Rick and Morty Co-creator Justin Roiland Clashes Head With Guillermo del Toro on AI Art Amidst Facing 7 Years of Prison for Domestic Abuse Charges

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According to recent reports about Justin Roiland, the creator of Rick and Morty, he may face prison. The creator of the sci-fi comedy series that seems to resonate with the people, was booked under domestic abuse in 2020.


While a possibility of facing prison charges, the Rick and Morty co-creator faced off with veteran director Guillermo del Toro for AI art. The renowned director had stated that he hates art made by AI and Justin Roiland imprinted AI art…in his game High on Life.

Justin Roiland is the co-creator of Rick and Morty (2013-).
Justin Roiland is the co-creator of Rick and Morty (2013-).

Justin Roiland Faced off Against Guillermo del Toro

It was quite recently that the Pinocchio director Guillermo del Toro talked about how insufferable AI art is. The director was also seen quoting Miyazaki’s line that “it’d be an insult to life itself”. Another known personality that sits on the opposite side of the table is Justin Roiland. Roiland is credited with co-creating the famous sitcom Rick and Morty. 

Guillermo Del Toro despises art made by AI.
Guillermo del Toro despises art made by AI.

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In his talk with Decider, Guillermo del Toro stated that he hates art made by AI. He further stated that AI can only interpolate data and create art while human art has emotions that AI cannot replace.

“I consume and love art made by humans. I am completely moved by that. And I am not interested in illustrations made by machines and the extrapolation of information. I talked to Dave McKean, a great artist. He told me his greatest hope is that AI cannot draw.”

On the other hand, Justin Roiland stated that AI art is impeccable and was even used commercially for “finishing touches” to the game High On Life. The comedic shooter game has several posters that were created with the AI art application Midjourney. Roiland went on to talk with Sky News to talk about the changes in the modern world compared to the art of hand drawing.


“It makes the world feel like a strange alternate universe of our world. And we used it to come up with weird, funny ideas. I don’t know what the future holds, but AI is going to be a tool that has the potential to make content creation incredibly accessible,” Roiland continued. “I don’t know how many years away we are, but all you will need to be is somebody with some big ideas.”

The topic has become quite controversial ever since its inception. With the topic of AI art vs Human art, artists around the world seem to rally against the trend. Amidst all of these statements, however, Justin Roiland seems to be facing prison…for domestic abuse.

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Justin Roiland Seems To Be In a Pickle-Rick

Justin Roiland finds himself in a pickle...Rick.
Justin Roiland finds himself in a pickle…Rick.

For more information: ‘Rick and Morty’ Co-creator Justin Roiland Gets Charged for Domestic Violence


The incident occurred allegedly on 19th January 2020 and Justin Roiland was released with a bail of $50,000 back in August 2020. The case was registered once again by an anonymous “Jane Doe” who was allegedly dating Roiland at the time.

If the Rick Sanchez voice actor is found guilty, he may face up to 7 years in prison for domestic battery and false imprisonment. He has pleaded not guilty to both of these accusations and the case is headed for a trial. The next session of the trial is stated for 27th April. Justin Roiland voices the character of Rick Sanchez in Rick and Morty which is available to stream on Hulu.

Source: Decider


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