic things you had to see. Kids now are way more exposed to that stuff—and probably at a far younger age. A lot of people complained that scene was too extreme for kids’ TV, but I think people don’t give them credit for what they can tolerate. If they have the Internet they’re pretty much exposed to the open mouth of hell at all times.
Datamoshing the Land of Ooo: A Conversation with David OReilly
Interview with the great animator David O’Reilly about his Adventure Time episode:
DR: Were there any restrictions and/or stipulations on what you could do with the show?
DO: Creatively, Pen really wanted me to do my own thing. The writers on the show are really good, and I would have been happy to animate one of their storyboards—but he really wanted me to do all that stuff myself. I can’t think of a precedent for that. It may be the only animated show in history to let a total outsider write and direct an episode. As far as restrictions, there were a few because ultimately it’s for children’s TV. A few jokes were cut or toned down, which was frustrating at the time, but I’m proud of what made it to air.
If you think Adventure Time is just a weird Tumblr teen thing, you need to watch the entire series and discover it’s a top-shelf always-maturing always-evolving cast-of-dozens masterpiece that needs to be taught in every film and writing class.