Rick and Morty Animation Team Takes Fans Behind the Scenes of Season 4

Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland's Rick and Morty is set to return to Adult Swim with the five-episode, second-half of season 4 on Sunday, May 3, with their interdimensional world tour heading over to E4 on Thursday, May 7, for its UK debut (paired up with Kaley Cuoco's animated  Harley Quinn). This means that in less than two weeks, we might just start to get some of our questions from the trailer answered, but we'll get to that in a minute. First, the fine folks at Adult Swim are here to prove that you weren't wrong: the animation quality this season has been through the roof, with the second-half looking even more impressive. In the following look behind the scenes, viewers get a chance to check out the cutting-edge animation techniques that went into this season. From special hand-drawn segments and an epic Game of Thrones-style battle scene that featured hundreds of characters to special 3D models and more, the team explains why this season has set a new bar for the series' animation quality.

Summer and friends dance to Snake Jazz on Rick and Morty, courtesy of Adult Swim.
Summer and friends dance to Snake Jazz on Rick and Morty, courtesy of Adult Swim.

So looking at the official trailer, Snowball's returning and Rick and Morty might be helping him fend off a feline invasion. Is there some off-shoot of the Galactic Federation still active (think recent Star Wars trilogy), and backing the cats in the conflict? The laser sword fight between Beth and Tammy seems to lean that way, but you can't trust trailer edits and we're not completely sure if the backgrounds match up. With Tammy making her presence known, does that mean a Phoenixperson sighting isn't too far behind? Will any of this put our pair one step closer to Evil Morty?

After the trailer was exposed to the world, Harmon, Roiland, and Adult Swim followed up with an episode titles announcement video that gives a nice "wink" to The Terminator before revealing the following loaded episode names (with logline included). Beginning with return episode "Never Ricking Morty," we have "Promortyus" (Get off my face, broth), "The Vat of Acid Episode" (The one with the acid vat, broth), "Childrick of Mort" (Miracle of life, broth. Whole family in this one, broh.), and "Star Mort Rickturn of the Jerri" (Parenting is crazy, broh. Stuff straight disappearin in this one).

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought on board as staff in 2017.

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