Animation Monday: Two Seasons Recap Of Rick And Morty

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Yes, two Animation Mondays on one week, on a Tuesday!  Recently, the second season of the animated series Rick and Morty wrapped up, with a cliffhanger!  And because Williams Street and Adult Swim are based in Atlanta, I feel obligated to talk about this!  In the season finale, Birdperson was shot to death, a bunch of alien criminals on the run were shot to death in a shootout, and Rick did the weirdest thing you thought he would do and turned himself in.  At the same time, Earth joined the galactic federation, and has become an alien vacation paradise.  Anyways, there will be a lot of things that will have to be told in season three.  But for now, I wanted to talk about three reasons why Rick and Morty is one of my top cartoons!

Aren’t afraid to parody things

Parody dogs talking and taking over, done!  Parodying The Purge on another planet, done!  Parodying the splitting of time, done!  As you can see, the writers of Rick and Morty are not afraid of parodying and making fun of other things in our pop culture.  Some of the things I liked in season two was Rick’s car negotiating a peace treaty between spiders and the government.  I also liked Rick and that alien cat girl dancing in the blood of those they just killed.  Yeah, season two featured plenty of funny and weird things.

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The wide variety of aliens

The animators have a field day coming up with new alien species and cultures.  Sure, there are other cartoon series that have come up with newly created species in outer space.  But, Rick and Morty has blown that door wide open with new alien species in almost every episode.  The geeks and nerds out there love the shows that explore and see what could be out there in outer space.  A good example is a planet in the season finale they visited that has a yelling sun, funny stuff!

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Breaking the fourth wall

This show is not afraid to break the fourth wall.  In every episode after the credits, you get to see some extra segment that does not make any sense in the episode you just watched.  Also, the characters, especially Rick, have become fourth wall breaking masters!  Every episode features several times where the fourth wall is broken, and it makes for a good cartoon.  Along with breaking the fourth wall, the writing and character dialogue is excellent!

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As you can see, Rick and Morty is a cartoon you should be checking out.  You will have plenty of time to check out the first two seasons, because just like the character at the end of season two, season three will come in like a year and a half.  More likely, season three will come in late Summer 2016; I can’t wait to see how Rick gets out of prison!

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The Evening Post: Is Rick from Rick & Morty The Ideal Scientist

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Tonight I am presenting the latest episode from the YouTube PBS Idea Channel.  Rick Sanchez, the erratic scientist from Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty is nothing short of brilliantly talented, but his crazy antics and experiments place him on a scientific fringe. So much so, that some may even consider Rick to not be a scientist at all. But are his anarchic methods representative of what an ideal scientist should be? On this weeks episode of Idea Channel, Mike questions what makes the perfect scientist and if the scientific method is too restrictive in the pursuit of knowledge.

And here are the comment responses to the If There Are No Pics, Did It Happen video.

Animation Monday: We Bare Bears

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This week on Animation Monday, let’s talk about the newest cartoon on Cartoon Network, We Bare Bears!  We Bare Bears is an American animated television series created by Daniel Chong.  The show follows the three bear siblings, Grizzly, Panda, and Ice Bear (voiced by Eric Edelstein, Bobby Moynihan, and Demetri Martin), and their awkward attempts at integrating with the human world in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The show is based on Chong’s webcomic The Three Bare Bears.  And so far, I am really enjoying it!  The show is basically what would happen if bears from the wild comes out of the woods and intertwines with human society.  Grizzly, Panda, and Ice Bear wants to do anything possible to integrate with the human society, but humans find them very weird.  I mean, humans already have their feelings about bears, and they get most of their information about bears from watching YouTube videos I guess.  So because many humans are scared of bears, the three bears struggle to live within the human culture.

But, and it’s a big but!  The bears figure out that they have each other for support.  And they do make friends with some other humans.  The three bears also have a weird way of traveling around, something called a bearstack.  They do a bearstack as a way to symbolize their friendship and it’s a good way to travel around!


Before I get into what I think about We Bare Bears.  I have to compare this to Help!  It’s The Hair Bear Bunch.  I mean, I think you have to compare this!

So, I think We Bare Bears is a pretty good fit for Cartoon Network.  It’s almost like repeating the same current formula you see on the other Cartoon Network originals.  You have several main characters, quite a few side characters, weird storylines, and an attempt to put in some comedy at the same time.  I am not going to put down We Bare Bears here, but I wish Cartoon Network would try something new for a change!  How about some action, that is not put in the early morning hours of Saturday morning?

Anyways, We Bare Bears also tackles a big topic, fitting into a different society.  When you move to a new place, you want to fit in, right?  You want to feel like you belong in a city or countryside.  Each episode I have watched sees the bears trying to fit in our technology filled human world.  I mean, the bears do know how to use the internet, while trying to steal and eat the food from a humans picnic in one episode!  Daniel Chong developed We Bare Bears in the Cartoon Network Studios Global Artists Program.


And judging by We Bare Bears, the artists program is doing a really good job making new series for the network.  I am liking We Bare Bears, and it’s already been renewed for a second season, good move Cartoon Network!

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My Little Pony, Steven Universe, And More Quick Renewals


So all the fans of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic are probably stoked because late yesterday Hasbro released a tweet saying season 6 of the show is coming, in 2015.  Yes, 2015.  Keep in mind that we are only halfway through season 5 of the show, and it will take until September or October to complete season 5 on Discovery Family.  So this means a very short hiatus.

I am kind of questioning this tweet, and here is why.  It takes a very long time to make a full season of 26, 30 minute cartoons.  I know this because I talk to animators and interview them.  It can take up to a year or more to write, voice record, storyboard, and animate a full season cartoon.  So here is what I am thinking.  One, this could be a shorten 13 episode season 6.  Two, they will premiere season 6, but there will be a lot of breaks in between episodes.  Or it will be a full 26 episode season 6, but you might find some animation errors.

I guess we will find out more details during Comic-Con.  We also have the third Equestria Girls movie coming this Fall.  And we will have the My Little Pony movie in 2017.  I mean, if it’s a full season 6, then I am happy for it, let’s go like the Discovery Family slogan says!  There was an almost one year gap in between season four and season five, so I guess the early season six start is a way to say thank you to the fans?  I guess we will wait and see!

Also, another cartoon I like is Steven Universe!  The show has gotten a massive following and in no surprise, Cartoon Network has renewed Steven Universe for season 3.  Rebecca Sugar must be jumping for joy, because she has created a cartoon that could be more popular than Adventure Time!  Steven Universe features Steven who is a human boy and the Crystal Gems who are a quartet of humanoid gems who protect the earth from evil.  Steven lives with the Gems– Garnet, Pearl, and Amythest– in their beachside temple.  And the series has been cute to watch!

Also, Adventure Time, Uncle Grandpa, Clarence, and Regular Show were also renewed!  But Cartoon Network needs to cut down on the Teen Titans Go airings, that show is getting old!

The Evening Post: Rick And Morty Season Two Trailer

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I loved the first season of Rick and Morty, it’s a cartoon of a cross between comedy and sci-fi, and I enjoyed every minute of it!  Now, season two is about to land on our TV screens on Adult Swim, and they have released the trailer to season two.  The second season premieres on Sunday, July 26th at 10:30 pm Central, enjoy!