Samurai Jack creator Genddy Tartakovsky has released a striking piece of Rick and Morty crossover art in preparation for the show’s season 5 finale, “Rickmurai Jack.” Tartakovsky is a modern legend of the animation world, having worked on acclaimed shows like Dexter’s Laboratory, Batman: The Animated Series, The Powerpuff Girls, and Star Wars: Clone Wars. Tartakovsky also has a longstanding professional relationship with both Cartoon Network and Adult Swim, where Rick and Morty airs.
Rick and Morty is no stranger to crossovers and pop culture homages. In fact, the series practically lives off of the various spoofs and references that make up its various episodes. The titles of the episodes often reflect those references directly, generally with an added “Rick” or “Morty” for good measure. The Rick and Morty season 5 finale has been of particular interest to fans because of its delayed release and two-part structure. And with a title like “Rickurai Jack,” it promises to have some unique influences.
In preparation for the Rick and Morty season 5 finale’s release on the evening of September 5, Adult Swim has shared a new piece of official crossover art from Samurai Jack creator Genndy Tartakovsky. The piece depicts Jack meeting an altered Rick and Morty, drawn in Tartakovsky’s iconic visual style. It embraces both the striking aesthetic of Samurai Jack with the humor of Rick and Morty in a fun way, with a caption from Adult Swim declaring that “This crossover hits different.”
Will some of Tartakovsky’s animation actually make it into the Rick and Morty season 5 finale? It’s certainly not outside the realm of possible for a show that is constantly breaking the fourth wall. Adult Swim has had some interesting promos in the lead-up to the finale’s premiere, including a live-action teaser featuring Christopher Lloyd as Rick and Jaeden Martell as Morty. That could all just be marketing, but it’s possible that these different aesthetics could make their way into the two-part finale, which would be especially exciting to see.
Overall, Rick and Morty season 5 has had a bit more of a lukewarm response than previous seasons of the show. A few episodes have been criticized for wallowing too much in low brow humor and eschewing the more serious and emotional storylines that the series has been praised for. It’s still one of the best shows on television, but for many, the latest season hasn’t been up to the high expectations the series has set for itself. Maybe the Rick and Morty season 5 finale can give fans and critics what they’ve been waiting for when it premieres on Adult Swim at 11:00 p.m. ET on September 5.
Source: Adult Swim