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Dan Harmon, Justin Roiland talk bringing absurd to ‘Rick and Morty’

On 05, Mar 2014 | In Press & News | By SBI

The manic will soon return to Mondays.

“Rick and Morty,” Adult Swim’s wacky animated half-hour from “Community” czar Dan Harmon and actor/writer Justin Roiland, returns with new episodes Monday at 10:30 p.m. PDT.

The deranged comedy, currently in its first season, centers on mad scientist/drunken sociopath Rick and his woeful grandson Morty and their loony adventures — a sort of unhinged spin on the Doc Brown-Marty McFly relationship in “Back to the Future.”

It was recently renewed for a second season. As the series returns with new episodes, Show Tracker spoke with Harmon and Roiland about the show’s genesis, bringing a longer format to Adult Swim and female disparity in the writers room.

“Rick and Morty” is definitely one of the bolder animated series out there. Talk about coming up with the concept, Its rooted in rejection, right? 

Roiland: Yeah. I mean, the original concept was just me screwing around. I would go through phases in my involvement with Channel 101 [a nonprofit short film festival started by Harmon] where I would make stuff that was kind of intended to just shock people — a lot of screaming and people covering their eyes, groaning. This was one of those things. It started just for me, doing these two voices, really bad impressions of Doc and Marty from “Back to the Future.” Skipping forward now, it’s completely different. Our show is so far removed from that [the Channel 101 pilot “The Real Animated Adventures of Doc and Mharti”], but some of the raw energy behind the voice performances is sort of still intact, especially for Rick. That’s the beginning of it. And me sort of falling in love with it over the short period of time I made it – -I think I made it over a period of two weeks. It had originally started as this thing I didn’t give a … about at all, and by the time I was finished, I really had grown to like it. I was hoping the audience would vote it back. I had very little hope that they would because of the content, but I really did have this energy to continue telling stories with these two guys.

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