Rick and Morty:

The Complete Season 1-3               review by Bobby Blakey

There are so many great cartoons out there, but few have had the impact and secured the fanbase like Rick and Morty. After only three seasons the show has not only garnered tons of fans, but also comics, games, merchandise and more. As fans eagerly wait for the fourth season to debut what better time to revisit the series with the new Rick and Morty: Complete Season 1-3 Collection.

Rick and Morty revolves around the adventures of the members of the Smith household, which consists of parents Jerry and Beth, their children Summer and Morty, and Beth's father, Rick Sanchez, who lives with them as a guest. Rick is an eccentric and alcoholic mad scientist, who eschews many ordinary conventions such as school, marriage, love, and family. He frequently goes on adventures with his 14-year-old grandson, Morty, a kind-hearted but easily distressed boy, whose naïve but grounded moral compass plays counterpoint to Rick's Machiavellian ego. Morty's 17-year-old sister, Summer, is a more conventional teenager, who worries about improving her status among her peers and sometimes follows Rick and Morty on their adventures. The kids' mother, Beth, is a generally level-headed person and assertive force in the household, though self-conscious about her professional role as a horse surgeon. She is dissatisfied with her marriage to Jerry, a simple-minded and insecure person, who disapproves of Rick's influence over his family.

To say this show is genius is an understatement. There is just so much in every episode from the laughs to the attention to detail in the universes they travel too. If you have never seen the show it kicks off already happening and kind of throws you for a loop, but you quickly realize there is no time for set up and you will learn all about these characters as it moves forward. While the series might be titled Rick and Morty it is very much about all the characters with all them getting some great arcs.

 

I love the classic animation style that offers up simplistic visuals that are still highly complex and visually pleasing to the eye. The often vibrant colors are regularly splashed with blood and bodily fluids in some pretty wacked out ways and only add to the shows greatness. The voice acting is awesome across the board and there isn’t a single character you can’t wait to see again. Like most shows there are plenty of reoccurring themes and characters that keeps the show evolving while maintaining its overall ridiculous throughout. I cannot wait for another season and see why people like to revisit these existing ones so often.

 

In addition to all 31 episodes of these seasons this release also includes bonus content including deleted scenes, featurettes, commentary from Chris Parnell, Matt Groening, “Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman and showrunner Scott Gimple and so much more. As if that wasn’t already enough of a reason to get this collection if also includes an exclusive poster that features a custom, never-before-seen robot illustration of Rick and Morty.

 

Grab your copy of Rick and Morty: The Complete Seasons 1-3 when it hits DVD on February 12th from Cartoon Network and Adult Swim.

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