The award-winning Adventure Time is one of those rare cartoon series that succeeds at being universally appealing. Much of Adventure Time's popularity can be attributed to its creative team's efforts. Over at The Awl, Maria Bustillos provides an in-depth exploration of Adventure Time's history, influences, inspirations and other minutiae that help make it such a smash hit. Mixed in are discussions about some of the show's more memorable plots and how Adventure Time is, in some ways, comparable to Giovanni Bellini’s masterpiece St. Francis in the Desert.