One of Cartoon Network’s biggest hits is getting a spin-off overhaul. ‘Rick and Morty’ is an adult sci-fi animated comedy created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon for the Cartoon Network block Adult Swim that launched in 2013. Japanese animator and director Takashi Sano (Tower of God, Sengoku Basara: End of Judgement) is launching ‘Rick and Morty: The Anime.’ The show will also appear on HBO Max.
“Based on the Emmy-award-winning adult animated series, Rick and Morty: The Anime is a 10-episode adventure debuting on Adult Swim and HBO Max. Sano previously directed two anime shorts, ‘Rick and Morty vs. Genocider’ and ‘Summer Meets God (Rick Meets Evil),’ which received widespread fan and critical acclaim upon release, generating over 10 million combined views on Adult Swim digital platforms,” Warner Media said in a press release. “While celebrated anime director (and Rick and Morty superfan) Sano will adapt themes and events of the main series, Rick and Morty: The Anime will stand on its own as an original work.”
Telecom Animation Film (‘Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro’), a company that has worked with Sano in the past, will handle the animation.
“The multiverse-straddling exploits of Rick and the gang pose challenges to the family bond, but they always rise to the occasion,” Sano said. ‘It’s such a life affirming sight, and Jerry is no exception.”
He continued, “I am honored to have been given an opportunity to tell a new story about this amazing family. I hope you enjoy their adventures!”
According to IMDb, ‘Rick and Morty’ is an “An animated series on adult-swim about the infinite adventures of Rick (voiced by Justin Roiland), a genius alcoholic and careless scientist, with his grandson Morty (also Justin Rolans), a 14 year-old anxious boy who is not so smart. Together, they explore the infinite universes; causing mayhem and running into trouble.”
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