8 Fun Facts About Dan Harmon’s New Animated Show “Rick And Morty”
Rick and Morty — created by Dan Harmon (Community) and Justin Roiland (House of Cosbys) — is a half-hour animated series that follows the (mis)adventures of genius scientist/inventor Rick Sanchez and his dimwitted grandson, Morty. Oh, and Rick is a belligerent drunk that constantly belches and perennially has vomit on his mouth. Trust me, it’s hilarious.
1. The creators are thrilled that they aren’t tied down by logistics.
Rick and Morty often visit other dimensions and time periods, something that is easily done in animation. “If an episode needs the Loch Ness monster in it, so be it,” Harmon told BuzzFeed. “A running joke on Community is the line producer asking if [a scene] could take place in the cafeteria,” he added, since they have an actual set that needs to be used. Roiland also said that while other animated shows have to be aware of story arcs and character lists, he and Harmon intentionally made their show “not bound by rules,” thus letting the characters and stories move in a more organic way.
2. Roiland voices both main characters, which is no easy feat.
“It’s like parkour,” said Harmon with awe, referencing the fact that Roiland will sometimes record both voices at the same time in dialogue with himself. As Roiland tells it: “I’ll usually do Morty’s lines, then flip. That’s when I’ll usually go off script.” He also said that, unlike Harmon, he’s better “when I’m just talking instead of sitting in front of a Final Draft document.”
3. Sarah Chalke, who plays Rick’s daughter/Morty’s mom, loves the art of Rick and Morty.
“I love the animation,” said Chalke (Scrubs). “It’s beautiful.” However, as much as she loves art, she confesses that she would love to be able to draw. “I have one drawing that was of a cowboy boot,” she said.
4. Chris Parnell, who voices Morty’s father, Jerry, loves sci-fi and had a mysteriously bad high school dance experience.
He said he loves Rick and Morty because of the “universe they live in” and thinks sci-fi fans will appreciate it on another level. When asked if he could go back in time and change an experience, Parnell — with his trademark deadpan — said, “I would change my prom experience,” letting the words hang as the memory seemingly haunted him for a second.
5. Spencer Grammer, who voices Morty’s sister Summer, apparently has superhuman strength.
When asked who in history she would go back and punch if she could, Grammer (Greek) answered without hesitation: “Hitler.” Parnell interrupted her. “I wouldn’t just want to punch Hitler, I’d want to kill him.” To which Grammer replied, “Oh, my punch is that strong, it would.”
6. Harmon thinks “20 Ways Hugh Jackman Should Eat A Muffin” would make a great BuzzFeed list.
And he would be right about that.
7. Chalke, when asked what she would go back and change about school if she could, admitted that she once peed her pants in class.
“I peed my pants in grade one; I was in my Brownie uniform,” she said. “I guess I would go back and use the loo.” Then, without provocation, Parnell said, “I pooped my pants in twelfth grade.” “Is that what ruined your prom?” asked Grammer, a little too excitedly. Head down, Parnell jokingly shook his head yes.
8. Harmon and Roiland will never be at a loss for good ideas.
“The two of them are geniuses,” said Grammar, as Parnell and Chalke shook their heads in agreement. To prove it, I asked Roiland what other sort of mismatched pair he would like to see a show of and the answer, obviously, was perfect. “A person with no arms, and then a person with no legs, and then they have to tie themselves together at the torso and work as a team to solve crimes,” he said, laughing. When I asked for a title, Harmon laughed, “Body of Evidence.” Genius, indeed.