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The creators of Rick and Morty still need to remember at times to enjoy themselves while working on the show. The Adult Swim animated series, which was recently picked up for a third season, airs its season-two finale Sunday, continuing the intergalactic travails of awkward teen Morty and his grandfather Rick, an alcoholic inventor. Co-creators Justin Roiland (who voices both title characters) and Dan Harmon spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about how a serious case of writers block, followed by a middle-of-the-night breakthrough, taught them that making the show "doesn't have to be difficult." They
- Ryan Gajewski
“The car always wins.”
‘Rixty Minutes’ was one of season 1′s strongest episodes, a twenty-minute reel of Justin Roiland shouting at himself and improvising with every halt and hesitation left in for the hell of it as the cast of Rick and Morty binged on bizarre interdimensional cable. ‘Interdimensional Cable 2: Tempting Fate’ pitches itself as a conceptual sequel to that original lightning-in-a-bottle installment, and it goes in with its eyes wide open about the potential for failure. “I don’t understand,” a hapless hospital staffer says to Rick when he tells her he’s “doing a sequel” as he plugs in the interdimensional cable box. “Yeah, me either,” he belches laconically. “We pretty much nailed it the first time.” It may not have an ice-water-to-the-tits moment like Morty’s “Nobody exists on purpose, nobody belongs anywhere, everybody’s gonna die. Come watch TV,” but what it does have is »
- Gretchen Felker-Martin
Our Us chums chatted to the creators of Rick And Morty, season 2 of which starts in the UK on Fox this week...
If you make a lot of bad life decisions or you’re just old, you might be unaware that the best television show airing is Rick And Morty: a high-concept, sci-fi, animated, action-adventure comedy from creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, about a kid and his sociopathic, alcoholic, genius scientist of a grandfather going on adventures across an infinite multiverse. If you’re British, you get a bit of a pass as the show is only just premiering in the United Kingdom, and how kind of you to wait for it and not realize how easy (and fun!) it is to steal stuff off the internet.
It’s no secret that the hit Adult Swim series Rick and Morty takes plenty of inspiration from Back to the Future protagonists Doc and Marty. In fact, the series began as an animated parody from co-creator Justin Roiland called The Adventures of Doc and Mharti, which co-creator Dan Harmon has referred to as “a bastardization, […]
- Ethan Anderton
In a development that's only surprising in that it took so long, the Internet has given us a mash-up of Adult Swim's "Rick and Morty" and the trailer to "Back to the Future" from the distant past of 1985: Of course, "Rick and Morty" began life as a much more explicit — in every possible way — spoof called "The Real Animated Adventures of Doc and Mharti," with the characters also voiced by "Rick and Morty" co-creator Justin Roiland: Roiland's co-creator on the series Dan Harmon has talked about the ways they pivoted from the original idea into the version now seen on Adult Swim. The second season (which I discussed with Harmon and Roiland) has been a treat, particularly "Total Rickall," a very different kind of spoof of sitcom clip show episodes. »
- Alan Sepinwall
We’re only three episodes into the second season of Rick and Morty, but Adult Swim has smartly moved to renew one of the best shows on TV. Rick and Morty is created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon, with Roiland also voicing both the young Morty and his genius, possibly insane, definitely alcoholic grandfather Rick. Together they journey […]
The post ‘Rick and Morty’ Renewed for Season Three appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
In the wake of a solid Season 2 premiere, Adult Swim has picked up a third season of animated comedy series Rick And Morty. Created and exec produced by Dan Harmon (Community) and Justin Roiland, Rick And Morty centers on a sociopathic scientist who drags his dim grandson on adventures across the universe. The series' Season 2 premiere on July 26 ranked No. 1 in its time period among all key adults and men. It also saw triple-digit gains over its Season 1 premiere, up… »
The animated comedy will been shown on the channel as part of a wider deal for Adult Swim content, which will see a branded block air on Thursdays from 11pm.
