Rick & Morty gets more anime shorts from Adult Swim

With the release of a third new Rick & Morty animated short in tandem with Season 5, Adult Swim confirms that more shorts are on the way.

Adult Swim confirms that it will produce Rick and morty animated shorts after the creative success of the three existing animated shorts in the series. Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland’s adult sci-fi cartoon follows depressed mad scientist / alcoholic Rick Sanchez as he drags his much less intelligent grandson, Morty Smith, through the multiverse. The series gained a cult fan base after its first season for its scientific jargon, existential themes, and dark humor. The series has since grown into one of the most watched shows on Adult Swim.

Rick and morty is now in its fifth season, with Roiland voicing the two main characters and accompanied by Sarah Chalke, Chris Parnell and Spencer Grammer. Following the show’s massive popularity, Roiland and Harmon released a list of accompanying content and products, including video and tabletop games, comics, collectibles, and a planned spin-off titled The Vindicators. The characters in the series have also made appearances in other TV shows, movies, and music, including appearing on The simpsons and in Space Jam: A New Legacy. A number of Rick and morty shorts have also been made, including a 2017 claymation mini-film series titled Rick and Morty: The Non-Canonical Adventures and three animated short films produced in 2020 and 2021.

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Adult Swim now has more Rick and morty animated short films planned, says a representative of the network SYFY WIRE. The most recent anime special, “Summer Meets God (Rick Meets Evil),” was released by Adult Swim and Toonami on August 2 and is now on Youtube. The short film was written and directed by Takashi Sano, who previously created Rick and Morty‘s second animated short “Rick and Morty vs. Genocider” in July 2020. Jason DeMarco, Creative Director and Senior Vice President of Adult Swim and Co-Creator of Toonami, reveals more Sano shorts are in the works :

Director Sano had so much fun making his latest Rick and Morty animated short, “Rick and Morty vs Genocider,” that when it came time to find a director to create his own version of “GoTron”, he was the obvious choice. As always, his directing and character was brilliant, because beyond being a gifted director, he is a true fan of the series. We’re thrilled with the outcome and are planning even more Rick and Morty animated shorts starring Takashi Sano and others.

Check out Sano’s short film here:

In the short, which is conveyed in a Japanese dialogue with English subtitles, Summer has a non-human boyfriend and Jerry makes his way into yet another disaster. The story relates to the pursuit Rick and morty season 5, which has aired seven of ten episodes so far. Sano is best known as the director of Tower of God and he also worked as a cutscene director for Fire Emblem: Three Houses and as an episode host for Neon Genesis Evangelion. The 15-minute special was produced by Sola Entertainment and hosted by Telecom Animation Film.

Like any episode of Rick and Morty, this opus is marked by quirky humor, fascinating visual details and unexpected poetic moments, all rendered in the style of Sano. Fans have been raving about the short since its release, so it’s no surprise that Adult Swim is rushing to offer more of the same. With 70 new episodes of Rick and morty given the green light in 2018, there will be many more opportunities for special short films. Anime-style characters appeared in the most recent episode, Episode 7 of Season 5 (titled “Gotron Jerrysis Rickvangelion”) as a genre parody that does not feature any scientific / world rules as to why different styles of animation are present. The fact that animated versions of the main characters also exist begs the question: Did the Rick and Morty anime come from the same world as the Gotrons? And if so, what claymation horrors could happen in the seasons to come?

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Source: FIL SYFY

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