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Rick & Morty Claymation Halloween Short is a Trippy Horror for Summer

Adult Swim has debuted a new Rick and Morty Claymation Halloween special. Rick and Morty is an animated series created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon, which began in 2013. The series follows the adventures of Rick, a super scientist, and Morty, his average grandson. Roiland voices the two leads alongside Chris Parnell, Sarah Chalke, and Spencer Grammer.

Rick and Morty season 6 is currently on hiatus, with the remainder of episodes due to resume airing on November 20. The sixth season has been a distinct departure for the show, with the characters dealing with the hindrance of not having a working portal gun, which has forced them to deal with their absurd problems in new ways. However, Rick was able to get his portal gun working again just as the season went on hiatus, promising new antics when the show returns.

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With Rick and Morty on hiatus, Adult Swim took to YouTube to share a new Claymation Halloween short called Summer’s Sleepover. The 10-minute special sees a creature get loose from Rick’s garage and proceed to plague Summer and her friends during a slumber party. The Claymation is a bit crude, but it embraces the show’s absurdity and style, making for a unique standalone story to enjoy until the series returns. Check out Rick and Morty‘s Halloween special above.

Rick and Morty‘s unique premise offers opportunities for the show to experiment with different styles of animation. While the series hasn’t fully embraced this, the Claymation special proves the show has animation avenues to explore. With Rick and Morty hopping into alternate universes and exploring new worlds, the show has a built-in way to explore other animation styles. For example, the show could jump into a new universe, allowing the animation style to change, with the conceit being that the new universe simply is that way. This could lead to more Claymation, computer-generated characters like a Pixar movie, or even an anime style – which they did with another special released on YouTube called Samurai & Shogun.

Rick and Morty even has a VR video game called Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality, offering another unique style. While Virtual Rick-ality is relegated to the VR game, the look and feel of the game is another distinct departure from the show’s animation style, marking another way the show has been able to successfully set itself apart. So while these animation departures seem stuck in shorts and games, Rick and Morty season 6 and beyond could play into these aesthetics if the show ever chose to venture in that direction.

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Source: Adult Swim/YouTube

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