Rick and Morty follows the adventures of alcoholic scientist Rick and his grandson Morty, who travel around the universe using inter-dimensional travel.
The Adult Swim cartoon about a mad scientist and his grandson has become a cult favourite. The men behind it unveil the secrets of its success
Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland’s sci-fi cartoon Rick and Morty looked like a consolation prize at first: Harmon had lost his spot at the head of his groundbreaking (but low-rated) NBC sitcom Community, which he’d created, and had gone from the biggest broadcaster on the dial to avant-garde cable comedy network Adult Swim. He created the new show with Justin Roiland, who’d worked with Harmon in the digital cartoons workshop Channel 101.
The show follows Rick, a mad scientist who goes to live with his daughter and her family after his wife dies, and regularly gets his not-that-bright grandson Morty involved in “high-concept sci-fi rigamarole”, to use the show’s phrase.
Related: A day inside Adult Swim: the craziest TV network in America
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- Sam Thielman in New York
“If I die in a cage I lose a bet.”
Hearing Justin Roiland’s grotesquely burp-punctuated line delivery after a year of Rick And Morty‘s absence from the air feels like being rebaptized in slime at the world’s worst and most exciting revival church. ‘A Rickle in Time,’ no relation to the beloved series of children’s books by Madeline L’Engle, wastes no time getting back into the crude, conceptually dense chaos that makes this series such a treat. Having spent six months fucking around on an Earth unstuck from time, Rick, Morty, and Summer finally unfreeze the whole mess. It’s a clever sci-fi plot counting on the audience remembering exactly how season 1 ended, with Rick freezing time to prevent Beth and Jerry from seeing all the damage done to their home by his out of control party.
As it turns out, being unstuck from time »
- Gretchen Felker-Martin
The future of Dan Harmon's "Community" remains very much up in the air (at this point, if Yahoo orders another season, it would likely be a "Community: The New Class" approach, with Joel McHale, Jim Rash and a bunch of newbies). The future of Harmon and Justin Roiland's Adult Swim series "Rick and Morty," on the other hand, seems so secure that, in an interview earlier this week, the two creators made several casual references to things they intend to do in season 3. "Rick and Morty" began in Roiland's mind as an R-rated "Back to the Future" parody where Doc Brown relationship with Marty McFly is much darker and crueler. As Harmon explained to me last year, it evolved into its current imaginative sci-fi form where Rick is the drunk super-genius grandfather of Morty (both voiced by Roiland), forever taking his grandson on disturbing adventures across time, space, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Boob tube. Idiot box. Couch potato. Binge watch. If slang is a side door into the psyche, the language we've come to associate with television suggests it may be time to see a therapist. Even better, tune into insanely inventive animated comedies "BoJack Horseman" (Netflix), featuring voice work from the likes of Will Arnett, Lisa Kudrow, and Aaron Paul, and "Rick and Morty" (Adult Swim), from Justin Roiland ("Adventure Time") and "Community" creator Dan Harmon. They're both hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking examinations of our love/hate relationship with television. Americans now spend half their leisure time watching TV, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the proliferation of new series—not to mention the growing number of classic titles available via Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu—means that there's more worth seeing than even an insomniac critic can keep up with. Yet the form still provokes ambivalence, apologetic paeans »
- Matt Brennan
Boob tube. Idiot box. Couch potato. Binge watch. If slang is a side door into the psyche, the language we've come to associate with television suggests it may be time to see a therapist. Even better, tune into insanely inventive animated comedies "BoJack Horseman" (Netflix), featuring voice work from the likes of Will Arnett, Lisa Kudrow, and Aaron Paul, and "Rick and Morty" (Adult Swim), from Justin Roiland ("Adventure Time") and "Community" creator Dan Harmon. They're both hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking examinations of our love/hate relationship with television. Americans now spend half their leisure time watching TV, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the proliferation of new series—not to mention the growing number of classic titles available via Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu—means that there's more worth seeing than even an insomniac critic can keep up with. Yet the form still provokes ambivalence, apologetic paeans...
