Adult Swim included the announcement in its April Fool’s day programming and, in typical fashion, released an official trailer for the new episodes and the return date of the fan-favorite adult animated series scheduled for May 3.
Three seasons in, it’s easy to forget that Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty started as a Back to the Future parody, starring Justin Roiland as both Doc and Mharti, who eventually became, well, you know. Where the final product has been lauded for its cleverness, creativity, and ingenuity, this 4-minute short – though it does share some similarities with the series it eventually inspired including little subtleties like the way characters’ lips sag when they aren’t talking – is the complete antithesis of that, wherein the punchline to every single joke is just Mharti licking Doc’s balls.
According to a write-up in Vice:
Creator Justin Roiland stated the original short was “a way to poke fun at the idea of getting cease and desist letters.” Back in October 2006, he wanted to call the short, Back to the Future: The New Official Universal Studios Cartoon Featuring the New Doc Brown and Marty McFly in order to “troll” Universal Pictures. Time, space travel, and general weirdness have been strong themes for Roiland, who first started making pilots for Channel 101, MTV2, Acceptable TV, and Cartoon Network. Even in his early work, you can see the beginnings of what would become Rick and Morty, from the character designs, voices, to even the opening theme song. Anyway, enjoy The Real Adventures of Doc and Mharti, but keep your tongue off the balls of old dudes.
It’s interesting to point out that Rick and Morty has always refused to do a time travel episode, stating the lack of agreeable science on the subject. So, with that in mind, Roiland’s contribution to Rick and Morty is more to do with characters and using his voice as a weapon of pure comedy, which allowed Dan Harmon to come in, tighten up the loose screws, and do something interesting with the universe Roiland had been creating. In a way, Harmon and Roiland are much like Rick and Morty, themselves, and the difference between this short and the final show really brings that to light.
YouTube has the edited version (below), or if you really want to see the whole thing, which gets a little pornographic, you can check it out at Vimeo.
Be sure to watch Rick and Morty on Adult Swim every Sunday at 11:30 PM! There’s only a couple of episodes left this season!
I like to think I’m a pretty hardcore Rick and Morty fan, but now that I’ve been reporting on some of the things hardcore fans do, I have officially demoted myself to medium-core fan. What kind of things am I talking about?
Well let me show you.
We’ve played a lot of Purge games this evening…
The success of 2013’s futuristic slasher flick The Purge seemed to promise a whole slew of sequels to come, not uncommon for the genre.
A year later we got The Purge: Anarchy. This time a little less horror, a little more action-thriller, we saw Purge Night from outside the relative safety of the home. No Lena Headey or Ethan Hawke, but rather characters who weren’t able to make it home before the siren, and for that, many of them didn’t survive the night. The second movie instead introduced us to Sergeant Barnes, played by Frank Grillo. You might recognize Grillo from the two most recent Captain America movies, or Kingdom – the stellar MMA show for which he is the lead. Well, Barnes recused some unfortunate souls and survives the night. Apparently playing hero worked for him, because now with the franchise’s third installment coming, he’s back and looking to protect Senator Charlene Roan in her run for President.
Yeah, you saw that right. After Mr. Poopybutthole left us with that crushing reality that Rick and Morty wouldn’t be back for at least a year and a half, it seems that he has been proven wrong as co-creator Dan Harmon told the crowd at Magic City Con that everyone’s favorite show will be back this year!
Not only will Rick and Morty be back sooner than expected, but it’ll be back with 14 SQUANCHING episodes. Yeah, you also saw that right. That’s 4 more episodes than last season and 3 more than the first. What a glorious day this is!
Creators of Rick and Morty, Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon, have teamed up with the (RED) campaign in the fight to end AIDS. Here are the details in this wonderfully awkward video made by the creators.
For all the Rick and Morty stuff that I’ve been writing about, you’d think I’d at least have something on the new season… And I still don’t, but here’s something you didn’t know you needed until right now.
Apparently I am not the only person suffering from Rick and Morty depression (thank god), as the YouTube channel KungFuDork Studios has created a stop motion episode that is indeed voiced by Justin Roiland himself for the ultimate Rick and Morty authenticity.
Wubba Lubba Dub Dub!
Be still my still broken heart; Rick and Morty have reappeared in my life with this RICKdiculous Carl’s Jr/Hardee’s commercial.
Adult Swim has put out some really strange shows before, and while Rick and Morty is nothing but strange, it is almost undeniably one of the best shows on TV right now. Rick and Morty was created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon (Community), and maintains a steadily increasing 9.3 rating on IMDB.
The animated brilliance revolves around an always drunk, constantly burping, genius scientist named Rick Sanchez, and his painfully average grandson Morty Smith. Episode to episode they travel through space and time, either saving the world, or putting it and other worlds in danger, usually both. Two seasons and 21 episodes later, the show continues to gain speed and deliver stellar entertainment value. Not only does this show have laugh out loud humor, but it is exceptionally intelligent.
So without further fluffing, here’s our five favorite episodes:
SPOILERS – Obviously…