A trippy tribute episode from the mind of Darren and Damo creator Michael Cusack.
While Adult Swim’s 2017 April Fools’ “prank” was the surprise launch of the much-anticipated first episode of Rick and Morty season three, this year’s April 1 Rick and Morty treat was a little weirder: an anarchic re-imagining of the show from Australian animator Michael Cusack.
Cusack’s 11-minute Rick and Morty tribute episode “Bushland Adventures” turns the titular pair into Australians and sees an entirely unhinged Rick force Morty into joining him on an eight-hour road trip to Bendigo in order to get a “green cube.”
Cusack, who has earned a cult following for his popular YouTube series Damo and Darren, put the episode together with additional animation support from Studio Yotta, which also animated last month’s Rick and Morty-themed Run the Jewels music video.
You can check out Bushland Adventures via the Adult Swim website right now. It includes a scene where Morty is bitten on the penis by a snake, so you really should.
Cusack has since shared a brief deleted scene on Twitter which appears to have been intended as a clip during the Aussie-themed opening montage.
Work on Rick and Morty season four is currently stalled as contract negotiations continue. Co-creator Justin Roiland has pointed to Adult Swim’s parent company Turner as the source of the hold-up.
It should only be a matter of time, however, as according to Adult Swim Rick and Morty season three was the most-watched comedy show in its history of programming.
Luke is Games Editor at IGN’s Sydney office and has never been to Bendigo. You can find him on Twitter every few days @MrLukeReilly.