Rick and Morty is gearing up to be THE cutting edge animation show. Family Guy, Simpsons, South Park, all those are awesome, but y'all are the current frontrunners in "pumping the gas" so to speak. How does it feel to be able to be a part of that?
Get ready for a ramble. 3…2…1…Let’s go!
From the start of production, we all knew Rick and Morty would be a great show. We always looked forward to the animatic screenings after the storyboards were completed. I really felt the show was something exceptional after screening the Love Potion #9 episode. It was funny as hell but it went deeper. I had never worked on such a well-written show.
There was a lot of exploration and sandbox craziness that season and we had a blast working on it. Being an Adult Swim show, it didn’t really have a big budget but the crew put their all into their work because we enjoyed the show so much. We knew the show would be popular but it took off even bigger than we expected.
Justin Roiland, Dan Harmon and the rest of the writing crew set the bar high with Season 1 and we had to top it with the Season 2. There was still a lot of messing around but also some second guessing in the aim of perfection. In my opinion, Season 2 topped Season 1. The crew got the feel of what the show is and should be. Established great storylines.
So now R&M had fans creating amazing fan art, cosplay, cover songs, youtube theories, crochet Meeseeks, Rick bongs and acid tabs, etc. Officially the show had a big t-shirt line through Zen Monkey Studios and some simple video games: Rick and Morty’s Rushed Licensed Adventure and then Jerry’s game was being made. They did the intro to The Simpsons! Yeah it was getting big.
We seemed to have a bigger budget, hired more top-talent writers and artists, and moved to a newer building that didn’t have a stinky bathroom. A R&M comic line started through Oni Press. Pocket Mortys was released. We had Loot Crate merch. Funko Pop vinyls. Plush Toys. I even saw Jerry socks at Hot Topic. I’ve seen people on the street with R&M shirts walking around wherever. I think the R&M Comic con panels had people sleeping in line waiting to get in. There is the constant question being asked, “When does Season 3 come out?”
Some people are even intimidated by the show’s popularity. It’s more than a show to us. I think I read Dan Harmon say something like that about R&M and Community. The people on these shows really feel that what they’re working on is important. It’s not just a show. And I love it. We all do—and what a great crew we have. Working on Rick and Morty has been a fucking blast! We wish the show would go on for a hundred years (dot com). I don’t know if I can say this but we got a bit of Season 3 animation back from Bardel and it is soooooo good! They’re doing such amazing work up there. It’s worth the wait.
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