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The Rick and Morty thread

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by mr3urious, Dec 4, 2013.

  1. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    Just watched the first episode of this new Adult Swim show, and I'm liking what I see. Imagine, if you will, a crazy alcoholic Doc Brown going on weird and dangerous adventures with his grandson in tow, and both are voiced by the Earl of Lemongrab. That's Rick and Morty in a nutshell.

  2. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Not only did the voice of Lemongrab voice the main character... looks like he's one of the creators, too.

    I just caught the 4 episodes that aired, and I find them ACCEPTIBLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

    Seriously. THIS is how you do it, Adult Swim. Adult situations that work in cartoon form. not just a bunch of old pop culture references with adult jokes slapped in or being offensive for offensiveness sake. Really... Rick and Morty and Venture Bros. More stuff like that.
  3. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    Now the season has ended, and what better way to end it with a wild party?

    No surprise to me that Rick is such a party animal. But what is surprising is how many friends he has throughout the universe. :D
  4. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    While I can't post it here, I noticed something...

    There's a pre-Rick and Morty "Doc and Mahrti" web cartoon that's about SCUD the Disposable Assassin. And as such, the plotline of SCUD is for the assassins to deactivate and die when they're finished with their mission.

    Now, considering that, the Mr. Meeseeks episode seems to be referencing that idea. Took me a while to get that.
  5. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Forgot to watch most of the last batch of episodes, and I caught one I skipped over last night (I went straight to the alternate dimension Television episode). I was very impressed. They referenced Zardoz. But then again, with this kind of television show, and that kind of writing, it shouldn't have been such a big surprise in hindsight.
  6. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    YAY! The DVD has been announced.

    The commentaries and deleted scenes sound great. I'm sure there's no way they're going to put some of the original BTTF parody shorts on there, especially the one about Scud or the one with Garfield. But the slipcase designed by the creators sounds amazing.
  7. JJandJanice

    JJandJanice Well-Known Member

    I actually LOVE this show and you can bet I'll be picking up that DVD or perhaps Blu ray set.
  8. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Whaddaya Know! Rick and Morty had a nod to Gravity Falls (of which R&M creator Justin Roiland does a couple voices in)


    That's a Mystery Shack souvenir mug.
  9. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

  10. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    The 2nd season finally premiered with the first 2 episodes, and I'd say the one with the multiple outcomes occurring simultaneously must have took a heck of a long time to animate, as each one is slightly different from the other.
  11. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I'm very impressed how far this show has come in 2 years. They were a Simpsons couch gag, and an extended on at that. Look at the other guest couch gag animators. Bill Plymton, John K, and the Triplets of Belleville guy (name escapes me). All long established animators and well known in the animation community (though not well enough for me to remember that guy's name, apparently). And then Rick and Morty. It's that mainstream that it got that privilege. Wow. Only other AS show to get that honor was Robot Chicken, but that was a while after it was established.

    Let's see Mr. *&^%$ Pickles do that!
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  12. JJandJanice

    JJandJanice Well-Known Member

    Not to much some of the animators from the Simpsons including Matt Groening himself provided audio commentary on the DVD release of season 1.
  13. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    The season premiere validates why I think this is the best [as] show, if not the best adult animated series, on the air today. They aren't afraid to be experimental and dark with the sci-fi parody concepts. And that the episode continued exactly where the last episode left off and having to deal with the consequences of those actions. So refreshing in adult animation, where continuity and consequence are few and far between. Really hope to see more first season concepts pay off.
  14. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    Oh yeah, that season premiere was great. This is probably their best "not ridiculous/plotless/dumb for the sake of it" (which I enjoy to a certain extent) show other than the Venture Bros (which is also great).
  15. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Rick and Morty and Venture Bros are two of the best adult cartoons today. Both shows could easily just be cheap parodies as their concepts suggest. Rick and Morty coming out of a BTTF parody (a vulgar but hilarious one made to tick off Universal's lawyers), Venture Bros a dark parody of HB's 1960's action adventure shows. Both shows go to dark, deep themes that other adult shows avoid to get the most of rapid fire gags. Even the episode Rixty Minutes, complete with improvised comedy gags, managed to have some deep meaning and that emotional punch of Morty talking about eating breakfast just feet away from his dead body. Meanwhile, Venture Bros gets into the deep, psychological ramifications of child adventurers. Seriously, someone needed to take that trope down a peg. When you're old enough to realize action teens are really child soldiers, that's the moment your childhood dies. And Venture Bros runs with it...and not always for laughs.
  16. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    Netflix's BoJack Horseman also manages to go to deep, dark places by deconstructing washed-up actors and former child stars, and the struggle to make it back in the public eye as anything other than a punchline. All in a universe of humans and anthropomorphic animals living side by side, with not a single non-anthro creature in sight.
  17. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I gotta check that out, but there's so much on my Netflix plate now. My sister found me El Chapluin Colarado (you might know it as the thing Bumblebeeman on The Simpsons was based off of...and it's a million times funnier than that to boot).

