Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland Talk RICK AND MORTY, Their Writing Process, Network Input, Avoiding Satire, and More

     December 2, 2013


Premiering tonight on Adult Swim (Cartoon Network’s weird older brother) is Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland‘s Rick & Morty.  The half-hour animated series is about a “sociopathic scientist who drags his unintelligent grandson on insanely dangerous adventures across the universe.”  The show features the voices of Roiland, Chris Parnell,Spencer Grammer, and Sarah Chalke.

Last week I landed an extended video interview with Harmon and Roiland.  They talked about making the pilot, the evolution of the show in future episodes, network input, how the two of them share responsibilities, their writing process, the show’s use of sci-fi and how it helps to develop their stories, staying away from satire, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

rick-and-mortyDan Harmon and Justin Roiland Time Index:

  • 0:55 – Harmon and Roiland talk about self-policing on the “naughtiness” level of the show and comment on network input.
  • 3:30 – They comment on making the pilot, and the evolution of the content of the episodes beyond that.
  • 5:10 – Roiland further comments on Rick’s level of drunkenness.
  • 5:35 – Roiland talks about the writing process for the show.
  • 7:20 – Harmon answers the question of how involved he really is with the show.
  • 8:30 – Roiland further comments on how the two of them share responsibilities.
  • 10:00 – Harmon teases a bit about the upcoming episodes and addresses the infusion of pop culture into his work.
  • 11:25 – Roiland talks more about the movie nods they included and how much of the storytelling is wholly original.
  • 12:30 – Roiland and Harmon talk about South Park’s Inception episode, and avoiding duplicating the show’s content in the future by staying away from satire.
  • 14:15 – They comment on the show’s use of sci-fi and how it helps to develop their stories.


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