While we wait to squanch on season three of Rick and Morty, claymation artist Lee Hardcastle, with the help of Adult Swim, has taken it upon himself to reimagine some classic movie scenes starring television’s most lovably dysfunctional duo. According to Inverse:
“The little films, no longer than 30 seconds, toss characters from Rick and Morty into scenes from horror and sci-fi classics, including The Thing, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Ex Machina, and The Fly. Rick and Morty: The Non-Canonical Adventures, as the series is called, proves just how relevant Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon’s cartoon is to contemporary science fiction — any mash-up works seamlessly.”
Hardcastle’s distinct brand of hyper-violence, and a satirical take on pop culture family values, has made him one of the most interesting and intelligent voices working in animation today. Having followed him since the “T is for Toilet” short in 2012’s The ABCs of Death, the one undeniable truth about Hardcastle’s films is that they’re distinct; you can identify one of his shorts within seconds of starting one (his The Simpsons couch gag), and the way he manages to create truly original content, often with pre-existing characters or visual reference points as a foundation, leaves me wondering when he’ll make a damn feature, already.
Check out the Rick and Morty-inspired shorts below and don’t forget to get schwifty with season 3 on Adult Swim this fall.
Images: Lee Hardcastle, Adult Swim