Rick and Morty Season 7 Opening Addresses Justin Roiland Situation
The opening credits to Adult Swim's Rick and Morty Season 7 offered another example of how the Justin Roiland matter is being addressed.
If you had a chance to check out the opening credits for Adult Swim's Rick and Morty, then you know that we were treated to either some interesting teases of what's to come or ten-ton red herrings that are fun to "What If…?" over (or maybe a mix of both). We had "Jerry Van Damme," a super-jacked Summer, Rick & Morty snowboarding on their tongues, and more. But the one thing of note that you might've missed already shows how the Justin Roiland controversy from earlier this year (which spring-boarded into an NBC News report on Roiland) is being addressed. In the image below, you see the title card from Season 6 on the left and the title card from Season 7 on the right. We're guessing you notice the difference – that "Created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon" has been removed. Here's a look:
And since we've been talking about it so much here's the opening credits to Season 7 of Adult Swim's Rick and Morty – followed by a look back at what we know about the season so far:
For a look at Beth and Summer longing for the days of hugging a toilet and suffering from food poisoning (they do make an excellent point), check out the following announcement promo:
Here's a look back at the Season 7 Episode Titles Reveal announcement video that was released last week, followed by the episode release schedule (at least, as it stands as of this writing):
Here's a look at a rundown of the Season 7 releases calendar as it currently stands (with new episodes screening on Adult Swim on Sunday nights): S07E01: "How Poopy Got His Poop Back" – October 15th; S07E02: "The Jerrick Trap" – October 22nd; S07E03: "Air Force Wong' – October 29th; S07E04: 'That's Amorte" – November 5th; S07E05: "Unmortricken" – November 12th; S07E06: "Rickfending Your Mort" – November 19th; S07E07: "Wet Kuat Amortican Summer" – November 26th; S07E08: "Rise of the Numbericons: The Movie" – December 3rd; S07E09: "Mort: Ragnarick" – December 10th; S07E10: "Fear No Mort" – December 17th.
Rick and Morty Team on Replacing Roiland, Writing Team Stepping Up
Here's a look back at what Rick and Morty Co-EP Steve Levy and Adult Swim President Michael Ouweleen had to share regarding Justin Roiland and the new voice actor(s) being brought aboard – as well as how the Adult Swim series' writing team kept the ship going (all the way to another Emmy nomination – and another possible win):
On Roiland Being Replaced, Voice Acting Being Just One Part of Series & If Viewers Will Notice
Ouweleen: "The idea is that we feel that they are the same characters. Listen: voices are obviously super important in an animated series. And, of course, none of us wanted to go through what we went through. But I've been in animation for a long time, and I know that what makes a series is its different parts coming together. If the voices are obviously a big part, there is also the writing of the characters, their design… I have reason to believe that the transition will go well."
Levy: "The quality of writing has never been better, and all the screenwriters have stayed. I don't think anyone will bat an eyelid hearing the new voices."
Ouweleen: "[On recasting process] But it's looking good. It's a rather unique situation… I'll take an example: there have been several great Bugs Bunny voice actors, and I love what Jeff Bennett has done with them. But it's not Mel Blanc! And yet we recognize the character. I even think that for 'Rick and Morty' we will do even better… It will be fine. It'll be great."
On How "Rick and Morty" Team Responded to Justin Roiland's Departure
Levy: The pill was hard to swallow. We were shocked and disturbed by what happened. But we stuck together, and we put all our energy into the series. We decided to stay positive, and in the end, we produced the best drawings, scripts, and animations of the entire series. And Dan Harmon [the co-creator of Rick and Morty] has always been in the trenches with us every step of the way. He always has an eye on everything, and sometimes that means he asks us to rewrite entire scripts, but for the good of the series. He never walked away after Justin left.
Ouweleen: There is no guide on how to react to this kind of thing. And it's not normal to experience that. Of course, it's hard; of course, it hurts. But when a whole team works on a series, the series actually becomes more important than one person. Season 7 will be pivotal; we know it, but I think we've never done better so far.