With less than a month to go, we finally have a trailer for the next season of Rick And Morty that reveals what the new voice actors for each of them sound like. Up until now, the evil genius and his hapless grandson were both voiced by co-creator Justin Roiland, but after the man was outed as a creep by several witnesses, he was fired from this and every other job he had.
Last week Adult Swim said we’d know when Rick and Morty is coming back very soon. And today is Soon: they’ve revealed Season 7 of the anarchic adult cartoon will be ready October 15.
The way Adult Swim was talking during SDCC, it sounded like the seventh season of Rick and Morty wouldn’t be ready anytime soon. Though the production crew has settled into a rhythm reliable enough to produce one season each year (instead of every two years), a wrench was thrown into the works when co-creator Justin Roiland fell into scandals and was fired in disgrace.
Late last month the twenty-year saga of The Venture Bros finally reached some kind of conclusion with the release of the full-length DTV movie, a two hour adventure subtitled Radiant Is the Blood of the Baboon Heart. Right now, it can only be seen on disc. But that will soon change: Adult Swim just announced it’s giving the film a proper airing a little over three weeks from now.
Rick and Morty is in an interesting place. Halfway through a massive gazillion-episode order, the show’s co-creator got into a scandal and had to leave. Behind-the-scenes stories suggest Justin Roiland hasn’t contributed any serious part to Rick and Morty‘s writing in years, so there will be no changes there. The one thing he DID do, though, is voice the two central characters in every episode. Now there’s a hole.
SDCC 2023 has begun, and it starts with a bang with excellent news coming from Adult Swim: they’re working with an anime legend to bring his next big project to life. “Lazarus” is the name of a new concept from Shinichirō Watanabe, the creator of Cowboy Bebop and Samural Champloo.
Late this fall Oni Press will be bringing us Rick and Morty: The Manga, aka the black-and-white adventures of a mad scientist and his family in a world of giant robots. Upon the initial announcement of this title last March, they let us show off a ten-page preview of the book, which you can still see here. Now they’ve let us look at five MORE pages! You can check them out below.
The entertainment industry isn’t in great shape these days, but as long as we keep giving Genndy Tartakovsky whatever he wants, there will always be a bright spot. He and Adult Swim have been great partners of late, producing top-quality content like Unicorn: Warriors Eternal, the final season of Samurai Jack and the two existing seasons of Primal.
The Venture Bros, one of the most brilliant adult cartoons of the 21st century, was unceremoniously silenced by an abrupt cancellation four years ago. The short of it is AT&T took control of Warner Bros, cancelled The Venture Bros, and then left, but not before running up a huge bill and leaving the building in the care of someone even worse than they were. Until then, the show was doing fine, if bring produced at a pace that even snails would find slow.
We’ve known WB’s My Adventures With Superman was coming since 2021. And up to now, that’s about all we’ve known. The studio has been very tight-lipped about when to expect it and even where it will show up (Cartoon Network? Adult Swim? HBO…er, Max?)
Genndy Tartakovsky’s Unicorn: Warriors Eternal premieres this Thursday. It’s the latest in a long line of top-quality action cartoons created by the man of Russian descent: Samurai Jack, Primal, and somewhere in the middle, Sym-Bionic Titan. That latter one doesn’t get talked about as much, but I saw the whole thing when it was new and trust me — it’s really good.
Fans of the Adult Swim TV series The Venture Bros (which is all of you, I’m assuming) watched in horror and extreme nervousness as David Zaslav assumed the Emperor’s Chair at Warner Bros this past summer and started cancelling every animated project he could find. “If he touches The Venture Bros, I swear…” was a frequent comment I saw online.