Adult Swim Trolled ‘Rick And Morty’ Fans With A Disturbing April Fools Parody Set In Australia
It's animated by the creator of Damo and Darren.
Adult Swim has trolled Rick and Morty fans with a bizarre April Fools Day prank, releasing a disturbing 10-minute parody episode written and directed by Australian animator Michael Cusack, creator of YOLO and Damo and Darren.
Bushworld Adventures aired in place of a re-run of the season two episode ‘Mortynight Run’, and features Australian versions of the show’s title characters on a trip to Bendigo to retrieve a green cube.
It’s animated in the same style as Cusack’s other shorts, and really plays up the abusive elements of Rick and Morty’s relationship. At one point, Rick even points a loaded gun at his grandson’s head and threatens to kill him and then himself.
Moooorty! Get in tha caaahhhh!! pic.twitter.com/BlbOAdTjpf
— JBM (@TX_Mocco) April 2, 2018
Even by Rick and Morty standards, the episode is pretty extreme, and the reaction from fans has been decidedly mixed. Some people loved it, while others were just really pissed off.
IF YOU ARENT WATCHING RICK AND MORTY ON ADULT SWIM RIGHT NOW, DO IT. WHAT THE FUCK KIND OF APRIL FOOLS SHIT IS THIS ??? @RickandMorty ?!?!
— Sleepyhead (@SaraBoldrin15) April 2, 2018
— Beckett Mufson (@BeckettMufson) April 2, 2018
this is terrible
— anti. (@iamofficialanti) April 2, 2018
I would rather watch re runs than this garbage ass Australian Rick and Morty bullshit. @adultswim fire whoever plugged this.
— Dylan Bowman (@Dylan_prevail) April 2, 2018
It’s also hard not to view the episode as something of a response to the extreme, toxic behaviour exhibited by some of the show’s fans.
bushland wasn’t the rick and morty we wanted
But it’s the rick and morty we deserved
— ⚰⚰ (@pizzaparents) April 2, 2018
This is punishment for the Szechuan Sauce fiasco isn’t It?
— Wpp’98 (@wpp98YT) April 2, 2018
Last year Adult Swim used April Fools Day to release the first episode of the show’s third season out of the blue. But with season four yet to be officially ordered, Bushworld Adventures will have to do.
Bushworld Adventures can be viewed on the Adult Swim website.