Ahead of the third season of Adult Swim's Rick and Morty, the R-rated cartoon is showcasing a new mind-bending adventure with its own trip through the multiverse. If you weren't already hyped for Season 3 of Rick and Morty, you must be screaming wubba lubba dub dub by now.
The whole promo is Rick and Morty's own version of Exquisite Corpse - a surreal drawing technique where artists draw a section of a body without knowing what came before it. The various segments have all been combined into their very own Rick and Morty drug trip. We have already seen our titular Rick Sanchez use his portal gun to traverse dimensions, and the promo proves that this is still expected to be a major plot drive when the show returns.
Directed by Matt Taylor from the animation studio Titmouse, the clip is a healthy 3 minutes long and appeared on Adult Swim's YouTube. There is plenty to squanch your eyes on, and it is an ideal Rick and Morty experience that is typically almost too hard to explain. The clip starts with Morty dropping a beaker of a strange blue liquid before it is full steam ahead on a trippy journey into the lives of our dimension-hopping duo.
From classic Walt Disney-style cartoons to stop-motion, crude pencil drawings to claymation, the promo is a warped trip into the mind of creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon. We also see the welcome return of Scary Terry and the Cromulons, a zombie Beth, and even a subtle nod to Tim Burton's Batman from 1989. We have seen The Simpsons couch gags go down a similar route in recent years, but Rick and Morty went and stuck a Plumbus right into the middle of it all.
There are 22 different segments with varying styles. Set to Run The Jewels’ “Thursday In The Danger Room,” what we see is eventually explained to Morty as an LSD trip and is exactly what we have been "Meseeking" in the extended gap between now and Season 2's finale back in 2015. Sure, we had an advanced peek at the Season 3 premiere, but it just wasn't enough Chitz and giggles to tide us over until the show's full return.
Harmon is particularly proud of the clip, tweeting it to his followers as a benchmark for the next season of the show.
Rick and Morty finally returns for Season 3 on July 30 on Adult Swim.
Source: Adult Swim