Before I talk about Rick and Morty on Adult Swim, I need to talk about the latest Family Guy episode where Brian Griffin was brought back. When Brian died, I did this post talking about my thoughts about the episode. And I said this:
“I think Seth MacFarlane has done something which he knew what he was doing. He is getting the exact reaction input that he wanted. That episode was to bring up fan discussions of why and why not Brian should be written off. The writers of Family Guy, I hope, have come up with a way to bring back Brian Griffin, most likely with the help of a time machine.”
See, I was right! Seth MacFarlane on Twitter confirmed that killing off Brian Griffin was a stunt. I thought this stunt was a way to increase ratings and the ratings did increase! Many people were also talking about it on social media. Seth said this on Twitter.
And thus endeth our warm, fuzzy holiday lesson: Never take those you love for granted, for they can be gone in a flash.—
Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) December 16, 2013
And he is right, Christmas time is a time to be grateful for family. You never know when your loved ones can be gone for good. Seth said the show would be crazy if they killed off Brian for good, and I am happy to see Brian back! I hope we will see Vinny return to a future Family Guy episode! Speaking of dogs, the second episode of Rick and Morty where the dogs take over the human world then leave was brilliant!
Now to talk about this new show on Adult Swim called Rick and Morty. Rick and Morty is an American animated television series created by Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland. Roiland voices the eponymous main characters Rick, a scientist and alcoholic, and Morty, Rick’s grandson, as Rick proves himself to be a negative influence on Morty and his family. I wonder why only 11 episodes were made, because judging by this show, they are going to need to make more episodes!
The cartoon is not for kids! Rick is a genius scientist whose alcoholic tendencies are the source of concern for his daughter’s family over the safety of their son, Morty. The parents are not happy seeing Rick drinking. The grandson of Rick, Morty, is usually dragged into Rick’s adventures. And the adventures involves things like going into outer space and shooting guns. Then dropping back into school through a portal. It was funny seeing Morty going into dumb mode after losing most of his brain function. Why was Rick not helping him?
The series is created by Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, and is based on Justin Roiland’s Channel 101 shorts, “The Real Animated Adventures of Doc and Mharti”, which were inspired by Back to the Future’s Emmett Brown and Marty McFly. I see the connection between this show and Back to the Future! Other inspiration from this show comes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Doctor Who. This show has your average comedy mixed in with super cool sci-fi stuff! Yes, geeks and nerds will like this show!
The animation is pretty good for Adult Swim. The animation has a simple feel too it, with basic lines and colors unless you see those cool sci-fi scenes! The storylines also has a great mix of comedy and supernatural stuff! The characters are mostly offbeat and sometimes crazy, but it works! If you like seeing wacky characters and wacky inventions like a dog talking advice, you will like Rick and Morty. I have enjoyed watching this show so far! This show is a mix of Sanjay and Craig, Bob’s Burgers, and Regular Show.
The first season will have multiple guest appearances including Tom Kenny, Maurice LaMarche, John Oliver, David Cross, Claudia Black, Virginia Hey, Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell, Phil Hendrie, Dana Carvey, Aislinn Paul, and Cassie Steele. New episodes of Rick and Morty airs on Monday nights on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. Learn more about Rick and Morty at: http://video.adultswim.com/rick-and-morty/ Watch the first two episodes before they are taken off of YouTube!
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- 8 Fun Facts About Dan Harmon’s New Animated Show “Rick And Morty” (buzzfeed.com)
- TV Review: ‘Rick and Morty’ (variety.com)
- Television Review: ‘Rick and Morty’ on Adult Swim (tv.nytimes.com)
- ‘Family Guy’: Why Seth MacFarlane Killed & Revived Brian Griffin (hollywoodlife.com)
- TV Review: Dan Harmon’s new series is a warped take on the Doc Brown/Marty McFly dynamic (avclub.com)