It feels fair to say that no other network puts more effort into its promotional videos than Adult Swim. The channel's "bumps," as they're known, are sometimes just clever, quippy text slideshows that are good for a quick laugh, but on plenty of other occasions, they go all out.
For example, their recent series of bumps, Rick and Morty: The Non-Canonical Adventures, is a slew of claymation shorts that parody popular sci-fi, fantasy, and horror movies from the history of film. They're pretty darn good, and now Lee Hardcastle, the claymation animator who created them, has compiled all of the episodes and shared them as a singular four-minute video, which he dubbed "Rick and Morty go to the movies."
The shorts were created with cooperation from Adult Swim and Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland, so they have a level of polish that makes each episode an authentic-feeling 15-seconds. They also picked a good bunch of films to pay homage to as well, a list of classic movies that to some degree fit into the Rick and Morty universe. In the order of the video, they are:
2001: A Space Odyssey
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
A Clockwork Orange
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
Which of the non-canonical adventures is your favorite? If there were to be more, what other movies would you like to see parodied? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
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