We live in a golden age of irreverent cartoons. Nowhere was this more noticeable than in collaboration with Dan Harmon And Justin Roiland. created them from Rick and Morty It redefined cartoon comics in a way not seen since Debut South Park.
The problem is, Justin Roiland lost his career, and now Harmon is single. But that didn’t stop him. So where does he go without being held back by his comedy partner?
Harmon’s legendary rise
We first heard about Dan Harmon with a little show called Community. It was initially known as the show that brought Chevy Chase back to the small screen after decades of people refusing to work with him. The show was a hit for NBC and launched the careers of dozens of stars, including Donald Glover, Danny Pudi, and Alison Brie. Harmon’s creativity made the show a great thing, but his personality clashed with cast member Chevy Chase, and his erratic behavior eventually got him fired from the show.
He was better behaved when he was brought back, and the show was even better for him (despite skipping Chase). His understanding of the characters he created and his overall creative control may have been his initial downfall, but it also brought him back. In his absence, the comics felt wrong and the characters lost their way. When he returned, there was a spark that only a creator could bring. It paved the way for another project and captivating collaboration.
Harmon and Roiland break the mold
When Justin Roiland met Dan Harmon, it was at the Channel 101 Harmon Film Festival. Roiland’s irreverent take on Doc and Marty Back to the future Weird characters were fan favorites. Harmon was so intrigued that they created the pilot Rick and Morty for adult swimming.
To say the show was a success would be an understatement. With the duo writing and producing and Roiland voicing the majority of the characters, the nerds were hooked. The show has redefined definition (much like Community) and threw every sci-fi trope to the wall. Each of them stuck. For a while, people were getting their Schwifty and demanding that McDonald’s bring back the Szechuan sauce (which they did!). After that, it was Rick and Morty Madness, and the world couldn’t get enough of it. A big part of this was Roiland’s ability to improvise with different voices and come up with scrambled concepts that the animators could somehow translate to the screen. Nowhere has this been more evident than in episodes of Interdimensional Cable.
The duo was in complete control of their estate, and all seemed right with the world. But then Roiland went and took his chance.
Roiland is involved
Now that the dust has settled a bit, the true scope of Roiland’s issues has been revealed. One of the pieces that was brought to light, however, was how little he was involved in the creative process Rick and Morty. His continued absence from the writer’s room and the behind-the-scenes drama of his show Solar opposites Harmon and his writers left carrying the show.
Roiland’s problem was that no one seemed to notice. When news broke about his personal life, people were shocked. When he was summarily evicted from shows, dropped from his acting, and taken to court for his alleged crimes, the only question people asked was, “Who’s going to do the voices?”. That didn’t speak highly of Roiland’s overall impact as social media quickly began exploring the glut of voice actors capable of handling the load.
But can Harmon handle it all on his own? The answer was a resounding yes.
Krapolopis rises to the top
The whole essence of Dan Harmon can be summed up in the word “tenacious”. He is a figure of unrivaled talent in an ever-growing field of characters who are often imitated. Even without Roiland, Rick and Morty It has been renewed for an amazing ten seasons. This leaves Harmon some free time to pursue other projects. “Free time” in the sense that he seems unable to do just one thing. His goal seems to be to try out new projects and strike while the iron is hot.
his last outing, crabopolis, It is set to air on Fox with Harmon as creator, writer and producer. The show was already getting a lot of hype, and in a move that shocked everyone, he was promptly awarded a three-season contract. This level of attention and control is unprecedented and has people excited to see what Harmon has up his sleeve.
The show will be set in a fictionalized version of ancient Rome, where a strange family of gods, monsters, and humans are trying to work towards creating one of the first cities. It’s going to be a massive undertaking with far more core characters than either of them Community or Rick and Morty. But Harmon knows how to surround himself with talented people and would no doubt do so again.
Without Roiland, Harmon would not only survive, he would thrive. after slip with CommunityHe seems to have realized where his talents lie and how to make use of them. He knows to play well, but playing well doesn’t mean losing creativity or control. It’s the cartoon comics world that rules him, and with his ties to Roiland promptly severing, he’s proven to understand his own self-worth.
Rick and Morty It will always be known as the Roiland/Harmon production, but once a new voice actor starts appearing with Harmon and his crew, the show can continue to be the crazy world it always was. If it tilts in any direction, it’s to Harmon’s benefit and the viewers’ benefit who are there for more madness and less drama.