    You look at some of the adult cartoons and they seem to follow either Family Guy or ATHF. Not that they're essentially bad, and it varies from show to show. Mike Tyson Mysteries is pretty stupid, but it's all the more amazing for it, meanwhile Mr. Pickles goes so overboard with its rapid misfire naughty jokes that it ruins the series' admittedly clever concept with obvious humor done poorly.

    That said, if there's one thing I think adult animation is in dire need of, it's an adult action show. Sure, there's Toonami and its Kill la Kill dub (among others), but there hasn't been a made for Western audience action adult show since maybe Aeon Flux... maybe that G.I. Joe movie they showed in parts on CN?
  18. beatnikchick300

    beatnikchick300 Well-Known Member

    I just started watching that recently. Hands down, it's the best cartoon for adults currently airing (in my oh-so humble opinion). It has an interesting animation style, and is trying to genuinely do its own thing (by which I mean, it's not trying to rehash South Park or Family Guy, like a lot of other adult cartoons seem to). That, and it's actually really funny.
  19. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    On any other cartoon, Rick's abuse at Morty like in last nights episode would have been some cheap laughs. Here, you can tell he's frustrated because of Morty's idealism. Like he knew in advance that
    saving "fart" would entail becoming wanted men, losing one of his best friends (someone who can tolerate him), the deaths of innocent people (something he really hammered at Morty), and ultimately knowing that "fart" was going to be assassinated for a reason, and Morty's actions would have been for naught anyway.

    And that gets me to realize the obvious. Rick wants to crush Morty's idealism because it's clear that Rick made the same mistakes over and over and became jaded. He was clearly an idealistic scientist who thought he'd grow to be a great man, but his actions lead to similar outcomes that Morty reached. That's probably why the Ricks hate Doofus Rick so much. Not because he's an idiot, but because he didn't have that cathartic bitterness that killed such idealism. That's Rick and Morty's relationship right there. He's trying to push the idealism far out of him. He hates seeing his former self in Morty.

    And Jerryboree was endlessly hilarious. Sure, the joke could have been Jerry is such a useless and stupid loser that he's treated as a child and it could have been the end of it. But once again, the writers add their trademark depth. As big of a self centered jerk Rick is, and as much as he hates Jerry, he cares enough not to let him die on one of their missions. Which adds a bit of fridge horror. Rick does care about Jerry, even though it's just through knowing his daughter would be royally angry if anything happened to him. Some of the Jerrys were never picked up. It's easy to say that those Ricks didn't care and just left them there, and some Ricks realized Jerry would be happiest there. Personally, I think that the Jerrys that were left behind were from Ricks and Mortys that didn't make it back.
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  20. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    That last episode was massively important for one thing...

    something broke Rick. The completely devoid of human emotion, incredibly cynic Rick cried.

    That's about as important a revelation as Morty telling Summer about the events of "Rick Potion No9" at the end of the the innocuous enough Rixty Minutes episode (even though it was a long set up about Jerry and Beth's relationship). I also love the backhanded parody of a sci-fi standby,warping the cliche of a mind possessing super being by showing it as a good thing that brings about world peace and betterment of the populous. And by trying to give everyone their individuality back, everything goes to pot.

    Also... Patton Oswalt as the Borg.;)

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