- Matt Brennan
“Wubba lubba dub dub!” said Brian Q Quinn, the moderator of a Rick and Morty Comic Con panel on Friday. According to the offbeat Adult Swim sci-fi cartoon, he meant: “I am in great pain, please help me.”
The panel on the in-joke-filled sitcom, the brainchild of Community creator and showrunner Dan Harmon and animator Justin Roiland, packed a nearly 5,000-seat ballroom to capacity, rivaling the attendance for events on multimillion-dollar films and big-budget fantasy shows.
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- Sam Thielman in San Diego
Rick and Morty is Adult Swim’s most scientifically accurate animated comedy. Created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon, it catalogues the bizarre misadventures of a bored scientific genius/drunkard and his socially awkward grandson, Morty. Their exploits tend to have unintended consequences for Morty’s dysfunctional family, especially his unfailingly mediocre father, Jerry. Watch Rick and Morty battle everything from interdimensional customs agents to Cronenberg monsters now, only at AdultSwim.com.
Rick and Morty return for season 2 on Sunday, July 26th.
- Gary Collinson
With robots, parallel universes, technology run dangerously rampant, and an excellent group of five characters to watch as things get weird, the first season of Rick and Morty was one of the best science fiction shows on TV. Created by Justin Roiland (who voices both lead characters) and Dan Harmon, the series is like a super-twisted version of […]
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- Russ Fischer
Dan Harmon's Community is (likely) over, but at least we still have his show on Adult Swim with Justin Roiland, Rick and Morty, which returns for its second season July 26. The trailer is just a reminder that indeed there is no one better to go on intergalactic adventures with than your drunk, genius grandpa who has a watch that can turn people into snakes. »
- E. Alex Jung
Adult Swim is gearing up for the next season of Rick and Morty, their cultish animated hit following the inter-dimensional doings of the titular mad-scientist grandfather and dopey grandson. Today, the network finally released a full trailer for Rick and Morty Season 2 and there's some revealing details that can be gleaned from the scenes previewed. Most remarkable is the narrative decision to have the entire family, outside of the titular duo, get involved in their crazed adventures across inventive planets with aliens and creatures that, often enough, act just like humans. Indeed, the trailer makes a point of highlighting a scene where Morty's mother, Beth, tells her husband, Jerry, that they have to listen to Ricky from here on out, which seems like a risky proposition to say the very least. And though I didn't see a single Mr. Meeseeks, there are plenty of creatures and wild landscapes at play in the trailer, »
- Chris Cabin
Read More: Dan Harmon's Offbeat Animated Series 'Rick and Morty' Gets a Second Season From Adult Swim The alcohol doused and often violent misadventures of "Rick and Morty" were nothing short of hilarious in its debut season. Created by Dan Harmon ("Community") and Justin Roiland, the show follows alcoholic mad scientist Rick Sanchez and his well-meaning but slow grandson Morty Smith (both voiced by Roiland) as they travel through space and time causing some serious chaos. While shock and awe are key in fitting into the slate of more mature shows on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming, the show also features intelligent satire of family drama and science fiction. Based on the trailer, the odd couple will be back to their old ways in Season 2, interacting with the stranger and seedier characters of the universe while continuously causing Morty's family distress. The cartoon also features the voices of Chris Parnell, »
- Ethan Sapienza
San Diego Comic-Con 2015 has released their full schedule for Friday, July 10. For your convenience, we have pulled out all of the movie, TV and DVD related panels and events below, but you can can visit Comic-Con.org to check out the full schedule including comic book and video game panels. Take a look at all of the movie, TV and DVD events that will take place during the first day of Comic Con.
10:00am - 11:00am - Inside The Big Bang Theory Writer's Room
The Big Bang Theory writers once again open the curtain and take you behind the scenes of TV's #1 comedy. From huge guest stars to the shocking moments in the season finale (Was that a ring, my Precious? Will what happened in Vegas stay in Vegas?), find out what it takes to make the hit series each week. Join the show's executive producers and writers »
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