How Rick And Morty And Hulu's Solar Opposites Are Different, According To Co-Creator Justin Roiland
Having transcended the pinnacles of any cult Adult Swim series before it, the animated comedy Rick and Morty has become a more lucrative brand with each passing season, with many more to come. Its success afforded co-creator Justin Roiland and writer/EP Mike McMahan the chance to branch off with another delightfully wacky sci-fi comedy, Hulu's Solar Opposites, which hits the streaming service on Friday, May 8. After seeing the first pair of trailers, fans are likely wondering how the two projects will compare and contrast. That's where we come in.
CinemaBlend spoke with Justin Roiland and Mike McMahan all about the first season of Solar Opposites, which centers on a family of aliens – Korvo, Terry, Jesse and Yumyulack – who land on Earth with a creature that could destroy the entire planet. Here's Roiland talking about how this family unit's show differs from Rick and Morty.
While Justin Roiland's vocal talent is obviously a highlight that Rick and Morty shares with Solar Opposites, his furrow-browed alien Korvo definitely stands apart and isn't merely a shadow of either Rick or Morty. To Roiland's point, no one in Solar Opposites ever hits Rick's chaotic highs or nihilistic lows, which works to the Hulu show's favor, since it isn't beholden to humor's sharpest edges like Adult Swim is. The new comedy can keep its more upbeat tone while still keeping the dialogue and themes strictly adult and heady.
For all the dark and weird moments that transpire in Solar Opposites, much of it lacks the neurotic tug of despair that lurks around all of Rick and Morty's corners. As Justin Roiland put it, the idea was more about keeping things fun.
Rick and Morty fans are pretty lucky that Justin Roiland and Mike McMahan chose to team up on another animated science fiction series, what with the entire entertainment world at their fingertips. And it's largely thanks to how much the two creators absolutely adore the genre. McMahan, as some might remember, is the creator of CBS All Access' upcoming animated comedy series Star Trek: Lower Decks, which will be the first full-on comedy in the Trek franchise. Here, McMahan shares his thoughts on adding to the sci-fi comedy genre.
Justin Roiland then shared that the first time he ever drew any of the Solar Opposites characters, it was on a dry-erase board in his old office. Oddly enough, the illustrations ended being extremely close to what made it to the final product. Which just goes to show that sometimes, one's first instincts are indeed the most fruitful ones.
With Solar Opposites, Mike McMahan wanted to bring the same kind of approach that they took with Rick and Morty, in that there was a pronounced priority in making sure the genre elements remained in the same quality tier as everything else the show delivered.
Solar Opposites is set to make its debut on Hulu (opens in new tab) on Friday, May 8, with all eight Season 1 episodes dropping at once, and stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more from our talk with co-creators Justin Roiland and Mike McMahan. Check out our Summer 2020 TV schedule to see everything that's heading to the small screen in the coming months, or if you're just interested in Hulu's near-future releases, our May 2020 rundown has you covered.
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