The creators of Rick and Morty announced the return of their animated science fiction series with an impromptu four-minute mini episode that hints at events in Season 3 and suggests an upcoming movie.
Showrunners Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland squashed rumors of an August air date when they announced the Adult Swim and Cartoon Network show would air by the end of the year.
Season 3 of Rick and Morty should be the “most epic so far,” with some unexpected twists and turns for the characters and the show’s creators hinted at future events with a live impromptu mini episode, according to Parent Herald.
The four-minute mini episode titled “Summer’s Future” centers on Morty’s sister, voiced by Spencer Grammer, and her decision to attend college. It starts with Grammer sitting in a circle with Harmon, Justin Roiland and Ryan Ridley as the cast improvises a story that involves Rick injecting 120 cc of feces into Morty’s knees while Summer wins a Harvard scholarship, goes off to college and earns 20 degrees.
Unfortunately, Morty doesn’t survive the experiment, but Rick assures Summer there’s a replacement for him already. At the very end of the episode, Roiland hints at a possible Rick and Morty movie, but no other details were given.
The popular animated show is known for its improved scripts, but putting everything together for Season 3 has been challenging for the cast and crew, as Harmon told Comic-Con fans, reports CinemaBlend.
“I watched the thumbnail animation of Episode 304 and I was ready to move forward with it and Ryan said ‘we’re not satisfied with it’ and we were already behind schedule. [The animators] have to bear the brunt of the schedule, they have to work weekends.”
Rick and Morty uses a process known as “retroscripting” where the voice actors are given a rough outline of the show and the animators put the scenes together after they improvise the script.
Rick and Morty Season 3 is set to premiere in late 2016 on Adult Swim, but fans can catch up on Season 2 while they wait now that the double disc DVD/Blu Ray is out. It features behind the scene commentaries from Roiland and Harmon, deleted animatics and extra bonus features.
Rumors are flying that Fast and Furious 8 star Vin Diesel might be joining the Rick and Morty show during its third season to voice one it characters, Harmon told iTech.
“I just want to meet Vin Diesel. I know he plays D&D so I just want to have a conversation with him about doing it.”
Rick and Morty is close to getting its own virtual reality game, which is a dream come true for Roiland who said he was super excited about being one of the first Oculus Rift backers, according to LikeTheFuture.
“I have never—and I don’t say this lightly—been more energized, enthusiastic, excited, and motivated about anything in my entire life, and that includes my TV show stuff.”
Owlchemy Labs in Austin has put together a demo of their upcoming Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality VR game, which will be available for the HTC Vive. In the five minute demo the player is a Morty clone who can interact with a bunch of stuff in Rick’s garage including a Meeseeks Box, a plumbus and Rick’s laser.
Using Rick’s portal gun, the player can transport to anywhere in the infinite universe and untold number of planets created by the show. There’s no timetable on the release date yet or estimate on the length of the game.
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