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7 Behind-the-scenes Facts You Won’t Know About Rick & Morty

Rick and Morty

The sixth season of the self-referential, fourth-wall-breaking series starring the flawed and broken Rick, and the equally flawed and naive teenager Morty has returned, and with it the chance to discuss some of the most interesting behind-the-scenes facts.

The Not So Secret Inspirations

Christopher Lloyd as Doc Brown from Back to the Future.

Unless you’ve somehow missed the obvious connection, Rick & Morty are clear parodies of Marty McFly and Doc Brown, from the Back to the Future trilogy. Starting as a YouTube short by Justin Roiland, it was then pitched to Adult Swim and adapted, until it became what we know today. Jerry is also the namesake of Roiland’s adorable dog, who unfortunately passed away earlier this year.

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What Is My Purpose?

The app-voiced butter bringing robot.

The butter-bringing Robot was a one-hit and done side character, barely breaking into the show for any substantial time, yet if you mention it to a fan, they’d know exactly what part you’re on about. Most fans don’t know that the role was voiced by an app, which was the same app Roiland used in place of his own voice for a couple of weeks after losing his voice during his time on Adventure Time as Lemongrab.

Bryan Cranston Was Nearly Another Bumbling Father

Bryan Cranston

Still working on Breaking Bad back in 2013, Cranston auditioned to play Jerry, the moronic and near-stupid father of Morty. Losing out to Chris Parnell, it’s hard to imagine the voice of Walter White coming out of Jerry’s mouth, but after his time on Malcolm in the Middle as the father Hal, he at least has previous as a dopey father.

There’s A Whole Backstory Of Rick We’ll Never See

Co-creator of Rick & Morty Justin Roiland.

The creators of the show Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland have mentioned a few times over the years that they have a huge, sprawling backstory written out for Rick, but not one that the fans are likely to see the entirety of. An odd choice perhaps, but with the show occasionally sprinkling the odd nugget of information regarding Rick’s past throughout the show, fans are getting to see more and more as time goes on. The reason behind the choice? The two creators believe fans think that a show is running out of material once it focuses on a backstory for its main characters.

The Creators Didn’t Know Which Beth Was The Clone

The Two Beth’s.

At the end of season four, Rick gives Beth the option of leaving and going on her own adventures or staying put and continuing. Elaborating he offers to create a clone if she decides to go meaning the rest of the family wouldn’t be without her. It’s not implicitly shown whether she leaves or not until the next season when Earth Beth meets Space Beth and they try to figure out which one the real one is. An impossible feat when Rick ensured he couldn’t find out which one was which, and that’s entirely down to the writers themselves not knowing the answer either.

Rick’s Return

Rick’s reason for disappearing.

The constant bickering and in-fighting of the family throughout the five-and-a-bit seasons so far is a reminder that the family isn’t exactly a cohesive unit, with plenty of problems with one another and lots of unresolved issues. Most of this is due to Rick’s disappearance and sudden return right before the pilot episode. Rick had been absent for a long time, but returned just before the show started, around about a month before the pilot.

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Roiland Hates Rick’s Catchphrase

Wubba lubba dub dub!!!

When asked which Rick & Morty trope/catchphrase he was sick of the most, Roiland said the famous ‘wubba lubba dub dub’. Originally created as a way to make fun of ‘stupid, meaningless catchphrases, ironically it has become one of the most well-known catchphrases attributed to Rick.

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