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The Series: Primal
Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max
The Pitch: When a caveman and a tyrannosaurs rex both experience terrible tragedies, they form an unlikely bond as they join forces to survive in a dangerous prehistoric world full of deadly creatures, mystical beings, and treacherous environments.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: Genndy Tartakovsky is one of the greatest names in animation. As the creator of Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack, and the original 2D animated Star Wars series The Clone Wars, he’s proven to have an incredible eye for stylish animation, clever humor, and mesmerizing action. But more importantly, he knows how to tell a poignant story in a short window of time. With his latest series Primal, he pulls out all the stops to deliver an animated series about a caveman and a dinosaur who become unlikely friends as they try to survive a harsh prehistoric world. But this isn’t just a buddy-buddy cartoon. It’s some of the best animated storytelling in recently memory. Read More »
Not too long ago, we called your attention to a new collection of Rick and Morty merchandise from Loot Crate, including a replica of the Butter Robot from “Something Ricked This Way Comes,” a throwback to the ninth episode of the very first season. But Adult Swim is giving the piece of tech with an existential crisis an even cooler collectible by teaming up with Digital Dream Labs to produce a limited-edition, real-working Butter Robot that is more technologically advanced than it has any right to be. Read More »
These days, there’s always the hope of a second life for a canceled TV show. Especially if one has as long a run and as passionate a fanbase as The Venture Bros., which was recently canceled by Adult Swim after 17 years (but just 7 seasons) on the air. And it seems that the #SaveTheVentureBros. campaign has reached the ears of HBO Max head Andy Forssell, who teased that the streaming platform is “working on” ideas to revive the envelope-pushing animated series.
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It’s been over three years since Rick and Morty introduced us to Pickle Rick, the little brined version of the brilliant but demented Rick Sanchez. After turning himself into a pickle in an attempt to avoid going to family therapy, Pickle Rick became a pop culture sensation, and now there are t-shirts, action figures, plushes, and even Pringles inspired by the pickled scientist. Now the love for Pickle Rick is being extended to seltzer water, thanks to a collaboration between Adult Swim and Miracle Seltzer. Read More »
The fourth season of Rick and Morty has come and gone, and it’s already available on Blu-ray and DVD. While fans are eagerly anticipating the show’s return for season five (whenever that may be), Loot Crate will attempt to hold them over with a new box of exclusive Rick and Morty gear and collectibles to kick off 2021.
A new Rick and Morty Loot Crate is going on sale starting tonight, and the theme is “DYS-FUNCTION,” as it is with almost every episode of the Adult Swim animated series. There will be a bunch of Rick and Morty-related items in the box, but perhaps the most satisfying is a replica of the butter robot from “Something Ricked This Way Comes,” a throwback to the ninth episode of the very first season. Check it out below. Read More »
Though it seems a lifetime ago in the exhausting nightmare that is 2020, earlier this year, Pringles unveiled a special Pickle Rick flavor of their potato chips inspired by an episode of Rick and Morty. Released in a specially designed can that looks like Rick Sanchez after he turns himself into a pickle, the chips were released just in time for the Super Bowl back in February. But this year, Pringles isn’t waiting for a big game to expand the Rick and Morty Pringles collection with two new flavors in collectible cans. Read More »
It’s been 17 years since Adult Swim debuted The Venture Bros., an animated series that began as a send-up of the classic cartoon Jonny Quest but quickly became its own hilarious action adventure series with a deep mythology and roster of characters that would rival that of the biggest fictional universes. Unfortunately, the adventures of The Venture Bros. are coming to an end as the show has been canceled after seven seasons. Read More »
With Comic-Con at Home making the world’s biggest pop culture convention a virtual event, we’ve been covering as much as we can from the pre-recorded panels for all the movies and TV shows who decided to participate. However, Adult Swim decided to have their own virtual shindig outside of Comic-Con at Home, and Rick and Morty was among the shows having panels to tease upcoming episodes.
Since Rick and Morty is currently in production on the show’s fifth season, series co-creator could only share an unfinished clip from the upcoming fifth season to give fans a satisfying tease of what’s to come. It’s a cold open for one of the future episodes which introduces a character who is apparently Rick’s nemesis. Watch the Rick and Morty season 5 clip below for a sneak peek. Read More »
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Rick and Morty has had an inconsistent journey when it comes to new seasons arriving on Adult Swim. It took a year and a half to get season three on air in 2017 after the second season finale in 2015, and it was over two years before the fourth season arrived on Adult Swim following the third season finale. Even when the new episodes for season four started airing last fall, Adult Swim split the fourth season into two five-episode chunks with the second batch of episodes picking back up earlier this month. But if series co-creator Justin Roiland had his way, he’d keep shaking up how the show is distributed to the masses. In fact, he’s even suggested the idea of releasing just one new Rick and Morty episode each month. Read More »