It’s a bit of a running joke on the animated series Solar Opposites that the family of aliens found at the center of the show don’t understand things about our culture… and that includes holidays. Creators Justin Roiland (Rick & Morty) and Mike McMahan inject their unique sense of humor into Solar Opposites for regular episodes, and pull out the big guns for two (so far) holiday-themed special episodes… this latest one focusing on Halloween. Korvo (voiced by Roiland) remains terrified of Halloween, and his reactions to Halloween horrors are violently extreme. But they aren’t as laser sharp as an hilarious joke aimed straight at Disney, the parent company of Hulu where Solar Opposites streams.
The bulk of A Sinister Halloween Scary Opposites Solar Special alternates between content for audiences who adore the spooky season, and those who think it’s a terrible waste of time. (You know, kind of like our real-life push-and-pull between horror mavens who come out every October to watch the best horror movies ever made, and the rest of us who don’t care.) But as Terry (Thomas Middleditch), Jesse (Mary Mack) and Yumyulack (Sean Giambrone) try to make their home as scary as possible for the season, they open up a coffin, prompting Jesse to observe:
Immediately after making that joke, she receives a cellphone call from Disney’s Standards and Practices over the joke, but she sends them straight to voicemail. So when I got the chance to sit down with the creative team behind this special, I asked them if they have to run a joke about Disney’s Standards and Practices BY Disney’s Standards and Practices to get approval. And executive producer Josh Bycel told CinemaBlend:
To which co-creator Mike McMahan clarified:
Because it makes people laugh, that’s why! Halloween doesn’t always have to be about something scary. It can be funny, as well. That’s why Solar Opposites often slips in unexpected references to Seinfeld or Mickey Mouse. They keep their audience guessing, and laughing. This crew seems ready to keep pushing the envelope in terms of what they find amusing (though a crossover with Rick & Morty doesn’t seem to be in the cards). The Halloween special is streaming on Hulu (opens in new tab) right now if you want something funny to liven up your evening.
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