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For more than six years now, Adult Swim has been home to one of the most popular adult animated series out there, and Rick and Morty is showing no signs of slowing down, with 65 more episodes guaranteed to debut at some point. As busy as co-creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon may be with all the sci-fi madness, they aren't forbidden from working on other TV projects. Case in point: Roiland has an oddball passion project called Gloop World that is heading to the Quibi streaming service in 2020.
To be expected, Gloop World sounds about as weird as any new project from Justin Roiland should sound. The two main characters are anthropomorphic blobs respectively named Bob Roundy and Funzy. (Morty would fit in fine with everyone else whose names also end in -y.) Gloop World will follow Bob Roundy and Funzy around the titular suburbia and its outskirts as the characters experience farcical but still approachable adventures.
Don't expect the new show to look anything like the Emmy-winning Rick and Morty, though, because Gloop World will be of the claymation variety. To that end, Roiland is teaming up with fellow Adult Swimmers John Harvatine IV and Eric Towner, both executive producers on Robot Chicken and co-founders of the animation company Stoopid Buddy Stoodios. Harvatine will be handling the directorial duties for Gloop World, having also directed couch gags for The Simpsons and a segment from The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants, not to mention EP work on SuperMansion, Hot Streets and more. (Roiland is also an EP on Hot Streets.)
Gloop World has been a dream of mine to make for almost seven years. A tactile clay animation show with a mysterious, weird and expansive world and really fun characters, fingerprints and all. I couldn’t have done this without the folks at Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, who understood exactly what I meant when I wanted the clay animation to have an imperfect approach, where you can see the animators in the work. I want the Gloop characters to feel like you can reach into your phone and grab them yourself. Can’t wait to share this weird silly show with the world.
Justin Roiland taking a detour to the yet-to-debut Quibi is an interesting career move. The streaming startup, whose name is a shortened version of Quick Bites, was founded by Hollywood producer Jeffrey Katzenberg and aims to deliver only short-form programming to consumers. With so many 30- and 60-minute series out there, Quibi aims to give audiences shows that require much shorter attention spans, which is a gameplan that Adult Swim has utilized for much of the current millennium. That said, Quibi's content will be even shorter, with all of its episodes running under ten minutes.
Some might look at a claymation show about two blobs hanging out and say, "Wait, I want to watch hour-long episodes of this, and possibly even ten-hour long episodes. Millions of them!" Such is the power of Justin Roiland and his imagination, which have roped in millions of fans over the years. He's also got a Hulu series on the way called Solar Opposites, which fans are likely going to be just as obsessed with.
Oh, and let's not forget the second half of Rick and Morty Season 4, which is set to kick back up on Adult Swim in 2020. Stay tuned for more info on that front, as well as more news about Quibi, which is set to debut on April 6, 2020.