“I do for sure. I don’t like going places and sitting around for twenty hours waiting for them to reset a shot. I made the conscious decision a long time ago: I’m done with live action. ‘Cause I can just sit in my agoraphobic darkened room and create worlds, and now I’m doing it with a bunch of awesome, talented animators and designers and we can go anywhere we want. Anywhere…more” – Justin Roiland in response to the question Do you find writing for animation more creatively liberating than, say, writing live action?
Last year, after reading that Dan Harmon would no longer be the showrunner for Community, I got super bummed-out. My love for the show is well documented and to confront the reality that it would no longer be nurtured with nutrients from its central, creative teat was pretty depressing.
A few weeks before Sony axed Mr. Harmon, adultswim announced it had picked up a pilot of an animated show he co-created with Justin Roiland (who you probably know best as the voice of Lemongrab on Adventure Time) and I distinctly remember feeling giddy at the news. Community, in many ways, already felt like an animated show – with its insane, truly far-out plotlines and laser-focused visual execution – and I figured that without any need for cameras, Dan Harmons creative vision could flow out, unencumered.
I’m happy to report that Rick & Morty is as bizarre as I had hoped it would be. Attached above is the
second third episode (you can watch the first two at adultswim) and I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
Of all the suggestions that have been sent to the site over these past 10 months, this video is easily the most requested. So why has it taken so long for us to post it? Well we already kinda did. It was a prominent part of Animals and, since we could only ever find it in standard def, we felt as though it’d be a little redundant to feature it on it’s own.
Well, it turns out that the video’s director – the multi-talented lilfuch – recently uploaded it to his Vimeo account only three short months ago in full HD so I figured it was high time we gave this tasty bundle of electrons it’s own home on the site. Plus, as of tonight it’s only accrued a scant 1,400 views so let’s get this thing passed around. You’ve probably already seen it – odds are you’ve probably already sent it in – but believe me, Zodiac Shit always worth another viewing. Full screen and headphones (Flying Lotus!) friends; you know the drill. Enjoy!
Oh and be sure to check out lilfuch’s website. It’s chock-full with rad, colorful illustrations.
Y’all remember Animals, right? It was the first episode of Off the Air, a new series that first appeared inexplicably on Adult Swim during the wee morning hours of New Years Day 2011. This, the aptly titled Food, is the second in the series as conceived/edited by Dave Hughes and produced by Keith Crofford and Mike Lazzo. Our favorite portion kicks off at 7:15 where a datamoshed wave of meat lifts off towards some Cyriak (as seen previously here) past an unsettling breathing apple and drops you gently inside MORPHOLOGIC‘s Oyster Vision (they’re the dudes who kindly introduced us to The Lynx Nudibranch). Don’t click away when the credits roll as the ridiculousness of ‘Ketchup’ provides some bonus lulz. Enjoy the weirdness!
A regular reader of the site, alex, was kind enough to email us the contents of a personal bookmarks folder he curated named ‘trippy shit man’. This video was included in those links and, let me assure you, he categorized it correctly. My favorite part is definitely the skiing ostriches.
Originally broadcast on January 1st, 2011 between 4:00 and 4:30am (on the reliably awesome [ adult swim ]) Animals is a strange visual journey indeed. Ten points if you spot the Cyriak. You’ll also find Blockhead‘s excellent video for their tune ‘The Music Scene’ in there which was posted here in full HD back in October. So definitely check that out if you haven’t watched it yet.
Thanks again, alex!