These Claymation 'Rick and Morty' Shorts Recreate Scenes from 'Blade Runner' and 'Aliens'

Wednesday, 12 July 2017 - 11:03AM
Rick and Morty
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 - 11:03AM
These Claymation 'Rick and Morty' Shorts Recreate Scenes from 'Blade Runner' and 'Aliens'
Image credit: Adult Swim
There's always been something slightly creepy about claymation. Perhaps it's the connection to old-school monster movies, a reminder of Gumby's vacant deathstare, or simply the fact that Nickelodeon used it for their more disturbing shorts back in the Nineties, but for whatever reason, it's hard not to get slightly grossed out just by seeing little Plasticine figures writhing around in stunted stop-motion animation.

This is perhaps why the art form works perfectly for Rick and Morty, with three Adult Swim stingers using stop-motion for creepy yet hilarious quick gags that, we're promised, are totally not canon—which makes sense, as all three are recreations of famous scenes from famous sci-fi movies. Here's the first:



Fans of these shorts can go ahead and assume that, somewhere in the Rick and Morty-verse, these tales are part of even weirder scenarios that alternate Ricks have engineered (similar to Cronenberg World). Here's the next one:



We see here yet another gag that plays on the Alien franchise, as we got when Covenant came out. There's clearly some love for Ridley Scott's sci-fi horror among the Rick and Morty team, although this could simply be a leftover from the marketing deal that got the ill-fated duo attacked by facehuggers.



The only real downside to these clips is that they're so short. Rick and Morty works so well in claymation that it would be absolutely wonderful to see a full episode of the show that uses this style—preferably one which features a disembodied Morty, a robot Rick, and a genuine xenomorph. Alas, these clips are so short in large part because of how much hassle it is to animate things in stop-motion, so it's unlikely that we'll be getting a full Rick and Morty episode in this style for the foreseeable future.

Maybe, though, if these prove popular enough, Dan Harmon might entertain the idea of using this format for a full episode in Season Four, which, based on Season Three's delays, will be with us at some point next decade.
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