Rick and Morty (2013-): Season 1-3
Title: Rick and Morty
Genre: Animation| Adventure| Comedy|
Runtime: 23 min/Episode
Created by: Dan Harmon & Justin Roiland
Starring: Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell, Spencer Grammer
ABSORBING, ABSURD AND CYNICAL
One of the best aspects of animation is that there are no boundaries. You can design the concept of your series in any way that you desire to tell and share your narrative. The top animation-series The Simpsons vs Family Guy is worth mention as The Simpsons actually care to tell a story with a cynical point of view in a good way while Family Guy is drowned with Meta-commentaries, exaggerated fight and subjects that might make you sick or tired of the content.
Rick and Morty are somewhere in between these two. An animated series that has a non-linear narrative compared to Family Guy but has a character that’s three dimensional like what The Simpsons have. In the beginning, according to Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon, the creator of this popular series Morty was sort of a punching bag. With the vile and mature content, this series has, the executive producer wanted it to be changed and the writers created instead of a character that is more relatable in one way or the other.
Rick and Morty don’t really take itself seriously considering the constant meta-commentary that’s mean for a comedic effect. This decision to change the dialogue and the overall outcome of the series was a good decision, as this has grown to be one of the best-animated adventure series out there. Even if it’s rude and cynical most of the time, it explores the common aspect that unspoken in the daily society which brings a more distinctive and more dimensional depth to the storyline. The most episode takes place in space, where Rick, the scientist controls the adventure they are having. Morty, on the other hand, is his right-wing even if he is a teenager with a squeaky voice.
It has most of the ingredients of violence and profanity that Family Guy ha but does not care with the intercuts which is appreciated. This series gives a narrative throughout the first three seasons, the first 30 episodes, and the utterly absorbing world with a character that prominently not based on earth but with it as a base. Not all of the episode is appreciated, and the ton might be over the top, yet it has an undertone that gives this series a charm.
A charm that Family Guy never has had and nothing near the depth The Simpsons has had. With that said, most of the episodes lack the depth you might need. There is more for the mature audience that aims to shock, most of the time. The narrative is never really clear why it is happening. The adventure is subtle most of the time where the relationship and drama are the core of the plot.
A majority of the episodes, which titles parodies on popular films, brings nothing more a comedy with a vulgar theme, something to shock the audience and make them think. Even if the latter episodes are more mainstream and the writers start to more evaluate the characters on a different level, the adventure is still the same. Not the relationships. One of the downsides is the animation style that varies between each episode. It has a simplistic animation style which changes throughout the series. The content is also somewhat juvenile, only for comedic effect.
The fact that Justin does both voices of the titular characters is int the best regard surprising and fascinating. He does a good job by creating an intimate experience with these characters. The rest of the cast does a swell job too. Sarah Chalke, who starred in Scrubs and How I Met Your Mother, becomes occasionally a weak link in the cast. Summer doesn’t do anything unless it’s worth it for the plot but she’s just like Jerry a side-characters.
The Smith family has evolved to somewhat better. With the current fourth season showing every week, the interactions between cast members functionalize far better now than before. The bottom line is simple. You should not see or read about Rick and Morty, if you’re easily offended and if you’ve not seen this series, it worth the time. The pop-culture references are mentioned non-stop.