Themes and analysis Rick and Morty
Themes and analysis
Rick and Morty have been described as “a never-ending fart joke that wraps around a learning view of nihilism.” The series discusses the insignificance of human existence compared to the size of the universe, with no recognizable divine presence, as described by Lovecraft’s cosmic philosophy. The character of this performance finds ways to overcome cosmic horror and existential fear, either by declaring the use of science over magic or by choosing life in happiness that does not know what.
Co-creator Dan Harmon, who talks about the philosophy that guides the show and the nihilistic apathy of Rick, states that “the knowledge that nothing important, though accurate, does take you anywhere.” To find a sense of purpose and live a better life, one needs to focus on human relationships and experiences, and not overthink about our thoughts with unanswered questions. According to Harmon, this contrast is seen in the last scene of “Auto Erotic Assimilation”, in which Jerry joyfully pulls out weeds from his driveway, while Rick appears in the background of fainted drunkenness, after a failed suicide attempt.
Other philosophies that have been referred to in character behavior and observation include: existentialism, anarchism, absurdism, and the work of Friedrich Nietzsche.
The first season of 11 episodes, released on DVD (2-disc sets) and Blu-ray (single BD-50 disk) on October 7, 2014. Unique features include commentary and animism for each episode, deleted scenes, behind the featurette screen and comments by individual guests Matt Groening, Robert Kirkman, Pendleton Ward, Al Jean and others. The second season of episode 10, released on DVD (2-disc sets) and Blu-ray (single BD-50 disc) on June 7, 2016. Unique features include behind the scenes, comments, and animisms for each episode deleted animation sketch and “Plumbus Owner’s Manual” booklet.
Adult Swim has also created an uncensored version of the show available for purchase on various digital platforms, including iTunes and Amazon, with digital releases each season containing bonus material. The first digital version of the season includes the panel of Rick and Morty Comic-Con 2013, the second season digital release consists of the board of the 2015 ATX Television Festival, and digital publications in the third season include comments on each episode, as well as seven videos a short one that featured co-creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland.
The first two seasons of the show are available for streaming in Hulu. The first season was made on May 1, 2015, and the second season is open on June 26, 2016. The show is also available for viewing on Netflix, in some countries outside the United States, including the UK. Following the conclusion of the third season of the show, Adult Swim has created a Rick and Mortyavailable live stream marathon to watch Rick and Morty on his official website in selected areas, in hopes of blocking viewers watching other illegal live streams.